1941 Tasting Notes

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I drank the first half of this sample quite a while ago but was distracted while doing it so I didn’t write a tasting note, vowing that I would do better with the second half of my sample from Sil. Then yesterday it came up in my chronology so I drank it, but was again distracted. Augh!

See, it’s quite a tasty tea so I wanted to do it justice. But I was distracted so I can pretty much just tell you that it was tasty. It hit the notes that I look for in a Bailin Gongfu tea. Honey, grains, molasses, check. I would very happily drink this one again. I also happen to have 100g of Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu so I’m pretty much set on it for now, but this is also quite good. Thanks for the sample, Sil!

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

i bought this one to compare against teavivre since i enjoy that one too haha

Dinosara

Haha, that was my plan as well but I never really got around to it. I think they are pretty similar!

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85
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1941 tasting notes

Finishing up this sample this morning. This tea is popular for a reason; it has nice dark chocolatey flavor with a smooth robust tea base. Still can’t really taste that there is puerh in here. Not much else to say about this one this morning. Thanks again for the sample, Sil!

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

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80
drank Vert Provence by Mariage Frères
1941 tasting notes

Another tea bag sample from the cafe. I am not the hugest fan of lavender in my tea so I wasn’t expecting to be really into this one, but it turns out it i’s pretty pleasant. Same somewhat generic sencha base as á l’Opera, but it’s relatively smooth, not too grassy, and inoffensive. I didn’t realize that there was berry flavor in this when I brewed it up but after looking at Steepster, apparently so. It is fruity, but it’s fairly subtle. The lavender isn’t too strong, either, but is defintely present. I would have liked more rose but I suppose it is contributing to a general floral sense.

I accidentally left my kettle set from the last tea and brewed this at 195°F instead of 180°F like I usually would for a green tea, but it seems to have suffered no ill effects.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Jumping around a bit this morning on the chronology because I didn’t want to start the day with a green tea (one more MF sample to drink). But now we come to some of Sil’s swap package, including this tea. Oddly, I got a comment last night from Hugo Tea Company on my previous note (written quite a while ago).

To forstall any bitterness while hot I brewed this one cooler this time, and it seems to have taken care of it. Now the tea is just nicely chocolatey, malty, slightly honeyed, and with nice lightly-toasted grain notes. I was definitely glad to drink this one this morning. A nice example of the kind of Chinese black tea that I tend to enjoy.

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

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78

When I bought my tin of Full Moon Party at the cafe in Pittsburgh, the owner came out a few minutes later (while we were eating our crepe) and gave me a few sample tea bags of some other MF teas they carried. How nice! I’ve had this tea before, a long time ago, but it’s always nice to revisit.

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this one because I have been iffy on flavored greens of late, and it smelled like it would be not quite up my alley. But I actually quite enjoyed the cup anyway. I had rated it pretty low (for me), and I think I had adjusted it at some point when I went on a lark about lowering my ratings across the board, but I’ve come to terms that most teas I will rate in the 70–99 range. Anyway, this was fruity with a touch of vanilla and an ok sencha base (they’re not my favorite). The berries are a bit candyish for me, and I think it’s kind of brought out by the vanilla. Not my fave, but I wouldn’t refuse a cup if offered.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Full Moon Party by Mariage Frères
1941 tasting notes

I thought that I would forever be a Mariage Frères doubter, but this tea proved me wrong. SUPER almondy today (like drinking marzipan), sweet and smooth with a nice amount of spices. Sadly this is one of those limited edition MF teas that only comes in an expensive tin, but I will enjoy what I have of it. Who knows, one day I may find another MF tea that I love.

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

Oh my goodness. A fancy french tea called “Full Moon Party”. I might have to see about tracking some down at, umm, some point.

Ysaurella

this is a very lovely blend and unfortunately I finished my tin. I know you are a rose lover and wonder how you found the rose in this blend ? I found it light but present and it gave a special romantic touch to this tea to me.

Dinosara

I don’t really taste the rose in this one but I love it anyway. I guess I can smell it a touch but it’s very subtle. So glad happened to find a tin of this in a shop in Pittsburgh!

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84
drank Earl Grey Tea Time by Fauchon
1941 tasting notes

A brief note, since I’m busy today, but I don’t want to forget about writing these tasting notes. I thought I remembered wanting to change my steeping parameters on this one last time I had it and sure enough, I wanted to try it with more leaf. So this time it was 3tsp of leaf for 12oz water instead of my usual 2tsp.

I was a little worried it might come out too strong for me, but it was fine. Strong, yes. If you don’t LOVE bergamot, don’t brew it at this level, because it was powerful. But regardless it was never bitter or astringent, and the base remained smooth and solid. I think perhaps there was a bit more shortbread/cookie flavor in this cup, but it wasn’t super noticable. This remains a solid EG, although not as mind blowing as I wanted it to be.

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

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90
drank Le Bonheur! (Happiness) by Fauchon
1941 tasting notes

This tea is well named because drinking a cup of it always makes me happy.

As I have lamented before, this tea always sells out on the Vente-Privee sales before I get to them. Last time I managed to snag a sample tin so I at least have a little. Guess I need to go to Paris to buy some more! :D I like this better than other “red fruits” blends I’ve tried, and I think it’s the addition of the citrus, which really brightens the blend. So happy!

Also I am really surprised that I am the only reviewer of this one. I thought there were others? I got my original sample from Toi toi but I guess it’s just a rare blend.

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

I really want there to be another Vente-Privee sale ASAP! I fell in love with a couple of Fauchon teas in swaps…

Dustin

Is there a certain time of year those sales happen or is it more random?

Dinosara

I’ve ordered from two of those sales in the past and one happened in November, one in February. I think it’s really random.

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84
drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
1941 tasting notes

I had to skip a few teas in my cupboard chronology that were herbals and/or at home, so that brings us to this sample from OMGsrsly. I looked at my past note and bumped by tea amount to 1.5tsp for 12oz fo water today.

I definitely like this ratio better (who would have thought I would like it stronger?). There’s no bitterness to this so I could possibly even go to my normal ratio (2tsp per 12oz); maybe I’ll try it next time. But in any case this is a pretty tasty cup of tea. I think it’s the (unknown) base tea that makes this tea so unique. It tastes like bergamot and vanilla, but it also has some interesting other elements. I think the bergamot and vanilla are a little more subtle in this cup than the last one… the extra leaf is bringing the base out. It’s not a highly flavored tea. The base has a maltiness, and something else I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s a good blend, and definitely a nice change up from a typical EGC.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

:) I started my tea drinking with Silk Road, and was pretty shocked when I found out that most tea companies recommend 1 tsp per 6-8 oz, not 1 tsp per 16. :D

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77
drank Alphonso Mango by Lupicia
1941 tasting notes

Another mango tea from the Happy Bag, and another I was happy to try. Whereas I am not on the lookout for a good lychee oolong, I am on the lookout for a good mango black tea. The dry leaf smells intensely mango-y, like mango candy for sure. If you like mango candy, it’s mouthwatering. It also smells like the base tea, kind of malty, which also smells good.

When I first tried a sip of this tea I was like “blech! bitter assam! too robust for me!” and that’s how it was when it was still really hot. But as it cooled way down, the bitterness faded away and it was a pretty tasty mango tea. I think this tea will be really delicious iced. Perhaps if I want to drink it hot I should try it steeped at a lower temp, although honestly assams never really get that palatable to me. I think if I want mango tea I will go with Lupicia’s Ripe Mango Oolong, and forgo the black tea base.

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.

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