1564 Tasting Notes

78
drank Pommeberry by The Tea Emporium
1564 tasting notes

Sweet tarts!! Tart, with a very faint hint of berry, which was brought out a touch with my addition of agave. The black tea base is pretty standard. I don’t really have much more to say… except that I am so sure that there is hibiscus hiding in here somewhere. yes, it was that sour without the agave!
Overall, it was nice but not especially unique.
Thanks to my tea peeps Jessie, De, and Aisling for sharing this with me! Epic times. Epic times…

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84
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
1564 tasting notes

Ever have one of those tea days where nothing goes as planned? not a disaster exactly, just not what you expected.
That was today. See, I had planned to bring in one of the many samples I received yesterday… only to find myself running late and of course entirely forgetting the tea on my dresser. No biggie, I figured… I needed to run an errand for work that took me by the Tea Dynasty. I rarely get to stop in there, what a treat! except when I swung by, guess what?!? they were closed. Oh right, they are a retail business and not in the core financial district. Of course they are closed, until 11am!!
Anyhow, by this point I was desperately craving tea. ANY TEA! Having been promised some and denied twice, I was rather thirsty! and that’s how I ended up at David’s, the closest shop to my work.
Needless to say, this was a bit of a letdown. Malty, sure. Even a little honeyed. And smokey?!? Did I taste that right… how odd. Is it just me? has anyone else noticed anything even remotely like that? nobody looked at me oddly, so I doubt there were any seizures involved. Maybe it was the tiny bit of agave I added. Or aliens. They planted the smoke. yes, that’s it :)
Ah well. What can ya do…

Bonnie

Maybe you needed to stop at a bar after all that! (Joke)

Indigobloom

I like the way you think Bonnie ;)
I certainly needed a straight shot of sumthin!

Cattibrie

I love Nepal Black. I haven’t tasted smokey but you never know. Sorry you had a crappy tea day. Those just suck.

Indigobloom

thanks Cattibrie. Yep, who knows what happened to that particular batch. Maybe it was accidentally mixed with some Lapsang!

Daniel Scott

Definitely never gotten smokey from Nepal Black! That’s really strange.

SimpliciTEA

Sad to hear it wasn’t a good ‘tea day’, but I loved your narrative!

Ninavampi

Aliens… Hmmm… I agree that is the most plausible answer! ; )

Indigobloom

Daniel: right?! I’ll have to ask them about it next time I stop by.
SimpliciTea: thanks! I tend to put too much narrative, not enough tea talk in my reviews… but I can’t help it! lol
Ninavampi: Indeed! what else could it be… I only wish the aliens would introduce themselves. I’m sure we’d have a lovely tea party :P

Daniel Scott

Haha, too much narrative! Come talk to me about the narrative : tea talk ratio, Indigobloom. :P

SimpliciTEA

Definitely not too much narrative. One of the reasons I like reading reviews and responding to discussions is to engage on all topics, tea related or not. I also laughed at the alien reference. Picturing you and aliens having a tea party is a hoot! : )

Bonnie

Ditto SimpliciTEA!

Indigobloom

hehe thanks for the narrative support everyone xo

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85

Yummy!! so very yummy. When hot that is. I was all set to rate this one supa’ high, because I was so very much in love. but then it cooled… and well, it just wasn’t doin it for me anymore. The heavy, lukewarm liquid became sour and the cinnamon began to dominate. Sour cinnamon is just awkward. Not terrible, but odd in a way that makes me cringe. So if I can get to the bottom of my cup before it cools, s’all good.
No matter, it’s better than I anticipated, by far. I was worried that it’d taste like Forever Nuts, which I hated… but it doesn’t so yay!! I’m not sure what the difference is, since the ingredients are identical, but this one just gels together so much better. Maybe it’s the ratio of contents? shrugs
Also, this gets negative points(I’d say 3 or so) because while beets are healthy-ish, they have serious glycemic index issues. I’m trying to lessen my sugar dependency here! esp with about 80% of my relatives dealing/passed on from Diabetes complications. Jus’ sayin…
Dang, this one had so much potential to be amazing! but then one thing after another tore my rating for this from a soaring 95, ten points down to 85. Sheesh. I feel like it deserves higher but then I consider all the factors and… well, I just can’t justify boosting it. Hmmmm.

Tina S.

I still can’t believe you don’t like Forever Nuts . . .

Indigobloom

well I haven’t tried it in awhile… maybe I like it now??

Tina S.

You want some on Sunday?

Indigobloom

erm okayyyy I will try it! you know I never back down from a tea challenge :P

Tina S.

Oh now I’m tempted . . . ;)

Indigobloom

to tea challenge me? hey as long as there are no allergy issues, bring. it. on! ;0

Jessie

Wow! This sounds really similar to Forever Nuts. It seems like every Toronto tea shop has its own version. I agree that you should try it again!

Steeping up beets shouldn’t be a problem. They are sugary but infusing them doesn’t leave you with any significant caloric or carbohydrate content. I’ve never found any tea without straight-up sweetener added to raise my blood sugar at all.

Indigobloom

I agree, I will try it again soon it seems :)
thanks for the tip Jessie. Maybe I will get some for the house after all!!

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79

This was… interesting! not bad. I’ve been on the hunt for bold teas lately, and it seems I’ve found one that is actually TOO bold. I didn’t think it was possible!
It reminds me of that Harrigate tea I tried ages ago. I mean, in yo face bold!! and yet not malty enough. In my view, bold and malty ride together. Like Bonnie n Clyde! they stand up to, and for each other!! but here, the malty was like a younger sibling trying to keep pace.
In fact, I guess this will seem really odd to some… but it hadn’t ever occurred to me that a tea could be so bold without the malty. This would blend nicely with some milder varieties… it could easily be part of an Irish or Russian “breakfast” tea.
Actually, in my head this is sorta what I imagined Queen Catherine would be… but then I tried the Queen and she is soooo much more refined than this clumsy beast haha. Maybe this could be The Queen’s evil twin :P
If someone offered me more of this, I wouldn’t turn it down if there were no other options, but I doubt I’ll pay for more.
Anyhow… I enjoyed the company much more than this cuppa!! I won’t call out my tea accompli (is that right? accomplices just sounds odd), just in case ya want yer privacy… but thanks so much for a lovely afternoon ladies! I had a fan*tea*bulous time :)

Tina S.

We are Borg . . .

Indigobloom

LOL from my mind to your mine>>>

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83

I think I underleafed this!! It was so light, and didn’t really wake me up… the mango was def there. Now I regret adding that tiny swirl of agave because it seems to have entirely covered up the yerba flavour. I’ll rate it next time!!
Mucho thanks Tina S for hooking me up with this batch :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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89
drank Assam Tarajulie by The Tea Haus
1564 tasting notes

This is tasty! and malty, but light. Almost smoky in the malt aspect, and marshmallow like. At first it was a little plain, almost like every other black tea I’ve had recently… but then I added some agave and milk and it really brought the unique parts out.
So yes! I’m quite enjoying this cuppa. Thank you Tina S for sharing! you totally just made my morning (had a little tiff with someone, so needed a pick-me-up!)
Oh and it’s a little high on the astringency. I don’t mind that but if you aren’t one to like the sour notes in straight teas, maybe sit this one out.

Tina S.

hugs Glad to have brought you a bright spot when you needed it!

Indigobloom

aww thanks Tina! Hugs back!!

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95

This is… I can’t believe.. I… ack, this tea is beyond words!!!
Smoky and floral and rich, sweet and malty and bold… all balanced so perfectly that whoever crafted this must have used scales imported from Zeus.
Big thank you to SimplyJen for the generous sample!!!!!!!!
This is actually the second time I’ve had a cuppa. My first was so overwhelming that I truly had no idea how to pen a review. I still feel that way now, but am managing to push through it.
The first cup I had with milk, and it went so well together… but this time, the balance felt ruined by a spot of dairy so I kept it naked. No additions required! I think because I used a little less leaf this time.
Funny, I’m not usually one to go for blended teas. I suppose there is an exception to everything!
thank you again SimplyJen! you rock!!

SimpliciTEA

I love the “I… ack”! It reminds me of the cartoon strip, Bloom County, I think it was called (here in the states, at least)? I think the author of the strip would sometimes use that expression for the cat?

Indigobloom

Hmmm I don’t know it SimpliciTea! but if I ever see it, you can be sure I’ll think of you :)

SimpliciTEA

I just searched the web, and here he is: Bill the Cat!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_the_Cat

I invite you to check out his most spoken sentiments mentioned in the first paragraph!

Angrboda

_This is… I can’t believe.. I… ack, this tea is beyond words!!! _

I love it when we get that reaction. :D

Indigobloom

ahh yes, maybe I have seen it before! though I never followed it. Perhaps I subconciously stole the Ack! haha

Indigobloom

Angroboda: hehe yes, isn’t that the best feeling ever?! I’ve been thinking about this tea for ages, every time I saw it in the reviews it sounded like something I’d like, but I just couldn’t picture how it’d taste… and now I’ve tried it, wow the reviews are so spot on!

SimpliciTEA

I too, am glad this tea knocked your socks off. I just checked out it’s listing on Steepster: 139 tasting notes! This must indeed be an amazing tea. I also like that they replace their standard symbol on the tin with one of Queen Katherine! This tea is definitely on my radar.

SimpliciTEA

Oh, and btw, I was not at all implying that you stole the …ack, I was merely thinking that great minds think alike!

Indigobloom

SimpliciTea, if you ever get yer hands on it, I guarantee it will be like nothing you’ve ever had before. oh and since I don’t carry much of any tea at one time I am thinking of trying to replicate it by mixing my own. We’ll see how that works! haha
I know you didn’t think that lol. To be honest, I think I borrowed the line from a friend who follows Calvin and Hobbes, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she got it from Bill the Cat!

Bonnie

After reading your review I hopped in my car and went to the Cupboard in Old Town where they sell lots of Harney & Sons thinking I’ve got to try this Queen Catherine after such a fine story… and as you say ACK! they had NONE! So I picked up some Harney…samples and some other’s and came ta’home. Sad but true. I’ll try elsewhere…determined.

Indigobloom

oh no!! Bonnie, that’s terrible. If you msg me your addy I can send you some!

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71
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
1564 tasting notes

Down down down the drain she goes… @
(because the “at” symbol kinda looks like a swirl, get it? yes I am a dork)
So… there was a day when I lurrrved this tea. Liquid bees, it didn’t sound all that appealing… but somehow it fit right into my cupboard.
And now? well whatever flavourings they used here are apparently don’t work for me. This is something I so did not expect!! :6
Half the cup went unfinished. Gosh that was painful to throw out!
Maybe one day I’ll be able to handle flavoured tea again. For now, it seems I must resign to either straight tea, or those with the simplest and most natural additions possible. Well, I suppose I should have known better than to even try. It’s such a shame, since I now have atleast 20g of it left in my cupboard! :/
(first come first serve to anyone who wants it! Lookin at you TO people!)

Erin

I love it but i’ve still got 100grams of it lol

Mercuryhime

I find that I have periods where I crave straight teas and anything else is just unappealing. And other times, I just want FLAVORS. So maybe one day you’ll like this tea again. :)

Indigobloom

yup, that happens to me sometimes to!! except with my current health status, I suspect it’ll be atleast six months… and Yerba tends to lose potency quickly so I figured it might as well find a good home now :)

Indigobloom

Erin: If you run out, let me know! though 100g is alot.

Erin

Will do :)

momo

haha you reminded me, in Italian the @ is called a chiocciola, which means snail!

Indigobloom

lol that makes sense, it does look like a snail!! haha

Daddyselephant

Oh man, I live for this tea, and I got my coworker addicted to it too. Anytime I makes a Davids run, it’s “What do you want?” “Honeybeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” XD.

I need to put together an at-home tea kit for her, so far she only grabs cups to go on workdays.

Mélissa

Honey flavored tea sounds weird to me.

Cattibrie

It doesn’t taste like honey to me. It tastes like a fuzzy bee. Ugh. I think this is one of those ones you love or hate. No middle ground.

Indigobloom

LOL Aisling. Maybe it’s worth it just to be able to say Honeybeeeeeeeee :P

Melissa: Have you ever seen the Lush Honey I Shrunk the Kids soap? It tastes just the way that soap smells. Heavenly!! well when there are no allergies involved lol

Cattibrie: I have to agree with you there. In fact, I find most of DT blends are like that!

C-chan

If no-one’s claimed it yet, I’d gladly take it off your hands. I find this is a great tea for when I’ve just arrived at school for a loooong day. I actually just ran out of the bit I did have too, so having more would be wonderful!

myspecialtea :)

if it’s still there i’m game as well…always good for a swap of course if you had another tea in mind, my cupboard is full with DT and other teas to enjoy- feel free to check my profile and message me, i’m north of TO ;)

Indigobloom

Oh no, how did I not see these notices?? they must have been lost in the frozen notice fiasco (I still have 29 of them waiting to be read but can’t access them)
This was snapped up quick. So sorry everyone :(

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83
drank Duplicate03059595 by Duplicate
1564 tasting notes

So. Low on the malty, but high on the tasty. Once I added a wallop of agave that is. and got over the fact that I let it steep for about 8 min, because stopping in the middle of a busy street to fish out a soggy tea bag is all kinds of awkward…
I was so jittery by the time my cup was empty, it lasted me all day. In fact, I can still feel it now.
But atleast it was better than the last time I tried this. Super satisfying in that amazing tea-high sorta way.
I am a little worried though. I read an article today, and saw a comment the other day (on one of my posts, but for some reason I can’t access the link that will show me the review so I can give the person credit! my apologies to whoever is owed!!) that made me think that maybe it’s not just me noticing the lack of maltiness in new Assam batches. Apparently there is a serious supply issue going on and the market seems to be readjusting. If it means a higher quality of life for those working the tea gardens, then I am all for it. I just wish it would happen sooner than later. For their sake, and ok a teeny bit mine as well!
Anyhow, here is a link to the article:
http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/tea-prices-to-rise2012supply-shortage-wage-hike_668440.html

Daniel Scott

Weird coincidence, I had this one this morning, too. And normally the caffeine affects me not a whit, but it actually did make me jittery for a couple of hours! I was quite surprised.

Indigobloom

huh, maybe this batch was particularly high on caffeine for some reason. I had the Dimbula from Teaopia this morning and didn’t get any particular high at all.

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88

MMmmmmmmmmminty!!
Ever since I tried Moroccan Mint as a sample not long ago, I’ve been craving it. Badly! So when I saw that Tea Emporium carries some, my feet walked me there against my will, I kid you not! I told them, please take me back to the office or I’ll be late for work. My wallet and cupboard can’t handle this purchase!!! but off they went, taking me to the shop where my feet then handed off to my tongue, who did the work of ordering 50g. Really?! How do I not have control over this???
Anyhow. The tea itself is pretty good. Nothing compared to the sample I had, which would have easily scored 100.
I was pleasantly surprised when I experienced no nausea. It makes sense that I didn’t, but I wasn’t sure if hoping would jinx my chances. The mint is very strong, which I quite enjoy…. but it’s also a bit spicy the way spearmint can be. A little too much. However I think peppermint would be sweet in a bad way when mixed with gunpowder, so this is def the better option.
Oh and I can tell ya now… this will take forever to use up, since it only requires 1/2 tsp per cup! and with my penchant for resteeping, well it’s gonna be awhile before this is decupboarded :)
The first steep was amazing when it was hot… but since it is a green, well it didn’t stay piping for long. As it cooled, just a hint of abrasion came out. I think the mint actually became stronger.
The second infusion was more of the same, only a tad greener and less minty, obviously.
Then on the third infusion, the mint was overtaken somewhat by the natural sweetness of gunpowder that I’ve heard comes out in later steepings. and that is as far as I got because a) I was outta time at work, and b) that background sweet note (different than the one mentioned above) that I so dislike was starting to peek out and I wanted to avoid a confrontation!
So overall… This is just what I was looking for!! Sure, it could have been smoother but hey I’ll take it.
Also, in Morocco they actually serve this with sugar so I’m contemplating adding some next time just to see what its like!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Cheryl

(chuckles) bad feet!

Indigobloom

yes, bad bad feet! ugh, and working in collusion with my tongue, entirely bypassing my sense of will. Urgh, one day I’ll learn their secret :P

ChibiiCherry

Those darn feet…I know that feeling especially when they work together with my tongue to bypass my common sense =P sounds like a delightful tea though

Indigobloom

It is quite nice! I could send you some if you’re up for a swap :)

ChibiiCherry

I would not be opposed – it would be my first swap =)

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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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