1549 Tasting Notes

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drank Tangerine Dream by Teaopia
1549 tasting notes

Sumthin amiss ‘bout this one. I could have sworn there was Stevia in here, but then I don’t see any in the ingredients??
It was far to sweet, sickly so, for my liking. and I couldn’t taste much tangerine at all. More bubble gum than anything else.
It was drinkable atleast. No alarm bells set off anywhere. Atleast there is that :)

Daniel Scott

…Bubblegum? I LOVE bubblegum! takes note

Indigobloom

lol there is another tea of theirs, I can’t remember which, that is more bubblegummy. It’s one of the herbals though! :P

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Sandalwood!! that’s what I was missing. This was mostly a very smooth, drinkable Darjeeling… pretty standard. Except for that one piece I couldn’t identify. and now I know what it was!! huh. I need to try this again at a lower temp, see if it brings out the other parts more. I didn’t see much fruitiness or muscat. (el?)
By the third steep, it was still good, if not a little weak. I added some honey and it was perfection :)

ScottTeaMan

I rarely resteep Darjeelings, because most of the time the astringency is too sharp for me. ://

Indigobloom

really? I haven’t noticed that at all! but then that seems to be one of the things I lost with my health issues lately. (my ability to taste astringency)

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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UGH!!! I had so much love for this tea… and now… well see my previous note.
Sorry, I’m a little frustrated today. I miss you choco rocket!!!!!!!

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drank Sweet Orange by The Tea Haus
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Big thank you to Tina S for sharing!! I’m so glad I had a chance to try this.
So… the good news is that I saw my naturopath the other day and she thinks that once I get my health issues under control, this darned flavoured tea sensitivity I seem to have should subside. I really hope so :)
The bad news is that I could feel even this tea, with such minimal added “flavouring” getting at my allergy. Gah! 90% of the additives here are things I can easily handle. It’s the extracts and such that get me…
Anyhow, the tea.
It’s a nice tea, light on the orange but blending right in with the Ceylon OP. There is that same creamy orange aspect here as well… the one that I suspect I’d enjoy immensely if it weren’t for complicating factors!
Oh and it was pretty darn sweet, considering I didn’t add any sugar. I assumed that I would need to but when I took a test sip, found that it wasn’t necessary at all.
For anyone that enjoys mellow (but not distant) orange in their tea, I highly recommend this!!

Daniel Scott

If you don’t mind my asking, what are you allergic to?

Indigobloom

I don’t mind :)
So far, Bergamot, Jasmine, and Vanilla extracts. There are others but I’ve yet to pinpoint them. It only seems to apply with tea or coffee. When cooked, I have no issues with Vanilla!

Daniel Scott

..Yikes, that seems like it would limit your tea options significantly. Man, I grew up on Earl Grey, I’d be terribly sad to develop a bergamot allergy.

Indigobloom

oh I’ve never been able to enjoy an EG… it’s always tasted like dirty socks. I wish I could enjoy it but there are plenty of others I can have :)

Daniel Scott

Dirty socks! Haha, I can actually see that, despite liking Earl Grey, although I couldn’t tell you why.

Indigobloom

heh, don’t ask me how I know what dirty socks taste like. Well have cup of the Earl for me and try not to think of laundry :P

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drank Almond Rooibos by The Tea Haus
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Mmmmmmmmm heaven. Rooibos almond heaven!!! thanks Tina S for sourcing it!!
The rooibos comes out pretty strong here but then the almond has some serious voice, so I guess it balances out. I just wish it was a tad deeper- then I’d be obliged to give it a full 100!
As it stands, I added less than a teaspoon of light agave and it’s just perfect, if not a little light on intensity. (the rooibos is starting to get heavy so I couldn’t risk steeping longer)
Ovderall, I’m not sure which one I like more… the almond, or the mango I tried last night. Pfffffft. okay, def the almond. hands down!! who was I kidding…

Tina S.

grin Yay liking another one of your teas! dances

Indigobloom

does the Elaine
Hey I can dance like this after having great tea!! look away look away! :P

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drank Mango Mango Rooibos by Tea Haus
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This smells SO GOOOOOOD!!!
but sadly, as most teas do… it falls a bit short on flavour. This was expected of course! and with some extra agave will probably be solved- I added only a dash after all.
Don’t get me wrong, I definitely taste the mango. I’m just not sure this would make it to my “go to” pile once pouch is finished. It might grow on me yet. I haven’t ruled it out!
But the pretty yellow sunflower leaves are so nice to look at… Maybe I should just use this one as potpourri :P

Indigobloom

Thanks Tina for being my tea dealer!! ;P

Tina S.

grin Who me? I’m innocent . . . whistles

Indigobloom

that’s a guilty whistle if I ever heard one ;)

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Erm. Okay so if I had a good tea tasting weekend, today must have been miserable. So don’t stay away from this one cuz of my review, k folks???
Anyhow, I made it through four steeps. The first was incredible.
Flowers drizzled in honey having a party on my tongue. Oh yes, I was mightily impressed!
but then the second steep had a distinct and sharp bitterness about it that took me very much by surprise. The orchid honey note was still present, but hugged on both ends by a sharp vegetal bite. (I don’t think I burnt it, but I suppose it’s possible. I remember waiting atleast one minute, more likely three, before dunking my ceramic tea filter with the leaves in it)
Oh maybe I used too much leaf? I used my perfect tea spoon, and it was just slightly below the full mark. Except even after my last infusion, the leaves didn’t fully expand. Almost as if they didn’t have enough room?
Bah.
The third and fourth steeps were unremarkable, pretty standard for a greenish oolong… and touched by that sweet round aftertaste I find in later infusions of tea. I used to get it on the fifth or sixth steep, but now with my issues it seems to creep up earlier. I can’t say I like it, in fact I really can’t stand it. but then I can’t mention it either in a review because I doubt that it’s a true feature of the tea…
Anyone have any similar experiences? or not? I know it’s likely just me but I though I’d check!

Daniel Scott

I’m sorry, this is unrelated to the tea…but you have a spoon with measurements inside of it?

Indigobloom

no measurements, it’s just a sturdy spoon meant to help measure tea. It’s deep so shaky hands wont spill any! (like mine!!)

TeaBrat

If the water was too hot that could lead to some unwanted bitterness. I think oolongs are best at 180 F (you can translate that to C for me. ;-)

Daniel Scott

Butting in here, but it’s 82 degrees, Amy. :) And if you’re ever not sure about the temperature conversion, Google has this nifty feature in that the Google search bar will actually do a LOT of conversions for you! Go to Google and type in “180 degrees F” and see what comes up at the top of the page.

…It’s pretty slick. :)

Indigobloom

Amy: I agree!! but why would it show up on the second steep and not the first? also my thermometer doesn’t reach all the way into the mug so I have no way of determining the true temp. I usually end up just guessing…

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Wow!! thank you so much for the sample Tina! this is deeeeelish!!!
It’s just like my Kalahari from Teaopia, only creamy. and sweeter, with less agave!
It truly has the flavour of creamsicle/tangerines. The Honeybush is there to but it all blends so nicely together. Maybe because I steeped for only three minutes. I usually let rooibos go for longer except I was in a rush!
It makes me think of popsicles!

Tina S.

OMG I JUST SQUEED! I am sooooo happy you loved this. It really is a tea that I can’t live without in my cupboard for long.

Indigobloom

hehe it’s awesome, it really is!!

ChibiiCherry

Another one I’m going to have to try! I love creamsicles and I’ve become pretty won over by citrusy-type teas but I do like ones that are sweet! It being a rooibos is a plus =)

Indigobloom

Yes, I agree. Rooibos rocks :P
Creamsicles were never my fave but I would never turn one away. I prefer the more tart popsicles myself!

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drank Organic Ponmudi by The Tea Haus
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OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!
I GOT MY MALTY BACK!!!!!!!!!! This is SO big for me. I’ve missed it so soooooo very much. Oh maltiness, I could kiss you! a thousand muahs!!!!
I don’t know if this is permanent. and I am back to needing it with a dash of agave.
Nevermind that. Today is a gift from the tasting gods. sighs
This reminds me of an Assam, only a little milder and less naturally sweet. I’m not at the top of the game here, obviously… since Assam is on the farthest North Eastern corner of India, and Ponmudi is on the opposite, South West coast! Uhhh yah. There was a time when I could recognize the difference…
Bah! I’ll get there. If this is any indication that is :P
Thank you so much to the lovely Tina for hooking me up with this blend!!! tea love!!

Tina S.

Hurray!! I can’t wait to try my own bag! And double hurray that you can enjoy it! :D

Indigobloom

Hehe thanks Tina!! :P

Indigobloom

It won’t let me edit for some reason so I’ll post this as a comment…
I’m on my second steep now, and it’s quite different. I’m getting alot more astringency, a little bit of malty, and a sort of clay-like drying sensation and taste. This is all overshadowed and strong in the finish with a fresh sort of taste, kindof balancing out the astringency. Maybe that’s because black’s aren’t meant for multiple steeps? Hmmm. Perhaps I should have let it sit in the pot an extra minute.

Kashyap

I’ve been talking to a lot of tea specialists/importers/farmers and they are all rather mystified at the diminishing ‘malt’ that is normally so common in Assamic teas, most have suggested a weather factor, but it would make sense that the Himilayas could be bending the conditions a bit and that the east would draw the normal breath from the west…I’m glad your able to enjoy it as it is sorely missed

ScottTeaMan

Could be the weather, or that maybe some of the maltier higher end teas are purchased in other countries, making them less available here. Higher end Assam teas are also getting harder to come by…ie limited production=less availability & higher prices.

Kashyap

Scott – I also would agree that higher ‘end’ Assam teas are becoming harder to come by, but I’m also dealing with direct farmers and Assam importers who have a broad range of teas/prices and even cupping them across the board, with craft and grade, the ‘malt’ notes are sadly absent. Prices are going up as more and more regions are demanding better wages and living conditions and while I know this might seem a lot to people who are not used to paying much for tea from certain regions, I’d say its about time that people are paid for what they are worth…so if tea prices rise, hopefully so will an appreciation and an awareness of how much work goes into the process…

Indigobloom

I agree, if paying a little more for my cuppas brings up the quality of life in foreign countries, it’s very worth it!!
though it is a shame that malty teas are harder to find now :(

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Mmmmmm. If I’m ever craving a chocolate fix, this is the place to go!!
It’s like drinking cocoa tea! So yummy. Trouble is, I so badly wanted to try this with a spot o’ milk… except when I opened the fridge, someone drank the last of it this morning! oh well, something to look forward to next time. I’m sure it will be worth the wait :)
I’m surprised that with this being a black and all, I am really enjoying my cup. When I had intended to sample this with milk, I had divided it into two cups… one of them with some agave in it just to see if it made any difference. I think it did, but not in a good way. In fact, I prefer it without. Nonetheless, when the missing dairy incident occurred, I combined the two samples and so now I have agave in it. Maybe the trick is to just use less.
Somehow, I can actually taste the maltiness and the astringency!! Once in awhile I get blessed with a “good” tea day and well it seems this is one of ‘em! hallelujah!!!!!
Only my friends here on Steepster will understand how happy this makes me :):):)
Maybe it’s the cocoa? or the fact that I had a cat-scan yesterday (I dunno ‘bout anyone else but whenever I go get tested/to the doc for some medical issue or other, the problem seems to miraculously clear up on it’s own! ha. Am I a hypochondriac? it’s possible!!)
In any case, the chocolate is nice and deep. Rich, like I’m eating cake. It’s better when piping hot, but then I find most teas like that. The astringency comes out more as it cools. Heck, I don’t mind. I can taste the astringency!! :P

SimpliciTEA

Yes, I am glad you can taste all of those things in the tea! Woo, hoo!!

Indigobloom

Thanks SimpliciTea!! it’s days like today that give me hope it will return for good one day *sighs

Tina S.

Yay for awesome tea days on amazingly tea-ful days! :D

Ninavampi

Yay for tasting! And yes… Sometimes my problems disappear in the docs waiting room… Odd…

Indigobloom

Tina: YAY indeed! :P I’m so grateful for amazing tea days…

Ninavampi: It really is strange isn’t it?! So many yays for tasting! :P

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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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