2219 Tasting Notes

drank Phoenix by THE O DOR
2219 tasting notes

This was one of the many samples that were included with my birthday order. The samples are mostly “Mystery Sachets”. You don’t know what they are until you open the pouch. I saw mostly green in the sachet and thought it was green tea so I was pretty surprised to look it up and see that it is black tea and mate. The aroma was powerful and daughter and I were debating whether it was almond or amaretto. Surprise! Neither!

It says it is chocolate and chili. I have never been a big fan of spicy things so I was a little frustrated to see chili as an ingredient. WHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYY? But I try to keep an open mind and it smelled so good, so I went for it.

And…it is really tasty. The chili was almost undetectable at first. (Since there was only one sachet we resteeped and combined so we could each have a full teacup.) It was sweet and chocolate-y. As it cooled, I picked up the barest kick of heat, but nothing even close to frightening this wimp off. Youngest said she didn’t taste chili either until it had started to cool and she noticed at the back of the sip.

So far I am really liking this company. We may have to place another order.

Sil

the o dor has some fantastic teas!

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drank Mademoiselle by THE O DOR
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This was one of my birthday teas from youngest. She loves Earl Grey so I thought this would be a big hit with her, but she strongly preferred the sample of Earl Grey Royal they sent. The bergamot was milder in that one.

She didn’t mind the strength of the bergamot in this – she likes bergamot a lot so that wasn’t it. Maybe the base is milder in the other or maybe I overleafed and didn’t realize.

The aroma was nice. It is bergamot and lavender, but the lavender doesn’t smell like granny’s soap, it smells more herbal, more savory. You really pick up the scent that tells lavender and rosemary are close cousins. I enjoyed the complex aroma.

The lavender also does not come across as soapy in the flavor. And I am definitely going to try this one Iced, just for us, as we are hitting temps in the 80’s this week and I would love to see if I can make something mimic Earl Grey Iced from Southren Boy Teas.

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drank Earl Grey Royal by THE O DOR
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This is a sample that came with my birthday order from youngest. She loves Earl Grey so I specifically saved it for us to drink together. This is pretty easy with the The O Dor sachets because we are getting a minimum of two steeps from each.

And this went on her “must have again” list. The bergamot in this reminds me of Southern Boy Teas Earl Grey Iced. That was a favorite of mine that will be sorely missed, but maybe this will make a delicious iced tea as well. Not all Earl Grey’s are created equal, even within a single company. We had Mademoiselle from this company today and while it is bergamot and lavender, youngest strongly prefers this tea. It is smoother, the bergamot is less sour, and it resteeped well. Now I know what to get her for her next big occasion!

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drank Perseus by THE O DOR
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Oh my word. I got a late birthday gift today from my youngest daughter, said box arriving after she left for school and sorely tempting me.

When she let me open the gift, there were not only two teas but a plethora of samples, most of which were simply labeled “mystery sachet”. EXCITING! I knew they must be labeled in the inside so you know how to steep it, and I assumed the wrapper color was a clue as to what kind of tea was inside.

This immediately smelled like candy, delicious, delectable grown up candy. I thought of those candies that come in flavors like violet, guava, or lavender. I am guessing it must be the plum sitting right up front in the aromas, and the bergamot is there but not whack-you-over-the-head sour. It says there are carrot pieces but I don’t taste anything that I perceive as carrot. Anyone know what carrot would contribute in a blend like this?

We made two steeps with this little sachet and made nummy noises the whole time we drank it. The base is pretty smooth. I followed their advice and kept the water cool for a black tea, steeping it at about 190F. I did give it four minutes for the first steep and nearly five for the second.

Absolutely delicious, and I can hardly wait to try some more of their teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Happy belated birthday to you, ashmanra.

Amie

Happy Birthday!!

Teatotaler

Glad you’re back, ashmanra. I have missed reading your always wonderful notes! Happy birthday! :)

ashmanra

Thank you, all! It was a lovely birthday!

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Yes yes yes!

My tastebuds have been awol due to this bronchitis, but yesterday I bought some nice olives and blue cheese crumbles. I was pretty confident I could taste that. And I made THREE POTS so far off this one basket of leaves, and hubby has been drinking it with me all day. I am about to make yet another pot because it is really good.

I can’t taste everything perfectly yet, but I get a great aftertaste with this one, almost like the finish of a TGY or even a light licorice root note (which I love) so I am pretty tickled that I am tasting something! Hopefully this cold will be kicked to the curb as I continue drinking my elderberry tonic and staying hydrated, but the Bradford pears are in bloom which means the oaks are, too. Here we go again.

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drank Coconut Almond by Paromi
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I was excited to review this because I was going to get to de-cupboard it. Turns out it wasn’t in my cupboard. Sigh. Well, it is a sipdown anyway. I am trying to get some older teas off shelf because I have TOO MUCH TEA. Yes, it is possible.

The sad thing is that this is a really good tea, but I couldn’t taste it. I have been sick for a week and nothing tastes quite like it should. I can’t remember the last time I cancelled music lessons but I did cancel the whole week. I didn’t go to the doctor but I think I had a cold that went into bronchitis. Today is my first day really feeling both human and somewhat energetic.

I would definitely purchase this again sometime when I get my cupboard under control, mainly because guests seem to enjoy it and it is a nice blend that goes well with a lot of things.

Indigobloom

Yuck. Feel better soon!

mrmopar

Going around up here as well. Hope you get well soon.

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drank White Tangerine by Revolution Tea
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I rediscovered this tea a few weeks ago after neglecting it for a long time. That happens when you have more tea than you really should have at one time.

When my daughter started college, she mentioned that one of her professors was drinking tea. I got excited and told her to ask their preferences and I sent tea goodie bags to them.

This semester she saw her Trig professor drinking tea, and knew I would want to send him something. She saw that he was using sachets and asked what he liked. He said that his mother-in-law had given him a lot of tea and Revolution was the best he had come across.
I wrote a little note about how to steep it and sent this one along to him. He told her at the next class that it was AMAZING. Next I am hoping to lead him to the loose leaf side.

Now I am trying to drink a lot of this so I can get a fresh batch. It tastes like the spray that hits your face when you peel an orange or tangerine, not like orange candy. The white tea has a decent amount of body to make this enjoyable, and I like to make it the way they do at PF Chang. Leave the sachet in the tetsubin for about three minutes, pour into cups, and immediately add more hot water. That next steep is a little forgiving but I don’t like just leaving it in like they do at the restaurant. The second steep is really quite good.

Fjellrev

I love how you’re getting her professors hooked on good tea!

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drank Tong Lu Black by Harney & Sons
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Since I gave this tea high praise, and it is a rather expensive tea, I am going to elaborate on it today especially for ScottTeaMan.

I received the Harney sample packet of this from a friend. Most of the leaf was used for the pot I made western style on Tuesday. I have one teaspoon left with which to experiment. I put the leaves in an eight ounce porcelain pot. Steeped for five minutes with boiling water, this is equivalent to what I had Tuesday.

I resteep. The kettle is not on, so the water temp has dropped a little. Second steep at five minutes is light in color but still flavorful. I sip just a little and combine.

Third steep – very pale and not much flavor. I combine it with remains of first two steps.

Nice surprise. The combined steeps are probably the best flavor so far! I do not like astringency. Harney does a scale of 1 to 5 to rate the briskness of a tea, and I consistently do not like teas with more than a rating of two. This tea has a rating of two. Briskness always tastes lemony to me. For me, the best cups of all were the combined three steeps, making it a much more economical tea to drink, and easy to do since I have a Kamjove to keep it hassle free.

ScottTeaMan

I appreciate the review Ash! Thank You. :D

ashmanra

You’re welcome!

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drank Tong Lu Black by Harney & Sons
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This is a showstopper tea. The description says it is grown by monks who brought Anji tea bushes to Tong Lu. They done good.

I served this for tea party yesterday with a chocolate pound cake with whipped cream and a homemade strawberry purée/sauce on the side for a little sparkle. My guest commented several times – “This is good. This is good tea,” several times while sipping this one. That doesn’t happen often.

But quality shows and you can’t hide it in this tea. This one deserves to be on a desert island list if you like black tea that makes you stop and take notice.

Sil

ooooh wishlist! haha

Amie

Sounds good!

ScottTeaMan

Do you think it is worth the cost? Can you gongfu (multi-steep) this tea? This tea does sound AMAZING!! :D

ashmanra

ScottTeaMan: see new review!

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My youngest daughter loves Lapsang tea, so my eldest daughter always buys new Lapsang for her on trips, for birthdays and Christmas, and just because. This one was for her last birthday and we have been sharing lots of it every night.

If you don’t like smoke at all, this isn’t for you. If you like super heavy smoke, you may want to reconsider. But if you like a really, knee-shakingly good base with medium smoke, here you go. I think every cup has made me moan, even though I try to prepare myself by remembering how good it is. The base is sweet and smooth and round, and the smoke isn’t heavy on the campfire and bacon vibe, just smokey.

Well done, JAS eTea. Well done.

Amie

Lapsang Souchong is one of my favorites, and I’m always on the hunt for good organic & fair trade teas. I’ll have to take a look at this one!

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about seven years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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