2165 Tasting Notes

87
drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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Ok, now I am skipping around a bit, because there are herbals and other “home teas” that I really just can’t drink in order because I never remember to do so. :P So we will skip to this one (#34). I actually drank it twice because I did one of those things where I drank it but then neglected to write a note. Then I drank it again today. It’s a pretty delicious tea. Very mango-y, nice green oolong base. Edging toward candy-ish, but not in a bad way. I enjoyed both cups.

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

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85

Whaaat an herbal tea at work?? Well I brought a sachet of this tea (#37) in because I really wanted to have it in sequence, and now’s the time. I’m not that tired this afternoon anyway. :) I couldn’t remember anything about this tea, and I couldn’t really figure it out from the flavor, so I cheated and looked. Yes, it does still taste like black currant and mallow. I think the other fruits make it hard to really pin down, though. It’s a decent herbal but not amazing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Mangoustan by Dammann Freres
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Another from this smallish order. I had to order this one (#38) when I found out it existed since mangosteen is such a rare flavor to find. There are pretty much no other mangosteen teas that I’ve found (I did try one blend once, but it wasn’t very good)! This one is pretty mangosteen-y. It comes across as a nice tropical blend. I bet it would be fantastic cold brewed.

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

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95
drank Noël en Alsace by Dammann Freres
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Another one of my faaaaavorites (#39). Why was this only rated 90? It deserves higher, in my estimation, so I bumped it up. I love the flavor combos here, even if they are a bit hard to pull apart. They work for me. Even though I don’t find any of these flavors (fruits, honey) particularly Christmasy, I do associate this yarn with the holidays since it was at that time that I first had it.

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

I love that you called it yarn instead of tea. :)

Dinosara

LOLOL what a hilarious slip! These days it’s all yarn on the brain. :D

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95
drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
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Mmmm, time for an order of DF teas. And I get to start with one of my favorites (#40). I love the blend of caramel and fruit and general deliciousness here. Not sure why these flavors go with Prague (I will always think of the almond-cinnamon-sugar spit-roasted pastries called trdelnik), but I had a great time in Prague so it’s nice to have a yummy tea to remind me of it.

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

I love how you love DF so much haha. I was going to wait until xmas to order their calendar but you’re unintentionally nudging me to just do it sooner than that.

Dinosara

Haha, I am totally Steepster’s No. 1 Dammann fangirl. :D

yyz

I think k it’s because around Christmas that you often see this plum and vodka filled chocolates in that part of the world if the stocking at the European Deli is to be believed:-)

Marzipan

Want to joint order?

Equusfell

Hey, Marzipan, I am interested in joint ordering, follow me and we can chat!

Marzipan

Sure thing, you just caught me before I ordered.

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97
drank Milk Oolong by American Tea Room
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Om nom, om nom nom. This tea (#41) is so different from the Jin Xuan Milk Oolong that I had this morning, but both are delicious in their own ways. This one is super sweet and creamy, and also has fruity notes, unlike the florals from the Jin Xuan. Peaches and cream, for sure. I still really love this one. Every time I brew it I wonder if I could use more oolong-like steeping parameters, but this tea is so expensive I don’t really want to waste a cup mucking around with something that already works. Maybe someday I will be brave enough to try.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

Blergh. The last time I had this tea (#42), I thought it was very tasty. Today, not so much. I am leaving the rating in the mid-80s since apparently I am fairly schizophrenic about this tea. I really think that it’s mostly that my tastebuds have decided that Taiwanese blacks are not the teas for me.

Just noticed that the last tea I drank was a Jin Xuan (milk oolong), this one is a Jin Xuan (black tea), and the next tea on my list is actually another milk oolong (but a TGY). What a weird spot in my cupboard.

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90

Another Teavivre tea that I had twice. They really are just too delicious! This one (#43) is different from a lot of other Milk Oolongs, but it is sweet and creamy, and just a bit floral, nonetheless. It’s a robust tea and can take being western-brewed at boiling as well as a cooler temp.

Also, I has a sad because yesterday I broke one of my DavidsTea Perfect Mugs, the design from several falls ago with all the forest animals on it. :( They need to put out another design with owls so I can replace it.

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

I hate breaking tea ware. It happens to me far too often!

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92

I drank this next one (#44) yesterday, and then again this morning, and I almost let today get away without a note for it. But not so! Here it is, short and lame though it may be (I have been effusive about this tea in the past). It was deliciously sweet both times. LOVE.

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

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98

And now we will have a short interlude of unflavored teas, starting with this one (#45). I crave unflavored teas less these days than I used to, but I do still enjoy them when I have them. This one is a touch earthier than I remembered it being, but not enough to put me off. Especially as it cools, it becomes more and more chocolatey, although I am not getting the sweetness. Still, tasty enough. 5 pearls in 12 oz of water.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 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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Ohio, US

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