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71 Tasting Notes

78

Another sipdown. This one was my favorite of the teas in the Upton oolong sampler. It has a light pleasant honey flavor. I certainly wouldn’t mind having more, but at the same time, I’ve found other oolongs I like better, such as David’s vanilla orchid. However, if you’re never had a formosa oolong and want to try some, this would be a great tea to start with.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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75

I’ve really fallen behind on my tealog, but now that I’m looking at so many empty tea tins I realize I better face up to it. So this is the last of the mango tea. I’m sorry it’s gone, but I probably won’t go out of my way to restock it, in part because I didn’t like the base when I first got it. I don’t mind it now, but I wonder if I would have to get accustomed to it all over again after going awhile without drinking it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

I didn’t think much of this tea when I first tried it, but it has steadily grown on me. The base tea seems less problematic, the mango flavor is more present. Knocking up my rating of it a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Steeped this too long and now it tastes like licorice? There is not the least bit of licorice in this tea, it’s just oolong leaf.

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90
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
71 tasting notes

This is me trying and failing to talk myself out of drinking Paris at 11 o’clock at night. The craving for the cherry berry chocolaty-ness is just too strong.

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75

Realizing several cups later that this tea is significantly better if, when following the 1 tsp. instructions, you whompingly heap the teaspoon and then maybe add a pinch more. The flavor still doesn’t live up to the aroma (if we were rating teas by smell here, this would score 100. Chocolate and oranges, deeeeeelicious) but at least you can start to see the resemblance.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
71 tasting notes

This is the last of it! And I’m not sorry to see it go. While it was never a bad tea, I just couldn’t work up any fondness for it. Oh well, part of exploring new flavors is discovering what you don’t like.

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73

There’s one thing in particular I look for in a vanilla tea. And that’s vanilla. Wish this tea was more vanilla-y.

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80

My tastes seem to be in flux, because now I think I prefer this to Twinings’ version.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Something about the ginger/lemongrass/coconut combo makes this the perfect pick-me-up tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Happiness Is:
green tea
black tea
sometimes white tea, especially if it involves peaches
oolong? I’m starting to think oolong is the best of both worlds — I haven’t had many yet, but those I’ve tried have been divine.
fruit!
vanilla things
lots of mint!

Not Really My Style:
spices (except for ginger. ginger rocks)
chai (because, you know, the spices)
rooibos (I don’t get it. Everyone seems psyched for it. Not me).
those smoky teas, like lapsang souchong, though once in a while I’ll need something really strong and then I like them.

Bergamot.
Bergamot lives in a weird little category of its own. Sometimes it’s very good. Sometimes it’s very bad. I don’t know why my feelings toward it are always in flux, though the brand is a factor to some extent. Tea companies seem to have vastly different opinions about how to make earl grey.

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