1199 Tasting Notes

I cold brewed this one through the night to give it a try chilled. I always open the bag thinking I’ll want this, but the scent doesn’t sit well.

I would say the cold brew tastes very similar to the hot (from what I recall). The creamy, yet earthy coffee flavour is at the forefront, with hints of cinnamon and a subtle sweetness at the end of the sip.

I’m hoping as the autumn comes, I’ll crave this one a bit more often.

Preparation
3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I steeped this one up hot this afternoon and it’s akin to liquified raspberries. Very tasty, but I’m struggling to find any passionfruit. I’ve had this cold before, but naturally didn’t make any notes. I’ll have to cold steep this one soon as I vaguely remember getting more passionfruit that way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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I enjoyed this as my first cup of the day, steeped for 3 minutes with a splash of soy milk. I haven’t been able to drink my normal morning ice coffee since getting sick because it tastes horrid, but ventured today to try milk in my tea.

This is a string malty breakfast tea that takes milk well. I’ll be sure to leave another note for how it is without milk as well.

I ordered this one as a potential replacement for A.C. Perch Kenya, but Kenya has a ‘cleaner’ taste overall and does slightly edge this one out.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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2022 sipdown no. 30 Camellia Sinensis La Cumbre Bitaco
2022 sipdown no. 31 Camellia Sinensis Madame la Marquise

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2022 sipdown no. 29

Sad sipdown of this favourite. I had only enough for a small mug and I couldn’t let it sit in my cupboard any longer. I am enjoying this one as I try to catch up on emails after a week of being ill.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML
Cameron B.

I never seem to enjoy this one as much as everyone else, and it makes me a bit sad. :(

Courtney

Aww, well I’m sure there are plenty for you to enjoy otherwise! I feel like that for Lupicia’s Cookie.

Cameron B.

True, I do love many of their other teas. And I actually like White Christmas better than Cookie!

Courtney

Woot, it’s not just me! :P

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drank Sanxia by Mountain Stream Teas
1199 tasting notes

2022 sipdown no. 28

I ordered 25g of this for myself in March and ripped through it far too quickly. This tea is really great, really great. It’s silky and full of flavour. Almost like a cross between TTC Yuchi Wild Mountain and Teavivre’s Bailin. I really love it and must have more soon!

I resteep this once as well and it retains a significant amount of flavour.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML
Sil

oooh

ashmanra

I think I have this one! I need to check!

Courtney

So tasty! I have a cart started, but ugh, the rate!

ashmanra

I just checked and I do have it! Never even opened it, so deffo plan to try it this weekend.

Courtney

I hope you enjoy it!

Sil

need to keep an eye out for a sale i guess :(

Cameron B.

So glad you found some winners from Mountain Stream! ❤

Courtney

Thanks to you Cameron! :)

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drank Earl Grey by Camellia Sinensis
1199 tasting notes

2022 sipdown no. 27

Well, I’ve polished off this sample and still this is all Fruit Loops!

The bergamot is really lovely here, against a smooth black base with no astringency (my favourite), but the EG Cream just edges it out. I may order another sample and try mixing the two though!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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drank Carcadet Fragola by Dammann Freres
1199 tasting notes

Hot: This has a jammy strawberry taste with almost no hibiscus tartness when hot. It’s quite lovely and I always end up finishing my cup without even realising it.

Chilled: This one has a scent almost like those strawberry Campino candies (does anyone remember those?) — like a creamy, strawberry. The taste is much more hibiscus mixed with strawberry. The hibiscus is definitely toned down and I really get any tartness. The overall flavour is quite nice.

Preparation
3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML
gmathis

I had to go look up Campino—they aren’t what I thought they were (which was the hard candy filled with a liquid center my grandpa kept all the time).

Courtney

I know ones like that too! There were delicious strawberry ones in a red and green wrapper (these may be different from the ones your grandpa kept): https://www.google.com/search?q=hard+strawberry+candy+with+soft+center&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiwpcvV1tf3AhUaATQIHarHARUQ_AUI-QcoAQ&biw=1440&bih=692&dpr=2#imgrc=fxsiE_tsFRCydM

ashmanra

I have had the same ones as gmathis, but never heard of Campino. I will check World Market for them!

gmathis

Yep, those are the ones, although he also kept tins of assorted hard Christmas candy—both filled and plain—that got kind of sticky and hairy in the summer ;) Didn’t keep us grandkids out of it, though!

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It’s slow going on sipdowns here, but logging just a few more:

2022 sipdown no. 24 Østerlandsk Harlekin
2022 sipdown no. 25 A.C. Perch First Flush Darjeeling
2022 sipdown no. 26 Camellia Sinensis Ali Shan

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drank Earl Grey by Camellia Sinensis
1199 tasting notes

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to order the regular EG from CS, since I adore the Earl Grey Cream. So I added this sample to my recent order.

The bergamot is really lovely here, against a smooth black base with no astringency (my favourite). I don’t know how to describe the flavour except to say that is is like the essence of Fruit Loops!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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My partner and I live with our bunnies and cat. I’m currently working on my MSc in biology and enjoying tea along the way!

I love black tea and this is usually what’s in my mug.

I’m also happy to enjoy a cup of green or red rooibos (green preferable to red), herbals, oolongs (unroasted and red preferable to roasted), whites, and subtly flavoured greens.

Likes:
Raspberry, peach, rhubarb, passionfruit, and most fruits in general, maple, creaminess, hay, biscuit, lavender, and cacao/dark chocolate.

I enjoy bergamot when paired with flavours that mellow it (Camellia Sinensis Earl Grey Cream is one of my favourites).

Dislikes:
Any smokiness at all, stevia, too much blackberry leaf, rose, ginger (except in chai), cinnamon-heavy teas, anything cloying or fake/candy-like.

I’m vegan with an allergy to potatoes, so I avoid any animal products in tea, along with sprinkles as these often have potato starch (I usually just pick them out of blends).

Last updated December 2021.

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