1392 Tasting Notes

90

Not bad not bad!
More rosy this time, I think, and yet still chocolatey… not as smooth though.
Oh, and I tried it with milk. Nicer than I expected! It reminds me of what I imagine Earl Grey tastes like to the normal folk out there- the EG I so fervently wish I could partake in!
So…. I’ve made myself a compromise. Henceforward, in my mind, this is an “Indigobloom Early grey” :)

MaddHatter

Yay, for finding an “Earl Grey” for you!!

Indigobloom

hehe thx! I’m craving it again already- odd for me, I’ll go through my whole stash and still find myself wishing for something else :P

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79

meh. In fact, double meh!
This was not good. Hot, I got very little flavour. As it cooled, I found some “oolong”, but it came along with that tell-tale bergamot nausea… (for those who don’t follow me, I have a negative sensitivity towards it) and then finally near the end of the cuppa, it got better. Not by any means good, but better.
There are very few things I could really say about the flavour, being so bland. I do recall some mild nuttiness, and a few bitter moments but nothing that made any sort of lasting impression.
If I try this again and get those same results… I’ll lower the score some more, but for now I shall lower it to a humble 77. I was so looking forward to an oolong this AM. If only it had been more like the first time I sampled this tea!!

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81

This was just what I needed!! ahhhhhh. I have a Golden Monkey at the office, but somehow chocolate notes in my tea didn’t feel right so I trekked out to the shop. Going in, I had no idea what to order…
After two flavoured teas, I so badly wanted a plain, black tea with no frills, some maltiness, and yet light accents of natural sweetness. Assams at Teaopia hadn’t done me well recently, so this was naturally the default- I must remember to thank the girl for reminding me about this one!!!
Anyhow, long story short, I was so very sad and tea-lonely when my cup was empty.
Sidenote: On the way, I almost bought this really cute pair of boots/shoes. If they’re there when I hit the shop again on Thursday, I’ve decided that fate wants me to have them!! and it won’t be superfluous spending, Fall is coming and I do need some shoes :P

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97
drank Whisky White by DAVIDsTEA
1392 tasting notes

I accidentally oversteeped this! Egad!!
Not a good thing to do with this tea, that really does ruin the flavour when it sits for too long.
I didn’t get as much “whisky” flavour this time around. It was good, but I’ve had better steeps of this one. My bad *sighs
Oh, but I did do a second steep, and when it was still hot… I had a few sips of overwhelming peach!!! I’ve never seen that particular aspect present itself so strongly in this tea before. Who knew??
By the time it had cooled, the peach was well and gone of course. I wonder if I do more steeps next time, will I get an entire cup of peach? Hmmm. Usually, I don’t make it past two, maybe three… Me thinks I need to push atleast four!

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88
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
1392 tasting notes

Thanks Aisling of Tea!!! for sharing this with me :)
I had some of this after arriving at work. While it was tasty, it’s been awhile since I’ve had it, and I guess the “pu’erh” part has settled in more, and I can really taste it now. I’m undecided as to how I feel about that, given my stormy history with Pu’erhs.
I can certainly understand why some may find it offputting. Somehow though, in this tea, I don’t mind that part so much. I think the cinnamon cuts it just right.
However, I made this sans any sugar…. but with milk. Next time, I think some agave is in order. Not sure about the milk.
So… while this is still a great tea, I need to find it’s sweet spot. Also, the fact that it does better with some extra sugar brings it down a few notches, from 95 to 88. Still pretty fantastic in my books :)

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92
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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backlog!!!
I’d entirely forgotten about this… I finally managed to try this iced!
And yes, it was indeed quite yummy. It tastes even more like gelato this way :)
Of course, I still prefer it hot.
Now, do I want to repurchase this? Kindof. I only purchased a sample size. It is not an essential for me, but then I really really like this one. Only… I promised myself that until I make a sizable dent in my already enormous supply, I shan’t purchase any more tea :(

MaddHatter

I know what you mean! I am also learning that I need to purchase two small tins from somewhere that I can use as “travel tins” because I keep taking tea to work and forgetting it there over the weekend! GASP!

I want more of this, but it is a green tea thus not a huge favourite

Indigobloom

lol I hear ya. I’ve got two workplaces! so rather than try and cart them around, I tend to keep a separate stash at every place I frequent (home, and work). Now that I have my kettle, and can actually brew tea at my second job, it should be interesting to see if that arrangement still works!

Indigobloom

oh and yeah… except Dragonwell, and the coconut green from teaopia, I don’t enjoy green as much as I want to

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81

I’m not sure if this is the same “Tao of Tea” as I noticed there were two in the library…
Either way, I only have a sample of this, and I think it will stay that way! The Lapsang I tried at Teaopia remains my favourite.
This one, it was good, for the most part. I think. I’d have to play around with it before declaring it unworthy, and only in comparison. I did quite enjoy the flavour, which is the main point of a tea in my books, thus giving this one it’s relatively high rating despite all my moaning about it.
But there is something missing. The other ones I’ve tried have a depth and smoother base.
Also, I used this as a marinade for my roast pork. Not being a fan of roast anything, it was just ok… (stringy meat? no thanks!) but my parents love it so that’s what we had in the house *sighs
Next time, I’ll make it into a gravy.

Geoffrey Norman

I loved this Lapsang. It has “notes” of lava-burned chocolate.

Indigobloom

Hmmm, I didn’t get that at all! but then the shop owner told me that his shop is the only location… so maybe it is an independent.

seule771

I have yet to try Lapsang Souchong, but I am looking to try some one day. I had seem some at two stores I visited and missed on buying them; I opted for something else; always making the wrong choice.

At least I know where to acquire them.

Indigobloom

Seule: It’s a unique tea, to be sure. I can send you a sample if you like but the one I have is not the best to go by…

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90

So I experimented with this somewhat. Brewing this at 84 degrees, it seems, is not the best way to go!
It’s still pretty darn good, but there is a certain plasticky taste that comes out at this temperature. Definitely better at a higher temp. I need to experiment some more…
(It doesn’t help that the cavity my dentist filled last month is throbbing with every sip! I need to ask him about that.)
Oh, and the lapsang I made yesterday is lending some smoky notes here as well. It’s certainly interesting! and resilient to, even after a good scrubbing I can still taste it.

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90

Why oh why did I splurge on this? I certainly do not regret my purchase, it was ahhhhmazing!!!!! but really, my wallet sighs every time I enter that shop!
Maybe this tea was calling to me. It smells like a rose garden in heaven, intensely floral and sweet and mmmmmmmm.
I was a little worried that it’d turn me off the way bergamot does, so I’m very grateful that it didn’t!
Steeped, it’s still incredibly floral. The taste is less so. I do wish that there was more rose but I also over-steeped it, and thus it’s possible I drowned the rosey part.
Besides the rose, I’m getting a strong chocolate note. Given that this is a Chinese black tea, I understand why!
Next time I brew it, hopefully the chocolate will be less dominant but it seems to me that it’d have a stronger profile than something floral in most any tea (except maybe bergamot which I can’t indulge anyhow)
The second steep of this was even less floral, but smoother and milder in the chocolate sense as well.
It reminds me of the Golden Monkey I have from Tao of Tea, only less harsh. Also, I’m tempted to see how this would fare iced. I suspect the cocoa would do nicely there, and that’s coming from a tea-freak who generally dislikes iced drinks.
and the rating? I’m tempted to lower the score from the 95 I want to give it, because the rose isn’t all that strong in the flavour… but then, I need to give it a few steeps and play around with it first. Either way, I’m in love. Fitting isn’t it? Roses, and love… this should be my Valentines tea, if I have any left by then!

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90
drank Rise N Shine by Teaopia
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I don’t know why I splurged on this, I have a tiny bit of it left at home… but I wasn’t in the mood for much else. bah.
It was good, nice and thick. This is the only tea I enjoy that way, so it makes sense that I enjoy it more when they make it in the shop.
The cola is so uplifting. I just love smelling the cup as it cools!
and did the shop girl add agave?? it’s very sweet on it’s own without any adds. Anyhow, I was thinking about refilling my stock but now I think I need to hold off. After having a tea around for awhile, I tend to get tired of it and this was one of my first. The rating still holds of course!
Everything blends together so nicely, I’ll always have a soft spot for this one :)

MaddHatter

This makes me willing to risk the injustice of poor customer service just to try it…

Indigobloom

ahhh, do it!
The shop out by you must be really different, the ones near me are great for that. If I do replace it, I’ll definitely send you some!

MaddHatter

I think I might skip the store on Fort St and just hit the one in Mayfair Mall instead

Indigobloom

either way, I look forward to seeing your review! :)

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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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