1512 Tasting Notes

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Backlog!! #9- because I don’t feel like renaming all of them and I missed this one :P
Oh sweet heavenly Darjeeling!! So delicate, so deep, so sweet… so perfect!
This is indeed a bit fruity, but I almost mistook that for a honey flavour. My palate isn’t strong enough to determine anything more distinct, but if I had to guess I would say it’s in the melon or cantaloupe range. This comes out more in the later steepings. The first one was less sugary, and more roundish, kindof like an oolong if that makes any sense?
Also, I must remember to let this cool before tasting. When piping hot, the first two steeps were VERY floral- overwhelmingly so.
I think I’ll reserve this one for reading books. It’s perfect for curling up on the couch and getting lost in a tea/plot-line.
NB: the last time I tried teas with Florida water, they brewed up somewhat differently at home. I’m curious to see what happens with my next cup now that I am back!

SimpliciTEA

It’s funny that you are backlogging. So am I! I like that you are noting the number of each backlog. I may do the same!

Indigobloom

lol it’s fun remembering all the good tea times I’ve had. Numbering them just makes sense to me… what number did you get up to?

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Backlog… #1 of many :)
I never should have purchased this tea. It smelled a bit musty, which is usually my first hint that it won’t agree with me.
For some reason, I get caramel… a whole lot of vanilla (not my thing) and a sugary sort of pear note way off in the background.
Right off the bat I knew it would be too strong for me, so I gave my Aunt the first steep and took the second one for myself. It was ok that way, better than the sip I had of the first steep anyhow!
There isn’t much else to say about it, for me. I will do my best to find this one a good home. Don’t let my standoff with vanilla keep you away! any takers?

TeaBrat

Are you getting your aunt addicted to tea? ;-)

Indigobloom

hehe kindof! she is happy with whatever I put in front of her. It’s nice to have someone to share it with :P

Camiah

Oooh, a whole lot of vanilla? That might be right up my alley. It sounds intriguing.

Indigobloom

really? shucks and I just left Florida to! I could send some to you… if you’d like?

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drank Dragonwell by DAVIDsTEA
1512 tasting notes

Again with the sourness. I guess my theory was wrong shrugs
This was ok. A little too vegetal for me. I had a busy day at work and ended up forgetting about the second steep of this…
The teaopia version is much toastier, and less nausea causing. Meh. I’m biased, being a lover of toastedness so I’ll not rate this one now!

Well I am off to Florida for two weeks. See y’all in 2012!! and Merry Christmas everyone!!! (Or Hannukah/Kwanzaa/whatever you celebrate!!)

Ellyn

Safe Travels! Enjoy the warm weather!

LiberTEAS

Have fun!

Indigobloom

thanks Ellyn and LiberTeas!xx

Stephanie

…and Happy Festivus!!! :) Have a safe trip!

cteresa

First steep does not count with Dragon well. First steep is never ever the best. That being said, never tried this blend or even this blender so no idea if it´s a good dragonwell tea, but just ya know defending it a bit, because first steep is well, not good with dragonwell teas ( the 2nd, oh yeah, 3rd and 4th yes, and I usually just keep adding water till it´s no longer awesome)

Indigobloom

Oh I agree Cteresa!! I need to buy a gaiwan and try it at home that way.
David’s tea tends to have great tea, but I’ve noticed that their straight blends are not quite what I expect :)
Hehe yes, Happy Festivus to you as well Stephanie!! x

TeaBrat

Sometimes green tea makers me nauseated too. I’ve learned that making it weaker usually helps….

Ryan Freed

Happy holidays!!! I agree, green tea if steeped to long or too vegetal is bitter and makes me nauseous. I almost always prefer green tea cold, its very refreshing.

Camiah

Oooh! Where in Florida are you going? I live here, so it isn’t nearly as exotic (warm Christmases just aren’t right, let me tell you). I hope you have a wonderful time here!

Plunkybug

Have fun in Florida! I used to live in Orlando.

cteresa

I do not bother with a gaiwan, just my normal little teapot, and seriosly decent-ish dragonwell, just put lots of leaves, just a smidgeon more than you think is right, and not too hot water. First steep is bah, whatever, the next ones just keep the hot water in for as long as you want – and it is sort of magic. (but yeah, I am a barbarian that I do not fuss too much with it, but dragonwell is indeed sort of magic even for barbarians like me. Though first steep sort of sucks always as compared to the rest).

Happy holidays and a great new year. may 2012 bring you many great tea cups.

Indigobloom

Amy: yeah I’ve seen that to. I can never seem to get it right, I think I’m just too impatient with how finicky it is. More than white it seems…
Ryan: Cold? Hmmm I could use some cold tea now! too bad it takes awhile lol
Heather: Oh, cool. Thanks, it was indeed fun!!
Cteresa: It’s funny, I love the Teaopia version… but this one is less toasty. Maybe that is the difference. and I agree, first steep is always terrible! Happy New Year and many tasty pots (of tea) to you as well! :)

Ryan Freed

Haven’t commented on here in a while, but I’m back. If you pour the hot tea over a bunch of ice it cools down instantly and tastes awesome

Indigobloom

neato! thx for the tip Ryan!!

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Darnit!! so I got that “hibiscus” taste in this tea! even with milk!! and besides that, it was just boring. Better than the Tims tea I had the other day, and definitely better than Red Rose of course. Atleast there was that!
So I guess my buds aren’t up to par yet… that is what I am guessing. Black tea seems to be the only one that is really affected though. It’s a shame because I really do (normally) love black tea!
Patience m’dear! she says to herself over and over… be thankful they’re atleast partway back!
Besides, I have a specialist app scheduled in January to figure out the issue. Maybe then I will finally get some answers!
Or maybe it was just that this sample was from ages ago, dug out of the cupboard on a whim that really shoulda been brushed aside! bah. Old tea, why did I not drink you sooner?! I still have one serving left!
Well, now I know to avoid the non Asian black teas now! lesson learned :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1512 tasting notes

Heaven!!! pure, blissful, intoxicating heaven.
The first cup anyhow. Funny, I made it through 5 steeps and the first one was my fave! I guess that is commom with Asian black tea, for me. (Oolongs are a different beast altogether)
Anyhow, it tasted just like dark chocolate. I really felt as if I’d eaten a piece of rich, 90% chocolate. SO good. I could also taste the honey/buckwheat.
The second steep was really nice as well. Less chocolatey… or maybe like milk chocolate? (without the milk, that is!). The sweetness really came out here.
The third steep was more of the same. but the fourth! well, this is where the raisin note that I detected a hint of before, really shone through. and a sortof fresh water note in the finish. Almost sour.
This was hours ago, so now of course I am wondering if that was the hibiscus? Either way, it was an epic experience.
There are enough leaves to make a few more cups but once those are gone I think I will leave it be. One of those things that are just so great that the memory needs to be left intact, unspoiled even. *sighs
Maybe I will save those for my gaiwan, when I finally get one…
Big thank you to Amy Oh for the sample!! you made my dreadfully boring day a whole lot less boring! :)

TeaBrat

glad you liked it! =)

Indigobloom

me to!! Yummm

SimpliciTEA

This tea definitely ROCKS!

Indigobloom

yes it does!! I want to marry it…

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77

Ok so I tried this again today… I needed something quick and easy so I went for it. (normally I don’t double down like that!)
Anyhow, I learned from yesterday’s experience and made the first steep super short, maybe a minute… and dumped it! and was rewarded with a rich, smooth and toasty oolong that took me to the moon and back!! It almost reminds me of barley tea it is so intense. Coffee like even. Mmmm.
Raising the rating a few notches. (I’m shaking my head at myself here, falling in love with a bagged, and chopped! tea!)

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Well this is the closest I’ve come, a bagged tea! to my precious roasty toasty oolong! not bad, for a bagged tea… and cheap to!
The quality of leaf is not identifiable, being so finely chopped. I’m going by taste alone here :)
The first steep, I wasn’t all that impressed. It was rough, and had characteristics of an oolong… but I like refined teas and this was definitely not that!
The second steep however, was so incredibly smooth and impressive to me that I swung for a third. It was lighter, but still very yummy!
This is my first bag of the stuff, but I suspect it may become a favourite :D
(this gets a high rating because I :heart: this flavour so very much… but I can tell that it would be a smidge better if loose. Does this company sell loose tea I wonder? Hmmm!
More deets later, I need to try this again with a much shorter first steep!

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92

I just tried this at 88 and it came out sortof oolongish! wow!! only a little pepper, compared to the pepper blast when made with hotter water- which is nice. I’m not sure which way I like it better… I’m torn! ha. Curse of a Pisces :P

Indigobloom

on steep number 4 now! or was it five… and it’s still tasty!!

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
1512 tasting notes

Lovely! this is a lovely tea. but for some reason I’m not all over it. Why?!?
It has all the criteria for me to go gaga but I’m just not? Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood. Hmmm.
I love coconut, I looooove it! and sometimes it bothers me in a tea, especially when there are whole pieces. (I am fine with the oil, I think)
It didn’t set anything off for me though, thankfully, which I was worried about.
The black base is light, almost airy, and it mixes really well with the coconut. I didn’t add anything at all and it was very sweet on it’s own.
For my second steep, I added some milk. A little too much I think. My arm was nudged by a coworker passing by and I tipped in more than intended. Oh well. It was very tasty both with and without the “lait”.
You know what… it reminds me of my Coconut Oolong that I heart so very much, only it has less depth. The second steep was also rather weak, I kept that bag in until the cup was gone.
In another way, it reminds me of Love tea #7 (I think that’s what it’s called? I can’t remember now). It’s one of my faves…
So of course, if I had to choose between the two, I’d def go with the love tea. Yes that must be why I’m having trouble identifying! between those two other teas, this one just falls short.
That said, if you like coconuts and hate oolongs, this will be the tea for you :)

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Thank you Jerry for sending me this amazing sample!
I could so get used to pu-erhs like this!! in fact, once I’ve finished the samples I would definitely consider buying some more. That will take a long long time mind you… since I have to finish all of what I have first!
The only thing that gives me pause so far… is that the steeped leaves smell like wet dog!! blegh. I don’t wanna know what wet dog tastes like…
Moving on! The first steep was very plain. Mellow, but very smooth and comforting. Not bold at all like the last pu-erh I reviewed. It had a natural cakey sweetness to it that lingers for a long time in the aftertaste. The cakeyness seems to be sort of clay-like, in a sort of distant mellow way. I feel as if I’ve just eaten a delicious angel food cake!
Oh and as it cools, there is a hint of astringency coming out. Odd, I think, for a pu-erh.
(I gave it a little rinse first btw! I only do this for fancy pu-erhs hehe)

The second steep is more of the same only a tad more cakey and as it cools a hint of fish. Definitely less cakey or sweet notes here. One of the other reviews mention spinach and I can see where they are getting that from in the finish though I never would have pinned it as such.
Oh wow, I let the cup cool even more and a different sweet note has emerged! or rather the same note, only right before the finish. and in the finish there is a bitter point that I’ve never experienced in a tea!!! it’s so mild that I am actually enjoying the bitter aspect. The bitter part of the aftertaste reminds me of brussel sprouts (only it tastes even more spinachy now, so picture a spinach sprout!). Oh and no more fishiness either, once it’s lukewarm.
I’ve done two or three more steeps after this (I always lose count!) and they’ve been pretty much the same as the first. I’m starting to get a bit of that raisiny flavour from the other pu-erh I reviewed last week, which isn’t really my thing!
Ah well. There are so many things to love about this one! It was never harsh, always smooth, and rather complex! Mmmm. I likey this one, alot!!!

TeaBrat

pu’erhs are always an interesting experience I think!

Erin

This was interesting to read, I would like to try and get more into pu’erhs.

Indigobloom

Amy: I most definitely agree!
Erin: For me, pu-erhs are tricky… but always fun to try! I think this particular one would be rather pricey to buy on the market, I got it as a sample!

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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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