1287 Tasting Notes

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Thank you for the free sample Joseph Wesley! This is lovely, truly!!
I am usually on the fence with Chinese black teas, but this, well this is delicious. Definitely getting a cigar association as the Snooty Tea Person pointed out below, but like s/he said, not a strong one. Mild and pleasant!
Beyond that there is a sparkling element that I find with really good teas. Is that mineral, is that what that taste is? Hmmm.
It has some depth to it, and LOTS of complexity. I’m getting Barley, a tiny bit of hay, and a big wallop of cacao right before the end of my sip. The aftertaste is of barley as well.
Now, I know this is damn good tea because every time I take a sip, it’s like reading that book you just can’t put down, I want more more!! but then, I really need to savour this as well… so I’m taking really tiny sips in hopes that I can fool myself into thinking that it will last longer that way.

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I’ve tried and tried to find the sweet spot here, but somehow I end up with a pretty ok cuppa tea every time. hmmmm.
This time however, I added some vanilla milk. Oh wow what a difference, it was great! I accidentally steeped it at 4 min, so added the milk to help, and it really did! I gulped down that cup like I hadn’t had tea in ages. This is the first time we’ve tried “nilla milk”, a friend does the free samples at grocery stores, and she had a bunch left over. I am a fan. This coming from a “purist” (ish) who usually hates adding flavoured items to already flavoured teas!

Fjellrev

I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for Dairyland’s vanilla Milk 2 Go. I’ve considered getting a bottle, adding matcha, and shaking it up, but it’s just so good on its own!

Indigobloom

Hmm I’ll have to find out from my neighbour which one this was so we can buy it again! adding matcha, omg that is brilliant

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drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
1287 tasting notes

Not bad for bagged tea served in a styrofoam cup on an airplane! not bad at all I say.
With milk and sugar, it was quite yummy. After my layover on my second flight I had another cup sans milk and that was not bad either, though a little flat. Also, I could taste the bag, kindof like dust.
Still, I’d drink it again, on an airplane that is :)
(coming home from Florida, it was a nice vacation and I’m glad to be home!)

Sil

i feel like you’ve been gone for an eternity

Indigobloom

It has been two forevers heh. Been having trouble logging in and posting here. No matter what browser I use. Seems to be better now though! :)

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Apple chai? interesting. and by that I mean… not for me.
It was ok, but I wouldn’t ever order it for myself. The apple popped a little but tasted a bit dusty, probably because of the spices and such. I’m not sure I tasted any pomegranate either.
Honey helped dull the clove taste, which I can enjoy only in very minimal quantities.
All of that said, it was drinkable and comforting, so not all is lost.
Also, atleast I know now what Ankara tastes like, kindof!

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Oh wow I didn’t realize that I’ve already tried this one?! Hmph.
Well it’s a goodie anyhow, so it’s not wasted.
Unfortunately though, my love for chai seems to have waned somewhat. I mean, this was good and all, but my all out lovethistea meter wasn’t blinking, nor has it been for any of the chais I’ve tried the last little while. I guess I’m in a phase. Boo!! I want to be able to love my chais again. Sighs.
Well, I still have a little bit left, enough to experiment now that I finally went through the notes and saw Kittenas suggestion of adding maple syrup. Uhm yes please!

On a non tea related note, there are 16 days til I leave for vacation. So many levels of yay! Only it seems that the last time I counted down, there were only 18 days and I swear that was almost a week ago… :/
I’m a little frustrated with certain circumstances right now. Really really need that vacation (can you hear me grinding my teeth from all the way over there?)

Bonnie

Oh I hope you have a wonderful time!!!

Fjellrev

Me too! Hope it’s someplace exotic. :D

Indigobloom

Hehe thanks Ladies! :)
My parents have a place in Florida and they want me to see the new kitchen etc so I’m going to hang out and shop. It’ll be relaxing I hope!

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Sipdown!!
I got to almost sipdown status last winter, but find that I can only enjoy this, truly, in cold weather… so it was saved. Today, I decided to clear it out. Oh how I will miss you orange chocolate puerh! You were so good while you lasted.

Also, what’s this new Select tab?! must check this out when I get home tonight :P

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I really need to mix up what teas I keep where. Getting a little sick of my current selection at work.
Anyhow, looking back at my previous review, I don’t taste nearly as much floral today! It’s more smokey, I think. Then again I’ve been known to interpret floral as smoke, so its probably just me heh.
Strange, it’s a very comforting sortof cuppa. Creamy. Almost malty, like my Ceylon green, which I’ve been mysteriously unable to find lately…
Nevermind.
Still getting the saltiness, but I’m told that could be due to water quality so I won’t put that down to the tea, this time.
I’m not sure what to drink next. Matcha smoothie! yes!!

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drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
1287 tasting notes

I’ve finally determined without a doubt- I like this one much better at 2 minutes. Anything more and it gets heavy, losing the delicate root beer flavour which seems to get lost under whatever base is used. Makes for a lighter cup but I kinda like it that way :)
Great with or without a pinch of sugar!

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drank Cream Fantasy by Basilur
1287 tasting notes

Ok seriously. this is like a milky oolong, only its green tea and there is strawberry goodness mixed in with the milky.
It’s kinda like drinking strawberries and cream. Sighs. Happy place.

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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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