67 Tasting Notes

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I really like this tea. I’m having a bit of trouble describing it, though, because it’s quite unlike any other tea I have (and I have plenty). The taste is really lovely, and I kind of keep sniffing at it. It really does smell very similar to a rose tea, but somehow not quite as floral, not quite as sweet. I think it’s the combination of Vietnamese tea and lychee.

Now, I have no idea what Vietnamese tea is supposed to taste like, because this is the only one I’ve tried, but I do get the feeling that it gives quite a bit of character to the blend. It really doesn’t taste like anything else I can think of and it’s not just the banana flower. On that note, I have no idea what banana flower is supposed to taste like, and I don’t really taste anything bananaish but I definitely taste more than just lychee.

There is a ‘dryness’ to the flavour that reminds me of one of those grapefruit & spices blends, like The des Deux Chinois or The des Riads, but it’s not quite that. Not surprisingly, since there is no citrus and no spice in this one. But it’s a very pleasant dryness in my opinion, and one I definitely feel in the mood for at times and then I go straight for this tea. Other times I go straight for this tea just because it’s so cool and unusual.

Try it, it’s an experience.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Midnight Grey by Yumchaa
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It’s not bad. It’s not great. I like the lime idea, and I loooooove the name, but it could be better.

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drank Earl Grey Blue Star by Yumchaa
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I’m just not into this tea. It is kind of a sweet-ish Earl Grey, but to me it just doesn’t have much character. I bought it for my boyfriend and he thought pretty much the same thing. Drinkable, but nothing special.

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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I neglected this tea at first because I got it at the same time as Adagio’s Hazelnut Honeybush, which I fell head over heels in love with (which is why it’s now all gone… sad). Anyway, I’m not a huge fan of this tea plain, because I find it needs a longer steep time to really get a strong hazelnut flavour, and by then it’s too bitter for me. But with milk and sugar, it’s hazelnutty desserty perfection. Very very nice. (Also, fantastic when mixed with some black vanilla tea.)

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drank Notting Hill by Tea Palace
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A very nice, very classic vanilla. I don’t like the addition of the flowers because, really, they don’t add anything to the taste and they are just there to look pretty – only once they’re wet they just look sad and floppy. But nevertheless, this is a lovely tea. It’s also great for blending with other black teas (I loved it with Adagio’s Hazelnut).

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drank Everglad by Dammann Freres
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A very nice, simple, refreshing tea. I wanted to get a grapefruit tea for my boyfriend because he liked a Detox one we were given to try at Kusmi and in general, with Kusmi, I figure I can find a similar kind of tea for a much lower price elsewhere. And indeed – this one is lovely, grapefruity, and wonderfully affordable due to its Dammannness.

It’s not at all bitter, but it’s also not really sweet. It’s kind of like a perfect grapefruit, though the grapefruit taste is also decently subtle. But it’s the main flavour, so it’s definitely there. I don’t really have too much to say about it, I just like it. And it’s nice for when I want a break from all the sweet or floral greens that I have and when I don’t want anything with spices in it (such as The des Riads, which is also grapefruity and lovely, but in a rather different way).

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drank Genmaicha by Kusmi Tea
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Pretty much tastes the same to me as the Adagio Genmai Cha, and that is to say – lovely, ricey, and Genmaicha-y.

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drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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I have yet to have a bad experience with a Genmai Cha. A friend brought me some in tea bags from Japan and it was yummy, so I bought some of Adagio’s loose Genmai Cha and – it’s lovely. Then I got some Kusmi Genmai Cha from a friend cause she didn’t like it and – it was lovely. (Mind you – Kusmi recommends 1 minute at 90 degrees. Do not listen.)

So, basically, a lovely, typicall Genmai Cha as far as I can tell. Ricey! Lovely.

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drank Confucius by Mariage Frères
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I like the idea of smoky tea, but I don’t tend to really drink it much. Still, Lapsang tends to be too strong for me, and this one is a bit more subtle, which I really like. Plus the name Confucius just makes me happy and goes very well with my general mood whenever I actually drink smoky tea… basically, rather Chinese and kind of mysterious and contemplative. My favourite smoky tea so far.

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I really like this tea. It’s unusual and lovely and everyone I’ve served it to has liked it. Plus I love that is has the weirdest list of ingredients I’ve seen so far. I need to actually make it again to write a proper review, but I’m updating my Steepster cupboard listing and wanted to make sure that I mention that this one is lovely. Also, I think the first time I made it I was watching Moonrise Kingdom, so now it reminds me of that movie.

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I like all sorts of tea, though I’m still figuring out Rooibos and I haven’t had much luck with Darjeelings.

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