1459 Tasting Notes

Sipdown from my AJRimmer advent!
I overleafed the hell out of this cup, but I don’t regret that decision. I had the first steeping yesterday and returned to it today. It’s tasting very gingerbread like today! I don’t recall what I thought it tasted like yesterday. I noticed it has little pine like needles in it and I’m kind of bummed I can’t pick them out in the flavor, but maybe that is just a testament to it being well blended.
Trying to remember to relax as I sip this and unwind from shipping label/printer hell that I have found myself tangled back in. Sip. Breathe. Relax. Repeat.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Having another cup of this and I think I’m done. It’s going to the get rid of bag. It’s not that it’s a bad tea, it’s just not a great tea and I don’t have time or cupboard space for ok tea. There is a little bit of roasted coconut taste that merges in with something vaguely sweeter like a hint of caramel. Not getting any salt and I wish the flavors were more intense.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
AJRimmer

I get that completely. At the moment, most of my tins are filled with teas I feel pretty eh about, and I need to do the work of deciding which ones to power through and which I should just pass along.

Dustin

Same! I have a bag of “get rid of teas” and I feel like there is probably a lot more I could put in it.

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Satanic tea?! Where has this been all my life?! LOL! A friend gifted me a bag of this today. She knew my little goth pumpkin loving heart would adore this and she was right! The company is hilariously spooky, has great graphics, most of their teas have fun ominous names and they have a tea club!

This tea is brisk! The leaves are chopped into a fine consistency and the mix was a little powdery from how fine it was chopped. I don’t get pumpkin, but I do get a ton of ginger! It was almost more of a gingerbread chai flavor than a pumpkin spiced one. I enjoyed the cup and look forward to more!

Roswell Strange

I love this company! They have an awesome Lapsang.

Dustin

I saw your notes on it being fruity! Is that an added flavor or just a naturally occurring feature of the lapsang they have?

Roswell Strange

Just naturally occurring :)

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I have a very tentative relationship with oolongs. We have not come to a general understanding are are still treading around the edges. That said, I’m probably not the best person to rate or review them. I’m glad to try them, but I feel lacking in understanding and appreciating the bulk of them. This once seems okay. I’m not getting the cardboard flatness that I usually find plaguing oolongs. It’s smooth and I can get a hint of caramel in it. There isn’t much more to it that I can find. It’s something I’m able to sip without thinking much of or being distracted by it.
Thanks goes out to AmandaStory for sending a sample of this tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I feel the same with oolongs. I almost always get a mineral/cardboard and can’t seem to get on board.

Dustin

I keep trying, but I fear I’ll never come to an understanding with them. :/

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National strawberry day and my mind immediately goes to this tea. It’s been a staple in my cupboard for years and I don’t see that changing. I cut open a fresh pack of this and was greeted by the familiar comforting scent of chocolate and strawberries. The puer adds a really nice depth and malt to the strawberry choco combo. Another great cup!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I have a package of this one that I haven’t opened yet!

Martin Bednář

I have it too, last session worth; I think I will finish it tomorrow, as it’s 7.30 pm already and I am not looking forward to drink another caffeined tea. But its certainly delicious one.

Sakura Sushi

Love this one – the strawberry is so juicy and it really reminds me of chocolate covered strawberries. Much yum.

Cameron B.

I feel like Lupicia does really good strawberry flavors in general. :D

Lexie Aleah

I’m almost out of this one so I’ve been debating making a cup of it today or not.

Cameron B.

Turns out I don’t have this one! I have Cinnamon Cookie and Sunny Fruits. Harrumph!

Mastress Alita

When you said you were going to make a cup of this, I pulled a strawberry-choco pu’erh (not Lupicia, it’s a catalog blend from a local teashop, though I still haven’t quite begged which supplier makes it…). Been drinking my thermos at work, really hits the spot on a cold day!

Dustin

I still haven’t tried the cinnamon cookie, just their regular cookies.
Lupicia has a green strawberry tea that is well flavored too. I recall it being similar to Kusmi’s.
I wonder how the not Lupica blend compares to this one!

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drank Nordic Forest by Épices de Cru
1459 tasting notes

This tea is really cool! It’s really like you are sipping all the scents in the forest! It’s a little bit of pine, maybe some spruce… cedar? I have no clue, but it’s really great! The scent is very light and deceiving when it comes to the flavor that comes through when I taste it. It’s strong, but smooth and vibrant. The finish is slightly sweet. It’s also a really magical looking tea, meaning that it’s made up of little bits of green plants that all have different shapes and textures. It’s pretty to look at! I can totally imagine while sipping this tea walking through a forest and nibbling on little bits of the various greenery I come across. I’m really taken by this tea!

Thanks so much to AmandaStory for the sample of this!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
1459 tasting notes

Not feeling super into this one. There is a light blueberry flavor, but there is an ashy taste that distracts. My mouth is left feeling dry after each sip. Meh.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Back from a lovely week up at the barn! I found so many interesting plants to try steeping on my nature walkabouts! Usnea and Monk’s Head lichen (monks head tastes like a puerh!), cedar, spruce, pine, mint and a garbage bag full of mistletoe! There was a huge clump that fell from an oak, just as I was about to leave. Score! As relaxing and amazing as it was to be out in nature, I really missed my tea cupboard and was so excited to get up this morning and pick something to drink! I really need to get a better selection of travel tea put together.

I love banana and smoke, but I’m still perplexed about this tea! It has this depth to it that is almost hot cocoa like and blends well with the smoke and banana. It’s a good tea so I don’t know what is holding me back from loving it. I do hope my feelings change. :/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Skysamurai

Wow! Not this tea but your herbal treasure hunting sounds amazing.

Martin Bednář

That nature picking sounds great; especially the tree goodies. I never tried it and won’t in this country, though I thought about using spruce needles back then.

Skysamurai

I was trying to think of what company this reminded me of and I just found them https://www.wellrootedteas.com/shop/bee-well-2 Unfortunatly though they are currently out of stock because of all the ridiculousness that went on in MN in 2020.

Dustin

It was SO nice to be out in nature. Aside from being reunited with all my tea, I’m grumpy about being back home in the city. I’m looking forward to trying to blend all my forest finds and see if I can make something interesting.
Why would you not try picking plants in nature in your country, Martin?
That blend does look interesting, Skysamurai! I totally missed MN 2020 stuff. Probably too distracted by CA burning and turning orange among other pandemic things. I hope they are able to restart their business!

Martin Bednář

Dustin: because I don’t feel it’s much safe here. At least in my surroundings. And if I go to “mountains” — it is usually protected.

I would consider that though!

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drank Kumquat Cheesecake by 52teas
1459 tasting notes

This was in the recent package of samples from AmandaStory! :D
I’m getting a light citrus at the start of the sip and a touch of tartness toward the end of the sip and finish. I don’t know that I’d name it as kumquat. To me kumquat is bright and bold, sweet and sour in a tiny package. I get a slight creaminess, but I don’t know that I’d call it cheesecake. Aside from it not being what I expected based on the name, but it’s a nice enough cup to enjoy in the evening.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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drank Rose Truffle by Arthur Dove Tea Co.
1459 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this a bit lately. I think it’s supposed to be a valentine tea, so it seemed appropriate for the themed tea in the sipdown thread. The first steeping of this today was great. Strong rich rose with good supporting flavors rounding it out nicely. The second steeping was a little weak and still tasted bland even with the addition of whipped cream. At the rate I’m going, it’s likely to be a sipdown soon along with Hound On The Hunt!

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