1535 Tasting Notes

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drank Mahalo by Joy's Teaspoon
1535 tasting notes

What a treat!!!
For the first time in ages I was actually craving something green, and light. Maybe I haven’t had enough veggies today.
This really matches my tea craving at the moment. Very fruity. The pineapple adds that touch of sweetness, really playing into the green.
The second steep was more or less the same, except smoother. The third was getting a bit weak, but also had that natural tea sweetness that often emerges in later steepings.
I’m impressed with how well everything fits together in this tea. Whoever created the blend really knows how to accent a the natural flavour components.
Big thank you to QuiltGuppy for sharing!!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom I’m so craving more of this right now, but being so late in the evening I can’t! Distance doth make the heart grow fonder, right?

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94

I really needed to focus yesterday at work, so I decided to experiment with this mate. I used one teaspoon of this, and another of Egyptian chamomile from David’s Tea along with a teaspoon of light agave in my large mug and voila!! perfection!!! (how big is a standard mug again? this was maybe two oz bigger)
It really hit the spot.
This is one of the few teas that I could easily have every day and never tire of. Which is frustrating because that means it’s a staple in the cupboard and if I’m on a mission to cut down my inventory, I should stay away from my precious sunshine mate so that other teas can have a shot at being de-cupboarded. Hmph.

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69
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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Eeek! I forgot all about my reaction to this one last time and ordered it again, only this time as a latte. Hey if I’m limiting myself to one hot tea per week I might as well splurge a tad, right?? :)
Anyhow, as a latte I like this much better. The fishiness really comes out, but in a tolerable way. I suppose the coffee/caramel notes battled the fish for my attention, and won! of course, I still paid for my forgetfulness with a slightly nauseous feeling for the rest of the day and the caffeine hit me hard as well le sighs
Despite that, I think the rating deserves to be raised few points. At the beginning of the cup it was a little bitter/overleafed but by the end, I was sad to see the bottom of my mug!
for anyone who enjoys lattes, I highly recommend trying this one

Thomas Edward(Toad)

thats sounds interesting :)

Indigobloom

it is. If you have the chance, do it! ;P

The DJBooth

I love this one it is one of my favorite flavored Pu-erhs.

The DJBooth

I love this one it is one of my favorite flavored Pu-erhs.

Indigobloom

it is pretty tasty!! do they have a David’s in Ohio?

The DJBooth

Nope…I wish they did. I have some from a previous swap.

Indigobloom

ah. Come to Toronto! we have good tea here :P

TeaBrat

A David’s Tea just opened in New York, I hope the rest of the country is not far behind!

Indigobloom

oooh nice!! now if only Harney and Sons would come to Canada :P

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Im in Jackson,ms and we just dont have any Tea Shops here, we have Coffee shops, they have tea but most of it has been sitting on their shelves for who knows how long. we have just one good place here to go buy good tea here.

TeaBrat

We don’t have a Harney and Sons in San Francisco either…

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89

Wow I did not expect to love this tea!!!! Of course I had high hopes for it but I was a little worried that the coconut would set off that itchy reaction I usually get. Well, no scratchiness is to be found. Sweet!!
Unfortunately, the coconut really sweetens up the tea. I think it’s overpowering the cheesecake factor because when I first dunked the bag, after about a minute I stole a little taste and I could pick out cheesecake right away. I was impressed!! but now? Nope, no cake to be found :(
This makes me sad because I was so looking forward to that. Although I do get a sort of sweet cheese aftertaste, long after I’ve swallowed.
I’m letting the cup cool a bit now in hopes that a temperature change might reveal something extra.
So big thanks to Jenn for sharing this with me!!! I owe you one.or fifty! :)

ok now that it’s cooled, I can kinda sorta (but not really if you know what I mean) see it going in the cheesecake direction. Tsk. Next time I’ll cut the steep time. I think I have enough left for another!

Tina S.

I’m waiting for this one in the mail right now, and can’t wait to try it now!

Indigobloom

Oooh, I’ll look for your review!!

Erin

Cheesecake tea sounds amazing! I hope it comes out more with a shorter steep.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I’ve been drinking this one a lot recently. Just makes me feel cozy. :)

Indigobloom

I hope so to Erin!!
Rachel, it IS a cozy drink isn’t it??? :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Yes it is Indigoloom and as a matter of fact I am having some now. :)

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84
drank Yogitea by Tea Emporium
1535 tasting notes

So there was a time I really didn’t like this tea. But now, with some honey… not so bad :)
Sorry I can’t say much more, as I haven’t got any other deets to give!
That said, atleast I can up the rating a few points.

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74

Well hey this was better than the last time I tried it!!! but not flowery at all. Just really sweet.
Bah, it was tea. I needed something to warm me up, the office was freezing today!!

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drank YUNNAN FOP by Teaopia
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Oh boo!! I had a bad tea tasting day. The other tea I had this morning was not great either, and it was my standard toasty Triple Leaf Oolong… previously tasty, now less so!
so I won’t rate it now.
This reminded me very much of a basic Asian black tea. Almost like the Teavana tea I bought awhile back.
Except… well it tasted somewhat soft. Like there was something missing. Picture the “flavour” made into a pie, and then someone removing a third of the ingredients. It’s not dampened or bad tasting, but simply missing.
Anyhow, I didn’t taste anything spicy at all so I suspect that’s the piece I need to find!
Doc app on Wednesday so hopefully I will get a lead on how to fix this. It’s driving me batty!
That said, I did find this tea to be mild, but rather sweet as well. Almost overpowering in that aspect

Ninavampi

Wow… That must be incredibly frustrating… Good luck at the Drs!

Indigobloom

thanks Nivampi! My fingers are crossed :)

Calochortus

I do hope you find out what’s going on — it sounds very depressing!

Indigobloom

Me to Calochortus, me to!! it is depressing indeed, but the possibility of figuring it out makes me happy :)

SimpliciTEA

Good luck with getting some answers (or something you can work with) at the doctors!

Indigobloom

gah, thanks so much ST!! I didn’t get any today. Went for more blood tests and am scheduled for a CT scan. fingers extra crossed :)

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Waaaoooow!! Love this!!! Thank you to Amy Oh for sharing! :)
This is superb. Sweet and toasty, with a perfect amount of coconut. I’m on the second infusion now, which is, as usual for an oolong, better than the first.
I find this very similar to my Spice Exchange Coconut Oolong. I’d like to do a side by side to see how they compare. Going by memory, I think the first steeping of this is a bit toastier whereas the STE version is more “fresh” coconut, but negligibly so. This second steep seems less toasty, and a bit more like what I imagine coconut spun sugar would be like. Very sweet and satisfying.
It says that this is a green/oolong but to be honest I can’t really see any green here. It’s got the teensiest hint of scratchiness in my throat when hot, but that’s disappeared now that it’s cooled some. I’ll probably see more of that, and perhaps the green aspect, in later steeps.
I’m very much looking forward to seeing what comes out in a third and fourth steep. Thank you again Amy! xx

EDIT:
Well I made it to six steeps! and I was right, the coconut waned while the green perked up. It was quite lovely!

TeaBrat

I love this one too…. so yummy

Indigobloom

it really is!! It makes my whole cupboard smell heavenly to

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81

A friend at work gave me this sample to try. She is so sweet and thoughtful!!
The tea was pretty darn good. I quite enjoyed it as my afternoon delight. The notes were natural tasting, not fake like so many chocolate teas out there.
The chocolate and raspberry blended nicely together as well.
If I had to pick a flaw though, it’d be that the rooibos bites just a little. I don’t think I oversteeped it but who knows. I have another bag to try so will add some agave next time. It entirely slipped my mind, since Rooibos is one of the only teas I sweeten.

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I can’t recall what company packaged the tea I had… but I was at the Royal York hotel in Piper’s Gastro Pub. It’s in the basement where they have all the shops and services etc.
The staff there are friendly and they provide a mixed snack bowl every time we go, regardless of whether we are just having tea or a full on meal. It’s convenient, being so close to the subway and go train station so I end up there alot.
Anyhow, the tea itself was pretty decent. I think it was anyhow…
except when the server took my little stainless steel pot, she replaced the tea bag!!!! I had SO been looking forward to seeing what a second steeping brought, but she decided to do me a “favour”. Agh. She didn’t know any better. Most people don’t resteep their darjeelings anyhow.
Like I said, the tea itself was pretty passable. Citrusy, with a little more of that pucker factor than I am used to. (and I steeped for maybe two min). Not in a sour way, but more that drying sensation.
I was engrossed in conversation, so I didn’t notice much else. I know the cup got a little better and rounder as it cooled. Super hot, it was just ok.
Overall I think it’d get a rating of maybe 84 but I don’t want to mess up some random tea if I’ve got the wrong one! I prefer the Margaret’s Hope I have here at home much more

Tina S.

I’m pretty sure all the places in the Royal York serve the Fairmount teas. I know they do in the Library Bar, and that’s what is in the hotel rooms as well. They do some pretty decent blends, for a bagged tea!

Indigobloom

you’re probably right Tina! I should pay more attention next time… so that I can log it!
and I so agree, superb for a bagged one!

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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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