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Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge: a tea that reminds you of an alcoholic beverage

Lapsangs always remind me of whiskey, so I figured this was a good fit for the prompt.

This tastes smoky (obviously)- like hickory smoke. Definitely not an everyday tea, but it fits a need. A need for smoke.

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drank OH LÀ LA... ! by THE O DOR
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We had first Christmas today as my son, his wife, their twins, my daughter and her husband came. This was one of my gifts from daughter Superanna. She gave me Laponic White a few years ago, and I believe Laponic Black but I don’t see any notes from me on it. Hmm.

This one smelled great from the get go. Chamomile and citrus hit me first. And the blend is so pretty! The chamomile sets of rose petals and deep pink peppercorns, and lemongrass adds visual texture.

Best of all, it tastes good! Laponic White and I had an odd relationship. I drank most of it, but it was just so….odd. I couldn’t figure that tea out at all! This one is much easier. Very nice and very easy drinking.

Main flavor is chamomile, then lemongrass and a bit of sweetness, with the occasional zip from the pink peppercorns warming things up but really just zippy and not HOT HOT. It is a very sweet and gentle blend but with color, to the eye and the taste.

Superanna and I finished off a really big pot as our celebrations were drawing to a close. I look forward to more of this one, though I do wonder how much of it I can have with the licorice root in it considering that my blood pressure has gone unruly again of late.

Superanna dislikes both licorice root and lemongrass, but seemed to really enjoy this blend.

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drank OH LÀ LA... ! by THE O DOR
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Advent tea
A nice mild but warming cup with orange, clove, and pepper spices. A fall spice pallet, without the cinnamon. Easy to drink, not fussy to brew, I’d certainly enjoy more of this tea if I had the chance, boy my list of new to me tea companies keeps growing.

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drank MÉLANGE DE GALICE by THE O DOR
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Advent calendar day 3
I thought this tasted a bit citrusy on the first steep and then muted peach on the second steep. I’m enjoying the second steep more than the first. Not something I would gravitate towards for a purchase, but perfect for a cup in an advent!

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I cold brewed this one.
I’m missing the mango here as the main note is citrus specifically lemon. It’s also quite floral likely from the rose and perhaps even the mango? I don’t like this particular lemon flavor. I prefer this one hot but didn’t care for it brewed either way. I like lemon and lemon teas just this particular lemon flavor is one that never works for me.

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drank MÉLANGE DE GALICE by THE O DOR
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This one I questioned my decision on cold-brewing it. I wasn’t sure it’d work out too well but figured it’d be worth a try. I actually thought that the peach and the cream flavors were a lot more noticeable in the cold brew. A cup of this one hot was always lacking in peach or fruit.

Flavors: Cream, Peach, Vanilla

ashmanra

I will try that. I get the peach but not vanilla.

Lexie Aleah

I’ll be curious to see what you think.

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drank SANS COMPLEXE by THE O DOR
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Tastes like a toffee lemon cookie. A bit of cookie sweetness, and a bit lemony. Not the best I’ve had of this flavor profile, but certainly not bad.

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So juicy and fruity! Peach at the forefront, with a bit of pear and goji berry.

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drank PÊCHÉ MIGNON by THE O DOR
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Resteeped the leaves of this tea from a cup I made for my grandmother. I didn’t want to waste it and it looked like it would resteep well. It definitely did resteep well but I’m not getting peach but that may be because it’s the second steep?
There’s a lot of really nice melon flavor though and it’s very similar to Lupicia’s melon tea flavor.

Flavors: Melon

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drank PÊCHÉ MIGNON by THE O DOR
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drank PÊCHÉ MIGNON by THE O DOR
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drank PÊCHÉ MIGNON by THE O DOR
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French… Sunday! Not my choice for the Father’s Day prompt (I’ll get to that later) but my last French tea sampler from Dustin (thank you!) I know it was slow-going drinking them only once a week (took six months!) but at least they didn’t just sit in my collection for years like many a swap sample/tea gift has done. So I’m pretty happy about that!

Used about 2.75g of leaf in 350ml of 205F water. Steeped for 3(ish?) minutes. I am really tired this morning and such a zombie ambling around the kitchen I didn’t pay as close attention to usual while weighing and steeping. Both the dry leaf and brewed cup have a strong peach aroma that is reminding me of the aroma of Bird & Blend’s “Peach Cobbler” tea.

This tastes like B&B’s “Peach Cobbler” to me, too, but looking back over that note, I did have a few astrigency issues on some of the cups, and this is proving to be very smooth. But it has that same deeply bready and slight honeyed sweetness from the base, with a very juicy/fresh peach flavor rather than that candied flavor I taste in a lot of teas. Simple but very satisfying!

Flavors: Bread, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Peach, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
tea-sipper

I almost brewed up Peach Cobbler today. And yay for timely sample sipdowns.

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drank SAÏGON by THE O DOR
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French Friday! Trying to finish off these samples this month since I’m so close to the end… I prepped this one last night as a cold brew, and strained and filled up my water bottle during my lunch break.

The tea had a sort of odd grapey scent in the dry leaf, and I’ve noticed a lot of these THEODOR samples that have “lotus flavoring” either smell or taste like grapes to me. In the flavor of this one, I do get a bit of that sweet grape flavor coming out, but mostly I taste a sort of floral-forward pineapple flavor. I’m not tasting the lemon or bergamot oils at all.

It’s nicely refreshing, it isn’t a bright and juicy sort of pineapple but a sweetly floral pineapple, and since I like pineapple and florals, I find it quite pleasant. It’s a tropical flavor with a sort of a rose and grape candy sweetness undertone. A pleasant enough cold brew.

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Pineapple, Rose, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 5 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank SANS COMPLEXE by THE O DOR
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French Friday! This sampler courtesy of Dustin, thank you! (Only three more to go!)

I haven’t been drinking much hot tea lately on account of the weather here being solidly in the 90s for weeks now, but I also have felt more more tired lately, I believe due to not having my typical warm cuppa of black or green tea in the morning and only drinking cold brews (which extract much less caffeine, or happen to be herbals). So this morning I prepared this warm to sip before work, but may throw any leftovers in the fridge to turn to a chilled brew to drink later.

The dry leaf aroma really reminded me of a buttery lemon cookie! Brewed 2.5g to 350ml 205F water for three minutes. I’m still getting that aroma from the steeped cup, though a lemon cream smell is most dominant.

Mmm, the steeped tea definitely has a biscuity taste to it, with a sweet lemon that fills out over the tongue mid to late sip. The lemon tastes creamy, but also has a hint of tang that gives it just enough sharpness to not taste artificial. I’m really digging this lemon cookie vibe! Probably one of my favs thus far.

Thanks Dustin!

Flavors: Citrus, Cookie, Cream, Graham Cracker, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
ashmanra

Wishlisted!

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drank PÊCHÉ MIGNON by THE O DOR
1026 tasting notes

French Friday! This sampler came from Dustin, thank you! I figured I wouldn’t have enough time to brew tea before work (as has been the case most Fridays lately) and I’ve gotten so used to just grabbing a water bottle of iced tea out of the fridge in the mornings, that I dumped this into my cold brew bottle and brewed over night. I accidentally left it on the counter instead of putting it into the fridge, though… room temperature brew?

Attempting to shock the tea into ice-cold-without-using-ice this morning, but took a small amount for sampling. Smells very peachy! I feel like I even get an impression of the fuzz from the peach scent of the brew. The… green tea has gone quite bitter on me, so I don’t know if that is on account of me being a derp that didn’t get the cold brew into the fridge, or me being a derp that didn’t measure the leaf and figured I’d use the same amount of water (24 oz.) that I’ve been using for all these samples when made hot. If I wince through it, I can taste a sweet peach and a melon flavor. This would probably have been a wonderful cold brew, if I’d managed to prepare it right. As is, it’s too bitter to drink.

Out of curiosity, grabbed the water bottle I’d filled out of the fridge and it isn’t nearly so bitter/astringent! Perhaps the sample I took from my cold brew bottle, which was at the bottom and could’ve been a stronger concentration of leaf dusties, was the problem. To further combat the astringency I got in this brew I decided to carbonate the tea rather than just drink cold brew… and that helped immensely! Get a nice peach and melon candy flavor, and the edge I was getting from the green tea leaves is gone under the Co2 taste/texture.

Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Fruity, Grass, Melon, Peach

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank COURS MIRABEAU by THE O DOR
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French Friday! Pulled this sampler from the sampler bag from Dustin, thank you!

Dry leaf has a crisp lemon aroma. Steeped 3g in 350ml 175F water for 3 minutes. The steeped cup is bright lemon yellow and has that same strong, lemony aroma, but I’m also getting a bit of a pithy orange peel aroma, as well. It definitely has a strong citrus flavor. Mostly I taste a very bright and tangy lemon, with some orange popping toward the end of the sip and lingering in the aftertaste. The green tea is fresh and midly grassy, but difficult to taste at all under the strong citrus flavor.

A very pleasant lemon green tea! I made a big thermos to take to work, but if the tea goes cold before I finish it then I’ll pop it in the fridge and once chilled, carbonate it. I’m finding I really like strong citrus flavors like this as tea soda!

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Orange, Orange Zest, Sweet, Warm Grass, Tangy

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank MÉLANGE Ô by THE O DOR
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French Friday! Pulled this sampler from the sampler bag from Dustin, thank you!

Dry leaf has an odd aroma… I get grape candy, but it also smells sort of like rootbeer to me?! Steeped 2.6g in 350ml 185F water. Smellin my steeped tea, I’m still getting a slight grape candy aroma, but it is waning more towards cherry with a rosy sweetness… the more I sniff the more I’m now getting cherry candy instead. There is still something about the aroma that vaguely makes me think of cola or rootbeer, but I’m not sure what it is… with the sweet cherry scent, I’m getting a “cherry cola” aroma. With a rosy florality to it.

Tasting it… I definitely taste a sweet cherry. The sweetness leans the cherry taste away from anything medicinal and more towards candy. And I get a pop of rose toward the end of the sip. It tastes nothing like cola, but I still get that aroma on my nose. Now looking at the entry, I see it does have cherry flavoring, but other than rose petals, the floral flavoring used is lotus… maybe the two things together are reading very “rose water” to me. There’s citrus and bergamot flavoring in this?! I taste neither, though do wonder if the citrus is popping enough on my nose to remind me of cola.

The flavor for me reminds me of “American sakura” — cherry flavoring and rose as an emulation of sakura petals (which taste quite a bit different than that to me). It’s pleasant though, especially since the cherry is sweet and floral and not reading medicinal in any way.

It’s nice, but I think I prefer Fleur de Geisha just a bit more for this sort of flavor. I’m sure it would read less as a sakura tea if I was actually tasting the citrus elements.

Flavors: Candy, Cherry, Cola, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Rose, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
teepland

Your comment about the aroma of grape candy and/or root beer reminds me of some soap my wife made with sandalwood. One of my children said it smelled like grape candy and the other child said it smelled like root beer! Is it possible that this tea has sandalwood in it? I am not sure if sandalwood is even edible, but the similarities between the aroma of your tea and the aroma of the soap made with sandalwood seems like there could be a connection.

Mastress Alita

It isn’t in the ingredients or flavoring list, so I don’t think so… I know I have had a tea that had sandlewood in it before, long ago, and all I remember is it smelled like men’s cologne to me, hahaha!

derk

Mastress Alita, heck out my interpretation of a lotus-scented green tea: https://steepster.com/derk/posts/406264

Mastress Alita

Grape candy and sassafras! That must be it, then.

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