1363 Tasting Notes

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I had high hopes for this chai. I really did. Vanilla chai sounds amazing. In theory.
Not so much in reality, when it includes licorice?! In my head, those two just do not go together. Nope. No they no do not.
It ruins everything!!! That makes two cups of tea down the drain today. I’m thankful they allow ten gram samples.

Nightshifter

I wanted to try this one, but so many people said it wasn’t tasty. I wish we could order samples online! Def. not going for 50g again without having an idea of what it is like.

Indigobloom

Seriously, it is not worth it at all. That’s one reason I don’t order from them online if I haven’t tried the tea yet as well. Other companies, I seem to have much better luck with

teataku

I generally can’t stand chais that have anise in them either. It just ruins it for me, because suddenly ALL I taste is licorice. Blech. Sorry you had to have that experience!

Indigobloom

Yea I’m with you there teataku! in moderation, I don’t mind. But most teas with anise/licorice don’t follow that idea lol

Kirkoneill1988

the only chai i liked was Tim Horton’s chai tea

Indigobloom

I haven’t had the Tims one in ages!!

M

I had the same experience with this one. Great in theory, but sickeningly sweet when brewed.

Indigobloom

M… YUP!!! I tried brewing it for longer to override any sweetness but that clearly was a bad idea haha

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drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
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Hot, this was ok. Not great, but ok. Some sips were better than others. I was hoping for more cakey/pastry flavour, which I got maybe a hint of. For the most part, instead I found something more like chai. But not in a pleasing way. All spice, no tea!
As the cup cooled, oh dear that was not cool. Not cool at all!
I’ve never been a fan of chicory, but I find that in some teas it does really well, and not so much in others. Well I guess this is the not so much? Ick. Dislike.

TeaBrat

how can they get away with making so many disgusting teas? ecch

Indigobloom

I dunno, I always wondered that myself TeaBrat. They seem to sell a lot of them, so someone has to be drinking it??? And the girl in the store told me this is “one of her favourites” (how, I don’t know!)

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drank Bedouin Chai by Wissotzky Tea
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Almost done my sample!!
I’ve been trying to sip down as many teas as possible lately, because I have a bunch of stuff incoming from Butiki and Lupicia. Plus the tea festival is coming up so I expect I’ll end up collecting a bunch there as well.
If I could just find some time to organize my stash, I have a feeling things would go much more smoothly!

Dustin

If I had room to organize my stash. :/

Tabby

A tea festival??

Indigobloom

Dustin – Haha yep, that too! I spend half an hour this morning going through and weeding out the easy sipdowns. I’m hoping to get my stash down to non samples only :P

Indigobloom

Tabby – Yep, the Toronto Tea Festival is this weekend! If you’re ever in town, its a fun time. Worth checking out :D

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88

Goodbye Taiwanese Assam!! The memories you gave me will be cherished always xo

Stephanie

RIP PTA!

Indigobloom

hear hear! I feel like we should sing for shes a jolly good fellow or something

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77

This was really good today. Just the right amount of spice, apple, and potato. YUM!!!
I do like the first version of this more, it was closer to what I remember of potato pancakes because the ones I know don’t have apple in them.
I did add a sprinkle of sugar to bring out the background notes. It was a little to much on the cinnamon side until I did that. Glad I still have a small tin left

adagio breeze

I’m pretty sure the original version contained apple pieces as well.

Indigobloom

It did!! but not as many. and the flavour was milder.

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69
drank Winter Solstice by ESP Emporium
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I think it was Azzrian who gave me this sample. Thanks!!

A basic fruity tea with some vanilla thrown in. Not particularly memorable but I finished the cup just fine and it was smoother than I expected. Maybe I’ll cold brew the last little bit.

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drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
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I really need to leave some tea for sipdowns at the’s boyfriend’s place. I always end up drinking this one since it’s the only one he has that I can drink (mostly he has berg infested ones)
Not that its a bad tea, and I’m not over that often. I’m just annoyed that drinking this one takes away from lowering my stash at home!!! sighs
Crap. One of the kids just saw me say I’m at the “boyfriend’s”. Eeeps!

Kirkoneill1988

im not much for chai

Indigobloom

I like it for a change :)

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drank Yogi Berry by DAVIDsTEA
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This was a pleasant enough oolong. Not my favourite though.
As I said in a comment on someone else’s review, I think the kombucha powder just isn’t working for me. I looooove kombucha, but apparently not the powder version.
Also, throwing berry into the mix? ugh. What a weird combo.
I did manage to finish the cup. Lucky it was given to me no charge :D

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66

Sweet. Peachy sweetness. That’s all I’m getting really. Maybe a hint of papaya. Not much else. More like juice than anything. I need to try it iced and cold brewed!

Kittenna

Yep, juice is a good comparison, haha.

Indigobloom

Yep. It smells sooooo good though. I bet it’d go great as Kombucha

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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I kinda want to keep this around til next Xmas but it may be a bit stale by then. I do have a tin for it. Hmmm. Decisions decisions!

Bear With Me

I had no issues with mine going stale in the tin. I had enough to lat me throughto a week before the re release :)

Indigobloom

Oooh good to know, thx hun xo

Bear With Me

It seems to have a better shelf life than some of their other blends with the candies, like pumpkin chai or glitter and gold.

Indigobloom

heh, I hope so! some of their teas go a bit rancid over time

Kittenna

I had some that lasted quite well for 2 years. I believe only teas with added nutty bits or coconut are likely to go rancid, others may just lose flavour.

Indigobloom

Kittenna, good point. I can always get more if it doesn’t work out (and I won’t be crushed if it gets discontinued)

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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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