1537 Tasting Notes

Ugh. I can’t believe I caved and purchased tea! After not having brought any into the house since the festival, I was doing so well(except the odd David’s sample, which does count, but not by much) .
I was up north visiting some relatives and we were browsing the shops in town… I guess I was in the mood for a souvenir, but the part of the store that my cousin says has the good stuff wasn’t open for the warm season yet, so we were a little down about it. And then I saw they had teas… things got a little happier!
I’m not the biggest fan of the brand but at that point I’m not sure I cared.

Anyhow. I made a cuppa at the cottage. It was just ok.
I need to try again at home. Maybe different water will make a difference.
All I know is that the chocolate note was super weak, and as I had expected from the scent, there was a definite smoky note. Still not sure how it all fits together. Definitely needs to be revisited

Fjellrev

I always wonder how many of their teas I have actually tried because although I never bought any that are directly labelled as Metropolitan, I swear some I’ve purchased from smaller tea shops are selling their stuff under different names. This sounds like a chocolate tea at a local shop here which I’ve been suspecting sells Metropolitan teas. Had that smoky note that I didn’t expect. Ramble ramble, it’s still a pretty good idea for a souvenir!

Indigobloom

UGH! I replied to this. Frustrating that it never loaded. Hmph.

That wouldn’t surprise me at all. I’ve noticed that with a few blends as well. The first one I remember like that is Forever Nuts from DT. SO many places have the same one under a different name

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drank Masala Chai by Chaiwala
1537 tasting notes

So much noms!! oh man, I love me a cuppa this with some almond milk.
I knew that the blend is a strong one so I decided to try it with a milk that tends to overwhelm most…. not this one though hehe.
Oh man was it ever delish! Not as sweet as I expected though, given that the first ingredient listed was honey. I had to add half a teaspoon of sugar for the flavours to pop, which kinda made me sad. I’d much rather have enjoyed it without!
The richness and complexity of flavour did impress me overall, so points there. I think I’ll try it with other types of milk before making any rating decisions

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drank Banana Black by Tea Tang
1537 tasting notes

I was in a rush so didn’t have time to think about doing the correct ratio here… doh! but on a whim I decided to use chocolate milk. Knowing it’d be super weak with an extra large mug, I figured… it won’t be fantastic the normal way so why not give it a try!
THIS I would do again. It was delish. As expected, weak on the banana side… drowned out mostly by the chocolate. Oh well. It was still tasty!!

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I had a bunch of black tea bits lying around and since I rarely if ever have a regular sized cup of tea, I combined them all to make my usual size (two cups worth).
Not bad, overall but it needed a little something extra and we have chocolate milk in the house so I added a few dollops. Ahhhh perfection. Albeit a touch odd. I won’t be making this a habit!

gmathis

Chocolate junkyard tea…now there’s a thought I hadn’t had yet!

Indigobloom

Someone I know adds it to their coffee. So I thought… why not tea?? :D

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drank ME to WE by DAVIDsTEA
1537 tasting notes

A little too much hibby. But otherwise, this is a surprisingly refreshing tea! I have to wonder how it’d do cold brewed. Or in a sangria. Noms.

Kristal

I’m interested in trying this tea when the weather warms up, even if the price is a high. I’ll look out for more reviews on how it cold brews as well!

Indigobloom

I hope it doesn’t get discontinued anytime soon!! I need to drink up some of my stash before buying more herbals

Kristal

Agreed! It would make sense to hold it until at LEAST the end of the summer

Indigobloom

Right?! I would love to try it as a tea pop as well

Evol Ving Ness

I was in store sniffing it today. It seems DTs has a partnership with something or other (NGO? Microfinance? Watersource-providing? Kiva-esque-something or other?) in which a certain percentage of the profit of this tea goes towards something positive and good, which leads me to believe it is unlikely that this tea will disappear anytime soon.

Indigobloom

Evol, yes that is a good point! they must have a contract to keep it around for awhile. Not sure how I feel about that particular charity though, they are rather lookist. I had already heard it elsewhere, but they came to a career fair we hosted and every single person there (all females as far as I could see) was supermodelesque… tall, thin, and classically “beautiful”. I dunno, it just made me wonder.
Not that it has anything to do with the tea lol. Sorry for the rant!!

Evol Ving Ness

Lookist—exactly what I thought without knowing that particular word when I was first recited that spiel about the tea.

Evol Ving Ness

No need for apologies; I feel the same way.

Indigobloom

Evol- hope I used the term right! I adapted it from lookism.
Super happy to hear I’m not alone in that, it made me sad to think that a charity would behave in such a way

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85

It isn’t often I find this available at a storefront level, so I was happy to have the option for my fave Oolong Creme! yumm.
And it resteeps well in cold water so I had a great but mild second infusion. Oh happy day! That said, I wouldn’t pay for a full tin anymore, not at that price…

Evol Ving Ness

Where did you find it?

Indigobloom

@Evol – Right by George Brown College. It was either on Sherbourne or a sidestreet near there just south of King. I think it was called Neo Coffee or something like that

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you! It isn’t often that I am in that part of the city, but I will keep it in mind for a visit when I am.

Indigobloom

Let me know if you do! the place had a neat vibe.

Plunkybug

Oooh, this sounds intriguing! I love milk oolongs!

Indigobloom

me too Plunkybug! this one isn’t natural though, they added the flavouring

Plunkybug

That doesn’t bother me much. I had the flavored one from Teavivre, which I liked a lot.

Indigobloom

Plunkybug- if I ever come across another tin for sale, I’ll pick some up for us to share :)

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drank Grape Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1537 tasting notes

Yikes. Age does not treat flavoured matcha very well.
It left mostly floral notes, and only a bit of grape. So I mixed it with OJ and well, not bad… but not great either. A bit medicine-y. I did enjoy the overall effect. Maybe I’ll try it mixed with sparkling water next time. Or in a martini :)

Fjellrev

Yikes, to think ordering from them was so popular a few years ago. Think the horrible dollar exchange turned me off placing orders lately.

Kristal

Fjellrev, that happened to me recently ordering from Verdant Tea. A $41 order (only 4×25g of tea!) turned into $54 Canadian. Learned my lesson there!

I looked at Red leaf Tea, but there web site’s design seems a little dated/sketchy :/

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, I was thinking about it and maybe I’ve been a little harsh… since I ordered this one 2+ years ago, looking at the date of my first review! I’ll say this though, my cupboard will never be that big again, after I pare it down some haha

Indigobloom

Kristal, YIKES!! I think I’ll still to local purchases for awhile heh

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90

Gah. I can’t believe I have some of this left.
It lost a lot of flavour pretty quick but I don’t have it often so much anymore. I maxed out on it and then left it alone for awhile… shouldn’t have done that. Oh well.
My last few cups were very meh, but today was better. I let it sit a lot longer. Still nowhere near where it was.
One day I’ll order more, if the company is still around!

On to life things…
UGH what a craptastic week. Drama at work. Multiple dramas with the family. Then a family funeral (not related to drama!) oh and OT at work. Just one of those weeks. and now I’m at home catching up on things that need doing. So you could say I’m a little weary, to say the least. and sad. Glad I’m hanging with the boy tonight.
(oh and the person who passed was 90yrs old, the grandmother of the family who befriended mine when Mum first came to the country, and helped through tough times. So not blood, but still family… yet not someone I knew well, or saw much of myself. Kindof an odd situation)

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87

Ugh. So apparently this tea does not age well. I’ve had it for almost two years now, to be fair. I really enjoy it but don’t have it often enough… so this 70g tin has lasted a rater long time. and a lot of the flavours are really faded. Looks like I’ll have to refill half the tin. I just hope it never gets retired!!!

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drank Chai Tea by Tea Tang
1537 tasting notes

Oh yes. So perfect.
Was feeling quite ick with a headache so I made this one and a matcha to have with my tylenol and cupcake! The whole combo really seemed to do the trick. I feel some residual tension hanging around, but nothing really compared to earlier.
I’m so glad I have this comfort tea around.

Evol Ving Ness

Tea, tylenol, cupcake! I adore you.

Indigobloom

oh and I added honey to my tea… I was feeling indulgent :P
I think cupcakes adore you too!! or they should, anyhow!

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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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