1563 Tasting Notes

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drank Cardamom Tea by Tea4u
1563 tasting notes

Interesting. Cardamom, yes…. but then also something oddly floral in a natural way. I don’t think it was a separate addition. But does cardamom ever get floral ish? Maybe it was the base black tea… I had to add milk because it was a little spicy and I needed to temper the intensity. Experimenting, I added some sugar and that seemed to enhance the floral. Not what I expected, but I’d have it again for a change.

Something else. Am I the only one who gets sad when reading someone reviews and it says so and so passed…. and then you realize oh, they didn’t perish, just passed on some tea. No matter what, it gives me a start every single time and I’m really not sure why….

Marzipan

Cardamom is totally floral.

Indigobloom

Huh, I had no idea. Figured all this time it was just a spice!! :)

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drank Grilled Pineapple by DAVIDsTEA
1563 tasting notes

I had this iced from the store today. Walking around downtown after a docs app I was so parched and really needed a beverage!
Somehow I knew this would hit the spot. SO my review may be biased. But I was right, it was perfection.
Great pineapple notes, with that slight burnt taste. A little too sweet for day to day, and there was something in there that wasn’t exactly what I wanted(artificial almost, but it didn’t mention that in ingredients) but I didn’t really care because I found it so tasty. Shrugs…
All of that said, I did kinda want more of the popped rice flavour!

Plunkybug

I liked this one, but there is an artificial note that develops as the tea cools.

Indigobloom

Yeah I know what you mean. That is why it won’t be added to my cupboard. Not that I need more in there heh

Plunkybug

I might get is again next summer…maybe 50g for the whole summer, maybe less. I dunno.

Indigobloom

Yeah I could see myself getting just a bit, to spice things up once in awhile. There are a lot of DT blends like that for me. I guess that is how they get most of my money. Ha!

Plunkybug

Same here…

Plunkybug

I got more of this today, to try again, seeing that I think I liked it last year. I have now identified what that artificial taste is…I have tasted it in other teas from them…pretty sure it is the blackberry leaves. Sadly, the new mango black has it in it and I missed that, and I misses it being in this one til I looked at it again. Blech. I might just go return this straight away, but I feel like I ought to give it another chance. Should have gotten half of what I got though. I think…

Indigobloom

Hmmm I’ll have to keep an eye out. Thanks for the tip!! :)
How much did you grab?

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So apparently Twinnings does OP in a k-cup. I had no idea…
Being my first day at work though, I gave it a try. Not terrible overall, I’d say. I don’t mind overly strong black tea as long as there is milk and sugar around. It always reminds me of the way my friend who descends from Ireland makes tea. Ie he lets tetley steep forever. and ever. ha. Wait, did I just compare Twinnings to Tetley? Ooops.
Anyhow. Always feels like bad luck bringing tea from home on my first day. It never goes well when I do, people look at you funny.
If you do it once settled in, nobody pays attention. But on the first day? yeah, not a great first impression, though I haven’t figured out why just yet!!

CelticBrew

Tea has an inherent aspect of coziness for me. Maybe we’re not supposed to feel so cozy on our first days somewhere? Hope your second week goes well and you settle into bringing your own tea.

Indigobloom

Hmmm that’s a fair point CelticBrew! They have free coffee at the very least :)
I’m only there for three weeks, sadly. It certainly has been interesting so far!!

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drank Vanilla Rose by DAVIDsTEA
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Looks like another polarizing blend here. I so didn’t expect to be in the like camp!!
I was curious about how vanilla, cinnamon, rose and raisin would blend up, but I just assumed it would be somewhat wretched. My bad DT!
It was actually quite nice. I was shocked. Very warm, smooth and comforting, but not overpowering in any of the flavours. and familiar in a way I really can’t put my finger on. Perhaps I’ll figure it out next time. Grandma’s soap? Not quite… soap meets cookie? Hmmmm.
Of course, given the nature of the varied ingredients, I’m guessing each cup will turn out to be slightly different. Also, so much raisin! Makes for a heavy, and thus expensive blend.
So while I do enjoy this one a lot more than I expected, it is something I can live without. If it sticks around for awhile, I may grab some more down the road, but I won’t be crushed if it’s gone by then. shrugs

On a more personal note, I start a one month temp job tomorrow. In the suburbs, which I despise, but well I really need the money.
Unfortunately I haven’t seen the specialist yet(3 referrals and each one got screwed up/rejected for different reasons!), and last I checked my GP wasn’t comfortable writing the initial script. But I really do need it to function all adultlike at work so I have a hail mary plan – call the docs office tomorrow and BEG for a one month script just to tide me over until the specialist app comes through. GP was on vacay last week when I found out about the job, and my latest referral had just been rejected that day(because the nurse never specified my need for meds on the fax) so not like I could have planned this to be less rushed… anyhow, I’m not sure what else to do at this point. Between a rock and a granite place I am…

CelticBrew

This sounds lovely to me apart from the raisins especially given how much you noted their presence. Still Grandma’s soap meets cookie has me curious. Good luck with the new temp work.

Indigobloom

Actually I didn’t notice them so much in the taste, more in the scent of the dry tea. Wet, it all blended together and I really couldn’t identify raisin per se.
Also thanks for the luck!! I’m going in to see the doc tomorrow.

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Okayyyy so this latest cuppa was much better. More of the same treatment, just a little lighter on the tea. So note to self, go with a level teaspoon, not a slightly heaping one k?
(two splashes milk, one splash cream and a half tsp of sugar)
If my next cuppa works just as well, I’ll be pleased. If not, well then I’ll have to deem the blend finnicky!

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drank Black Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
1563 tasting notes

How depressing. It smells so delectable!
I get something vaguely fruity and syrupy in my cup, but certainly not cherry. Definitely not a repurchase. Unless the cold brew blows me away.

Plunkybug

It has licorice in it, so I knew to stay away. I did not even smell to get tempted. Lol!

Dustin

Cold brew is SO much better! Not sure if it is repurchase better, but it is a lot better.

Kirkoneill1988

thankyou for the heads up, ill stay away from this tea

Indigobloom

lol Plunkybug actually I don’t notice the licorice at all. But thanks for the tip Dustin! I’ll try it that way next.
Kirk, it isn’t awful… just lacklustre :)

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I had this with soy milk today. Usually I’m not that big a fan but I had a hunch it’d go well, and it did!! In fact, I’ll be drinking it like that every chance I get. The flavours pair really well together. (the brand I have, will update with the name later).

Nine sleeps til my doctors app and I finally take the next (of many!) step in fixin me up. Longest week ever…

Tealizzy

That’s a tasty one!

Indigobloom

It really is!!! I hope there will be reblends in the future at some point

Plunkybug

Mmm, sounds tasty!

Indigobloom

Plunkybug, it really is!! unfortunately, it’s also disappearing from my cupboard faster than I anticipated :P

Plunkybug

With good reason! :P

Indigobloom

Indeed. Definitely going on my list of re-purchasable teas!

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Yum! Totally forgot I had this. Relieved to see it wasn’t hit by the flood.

Indigobloom

We had a long term leak in our cupboard last year and didn’t realize it. Lots of water and damage.

Kirkoneill1988

ouch. time to call the handyman ;)

Kirkoneill1988

we had a mysterious flood too! it didn’t hit my puerh though :)

Indigobloom

haha no kidding. This was our second one. Both of them hit my tea. Not all of it. Glad yours is ok! :)

Kristal

Oh wow, how awful!

Kirkoneill1988

is your tea going to be allright?

Indigobloom

ehhh not all of it. I had to throw some out. Oh well, life goes on right :)

Kirkoneill1988

want me to send you some to replace some of it?

Indigobloom

Aw thanks for the offer Kirk. I’m ok right now. There is lots that I haven’t tossed but need to drink as its gone a bit stale with exposure.

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I enjoyed a cup this morning. My first at home cup in almost a month!
What a ride that was… now I’m coming down from the high of my vacay, I need to get back into “work” mode.
Today was all about decompressing after having company 24/7 for the last two weeks. Tomorrow, the real schtick gets rolling.
I was surprised that this tea worked so well today. It was absolute perfection without any additives, which I don’t get very often. I mean sure, I may not add something, but that doesn’t mean its perfect. So I relished this cup! Just the right mix of black tea and refreshing mint. Yes.
Anyhow. I feel whole again right now. Its good to be back.

TeaBrat

welcome back :)

Indigobloom

Thanks TeaBrat! Wow it’s been awhile since I posted. Time just got away from me haha

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Lime? Yep. Jello? Yep. Creamy? Yes!
Not quite as tart as I’d hoped but very satisfying :)
One day I’ll make it iced. I’m undecided on a rating as yet but I’m leaning towards high.
Also seriously crashing from my days away at camp.

On another note I kinda wish these notes were separated into before 52teas was sold and after. I never tried the original so I’m not sure how it compares, and it can be a pain trying to find the “new” notes since I haven’t been around for awhile to see them as they pass through my feed. I wonder if I’m the only one that feels that way…

Nichole/CuppaGeek

Nope. I feel that way too. I just drank some old 52Teas Birthday Cake Blend and was thinking the exact same thing.

Indigobloom

Oh phew I’m in good company then :)
I bet its been mentioned before. Wonder what Ann says.

TeaNTees

I agree!

Indigobloom

Right?! would it be so hard to figure out how to make them show in order of posting…

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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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