1655 Tasting Notes

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I had this iced today. The first time I tried it that way, I used the cold brew method… ie dumping the leaves in cold water and then leaving it in the fridge.
Well, I was highly disappointed. That plastic taste I get in greens came popping right out.
If I hadn’t been out n about I would have ditched it, but I was thirsty and needed a drink.
This time though, I made it hot and then let it cool. Better. But I let it sit for a bit too long thinking that because it was to be iced, it might be better that way. Boy was I wrong.
Next time, I make it my normal way (90 seconds) and ice it. Hopefully that will turn out better. I might even go with icing the second steep instead.
Oh and I’m lowering the rating a few points. To me, this is pretty similar to Long Life Oolong in the fruity aspect. It goes so much deeper in the flavour. With every sip, I kept thinking… not terrible, but LLO was so much better. Yeah, they are different species and all… green vs oolong, and I’m not typically a green girl so perhaps this is my bias coming out? or maybe I just had one of those randomly “bad” cups!
Methinks I just need to steep it again with my usual method. shrugs
Who knows.

gmathis

I’ve never had much luck cold-steeping or sun-tea-ing green tea without it getting nasty and bitter.

Indigobloom

same here! but then I rarely if ever enjoy greens cold or hot…

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90
drank Winter Blend by Tealish
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Agh, SO good. So. darn. good.
that is all.

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67
drank China Black by Lipton
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I had this at a girlfriend’s place tonight. Two steeps, neither of them great, but neither of them terrible. Even with some sugar, it was… unmemorable. I tasted Yunnan, maybe a bit of Keemum.
She said it was an old bag. and, well… it was bagged. and a dusty one to.

Bonnie

Sigh …

Indigobloom

agreed! little sigh…

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85
drank Maple Tea by Second Cup
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Backlog from this week. Tuesday I think.
I’ve had a looooong one and somehow this just slipped my mind. Work has been hectic, and then I’ve been dealing with a bunch of supposedly unrelated health issues (five of them! I’m not whining, at all, but it’s a bit overwhelming)
Second Cup is so easy for me, being that there is one housed on the ground level of our building. Expensive, but handy.
So the tea… It doesn’t say on the advertisement that it’s a rooibos, so I was expecting a black tea! but then I saw larger one later on and saw that did so I suppose I should have looked there first. Oh well.
Nonetheless, I was mightily confused when I was sipping… there was SO much astringency going on, and it didn’t quite fit my idea of black astringency. As the cup cooled, I figured out it was rooibos, thankfully.
The Maple aspect was intense. I felt as if I was drinking syrup! and the flavour was spot on. It really needs milk to get there, sadly. I had hoped to go without.
Now, Maple syrup is not my fave sweet. Chocolate is better :P
Still, now I am curious… I need to try Oh Canada from DT again just to see how it compares!
Overall, I’d say this is really well done for a Maple tea. If you like that sort of thing, make sure you try it out :)

Azzrian

I like that sort of thing! YUM!

Bonnie

I’d love to get my hands on some and throw a bit of lapsang souchong in it!

Azzrian

OH yes! Bonnie if I had a like button I would click it!

Indigobloom

ahhhh if only this wasn’t bagged :/

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84
drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
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This isn’t the first time I tried this… where did my review go?! agh!
Anyhow, have you ever had a tea moment where you think you don’t like a tea because you can’t place the flavour? but then when you figure it out, all of a sudden it’s so much tastier?? well that was my experience with this tea today.
I was drinking it… expecting a chocolate tea for some reason, and didn’t really find it very cocoa-ey. So in my head I was thinking, eeeek, this is a very artificial tasting chocolate! and so I almost tossed the cup. but I insisted on drinking… and then, when I was two thirds of the way through my cup, I realized what it really reminded me of. Honeybees! It’s like a black, assam version of Honeybee from DT! YES! Bee pollen. Have you ever tried it? they sell it at health food stores, it’s supposed to be very good for you. Nature’s supervitamin.
So now that I know what it is, and I see the description, I quite like it. It’s not my fave, but it’s a lovely change from your average black tea.
It does require alot of sweetening though. or perhaps I’m just used to my agave, which I left at work. So I ended up using sugar… (which means twice as much ratio wise).
We have honey but I didn’t want to cover up any of the flavours. Little did I know, it might have enhanced them!
This is a really old sample. I’m trying to get through them, as there are so many that have been tried but not finished…
I think this one came from Jenn but I really can’t be sure. If I’m wrong about that, thank you, whoever you are, kind tea donor! :)

Bonnie

Good catch!

Indigobloom

hehe thanks Bonnie! :P

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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So I went into the store today hoping that Chocolate Cake would be on sample… but twas not to be! bah! the trauma :/
Nevermind, when I got to talking with the lovely DT Staff (who I won’t call out here, but yer awesome you know that right?!) and mentioned my awful tea experience she brewed a cup for me on the house!! wow! =D
Anyhow, the tea itself is not what I expected. It’s chocolatey, and I do get a chocolate cakiness, however there seems to be a dusty flavour sitting on top of it. I’m not quite sure what to think. It’s as if the tea is made up mostly of artificial ingredients.
I remember drinking out of Nestle chocolate straws a few years back, and never finished the package because it tasted so fake. That’s what this tea reminds me of.
Satisfying, and yet… disturbing all at once.
On another note, this is my 500th review! I can’t believe it’s been so long. Funny how time flies when you’re having fun!!! thanks to all my Steepster friends who made me feel so welcome here from the get-go :)

Dylan Oxford

Yay, congratulations on your 500th review!

Bonnie

500?!"’:()-/#$%&*;_!!WOW

Dinosara

Happy 500!

Kittenna

Good job on 500! I passed 100 without even realizing :D (Also, did you know that DT has a list of which teas will be on as TOTD posted on their facebook page each week?)

Indigobloom

Thanks everyone!! it feels awesome reaching 500!
Kristaleyn, I didn’t know! I will check that out :)

Ninavampi

Congrats!!! Thanks to you for feeling us welcome as well! : )

MegWesley

500th review! Awesome to realize you are that far into your tea love. You make us newer people here feel so welcome as well!

TheTeaFairy

Keep it up, always enjoy reading you :)

Indigobloom

aww thanks you three!! I love reading everyone else’s reviews as well, and feeling like I am part of a little tea family :P

CHAroma

“A little tea family.” I love that! Congratulations on reaching 500 notes!! That’s quite an accomplishment! :)

Indigobloom

hehe thx Charoma! next big one is 1000 :P
so glad to have you in my family!!

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90
drank Rooibos Provence by Tealish
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Backlog from last night. This took forever to load!!
As for the tea, I think I need to try it again. It was so rooibos heavy that I could barely pick out any floral notes, even with a top up of agave. No rating for now…

CHAroma

AHHHHHHH!!!! You’re one tasting note away from 500!!!!!!!! :D

Indigobloom

you’re right!! wow, thanks for pointing that out! now I’m sad that I have no new tea to post about today. I want it to be a good one so would rather it be something I haven’t tried before!!

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Mmmm yes this is great! I love how natural it tastes, esp compared to the DT counterpart.
The base is better as well, less fishy and more flavourful.
With milk and agave, this tastes just like chocolate milk, only a Terry’s Chocolate Orange version. Milder, obviously, but still SO good!
However, now that I’ve fallen in love with the Strawberry equivalent from STE, I feel obligated to lower the rating a few points. This is great… but not fantastic like the berry version. On the other hand, it does hold up better without any additions, which is a serious plus in my books, as I don’t always have the option for tea a la dairy! (I sipped before adding milk)

Daniel Scott

Interesting! I tried this as a tea-to-go once, and found it totally inferior to DT’s version. Like, barely any flavour. Huh. Now I am curious to give it another go.

Indigobloom

That doesn’t surprise me! I find that while DT is consistently average, Teaopia has a greater range for quality. Sometimes they knock it outta the park… and others, it kinda stinks!

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96
drank Rainbow Rooibos by Tealish
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I think I’m in love… ahhh. Wait, is it lust? it could be lust! Rosey teas tend to push me in that direction ya know. and papaya, apparently.
Deeeelish!! the fruit notes bring that natural sweet tone and hides most of the earthy rooibos that sometimes can be too much for me. The rose… well, that just makes it lovely. I love rose in my tea… *sighs…
Thank you so much to Tealish for the free sample!!!

Scott B

This sounds like a good candidate to be a Rooibus that I would enjoy. Sounds good for summer, too.

Indigobloom

I recommend it! esp if you enjoy fruity tea, it’s more present than the floral note which just adds a nice background note

TheTeaFairy

You make this one sound sooo irresistible! I know you seem to enjoy this one better, but do you find it resembles DT Jelly Beans or Swampwater? I’m thinking of ordering it but want some comparison first, trying to avoid more of the same!

Indigobloom

Hmm I’ve never tried Swampwater. This is more flavourful than the Jelly Bean tea, and floral to. Somehow, it just seems to go deeper, ya know what I mean?

TheTeaFairy

thanks! and yep, know what you mean, I was so ready to dive in Jelly Bean… I do like it but it does lack in the debth departement… now I have to get me some Rainbow!

Bonnie

Is it me or does it seem that DT does Fall and Winter better than Spring and Summer tea?

TheTeaFairy

Bonnie, I agree!… mind you, DT was founded here in Montreal where summer and spring last as long as a blink! So if I have to choose, I go with good fall and winter creations!

Bonnie

I do want to come to visit Montreal, cheaper than going to Europe too! I loved Vancouver and Victoria last Sept. but I was with 2 teenagers and didn’t get to drink tea. Went into a teaopia though. Bought MAPLE TEA, such a tourist!

Indigobloom

TeaFairy: I can’t wait to see what you think! I’m thinking about getting more myself, when I’m done my other rooibos’. and I <3 Montreal! well, I know I will when I visit anyhow!
Bonnie: I so agree, they really drop the ball in summer/spring.

DaisyChubb

We stopped in Montreal during our drive! It was gorrrgeous, even when the sky was grey and the trees were all dead from Winter! I would love to go back in the summer/fall :)

TheTeaFairy

All 3 of you Gals are welcomed to visit anytime! Montreal is indeed a great city, but Bonnie, if you’re looking for a real Europe substitute, Quebec city is also fabulous, with its Château Frontenac and Plaines d’Abraham! p.s. one sure thing in this world: maple syrup is NOT overated, so nothing tourist about that!
DaisyChubb, glad you enjoyed your short visit in the winter, Mtl really comes to life in the summer, hope you can make it someday:)
Enough said! MTL tourist industry is about to give me a job!!
IndigoB: I haven’t been thrilled in the past with Tealish, but based on this review, I will make a new attempt and try more of their teas, maybe I’ll be lucky this time around!

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86

Interesting! it’s green… but also creamy. I find the smell a bit offputting, in that cloying creamy way- but the taste is lovely. Flowery even. Actually, it reminds me of a white lemon tea I tried not long ago, only deeper. The notes gel much better here, I think.
There is quite a bit of sweetness here, and a candy lemon flavour. I’m reminded of lemon donuts or danishes. Yes, that’s it!! lemon jelly!
I love that the green tea isn’t hidden though. So many teas focus too much on the flavouring and not enough on the tea-ness.
I’ve been a bit depressed lately. This is lifting my spirits a bit but I still feel leaden. Maybe it’s time to make some of my St. Johns Wort tea that SimplyJenW so kindly sent me :)
Anyhow, sorry to vent here. Thank you Ninavampi for the sample, this was a wonderful surprise! :)

Ninavampi

Feel better soon! : ) Glad you liked it!

Indigobloom

thanks tea sistah! <3

Azzrian

OKay this sounds YUM!

Azzrian

Do hope you feel uplifted soon.

Indigobloom

awww thank you Azzrian xo

Bonnie

Switch to Pu-erh one day. Seems to do me some good if I drink a whole pot of it!

Bonnie

Hope you feel better and it’s so nice we care about each other too. It’s not ALL about tea!

Indigobloom

Hmmm you know, that might just work for tomorrow! thanks for the idea Bonnie. Thanks for being a friend, it means alot! xx

ashmanra

Thinking of you, Indigobloom. Expect better times!

Dinosara

Hope you feel more uplifted soon! Glad you have some nice tea for some comfort.

Indigobloom

Thanks so much for all the encouragement everyone. You are all awesome. Feeling a bit better today XXOO

Indigobloom

Ashmanra: yes, better times ahead!
Dinosara: tea makes everything better… when I bother to get up and makes some! Lol

Azzrian

LOL now if only someone can invent a pot like the coffee pots that begin their own brew! SIGH

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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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