1077 Tasting Notes
Not sure why I still have this around and how I’ve gone through so much of it without having been left with much of an impression about it. I find myself agreeing with my previous note, puzzled as to why it’s a breakfast tea and barely being able to pick out ginger as the lone flavor.
It’s been a long time since I ordered this tea so I decided to check out what is new on the Urban Tea Merchant site where I bought it from only to find out that UTM has been closed for some time! I didn’t order from them often, but I’m sad to see they are no more.
Got a sample size of this with a previous order which was at least a year ago now. As I was steeping this I wondered… what makes a breakfast tea regional? I’ve had French, English and Irish breakfast teas. They are all malty, heavy, go well with added cream, but what differentiates a French from an English one? Is there a different base used in each? I’m going to have to consult the googles and see what info I can find.
This tea follows the breakfast tea profile; malty, heavy, goes well with cream. There is a sweetness to it. The finish is almost a barley like flavor. It’s good and mildly interesting, but probably not something I’d put on my shopping list.
Glad to have gotten my hands on more of this tea, it had been a while! It’s subtly malty, buttery and has a depth to it. I drank most of it while getting ready for my morning and only have a couple sips left. I can’t recall if it’s good for a resteep. Time to find out!
For years I’ve had the decaf black version of this tea and I have to say, the green tastes pretty much the same. The sour cherry flavor is so rich that I can’t pick out the tea base and I think that is true with the black version as well. I must have picked up this sample tea bag a couple months ago when I was last in a Lupica store and I’m super glad I have it when I’m on the go and at work! Thanks Lupicia! I might consider swapping the black for the green next time I need a refill on my loose leaf stash.
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Huh. I guess the name of this tea was shortened to “Passage” some point after this tea was added to the Steepster database. I had to google Passage du Desir, thinking it was one of the passages in Paris, alleys often with glass ceilings that have turned into shopping strips with cute cafes and shops lining them. A quick google search turns up reference to one passage with not much detail, but most of the results are of a sex toy or “adult novelty” shop. Was this tea named after a street or an adult toy shop? My curiosity is peaked.
Dry, this tea has that rich dark chocolate scent that reminds me of prunes for some reason. It is a deep chocolate smell. I drank most of this cup absentmindedly while running morning errands. As I sit with the rest of the cooled cup I notice the dark chocolate in the sip and finish. It is subtle and might be made more substantial with cream, but I’ll have to test that theory out on my next cup. There is a slight barley scent when I’m sipping and I’m not able to pick out the hazelnut in the flavors. Overall I’m still undecided on exactly how I feel about this tea.
It had been long enough since my first cup that I forgot the part about the hibiscus. Too lazy to to get up and make myself a different tea, I punished myself by drinking half the cup before dumping down the drain and storming to the garbage can with the rest of the dry mix, determined never to make the same fatal mistake a third time. Drama aside, what is with the obsession of tea blenders to over hib the hell out of stuff?!
I’ve had this tea for so long now and still have a bit left to go through! It still delivers a pretty good cup and makes me reminisce on my early loose leaf days. I get some floral baked almond cookie type flavors. It’s nice, but I feel like I’m ready to move on from this tea. I’ll need to come up with a plan to clear this from my cupboard quickly. Amandine Rose cookies?
Wasn’t sure what this tea would be. It was in a mixed package of teabags I bought and the name caught my attention this morning. Opening the package reveals a bergamot scent. I expected that the first few sips of this would be bitter and I’d have to get used to it, but that wasn’t the case at all! Not sure what Pouchkine means, I’ll have to look that up, but this is an EG all the way. I can’t pick out the tea flavor over the citrus in the sip, but it appears in the finish along with a hint of leather. It doesn’t have that sharp bite that many EGs have and I wonder if it’s the smokiness that dampers that. Either way, I approve! I usually drink EGs with a bit of cream, but when I added some to this cup the flavors were significantly dampened. This tea is better without anything added.
The scent of this tea was intriguing, which is what caught my attention in the store. It smelled woody, like cinnamon with that hojicha scent. Steeped, it smells fruity with the cinnamon and there is almost a barley tea flavor in it. I made it hot and then poured it over ice which made for a really nice cup.