4070 Tasting Notes

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drank Enjoy Summer by Dammann Frères
4070 tasting notes

Now we’re talking, Dammann!

I really like this one. It’s a green base with melon, strawberry, and mint flavors, and it is so juicy yet refreshing at the same time. I get all three notes in fairly equal measure, the honeydew melon providing a nice creaminess and sweetness, the strawberry a slightly more tart and fruity flavor, and the mint giving a nice clean finish and refreshing high note.

I accidentally overleafed the cup, which adds a tiny bitter note, but even with that it’s still lovely. I imagine this was likely meant to be an iced tea for summer, and I’m sure it would be very tasty that way, but I’m enjoying it warm as an evening tea.

I was perplexed that I managed to order so many green teas, but I’m glad this was one of them!

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Grass, Honeydew, Melon, Mint, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Thé Joséphine by Ladurée
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Oh, Joséphine, you are such a diva.

Even reducing both the temperature and the steep time (to 2 minutes!) this is still a touch bitter. It is better than it was last time, but really?!

Anyway, the citrus is still lovely and zingy here. But the bitterness is also compounded by the sharp flavors… Hmm…

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Stupid diva teas.

Cameron B.

I know, who does she think she is?!

It’s possible somehow the tea being a few years old has caused the bitterness, I don’t know…

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85

This is a swap sample, I believe from Kawaii433. I wonder how she’s doing… Thanks for the sample, lady!

I steeped it Western-style, about 2 or 3 teaspoons for my mug. The leaves are huge and twisty, so it’s hard to measure by anything but eye.

This is mighty tasty! Very sweet and roasty, reminiscent of a mellow houjicha. There are light honey and sticky dried fruit notes that make me think of figs or dates. And a comforting gentle autumn leaf pile flavor that makes this a perfect tea for fall…

Ahhh…

I have plenty of houjicha at the moment so I don’t feel the need to rush out and order this one, but I will definitely put it on the list for the future.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Dates, Dried Fruit, Fig, Honey, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

I’m also wondering how Kawaii is doing! She also sent me some of this I should drink up. :D

Cameron B.

I miss her! Hopefully she’s doing well.

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85
drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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I completely forgot about this one yesterday when I was craving an orange spice blend. How can that be?! My apologies, friend Vlad. I was reminded of you when I was on the Kusmi website this morning, ordering the advent calendar.

This tea is about two years old, so not quite fresh, but still has some good flavor. The orange is perhaps more subdued than it once was, but still has a nice zesty, essential oil sort of flavor. The spice is mostly clove, as is common with orange & spice teas. The bergamot is very light, I guess he’s a bit shy.

Still tasty. Oh Kusmi, how I love your Russian blends. I could never decide between them, which is how I ended up with four tins… (Ahem.)

Flavors: Bergamot, Clove, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

This sounds like a very chic, upscale version of my good old Constant Comment!

Cameron B.

Hah, I suppose it is. Though there is bergamot which is a bit different.

I should really buy a box of Constant Comment the next time I see it, I don’t think I’ve tried it in ages!

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78

This is a swap sample, I think it came from VariaTEA? If not, I’m sorry to whoever it was! XD

I love my Teavivre Fengqing dragon pearls, so I’m excited to try this version. I used all of the pearls for my mug – I think it was 6? I didn’t want to be left with any sad abandoned pearls!

This is definitely different from the Teavivre version. It’s lighter, with some musty hay notes that remind me of white tea. There’s a bit of honey here too, rather than cocoa. The bread is there, but is more of a supporting flavor. And I taste a hint of a metallic earthy mineral note. Some raisin starts to poke its head out in the aftertaste, and as the tea cools.

Overall, it’s yummy and still very satisfying for breakfast. However, I do prefer my existing black dragon pearls. Which is good, because they are probably cheaper and this one is out of stock! Thanks VariaTEA for the share, sorry it’s taken me so long to get to it!

Flavors: Bread, Earth, Hay, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Musty, Raisins, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
VariaTEA

Glad you liked them! And I am still sitting on I think one or two samples from our swap so no worries on the delay haha

Cameron B.

At least the straight teas don’t degrade much over time. :D

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85

I pulled this one out to refresh my memory after talking with Courtney about this company earlier. Their winter seasonal blends are available now, and I’m planning on ordering a couple of things so I figured I would see how this is faring.

I really love this one. I will admit, it’s a bit annoying because the honeybush and apple pieces separate (as one would expect). So it can be fiddly determining the amount of apple to put in when steeping it.

The apple flavor is fairly light here anyway, because there is no added flavoring so it’s just up to the dried apple pieces. The cinnamon is delicious and sweet, and the honeybush base really does create the taste of pie crust or crumble for me. So it ends up being a lovely caffeine-free apple pie tisane, or maybe apple crostata or tart since the apple is lighter than the other flavors.

Nom nom nom. Bumping the rating. Do I need more…? It’s only available once a year…

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Pastries, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Hahah, this one sounds tasty. The seasonal ones are too good and I spend way too much stocking up on them!

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65

I’m not sure how to feel about this one.

There is some banana, and it’s perfectly pleasant. But I feel like it’s not enough banana, and the base tea is quite grassy and blah. I also don’t really taste any cocoa, though there were several shells in my brew basket.

I would say maybe it’s aged poorly, but I wasn’t terribly impressed with it when I tried it fresh either. I will say the licorice root, which I’m not usually a fan of, does give a nice little kick of sweetness at the end of the sip.

I have one more serving left of this one, perhaps I’ll try it with a lower temperature a longer steep to see if I can minimize the base tea and bring out more of the flavors.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Banana, Dry Grass, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Another of the tagalongs from my Dammann advent order. I’m not sure what possessed me to choose this one, I’m not one to order a plain peach black tea. I do enjoy peach, I just find it boring I suppose? Plus I already had a plum/peach tea in my order. It must have been the mention of apricot that drew me in!

The flavor here is somewhat light, but I’m really enjoying it in this case. The beginning of the sip is mostly the base tea, smooth and woody with a bit of malt. The peach starts appearing in the middle, and then I’m left with a lovely true-to-life peach flavor in my mouth at the end and in the aftertaste. It’s somewhere between fresh and stewed peach, a nice combination of the two. I think I taste some apricot, but honestly it’s hard to distinguish from the peach flavor. The woodiness of the base tea combined with the sweetness creates a suggestion of vanilla, even though none is there.

A lovely tea with a restrained peachy flavor, perfect for the afternoon. I can imagine this being served at a tea party, accompanied by scones and teacakes. I hope someday all of us Steepsterites can come together for a fancy tea party weekend or something!

Flavors: Apricot, Malt, Peach, Smooth, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

The Dammann advent is so pretty! I had it last year and it was just such a nice treat each day. I decided against it though because I feel like the teas overlap year to year.

Cameron B.

For sure, at least it’s guaranteed that all of the Christmas Tea variants will be there. Luckily I haven’t had it in a couple of years so hopefully there will be plenty of things I haven’t tried. I love the color they chose this year, it’s a bright coral and very pretty.

Courtney

Ooh, I’ve never ordered a tea advent calendar. What other companies do ones that might be amazing?

Cameron B.

There’s a thread about them on the discussion boards: https://steepster.com/discuss/42114-2020-tea-advent-calendar

The ones I’ve tried and liked are Dammann Frères, Bird & Blend, Palais des Thés, and Simpson & Vail. 52teas also does a 12 day box that’s very popular. Apparently Kusmi does one now that I’m hoping to try this year as well.

Courtney

Ooh I forgot about Simpson & Vail! Thanks for the tip. :)

Cameron B.

I haven’t seen one from them this year yet, I don’t know if they still make it or not.

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82
drank Hot Apple Spice by Harney & Sons
4070 tasting notes

I figured after my disappointing non-orange orange spice experience earlier, I would have this spicy tea to make up for it. Apple spice is close enough, and this tea isn’t as old so I knew it would still be yummy.

I couldn’t tell you why I like this tea so much, it is so sweet and I never sweeten my teas. It’s essentially Red Hots in a cup, unabashedly full of cinnamon candy sugariness. But I guess because it’s so candylike, it gets away with being a sugar bomb for me?

I’m not getting much apple from this cup, but I did just have Thai curry for dinner so it’s possible my taste buds are a little overtaxed at the moment. So it’s basically Hot Cinnamon Spice this time, which is equally yummy.

Comforting Red Hot cinnamon candy sugar bomb tea! Very fallish.

Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Spicy, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Hazelnut Orange by TeaSource
4070 tasting notes

I figured since my other TeaSource blend had aged so poorly, I would try this one as well to see how it’s doing.

The orange is gone here as well, but luckily it still has a lovely creamy hazelnut flavor. It’s almost as if I’d added almond milk to the cup! I saw some clove in the leaf, but luckily I don’t taste it. It makes sense with orange but would be an odd combination with the flavor left here. So I’ll happily finish the remainder of this as a yummy creamy nut tea!

Flavors: Almond, Creamy, Hazelnut, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Courtney

Haha sounds like it hasn’t morphed into such a bad cup!

Cameron B.

Definitely not bad enough to be banished from the cupboard! Although according to my first note, this used to taste like orange spice cake, so I am sad it’s not that anymore…

Courtney

Oh that is a shame!

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

I am always up for a swap! Just let me know if you’d like to try something in my cupboard.

Tea Preferences:
I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

Favorite Companies:
3 Leaf
Bird & Blend
Dammann Frères
Harney & Sons
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
Lupicia
Old Barrel Tea Co
Simpson & Vail
Taiwan Tea Crafts
TeaVivre

Tea Rating Scale:
90-100: Outstanding! Permanent cupboard resident
80-89: Great – a possible staple
70-79: Good, but I wouldn’t buy it
60-69: It’s decent
50-59: Meh… I may or may not have finished the cup
40-49: Ick. Couldn’t finish it.
00-39: Repulsive, I spat it out

I will sometimes refrain from rating a tea if I feel I’m too biased due to my personal dislikes, or if I suspect the sample has been compromised by age or scent contamination.

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