1139 Tasting Notes

Today was one of those days that I made a cup of tea in a rush and didn’t get the best results. I semi begrudgingly drank this on morning errands today, looking forward to returning home and making a proper cup of tea. Can’t win them all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank THE À LA VANILLE by THE O DOR
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I love vanilla in baked goods, ice cream and soda. I want to love it in tea as well, but it often times ends up too bland for my preferences. When I sip this tea, it seems very bland and flat. At the start of the finish it changes to a very lovely vanilla flavor that has depth, then it morphs back to flat. There must be a secret to steeping this that I haven’t yet mastered. I can tell that there is potential for an amazing cup in it, I just don’t know how to coax it out.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Raspberry Macaron by Fauchon
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Awwww…. sad sipdown. I’ve had this for years. I didn’t like it much when I first got it, but it eventually grew on me. This last cup was the most macaron like out of all the cups I’ve had, light and fluffy like with perfumey notes of raspberry. I do hope to come across this tea again if they still make it. In the mean time I guess I’m glad to have more room in my cupboard. :/

Dustin

Oh cool! So maybe not a forever goodbye!

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drank The du Tigre by Le Palais des Thes
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A friend went to Paris and brought me back a bag of this stuff. She was told by the sales guy that lapsangs weren’t legal in the EU because of something to do with the way they get their smokey flavor. Strange info considering every other tea shop I visited in Paris has a lapsang. I think my friend got the new guys who doesn’t know his tea very well yet.
I was expecting not to like it as I haven’t been impressed by the selection of PDTs that I’ve had and was happily surprised to find that I really dig this one! It’s smooth, smokey and fairly well balanced. I’ve probably had a cup of it 4 out of the last 5 days and can already see a dent in the giant bag!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Purple Lychee by Artful Tea
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Based off the name, I grabbed a sample of this when visiting the Artful Tea store without looking at the ingredients. Being sensitive to citrus, I’d probably have skipped this one if I had known it had pineapple bits in it. Oh well!
Lychee is prominent in the sip with floral hints reminiscent of the fresh fruit. There is something sweet in this tea and I can pick up on the tang the pineapple adds. If I take a couple sips it tastes good, but on the third or fourth sip in I get an alkaline flatness that creeps in. If I walk away from it for a few minutes and return, the pattern starts again with a few good sips, then alkaline. I’ve noticed alkaline in other teas with pineapple, but this is the first time it has come and go. I can’t pick out how purple tea differs in taste, so it’s hard to give an impression of it here, especially with the fruit being so dominant. It’s almost more of a fruit tisane. Overall, this isn’t really my thing, but it was fun to try.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Psychocandy by August Uncommon Tea
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Sipdown! Still feeling eh about this tea. I still get the sweetness and mix of spices, but it’s not capturing my attention.

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drank Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea
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I used to love jasmine tea. I still do, but in my exploration of so many new teas jasmine kind of fell by the way side. A friend recently got me some jasmine pearls and that has me digging for other jasmine in my cupboard. That’s when this one turned up. It’s really nice. Very smooth with a light sweetness. It has that crisp distinct jasmine flavor without being bitter or harsh. It’s very lovely!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
tea-sipper

I should really dig this one out of my cupboard too, poor tea. This seems like a nice winter day tea (but I love jasmine teas even more in the summer).

LuckyMe

This and Verdant’s Golden Jasmine are the only jasmine teas I care to keep around anymore.

tea-sipper

LuckyMe – have you ever tried any of Teavivre’s jasmine teas? They are the besssstttt.

Dustin

Have either of you tried any of the jasmine/mandarin tea combos? Lupicia has one that is okay and Mariage Freres has one that is pretty nice. It’s great as an iced tea. At some point I’ll have to try those others you mentioned.

tea-sipper

I haven’t even heard of jasmine/mandarin together but it sounds really really good.

Dustin

I was told once that it’s a favored Chinese flavor combo. The tea rep said that when Chinese people taste the tea they pick out the mandarin as the main flavor, maybe because it’s a flavor they are more familiar with and when other people try it the jasmine seems dominant. Jasmin Mandarin is the name of the MF version.

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drank Cafe Sans Cafe by Tea-O-Graphy
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Strange… this has a molasses like scent and a hint of it in the sip. There is something unbalanced about this mix. It has deep notes and high notes, but no mid to tie it together smoothly. The chickory gives it a depth like chocolate or coffee, but there is something bright and tangy too that is hard to fit in. I had thought that adding cream might fix this, but I was wrong. It deadened the flavors that were there. This was fun to try, but not something I’d seek out again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Looks like this tea got a name makeover! I wonder why. At first it seems like another chamomile tisane, but the more I sip, the more I appreciate it. The sip is dominated by chamomile, then licorice comes in with a hint of sweetness, then the mint and they all dance together. I like this more than I initially thought I would.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Woodland by Fox and Moon Tearoom
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The packaging for this tea is a little annoying. It’s in cellophane bag that can’t be resealed, which is placed inside a little cardboard box. The bag rips easily and it makes it hard to keep the tea fresh or from spilling. All the tea settled to the bottom while all the lemongrass and berries rose to the top making scooping an even serving a challenge.
Onto the tea it’s self. The tea base is pretty neutral. The herbs all merge into one unidentifiable flavor. There is a flatness in the finish. I’m not a fan.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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