1979 Tasting Notes

98
drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
1979 tasting notes

Once I have moved (so, after July 1) I am planning a Dammann tea order for a limited blend and a couple of new ones I just came across. I am also thinking that I will need to order refills of this tea and Fleurilege, since I am almost out of both of them! To be fair, I only had 50g to start, but it’s kind of amazing to me that I have almost completely blown through them. I mean, I could use the time to finish up other teas, but where is the fun in that? Plus if I am paying for shipping from France I might as well throw in a couple of extras.

Unlike Sil, I am still hopelessly in love with this tea. For sure my perfect caramel tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Toffee

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

haha well i’m super glad you still love it.. and it IS really nice.. i’m just tired of it heh

Dinosara

I admit I am curious about the Caramel from TeaG that you love, although I have not been super impressed with TG’s blends in the past. Maybe I just haven’t had the right ones. :)

Sil

DF is caramel toffee…. teaG is just caramel. I could have both in my cupboard and be happy.

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99
drank Gardens of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1979 tasting notes

A little bird told me that this tea was reblended for this month’s blends club… the month that I cancelled. Of course, I knew that would happen! One of my favorite blends ever, and I cancelled right before it was reblended in a very limited capacity. It is just about enough to make me rejoin the blends club, especially since I’ve been fairly successful in selling off the ones I don’t like lately. I mean, it’s only $17/month.

This is an elderly tea for sure. You can sit on many black blends for a long time, but that’s just not the case for oolongs and greens. I’ve been cold brewing through a large stock of a green Dammann blend that has lost most of its flavor, and it’s kind of sad. This one has hints of greatness around the edges still. Lovely florals, notes of butter and candy. The are just weak.

Much as I don’t want to just “get through” this blend, I’m wondering if I should cold brew. It’s certainly not getting any younger.

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

Ahh I’m excited to try this one in the monthly box! :D I’ve never had it

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87
drank Amandine Rose by Teavana
1979 tasting notes

This is one of my older teas and although I do still enjoy it, I’m not as in love with it as I once was. Partly it could be the tea aging, which it certainly has, but I’m also going to blame it on refined tastes and the fact that I have a rose/almond tea that I love more these days.

I wonder how this would cold steep? Teas with spices often taste wrong to me when cold steeped, but I do enjoy almond and rose in cold steeps. Guess there is one way to find out!

Flavors: Almond, Pastries, Rose, Spices

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

Which rose almond tea do you like better? I just discovered Fauchon’s La Naissance and am sadly in love, I was wondering if there were any similar, more accessible teas out there!

OMGsrsly

I think Dammann Freres has a cheaper almondy tea like Naissance. Maybe.

Dinosara

Unfortunately, my favorite rose almond tea is La Naissance! I haven’t found any that come close that are more accessible, and this one is discontinued too. Rose and almond are tough!

Amande Amaretti is pretty good but it’s just almond (no rose) and it’s also just a lot less nuanced blend. Doesn’t really replace La Naissance for me. I did recently come across another Dammann tea called Amore that has almond and rose, but also chocolate and bergamot. I’m planning on ordering some after I move in July.

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90
drank Le Bonheur! (Happiness) by Fauchon
1979 tasting notes

Because my dreams told me I had to have this one this morning.

I will be so sad when my tiny tin of this one is gone. It is definitely my favorite “red fruits” blend. sigh Maybe Vente-Privee will have another Fauchon sale someday.

Flavors: Berries, Lemon, Red Fruits

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

Yeah, Vente-Privee needs to hurry up!

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98
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
1979 tasting notes

Guys, last night I had a dream that there was another Fauchon sale on Vente-Privee, and I bought another tin of this tea and one of Le Bonheur!

Sadly it was just a dream, but I figured it was a sign that I should have some of my faves this morning. Particularly this one, since it featured so prominently. This is just such a “me” tea. Almond and rose? Yes please.

Flavors: Almond, Cake, Rose

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

Oh my goodness, your note caused me to look up Fauchon and I must say I am now severely upset that they don’t deliver to the US! What have you done?! XD

Dinosara

Haha, sorry. Most Steepsterites have gotten Fauchon teas through sales on vente-privee.com, or at one point a whole bunch of Fauchon teas showed up at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Winners stores. Finding it in North America is pretty hit or miss!

Cameron B.

Yeah, I’m new here so I don’t know a lot of the popular brands. I signed up at the Vente Privee website so hopefully they’ll get some interesting teas in soon. Thanks for your help. :)

yyz

I love this one too!

Stephanie

I love love love this tea and I wish your dream would come true :)

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86

I have not had this tea before, and I’m looking forward to trying it in comparison to some of the lower grades thanks to my samples from Teavivre.

I think I should probably be steeping these dragonwells at slightly different parameters (for me), but I wanted to still brew this one at the same parameters as the others for equal assessment. I will say, this one brewed up much milder and sweeter at these parameters than the others did.

I get the same buttery goodness from this one, but instead of spinach I think it’s closer to asparagus in the green flavor. Still, the lowest grade is the nuttiest. The higher grades get fresher and greener. This is quite lovely. Glad to have been able to try all of these teas! Now I’ll have to try them out with short steeps at home sometime.

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Sugarcane

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Orchard Spice by Verdant Tea
1979 tasting notes

When I swapped with OMGsrsly a while ago I asked for a sample of this tea, but she couldn’t find it and/or was out of it. But apparently she found some because she sent me a surprise sample of it! Thanks!

Despite the unseasonality of it, I am drinking this fall-themed tea this summer afternoon. Overall, pretty tasty. There are definitely nice apple spice notes in this, although I admit that I don’t really taste the tea itself. The white tea I can imagine being swamped by this, but I would have thought the Zhu Rong would make an appearance. It’s tasty enough but I don’t think it will go on my have-to-have list. Thanks for the sample OMGsrsly!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Spices

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

Yay, you got it! :)

OMGsrsly

It was hiding flat underneath some other teas. I knew I had some, and felt so bad when I couldn’t find it.

Dinosara

Thanks so much for the surprise package, it was fun! :D

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85

Next grade up in my samples from Teavivre! I would have assumed that I’ve had a previous harvest of this tea before but I can’t find prior tasting notes so I guess not!

At first when it was still very hot I found this tea surprisingly underwhelming. It was kind of flat and uninteresting in the first few sips, but luckily that changed as it started cooling. I find this tea “greener” and less nutty than the Premium grade. Perhaps even a faint hint of a floral. I think I might prefer the Premium! But they are so close that it is hard to really say. Maybe I will have to have a dragonwell-off one day. Regardless I am enjoying the fresh green teas!

Flavors: Butter, Peas, Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1979 tasting notes

Yay, a tea from my surprise package from OMGsrsly! And she put the samples in tiny individual bags that are one serving each. Such ease!

I love a good coconut pouchong/baozhong, so I am always up for trying a different company’s offerings. They are usually all similar but some stand out. This is a standout! It is one of these coconut pouchongs that tastes intensely like a coconut macaroon. Sweet, baked coconut and meringue cookies. YUM. Thanks for the samples of this one OMGsrsly, it is delicious!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cookie, Sugar

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Yay! This is my favourite, but they recently put it into their clearance bin and I am full of sad.

Dinosara

Oh noes! Stock up now? Have you tried Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong? This is closest to it of the ones I’ve tasted.

OMGsrsly

They finally got back to me! Apparently they pack up a few bags of random teas and discount them to encourage people to try new tea. :) So PHEW.

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85

Next tea from my Teavivre samples! I received three types of Dragonwell so I decided to start with the lowest grade (assuming the grading goes Premium–Superfine–Nonparil). Like the rest of these samples, I’ve tried Teavivre’s offering of this before, but it’s always nice to taste new, fresh harvests, especially of green teas.

This time I am getting a lot of nice buttery and nutty flavor, but there is definitely a slightly harsh vegetal note to it. Perhaps I oversteeped it a bit as well. I think in the future I would go for a shorter steep when using the whole sample pack in my mug. Still, a nice dragonwell that features all the things I normally look for in this type of tea.

Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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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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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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