307 Tasting Notes

86

This is a nice Chinese green—mildly savory and vegetal with a little nuttiness. I’m not sure I would pick this to order over some of the other similar Teavivre greens I’ve sampled, as it’s not super distinctive—but I’m not sure that I wouldn’t, either. It’s very mellow and drinkable. Thanks for the sample, Teavivre!

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93

This is another of my new DF teas from the group order. I picked this one mainly because I was curious about the vodka flavoring. I mean, how can a tea taste like vodka? Alas, it looks like I may never know because that’s one note I’m not getting from this one. What I am picking up on, though, is all prune. I know it’s an old lady kind of flavor, but I happen to love it, and it’s something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a tea before. Fresh plum, sure, but never prune. The caramel is the next strongest flavor, with just a tiny hint of cocoa in the background. I don’t know about the clementine either, but it may becoming through in the tart brightness I’d initially attributed to the prune. My one complaint is that the base seems a little flat—it could be that I need to go a little heavier on the leaf, though; I’ve been doing my standard 1 tsp/8 oz water but next time I might go up to 1.5. Even so, this is a delicious and unique tea, and I’m thinking it’s one I’ll want to restock whenever my next DF order comes around.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Dustin

One of the many flavors in Dr. Pepper is prune!

greenteafairy

Wow, really? I would never have guessed! But I can kind of see it, I think.

Dustin

I may have to take that back! I have heard that from several die hard Pepper fans over the years, but I just googled it and Snopes is saying it isn’t true! :(

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85

My first tea from the DF group order Zennenn so generously organized. I’m always on the lookout for new and different caffeine-free options, and I’d been eyeing a bunch of the DF tisanes for a while now. But when it came time for the group order, it turned out I was the only one interested in just about all of them. I went back and forth about whether or not I wanted to risk ordering a whole 100g just for myself, but in the end this one sounded too enticing to resist and I went for it. Berries and rhubarb are some of my favorite flavors, and dates and orange flower are pretty up there too. Plus I haven’t had the chance to try too many (or possibly any?) linden-based tisanes, so it’s an educational experience of sorts.

So how is it? It doesn’t pack quite the punch I’d hoped it might have—the flavors are pretty muted, and indistinct—but it’s very drinkable. It turns out I like linden pretty well; it’s not too herbal-tasting and almost reminds me of a weaker, better version of chamomile. That’s the dominant flavor; I’m getting some general fruity and floral notes in the background but nothing I think I’d be able to identify had I not known what the flavor profile was meant to be. Though I don’t think I’l have any trouble drinking this one down it’s probably not something I’ll restock, partly just because of the difficulties of sourcing DF, but if and when I have the chance to place another order I’ll probably try another of their tisanes.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Zennenn

This one smelled so good as I was packaging. Another was Tisane de Noel.

tea-sipper

I’m sorry we didn’t help you with the tisanes more! I’m glad you liked this one though. :D

greenteafairy

Honestly, I suspect most of the tisanes I was eyeing taste pretty similar to this one—lots of linden with some faint fruits and florals—so I’m just as happy having a big stash of the one as smaller sizes of several, I think!

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80

I got this in my closing down mystery box from Butiki, but since I already had some plain honeybush in my stash at the time I’m just now getting around to sipping it down. Not too much to say about this one; it’s your typical honeybush—very woodsy and a little bit sweet. Like drinking liquid cedar chips, but not in a bad way. I feel petty neutral about this tea. It’s fine in a pinch when I need something caffeine-free, but I definitely prefer some of the flavored honeybush blends I’ve tried to the plain version.

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83

I swear I’ve already logged this one. But anyway, yet another sad Butiki sipdown (though by no means the saddest). This is such an odd blend, but it works pretty well. I never tried it with sugar or salt, but straight it’s quite sweet and heavy on the apple and cinnamon. Those flavors don’t entirely go with the green base, which is pretty vegetal, but it’s a decent blend all the same—and certainly a unique one. Only Butiki…

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93

This is so good. There’s that signature Darjeeling herby/grassy thing going on, there’s apricot and citrus, plus a lot more that I’m struggling to pinpoint. It’s very smooth for a Darj, with virtually no astringency. I so wish I could restock this one, along with some of Butiki’s other fabulous teas. I know there are plenty of other places sourcing fine Darjeelings, but I so miss having Butiki as my one-stop shop!

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89
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
307 tasting notes

This is a super malty tea. That’s mainly what I’m getting out of the (admittedly elderly) sample I’m finally getting around to drinking, but as a fan of Assams and all things malt-heavy this is not a bad thing at all. There’s a little bit of astringency and a little sweetness too. A really solid basic black tea, which is something I always like to have at least a couple of around. When I’ve sipped down a few more of my teas, I just may consider placing an order for some more of this (along with Justea’s luscious Earl Grey).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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89

This one is so good. It really does taste like blackberry juice, not straight-up hibiscus like so many fruity tisanes, and while I could do with the elderflower being a little stronger I can occasionally catch a hint of that floral goodness on the end of the sip. I love this iced, and I’m going to be sad when I use up my box. If only it were available in the US—I know it’s on Amazon, but I don’t shop there and even if I did it appears to be going for something crazy like $20/box. Please please please add this blend to your US distribution list, Taylors of Harrogate!

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100
drank Haru Poro-Poro by Lupicia
307 tasting notes

This was one of my first true tea loves, way back when I picked it up from a Lupicia shop in San Francisco in the summer of 2008 on my last day (probably ever for the rest of my life, the way things are looking now) as a resident of the beautiful Bay Area. Luscious raspberry syrup with a crisp green base and a hint of that honey whole-wheat pretzel goodness from the green rooibos, plus a whole lot of sentimental value. I was so sad when Lupicia discontinued Haru Poro Poro, and I will never stop hoping for them to bring it back (though now that it’s been gone for, what, five years[?!] my hopes are a bit diminished).

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93

This one is so good! The oolong base is not too oolong-y, neither super green and floral nor especially dark and roasty, and the raspberry is just right, almost like my dear lamented Haru Poro Poro from Lupicia. It is a little syrupy (though never artificial), but that’s no bad thing in my book—a good raspberry syrup is one of life’s great joys, IMO. I’ve prepared this a bunch of different ways, both hot and cold, but I think it’s at its very best cold-steeped and iced. I only wish this one was easier to get ahold of here in the States, since I don’t think I’ll make it back to Denmark any time in the foreseeable future.

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Likes: greens, dark oolongs, genmaicha, fruity greens and oolongs, chai, matcha, jasmine, Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling

Dislikes: spearmint, chamomile, stevia, marshmallows, unflavored white teas, green oolongs

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