1380 Tasting Notes

75
drank Assam Banaspaty by Teaopia
1380 tasting notes

Again, on the way to work this morning, I realized that ooops!! I forgot my wallet at home. However, my tea friend at the shop was kind enough to make me a cuppa for no charge (I’ll pay later) so I was able to get my morning fix. Thank Zeus for that!
On to the tea: it was tasty. not as bold as I recall but still pretty good. Better than tims for sure, though I did feel the need to add some agave for that extra something to make it more attractive against my palate.
Overall, definitely not one I would bring home- though it’s good enough for the road!

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88
drank Kalahari by Teaopia
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ugh I need to buy me some tea tins!!! The thing is, I keep very few teas in large enough quantities to warrant a standard size, and small tins are difficult to find. Does anyone know of a place that sells tins which can hold 25-50g?
This tea, one of my oldest, is losing it’s flavour. I’ve kept it in the paper bag it comes with, for lack of any suitable alternative. Sad, but true. It’s pretty much just a simple rooibos now with some distant orange flavouring… even the swirls of agave I added gave it very little oomph. Oh well, all good things must end eventually! Now on to find a new rooibos to love. I was getting bored with this one anyhow. (It’ not goodbye just yet! I have atleast two more cups worth)

Sara

I was going to recommend the little containers at Cost Plus World Market, but I see you’re in Canada and I don’t think they have those stores there. You might try just checking out kitchen supply shops or big stores like Target. Airtight spice containers are a good bet if you can’t find anything specifically for tea.

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Ikea! C’mon, that’s a no brainer ;)

Indigobloom

haha true. Though I keep coming up with tea things that I could use and then remember I have neither the space nor budget for them. If I find a good deal I’ll break down and buy them but otherwise… I’ll have to wait til September!

LiberTEAS

I recommend Specialty Bottle. They have tins of all sizes and great prices: http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=33

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Ikea is our downfall. We live a whole 5 minutes from one…daaaangerous. I love it thought.

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though* d’oh

ashmanra

Harney and Sons will sell their mini tins for sixty cents each. I buy ten at a time. It is the baby tin that fits in their tea chest and holds about one or two ounces. Also, the craft stores sell wedding favor tins and with the ubiquitous forty per cent off coupon, they are also reasonable.

Indigobloom

Harney would likely involve me ordering tea… plus shipping. but wedding tins, hmmm! not a bad idea, thanks Ashmanra!!

Indigobloom

the specialty tea tins look awesome to!! but I’ll look locally first, and save that as a back up. thx Liberteas :)

ashmanra

I think the wedding tins are usually sold in packs of twenty and they often have a clear top. I was going to use my scallop circle punch to make labels for the tin, thus eliminating light at the same time.

Cattibrie

What about the ones for spices that are magnetic and could hang on the wall. You could make labels to cover the glass top. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80102919 Or get some metal jars a a knife holder magnetic strip.

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I’ve got some of those, be warned, they fall open pretty easily.

Indigobloom

eek, tea all over the place! that would be no fun to clean up haha. Ah Ikea… I

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88
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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This is what I turn to in the morning when tea is suggested and I’ve not had breakfast just yet. Caffeine before food, for me is a baaaaad idea!
Milk, no sugar… this was quite delish! I would have much prefered a cuppa black tea but what can ya do? :)
The caramel note comes through, but then I also find the rooibos to be a tad sour- not that I mind it really. I wish it was a bit smoother and rounder but this does the job.

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Another backlog…
So I replaced this in my cupboard, only 10g since it’s so expensive… and am I ever glad I purchased such a small amount! this batch is terrible!!! there were twigs in it, and the leaves were so dried out that they crunched when scooped up for the brewing basket. Flavour wise, none of the delicacy came out until it had cooled. It was still a decent cuppa but nowhere near the tea I once raved about. It makes me sad, this used to be my comfort. Taking it down a bunch of notches hurts…

Kashyap

Bai mu dan, Pai mu dan/tan, white peony is often the same thing. It is a modern grab bag of leaf, stem, and bud and a cheep way to meet the demands of the white tea market. It is usually stronger in color, flavor, and has a spicyness that makes is a great cold brew and good to blend and flavor (and its cheap). If you were over charged, consider looking into other companies as it shouldnt be more than $30/# and a pound of this is huge by volume.

Indigobloom

really?? wow.
I just remember the first time I bought it, the brews were SO amazing… that it made the price tag worth it. this time, not so much. ick!
I’ll look for it elsewhere now!!

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79
drank Irish Breakfast by Teaopia
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Did my tea tastes change yet again?? this was just ho-hum. I’m thankful that there was no bergamot taste but otherwise, I won’t be ordering it again! The tea was just… plain! boring without any of the boldness I found before- whatsoever! Odd. They wouldn’t change the brewing parameters would they?
P.S. This is a backlog from yesterday. I was just to sleepy when I got home!

Kashyap

Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast (well really all ‘breakfasts’) are each unique from every vendor and there is no standard formula. Irish breakfast generally has more Assam tea in it and tea companies will source a brisk, malty base tea that is cheaper. English BF traditionally has China Keemun in it, but often this is expensive and they skip it.

Indigobloom

ahh I suppose that makes it more difficult to create consistent blends huh. Ok so maybe I will try this one again in a few months when they hopefully have a new batch!
I love your wealth of knowledge on tea Kashyap :)

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76
drank Lemon Zest by Teaopia
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Meh! I seem to hand those out alot lately. What a tea snob I’ve become…
This was interesting but like most teas the first infusion is just ok. As it cools, it becomes more lemony, in a tart way— which isn’t a bad thing. It makes me wonder how it would take to being iced, i think it would really make the lemon “pop”—and that’s saying something, considering I really don’t enjoy iced tea. Something to try next time perhaps. So, hot? not so hot but still enjoyable once it sits for a spell… and cool? It may take on a life of it’s own :)
(the only other tea I have found to prefer iced is Honey Bee, which I did not expect! so have been more open to the idea, or atleast I am trying to be)
NB: I got the slightest hint of nausea here so it’s possible that bergamot/leeched plastic is a factor in this rating!

gmathis

Don’t think of yourself as a tea snob … think of yourself as someone who has learned to recognize fine tea and uses that as a standard to evaluate others. (Actually, if I said that in the presence of most of my friends, they’d just look at me funny and say, “You’re a tea snob.” :)

teawing

I prefer “astute tea consumer” :)

Indigobloom

Gmathis: hahaha yes I see the same in my friends. Either they call me out on my snobbery, or a sudden quiet glazed look overtakes them…. I’m not sure which I prefer! :P
Teawing: now that iS PC! I like it!!! maybe we’ll all be known as “ATCs” one day…

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80
drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
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Holy Nuts Extreme!!!
Dry: The leaves are curled this way n that… and are feral, vintagey, and smell like sweet leaves n nuts.
Wet: The leaves are fully uncurled, expansive, and green. and veiny.
The first brew is somewhat thick and intensely nutty, and behind that, strongly vegetal. There is a sweetness there too but it comes out more in the second steep (incredibly so in the finish) where the liquid comes out much lighter and more delicate.
Next time, I’ll try a shorter steep time on the first infusion so that the two are more balanced!
As for rebuying this one, I’m not so sure. This is satisfying, but not something I see myself craving.

Cattibrie

This is one of the next ones I intend to buy. Lots of people rave about it so I want to see what the fuss is about. Should have gotten it Tuesday when I was instore but I forgot.

Jenn

This one will be on my next order for sure!

Indigobloom

It’s definitely worth trying! I may add some mate to my next one and see how that turns out :O

Amariel

I was quite surprised when I tried it in store today! I don’t usually dig herbals, but the macadamia in this did the trick for me.

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84
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow, this was pretty good! especially hot. I swear someone added honey! but no, that was just the tea. The honey could also be easily confused as a chocolate note, esp when freshly hot.
As it cools, it becomes more raisin honey and more delicate. The astringency comes out here as well.
I’m quite enjoying how complex it is.
For now, I’m suitably impressed but not rushing out to buy some for the house. My raspberry note tea is my go to addiction at the moment so I’ll wait til that runs out before deciding on my next indulgence!
Still, this was lovely and I’m so glad to have tried it! :)

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93
drank Jiaogulan by Teaopia
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Wow, this is amazing!
I avoided this tea for ages, thinking that it would taste all medicinal and herbally but it’s more like a really sweet, smooth, green tea with a teaspoon of sugar added!!!
The sugary goodness is really delicate, but persistent from the middle of the sip (once it cools a bit, not as much when it’s hot) all the way to the almost finish. When the liquid is room temperature, there is a brief but sharp bitterness in the aftertaste so I recommend finishing the cup before it cools. I’d LOVE to see what this one does in a gaiwan :)
Oh and it’s caffeine free?? not made from any variation of camellia sinensis??? and with more antioxidants than green tea? ok now I am intrigued. I need to experiment with this wonder brew!

Kittenna

Definitely just ordered some of this… sounded too interesting to pass up!

Indigobloom

I’d send you some if I could find it, it’s been missing from my cupboard!

Kittenna

Well, I’ll have my own soon enough! I wonder how many balls you get in 50g.

Indigobloom

I think I had about six balls? but they were all different sizes so it could vary

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-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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