1311 Tasting Notes

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drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
1311 tasting notes

well, this was much better!! perhaps not having the flu makes a difference. ok well probably!
Strange though, that I’m finding all the flavours much mellower this time.
And guess what… Mum LOVES this one!! There IS a tea god :)
The first infusion, I could taste he fig and carrot but it was second to the oolong. I added a dash of sugar, and served it in our porcelain cups… that may have improved the rating a bit haha.
Anyhow, the second infusion was great as well. More creamy, and smooth as expected! Yummmm.
I’m riding the “good tea” wave right now. Does anyone else get that feeling after a really good cup? not just the alertness, but a super satisfied feeling that leaves you in a fantastic mood… I’m not loopy I swear :P
ahhhh I love oolongs! (but not the green ones, I don’t think)

teawing

Yes, I find tea lifts my mood like that. Particularly good tea.

teawing

I was also sad to see that this is not available any more.
I liked this one too. And the answer is yes, it was another of QG’s
suggestions…

Indigobloom

glad to hear I’m not alone on this one :)
ahhh QG- she has a 6th sense about tea doesn’t she?!?

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I finally tried this one iced. It was rushed, I only let it sit in the fridge for half an hour and had to use ice cubes… No matter, the green melon still tastes fake to me. And the watermelon, well I dunno how I feel about the way it tastes when freeze-dried.
Refreshing yes. Tasty? somewhat. I’ll happily drink the last of it but shan’t be replacing it in my cupboard!
On a side note: I got a tattoo last night!!! On my hip, so nobody will ever really see it, but it’s there :)
I can’t wait til it heals!

ashmanra

May we ask…a tattoo of what? :) I had to get tattoos for radiation – it hurt. And they wouldn’t even give me a butterfly…

Indigobloom

ouch. Was it just to mark the lines where it was required? maybe you can have it turned into something else down the road :)
Mine is a tree of life, covering up a scar I had which I think is apropos for this particular tat lol
I’ve named him Twiggie. Yes, I am a nerd!

ashmanra

Heehee! Love it! For radiation, they tattoo simple dots – I have four – in a line to get the machine in just the right spot. They run you in and out of a masking machine first while doing x-rays, then tattoo you. It wasn’t too bad until the one right ON the breastbone. OUCH! Felt like a wasp sting! I love that yours is a Tree of Life on a scar! So apropo! They won’t turn mine into anything else, because some of my lymph nodes were removed to check them for cancer, so I am supposed to be uber-protective of that arm for the rest of my life….nurses won’t even take blood pressure on it. But I use the heck out of it, and carry groceries, and dig in the garden!

SimplyJenW

ashmanra…your tatoos say that you are a survivor, and the plans for your life are yet unfinished. I would say that they are just as meaningful, if not more so, as the ones who chose what they had tatooed.

Indigobloom..Love it! I love to hear the stories behind peoples tats. I would have never gotten one myself, but I did on my 40th birthday last summer. For me it was more about knowing that I am not too old to drastically change my mind about somehting and live with it (I never even considered one for 39 years of my life.) I have the chemical formula of sucrose on my wrist right at the watch band line. My Hubby gave me the nickname of Sugar, and I am a chemist by training. Talk about a nerd tatoo……

ashmanra

SimplyJenW – I love your tat also! What a great idea! My youngest wears ThinkGeek shirts with the caffeine molecule in honor of tea, and we bought her the travel mug as well! And as for being nerdy – I told my hubby that if I were ever to get cosmetic surgery (which I have no plans to do), I would get elf ears! LOL!

QuiltGuppy

@ashmanra – I would absolutely buy that t-shirt. :) I need to check out ThinkGeek!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Loving this thread. I wanted tattoos all my life, even as a little girl. I got my first one in 2006 to mark my first book contract. That’s been my promise to myself ever since: new book contract, new ink.

politicalmachine

congrats on the tattoo :)

Indigobloom

Ashmanra: ouch indeed! bones + tattoos = Owwww! glad you are ok now xx
SimplyJenW: omg I love that, nerd tats are the best :)
QuiltGuppy: me to!!!
Michelle Butler Hallett: same here, I’ve wanted one for years and now can’t wait for my next one! love your rewards system :P
PoliticalMachine: thanks!! I’m still reeling from the shock of actually making a decision LOL

ashika

congrat’s on the tattoo ; p

Indigobloom

hehe thanks Ashika. I’m not sure how well you can see it in my profile pic but it’s there!

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This was great!
The first few sips were bitter, but then as it cooled the nutty oolong emerged, with an oddly sweet finish. I’ve never had a swallow of tea quite like that last part of a sip. Sure, it’s been sweet in the middle, but not in the closing! yummm. That was the only part making it complex though. Pretty darn good, but I’m not sure if it’s an essential to my at home collection. I enjoyed Red Robe so much more… but in that case the sweetness came in a hair sooner through the sip (minus points!)
I didn’t have time to take notes so will have to write a more thorough review next time. and there WILL be a next time :)

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backlog! from yesterday morning as takeout from the cafe. I wish I hadn’t!
They had no regular milk left so I had to use cream… oh boy was it ever terrible!!! The raisin note and cream don’t mix well together at all. Blech! Also, I suspect that the bag might have been underfilled, as the tea was incredibly weak. I drank the entire thing with the bag in and the flavour was just not there.
I’m not changing the rating on this, yet. Will see what happens next time, with regular milk. If it doesn’t shape up I’ll be crushed! this was my fave black tea.

ashmanra

Just ordered the tin of Lover’s Leap from Harney and Sons. Can’t wait to try it. Raisin notes! I didn’t know about raisin notes!

Indigobloom

errr I hope I’m describing it correctly. I’m not all that experienced at tasting just yet! well, I can’t wait to see what you find in the Harneys version!

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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wow! I did not expect this tea to be SO yummy.
For the first brew, I tried it hot and it was supremely satisfying. The lime and gelato parts came out nice and balanced, which surprised me because some friends mentioned that they hated this tea after trying a sample in the store. (I should have known better- they always add too much sweetener and oversteep)
The green base was mild but appropriately so given it’s palate partners!
Second infusion wasn’t as great. a bit watery and worn(minus points) down but I’ll take it. Too much caffeine is bad for a girl anyhow.
aaaaaaaand for the first time ever, I am excited about trying a loose tea ICED! This one should be incredible. yay! :)

MaddHatter

You… Will… NOT! … be… let down!!! I am not a huge fan of green teas, flavoured or otherwise and after trying “Movie Night” and loving it, this one was not a hard sell at the store. I have had it over steeped but it only seemed to make it more creamy? slightly bitter but more creamy, and when making it iced in my 20oz Starbucks iced drink cup I have only used three teaspoons to 1/3 of hot water in an 8 cup botum, steep for (in my case forget about it and come back) pour into venti cup over ice and voila! You have a delicious cup of tea with enough caffine to get you through a night meeting for Summer Camp. (Two days in a ROW!)

Indigobloom

LOL
yes I can see how that would keep you up all night!!
They really knocked it out of the park with this one. Movie Night is not my fave tea of DTs but this one… wow, there are not enough wows!
My friend who tried it has very odd tea preferences so I need to learn that his idea of good tea is not anywhere near mine! ha.
Mmmmmm I can’t wait to try this iced… it will have to wait til tuesday as I left it at work :S

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drank Jasmine Oolong by Tea Dynasty
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Well. I am NOT a fan of Jasmine. I’ve always known this, but decided to give it a go with some quality tea just to be sure. and it was confirmed. Jasmine and I do not get along.
The base was good, I enjoyed the nutty oolong and even parts of the floral but couldn’t get past the biting itchiness. As the cup cooled, I actually grew accustomed to it and started to hate it less and less… but then, well I became nauseous in a way only pu’erhs have ever done.
It makes me wonder if I have an allergy to jasmine.
As for the rating, I am of two minds. Anyone who enjoys this type of tea would find it lovely, surely… but this is my review! so I’ll leave it at how I feel about the brew. Any tea that makes me feel ill should never get a rating above 60! but the base was so good… ok so 67 then!

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89
drank White Butterfly by Teaopia
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darn, I forgot my notes at work! jotted them down between calls. oh well…
Anyhow, this tea was quite tasty. It lands somewhere between a crisp white peony and a standard other “white” tea. There were delicate, fresh water notes throughout the sip.
When it was piping hot and I took that daring first test sip, I could swear there was a hint of peach! but then as it cooled, that quickly disappeared.
The delicate-ness was overtaken slightly by a nutty but somewhat grassy flavour.
I’ll update this with something a little more decisive when I get my notes back!

EarthernChild

There’s definitely a peach flavor! I want to get some soon!

Indigobloom

ah good to know I’m not crazy! too bad my tongue isn’t a bit more hardy :P

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this is a plain fruity tea… oversteeped unfortunately. I’d like to try a second infusion of this one day. It was a to go order so had to throw the bag out- boo!
I can tell that it’s a quality brew though, relatively smooth for being oversteeped and light in flavour. I’m tasting some of the tartness as well, could that be the pomegranate?
Meh. I don’t plan on buying a tin of this but it’s satisfying enough I suppose. It just doens’t stand out in any way for me other than having a decent quality base.

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drank Berubeula Ceylon by Tealish
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I’ll add the description of this tea later. TOO much to do today!!
So, the girl at the shop promised me a tea with more depth than Golden Monkey, and a hint of raspberries. (perfect! in theory)
The chocolate and raspberries are coming through loud and clear, but not so much on the depth! I need to try this again at home, with more controlled conditions. I’m pretty sure the tap isn’t kept at “boiling” so maybe that would make the difference?
On it’s own, this one was pretty boring. With milk and agave, much better!!
There is potential for improvement, I need to fiddle with it a bit…

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drank Dublin Cream by Teaopia
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Going backwards here… this was my morning tea. errr, kindof.
It landed somewhere between tea and coffee and not in a good way. The brew was particularly bitter, so I added a whack of honey (they were out of agave) and milk. Even still, it tasted like old coffee mixed with a plain black tea. The maltiness struggled to peek out but was overridden by the coffee beans.
I won’t be getting this one again, unless someone points out a way to improve it significantly.

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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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