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drank Black Orchid by Mariage Frères
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Picked up a bag of this in Paris not remembering that I’ve had it before. I was in a bit of a rush with my family waiting outside for me, which is not how a tea fanatic wants to explore an amazing tea shop! I want to love this tea, but it’s just okay in my book. I taste the vanilla, there is a hint of malt. It’s a decent cup, just not anything that super excites me. I kinda wish that will all the options of MF teas in front of me that I had picked something different. :/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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A little bitter and bland when first steeped. Once I added creamer it turned into a much better cup as most breakfast teas do IMO. It is hearty, the cream rounds out the flavors so well. Slight bit of malt. It’s delicious. I’d drink it again, but I don’t know that it should live in my cupboard. Luckily this is from a sample set so there is little commitment needed right now!

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Arrow by August Uncommon Tea
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I’m trying to follow the steeping directions for August Uncommon, but I feel like they aren’t quite working out for me and need adjusting for my tastes. This tea smells really good dry! Sweet, smoky and rich. Once steeped it is coming across as a bit bitter in the first several sips. It mellows out a little as I drink on. I can smell and taste a smokey woodsy caramel, but it isn’t as intense as I had hoped. The start of the sip is light, the mid has some flavor coming on and the end is where things get more interesting. Adding creamer makes the whole thing a bit smokier and knocks out the nuances. I’d like to adjust things next time, but I’m not sure if I should go with a lower temp for the same amount of time or the same temp for a shorter time. Maybe I’ll have to try both!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Malty indeed! This reminds me of the powdered malt drink minus the excessive amounts of sugar. I have another tea which is similar in flavor with different looking leaves that I can’t read the Chinese on wrapping so I know very little about it except it’s delicious. This one is a little heavier than that one. I’m not getting the chocolate notes, so it’s different than I expected, but still really nice!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Un Soir De Noel by Fauchon
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I steeped this then had to walk away from it for 40 minutes. When it was still hot I took a few sips. The main flavor then was caramel, which is likely what I was drawn to when smelling it in the store. There was a little orange mixed in on the sip at that point. Now that I come back to it cooled I get orange at the start of the sip that lingers until the finish when a hint of cherry and something else (the pineapple?) appear. I can’t pick out the caramel once it has cooled. Strange how much it changes with the temperature!

When I was visiting the Fauchon store in Paris, they had out little samples of the dry tea to smell. Since I can’t read French, I was relying on scent to make my choices. The scent is very heavy on the caramel when it’s dry with a hint of the fruit, mostly orange, behind it. I likely would have avoided it if I knew pineapple was involved, but I’m glad I didn’t know because I’m enjoying this one so far.

Edit* Second steeping goes right into orange flavors even when freshly steeped. It has good flavors, but I think I prefer the first steep with caramel.

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

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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I didn’t realize I still had some of this hidden in my cupboard! A fine example of the downsides of having an out of control tea collection. It’s hot tonight so an iced tea was in order. I’m having this without additives and it’s feeling pretty refreshing. The cherry is tart, but bright with the tartness intensifying at the end of the sip and lingering on the finish. I can’t say that I’ve had cherries that taste like this and wonder what variety Lupicia is basing this flavor off of. Either way, I like it.

Preparation
Iced 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Wedding Cake by Tea Embassy
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Ack! No! Made a cup of this and poured it over ice. Took a sip and all I got was old soapy coconut. It’s sad when tea goes bad.

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drank Phoenix by THE O DOR
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This was a sample I was given with my purchase. I really liked it the first time I had it, but didn’t make any notes. It is a really interesting blend. I can taste the mate, which adds a bit of an ashy taste, which blends well with the chocolate, which blends well with the light chili kick. The flavors merge together well! The licorice is very subtle adding a touch of sweetness, lingering a little in the finish. It’s hearty, yet light and slightly spicy. I’m not usually into mates, but I’d think about ordering some of this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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The mint was weak in this cup and the chocolate was even less. The rooibos wasn’t prominent, which I count as good, but even so I dumped the cup half way through. I’m done with this one.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Hanalei by Lupicia
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Wow! It looks like I’ve had this tea for 6 years now! Time to work on a sipdown.
The name of this tea is tripping me out. It’s a tea they only sell in Hawaii and they give most of them Hawaiian names. I never knew Hanalei was a real place. One of the few songs my father could sing and play on the guitar when I was little was Puff the Magic Dragon…. who frolics in the autumn mist in a land called Hanalei. I guess I always assumed it was a made up place, but it was probably some hippie getting high in Hawaii and writing some lyrics about smoke dragons on tropical islands. *shrug
My first few sips were quite soapy and it was distracting. It looks like I have always found it soapy, but with aged coconut in it, it’s likely to be even soapier that before. Adding creamer really helps mute that and brings out the banana. I do so love banana teas and the combo of banana with coconut is nice. I don’t even mind the rooibos so much! It seems a little on the light side flavor wise. I should add extra tea to my steeper next time to strengthen the flavor and get me closer to a sipdown.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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