1464 Tasting Notes

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
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What a delectable chocolate orange tea. More orange than chocolate, plus the base is smooth and not too astringent. My favourite chocolate orange tea to date.

I’ve been drinking orange juice lately (bought it for blueberry tarts which were devoured in a couple days) so especially after that refresher, the pulp-laden orange juice makes this taste like candy. It’s quite sweet in comparison and doesn’t have the bite that zest/peel can. The dry leaf itself doesn’t have that much orange peel in the mix. I’ve had this a few times now and every time I made a big mug of this, out of every 4-5g of tea, I’d maybe see one little piece of dried peel drop into the infuser basket. Sometimes, not always.

The chocolate is on the semi-sweet side. Realistic and not artificial or waxy at all, although I would have liked a little bit more. Overall, I can see myself grabbing up more of this.

Maddy Barone

That sounds pretty tasty.

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drank Ginger Beer by DAVIDsTEA
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I know I said that DAVIDs Pumpkin Spice made the best smoothie ever but this is a close contender. For two days in a row, I’ve had:

200ml Silk unsweetened coconut milk
200ml Ginger Beer cold brew
50g Syntha-6 cinnamon bun protein powder
100g frozen banana
65g frozen mixed berries

That cinnamon bun protein and Ginger Beer combination is the bomb. This tisane is ultra flavourful so it really shines through in the smoothie. It isn’t buried by the frozen fruits. My breakfast was like liquid gingerbread smothered in berries. I have one more round left of Ginger Beer so I’ll definitely consume it this way.

Evol Ving Ness

I hope you are saving all these smoothie recipes in a word document that I can borrow when I get smoothie fever. :)

You truly are coming up with extra awesome combinations. Good work!

Fjellrev

Haha it’s no big deal at all. I basically use the same formula as above but switch up the tea, or berries. You can’t go wrong, really!

Evol Ving Ness

Impressive, nonetheless. And inspired.

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Did I seriously polish off 100g of this in under four months? For a tea that didn’t dazzle me, that’s pretty darn impressive. I had 10g left in the bag so I made a massive cup and it turned out very chocolatey. The chocolate note in this is the highlight of this, in my opinion. I’m so glad I was able to snag some on sale since I still don’t think it was worth its full price.

That means the cupboard count is down to 43.

VariaTEA

100g in less than 4 months? Perhaps you were more impressed than you thought.

Sil

haha go you!

Fjellrev

I think it was also out of convenience? Like, I don’t really have too many other chocolatey teas right now so I kept reaching for this and ATR’s Chocolate Latte haha.

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drank Violette by Dammann Freres
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I was rummaging through my cupboard trying to figure out which tea to make for my mom realized that I sipped this down a while back. This brings me down to 44, I believe? This was awesome fresh, but it is one that starts to lose its flavour at around the ten-month mark. It was still violety but it was the base that got a little stale.

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drank Satemwa by Acquired Taste Tea Co.
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Last time I was at Acquired Taste, the sales associate (I’m sure she’s the owner) generously gave me a sample of this after having a nice conversation about black tea. She figured I’d like this since I like my bold Assams. Initially, I wasn’t exactly the most ecstatic because I haven’t had great luck with CTC. They’re usually ultra astringent and flat.

But this is a win! The best CTC I’ve tried to date. It’s so malty, it’s like drinking Milo, especially when you add some milk. It’s a little thinner than expected. You’d think with a bold flavour like this, it would be accompanied with a thick mouthfeel. That’s my only complaint. I’m detecting some dried fruit in the aftertaste too. Maybe dried apricot and apple rings.

This CTC from Malawi is purchase-worthy. Something I would grab if I were out of black tea and didn’t want to spend $20494202 on one ounce of whatever black tea online.

Sil

neat

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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So, Fjellrev, why are you drinking this if you say you haven’t really been into them as of late? Because it’s summer and I want a melon tea pop, and I’m out of Golden Honey Dew, which is heartbreaking. That’s why.

Cold brewed this time around is a little disappointing. I might have overleafed because the liquor is a deeper yellow than what I recall in the past, and it’s more vegetal too. The base is killing off the gorgeous melon note. With club soda, it’s very refreshing. It just makes me miss Golden Honey Dew all the more.

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Many thanks to Angel for passing down these wonderful samples. I drank this down before having a chance to write about it but it was a super green floral with a healthy helping of buttery undertones. I detected a bit of grassiness alongside the floral notes but nothing too overwhelming. While I enjoyed drinking it, oolongs aren’t really something I’ve been waiting to reach for as of late so I’ll reserve rating this.

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drank Rose de Mai by Dammann Freres
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Ah, DF, the Rosa Centifolia of which you speak, is very present in this tea. This is beyond just dump-some-rose-petals-into-an-oolong. What separates this from other rose blends is that it smells like a very high quality rose absolute, at least to me. The base itself is floral and orchid-like but on the vegetal side. The vegetal notes take away from the rose, especially in the aftertaste.

I would give this a higher rating if I enjoyed the base more. I know I’m part of the problem there because I just haven’t been in an oolong mood for the longest time now, and especially anything with vegetal notes has been turning me off. Such a shame since the rose in Rose de Mai is impeccable.

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drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
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My mom and I enjoyed a cup of Pour Maman earlier this lazy afternoon at the kitchen table. I’ve had it a couple times already but keep failing to log it. The first couple times were more favourable, if memory serves me correctly.

Despite being a blend of black and green tea, it’s easy to please in terms of steeping parameters. I’ve never had the green tea go grossly bitter. It’s light and sparingly like a green tea, but no vegetal, grassy, or floral notes. Meanwhile, the black tea doesn’t take the green tea hostage either. Overall, very light, which allows for the fruits and vanilla to come through.

The vanilla is smooth and not artificial at all. The red fruits are a melange of, well, red fruits, but not an obvious, specific berry. It’s rather vague, like some sweet mixed berry jams are. I’ve been eating a lot of berries as of late, too, seeing that it’s summer, and nothing in here stands out as strawberry, or raspberry, or whatever. I’ll pay extra attention next time, but FWIW, other red fruit French teas seem to go down that route, lending a pleasant, yet convoluted, berry flavour to the blend.

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Many thanks to Angel for sending me samples of this wonderful tea. I was initially hesitant, anticipating smoke from this Keemun, but jackpot. No smoke. Whew. The dry leaves are wispy and curled. Delicate. I’ve had this twice now—both yesterday morning and now—both only steeped once both times, so for now, I can’t say how it would resteep.

Keemun Aromatic Snail has a thinner mouthfeel and minimal astringency. I don’t pick up on sweet potato so much. It’s sooner grainier than potato-y to my palate. Starchy, nonetheless. The grains are drizzled in honey.

This makes me sad that I still haven’t tried the Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea (Golden Tip) and Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu Black that I ordered a year-and-a-half ago. Luckily, they are still sealed, but it breaks my heart that they’re packed away just sitting there. Had I known that finding a steady job and getting my own place would take this long, I would have rescued them from the box last time I was at my mom’s house in the middle of nowhere last winter, since they’re still there. I’ve been craving those kinds of teas lately too, so this Keemun has really helped!

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