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drank Laponic Dec. 25th Green by Theodor
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Thanks to kind Steepsters, I get to try all but the rooibos Laponic teas.

The red currant and juniper berry both brighten and meld with a savory-piney-earthy base taste. Both times I brewed this it did taste somewhat soapy-alkaline. I suspect I could use 1tsp versus 2 to mitigate that flavor. Otherwise, it’s a masterfully flavored green tea that truly makes me think of Christmas and northern coniferous forest covered in snow.

Thanks for sharing Dustin! The Laponic black is on board for Wednesday when the heavy rains come.

Side note: I bought a skateboard today. I’m overjoyed.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Martin Bednář

Hah, skateboards never been my thing and I think they weren’t that popular here. But what is a thing is those different, smaller boards, I think it’s called Pennyboard? Never had any of them though. And probably never get any.

The flavour sounds soo… great as usual.

gmathis

You’ll shoot your eye out. :) Be careful.

White Antlers

First a skateboard, then a OneWheel. Fun has no age limitations. : )

Courtney

Skateboards are so fun! We took up longboarding when we lived on the coast just a couple years ago and it was awesome!

Leafhopper

Skateboarding sounds like the perfect sport to take up these days: lots of time outside and minimal contact with people. :)

Dustin

Skateboarding used to be my main form of transportation and I kinda miss it. I was the only girl in my high school who skated although there were some girls who carried boards to catch the interest of the skater boys.
What kind of board did you get?

derk

In my late teens I had a board but never really rode it because the wheels were too hard for the road and where I lived had no sidewalks or bike lanes. I practiced tricks in parking lots, that’s it. The guy at the skate shop first suggested a longboard but I’m not so interested in cruising as wanting to start dropping bowls and ramps this spring at the skate park. I can still ollie and nollie 20 years later, surprisingly.

gmathis: Don’t worry, I’ll be sporting all the pads and a helmet until I get my feet back.

Dustin

Sadly, I never learned to ollie and not for lack of trying. I used to wake up super early so I could hit the skatepark with friends before the guard got there and enforced the helmet rule. I could drop into the bowls, but never learned the motion to get out. I should probably get a longboard. LOL!

tea-sipper

derk! be careful. hah

derk

Dustin, maybe you’ll love a longboard? Maybe tiny roommates will love a longboard? I was cruising through the neighborhood the other evening and a munchkin on a scooter yelled out “I have a skateboard!” as I passed. Of course I had to turn around to talk to him and his even tinier munchkin sidekick on an even tinier scooter.

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Thank you to Dustin for sharing this with me! I love the smell and flavor of juniper, and it’s usually drowned out by other flavors when included in a tea blend. Not here! The juniper is the star of the show, with a bit of pine to round everything out. Drinking this is like being transported to a snow covered forest. Love!

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drank vert du japan by Theodor
1467 tasting notes

Advent day 5. This is a super mellow sencha. It doesn’t have that grassy bite that some senchas have. It’s smooth and almost buttery. It’s nice, but sencha isn’t my favored type of tea. I’m not able to find any info for this tea on Theodor’s website. Strange.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Laponic Dec. 25th Green by Theodor
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A couple of my advent teas for the day need to be cold steeped, so I found myself tealess and I randomly craving this tea. Sometimes I get a tea craving based on the memory of a flavor I’ve had in tea, but can’t latch onto it enough to figure out which tea I was recalling. It’s kind of frustrating. My normal preference is towards dessert type teas, so it’s a little unusual that I long for something more savory. Maybe it’s because I’ve been overdoing it with holiday treats? This makes me think of a walk I took on a trip last year around this time. We went to New Mexico and went on a hike through the snow among the junipers. I picked some berries (which are featured in this tea) and the whole car was filled with the scent. There were also some pines (also in this tea) and I was trying to forage for pine nuts… unsuccessfully. Ended up buying some pine nuts from a vendor and discovered how big a pain it is to crack those things for the tiniest bit of nutty reward. Makes more sense why the prices are so high for shelled pine nuts. That walk was freezing and half our party had to abort the walk because a tiny roommate was exhausted and needed a nap in the car. I’m glad I can experience scent memories of the cold with a warming cup in my hand in the comfort of my heated home.

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

Where in New Mexico was this? Sounds like a magical trip!

Dustin

In Santa Fe. We were at the National forest trailhead, Atalaya Mtn. There were icicles, bunny tracks in the snow and the sensation of snow crunching under your feet, which isn’t something I’ve gotten to experience much! I’d love to go back, but I’d have to figure out a way around the altitude sickness.

AJRimmer

That sounds so nice! (minus the altitude sickness) I definitely need to get up to Santa Fe one day and check it out!

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drank Laponic Dec. 25th Green by Theodor
1467 tasting notes

What a strange tea! I bought this because I was intrigued by the juniper berries and pine. It smelled very bright and sharp. Brewed, it definitely has a pine flavor at the front of the sip, which morphs into juniper with some floral notes in there. It is a very crisp but smooth taste. It’s so strange and I like that! I’m surprised at how well balanced it is, that is isn’t overpowering and how well the flavors work together. It is very woody and savory, unlike any other tea I have.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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One of four free samples from Theodor called Mystery Sachets. I’m not fully qualified to grade black tea but this is their “Strong Breakfast”. Their site said it is a blend of Indonesia and India tea. I believe “Strong Breakfast” is a blend of Assam and Darjeeling.

It was a medium to dark coppery colored liquor, full-bodied, strong character, light spices, slightly fruity and had floral notes. It’s stronger than most breakfast teas I’ve tried at the hotels :P (I don’t have hardly any experience with black teas) and had malt and honey notes. I enjoyed it.

150ml, 185°F, 2 steeps: 5 min, 6 min

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Honey, Spices, Tannin

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I just realized with horror that my stock of JE Milk Oolong Theodor is dramatically running low … so I decided to rather go for a cup of this tea.

J.E = Jardin d’Exception (exceptional Garden) in the Théodorian terminology. Well it’s true, again! it’s a beautiful and Yunnan and you should believe me because Yunnan are not among my favorite teas.

The dry leaves are typical of this variety of teas, a mixt of dark brown and golden sand twisted leaves

The liquor is an INCREDIBLE dark brown, almost earthy- surprising as the steep lasted 3 minutes and 85 ° C only.

The taste is mostly made of malt and cocoa with a hint of honey. No bitterness at all.

The texture is a deep mellow.

It is a very nice tea and I think I’ll add it to my permanent collection as the Yunnan reference.

I used for the first time my new teacup Roy Kirkham bought 3 hours ago in La Vaissellerie rue Mogador in Paris.

It really makes a huge difference when drinking in a fine bone china cup … my other percelain or English earthenware cups seem really pale vs this one.

You can see some pics of the tea here on my blog :
http://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/j-e-yunnan-yu-yunnan-fgfo1-theodor/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

That cup is so lovely madam!

cteresa

Your milky ooling is running low? Shocking! I admit I rebought, but did you nottice they upped the price of the tins now? I bought my first tin at a surprising, unexpected sale right here in Lisbon for 15 euros (and regretted it when I smelled it because it smelled very oolong-y except it was magic when it hit boiling water) and my second tin for 20 euros at their adorable Trocadero shop with the so nice saleslady but now the website says 29.95€ ! I have almost all of the new tin, and admitteddly it might be worth the new price, but damn, it used to be cheaper.

This other one also sounds magical, I am saving my tea money for a Theodor order, next autumn maybe! Some tea providers, you can trust them to have working palates and noses!

About teaware, I understand completely. If you get the chance try also Zara Home, particularly on sale and when they get to the end of sale and really discount things. I confess I got yet another tea cup, I will try to photograph, but it looks like Roy Kirkham bone china and it is really pretty as well (though inconsistent. They have camellias in bloom alongside blackberries which it totally anachronistic. Camellias here bloom February-March, in late winter and blackberries are late summer, and roses are mid spring. I notice and do not forgive these things, though ok, maybe that is a tad precious, maybe?)

Ysaurella

Thank you Sil :)
Teresa : I just checked on Theodor’s website and yes the price of my favourite Milk Oolong took 10 €…awwwww do it will be a simple bag for my repurchase sure.
I would love to see your anachronistic tea cup ! We have very few Zara home here in France but I’ll have a look sure.

cteresa

I will take a photo of my anachronistic mug one of these days. when it gets colder, I confess ! When it is hot, even wise people tell me how how refreshing hot tea is, for me nothing beats cold water straight from the fridge. I confess to a few tea purchases this summer though, waiting to be tried.

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