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I had a cuppa this in the company of the fabulous Raritea! She is awesome, we had a great time.
Ah, what a day!!
We attended a tea tasting at Tao Tea Leaf and it was amazing. Tao is so generous in offering samples of his many wonderful teas, I was a little overwhelmed. Most of them I had tried before so this was more of an opp to familiarize myself with the brews and yet I still get tea jitters looking at them all heh.
Anyhow, on to the tea. It was ok. Very tart, due to the hibby I presume. Under that, there was a hint of earthiness and fruitiness which I am having trouble identifying. What does Melissa Balm taste like? and Blackberry leaf? shrugs
Then when the cup cooled I finally got some of the licorice. Very sweet licorice!
Overall, I don’t mind this blend and I’d like to try it again at home using my own preferred parameters… but I wouldn’t buy more than a sample (which they don’t offer, sadly)

Kittenna

Yay, you guys got to meet up!

Indigobloom

Wish you coulda been there Kittenna :)

Sil

Woot! Yay for meet ups!

Indigobloom

hehehe it was so much fun. We need to all meet up SOON! :D

sweber

Hi Indigobloom – I’m not sure how you tasted this tea at Tao’s as it’s one of the teas at The Tea Emporium. I’m really glad you enjoyed it – it’s quite lovely iced as well. We do sell samples by the way – always – our regular package sizes are 100gr – but do 50gr samples of everything.

Sil

50g is still too much as a sample in my opinion. I’d really like to see more canadian companies being willing to offer 20g samples (half ounce ish).

Indigobloom

Sweber, sorry for the confusion! We attended the Tao tasting and then grabbed some lunch followed by a walk over to the Loblaws at College and Church.

Indigobloom

Sil, I agree. With Tea Emporium, I tend to go for a to go cup before making a purchase commitment, or buy some of their more premium teas which are offered at 10g minimum purchase because they are a bit pricey

Sil

Indigo…yeah i do that sometimes but i also sometimes hate spending 3-4$ on ONE cup of tea when 20g would be about that or less…most of the time and would give me multiple steepings (and re-steepings)

Indigobloom

yep, it’s annoying to be sure. Back in the day when I was just getting into it, I had a mission to try ALL the Davids and Teaopia teas so would get a cup to go every morning. That was expensive but helped me manage my stash. It’s exploded since then of course, mostly because I order online and of course the value in a cup vs loose samples. Sighs

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Kittenna

Yay, you guys got to meet up!

Indigobloom

Wish you coulda been there Kittenna :)

Sil

Woot! Yay for meet ups!

Indigobloom

hehehe it was so much fun. We need to all meet up SOON! :D

sweber

Hi Indigobloom – I’m not sure how you tasted this tea at Tao’s as it’s one of the teas at The Tea Emporium. I’m really glad you enjoyed it – it’s quite lovely iced as well. We do sell samples by the way – always – our regular package sizes are 100gr – but do 50gr samples of everything.

Sil

50g is still too much as a sample in my opinion. I’d really like to see more canadian companies being willing to offer 20g samples (half ounce ish).

Indigobloom

Sweber, sorry for the confusion! We attended the Tao tasting and then grabbed some lunch followed by a walk over to the Loblaws at College and Church.

Indigobloom

Sil, I agree. With Tea Emporium, I tend to go for a to go cup before making a purchase commitment, or buy some of their more premium teas which are offered at 10g minimum purchase because they are a bit pricey

Sil

Indigo…yeah i do that sometimes but i also sometimes hate spending 3-4$ on ONE cup of tea when 20g would be about that or less…most of the time and would give me multiple steepings (and re-steepings)

Indigobloom

yep, it’s annoying to be sure. Back in the day when I was just getting into it, I had a mission to try ALL the Davids and Teaopia teas so would get a cup to go every morning. That was expensive but helped me manage my stash. It’s exploded since then of course, mostly because I order online and of course the value in a cup vs loose samples. Sighs

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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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