1996 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramelized Pear by Market Spice
1996 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s Monthly Sipdown Challenge
December 2022 → A pear tea

This is truly awful. I was already having my doubts from the smell of it. The taste isn’t nearly as strong, thank goodness, but there’s something off about it. It has a woody sort of flavor with the honeybush that I don’t particularly love, but also the flavorings are really strong and taste unnatural. My last note said this one turned out okay, but I’ve got to disagree with myself here. This is nearly undrinkable.

Flavors: Woody

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84
drank Jin Jun Mei by Unknown from China
1996 tasting notes

ashmanra’s monthly sipdown challenge
January 2023 → a tea I truly love

I haven’t finished my December sipdown prompts from Mastress Alita yet, but I didn’t want to miss out on today’s brand new prompt for the new year. This is a comforting old favorite. I don’t know much about it, not the company or even the type of tea, but someone told me it looks like Jin Jun Mei so I’m going with that. It’s later in the afternoon than I would normally like to have caffeine, but I’d already planned to make a cup so I didn’t change it.

I can tell that it’s finally starting to lose some of its flavor (this one is a little over six years old, time flies!), but it’s still really enjoyable. A bit of astringency, some malt, and a minerality I hadn’t noticed before. For those who enjoy Jin Jun Mei, do you have any recommendations I could check into once I run out of this one?

Flavors: Astringent, Dark Chocolate, Malt, Mineral

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Michelle

Upton has a nice Jin Jun Mei that is cheaper than Yunnan Sourcings JJM.
https://steepster.com/teas/upton-tea-imports/96853-seasons-pick-jin-jun-mei-zk100

Shae

Thank you! Added to my list.

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drank Candy Cane Forest Black Tea by 52teas
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82
drank Mindful Mint by QNTM Leaf Tea
1996 tasting notes

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
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drank Earl Grey Cupcake by 52teas
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This seemed like a good choice for the frigid temperatures we’re experiencing. I know it’s much colder further north, but goodness I’m not used to temperatures in the teens. Currently sitting under my heated blanket with a cup of this tea. I remember when I first tried this one, I was disappointed that it wasn’t smokier than it is. Today, it’s delicious. Th smoke is there, but it doesn’t overpower the tea. I’m going to finish this cup, shut my laptop, and go right to bed for a nap. It’s the perfect weekend for hunkering down. Stay warm, friends!

Flavors: Smoke, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Same here Shae ha ha, it was 12 here when I took the doggos out this morning. o.o

Maddy Barone

We northerners like poke fun at our southern neighbors when they have to deal with cold. But honestly, not only are we used to it, but our roads, houses and infrastructures are built to withstand it. We have entirely different wardrobes for summer and winter. And don’t let anyone fool you. When it gets cold we complain too!

CrowKettle

Second what Maddy Barone said! When weather goes this off the rails respective of a region’s climate normals, people, infrastructure, animals, plants, etc. go haywire!

I hope you stay warm too! Smoky teas are perfect on frigid days; I think I’ll emulate you and crack open the Caravan tin :)

Shae

Agreed! People here like to make fun of northern states during heatwaves but ignore the fact that they may not be as prepared for those high temperatures as we are. I imagine it is sort of comical though when we shut down completely any time there are snow flurries. :)

I hope you enjoyed your Caravan too, CrowKettle!

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drank Bananas Foster by 52teas
1996 tasting notes

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drank Smokey Taboo by Cedar Hill Homestead
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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated May 2022.

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