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drank Yunnan Gold by Tsaa
15 tasting notes

Strong! If you like strong black tea, I suppose it’s good. Not my favourite.

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drank Coconut Oolong by Tsaa
15 tasting notes

Not a huge fan of coconut, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this tea!! It’s so silky, sweet, mellow, warm and inviting. It’s true comfort tea!!

Flavors: Butter, Coconut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
616 tasting notes

Tea #34 from HHTTB2

Mmm, this smells creamy and vanillay once it’s brewed up.

I totally don’t get any semblance of Toblerone here (I think it’s the complete lack of chocolate flavor), but what I do get is flan. Creamy, custardy, slightly caramelly, sweet, delicious flan.

The base is definitely rooibos, and the aftertaste is also definitely rooibos, but it’s a mild tasting version that melds with the flavor. This is so smooth and flavorful!

Nom.

Nom. Nom.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
515 tasting notes

I’ve had this tea for the longest time and have only about 1/2 a bag left out of the two I received from the lovely Indigobloom! I’ve been trying to save this blend because it’s so hard to get. This tea has the nicest blend of vanilla and sugar with a mild rooibos base. It’s very sweet on its own and soothes any sweet tooth or dessert craving! I definitely get the taste of nougat, but it’s more like the individual components of nougat, not nougat paired with chocolate. There is a twinge of something artificial, but it’s not strong enough to stop me from drinking the cup. It does lower the rating a little bit, though. I can’t really describe it — it just interrupts the overall taste of the tea and doesn’t allow for complete smoothness that the vanilla suggests in the beginning. This is a nice dessert tea and I will be sad when the pouch is gone.

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100
drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
1291 tasting notes

I came back to this one after a long hiatus from rooibos. Well, herbal in general. I don’t know why but it just didn’t appeal to me. Hmmm.
So my cuppa was amazing. Just as good as I remember, after all this time :P

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drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
2229 tasting notes

Sipdown! On the other hand, I brewed this tea up strongly too, and there’s no medicinal flavour. I think it may have lost some flavour sitting around for a while, but I’m actually rather enjoying my cup of it. Sweet and creamy… I kind of wish I had some more to drink right now. I think part of the key here is not to underleaf.

Anyhow, thanks for letting me try this one, Indigobloom :D

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Houjicha by Tsaa
4720 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

You know? this one grew on me the more i had it. Bumping up the rating a little because it’s an interesting tea for sure. I like how it changes through the various resteepings while still remaining close to that sweet earthy taste that the first steep has. While i wouldn’t necessarily keep this in stock all the time, it’s certainly a tea variation i’ll be more aware of now, and may possibly look in to picking up a few more to try.

Edit: Also apparently my 1500th tasting note. woah nelly!

Kittenna

Hmm, was this from Indigobloom? I want to try more Houjicha :P I think I’ve only had one from…. Mercuryhime?

Sil

Raritea actually :)

Indigobloom

I’ve yet to try the tsaa version,it sounds great!

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drank Houjicha by Tsaa
4720 tasting notes

thank you raritea for this interesting tea. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one but i’m always up for trying new teas.

After having a few steeps of this, i’m still not sure how to describe this. It’s woodsy and not really like any green tea that i’ve had. The leaves look much like brown sticks :) There’s an after taste to the tea that’s vegetal and sort of gritty in my mouth. There’s a bit of dryness as well. Overall, really interesting and something i’m glad i got the chance to try!

Amariel

Hojichas are like that, all twiggy. It’s a neat tea actually. I was sad that my local David"s didn’t get the Hojicha Genmaicha. I have a Caramel Hojicha from Bird Pick that is pretty neat. Nice because it can be drunk later and not keep you awake.

Sil

Hmmm caramel version of this sounds interesting. I know nothing about this type of tea so it was totally interesting to try :)

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drank Coconut Oolong by Tsaa
1291 tasting notes

Had some of this alongside my Butterscotch Potion to see how it compares. Lowering the rating a tad because that little exercise put things into perspective for me. Here’s to fine tuning my rating system :)

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drank Yogurt Strawberry by Tsaa
2229 tasting notes

Sipdown! Yep, gotta agree with Indigobloom – this one lost some flavour. Although… it has been nearly a year (omg… it does not feel like that far away at ALL). Anyways, this tastes much like slightly tart strawberry jam. I think the yogurtty creaminess is tempering the tartness a bit, which is good. Overall, I really don’t think this one’s too bad of a herbal! Probably the most authentically strawberry-flavoured herbal I’ve tried.

ETA: Yum, got a good second infusion from this one… though it was about 1/4 of the initial water volume. Tart and raisiny, with vague fruitiness were the identifiable flavours – I’m too lazy to check, but if this blend contains hibiscus, then it’s actually done well, as the tartness was perfect. I suspect, though, that something else may have been the tartness contributor. Just didn’t make me think hibiscus (and no purple colour).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

Definitely very true to strawberry form. I’d consider repurchasing one day. And has it really been a year?! wow

Kittenna

I don’t recall when exactly we first met up, but I feel like it was March/April/May or so.

Indigobloom

Yeah that sounds about right. I remember it wasn’t freezing out anymore, so definitely in the spring

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drank Yogurt Strawberry by Tsaa
1291 tasting notes

Sipdown!! I could really use more of those. This one does not age well. I got hardly any flavour considering that I used nearly double what I normally do.
Also, I know I logged this one in my cupboard because it was during a steepster outage and I had to come back for that, and I nearly spilled my tea when the page finally refreshed. I remember that because Dad commented that I didn’t want yogurt on my keyboard (he thought that was so funny!).
Anyhow, how is it that it isn’t inventoried? hmmm?!

Sil

sounds decent, though it appears as though a few teas from tsaa don’t age well..

Indigobloom

Sad but true. Alot of their stuff is organic, so there is less there to preserve it. Plus, most of them I didn’t have a tin for. I really need some tins heh

Kittenna

Oh no! I better drink mine too :(

Indigobloom

good idea. I found it was a teeny bit plastic like, more than it was before!

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drank Coconut Oolong by Tsaa
1291 tasting notes

Once again it was lacking a little on the third steep but not as much as the last time I had a cup. Next time… more leaf, shorter infusions!

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drank Coconut Oolong by Tsaa
2229 tasting notes

Thanks again to Raritea for a sample of this one! (Also, sipdown!)

I’ve become lazy in my tea comparisons, and have difficulty discerning different teas apart when they’re quite similar. This is no exception. However, I’m starting to think that all coconut oolongs, which suspiciously all have pouchong bases are one and the same. Yep, don’t care where it’s from, I think they’re all the same! Just different freshness(es), and storage, etc. etc. I could be wrong, but……

Either way, this is yummy as all the other ones have been. I love the toasty coconut flavour atop the pouchong base. Tonight it’s not quite hitting the spot though, possibly because I’m craving sweets like crazy right now, and one thing that this tea isn’t, is sweet. Oh well, I have a few more infusions of it to get through tomorrow, because if it’s like/the same as the others, the coconut flavour will last FOREVER!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

I was starting to wonder about the coconut pouchong thing too.

Kittenna

Yeah. I mean, what are the odds that EVERY company had the same idea that coconut oolong must be pouchongs. Or even, what are the odds that they all independently copied one another. Pretty low. It’s possible that there is more than one version out there, but in my head, they all meld together.

whatshesaid

Where are you getting ‘pouchong’ from? Honestly I’m still new enough that I don’t know what that is, but my bag says “pao zhong” – same thing?? I am trying to cram my head with tea knowledge :)

Kittenna

Yeah, same thing. Apparently it’s something to do with different ways of translating Chinese to English, so you end up with different words, which to a newbie, is very confusing! Pouchong = pao zhong = bao zhong. Tieguanyin = tiekuanyin, dong ting = tung ting, etc.

whatshesaid

Wow, thanks for that! I suspect it would have taken me a long time to figure it all out.

Cavocorax

Woah! Thanks for clearing that up. I wondered if DavidsTea and Zen Tea were using the same base tea – sounds like they are!

Kittenna

Yeah. I had initially thought that more companies made all of their own blends, but it seems I’m wrong.

Pia M

Has anyone had the Coconut Oolong from The Spice & Tea Exchange? I was wondering if these other oolongs taste similar…?

Kittenna

Unfortunately that, I cannot tell you :( I don’t think I’ve had that one. My suspicion is though, that if it’s a pouchong with coconut flavour, it probably is similar if not the same.

Indigobloom

I’ve had it, and I’m not sure if it was a pouchong, I don’t think it was but then that was so long ago… though it was my absolute fave tea for quite a while! before I got turned off coconut!

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drank Houjicha by Tsaa
439 tasting notes

1 tablespoon for 375 ml

On the sip, oceanic but with a slight lingering sweet note that reminds me of licorice or ginseng. Earthy/woodsy-ness that reminds me of chocolate. Hay-like qualities. Roasted tone. Hint of buttery-ness. Ginseng-like sweetness quality is accentuated as the tea cools.

Second infusion at 4 minutes. I’m detecting a bit of some black tea flavour qualities. There is still a hint of vegetal taste. The overall flavour reminds me of seaweed crisps.

Third infusion at 5 minutes. Still an enjoyable tea experience.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I had a feeling you’d like this one! :P

Sil

If you bought some of this, I’d love to try a wee taste :)

Raritea

I can definitely set some aside for you, Sil!

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drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
176 tasting notes

Thanks to Azzrian for this tea:)
Been a while since I’ve had a Wowzer of a tea….I think this would be it. Truthfully, I had started getting alittle weary of rooibos based teas, (Funny little after taste I hadn’t noticed before.) But I do not feel that way with this tea:) I looked up their website, unfortunately it doesn’t seem that they have the option to buy online, so short of driving 4 hours to the shop in Toronto, (Not that I don’t want to! Just lack of moola. But once I get a better paying job, it’ll be lack of time. LOL.) I’ll be SOL once I run out.
Anyways…back to the tea: This is sweet, I can taste the nougat flavoring, this is a perfect ‘in place of dessert’ tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Coconut Oolong by Tsaa
439 tasting notes

1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml of water

The aroma of the brewed tea is incredible. The primary scent is that of a creamy and very authentic coconut. There is a floral note in the background.

The beginning of the sip is a little bland but has coconut water undertone. Flavour blooms into full coconut near the middle of the sip. Amazingly authentic coconut flavour. I’m getting a mild creaminess near the end of the sip. The oolong taste is apparent in the background. The oolong and coconut flavours compliment each other very well and meld together the most near the end of the sip. I’m tasting a hint of the grapefuity taste I tend to associate with oolongs on the exhale of the aftertaste.

Second infusion at 3.5 minutes. The sweetness is subdued but the coconut flavour is still very present. Still getting a good coconut milk flavour. Slight tangy-ness. The oolong taste is able to come through more. The oolon is mildly floral and has a flat blandness to it that reminds me of a waxy taste. Still a pleasing experience.

Third infusion at 4.25 minutes. Slight creaminess still present. Coconut water flavour present.

Fourth infusion at 4.75 minutes is quite bland and flavourless. Very watery.

Thanks Indigobloom for sharing this tea purchase with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

It’s so good right!? glad we got this one :D

Sil

you ppl and your darn coconut :P

Indigobloom

AND oolongs :P

Sil

hey.. i like SOME oolongs now…

Indigobloom

hehe just teasing ya. Mmmm I want me some coconutty goodness now!

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drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
439 tasting notes

1.2 tablespoons used for 375 ml of water infused for 8 minutes

Punchy rooibos flavour- reminds me of fruitiness. I’m detecting a milky-like flavour. Sweetness throughout. Thin mouth-feel which does not compliment the flavour profile. Blandness in taste on the sip.

Rating: 65

Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing with me!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Indigobloom

I had a cup the other day, it seems to have lost quite a bit of the flavour. Boo.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Tsaa
1291 tasting notes

Chocolate mint teas are always a little too astringent for me. Why do I never learn?! My cuppa was enjoyable, but nothing to write home about, and not something I’d order again.
On the plus side, things are ramping up with the Toronto Tea Festival! We had our meeting there. I really love the Tsaa shop!

Vortegne

I also tried a chocolate mint tea recently (for the first time, though) and I was kinda of disappointed that it was nothing super-special :(

Indigobloom

I know what you mean. Disappointment. Sighs
Well at least know you know for next time!

Indigobloom

*you know.
Silly auto correct!!

Indigobloom

*now you know.
Geesh…

Vortegne

Hehe, tricky software stuff :D and yeah, at least I won’t be that disappointed anymore. Although it would be nice no find a great chocolate-flavored tea and just add some real mint to the cup/pot

Indigobloom

I know right?! closest I found was from the Spice and Tea Exchange. Their chocolate tea is amazing

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drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
4720 tasting notes

Sipdown!

So maybe from here on out I can remember that IndigoBloom has provided me with a sample of this. I quite enjoy this one – it does remind me a little of a toblerone but more in the way of the nougat than the chocolate. I’d consider picking this up sometime in the future as a dessert tea to have around.

Indigobloom

yay for toblerone! :D

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drank Coconut Oolong by Tsaa
1291 tasting notes

My first Coconut Oolong in ages!! and oh man is it ever good. Well, mostly. A little too sweet for my liking, and I added no sugar.
First steep was 90s, second at 2min or so (maybe a few extra seconds)
I can taste the oolong, barely… and the coconut is very present. Did they add sweetener, or is that just the coconut? hmmm. Coconut cream! yes that is what I taste.
It’s pretty smooth as well. In this second steep, I don’t think it’s weaker at all. Hoping the third will bring around more lovely oolong.
Also, Raritea I hope you enjoy it! we bought 50g and shared it between us. Can’t wait to go back there :)

EDIT: 3rd steep was seriously lacking. It had some odd grassy/floral note that threw me off. More caramel than coconut. Lowering the rating one point! because I don’t make it past two steeps that often anyhow.

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85
drank Cinnamon Tea by Tsaa
1291 tasting notes

Backlog from last night!!
The cinnamon has seriously mellowed out in the last few months. (That, is a good thing)
Bring on the milk and sugar as it makes this is a perfect night time chai. Much nicer than Melange from 52Teas, which this is very similar to. Well, if you dislike fennel that is!
I think I might have another cuppa tonight.

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80
drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
4720 tasting notes

So the funny thing about having had a lot of samples…some times you forget you’ve tried a tea until you’ve gotten a sample from someone and go to log it. haha. Picked this up from indigobloom and it wasn’t until tonight that I realised i’d already tried it. Still, it was delicious then and is still delicious now!

Indigobloom

LOL I’ve done that a few times :P

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84
drank Cranberry Autumn by Tsaa
1291 tasting notes

Zombie writing here. Just wanted to get this down before autopilot sends me to bed.
Man this was tasty!! I love cranberry flavoured things so yah I predictably love this tea as well :D
At first I wasn’t getting much flavour but after a few sips, the cumulative build up created a lasting note that was very much bittersweet cranberry. Delicious!
Then I tried adding a little sugar (a little too much for my liking, accidentally) and oh man the cranberry burst open. Boo yah. I think I’ll buy some for the house, eventually. When (not if!) I ever sip down a bunch of my stash. bahahaaaa
Raritea, we need to go back there soon!

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drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
2229 tasting notes

Finally getting to this one, thanks Indigobloom!

The aroma to me is a fairly standard sweet rooibos aroma. I can’t place exactly which tea it reminds me of, but perhaps it’s a creme caramel rooibos, or some truffle one. I really don’t recall. Flavourwise, there’s also a sort of familiarity. I think it’s nougat, that I’m picking up. Not toblerone, as I can’t taste any chocolate here, but kind of a tangy sort of nougat. It seems to be growing on me as I sip more of the tea…

This one’s definitely a different rooibos blend, and quite palatable given the tame version of rooibos found here, but I have to admit that it’s not my favourite, and probably not a blend I’d seek out again. However, I very much appreciate the chance to try it out, so thanks Indigobloom!

ETA: Second infusion is kind of like sweet-ish water. Not bad, but nothing too special.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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