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I can’t believe I still have some of this left! I thought it was done ages ago with the great tea leak of 2013/14. (there were two)
But lo! there are a few sachets left!! I found it in an old bag that I used to take to meetings so it must have not been affected.
Anyhow. I am at my friend’s place now, and we were chatting while it steeped… for nearly fifteen min!!! so it ended up a tad bitter, just not nearly as much as I’d assumed it would be. With some milk, it was just fine. As the only tea I’ve had today I downed it faster than ever (for me). Ah well, I’m enjoying a beer now :)

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80

MMMmmmmm good.
AND seriously spot on with the candy flavour. Lately, I haven’t been so much into white teas but this here is a wonderful exception. Oh yes it is!
I love how complex the notes are. Mocha, a touch of caramel, white, shu, and that candy sweetness that pushes everything over the top. I kinda wish there was a tad more caramel depth. As for the hazelnut, I am not sure, but I think I can detect that as well? I can’t be sure.
That said, this is definitely something to pull out once in awhile. I can see myself enjoying this when company comes over or when my sweet tooth demands a little something :P
Thanks Stacy!!

Dustin

Oh damn! The name alone sounds amazing!

Indigobloom

it really does! I swear it is an excellent replacement for icecream :P

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87

Yup. This is licorice. But GOOD licorice. Not the kind that makes me wince with that odd sweet aftertaste that I really cannot stand. So let’s talk about the good things in this one.
So far, I’ve had two cups. One plain, and another with milk and sugar.
Both are great, but guess what?? I know this is an amazing tea because I actually kinda prefer it bare! This is very rare for me when it comes to black tea, much less chai!!!
To be fair, I think an extra bunch of spices snuck into my spoon under some tea leaves when I made the second (milky) cuppa. It is possible that the next one will be a bit more mellow (after all, it doesn’t make sense that the dairy version would be more intense than the sans dairy!)
Anyhow. What I love about the blend when bare is how smooth it is! I swear it’s like drinking a super fine liquor that was distilled a hundred times. Some serious happy moments there.
Of course, this will be my once in awhile treat, because as much as I don’t mind the good licorice, I really want to continue loving this and not get overwhelmed with the flavour :)

OMGsrsly

This is totally a favourite, exactly for the reasons you describe. :D

Indigobloom

Ah! I wish I could like comments. I’m glad to have a fellow lover of this tea :D

OMGsrsly

I’m scared to drink mine in case I run out, but I think I’ll have it as my second mug of the day. :D

Indigobloom

Haha I was just thinking about not having this one for awhile because I want it to last!

SimpliciTEA

I love the name of this tea! Douglas Adams lives on!

Indigobloom

Me too SimpliciTEA! Who’d have thought he’d be immortalized in tea?! :D

Butiki Teas

Aw, glad you guys like the name. I love Douglas Adams. :)

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drank Cranberry Tea by MlesnA
1300 tasting notes

At my friend’s place again and having this tea while I babysit the kiddos for an hour. No disasters yet! Maybe they are biding thier time before bringing out the chaos party :P
I am in a very strange mood today. Surrounded by people I adore, and yet distraught over a situation with another friend. I kinda wish I was in bed with my tea and a romantic comedy to distract me. Sighs.

Bah. This cuppa will do. And hey,there is no better distraction than two cheeky monkeys crawling all over me :)

Dustin

How are you typing with them crawling all over you?! I want to know your secret! ;)

Indigobloom

Hehe funny enough they only hang off me when a parent is around. It seems they had a lecture about behaving, or else face a consequence of me not coming over again for awhile (I am their godmother)

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Nomnomnomnom
Strawberry espresso cake?! OH MAN THIS IS AMAZING.
There is a campino candy element there as well, but the espresso balances things out perfectly. Another thing I like about it is the light texture. Given the nature of coffee, it could have been made into a thicker brew, and that may have been overwhelming for me.
It has been a very long time since I felt so moved by a tea… so I am definitely a happy sipper right now! This is my first steep though. I’m already looking forward to the second one :)
Ahhh sadness. Now that it’s cooling down a bit, I find the coffee a tad too strong. Next time I shall try adding a dollop of brown sugar as suggested!

Indigobloom

I second that Stephanie! :D:D

TeaBrat

This sounds so lovely!

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, it seriously is! I’m floored, to be honest. Did not expect to adore a coffee blend haha

Sil

it’s not really a coffee blend imo… not like your typical blend that tosses in beans and goes..voila!

Indigobloom

Sil, nope. Stacy would never do that to us hahaha. The only other “coffee” blend I’ve tried was awful. Coffee puerh from David’s

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83

I’m home! The comfort is much needed. What an awkward trip that was.
A friend of mine is going through a rough time and blames me for part of it (because I am not romantically interested). I feel terrible about it, but I just can’t date someone I have no feelings for. I’ve been there and no, they don’t “grow over time”, at least not for me. Even still… If it hurts me to see my friend go through what seems to be a deep, legit depression, I don’t want to imagine the suffering he is going through. So much frustration! I don’t know what to do about it (and still respect myself at the end of the day)

Anyhow, while we were in Ottawa, we stopped at a place called Tea Store. In the Market. A cute little shop with all sorts of pots and mugs on display. They sold loose tea as well, mostly from Metropolitan, but also Kusmi and a few other brands.
Unfortunately, only the Metropolitan Teas were available by the cup, so I settled for this one. Lately, I’ve been craving Yunnans every now and then, but not enough for me to keep any in my cupboard. Well, maybe a few cups worth, but certainly not in the minimum purchase amount I’d have to buy.
So yeah, this cuppa really hit my craving. Or it would have if the mood hadn’t been so melancholy.
It was sweet like honey, or maybe honeysuckle, with an edge of hay or straw. Dusty sunshine! A little complex, which I love.
I also really enjoyed the smoothness. However it was a tad thick, and heavy. Sadly, that is the part that makes me pause, and not indulge very often. Ah well, it really is great once in awhile!!

Flavors: Hay, Honey

gmathis

I haven’t perused the current menu of Metropolitan Tea selections—but this one sounds well worth perusing and pursuing.

Indigobloom

Gmathis, I don’t think it’s available to the public. I inquired once and they indicated it was only for wholesale purchases. Apparently they have hundreds of blends available.

gmathis

I think I knew that…the Metropolitan teas I’ve tried previously came from Culinary Teas; they carry a pretty big selection.

TeaBrat

you heartbreaker you… :)

Indigobloom

I read a stat somewhere once that they supply something like 80% of the “small teashop” market. Ever since, I’ve been less than impressed LOL

Indigobloom

TeaBrat – You have no idea :P

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drank Sencha by David's Tea
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How is it that I had to add this one to the database?! Has no one really reviewed sencha from Davids??? really?! I wonder if it’s a glitch.

Anyhow, I took this one camping with me because a friend asked for green tea and I didn’t have much in my cupboard for sharing. I historically dislike sencha, so I wasn’t too bothered either way having it in my cupboard.
Except… well then I had a cuppa and it was suprisingly tasty. I actually enjoyed sencha, for the first time in pretty much ever. My preferences must be changing. Interesting.
Something about the grass texture is rather pleasing.

TheKesser

There is one in the database called Japanese Sencha by Davids…

Indigobloom

Ah that makes more sense. Though I think it was a glitch as well because David’s was showing only 24 teas of theirs that had been reviewed.

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I bought a bunch of random tea the other day from a hole in the wall shop at Pacific Mall. It wasn’t bad! and at ten dollars for 100g, I am pretty impressed. Yah it is a little dusty tasting, but I think an extra rinse will fix that :)
Anyhow, I’m going camping tomorrow!!! Gotta pick the teas I’m bringing. My friend has limited me to a small container, AND we are planning a tea party so I need to choose carefully. Probably a genmaicha, and a black tea. I know one girl there loves sencha. Hmmm.

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My breakfast tea. It was quite good! I was relieved because I had one a few weeks ago, and it was very ho hum. Even still, I don’t think I’ll be buying any more of this if I see a box at Xmas,unless someone wants to split it with me. As much as I adore it, it isn’t something I could drink regularly. Because of this, I’m lowering the rating a few points.
When I had it the first time, there were only a few bags laying around in the work kitchen, so I didn’t realize how much of a novelty taste it is, for me anyhow.

Now, on to my life outside of tea.
I’ve been learning Spanish the last few months through a free website called Duolingo. This is something I’d been meaning to do for years and finally got around to. I had a few false starts, but then for some reason out of nowhere the “fire” took hold and I am obsessed with it!! That giddy feeling I used to get about tea seems to have been transferred into learning Spanish. Now, it isn’t as strong, but that may change(as did my tea love, it grew exponentially).
The funny part is that I’m not sure how or why it fits into my life as a useful skill other than getting to visit my family in Argentina, and a possible second language in the workplace.
I’m getting to the point here, I swear.
Right now, I’m very much a beginner, though I’d eventually like to try writing a review or two in Spanish. (I have ADD, subset SCT, a condition that means I learn/work a bit slower, so I’ll be “here” for awhile)
So I got to thinking… in the meantime, how I could keep myself engaged outside of my espanol mania, and figured I could ask around Steepster if there are any native language Spanish speakers? I’m curious, is tea big where you live, or in your culture? I know mate is in some places. And what are some tea related terms in Spanish?

Chris Chamorro

Hi there, Chilean guy here, hehe.

In short, i would say that tea is big in my contry indeed, but not the kind of tea culture that we share here in Steepster. Here, drinking tea is a required part of each evening for the most part of Chileans at dinner time. Ceylon is king, but that’s all. Just a minority of people knows what a Earl Grey or a green tea is, but that is slowly beginning to change, at least in the big cities like Santiago or Concepción.

And now you mention that, i realize that we have fewer words in Spanish related to tea. Maybe one of the most characteristic terms would be “cargar” (oversteep) the tea, hehe.

Indigobloom

Hi Chris!! thanks for the comment, that is really interesting.
I never would have guessed Ceylon tea was popular there!
And cargar, I will have to remember that :)

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This really hit the spot today. I’ve been craving keemum teas a lot lately.
(sorry James, I couldn’t stop thinking about Tealet and finally caved :(

There is a hint of spiciness that I really like, and a distinct raisin note which seems to hide the spice. The tea is rather light but feels like it should be heavier.
Overall, I quite like it. The smooth way it goes down is great. Sadly, I can’t afford much at that price. Oh well.

Also, does anyone have ADD (inattentive)? I could really use some advice

Flavors: Raisins

Frolic

I have ADHD. Feel free to send me a message if you want to.

Indigobloom

Frolic, I will do that!! thanks :)

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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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