2165 Tasting Notes

90

Apparently I had ordered an ounce of this tea (#24) but never broke into it? Well I did, since it was open, but I don’t have any other notes other than my first review of the sample I got.

Anyway, it’s pretty good. My appreciation for roasted oolong is waning, but this is almost Laoshan Black and it doesn’t really taste like most roasted oolongs. I still prefer LB, but this is fun to have every once in a while.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

ah I’ve done that before. Strange feeling! I’m just now getting back into roasted oolongs. It’s nice to love it again haha

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99
drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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This tea (#25) is exceptional. It doesn’t even have any hard-to-get ingredients or super-limited teas. But alas, I guess it wasn’t popular enough (or beloved enough by someone on staff) to keep its place in the permanent collection. At least I got some more when they reblended it last year.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95
drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
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Golden Earl Reblend is up next (#26)! Super delicious. It kind of irritates me that this blend (and Gardens of Anxi, which is after this one) is archived, thus never coming back, and instead we just get tons of blends with too many ingredients (e.g., the Intelligent Nutrients blends, and tons of herbals). I see they do have an Earl Grey in their blends now, which is new I guess, but it has Wuyi Rock Oolong in the blend. Oh well, guess I will just continue to hoard this forever.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

do not get me started on “intelligent nutrients”

Dinosara

I can’t even.

OMGsrsly

Sil. Remember AIR NUTRITION?

Sil

shhhh you’ll get me started again. lol we had such a facebook rant that night…

caile

yeah, I was wondering about those intelligent nutrients – it just doesn’t appeal to me at all..

OMGsrsly

I still laugh thinking about it, Sil. :D

Dinosara

Now I’m sad I missed the rant.

Sil

oh dinosara… those blends are almost enough to mak me lose all respect for verdant. If you look at the company that makes “intelligent nutrients” they also make AIR NUTRITION…and refer to cultural aromas…

Dinosara

Wow, just wow.

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95
drank Lychee Oolong by Naivetea
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When I did this cupboard sip-through exercise last year, this was the newest tea in my cupboard. It was the end! Now, it’s #27 (Kind of. Like I said, my numbering is going to be off because I added a bunch of samples after I started counting down), and I still have almost two pages full of teas ahead of it. Fun times!

Anyway, same as the passion fruit, this one is still delicious. Lychee oolong perfection.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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99
drank Passionfruit Oolong by Naivetea
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I love this tea (#28). It really is nearly perfection. I’ve been effusive before about how much it reminds me of fresh passion fruit, so if you are really curious I refer you to those old notes. But in general if you love flavored green oolongs you can’t go wrong with Naivetea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Full Moon Party by Mariage Frères
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It’s funny, because I bought this tea (#29) last year in Pittsburgh when I went up for a knitting expo. Well, last weekend I was in Pittsburgh for the same expo. This year it was a bit later so I am not at exactly a year (which would be awesome), but pretty close.

Anyway, as I’ve said before, this tea made me give MF a second chance. I may be a French tea addict, but I had always had so-so experiences with their teas until this one. It’s always tough when you have to commit to 100g right out of the gate, but I’ve been more willing to take that chance now. Their almond flavor is pretty good (not necessarily their other nuts, though; Trois Noix was a disaster for me), and I’ve had decent luck with the bases for the almond teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Marzipan

Where in Pittsburgh do they sell it?

Dinosara

I found it at a little crepe cafe in the University District. They only had a couple of flavors.

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drank Assam Calcutta Auction by Lupicia
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I am un-skipping a few teas today. Like this one (#35)! I got this in my happy bag from last year and thought I would never drink it because I am not a fan of assams, but I do love Hong Kong Milk Tea, and a robust assam is great for that. You really need something to stand up to the milk. I’ve used this almost exclusively for milk teas, and I am actually almost out of this tea now!

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90
drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
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This tea (#30) is definitely out of place, but I didn’t realize it until too late to put in order in my sip-through. It’s because I had an old stock of this, then restocked it (back with my last batch of DF teas). When I finally got through the old stock, I took it out of my cupboard and readded it so it would be closer to its actual place. I do wish we could edit the “date added” field so things could sort properly.

Anyway, it’s being drunk now. Love this blend, even though it is a black/green. All of the passion fruits and florals! I also secretly love this tea because every word in its name has an accent mark. :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank Earl Grey Tea Time by Fauchon
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I had been disappointed with this tea (#31) in the past. I think it’s because I was hoping it would be like YAY COOKIES with Earl Grey, when in fact is more like maybe you ate a cookie 10 minutes ago and now you are drinking a very bold cup of Earl. I used 2 tsp again this time and didn’t have any issues with it being weak, so I’m not sure what happened with my first cup of this. Overall, it was a tasty Earl, and I did get a hint of shortbread from it especially as it cooled. So yeah, I still wish it could have had more cookie flavor, but I’m still happy with it as is.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Le Bonheur! (Happiness) by Fauchon
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Skipping yet another herbal tea (that I really need to sipdown anyway) brings us to this one (#32). This cup was made from my teensy little sample tin that I managed to snag from a Vente Privee sale back when they were a thing, but I could never manage to get a larger tin. But I did, in fact, grab a whole 100g of this tea in Berlin last fall, so now I don’t need to hoard it. Love this blend, it smells so jammy and delicious when brewed. My favorite variant on a red fruits blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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