1437 Tasting Notes

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A friend shared this with me today. It had been given to her by someone else so I’m really not sure how old it was.
Whatever the case, I had seen reviews before and thought it may be too permfumey. But alas! it was lovely. A tad bit on the heavy side but quite manageable.
So very smooth n silky. The liquid seemed to float down my throat (and yes I know that makes no sense. and yes the image in my head is quite magical/disneyish. Singing birds and all)
Lots of layered vanilla notes, and something floral I couldn’t place. At times I tasted citrus notes but they were so fleeting that I really wasn’t sure if it was my imagination.
An absolute perfect tea for afternoon chatting.

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
1437 tasting notes

This is gonna be a long vent. Pardon my whining, I just need to write :P

Ugh. You ever feel like your tea cupboard owns you?
I keep drinking and sipping down samples, yet somehow my stash never seems to decrease. People give me tea or I break down and make an order(kickstarter 52teas only so far, since black Friday!). Or David’s lures me in with their enticing blue signage… (which only happens every few months and no more than $7-8 at a time. but I do like to keep abreast of their offerings).
I was doing quite well for awhile. And then I don’t know what happened, it just started slipping! eeesh. Without making any purchases at all my cupboard seems to have increased?! I found a bag of tea that I’d forgotten about, and then got a few things as gifts… then the travelling tea box… and voila, cupboard progress destroyed. Sighs.
I so badly wanted to make a new purchase soon… but with my 52teas kickstarter splurge coming in soon (yay for that!) and a few other things from way back… errr that just doesn’t seem feasible. I really need to update with some fresh stuff, most of mine is a bit stale… doesn’t help that I keep drinking all the new stuff first haha. Anyhow. Rant is over.
On the bright side, this is a sipdown!! a rather tasteless one. Seems it lost all flavour even though it was in a box without sun exposure in my cupboard. Bah.

On a personal level… the doc my GP referred me to, who was supposed to call me for an appointment? I was told to call them if I didn’t hear back within two weeks. Except they rarely answer the darn phone. Finally got ahold of them today and guess what? turns out he isn’t accepting patients. GP wasn’t in today, so now I’m back to waiting all over again. Ugh. I just want to get this over with so I can finally move on. Why must it take forever… (I started the process in March. In the meantime I haven’t been able to work).

Kristal

I totally hear you about the cupboard thing. Everytime I get anywhere near getting close to where I want to be I end up buying more lol.

Indigobloom

Exactly!! There are atleast three places I reallllly wanna order from now. But when the teas I ordered with some friends come in (a few months ago) well my cupboard will be bursting. Literally. gack!

Kristal

Ok so I literally just made a $54 purchase online to DAVIDs tea despite me working to decrease my collection. My justification?
1. One of their teas that is long gone from their stores which I love (lemon myrtle) appeared out of nowhere. I guess they quietly snuck that in to get rid of the last of it and I wasn’t going to let that go.
2. I’ve been using up some of my plainer herbal teas (i.e. lemongrass; I have too many herbals) by mixing them in with fruit teas and making 2L pitchers of iced tea. 50 grams of a fruit tea will only last me 2-3 pitchers once I mix in the other tea with it. I just bought 50 grams of goji pop not even a week ago and it’s gone.

So, to be fair, 4/6 of the teas I bought will be gone within a couple weeks. Since I mix the other herbals I’m not crazy about in with it, by the end of those same few weeks I will actually have fewer teas than what I started with. So, in a way, buying those 6 teas is actually productive in the long run in helping me reach my goal of decreasing my collection, lol.

Indigobloom

Haha I hear you on that. Funny, I always feel guilty drinking my good teas, because I have no problem sipping those down! and I justify repurchases so easily. Like Assam black teas, my weakness… I have trouble keeping enough in stock while the rest dwindle soooo slowly. Sighs.
I should know better than to make new purchases though! Lucky I’m not a huge fan of iced teas, I only have those once a week or so in the summer, maybe twice. Rarely in the winter.

TeaBrat

My tea cupboard seems like a revolving door! Hope you find some resolution with your dr. referral and that you are on disability in the meantime?

TheKesser

I completely understand! I’m trying so hard to sipdown and clean out but every time I turn around I’m getting tempted by new teas. It’s hard! I just got invited to a “Steeped Tea” party in a week. I think I’m going to decline the invite just so I’m not tempted to buy more. One of these days my collection will be back under control… I hope.

Kristal

Ooo I like steeped tea. I have quite a few of their teas although I am trying to use them up. The one thing that stops me from shopping through them more often is the fact that I can only buy 50 grams minimum of a tea (unless it’s part of a collection of 6 teas where you get 25 grams of each tea). Maybe it’s different if you are at a steeped tea party but I just order through a consultant

TheKesser

Yeah as far I’ve seen so far, it’s only 50g that you can buy at a time.

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, unfortunately no such luck. I need to see a doc for the official opinion and by that point it’d only be a few months before I’m back on track. That said, I’ll see what happens after that first appointment :)

Indigobloom

50g minimums are the suck!!
I really want the Lemon Cheesecake Bar Houjicha from 52teas. Just made an inquiry to Anne about it. Sighs.

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drank Strawberry Tea by Alokozay
1437 tasting notes

MMmmm strawberry!
Not as distinct as the orange version. A little more generic than that. Still, it was pleasant and a perfect balance of tea vs flavour. I swear, the day I bump into this brand at a store… well let’s just say my cupboard will be in trouble. and my wallet.

Kirkoneill1988

is this a russian tea?

Plunkybug

I have seen it at my local Bulk Barn.

Indigobloom

Kirkoneill – I’m not sure. Could be!
Plunkybug – Oh bulk barn, the most wonderful evil place haha

Kirkoneill1988

bulk barn sells tea?! :O

Plunkybug

Yes, they even sell loose tea!

Kirkoneill1988

wow… Canadian bulk barns right?

Indigobloom

Kirk, yup Canadian Bulk Barns. It isn’t the best quality though. They keep it in clear containers and it tends to be a bit crunchy. Still worth a look!

Kirkoneill1988

awesome. ill ask grandma if we can go on wensday

Indigobloom

Enjoy!! Let me know how it goes :)

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drank Aged White Tea by Anteeo Tea
1437 tasting notes

Yet another from the traveling box. I really need to get it moving again. Hopefully after I get paid either tomorrow or Monday.

Anyhow. I liked this. It was rather rich and malty for a white yet still had the white tea(silver needle, I think?) characteristics I used to love. Maybe this is how I can fall back into whites? There was a time I adored them all!
I got two steeps out of it, and probably could have gone for three or four if there had been time.
I wonder who put this in the box. Since I’m the first to review anything from this company…

Plunkybug

I did. They are a local company to me. It’s good for a bagged tea, right? I haven’t put a note up because I messed up the brewing the first time I made it, but had it in store as a demo and it was really tasty.

Indigobloom

Oh nice they’re Canadian!!

Plunkybug

Yes, they are based in Victoria, here. I got samples from Evan, after I had tried some at a local market demo. I really liked it them, and was surprised it was a bagged tea. They are only carrying a few teas, but they are very particular which teas they use, and source from. I asked for extras so I could pass some on. I feel bad I have not put reviews up…but the times I have had them, I have been rushed and not paid proper attention to brewing and tasting…so I am waiting on a good time to do it, sit down with the materials, and do a proper tasting.

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drank Cardamom Tea by Alokozay
1437 tasting notes

Oh man this is good!! Another one from the travelling tea box.
At first I was skeptical. Surely this one would be too much for me. But it is super pleasant!
Other reviews are so right. With a splash of milk, it’s just perfect. Spicy, refreshing, and brisk. Quite astringent mind you. My mouth is super dried out feeling.
Still, if I see this in a store, I’m gettin it!!!

OMGsrsly

I really enjoyed this one too. :) In fact, I think I might still have a packet. I’ll have to dig through my box… Set it out for tomorrow!

Indigobloom

I think there is one more in the box… very tempting haha

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Cardboard? Yeah I kinda see it. but I don’t hate it.
Something about vanilla and coconut always has that profile, in my mind anyhow.
A dash of milk and a teeny bit of sugar make it uber creamy.
So while I wouldn’t run out and buy out the shop of this one… I wouldn’t turn down another cup! :)
Also, I don’t see much chocolate here. Or maybe that kind of chocolate that’s been so washed out that it tastes more like vanilla!!

CHAroma

Mmm, vanilla cardboard. :P

Indigobloom

lol you never know it could be the next big thing :D

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I took a few days off from black tea with milk. I’m glad I did because it made todays cuppa extra tasty! Seriously. Rating bump deserved just for this one cup! :)
Extra malty and flavourful this time around. Me likey.

On the health front, I am still waiting for one of my doc appointments to be made. GP said that if they don’t call me within two weeks after his referral (they faxed the form in) that I should give them a call. So I’m left waiting… to find out how long I need to wait… sighs.
Oh and I had my sleep clinic follow up last night. Apparently I have positional sleep apnea. They want me to wear this shirt to bed since I only have sleep “incidents” when on my back. This should be interesting… http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/anti-snore-shirts-sleep-apnea

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Another one from the traveling tea box.

Noms! when hot… super noms. All smooth and creamy and white chocolate notes… with a hint of coconut that works really well here.
Cold, ehhhh. Still good, but not wow good. More standard what I kinda hoped for(not wanting to set expectations too up there!) but on the high end of that.
No sugar or anything added and I found it quite sweet on its own. Possibly too much so for those who prefer unsweet tea.
So points for hot goodness. A few points off for uber sugary-ness.

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drank Sunny Fruits Puer by Lupicia
1437 tasting notes

From the traveling tea box. Not one I would have purchased for myself before trying it… as I generally don’t like papaya. Love mango though!
Dry, it smells super fruity. Like a tropical punch, but a bubblegummy one. That aspect comes through in the brewed tea as well, only not quite as strongly.
I haven’t got much else to say really. Fruity mango noms. Pairs surprisingly well with Puer! since I’ve never tried the base, I don’t really feel qualified to comment. Then again I’m still on the first steep so there may be an update fortcoming ;)

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drank Golden Phoenix by Silk Road
1437 tasting notes

OK so I didn’t get citrus from this at all. A bit of spice which I presume was the cinnamon and the rest was all puerh. A bright one, I’ll give it that. and I’ll accept that the brightness is possibly a result of the grapefruit, but I would never have picked that out, let alone something fruity. I also get something else underneath. Bread? that isn’t quite it. Hmmm.
I did really enjoy this blend. Maybe one day I’ll buy some :D

Wow these ttb pickings are hitting it outta the park!

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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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