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2023 sipdown no. 33
I’ve been low key searching for a White Rhino replacement forever and I don’t often order white teas, but this one intrigued me. For anyone interested, this isn’t a decent replacement, but it’s fine as a tea in general (though the price was insane in my mind €17 for 10 cups worth).
The tea itself was very unique looking, noted as a “stem tea” on the website, and yep — it’s like tiny driftwood grey twigs! I did really enjoy that. The taste is very clean and balanced. The flavour notes are meant to be “wild honey, stewed apricot, lychee” and I’m not really sure I’m getting any of these.
Not yet a sipdown, but filling sipdown prompt — February 2 – Groundhog Day: drink the same tea (or type) twice!
I am quite heavy drinking this recently, and always I prepare two steeps (that’s the prompt for me) of it. Not any diffrently today. Breakfast cup, same leaves and second steep studying cup.
I believe it could make more steeps, but two are flavourful enough. How? Continue reading :)
Although it is almost one year old, it is really flavourful — grassy, seaweed a bit, sweet and chesnuts. A little buttery too.
One must be careful about steep temperature though. Higher temperature makes it much more unpleasant (more buttery notes); also longer steeping time make it bitter. 2 and 2 minutes, both with 70°C are just exact steeping paramters that suit this tea best. Hopefully I will finish it before the end of February.
2022 sipdown no. 63
I had a few sample teabags of this one from my Paper & Tea order and it was the one I was most excited about. Sadly, I barely got any flavour here (I am inclined to blame the bleh hard water here). So I can’t say much except that I can’t order this one until we live in a different spot with soft water I suppose.
Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 22: Milk River
I just love a nice oolong. This one had a characteristic oolong flavour, with subtle hints of sweetness at the end of the sip. The tea was somewhere between light and medium-bodied. I should’ve made more notes, but didn’t manage it However, I’d order more of this one.
Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 18: Golden Earl
A wonderful EG! I enjoyed P&T’s Red Earl as well as their bergamot is insanely smooth and seemingly complementary to all things. The floral notes are more mellow than others, yet the overall taste is very clean and almost crisp. We’ve been drinking these completely out of order, so although Emerald Earl was day 16 (and this is day 18), I haven’t yet tried the green base. I am quite excited to get to it. This one I would happily keep in my cupboard.
Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 16: Emerald Earl
I really enjoy the bergamot/EG flavour from P&T and was quite excited to see it again here. While this is a lovely tea, and most likely a real winner for green tea lovers, the green tea base came through just behind the bergamot and wasn’t my favourite. There was a definite grassiness that sadly I’m not a fan of. Nonetheless, I finished the entire cuppa and did enjoy it.
Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 14: Top of the Day
This one was so pretty I had to take a photo of the dry leaf! I was really surprised in the most positive way with this tea. Peppermint, hibiscus, and lemongrass? I wasn’t expecting much considering I generally avoid peppermint and lemongrass in teas. I was happily proven wrong here – somehow these ingredients come together to create a wonderful cup. This one I would order for the cupboard!
2023 sipdown no. 72
Freshly steeped, this smells summer sweet, like fresh nectar from a flower. However, as the tea cools, it just doesn’t sit quite right with me — that sweetness borders on cloying (as much as a completely unflavoured tea can) — I’m being quite picky here, but this one steeps up either perfectly, or in this weird way that doesn’t agree with me. I do think there’s something to be said for drinking this as soon as it’s at a drinkable temperature (as hot/warm as possible).
Paper & Tea 2022 Advent Day 8: Yerba Maté
I’ve never had a straight yerba maté, and actually I think only DF’s Maté Cacao Amande has been my only experience with this tea. This is quite lovely. It reminds me of summer and warm weather. It’s not like warmed grass but warmed some sort of greenery. I find this to be a very calming drink and I would order this one for my cupboard.
Now I’m intrigued to try other mate teas!