drank Notting Hill by Tea Palace
2201 tasting notes

I was going through my tea cupboard and happened to see this one. My sample is getting toward the end but of course I still have quite a few servings left. Actually looking through my cupboard was somewhat frustrating because I saw all the teas I have a loads of just sitting in my cupboard, not drunk, many of which I really love. Sigh. Now all my recent sipdowns don’t really feel like I accomplished that much.

Anyway, onto this tea. Perhaps it was “contaminated” by my previous selection (though I thought I cleaned my infuser pretty well) but I am still tasting those odd darjeeling notes. The caramelly vanilla is great, but the blech other notes, not so much. Well, as it cools the vanilla is drowning them out, so that’s good. Guess it’s time to give my teaware a good cleaning.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.


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