1564 Tasting Notes

86
drank Aged White Tea by Anteeo Tea
1564 tasting notes

Yet another from the traveling box. I really need to get it moving again. Hopefully after I get paid either tomorrow or Monday.

Anyhow. I liked this. It was rather rich and malty for a white yet still had the white tea(silver needle, I think?) characteristics I used to love. Maybe this is how I can fall back into whites? There was a time I adored them all!
I got two steeps out of it, and probably could have gone for three or four if there had been time.
I wonder who put this in the box. Since I’m the first to review anything from this company…

Plunkybug

I did. They are a local company to me. It’s good for a bagged tea, right? I haven’t put a note up because I messed up the brewing the first time I made it, but had it in store as a demo and it was really tasty.

Indigobloom

Oh nice they’re Canadian!!

Plunkybug

Yes, they are based in Victoria, here. I got samples from Evan, after I had tried some at a local market demo. I really liked it them, and was surprised it was a bagged tea. They are only carrying a few teas, but they are very particular which teas they use, and source from. I asked for extras so I could pass some on. I feel bad I have not put reviews up…but the times I have had them, I have been rushed and not paid proper attention to brewing and tasting…so I am waiting on a good time to do it, sit down with the materials, and do a proper tasting.

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84
drank Cardamom Tea by Alokozay
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Oh man this is good!! Another one from the travelling tea box.
At first I was skeptical. Surely this one would be too much for me. But it is super pleasant!
Other reviews are so right. With a splash of milk, it’s just perfect. Spicy, refreshing, and brisk. Quite astringent mind you. My mouth is super dried out feeling.
Still, if I see this in a store, I’m gettin it!!!

OMGsrsly

I really enjoyed this one too. :) In fact, I think I might still have a packet. I’ll have to dig through my box… Set it out for tomorrow!

Indigobloom

I think there is one more in the box… very tempting haha

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75

Cardboard? Yeah I kinda see it. but I don’t hate it.
Something about vanilla and coconut always has that profile, in my mind anyhow.
A dash of milk and a teeny bit of sugar make it uber creamy.
So while I wouldn’t run out and buy out the shop of this one… I wouldn’t turn down another cup! :)
Also, I don’t see much chocolate here. Or maybe that kind of chocolate that’s been so washed out that it tastes more like vanilla!!

CHAroma

Mmm, vanilla cardboard. :P

Indigobloom

lol you never know it could be the next big thing :D

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77

I took a few days off from black tea with milk. I’m glad I did because it made todays cuppa extra tasty! Seriously. Rating bump deserved just for this one cup! :)
Extra malty and flavourful this time around. Me likey.

On the health front, I am still waiting for one of my doc appointments to be made. GP said that if they don’t call me within two weeks after his referral (they faxed the form in) that I should give them a call. So I’m left waiting… to find out how long I need to wait… sighs.
Oh and I had my sleep clinic follow up last night. Apparently I have positional sleep apnea. They want me to wear this shirt to bed since I only have sleep “incidents” when on my back. This should be interesting… http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/anti-snore-shirts-sleep-apnea

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80

Another one from the traveling tea box.

Noms! when hot… super noms. All smooth and creamy and white chocolate notes… with a hint of coconut that works really well here.
Cold, ehhhh. Still good, but not wow good. More standard what I kinda hoped for(not wanting to set expectations too up there!) but on the high end of that.
No sugar or anything added and I found it quite sweet on its own. Possibly too much so for those who prefer unsweet tea.
So points for hot goodness. A few points off for uber sugary-ness.

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85
drank Sunny Fruits Puer by Lupicia
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From the traveling tea box. Not one I would have purchased for myself before trying it… as I generally don’t like papaya. Love mango though!
Dry, it smells super fruity. Like a tropical punch, but a bubblegummy one. That aspect comes through in the brewed tea as well, only not quite as strongly.
I haven’t got much else to say really. Fruity mango noms. Pairs surprisingly well with Puer! since I’ve never tried the base, I don’t really feel qualified to comment. Then again I’m still on the first steep so there may be an update fortcoming ;)

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81
drank Golden Phoenix by Silk Road
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OK so I didn’t get citrus from this at all. A bit of spice which I presume was the cinnamon and the rest was all puerh. A bright one, I’ll give it that. and I’ll accept that the brightness is possibly a result of the grapefruit, but I would never have picked that out, let alone something fruity. I also get something else underneath. Bread? that isn’t quite it. Hmmm.
I did really enjoy this blend. Maybe one day I’ll buy some :D

Wow these ttb pickings are hitting it outta the park!

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This tea is confusing me!!! Minty and nutty and coconut and… bah!
At first it was so flat that I couldn’t taste much of anything at all except the brazil nuts. Not impressed. So I added some sugar and apparently too much. Only half of a teaspoon! Sheesh. Now it’s all super strong mint and coconut and I don’t know what else… but something else too.
Now I do think I like it. I’m just not sure how much! somewhere in between a 75 and 85?

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83
drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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This stuff smells like heaven!! from the box yet again.
I often think and even say I don’t like coconut but then I smell a pure sweet young coconut scent and remember that I do adore some coconut. Happy sighs.
It’s very creamy on it’s own. Just the way I love it! :D
I’m not sure what level of flavouring this is but I do wish it was a bit less. I can’t really taste the matcha.

Also, it looks like I am the first person to review this in almost a year?!

Roswell Strange

Technically my last note for this one was two months ago :P

Indigobloom

Oh! haha I only briefly perused the notes. Looks like I forgot to expand the further notes sections.

Kirkoneill1988

i shall try this someday

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90
drank Melon White Tea by Lupicia
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Let me start of by saying that I generally dislike melon. I’ll eat it if it’s part of a dish or someone gives it to me, but not with relish or fervor(except fresh watermelon. Looooove watermelon!). Desserts that are flavoured like melon are even worse. Blech! I can’t stand it. Makes me wanna brush my teeth just to get the taste gone.
So when I heard about the melon teas at Lupicia, I was seriously not interested. A definite PASS for me.
But then I thought I’d better try it just to see what all the fuss is about. Cuz ya never know. YA NEVER KNOW!!! cuz it happens folks. Tea love strikes at the most random of times and you end up kicking yourself for not jumping on that wagon earlier. It’s so fresh and bright and happy tasting!
and now I’m all sad because isn’t this one discontinued???
It’s so incredibly tasty and I have no idea why, when I really should be disliking this cup. Does this apply to all melon teas? I swear I’ve had one before and it wasn’t like this. Or maybe it’s just this one cup, with these parameters? Or just the Lupicia version? I’m confused. Wouldn’t say that I’m annoyed, quite… ok yeah I would. Falling in love with a tea I can’t have has perturbed me. So there.

Indigobloom

OooOOooo?! thx for the heads up!

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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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