drank Histoire Tibetaine by THE O DOR
396 tasting notes

I wasn’t paying attention when I steeped this and did five minutes in boiling water, despite the fact that it contains green tea. So there is a chance I oversteeped it.

However, my tongue is still recovering from me burning it yesterday, so if I did, I don’t know how well I’ll be able to taste it.

The leaves smelt of bergamot most strongly, and flowers more secondly.

Brewed, jasmine is coming through. First sip is floral and bergamoty, although muddled—stupid tongue. Yes… definitely a strong floral in there. I think I smell something sweeter, but that seems to be all I’m getting from the vanilla.

Got this at the Urban Tea Merchant yesterday. I pretty much swore off ever getting tinned tea there, because they’re thirty dollars while the same amount of tea in a sealed bag is half that. However! They were having a sale on all of their old tea tins (they have new ones) and Christmas teas (I thought about it, but it looks like they went the usual Christmas Spice way). Plus, you apparently get a few cents off if you bring in an O Dor tin for a refill.

For a full recount of the shenanigans that went down at the shop, one’ll have to read my updated Place review. And believe me, stuff went down. Not particularly good stuff, but I still love the shop itself.

Tea’s cooled, but with that, the taste as become mild… I’m going to go ahead and blame my tongue again. I’m really not picking up any notes of the black or green teas used. I think I’m getting an astringency from somewhere, but hm. Yes, I think it might be from the green. I’ll have to bring my steeping down a bit next time.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Oooh — shennanigans! I’ll have to read that a little bit later…

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A tea-drinking transgendered Canadian, currently in the third year of university, majoring in geology (yes, “rocks and things”). I take most of my tea made straight into a mug, although occasionally if I’m not in a hurry (this isn’t often), I’ll have time to sit down with a pot or with the full gongfu set. It’s the highlight of a good day if I have time for a pot.

My notes and reviews will often sound dis-jointed, repetitive and confused, as I tend not to work on them as a whole, but rather add notes as I sip without rereading what I’ve already typed.

I take my tea straight, with the exception of chais (or matcha); very rarely, I’ll sweeten things the Russian way. I also have a soft spot for earl greys.

I keep a teatra.de blog for reviewing and rambling about tea books/publications.

And I’m a Doctor Who fanatic (Jon Pertwee, if you were wondering).

“But you should never turn down tea, when it’s offered. It’s impolite, and impoliteness is how wars start.” ~Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann


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