1318 Tasting Notes

93
drank Mangalam Assam by Tsaa Tea Shop
1318 tasting notes

Naooooooooo! I wrote a note, and a good one! Aghhhhhh. I don’t know what happened. I was typing and then all of a sudden I was on the previous screen. But my fingers were nowhere near the tab or F5/6 etc buttons. GAH! way to ruin my vibe Steepster. I was on SUCH a role.
Anyhow, I am in love with this tea. At first I was not feeling it without any milk, but after correcting that, I started swooning immediately.
My first impression was honey, or maybe burnt honey…. which led me to think of molasses. And then it was cocoa. But roasted cocoa, the dark kind with just a bit of milk in it. Very decadent!! It’s almost like a hybrid between hot chocolate and tea.
I feel like I’ve indulged in a special(the tooth rot kind) treat, only I added just half a teaspoon of sugar and two splashes of milk!
I need to get me some more. Thank you for the sample Tsaa!!!

Cameron B.

That dastardly backspace… :(

Indigobloom

I wondered about that, but no the backspace is on the other side of my keyboard. Almost two inches from where my pinky was. I’ll figure it out one day heh

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82

Nomnomnom!
I didn’t buy much of this. Kinda wishing I’d had my cupboard under control when I made this order so I could have justified a bigger purchase, cuz oh man this will be gone soon, and for good!!! Sad sad sad.
Where will I go for my gourmet tea after Stacy closes shop??? Hmmm. I have some scouting to do it seems

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75
drank Green Tea by Chaday
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I’ve run out of loose green tea but this really hit the spot anyhow. I needed this!

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85

I had given up on this one because the last few times I had some all I got was a mild floral taste blended with a bit of butter and my paranoia was telling me… a moldy sort of flavour (we had a leak in the kitchen… we’re doing endless renos in an old house!)
Anyhow, I couldn’t bring myself to throw it out and I’m glad I didn’t! This time I got TWO good steeps, not just one, and really rich layered ones too.
I’m almost at the end of the tin. If I ever get it again, it’ll have to be when my cupboard is down to a manageable level and I can reasonably drink it fast enough to not let much of it go stale. Hah! First world problems much????

Sil

Endless renos is right. It’s been like two years so far!

Indigobloom

haha three!! there is SO much to be done. and the roof is flat, the company that fixed it before disappeared (who had great recs)but then it was leaking again… I could go on for awhile :/

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76

Ugh. I had eggs for breakfast. And being in a rush, I didn’t have time to pair it with toast or anything… so I was feeling a bit queasy after. Why do eggs do that to me?! Every time. Sighs.
Anyhow, this really hit the spot for me about an hour later. I oversteeped it, by about twenty seconds but it was still minty good, just not as sweet as I like this brew. Anyhow, it made me feel better and that’s what I wanted! :)
Also, now that I’ve recovered from “too much food at Thanksgiving Dinner syndrome” I seem to be wide awake and can’t sleep… hmmm. Haven’t had caffeine since about 2pm!

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85

Doh! I had planned to make myself a peanut butter sandwich later today… so without realizing it my brain went “peanut butter tea!” when I was choosing what to have today.
Huh. Funny how my brain tricks me…
I guess I’ll have to find something else for lunch, because I’d really like to savour the memory of this cuppa. It’s lost some intensity in flavour, but it was still quite delish.
This time, I let it steep an extra minute or two so that I could add a few drops of milk and it turned out just like a reeses pieces. I’m bumping the rating a few points, it was so yummy.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peanut

Cameron B.

I’ve been having a peanut butter and honey sandwich for lunch almost every day. Can’t beat it! :D

Indigobloom

Oh yeh love pb and honey, maybe with some banana!

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92

Once again I drank’er down without pausing to review before it was finished. So I can’t give an accurate account of my cuppa, but I can say that it was glorious. There was definitely some tart plum in there, and a creamy element though I wouldn’t say that it was cakey per se. All I know is that with the mug in my hand, I was in a trance.
Now on to the sad part….
Stacy, what will we ever do without you and your mindblowing creations?!? Sighs. I’m gutted to see this era end. Especially when the creator is such a lovely and warm person. It’s been an absolute pleasure knowing you through tea as a vendor. I know it will be equally so with you as a fellow tea drinker! As much as I’ll mourn the end of Butiki, I’m thrilled to see you doing what is best for you. Just please don’t ever leave us as a tea drinker k? :)

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89

I won! Thank you Eco for sending me this delicious tea.
It’s just what I’ve been craving… a barely roasted green oolong. YUM!
Unfortunately I accidentally steeped this for longer than I should have. The dirty dishes distracted me and I got carried away sorting them out. Sighs.
Oh well, the tea tastes great anyhow. Very floral. The smell reminds me of tulips. or perhaps magnolias. A little earthy in that flowery way. I like it!
The taste is floral as well, but also a bit sweet like the flower is caramelized, and just slightly creamy. The lingering aftertaste is really nice as well. Sweet like a pastry, though not really bready. I can’t wait to try it out in a gaiwan :D

KittyLovesTea

Congratulations on winning! I loved this one too :)

Indigobloom

It really is good! I’m thinking I’ll try it in my gaiwan soon

Sara

Wow! This sounds delicious. My mouth was watering by the end of your review.

Indigobloom

It IS quite the amazing tea. Though a little light for my tastes,now that I think about it

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73
drank Cherry Black by Riston
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Ok so here’s the deal. Piping hot, I looooove the flavour here. It’s the perfect level of tartness. Like a cherry pie! Mmm so good. But I can’t drink much tea when its hot like that, I take teeny tiny sips. And then it gets cold and looses flavour. Harumph.
I need to remember to drink this one first when I make more than one at a time…

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
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I like it!! No rating today because I seem to have burst a capillary on my gums and yeah that doesn’t mix well with oolong… (sorry for the TMI)
Anyhow, from what I can tell this is a pretty awesome tea Caramel Apple Oolong.
Hot, it seriously tastes like a baked good. All gooey and sweet. Cold, I get more caramel and apple with a definite oolong undertone. I don’t think I’ve tried the base on it’s own so I can’t say for sure how the variety affects the flavour, sadly.
I can’t wait to try this again soon.

Fjellrev

Oh geez, I hope that’ll heal up really soon! I have never experienced anything like that before.

Indigobloom

Fjellrev – it isn’t so bad. I brushed my teeth too hard I think and all the mildish food I ate tasted a bit metallic. It’s almost better today!

Fjellrev

Ouch! Well glad to hear it’s almost better.

Indigobloom

Thanks :)
It doesn’t hurt so much as it gives me the creeps haha

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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