1088 Tasting Notes

2021 sipdown no. 76

Sipdown of this sample sent my way from VariaTEA. This is just a lovely genmaicha blend. I enjoy the creamy aspect from the marshmallow and the hints of banana, since I generally enjoy banana in tea. So happy to have been able to try this one!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 75

I cold brewed this and somehow it’s even less enjoyable than hot brewed. The cold brew has allowed the full fledged cloying-ness to come forward and I just can’t understand why there has to be so many flavours in this tea. Less would definitely be more here.

Preparation
3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Matcha Tuesday? I saw many a matcha Monday post yesterday but couldn’t bring myself to make one. Today I took off work to power through some reports that are due Thursday and I knew matcha would help.

I haven’t tried many matches, but I love that this one comes out lovely and creamy with little to no bitterness. It’s always an enjoyable cuppa.

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drank Lhotse Black by Tearunners
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Cameron B.

Short and sweet, lol!

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2021 sipdown no. 73

Sad sipdown of this one from VariaTEA. I really enjoyed this one because for whatever reason the blend of ingredients created a great balance with the bergamot and it just tasted wonderful to me.

I’ve contacted the company a couple times and have yet to find a way to order from them sadly, but still working on it, so hopefully I can one day order this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Martin Bednář

Well, I am based in Europe… maybe it would be simplier to share 100 g (minumum amount, oh well!) and making a group order. But at first, after my finals (probably in June)

Courtney

Thanks for the idea Martin. Maybe we can re-visit in June! :)

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drank Daintree by T2
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Enjoying this tea shared from VariaTEA this morning. After two cats decided it was a carnival last night and not a Sunday before a work week, I got up (not woke up, you’ll notice) and knew exactly what tea I needed haha.

This tea is delightful when done correctly. I brewed it just under boiling today and it’s got a nice syrup-y quality with a slight maltiness.

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

One time I was in Portland, Oregon, and saw an ad in the local paper for a kitty carnival. My time in the city was too short to marvel at that wonder.

tea-sipper

haha derk. I can’t imagine! It’s also hard to imagine the “cat show” equivalent of a “dog show”.

AJRimmer

Ha, three years later, my dad still complains that the cat act was cut from America’s Got Talent:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxFx1k8Z9ns
Act starts around 1:15

tea-sipper

WHAT! Now how long did it take to train those cats? The least trainable animal. haha. That’s amazing.

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This is like a wee cup of soapy sweetness with slight edges of bitterness. It almost reminds me of Thrills gum, but not as enjoyable.

This one has to go to the swap pile.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
AJRimmer

I love when people use the word wee to describe something small. It’s so cute, and I never hear it in the US.

Courtney

I’d say it’s rare in most of Canada as well — I could be wrong, but I’d say it’s more an east coast thing :)

Togo

Indeed, it reminds me of the lovely years spent in Scotland :)

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I’ve been intrigued about this one for a while, but couldn’t quite fathom a rooibos blend being anything like a typical black breakfast tea. It turns out, I was right.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this tea, and I actually enjoy the rooibos base that B&B uses, this does not make me feel like I’m drinking a breakfast tea. The scent and taste of rooibos is all I’m getting here.

Thank you for sharing Cameron!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 72

Unexpected sipdown of this last night! I call this one a fancy English Breakfast whenever Lex asks what I’m drinking, since the Assam base reminds me of the often prominent notes in an English Breakfast tea.

This tea is really well done with not too much malt, but certainly some, but then cut through with almost astringency, but not quite. It’s a nice bold cup and I did quite enjoy it. I think I will re-order this one.

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

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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None of my teas have been speaking to me of late and many just aren’t tasting good at all. I’m chalking it up to end of term stress and additional work stress. C’est la vie, I suppose.

However, I broke down and made a cup of this and am so happy I did because it tastes just as lovely as I remember. Perhaps if I’m not asking too much, it can jog my tastebuds to enjoy my other teas as well. The interplay of chocolate and orange is really great here. The rooibos is present, which I usually avoid, but this is the one exception. I always wish I could get more of this one, though I’m not sure it’s even sold any longer.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
tea-sipper

I hope teas taste better for you and you have less stress soon!

Courtney

Thank you :)

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I live with my partner and our two bunnies: Callie and Ben, and two cats: Freyja and Ivan. I’m currently working on my MSc in biology and enjoying tea along the way!

I love straight and flavoured black teas and this is what I’m usually drinking.

I’m also happy to enjoy a cup of green or red rooibos (green preferable to red), herbals, oolongs, whites, and subtly flavoured greens. Other teas I’m happy to try at least once!

Likes:
Raspberry, rhubarb, passionfruit, and most fruits in general, maple, creaminess, cacao/dark chocolate, honey, coconut, and chai spices. I’m open to other flavoured teas but they can’t be cloying or fake/candy like.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness at all, stevia, too much blackberry leaf, flowers (rose and jasmine), and ginger (except in chai).

Flavours that can go either way:
Hibiscus, vanilla, and peach.

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Last updated March 2021.

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