Indigo Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

100

I love this stuff! It’s the only tea I’ve ever given a 100 to, and let me explain why.

This is a light green tea with just a tiny hint of fruit. I do not to have to be in any specific mood to want this tea, like I do with a lot of my others. This is just a great staple, any time tea. It’s pretty cheap too which is a bonus!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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37

If Lapsang Souchong had a drinkable cousin, it’d be this vanilla black. Bears a passing resemblance to it, in terms of its smokey haze and the taste as a result comes off very different than you’d anticipate from the name of the tea. Less taste of a vanilla from my experience or at least, what I’d have preferred. It’s perhaps a bit more earthy and strong. So a nice sturdy black if you want that kind of thing. I wanted to like it more, but just can’t seem to get into it.

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92

The leaves are very aromatic and encompass the very essence of strawberries. After my sand timer ran out (this is the way they brew tea for customers at Indigo), I added a conservative amount of rock sugar it was ready to drink! The strawberry taste is nice and strong, which I would expect since the flavor of black tea is such a force to be reckoned with. At the same time, the strawberry flavor is rich and convincingly fresh, as each sip is like popping a ripe juicy strawberry into my mouth. The finish of this tea is quite pleasant as well; as the sweet strawberry taste wanes the black tea taste comes in for the final word. An overall lovely brew.

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68

Quick review: Leaves very aromatic. Peppermint is very strong, chocolate taste is more subtle. Like an andes mint but much more minty. I’ve never been a huge fan of really minty teas, but this one is decent. Something about the flavor makes me think this is more muted or bland than it could be.

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97

I like going here to study, and when I need a break I just get up and smell all of their samples of tea to help me decide what I want. I came across this tea and the leaves were so aromatic. They have this wonderful vanilla bourbon-y smell, so I had to try it.

I like my black tea sweet, splash of milk to get rid of any bitterness and smooth out the flavor. The vanilla taste is a nice undertone that complements the black tea and does not taste artificial in any way. I don’t exactly know how to describe the taste of the black tea, kind of earthy, smokey. It’s the best vanilla black tea blend I’ve ever tasted, plus it’s great hot and cold. I will definitely buy some of this as a morning staple once I free up a tin!

MindfulLife

Ooh I’m going to add this to my shopping list!

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78

Thanks to Viva La Tea for this tea! I have experimented with this tea a lot, and found that the flavor changes drastically with different steep times. Today I tried it at 45 seconds, and it is perfect – not too bitter, slightly sweet.

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec
Honey

I’m glad you found a steep time that works! I have a few teas that are really inconsistent with brewing, even if I do everything the same.

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83

This tea is great- the description does not do it justice. I smelled the sample at the store before I got a cup of it and it had a smooth black tea smell, and yet it had invigorating chai spices in it! Besides cinnamon, I believe the sample also said ginger and cardamom, so it’s actually quite tasty. The orange blends in well too and is quite complementary to the other spices. I look forward to my next cup of it :)

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90

I’ve had more than 80 ounces of this Second Flush Darjeeling over the past two days and I still enjoy the flavor. Very faint notes of floral and grape, not super-astringent, and not heavy. I’ve used water at boiling for about 4 minutes each time, and it’s reained consistet. A little more expensive, but it’s organic, which is to be expected. From the Makaibari Tea Estates which has a well-documented history, still family-run, and the first large-scale tea plantation to “go green” in the early 1990’s.
More with pics of my steeping experience: http://bit.ly/mSQjHC

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82

This is exactly what you would expect … a delightfully refreshing lavender tisane. I drink it often before bed, and tend to mix it with chamomile or mint. Lovely cup color, and tastes quite fresh.

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80

This tea was delicious. It stole my attention from my academic work, so I’m afraid it’s not conducive to studying in the same way as a chai tea. But it was great with some sugar – it really brought out the slight honey flavor. It’s a great value for the taste too! It may not be picked by monkeys, but it’s mmm mmm good!

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100

I am so grateful for Indigo creating this wonderful tea. It’s one of the few I know I can rely on when I want something pure and simple. Very smooth, apple-y, and delicious.

Erin

is it tart?

Honey

No. The flavor is predominately green tea with undertones of apple, which tend to be “sweet hints” that weave in and out of my tastes. How’s that for a description of the tea? lol It’s just delicious.

Erin

sounds delicious!

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100

Wow. I am grateful that I get to sip on this tea while getting over a cold (yes, I have a cold at the end of August! I haven’t been sick for 2 years!) I am not just an apple fanatic, but a Fanatic (with a capital F). I have finally found a tea worthy to satiate my palate with the taste of apples.

This honestly tastes like an apple-pure and simple. It is such a pleasant tea and I 100% agree with the description – it is sooooo smooth. The apple and green tea flavor meshes together flawlessly; the apple is sweet yet slightly sour. I hate sour things, but this is a light sourness you catch a glimpse of in the finish. I am going to try this tea double-strength iced for the summer. I think it’s going to be unbeatable. It’s also not bitter at all. This one is in my top 10 teas for sure, due to its pleasant balance of apples and green tea.

If you love apples, I implore you to try this one – 4oz is only $9.50. Not bad in my opinion. I’ll have to see how many times I can steep the leaves though. I used 2tsp tea with 8oz of water, and 3/4tsp of organic white honey. Bravo Indigo Tea Company!

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

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66
drank Green Chai by Indigo Tea Company
83 tasting notes

I just picked up this tea while spending another day at the office. By office, I mean at Indigo Tea company. If you live in Minnesota, this is a great tea shop for the south metro. It is a wonderful place to study because they don’t have wifi (which means you won’t waste time surfing the internet and obsessively checking your e-mail!)

Anyway, as far as this tea goes, I was excited to try a green tea that also purports chai flavor. What an interesting combination…this tea is. I’m not well versed in different types of green tea, but I know the difference between Gyrokuro and Dragonwell because they’re the only two types I normally drink. I would say this tea’s leaves are more similar to Dragonwell green tea. However, I’m having more difficulty identifying the predominant spice in this tea. It could be clove, and it is definitely is not cinnamon, or nutmeg. I’ll have to ask some of my friends that cook much more often to me to identify the spice in this. Despite my lack of knowledge, I like the spice in this tea with the green tea flavor. I would prefer it in the fall, but I’m enjoying it tonight anyway :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Honey

I originally bought this tea for a friend and I tried a cup of it just to make sure it was worth giving to her. She ended up really liking it and consumes an entire teapot full of it over lengthy study sessions. She told me that the flavor is strong in cardamom, and that she found it to be slightly sweet.

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100

I have been searching for that special strawberry tea. I wanted something that tasted so purely like strawberries I could have sworn I was eating them. I even tried the strawberry pie honeybush which had glowing reviews, but it didn’t quite hit the spot (and I love all things strawberry and vanilla). This tea did it for me, finally! I needed no sweeteners for this tea, and it was so smooth, so pure, and so fresh tasting. Didn’t taste artificial whatsoever. They must have put strawberries from the garden of eden in this tea!

My holy grail of strawberry tea, found at last. Can I get a what-what?!

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59

My favorite “treat myself” tea type, I bought this from Indigo when I learned that the brand I was looking for wasn’t available even to purchase here in the U.S. Earl Greys can be spectacularly fabulous and memorable, or they can be ho-hum.
Indigo’s offering is great – a clean bergamot finish, just enough creaminess to satisfy without clouding over the qualities of the black tea. My personal preference is toward a bit more cream flavor to balance the bergamot, so I’m still in search of that elusive batch of Mariage Freres when I can find it, but I’m happy with my batch from Indigo.
You know you’re going to enjoy the cup when you open the storage container and can smell the three components – it’s not just simple black tea mixed with citrus.
The company’s picture doesn’t show it, but there are lavender/thistle(?) petals included in this blend, which makes it a nice tea for display teapots.
A treat for the eyes, nose, and palate!

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86

This was on the shelf amongst the greens and I had to try it, as peach is one of my favorite fruit flavors. It is definitely a japanese sencha at it’s base, fragrant with peach blossom petals upon opening the container, but it’s a fresh aroma. It doesn’t overwhelm the green tea, you can still discern the buttery, vegetal goodness. How a flavored tea should be done.
Steeped for two minutes in an unfiltered ceramic pot, perfect. Greenish amber liqueur, pleasant peach finish. Would be heavenly with a dash of cream or a buttery scone. Happy with my purchase.

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89

I’m not typically a cocnut tea fan but I recieved this tea during a tea swap and I must say I was pleasantly surprised!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sofia

I’m so glad you liked it!

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74

The flavour profile is a bit more balanced this time – I think the extra minute I steeped it helped. The rootbeer flavour is stronger and there’s some slight minty notes as well. Chamomile is still the dominant flavour however, which is fine I suppose – I have nothing against chamomile.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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74

I dug out a small sample packet of this tisane today – I think it got it from Doulton awhile back and it got lost in the unfathomable depths of my tea cabinet. :D

I went with the lower end of her recommended steeping time and the result was predominantly of chamomile with herbal-minty undertones. There’s also an intriguing hint of rootbeer flavour at the end of each sip. I’m not sure which of the ingredients is creating that effect – or maybe it’s a combination of several different things?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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64

The Final Sipdown: Day 19.1

Can we first discuss how the name Sunshine Green sounds like it’s some kind of strain of marijuana?

Great. Now that that’d done with, on to the tea. I’m not sure what I think of this one. I feel like I need a few more cups to decipher it, which I don’t have. And what’s more, it doesn’t seem to be available any longer from the vendor, so this one’s truly long gone.

The green tea is definitely in there, along with a strange, tangy astringency that only hits at the finish. Steeped, the leaves smell like they’ve been soaked in some kind of butter sauce, but the liquid does not reveal any of that decadence within its flavors. What it does reveal are tropical florals and a distinctly fruity sensibility. The fruit part reminds me of…orange pineapple juice. But without the acidity and the citrusy edge. I’m not sure whether this tea seems complex because it truly is, or because everything is coming through ALLATTHESAMETIME. You know?

There are other things going on in that cup, but the tea is gone and I’ve dumped the leaves. Interesting, yes. Is it something intriguing enough that I’ll want to search it out again? No. But it was unique enough that it shook me out of this funky stupor I’ve been in all day.

Teas Downed: 30

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79

I thought I’d do this one while drinking it, as long as I was online. It’s another sample I got from John. Woohoo!

The first taste was…interesting. It wasn’t what I expected, though I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. It was strong and in-your-face. I slowed down, taking little sips at a time (like wine). I can definitely taste the tea, a bit of grape flavor, and the wine flavor. Kind of green (leafy/vegetal) and sweet, but definitely not too sweet. The aftertaste is definitely sweet and grape-y/wine-y. Very interesting. Complex. I’ll have to try another cup or 2 before I decide whether or not to add this to my shopping list. licks lips

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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94

Huh, there is a other tea with this name and picture – only the other one is done by Montana something.

I picked a random, and this came up! Fitting with a herbal at this time of the day.
After sniffing the bag I went to my better half and ask him: “What gum is this?!” and shoved the bag under his nose. His reply was Jenka. Oh yum! It’s been too long since I had that bubblegum!

Color of the liquid – yellow. First impression: Mint and chamomille. There is a lot of other flavors in the cup, but these are the main flavors.

I love it! Maybe I can convince my better half to try something other than his jasmine pearls. ( smiles I love the fact that he loves jasmine pearls!)

- This tea is from the contest Doulton held <3
Cofftea

More than one company reselling the tea (and even changing the name) is REALLY common. There are tons of teas here who have tasting notes under different companies and/or names.

Rijje

Aha! Makes sense.
I should figure it out myself – but this tea is making me sleepy ;)

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99

My favorite tea! I drink this all day now. Not just at night. :)

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