1540 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Rose by DAVIDsTEA
1540 tasting notes

Looks like another polarizing blend here. I so didn’t expect to be in the like camp!!
I was curious about how vanilla, cinnamon, rose and raisin would blend up, but I just assumed it would be somewhat wretched. My bad DT!
It was actually quite nice. I was shocked. Very warm, smooth and comforting, but not overpowering in any of the flavours. and familiar in a way I really can’t put my finger on. Perhaps I’ll figure it out next time. Grandma’s soap? Not quite… soap meets cookie? Hmmmm.
Of course, given the nature of the varied ingredients, I’m guessing each cup will turn out to be slightly different. Also, so much raisin! Makes for a heavy, and thus expensive blend.
So while I do enjoy this one a lot more than I expected, it is something I can live without. If it sticks around for awhile, I may grab some more down the road, but I won’t be crushed if it’s gone by then. shrugs

On a more personal note, I start a one month temp job tomorrow. In the suburbs, which I despise, but well I really need the money.
Unfortunately I haven’t seen the specialist yet(3 referrals and each one got screwed up/rejected for different reasons!), and last I checked my GP wasn’t comfortable writing the initial script. But I really do need it to function all adultlike at work so I have a hail mary plan – call the docs office tomorrow and BEG for a one month script just to tide me over until the specialist app comes through. GP was on vacay last week when I found out about the job, and my latest referral had just been rejected that day(because the nurse never specified my need for meds on the fax) so not like I could have planned this to be less rushed… anyhow, I’m not sure what else to do at this point. Between a rock and a granite place I am…

CelticBrew

This sounds lovely to me apart from the raisins especially given how much you noted their presence. Still Grandma’s soap meets cookie has me curious. Good luck with the new temp work.

Indigobloom

Actually I didn’t notice them so much in the taste, more in the scent of the dry tea. Wet, it all blended together and I really couldn’t identify raisin per se.
Also thanks for the luck!! I’m going in to see the doc tomorrow.

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85

Okayyyy so this latest cuppa was much better. More of the same treatment, just a little lighter on the tea. So note to self, go with a level teaspoon, not a slightly heaping one k?
(two splashes milk, one splash cream and a half tsp of sugar)
If my next cuppa works just as well, I’ll be pleased. If not, well then I’ll have to deem the blend finnicky!

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drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
1540 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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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

Indigobloom

Indeed. Definitely going on my list of re-purchasable teas!

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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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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.

TeaNTees

I agree!

Indigobloom

Right?! would it be so hard to figure out how to make them show in order of posting…

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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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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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85

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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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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