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137 Tasting Notes

93

This is DELICIOUS! Bi mu dan always tastes slightly fruity to me anyway, so it goes perfectly with the cherry flavors. It’s not overwhelmingly cherry, but gently cherry, to match the gentle white, with a hint of vanilla. I can’t find the brandy, but that’s a good thing because I don’t like brandy.

I really like this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I was interested in this, it came right after I had complained about cherry flavoured teas were so few and far between, but I was rather turned off by the brandy. I had the pina colada honeybush and found the alcoholic note in that one completely unacceptable. I don’t much like any kind of alcohol at all.. Now I don’t know… If the alcohol isn’t very strong… It does, in all other ways, sound like something I would like.

ssajami

That’s interesting, I never liked the pina colada honeybush either, but never could put my finger on what bothered me about it. Maybe it was the alcoholic note.
On the other hand, my palate isn’t very sensitive, so maybe that’s not it.

This one, however, is very good. Cherries and white. It’s already sold out, but I could send you some if you like.

Angrboda

I saw some more of it had become available so I ordered some myself. If you still want to swap, though, I’m game. :) I’ve followed you so you can PM me.

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91
drank Pumpkin Rooibos by Fusion Teas
137 tasting notes

Having this with milk. Now it’s Creamy Pumpkin goodness! But I think that next time, if I"m planning to have milk in it, I will make it a bit stronger.

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87

Right now I’m drinking the last of my stash of this tea. I am thoroughly enjoying the tea, yet at the same time sad that there is no more.

Funnily enough, just this morning I wrote on a discussion thread about the whole limited-edition tea concept. I said that I am occasionally very sad when a tea runs out and I know I cannot get any more of it. This is one of those teas.

It’s a strange one, I will admit. Peanut butter? In tea? As a peanut butter addict, I just had to try it. As strange an idea as it may be, it really works. It’s not salty, yet I’m getting the salty sensation of peanut butter, and together with chocolate sweet, it is great.

Frank, if you read this: please, please, please make another peanut butter blend sometime soon! (preferably with chocolate in it too)

Meg

This sounds awesome! I haven’t even thought about peanut butter in tea…..I hope something like this turns up again!

ssajami

Me too! I’ve been hoping for a peanut butter blend for a while. I guess peanut butter is not the most popular of tea flavors.

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75

Compared to the other samples I tried, this one is less toasty, but also less sweet.
It’s like a “lite” version of the other types. Which is not to say that this tea is bad, because it is not. I am currently on my second infusion, which I am enjoying greatly.
It is, however, less impressive than the other samples. Good, but not outstanding.

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77

I will preface this review with a fact: I am not a huge fan of camomile. I like the smell of camomile and will occasionally have a cup in the evening, when I make it for my daughter, as it’s the only tea she will drink, but I almost never reach for the camomile on my own.

I do, however, love love love rooibos.

And so, this blend was intruiging.

Camomile only seems gentle and unassuming, but in this blend it actualy managed to overpower the rooibos. I was hoping for a better balance, but I’m getting mostly camomile and only a little rooibos. It’s there, but taking a clear second place to the camomile.

I do think, however, that this tea will be good iced, or as a base for other blends. Perhaps I will try to mix this with a bit of plain rooibos, vanilla rooibos, or maybe green rooibos, to see if it mellows out the camomile a bit.

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85

This is GOOD! It’s a little smoky, but also sweet and the two mix together wonderfully.
So far I’ve tried 3 of the 6 samples and found them to be very good.
The prices in this tea shop are reasonable and I have this suspicion that in spite of an overflowing tea cupboard, I will ultimately convince myself that I just have to have some more of these Wuyi Oolongs.

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80

I just love the look of these Wuyi Oolong. They are so long and twisty. Beautiful leaves.
This tea is good. It didn’t wow me like the “Golden Key” sample did, but still it was a pleasant cup. A bit woodsy with a smooth sweet aftertaste.

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81
drank Bai Mu Dan by Le Palais des Thes
137 tasting notes

Gentle, sweet white.
Careful with the water temp. and steep time because it can get a bit off.
But if done right, it’s a good white.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Yunnan Tips by Le Palais des Thes
137 tasting notes

One of the advantages of being a tea-nut is that it is easy to buy me birthday presents. For my last birthday, I got a gift certificate to the local (and sadly, only) tea shop. My tea cupboard is now overflowing and I am also slowly taking over another shelf in the kitchen.

Gift certificates are awesome! It gave me an opportunity to purchase some teas that I had never felt justified to purchase before -like the really expensive ones :)
Like this tea. – 2oz of this tea cost me what I usually spend on a full lb. Ahh…but I’d been wanting to try this for while, so I got a small bag.

I guess my main expectation was that it be so very good as to justify it’s high price.

The verdict? It’s good, no doubt about it. It is gentler than the Yunnans I’ve had before and less sweet. but a solid slightly-malty cup.

But it is not THAT good, not good enough to actually pay such a high price again. I like their regular (and much lower priced) Yunnan much better.

So how to rate this. Taste-wise, it really should get a high-ish rating, but the taste-price ratio is way off, which, I think, warrants a lower rating….

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