2188 Tasting Notes
A little bird told me that this tea was reblended for this month’s blends club… the month that I cancelled. Of course, I knew that would happen! One of my favorite blends ever, and I cancelled right before it was reblended in a very limited capacity. It is just about enough to make me rejoin the blends club, especially since I’ve been fairly successful in selling off the ones I don’t like lately. I mean, it’s only $17/month.
This is an elderly tea for sure. You can sit on many black blends for a long time, but that’s just not the case for oolongs and greens. I’ve been cold brewing through a large stock of a green Dammann blend that has lost most of its flavor, and it’s kind of sad. This one has hints of greatness around the edges still. Lovely florals, notes of butter and candy. The are just weak.
Much as I don’t want to just “get through” this blend, I’m wondering if I should cold brew. It’s certainly not getting any younger.
This is one of my older teas and although I do still enjoy it, I’m not as in love with it as I once was. Partly it could be the tea aging, which it certainly has, but I’m also going to blame it on refined tastes and the fact that I have a rose/almond tea that I love more these days.
I wonder how this would cold steep? Teas with spices often taste wrong to me when cold steeped, but I do enjoy almond and rose in cold steeps. Guess there is one way to find out!
Flavors: Almond, Pastries, Rose, Spices
Because my dreams told me I had to have this one this morning.
I will be so sad when my tiny tin of this one is gone. It is definitely my favorite “red fruits” blend. sigh Maybe Vente-Privee will have another Fauchon sale someday.
Flavors: Berries, Lemon, Red Fruits
Guys, last night I had a dream that there was another Fauchon sale on Vente-Privee, and I bought another tin of this tea and one of Le Bonheur!
Sadly it was just a dream, but I figured it was a sign that I should have some of my faves this morning. Particularly this one, since it featured so prominently. This is just such a “me” tea. Almond and rose? Yes please.
Flavors: Almond, Cake, Rose
I have not had this tea before, and I’m looking forward to trying it in comparison to some of the lower grades thanks to my samples from Teavivre.
I think I should probably be steeping these dragonwells at slightly different parameters (for me), but I wanted to still brew this one at the same parameters as the others for equal assessment. I will say, this one brewed up much milder and sweeter at these parameters than the others did.
I get the same buttery goodness from this one, but instead of spinach I think it’s closer to asparagus in the green flavor. Still, the lowest grade is the nuttiest. The higher grades get fresher and greener. This is quite lovely. Glad to have been able to try all of these teas! Now I’ll have to try them out with short steeps at home sometime.
Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Sugarcane
When I swapped with OMGsrsly a while ago I asked for a sample of this tea, but she couldn’t find it and/or was out of it. But apparently she found some because she sent me a surprise sample of it! Thanks!
Despite the unseasonality of it, I am drinking this fall-themed tea this summer afternoon. Overall, pretty tasty. There are definitely nice apple spice notes in this, although I admit that I don’t really taste the tea itself. The white tea I can imagine being swamped by this, but I would have thought the Zhu Rong would make an appearance. It’s tasty enough but I don’t think it will go on my have-to-have list. Thanks for the sample OMGsrsly!
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Spices
Next grade up in my samples from Teavivre! I would have assumed that I’ve had a previous harvest of this tea before but I can’t find prior tasting notes so I guess not!
At first when it was still very hot I found this tea surprisingly underwhelming. It was kind of flat and uninteresting in the first few sips, but luckily that changed as it started cooling. I find this tea “greener” and less nutty than the Premium grade. Perhaps even a faint hint of a floral. I think I might prefer the Premium! But they are so close that it is hard to really say. Maybe I will have to have a dragonwell-off one day. Regardless I am enjoying the fresh green teas!
Flavors: Butter, Peas, Spinach
Yay, a tea from my surprise package from OMGsrsly! And she put the samples in tiny individual bags that are one serving each. Such ease!
I love a good coconut pouchong/baozhong, so I am always up for trying a different company’s offerings. They are usually all similar but some stand out. This is a standout! It is one of these coconut pouchongs that tastes intensely like a coconut macaroon. Sweet, baked coconut and meringue cookies. YUM. Thanks for the samples of this one OMGsrsly, it is delicious!
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cookie, Sugar
Next tea from my Teavivre samples! I received three types of Dragonwell so I decided to start with the lowest grade (assuming the grading goes Premium–Superfine–Nonparil). Like the rest of these samples, I’ve tried Teavivre’s offering of this before, but it’s always nice to taste new, fresh harvests, especially of green teas.
This time I am getting a lot of nice buttery and nutty flavor, but there is definitely a slightly harsh vegetal note to it. Perhaps I oversteeped it a bit as well. I think in the future I would go for a shorter steep when using the whole sample pack in my mug. Still, a nice dragonwell that features all the things I normally look for in this type of tea.
Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Vegetal
Welp, that was fast. I’ve forgotten how fast I go through black teas when making cold brews (using about double the leaf), since I’ve figured out that I like green teas cold brewed at a more normal leaf-to-water ratio and I’ve been drinking a lot of cold brew green teas. But I started cold brewing this one and now it’s gone!
It was super delicious as a cold brew. I’ve found that many of Lupicia’s teas, especially the fruity black teas, make excellent cold brews, and in the future I may have to keep some of them around for only that purpose (if I ever run out of teas I want to “use up” by cold brewing). This would definitely be one to re-order. Mango-y and refreshing.