1308 Tasting Notes

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Still down with my head cold.
But guess what, I was right… this puerh is much better as a “sick tea”!
It’s so soothing and making me feel loads better, for the moment.
That sickly sweet note is now somehow refreshing. Bumping the rating just a little.

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74

Of all the days for me to get sick… on the coldest day of they year, when I need to be at the top of my game for a consulting gig I got. Aghhhhh!!

Can’t taste much of anything today so I chose something with strong flavours that I knew would punch through. and it did. Tastes just like that medicine I had as a kid. I don’t mind, it was the best part of being sick! like candy haha. Maybe I can fool my brain into thinking I’ve medicated myself…
Welps, back to work for me!

TeaBrat

feel better!

keychange

I hope you feel better soon. and I loved that banana medicine we had as kids!

Indigobloom

Thanks TeaBrat :)

Indigobloom

Keychange, Thanks! and me too!! yummmmmmm

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77

I need try this side by side with Peppermint Bark. I know these are different teas but their profile isn’t strong enough in my memory to determine how much or in what ways.
This is good. Lukewarm, it’s minty and refreshing. I can SO picture myself standing on a Swiss mountaintop drinking it!
Cooled entirely, it’s quite a bit creamier with less of that round sweet note that comes along with mint blends (which is good, better this way I think)
Yeah, I will definitely enjoy the rest of this sample! unless someone else wants to try it.

TheTeaFairy

Yeah, I can totally picture you on top of your mountain Indigo, going like yodel-ay-hee-hoo !!

Indigobloom

LOL TeaFairy, love it! I’ve never tried yodeling. I imagine it’s pretty cathartic :P

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60

I was curious about this one… an unflavoured from the great DT… how novel!
Only it is not quite what I expected. It’s certainly a black tea, but my buds tell me its flavoured somehow. I mean, it kinda reminds me of Queen Catherine in a way, but more like THE Queen is the real deal whereas they came up with the Queen’s Breakfast through synthetic processes.
Yup. There’s a distinct note of some nondescript additive that really doesn’t point a finger at anything. Maybe I need to find the sweet spot.
Still a drinkable cup though.

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95

Dangnabit I did it again!! This tea… well it keeps sweeping me off my feet like a giggly teen. Sheesh, get a grip already IB!
Fine. But this time I am rating it.

The funny part is that as ahhhhmazing as it is, I can’t have it with milk since its just too darn tasty for that. OK well maybe a tiny little splash to bring out the tobacco note. But it certainly does not fill my craving for a rich, malty, Assam tea. Sheesh. Even the perfect tea isn’t perfect. I guess every tea snob gets to have a diva moment, right??
(and no, this tea is not what I would consider malty, contrary to their description)

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84

Oh wow this is definitely a tea that needs some sweetener to bring it to “that” place. But I’m ok with that. Not all teas can get there so it does quite well in my books!
This time around, I really feel as if I’ve eaten a ginger cookie, only a bready one. A ginger bun? ha!
I kinda forgot about this one over the holidays, with all the craziness I was in some sort of autopilot mode. Too bad, I would have loved to indulge in this on xmas eve. Ah well I still have second Christmas. (I’m part Ukrainian so we usually get two dinners muahahaha)

ps. rating bump :P

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76

I’m sad. This is the only Assam tea I have in my cupboard at the moment.
So yeah, it is pretty much the only reason I’ll break my purchase ban. Esp during winter, I like need to have multiple Assam(and sometimes Ceylon) options.
Well, I do have Taiwanese Assam but I don’t think that really counts since it has an entirely different profile and what I often crave is a brisk malty tea to enjoy a la dairy. Today, this was a tad too coppery for what I wanted but it was my only option if I wanted my milk n tea. It did the job, for the most part!

Sighs. Ok folks that is the end of the review. Moving onwards with the personal rant now.
I really needed my Assam this morning. Our furnace broke down last night so I am exhausted. Staying warm all day long when you’re stuck at a computer is hard work!! Despite mainlining tea and soup, and boiling water on the stove, I was not able to stop shivering.
The repair guy fixed it hours ago, but only temporarily. Apparently the darn thing is only functioning at 60-70%.
Add to that an illness in the family circle and a death in the extended family (nobody close, but it was very sad) and well lets just say that you could play the tension with a pick and snap the string.
Hopefully this nightmare of a week won’t spell the layout of my 2014!

C-chan

hugs I’m sorry that things are going badly. I hope that everything improves for you, and that you’re getting all the badness out of your year in the first week. <3

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear all that stuff! Do you want me to send you an Assam care package? I would do it!

keychange

I’m so sorry. I especially know how being cold and tired can really intensify the awfulness of an already bad situation.

boychik

I’m sorry, it’s just too cold today. Stay warm. If you need Assam I can send it to you.

boychik

I have an excellent Ceylon as well. Just let me know

TeaBrat

Oh no! I hope you get it all fixed soon…

Indigobloom

Aww thanks everyone you are all so sweet. I’m so glad to have a safe place to vent!! we are holding at 68F right now. I’ll take it haha.
Boychick/Terri, I would love to do a swap!! unfortunately I haven’t got many straight teas to offer in return.

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75

What an interesting tea!! Big thanks to Ssajami for the most generous sample!
On to the tea:
I’ve never had Saffron before so had no idea what to expect. I made Mum try some and she was amazed that it tasted exactly like the Saffron she remembers.
Myself, I thought it was a bit odd while hot. Very slightly bitter with an almond like base overtop the green tea and a sweet note that reminds me of vanilla.
Of course, I then left it too cool, and found that I really enjoyed it!! This way, I got more of a pudding like feel. Slightly eggy with a marzipan finish.
Sadly, I’m feeling a little cautious, as that “eggy” note is how I once regarded certain Jasmine teas, which eventually started to make me feel ill. Maybe if I don’t indulge very often my tummy won’t notice? lol

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70

I’ve tried this twice now and still my palate can’t decide what to think. Hot, I really don’t care for it. It has a medicinal sweet note (probably from the licorice and peppermint) that reminds me of herbal throat remedies that I partake in only when necessary and can’t really taste at the time anyhow.
Cooled, its significantly better. I can taste the puerh, and while it doesn’t taste fishy at all, it has the mouthfeel of fishiness. I know that makes no sense but it’s true!
Anyhow. It also has a more biting mint note at that point, which I do appreciate. The vanilla seems to round things out a bit. I’m not sure where the ginger comes in though, it must be hidden underneath everything.
Actually now that I think about it, all the ingredients here are known to contribute sweetness to a blend so perhaps its the combination that irks me…
A touch of sugar seemed to help a bit. Next time I’ll remember to let it cool entirely before sipping, so I don’t bias anything.

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81

Holy peanut! this smells exactly as I had hoped. Even better, actually. It reminds me of a peanut icecream I had over the summer. and the smell really translates into the taste as well. I used to think I hated pb in icecream, but then I learned that was because I hadn’t tried it from someplace that knew how to do it right.
Anyhow… I don’t see why this one has gotten such low ratings. Maybe this is a reformulated batch?
Seriously, I really enjoyed my cup! It was just like a frozen pb and chocolate dessert! In fact, I dare say it has reorder potential. Yum.

Tea Sipper

You actually got any peanut out of this? I don’t at all! Must be a better batch.

Roswell Strange

I didn’t get much peanut out of the sample I tried, either :(

Indigobloom

Yeah I dunno, it must be a new batch because the smell and taste are super potent! Unmistakably pb!!

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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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