1448 Tasting Notes

drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
1448 tasting notes

How depressing. It smells so delectable!
I get something vaguely fruity and syrupy in my cup, but certainly not cherry. Definitely not a repurchase. Unless the cold brew blows me away.

Plunkybug

It has licorice in it, so I knew to stay away. I did not even smell to get tempted. Lol!

Dustin

Cold brew is SO much better! Not sure if it is repurchase better, but it is a lot better.

Kirkoneill1988

thankyou for the heads up, ill stay away from this tea

Indigobloom

lol Plunkybug actually I don’t notice the licorice at all. But thanks for the tip Dustin! I’ll try it that way next.
Kirk, it isn’t awful… just lacklustre :)

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87

I had this with soy milk today. Usually I’m not that big a fan but I had a hunch it’d go well, and it did!! In fact, I’ll be drinking it like that every chance I get. The flavours pair really well together. (the brand I have, will update with the name later).

Nine sleeps til my doctors app and I finally take the next (of many!) step in fixin me up. Longest week ever…

Tealizzy

That’s a tasty one!

Indigobloom

It really is!!! I hope there will be reblends in the future at some point

Plunkybug

Mmm, sounds tasty!

Indigobloom

Plunkybug, it really is!! unfortunately, it’s also disappearing from my cupboard faster than I anticipated :P

Plunkybug

With good reason! :P

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75

Yum! Totally forgot I had this. Relieved to see it wasn’t hit by the flood.

Indigobloom

We had a long term leak in our cupboard last year and didn’t realize it. Lots of water and damage.

Kirkoneill1988

ouch. time to call the handyman ;)

Kirkoneill1988

we had a mysterious flood too! it didn’t hit my puerh though :)

Indigobloom

haha no kidding. This was our second one. Both of them hit my tea. Not all of it. Glad yours is ok! :)

Kristal

Oh wow, how awful!

Nichole

Oh no!!!!

Kirkoneill1988

is your tea going to be allright?

Indigobloom

ehhh not all of it. I had to throw some out. Oh well, life goes on right :)

Kirkoneill1988

want me to send you some to replace some of it?

Indigobloom

Aw thanks for the offer Kirk. I’m ok right now. There is lots that I haven’t tossed but need to drink as its gone a bit stale with exposure.

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78

I enjoyed a cup this morning. My first at home cup in almost a month!
What a ride that was… now I’m coming down from the high of my vacay, I need to get back into “work” mode.
Today was all about decompressing after having company 24/7 for the last two weeks. Tomorrow, the real schtick gets rolling.
I was surprised that this tea worked so well today. It was absolute perfection without any additives, which I don’t get very often. I mean sure, I may not add something, but that doesn’t mean its perfect. So I relished this cup! Just the right mix of black tea and refreshing mint. Yes.
Anyhow. I feel whole again right now. Its good to be back.

TeaBrat

welcome back :)

Indigobloom

Thanks TeaBrat! Wow it’s been awhile since I posted. Time just got away from me haha

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Lime? Yep. Jello? Yep. Creamy? Yes!
Not quite as tart as I’d hoped but very satisfying :)
One day I’ll make it iced. I’m undecided on a rating as yet but I’m leaning towards high.
Also seriously crashing from my days away at camp.

On another note I kinda wish these notes were separated into before 52teas was sold and after. I never tried the original so I’m not sure how it compares, and it can be a pain trying to find the “new” notes since I haven’t been around for awhile to see them as they pass through my feed. I wonder if I’m the only one that feels that way…

Nichole

Nope. I feel that way too. I just drank some old 52Teas Birthday Cake Blend and was thinking the exact same thing.

Indigobloom

Oh phew I’m in good company then :)
I bet its been mentioned before. Wonder what Ann says.

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85

Ah now THIS is the tea I was looking for.
I’m so glad the base was changed. Or something has anyhow. It’s right back to pancake fully cooked goodness (previous note indicates half done cakes).
It isn’t quite as strong a flavour as I recall but then I had my great loss of tastebuds and gradual but not complete return so I’m sure that part is just my own failing :)
Also, I’m flipping this from not recommended to aw heck yeah recommended

Plunkybug

“Also, I’m flipping this from not recommended to aw heck yeah recommended”

:D

Indigobloom

lol I was in a funny mood :P

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87

Backlog:
I tried this while camping. Not a controlled steep at all and we had such tiny mugs… but despite all of that it was quite delish! Uber impressed. Very much like the blend I remember from days of yore. Spot on banana bread. Mmmmm.
(I must remind myself to write a whole review next time!)

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82

Hmmm. I won’t rate this one for now. I got distracted and oversteeped a bit. We have company coming over and have been cleaning house. Hmph.
So the taste is a bit sharp/sour, like the kind of ceylon tea that I dislike. I added milk and 1/2 tsp sugar, which helped. Then a dollop of cream.
The pumpkin note is nice though and if what I taste is really cheesecake (and not cream) that part is lovely as well! I think I catch a bit of crust? Hard to say. I need to try a more controlled steep.
Again, if this is how the tea really goes, I’d give it a 75(previous rating from years ago before this reblend), though I suspect a proper brew will reveal some much brighter flavours. Noms.

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64

This was on sale. I got excited. $2.50 for a box! Now I know why.
Should have checked the reviews first…
First, the bag was too heavy for the string. It popped right off when I went to remove the bag. Not a big deal, but still, a bad sign. Oh and there is an actual metal staple in the bag. Ick.
As for the tea well it was ok enough. A bit thick and bitter even though it wasn’t steeped that long. I added cream (thats all they have where I am now) and sugar to even things out. It did help, but I wouldn’t say it was great.
Overall I don’t have a problem finishing a cup of this. But I just don’t find anything lovable there. Not even the scent, which is usually what fools me. It’s just kinda neutral. That’s what I get for letting my love for black forest cake lead the purse strings…
Damn I wish I’d listened to my head (not my tea mania) and checked the reviews here first.

TheKesser

I’m bad for that too. And I agree with the staple. I’ll never understand why staples were ever thought ok with a teabag.

Indigobloom

Funny, I’m actually thinking about cutting the bag open and putting it into a strainer. One that’s been treated to not go rusty!
When will we tea nerds ever learn :P

Kirkoneill1988

metal staple with the tea? or keeping the bag closed?

Indigobloom

Kirk, its a staple used to close the bag of tea (the one that goes into the cup of hot water, not the one housing the bag of bags :)

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drank Oolong Supreme by DAVIDsTEA
1448 tasting notes

So I finally tried this one. A friend bought a bunch and decided to share with me. Lucky day!
I quite like it. Nice and roasty and smooth. It’s like the oolong you get in a fancy Chinese restaurant sometimes, only better. I really get the stone fruit and mineral notes. A tiny hint of vegetal as well.
The problem I have is that right now, the first cup or two is great, fabulous even, but then I get bored and want something else. I kinda feel like I should go for endless infusions to get my moneys worth but at this time I’m simply not interested?!
and why don’t I have that experience with other straight high quality teas? Hmmm

Plunkybug

I really love this one. I have not had any in a bit because they were out and I was a little burned out on it for a little while. It’s a top summer tea for me though.

Indigobloom

I can see how a tea lover would fade in and out of love with this one. Its great but I wouldn’t want it around for all of time!

Plunkybug

I find that a few steeps worth is all I want, as I have so many teas, that resteeping delays me getting to others I want to have. Also, I think that this type of oolong isn’t one to give many multiple steeps as compared to the rolled up and less roasted offerings. I like to use my frequent steeper redemption on this one because it is a really pricey tea.

Indigobloom

That is actually why I grabbed a bit of this in the first place, to see which one I wanted 50g of! :P

Plunkybug

Ha ha! It’s good. It was out for a long time, one time I got more Mighty Aphrodite, and the other I had Gold Rush.

Indigobloom

Ah so this is the one that was out of stock! I need to do a side by side comparison with Gold rush, see which one I like more :P
But I have to buy that sample myself heh

Plunkybug

Yeah, this is the one.

Indigobloom

Cool, thx!

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-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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