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92

Second steep:
this one might just be better than the first!! wow. I’m so impressed… I don’t even know where to begin. I love how the woodsiness blends right into the hint of maltiness. If only the taste was stronger, then I would dump all my other teas and mainline this one!
I’ve decided that I really do enjoy this better with the milk. Without, it has a noticeable pepper aspect to it, and since I don’t really love pepper… the milk really cuts down on it, and I enjoy the milkiness anyhow!

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92

Oh my goodness!!! so light, so different, so delicate… so tasty…
I think I may have used a little too much leaf or perhaps not enough water as it’s a little bitter, but otherwise, this goes so far beyond my expectations, I’m not sure where it lands!
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of the “woodsy” flavour, but I find that with foods I generally dislike, the cream of the crop will still be amazing for me. Licorice candy, for instance. I always disliked it, but then had some gourmet version of it, and wow, it blew me away.
That is how I feel about this tea.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I “enjoy” woodsy teas, but there you have it.
Oh, and I know it’s terrible of me, but I tried half a cup with milk and I daresay I loved that even more! the fine, light and meadowy characteristics still come out, only it’s also milky.
I could drink this all day. No tea has ever given me such pleasure!
If it was a tad maltier, that would push it up to 100 for me… that, and perhaps more controlled water temperature.
ya can’t have everything right? There has to be something left to dream for…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
teawing

I love darjeelings, first flush especially. There is a depth to them…
I may have to get some of this.
Extra malt for me too please!

Indigobloom

hey, how did I not see this comment before!?
I just tried this again at a lower temp and it really brings out the roundness! not really malty, but that is what assam is for! :P

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84
drank White Rhino by The Tea Emporium
1258 tasting notes

This was a tea making disaster! I had no whisk but desperately wanted to try some of this… as I LOVE green matcha but can’t handle the jitters that come with it, so had hoped to find an alternate.
This rating will likely get bumped up when I try it proper- or rather, I really hope it does.
I used nearly a whole teaspoon in one mug, and as expected it came out rather lumpy. and bitter!!! nearly two teaspoons of agave later, it was just barely palatable.
However, very satisfying! I had a few “ahhhh” moments here. Once it settled down into the bottom of course, it wasn’t so tasty anymore. I added more water to keep mixing it up (the fork failed at whisking) but eventually there was no helping it and I poured half a mug down the drain :(
I feel bad for having wasted so much of the precious powder. I know much better now… lesson learned.

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71
drank Honey Bee by DAVIDsTEA
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Iced this time!!
Not bad, not bad at all. Almost better, I daresay, than it was hot… which surprises me because I am not usually one for taking my teas iced. We were on our way to dinner so I wanted something that would keep in case I didn’t finish in time to sit down, or else I would have gone with a hot one, of something else.
Anyhow, the sales lady added some agave. Between that, and the iced factor, it almost eliminated that wearing sensation from the mate I often notice and mellowed out the flavour. Interesting, because I would have assumed that agave would aggravate that feature. I’m glad I listened to her suggestion!
Oh, and I tried some Exotica iced. SO GOOD! I need to pick me up some of that— when I pare down my existing supply that is. (yeah right, good luck with that!)

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83
drank Masala Chai by Teaopia
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I tried this in the store this morning… and while I’m glad to have tried it, I wish I had ordered something else.
See, Chai is a tricky tea for me. I will love it or hate it, and this one definitely landed in the dislike category. It was still drinkable, but certainly not something I would ever choose for myself again.
The spices were ok, I could definitely taste the cinnamon but the cardamom and cloves were bullies and took over, which left me with an odd, minty aftertaste. I don’t see anything mint-like in the description, but I think that’s a product of the tea base and cardamom teaming up on my taste buds. It makes me wonder if they used an asian base, as there was also something oddly watery about it.
Also, I couldn’t really taste much of the tea part, unless I am right and they did use a Chinese black. My favourite chais have at the very least, a moment of “ahh there’s the tea!” and this one missed that mark.
Ah well! It smells great… and it was naturally sweet so points are given for that.
I just bought a first flush darjeeling from DT’s… so breakfast will be extra special tomorrow :)

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81

This is great!! so very smooth and just the right amount of bold. There is something (that I like) hanging in the background, like Gmathis said… buttered toast sounds about right! I was going to say toasted leaves, but toast is more apt.
It reminds me, in a way, of the note in pu’erhs that I keep hanging on to, that makes me think that I will find one I actually enjoy one day (besides cinnamon heart). I think it’s that toasted finishing note that brings me there.
The first half of the sip is rather subtle though. Watery, with just a hint of boldness. So contrary to the second half… It’s as if I took two different sips and cut them in half/switched ’em.
Either way, I am highly impressed!! :)

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec
aisling of tea

It’s been a while since I’ve tried it, so my tastes may have changed, but if not, I have some cinnamon heart that may go up for grabs…would you like it?

Indigobloom

sure, if you decide you don’t like it, I’d love to take it off your hands!

aisling of tea

Awesome! I’ve always felt a bit guilty about not liking it, now I don’t have to! .

Indigobloom

LOL I know exactly what you mean!! :)

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77
drank Dragonheart by Teaopia
1258 tasting notes

This was… well, it was different!
The bamboo was very nutty and left an odd vegetal aftertaste in my mouth… it reminded me of asparagus or some other vegetable I can’t quite place.
Also, this tea was very thick. I found that it caught in my throat as I swallowed, right before the vegetal taste kicks in. It was almost as if my body was protesting the suggestion of liquid vegetable. ha!
I’m glad I tried it, but will definitely not be buying any of this one. I entirely missed out on the pomegranate to :(

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82

So, I tried this again and added some agave in hopes that it would drown/balance out that fake taste that bothers me in this tea. I know it’s the honeydew that gets me…
and it was definitely better. Maybe next time I’ll try this iced. I forgot this time. Oops! :/

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75

I had a cuppa omw to work this morning. It was remarkably similar to Lover’s Leap, but simply LESS in most every way. It was less bold, less fruity, less complex, less… everything! in fact, I found it to be rather plain and unmemorable. Maybe I didn’t leave the tea bag in for long enough, but it was in there for a good five minutes, probably longer. I added sugar as well, thank goodness or else it would have been more plain than red rose.
Maybe my expectations were too high. or maybe not, considering I would have traded this for a Tim’s tea if I’d had the opportunity. (not that I would have thrown out a serviceable brew!)

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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92

Oh yeahhhhh, this hits the spot :)
I remembered to add extra this time! and just for a change, some agave and milk. I think perhaps I was craving it because I missed out on spicy chocolate yesterday…
I’m getting quite a bit of astringency though, a little too much- a product of the extra leaves?? hmmm. Also, I’m definitely getting more of the roasted corn note here.

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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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Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)

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