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Thé Kiosque

Recent Tasting Notes

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I have had this tea in my cabinet for a while now. However lets get to the review. Now the first few times I had this tea I was naughty and let it over steep and boy did I pay. letting this wonderful black tea over steep should be illegal or even be a cardinal sin. However getting it right… Oh god getting it right is wonderful. The tea blossoms to this wonderful mahogany color. It has a full rich flavor that creates an savory after taste. The tea leaves don’t leave a strong after smell but the flavor will linger with you for part of your day. Enjoy :-)
Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Ontario Icewine by Thé Kiosque
1259 tasting notes

I likey!! yum! now this is a tad weak… I had hoped for more wine flavour. Ah well, overall I enjoyed this much better than the red leaf version which I bought at the same time but tried first… which I disliked so much that I was scared off trying this one!
In the end though, I think I’d like something between the two. This is a hair weaker than I’d prefer and the other version far too strong. Call me Goldilocks! ah well. the white base here was really nice. Round and just the right depth. Worth ordering more.

momo

ooh, I’ve had an ice wine flavored tea with a black base but I bet a white base suits it even better!

Bonnie

Nom! Hi Gals!

Indigobloom

I’ve tried a black base and that’s good to. I feel like the white works really well tho!
Hiiiiii Bonnie!! I just reread this review… wow I AM tired, it’s a big run on sentence hahaaa

Bonnie

http://youtu.be/gGg6wta1qWA Here watch this and bellydance!

Indigobloom

lol belly dancin -I can manage that in private maybe. I’m a terrible dancer! :P

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77

so tired… just got home from a memorial service. They really suck the oomph outta me.
Bah.
This was ok. I feel as if I’ve had it before, only spicier. Mint, citrus, and a little creaminess. Meh. Not terrible, but then I imagine this would be super soothing when my tummy goes on strike!

Bonnie

Wow has it been 30 days already? Memory Eternal! Well, tradition is what we have. From this point on it is spaced further apart. But a comfort to know that we don’t forget people and have a place in our yearly calendar to do so.

Indigobloom

Yup, time flies when your drinking tea I suppose!
Aunt Viera, she will never be forgotten. It is indeed a comfort… Thanks Bonnie :)

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drank Pai Mu Tan by Thé Kiosque
1259 tasting notes

Ohh man what a great tea. I love the white ones with some hazzah behind them.
What a body! A very sweet, mellow cup. Reminds me of orchids, orchid marmalade maybe. The first steep was my weakest… they seemed to grow in character each time. The last one, of four, had a really sweet finish. Almost syrup like. One day, I will order more of this. Ahhh I wish this was more than a sample!

Bonnie

Finally! I was hoping you would fall in love with one of them!

SimpliciTEA

“… with some hazzah behind them.” Hilarious! I just had to look that word up online, and here is one interesting link http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Hazzah
It’s got lots of possible uses. So, hazzah back atcha!

Indigobloom

Bonnie: ME TO! ahhh I was getting a little worried. Now I wish I ordered more from their straight tea pile.
SimpliciTea: LOL hazzah! I love that word, it just sounds fun doesn’t it?!

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89

omg I can write a tasting note?! yay!
Though I don’t have much time. Just got home and I am soooo sleepy.
Anyhow, this is a very good dessert tea. Super sweet, like toffee. With milk, just a little… it tastes almost chewy.
In fact it reminds me of the coffee/pu-erh from Davids tea, only better. Much better! (it doesn’t make me ill, for starters)
My last steeping, I enjoyed without any milk at all and it was just as yummy as it was with it. That.. is one of the markers I look for in a remarkable tea. Oh yes, so good!

Indigobloom

it was!! intense to :)

The Purrfect Cup

Wow this does sound great!!

SimpliciTEA

Never head of Thé Kiosque. Did you like ordering from them?

Bonnie

I have a similar but the flavoring could be better, but the idea is made for puerh!

Janefan

I just ordered some of this blend yesterday, but from another seller. Glad to hear it’s good!

Lynne-tea

I may just need to check this company out! Thank’s Indigobloom =)

Indigobloom

Purrfect Cup: it is!! considering ordering more now :)
SimpliciTea: so far so good! still trying to get through all my samples :)
Bonnie: you aint kidding about that! Mmmm
Janefan: nice, I’ll look for your review!
Lynne-tea: definitely worth a look-see. So far I like their straight teas best

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83

Yet another sample from Kiosque… I think I need to start in on my staples again. My palate is getting tired!
Anyhow, this was ok. Could definitely taste apricot, and peach… and each of them distinctly, which surprised me. I did not expect that. It all balanced very nicely. It was a very light tea as well. No sweetening or milk required!
If I hadn’t just found another great peach tea last week, I would have surely liked this one more. I guess that’s how the tea leaves fall :P

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83

Yet another sample from Kiosque… I think I need to start in on my staples again. My palate is getting tired!
Anyhow, this was ok. Could definitely taste apricot, and peach… and each of them distinctly, which surprised me. I did not expect that. It all balanced very nicely. It was a very light tea as well. No sweetening or milk required!
If I hadn’t just found another great peach tea last week, I would have surely liked this one more. I guess that’s how the tea leaves fall :P

Bonnie

Wah….boo! : (

Indigobloom

C’est la vie Bonnie! atleast I have a backup :)

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Hummm. I really don’t know what to think of this!
It reminds me of a dark fruity oolong, but has aspects of green.
The first steep was the most green. Notes of floral orchid and leafy greens and yet it has a darker profile. Roasted? I’m not very good at picking out the notes. The second steep was more fruity, still floral but not as much. It reminded me of Jasmine (ick! so glad that didn’t last into the third cup). Also, I can see what they mean about “wine”.
The third fruitier again, and heavier on the roasted flavour. Almost no ‘green’ notes to be found.
So yes, that’s right… each cup was darker than the one before!!

Azzrian

Yummy Sounds GREAT!

Indigobloom

it was pretty darn great! I’m sad it was only a sample now lol

ashmanra

I am pretty sure the Blue Spring at A Southern Season has ginseng on it, but none of the online descriptions of Blue Spring from other companies indicates ginseng.

Indigobloom

Ginseng? huh that is interesting. I don’t even know what that tastes like lol

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drank Blueberry Black by Thé Kiosque
1259 tasting notes

Hmmm this was better than the blueberry white, somewhat. It’s a dark tea, reminds me of pu-erh in some ways… in the wildness of the blueberry! like it’s gonna come roarin’ in on a motorcycle :P
I had hoped for a brighter flavour, something more “berry” like, but then I didn’t pay attention to the website descriptor of “wild” blueberry, which really should have tipped me off! Anyhow, it was a fun cup.
Adding milk did nothing for it sadly. The berriness was completely hidden.
I’ve lowered the rating of the white version, now that I have some context!!

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This was my morning tea. Quite yummy, I was impressed!! a bit light for my liking but the leaves were dried straight so they fit jaggedly in my teaspoon. I think I have enough left for a second serving… and it will be had in my Gaiwan! Yup yup, most definitely… as I need to discover what hidden secrets lie beneath!
See, the first steep was ok. Vegetal and toasted, with a hint of caramel, or maybe spun sugar. At first I thought I was imagining it, but then it was even stronger in the second steep!! and as I got through my sips, there was a distinct aftertaste of maple/caramel spun sugar. I’ve never had that in a green before! It was amazing.
The third steep had a little less caramel, and more toastiness, but then it was back in the fourth. No time for a fifth…
Either way, I am seriously considering getting a tin of this. One sample will likely not be enough for me. That is IF I can find something besides caramel, I do like my complex teas :)

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I had so hoped to fall in love with this company! but so far, none of the blends I’ve tried are outstanding. Sure, it’s only been four so far and none have been terrible, but neither have they have rocked my world… and that makes me worry about the remaining samples.
This chai is much the same. Perhaps it was the suggestion of Kristaleyn’s earlier review of the ayurvedic chai, but this tastes very similar.
Dry, the leaves smelled of vinegar and spice. Steeped, there is that same cleansing sortof feel to it. Slippery, even with milk and a touch of sugar.
It’s a little rounder than the ayurvedic, and there is a slight cocoa note at the base of the sip, right in the middle and aftertaste.
Also, after having most of the cup my mouth feels refreshed like it does after I’ve eaten something minty.
Also(again!), it’s very light. I pulled out the basket right before it got bitter and yet I find myself wishing the flavour was thicker, or deeper.
If I had to choose between the Ayurvedic and this one, I think I like this better but not by much! However I have only a sample of this one, and a small bag of the other. Oh well!

Kittenna

I did reheat my chai last night and added milk and sugar and it was quite pleasant. So it will get drunk :D I haven’t added to the tasting note yet… should do that now.

Indigobloom

ah that’s good!!
I’m not sure mine ever will… there are too many other chais out there for me to love :P

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drank Almond Oolong by Thé Kiosque
1259 tasting notes

Wow, intense on the almond much?!
This is definitely a dessert tea. I got through three steeps and only on the last one did I taste any real “tea”. That said, it was pretty tasty. The second steep was actually a bit creamy as well, which I liked.
Overall, it’s like but not love.

Bonnie

Shucks…glad you at least liked it.

Indigobloom

me to!
It was very similar to DTs Amaretto. If I’m gonna have a dessert tea I’d rather it not be caffeinated anyhow :)

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Mmmmmmmmm so good!
Mild, and pretty astringent… but tasty. Thanks again to Kiosque for the sample option!
I added milk and far too much sugar for my liking to get the flavour out, but finally I have a chocolate tea!! wahoooo!!! It’s very smooth and silky chocolate, and really does remind me of “Belgium Chocolate”. Oh yes!
I don’t think I’ll buy more because of the astringency, unless brewing it at a lower temp works for rooibos as well? or if I can find a way to pump up the cocoa note. Either way, I’m very pleased to have tried this!

Bonnie

STE Chocolate Tea is really good if you try chocolate again.

ScottTeaMan

HHHmmmm…….I wonder if I’d like this Rooibos…….

Indigobloom

Bonnie: oh yes I agree, but I’m looking for a non caffeinated version. The STE chocolate will always be my fave mmmm!
ScottTeaMan: you might! worth a shot anyhow! :)

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drank Blueberry White by Thé Kiosque
1259 tasting notes

Hmmmm. I like this.
The blueberry isn’t quite blueberry though. More… blueberry anise. Not in a bad way, unless you hate licorice. I’m not a huge fan but only when it overpowers the tea like hibby tends to.
And the white tea is nice to. Mild but not eaten up by the berry-ness… in fact it’s a really nice balance. The second infusion was all anise though.
I think I’ll try the next cup of this iced. You know me, not an iced tea girl but I want to be so I’m pushing for it :)
Thanks to The Kiosque for letting me grab a sample!!

ScottTeaMan

I had a blueberry white several years ago, I can’t remember the company though. I remember really liking it, and it had a very well balanced tea and flavoring.

Indigobloom

I suppose that’s the nature of blueberry white tea then?
Blueberry was never a very strong flavour in my mind, even the fresh fruit…

Daniel Scott

I am always on the look-out for a really good blueberry white. I want to find the perfect one! Lemme know if/whenever you think you’ve found it. :P

Indigobloom

lol yes I hope you’ll do the same for me Daniel! :)

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drank Keemum 3 Monkey by Thé Kiosque
1259 tasting notes

MY ORDER FROM KIOSQUE CAME TODAY!!!!!
My first ever online tea purchase. (if you don’t count the David’s order I made eons ago for some teas no longer offered in store that is)
This order, I was lucky, they let me order in all sample sizes… as there are so many I haven’t tried that I wasn’t ready to make a commitment and I can try so much more this way. Thank you The Kiosque for being so awesome! :)
Ahem. Okay the tea.
Well… if you /like/ astringency, this one’s your gal. I mean tea!
Whew, is it ever sour!! like an apple, without the apple taste… like the tartness you get in a sweeter apple, not the sour apples. It’s a wild sort of astringency, deeper than most and rounder than in an Indian black tea.
There is a chocolate note there to, but it’s very much overpowered by the astringency.
Adding agave didn’t seem to bring the chocolate out much. Next time, I’ll lower the temp to see if that helps.
Milk did mellow it out quite a bit. Also, I did get three good steeps out of it, and a very nice tea high!! Other reviews of this tea from another vendor compare it to Pine, but I don’t see that here. It’s a little biting, so perhaps that is what they are getting at with “pine”? and burgundy… yeah I can see that, maybe. Not that I know what burgundy tastes like. but I understand the comparison to alcohol. The sharpness of the astringency and all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76

They have both black and white tea versions, both of which I enjoy, but the white tea version is my favorite – it does actually remind me very much of ice wine. Anxious to try it as an iced-tea!

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