1512 Tasting Notes

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drank Bleu Peacock by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Wow a vanilla tea that I kinda like!! wheeee! but it does make me feel a little queasy. Not much, which is great! it’s very deep.
I didn’t want to push it so only went through two steeps. The second one was sweeter but otherwise more or less the same.
Thank you so much for the tea experience Amy Oh!!

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So after trying the Darjeeling from Florida, I need to tone down the rating here :(
This one isn’t fruity or as complex. Also, while it’s satisfying, I’m getting none of the pepper today!! booooo.
Anyhow, this is still a great tea. My rating is still pretty high! It’s just that my perspective has shifted somewhat :)

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Big thank you to Jenn for sending me this sample!! I have so many from you, it’s taking me awhile to get through them all :)

Now the tea. When I first opened the package, I was hit with an aroma that set off my internal “allergy” alarm. In a lemonade?! Hmmm. but it wasn’t too pungent so I continued.
I brewed up the tea hot, and steeped it for 90 seconds. My thermometer said 85 degrees but that was only a few seconds after I poured it from boiling. I think it needs to be entirely immersed in the water, which is impossible using my tea pot for one. I could stick it into the kettle I suppose but then that means peerind into the cavernous metal tin spewing hot steam at me, or filling it all the way to the top and wasting all that extra water or reboiling it! Hmph.
Anyhow, sorry I got off track!!
The tea itself was ok. I was able to get through two steeps with no trouble!! however that “vanilla” taste or whatever it was that made me hesistate (I’m afraid I have no idea what vannilla’s supposed to taste like in tea, seeing as all I get is flowery sweet flavour) seems to have conditioned me to have a negative association. Needless to say, I didn’t get any of the strawberry. Well, maybe a tad in the background somewhere but not enough say that’s it, right there! if you know what I mean.
For my third steep, I’ve decided to try it cold. It’s in the fridge now. Hopefully that will spruce it up for me! :)

EDIT: So iced, it’s more or less the same. I wish I could appreciate it the same way I see others doing! oh well.

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I don’t feel qualified to review this tea. It smells SO good but somehow, it tastes just like every other fruity green tea I’ve sampled, albeit very smooth. The fruit does blend well together as well so I can tell it’s a well executed blend… I just don’t know how to describe it properly, other than the few notes I’ve given!
Well, there is that astringent sour note I keep getting in other teas.
I’ll leave it unrated, for now. Maybe I’ll try it iced, as recommended in the other review here.

EDIT: First time ever folks!! I like a tea better cold than hot!!! the flavour profile completely changes that way. It’s much sweeter and brighter. A tad bitter but I kinda like it. Yay!! I have a tea to cold brew and love now xx
(also, I’ve now rated it… based on the cold tea)

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Backlog #8 – my last for today. I drank more tea than I thought!
Yay, a hibiscus tea that isn’t overtaken by sour notes! :)
Except instead, it’s all about the cinnamon. No plum… just spice. I’m still undecided. Well, it does seem to be a mood tea. and I do appreciate a spot of cinnamon now and again. and it’s loads better than the Kampai :)
Bah, Toronto water will save it. yes it will!!

SimpliciTEA

Your description of your rating system cracks me up!

Indigobloom

hehe thanks SimpliciTea :P

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drank Lemon Lime Kampai by Teavana
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Backlog #7
Hmmm. HMMMMM. I need to try this again. It brewed up kindof medicinal like… almost as if there was ginger in there. I think it must be my association with Lemon. I didn’t get much fruit. Definitely not my fave rooibos, kindof standard and similar to others I already have. maybe I can marry it with one of my mates or other forgotten samples in my cupboard.
It was a bit biting as well. Harsher than I prefer.

gmathis

I don’t know that citrus and rooibos belong together. To me, rooibos needs smooth ice-cream flavors…vanilla, chocolate, coconut…

SimpliciTEA

I just bought a bunch of this stuff since it is on sale. Too bad you find it too harsh. But at least, as you said, even if it’s too ‘whatever’ for me, than at least I can try blending it with other teas (I like the plain rooibos flavor, so I am hoping I won’t _dis_like it at least).

So your taste buds are coming along?

Indigobloom

yep, I’m actually looking forward to trying my hand at blending.
and my buds? you know, they are driving me nuts!! one day they’re explosive… but then all of a sudden, boom! something that I know is supposed to be sweet or savoury just isn’t.
Also, despite my best efforts… I’ve lost my appreciation for my coveted black teas (ceylon, assam etc. I am fine with keemums and such)- whether that is because my buds are only 90% or that my tastes have simply changed I don’t know. Either way it’s a conundrum to me.
I have a specialist app coming up in a few weeks, I’m hoping he can tell me what the heck is going on! thanks for asking ST, you really are a sweetheart! xx

Indigobloom

I dunno, in my head it made so much sense. I imagined all sorts of yummy things about this one. I do need to try it with the water here though,it’s kinda sulfur filled down in Florida…
And chocolate rooibos? Mmmm yes!!

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drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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Backlog # 6
I can’t remember much about this tea, I have the notes written down somewhere. I’ll update it when I have the chance… but overall it was a little too fruity for my liking. Reminds me more of a Formosa, or Long Life Oolong from DT, than a TGY really. Decent enough but it’s so standard!
I would never buy any for the house since I have much more affordable alternatives available to me at home. For that reason, it gets a lower score… maybe five points off?

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drank Pear Luna by Teavana
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Backlog#5
Yikes, some dodgy reviews here!! I didn’t think it was so bad, maybe my buds were off again??
or perhaps they did give me the second steeping after all. I was chatting with the girl who served me and she agreed that a second steeping is always better… (well, except in Indian black teas I find)
I found the white part to be pretty standard, good quality… and the pear was quite nice. Juicy without taking over the cup.
Is it possible I had a different “White pear” tea?? I asked for the least flavoured non straight white tea they had, and this was the recommendation. They did a pretty good job of hitting what I asked for. Hmmm.
Oh and $5 for the cup! Seriously? I didn’t see any prices listed but never thought anything of it, until the shop girl gave me the total. not cool :/

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Backlog #4
Wow, $40 for a tin of this tea?! sheesh.
It was on clearance, for 75% off so I indulged… and I was not disappointed. Much.
I guess I expected it to blow my socks off, maybe even my toenail polish- for that price anyhow! but it was just your regular high quality tasty Asian black tea. Hey I can’t help it if they set the bar sky-high with the price tag! I mean, if I’d spent FORTY buckaroos on this brew, well you can bet I’d be plotting ways to get my monies back.
Either way, it was still pretty decent. Chocolatey, rich, lovely. I made it through for steepings and they were all yummy. The last one was a touch scratchy, which I expected.
I need to give it proper attention next time… maybe suss out some more deets!
Oh did I mention the beautiful rosette it comes in? Definitely a selling feature. However it does make the tin less full than I had anticipated. Not a problem for me, since I will never finish it all before the tin goes stale… knowing me!

Dorothy

Wow $40 for a tin of tea? Sees it is sold by Teavana Oooooooohhhh… okay :x

Indigobloom

le sighs
Oh Teavana… they are the devil of tea vendors!!

The DJBooth

I got this one too when I saw it on sale :)

momo

Did that include the price of the tin? Jerk who found me a tin of Tarocco Blood Orange didn’t bother to tell me I’d be charged $3 for it. So cute that he thought he’d lose the sale over that when I had no choice but to buy 12 ounces of it.

SimpliciTEA

I thought about buying this one, but this is one of the few of their sale teas I passed on. Glad to hear you are enjoying it (the tin does look pretty cool).

Indigobloom

DJBooth, nice! I hope you liked it as much as I did :)

Amanda: yep, it was a sealed package type deal. Ever since I get free tins at David’s Tea for purchasing 100g or more, I’ve hated paying for them!!

ST: yep that’s one of the reasons I caved and bought it! the tin is indeed neat looking. What did you buy instead of this one? :)

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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Backlog #3
Ok so I got a teensy bit outta control with the tea buying. but it was my first time at Teavana and I had to see what all the fuss was about! Folks here(at Steepster) love to hate and hate to love this place.
I’ll admit, the prices were excessive (I bought this one because it was one of the two cheapest options they sell), but the staff were friendly, and not too pushy like I had expected! just a tad excited about tea, which I totally get ;)
As for the tea, well this is really nice. Moreso than I expected. Kindof chocolatey and nutty. I need to try it here in Toronto but I seem to have left this one in Florida, eek!
Well, it looks like I’ll be a slave to this establishment whenever I’m in town, as much as it pains the wallet…
gah, I so badly wanted to despise Teavana :P

Ninavampi

This one is great mixed with their chai/chai blend. It tastes just like cinnamon rolls!

There are a few things that I can’t stand about Teavana, but I do enjoy some of their teas! : ) Nothing wrong with that!

Indigobloom

hmmm, if I ever make it back there I’ll see about hooking up some chai with my matevana. Thanks for the tip!
hehe, nope nothing wrong at all, except for the ouch to my wallet! :p

Ninavampi

Yeah… My wallet isn’t too happy about it either!

ashmanra

Complain, I do, but sure I surely go in every time I am near one! I like to drool over all the tea ware and taste the samples!

TeaBrat

I’m kind of glad we don’t have one in San Francisco… :)

Indigobloom

I can see why you wouldn’t want one near you, and how going in every time you pass by would be irresistible. Sheesh, it’s a curse and a blessing!

Tina S.

Actually Amy, they are opening a Teavana soon in San Fran, my friend got an interview there. ;)

TeaBrat

Oh nooooo!

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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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