1660 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1660 tasting notes

Holy buckwheat batman!!
this was amaaaazing. but different than the last sample I had. More doughey and rich, wheras the other one had some chocolate notes. Hmmm.
I did four steeps. The first two were more or less the same, all buckwheat and molasses sweet, whereas the third and fourth were more like sweet buns. Very sweet buns! and I don’t mean like the kind Alex O’Loughlin has (Hawaii Five-O) ;)
Thank you SO much Bonnie for the sample!!!!! I really adore this tea!

Bonnie

I love this yam blam tea all malty sweet with cream too!

Scott B

Is this the Autumn harvest version?

Indigobloom

ummm yes I think it is Scott! I should change it over the other one…
Bonnie: Mmmmm yes, it is yam like isn’t it?!? I heart me some yam!

Kashyap

Isn’t it creamy, buttery nutty, buckwheat, chocolate nummy?

Bonnie

No, this is the new one and less chocolatey. By the way, it’s in the chai blend which is sooo fantastic!

Indigobloom

Kashyap, Bonnie is right. The last harvest was very chocolatey. This is more bakey and yam like. Still amazing though!
Bonnie: that’s next on my list! I am SO looking forward to it :P

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Thank you Azzrian for this sample!! this was a great experience :)

When I saw it in the package, I got really excited about comparing it to the Strawberry pancake.
Surprisingly they are very different teas. This one is more floral. I felt as if it was a strawberry perfume scent and taste, whereas the pancake tea had a texture of cake in it somehow.
As it cooled though, I got some strong underlying jasmine notes. Eeeeeek, not my thing! even steeped at under three minutes, it was far too strong in the scent for my liking and I wasn’t able to finish the cup.
Oh well, it was fun trying it out! I really enjoyed the experience!! thanks again Azzrian :)

Azzrian

You are very welcome! I find I prefer this one iced more. Uggg I should have made note of that for you. Still I don’t know if it would have helped with the jasmine or not. Did I send enough for you to try iced?

Indigobloom

oh yah, I can try it iced for sure!
I usually try a tea hot before I try it iced anyhow. I’m typically not an iced girl but strawberry green sounds great iced!

Indigobloom

had this again yestertoday. Goes REALLY well with dark chocolate (70%). Still need to try it iced!!

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So after my last tea-mare, I really needed something light and refreshing. Well, this certainly did the trick!!
Thank you so much to Kristaleyn for the sample!
I really like this one. It’s so light that I didn’t get any nausea from the phenols at all, and the flavour is spot on! Strawberries! and pancakes! Yummmmmm.
With some raw agave syrup, everything really popped. This particular agave is very molasses like, so it worked perfectly to bring out the pancake note.
Again, the flavour is light all around, but I quite like it that way. Tasty!!
Thanks again Kristaleyn :)

Kittenna

Yay! Glad you liked it :) I was pleasantly surprised by this one. A happy mix-up in my order, truly.

Indigobloom

I know right?!? serendipity :P

CHAroma

Nausea from phenols?

Indigobloom

It’s a working theory I have. My random google searches tell me that nausea is associated with phenols, and since green tea has phenols… well, I figured that must be why. I haven’t found any solid proof but it seems to fit! also, if I brew my green tea at a slightly higher temp, it seems to burn some of it off. Or if it’s been roasted, like a Hogicha.

CHAroma

Hmm, weird. Well I’m sorry to hear certain teas make you feel nauseous. I’m glad you liked this one though! It is good.

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drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
1660 tasting notes

Thank you Kristaleyn for this sample!! and Azzrian? I think I got some from both of you :)

Unfortunately though, this tea is not for me. I could barely finish a few sips, let alone the cup. Forget a second steep!
Something about this tea just makes me ill. Not in an allergy way. More in a can’t handle the flavour sortof tummy protest.
Now bear in mind… I don’t like smoked ham. Yep, bacon and I… we’ve never gotten along.
Even with milk and sugar this wasn’t palatable :(
So I won’t rate this. I can’t decide what would be a fair rating…
and I am super grateful to have tried this. You win some you lose some right?

Azzrian

I think I had sent all mine to Krystaleyn or maybe it was Dylan and Missy? I don’t know but I know I sent mine off. I didn’t like it either but I think Dylan did? Maybe? LOL I agree with you though I could not hack it either.

Missy

Hehe we got the chocolate mayan chai stuff and that stuff was excellent!

Azzrian

Indeed I remembered you got that and loved it – hummm maybe it was missy who got this. Or someone else lol who knows I can’t remember what I did an hour ago.

Azzrian

See I meant Krystalyn. Mind officially lost.

TeaBrat

this one sounds a bit weird to me too but I am starting to like lapsang! not sure about the maple…

Missy

Minds are optional!

Kittenna

Hahaha, yes Azzrian, this sample was from you, passed on to Indigobloom. Wasn’t my favourite so I passed some along. I did keep some to try with maple syrup & a pinch of salt though, as I think I’ve seen recommended on here.

Indigobloom

I think I’ll pass the rest of this one on as well, if I can find any takers… hope you don’t mind!
Mayan chai sounds really good though

Bonnie

I like this for adding lapsang souchong to!

Bonnie

I like this for adding lapsang souchong to!

Bonnie

what happened…it posted twice…I ain’t twins!

Azzrian

Hey I say pass along until it finds its PROPER home :)

Indigobloom

hahahha for every tea there is a home :P

Bonnie

Except for….CARROT CAKE! bleh…bleh…bleh!

Indigobloom

LOL well yes, that tea is homeless! poor tea…

Kittenna

Apparently my sister doesn’t find it too bad! Anyways, I totally don’t care if people pass along teas I send to them. Sometimes you just don’t get a hit!

Indigobloom

awesome! well if I can’t find a good tummy for it to fill, to your sisters it goes :)

Azzrian

What is so bad about this carrot cake? I mean carrot cake sounds great too bad it was not good.

Indigobloom

LOL well… check out the reviews. I will let you decide. I haven’t tried more than a tiny sample at the local store so I can’t really comment!
http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/21568-carrot-cake

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100
drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
1660 tasting notes

PUDDING!! this tea… it’s heaven. Heaven in a cup. I feel as if I just enhaled a bucket full of mouth watering vanilla pudding! and a fraction of the calories. yeah baby!
Now, I’m not normally a fan of vanilla. In most cases, it’s enough to turn me off a tea! but for whatever reason… in this case, it is amazing. ahhhhhmazing!! The nougat must be laced with a slice of heaven. I tell ya…
Oh and it tastes creamy, oh so very creamy and sweet! without adding anything at all! Nope, I took this one straight up, and it’s still getting this rating from me. My first 100 folks! in 500+ reviews, this is my first perfect score. THAT is how much I love this blend.
This was my to go cup after my meet n swap, but the next time I swing by this shop, I am SO getting a tin. Oh yes, I need five tins! twenty!!!
The other thing that impresses me here is that I was able to leave my bag in and it never got sour or bitter. The guy at the shop mentioned that to me, and at first I was skeptical, but now… well I am a believer!!
Tsaa, how were you around for almost 2 years and I’m just finding you now!?

Dylan Oxford

Clicking on their shipping page does nothing :(

Missy

I really must get some of this tea. I’m going to start a tea mafia. I’ll launder enough tea to get this one. You in with me?

Indigobloom

Dylan: I know, I saw!! :(
but you email them maybe they can help?
Missy: LOL yes, I am IN!! we should get a code word :P

Cheryl

It’s funny how reviews like this will send us all on a google search (me included). EnablersRUs. Lucky for my budget, rooibos and are aren’t besties. Will await everyone else’s reviews : )

Cheryl

and * I *

Bonnie

Count me in! I’m Bonnie who’s Clyde? (Tea Mafia)

Azzrian

I’m down! Sounds AMAZING!

Indigobloom

Cheryl: I hear ya. Rooibos, she’s a tricky one! yes, I am genderizing tea :P
Bonnie: LOL I’ll be Clyde!!!
This here’s Miss Bonnie Parker. I’m Clyde Barrow. We tea shops.
Azzrian: omg, amazing is not a big enough word!!!

TheTeaFairy

Wow, now a huge fan of vanilla teas, but you have me DROOLING over this one!!

Yogini Undefined

Just spoke to them, and they didn;t know the shipping link wasn`t working, so they`re going to update it. When I spoke to the guy on the phone, he said he thought there was a promo for Canadian customers to have free shipping over $50. I asked him what about US customers but he thought they would have to pay regular shipping fees. He really wasn`t too sure what was going on. He suggested checking out their twitter but I told him it hasn`t been updated since December 26 2011 ;) I didn`t see anything on FB either. I told him to check out Steepster and he said he knew about it ;)

Azzrian

So are you saying this is going to be hard to get? Maybe we need to do a bulk buy and then divi it up amongst ourselves?

Infusin_Susan

I think I need this too. Anyone wants to do a bulk buy, drop me a line — I’ll contribute!

Indigobloom

oh wow, this is awesome to come home to!!
So I think we are doing a bulk order? I’m fine with organizing it, though I won’t have much time till after my exam on May 5th.
maybe we should start a discussion in the forum before this gets too complicated lol

Azzrian

That is a good idea!

Kittenna

I must admit, I tried a bit of this tea from Indigobloom ‘s cup and although it was good, I didn’t think it was amazing. BUT it did smell delicious, and I was a) overheating and stressed, b) not in a rooibos mood, and c) I tried it before it had probably even steeped for three minutes. Which admittedly is rather short for a rooibos in the first place!

(Sooooooo that being said, if you pick some up Indigobloom , I’ve love if you hung onto a sample size for me to try out myself :D)

Daniel Scott

Wow, okay, I tried getting the Shipping Information page to come up by typing “shipping_information” at the end of the URL, since all of their pages seem to be easily named like that. It sent me back to the home page! I tried a few other variations too, like just “shipping,” and “shipping_info” and got the same thing. Is that ever buggered!

Indigobloom

Kristaleyn: but of course!! you’ll be getting a sample to be sure :P
Daniel: They are a startup… I’m willing to forgive them for now! but if they don’t shape up… I will be sad!
Azzrian: :)

CHAroma

Their search function doesn’t work at all either…

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80
drank White Pear by Tsaa
1660 tasting notes

So today, I met up with a Steepsterite!! what fun! :D
We went to this shop on the Danforth called Tsaa. They’re new in town, maybe 1.5 yrs old but oh man is the place ever cute!! plenty of seating, though it does get pretty busy… and a fireplace! love it!
Tsaa is family owned, so they are super friendly. We chatted for a long time about the different teas. I will definitely be back there soon.
As for the tea, this one was pleasant. Smooth. The pear wasn’t very strong, but it was distinct. The white tea was nice and round, I quite enjoyed how light it was.
Not one I will buy, but very pleasant overall. Oh and now that I am looking back, I wish I had added a pinch of sugar to see where the pear went. Oh well, next time!

Bonnie

Uh, I think someone is doing a mind control on us. You, Krystaleyn and I just did Pear Tea reviews!

Kittenna

Haha, it maaaay have been out of *Indigobloom*’s cup from which I sampled :D

It was like that time that I had three Red Leaf matcha reviews on my dashboard in a row!! All by different people, too! None of which was (surprisingly), aisling of tea!

Indigobloom

ah yes, I think there’s some matcha fever going ’round!
Pears must be a spring thing. I know I have it on the brain! :)

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95
drank Wild Blueberry by Tealish
1660 tasting notes

Wow. So this is the tea that I had purchased from Tealish, which ended up going rancid on me. When I let them know, the company was so gracious and sent me a brand new bag, with some samples to boot! Now, not only am I impressed with their customer service, but their tea as well!!
About the tea:
This must have been reblended. The other review here mentions an overwhelming hibby note, but I don’t see it in the blend, nor do I taste any at all in the tea. It’s not at all sour. Perhaps too many people mentioned the hibs and they took note? shrugs
The tea itself is very pungent. The blueberries smell like something mildly fermented, which I suppose could be the beginnings of the rancidness I experienced last time.
Steeped, I get that same intense fermented note. Adding a teaspoon of sugar helps though.
But… What really blew my socks of, was when I added a dash of milk. It now tastes like a blueberry danish! I am in awe!!
Made that way, I do believe I have found my new fave rooibos tea. Oh yes, this is staying in my cupboard permanently. Mmmmmmmm.

Scott B

You know what might go great with blueberry? A teaspoon of real maple syrup.

Indigobloom

huh, Scott you may be on to something there! I’ll try it next time for sure :P

Scott B

Cool :) Love to hear how it turns out.

TeaBrat

very nice customer service!

Indigobloom

I’ll review it that time, for sure!
Amy: It really is!! I’ll be a customer for life now :)

TheTeaFairy

I ordered from tealish only once about a year ago, and I am sorry to say I was unimpressed with the bunch I tried. But the recent reviews I’ve read, especially from you Indigobloom, makes me want to give it another shot, mmm this one is also on my list, they seem to have a very nice new selection of rooibos… and no matter how good a product might be, outstanding customer service is often the deciding factor me. Just great the way they handled your request :)

Indigobloom

yeah Tealish can be hit or miss. But I find that about most places anyhow!
Yep, customer service… the cornerstone of small business! :)
Seriously, I will keep going there til the end of time. Really friendly staff, and they’re ok with letting me smell every tea on the shelf before making a decision to!!! ha.

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Oh wow, pistachio icecream!!! YUMMY!!!!!
Thank you to Bonnie for sharing some with me!
Now this is a white tea I can enjoy. It tastes just like pistachio icecream, it’s spot on! I even get the creaminess. and nuts, I definitely get alot of nutty cream. Mmmmm.
Now, I am not the biggest fan of pistachio icecream, but I wanted so badly to try this one because all the reviews are so enticing. And you know what… this is actually perfect. Since I don’t really like the real dairy version, and I’m not supposed to have it anyhow… well, this is just as good! so no calories or dairy, and all the flavour! ha!
My only wish is that more of the white tea came through. It’s all but hidden.
So off I go to make my third infusion!
EDIT: third steep is amaaaaaaazing. So delicate and nutty!! boosting the rating a few points.
Thanks again Bonnie, you rock!!!

Bonnie

It’s on sale I think it was $3.50 for 1oz.

Indigobloom

oh that’s a great price!!
thx for the heads up :D

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79
drank Strawberry Banana by Unknown
1660 tasting notes

Thank you so much to Azzrian for the sample!! love it!
The flavours in this one are unique. I’m not sure what the base is, but I taste alot of roastedness. Maybe even a Brazilian tea sortof note. Earthy like. It’s pleasant, but a little biting as well.
I am getting some banana, underneath that. I do like banana. Yum!! but I can’t seem to find the strawberry, even with sugar, and some milk.
There is a hint of something fruity beyond banana, but whether that is strawberry or not I can’t say.
Bah, it’s tasty nonetheless. Thanks again Azzrian!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Azzrian

Your welcome – that one came from an Etsy seller.

Indigobloom

nice. an entrepreneurial tea!! good to support the underdogs :P

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I… don’t know what to think… It’s good, I think? I mean, I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t call this a “tea” necessarily. It’s powderized, so in my head it just doesn’t match up with what I know as Camellia Sinensis.
Anyhow, I did enjoy my cup. This is just like milky bubbletea! only a bit more burnt tasting. Is it possible to burn powder? I guess I can burn the sugar.
The creamy and malty part was really nice, but there was a touch too much sweetness for my liking.
Overall, I’d say it was pretty good. In fact, I’d keep it in my cupboard if it didn’t give me tummy issues afterwards! which is why I am lowering the rating some. Never again. Yikes.

Azzrian

Hummm this is interesting stuff. Don’t know if I would want to try some of that or not. Is this an online purchase?

Indigobloom

It was given to me as a sample. She said it was found at the local grocery store.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I would try this sounds interesting, i found some on amazon they have all kinds of weird powdered tea/coffee drinks, White Coffee even, i never heard of that.

Azzrian

GOing to amazon!!! MUAAAHHHHAHAHAA

Kittenna

Noooo, not the dreaded tummy issues! :(

Indigobloom

Tommy: good to know! It’s tempting to keep it around for my niece. Thanks for investigating!
Azzrian: LOL do it!!
Kristaleyn: I know… but they were manageable, maybe bc it was cushioned by my lunch!

DaisyChubb

When I was dating my Chinese boyfriend, we drank this sort of milk-tea all the time from his mom’s cupboard. She had tons of kinds, and it was nice! All of the flavours pretty much tasted the same to be honest haha

Indigobloom

DaisyChubb: there are different brands!? I must get to the asian grocery to investigate!! even if I don’t end up buying, I am curious :P

Tina S.

I’m curious. If in your head powderized means it isn’t really tea, what are your feelings towards matcha since it is powdered as well.

Azzrian

I put it in my cart – holding off on another tea order right now but it is there for my IMPULSE BUYING DAY! lol too many medical bills right now though.

Indigobloom

RED ROSE: I’m undecided on matcha. I’ve had some bad experiences with it. Nausea. Jitters. Fishiness. Then again I’ve only ever tried the Davids and Starbucks version, and a few store bought ones. Red Leaf seemed ok.

BIGELOW: I love Milk Oolong. Should I avoid that as well??

Indigobloom

Azzrian: Tea/retail therapy, tis good for the soul! :P

Tina S.

I wasn’t asking what your views were, although they are interesting, but if you considered it real tea since that was what turned you off of this one.

Dylan Oxford

So… back to the your regularly scheduled programming…

The Asian groceries do carry a lot of the ‘3-in-1’ products. I’ve never tried the tea ones, to be honest, but it’s really the only type of instant coffee that I enjoy. Although, I should mention it has been YEARS since I’ve drank instant coffee, so the technology and the flavor could have improved quite a bit since then.

The brand I usually buy now is the Trung Nguyen G7 3-in-1 (showing here: http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Cappuccino-Coffee-Irish-20-sticks/dp/B002RX53R8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335103398&sr=8-2).

Although, it’s been a while since I’ve had to buy any, my Vietnamese friend at work keeps a fairly solid supply :)

Dylan Oxford

Years since I’ve drank other instant coffee. Darn word just up and left my sentence on his own volition.

Indigobloom

LOL Dylan, that happens to me ALL the time!!! silly Steepster, discarding our words for no good reason!
My parents drink instant coffee. Folgers is their brand I think. I’ve never been a fan personally, but it looks like the kind you like is flavoured. I could get behind that! if I drank coffee anymore that is.
and thanks for getting us back on track :)

Daniel Scott

Bigelow, I have only ever drank one Lapsang Souchong, and I gave it a low rating because it gave me an asthma attack, a headache and nausea. I also noted in my review that the taste notes I picked up were interesting, but that I flat-out couldn’t handle drinking more than half a cup to find out more about them. Should I not have done that, or should I have given a high rating to a tea that made me physically ill?

I suppose you could make the argument that I should not have rated it at all, but I don’t see why not. The ratings are meant to be an overall reflection of everyone’s experiences with the tea, no? I think people are capable of reading reviews and deciding for themselves what info is relevant to them.

Indigobloom

Daniel Scott: I agree, this is a place where people come to get the opinion of everyone who wishes to share their thoughts. In one’s review, they have every right to state their opinion and rate the tea as they see fit. Personally, I appreciate notes like that, because it keeps me aware of potential issues. For instances, my friend who has asthma, and loves tea, now I will think twice about giving him a Lapsang to try! alcohol sets him off, so I think smoked tea would as well (even more so)

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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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