2189 Tasting Notes

90

My numbers now mean nothing because I added a bunch of stuff to my cupboard that I didn’t have in there before, but oh well. I guess I will go into negatives when I get to the bottom.

This tea (#67) is my most floral of floral teas. It is seriously like a bouquet. I love florals but I don’t crave this one often. Maybe I will more in the spring.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95
drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
2189 tasting notes

There are a lot of greens and oolongs in this section of Dammann teas in my cupboard. I think maybe because a lot of the black teas got consumed already. I do have a bit of this one (#68) left! Om nom, figgy deliciousness. I love this tea, although in keeping with my recent trends I rarely crave it since it is a single-flavor tea. But still, delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94

As happens with all my ginger lemon teas, I’ve started to associate this one (#69) with digestive issues and feeling unwell. Which is acutally fine right now because I ate some intensely spicy drunken noodles for lunch and I think my gut could use some calming. This is more lemony and less gingery, but overall tasty and soothing. I accidentally made it with boiling water instead of 195°F, and it doesn’t seem to have suffered. (I have done a lot of steeping of green oolongs at boiling lately, they seem to be rather more robust than most people think).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

Ahh, an afternoon in Paris (#70) on a cold morning… not in Paris. I always love this blend of vanilla, orange, and rose. Creamy and sweet and floral. Lots of deliciousness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

At some point the description for this tea got update to something that I’m not sure where it came from (cause it’s not the DF website). It confused me at first, because it listed all tropical fruits and such. Because while it does have pineapple in it, it isn’t a tropical tea.

This one (#71) is very floral but with definite creamy-cookie notes from the chocolate, “cereals,” and coconut milk. It’s a wacky blend, honestly. I’m not sure it works quite as well as some of their other floral-fruit-biscuit blends, maybe because of the really odd florals (i.e., tomato flower). But it is tasty, nonetheless.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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98
drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
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I would be lying if I said I wan’t excited to get to this part of my cupboard. Almost a full page of French teas, ahh. These come from a trip to Paris I made two summers ago. They could go in almost any order but I will drink them in roughly the order I added them to my cupboard.

This tea (#72) is a long-time favorite. I love the mix of florals and fruity, and the strong figginess of it. There are seven flavors here, but I would say the dominant are rose and fig. Ok, and maybe the citrus. But on the whole the blend is amazing and always has new flavors to peek out in each sip.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i feel like one of these days i should just start drink my steepster cupboard from start to finish…it’d force me to get through my puerh! haha maybe this week…

Dinosara

It does help me remember all the teas I have basically forgotten about in my cupboard.

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98

I don’t really know why my pouch of this tea (#73) was totally unopened. I think I ordered more of this when I could since it was a Reserve tea, and I guess I finished off my reserve package (?). Or it’s hiding somewhere. Anyway, this tea! I think it is possibly creamier and sweeter than the other Master Zhang Gande TGY I just drank, with fewer floral and fruity notes. (I know I didn’t mention fruity notes in the review I just posted for the other one, but in hindsight, and in comparison to this one, there were hints of apricot, perhaps. This one is definitely less vegetal. It almost reminds me of ATR’s Milk Oolong now that I think about it (although I do get fruity peachiness from that one), which is a high-elevation TGY so I guess that makes sense. Anyway, this tea is freaking amazing. No wonder it was a reserve tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

I drank this tea (#74) a few times in the last week. I had a gongfu session with it over the weekend, drank a western brew a couple of days ago, and finished it off this morning in another western brew. Every session was very enjoyable. Sweet and floral and buttery, with bit of a vegetal grounding note. Still delicious, but I’m glad I finished it up as I have a pouch of the 2014 picking too!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
2189 tasting notes

I drank this one (#75) two days ago, but I never logged it. Oops! Anyway, it was tasty. The combo of flavors here is tasty, but not something I crave very much. Definitely unusual, but I do like how they play together.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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99

Ahhh, tea. I’ve been on one of those weird streaks of non-tea-drinking for whatever reason, and it’s nice to get back to it. And with this tea (#76)! It’s been too long since I’ve had LB in any form. Sweet and creamy and chocolatey with a bit of honey and molasses. Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMara

I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who gets streaks of no tea.

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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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