319 Tasting Notes

83

Does what it says on the tin. Thankfully this blend uses the good kind of rooibos: just woody, without tasting medicinal or tobacco-y. The vanilla is natural and fairly light. Especially for a caffeine-free option, this makes for a pleasant, simple cup. I suspect there’s probably something comparable out there for less, but I wouldn’t mind having this one again at some point.

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82

This one was okay, but not the best Dragonwell I’ve had by any means. The taste is quite subtle—there’s spinach and a hint of salt, but it’s lacking the citrus notes I’ve enjoyed in other Dragonwells. I do appreciate that it’s organic, though.

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88

Another sample from Cameron B. This one reminds me a lot of MF’s Macaron, which is a favorite of mine. It’s sweet and bursting with berry flavor, with a hint of what I think is apple in the background—not authentic apple, though; more like a really good green apple-flavored hard candy (specifically, like these tiny Italian candies they used to sell at Trader Joe’s). This one I probably will stock up on at some point.

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83
drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
319 tasting notes

This was a sample from Cameron B. It’s quite fruity, and it reminds me a bit of Paradise iced tea. Like with Paradise, it’s hard for me to pick out individual flavors, but I’m thinking there might be some peach? Mango? It’s good, but given that there are similar blends that are cheaper and more readily accessible I don’t think it’s one I’d buy. Still, I’m glad to have had the chance to sample this one.

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87

This is lightly vegetal, with hints of fruit (cherry?)—it reminds me a bit of sakura sencha, even. There’s just a hint of smoke in the background to mix things up, too. This is a really nice tea, and I’ll be sad when I use up my stash. If anyone knows of another tea like this one, I’d love to know.

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84

This is a medium-dark oolong, with strong mineral notes. I got honey and some roasty notes. I don’t love oolongs, as a general rule, but this one was quite nice for what it is.

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87

This is a really nice jasmine green, with a strong, floral jasmine that’s natural rather than perfumey. The jasmine dominates the base, which serves as a fairly neutral background. I have a bunch of jasmine greens to work through, but when I run out I’d definitely consider buying some of this one.

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drank Diksam, FTGFOP1 by Lupicia
319 tasting notes

Standard Assam indeed. This is okay, if a little harsh, but since there are so many exceptional Assams on the market it’s not something I’d consider purchasing.

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drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
319 tasting notes

Smells and tastes just like grape medicine, yuck.

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90

This is by far my favorite of the Héritage Gourmand samples I received from CharlotteZero (and second only to my beloved Macaron in the HG lineup). It does remind me quite a bit of Macaron, with that delightful aftertaste I can really only describe as clear gummy bear. The bergamot’s not very strong, the base comes through nicely, and the overall effect is very smooth, very comforting. I think I am picking up on the berry note others have mentioned, as well. I don’t see how this tea is meant to resemble a crêpe, but that’s okay when it’s this good. I would for sure pick up some more of this if it were possible to buy it without the very expensive tin. As it is, I might still consider doing so at some point, when my stash is under control. After all, when I move to London next year Mariage Frères will practically be on my doorstep…

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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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