1342 Tasting Notes

76

I’m sad. This is the only Assam tea I have in my cupboard at the moment.
So yeah, it is pretty much the only reason I’ll break my purchase ban. Esp during winter, I like need to have multiple Assam(and sometimes Ceylon) options.
Well, I do have Taiwanese Assam but I don’t think that really counts since it has an entirely different profile and what I often crave is a brisk malty tea to enjoy a la dairy. Today, this was a tad too coppery for what I wanted but it was my only option if I wanted my milk n tea. It did the job, for the most part!

Sighs. Ok folks that is the end of the review. Moving onwards with the personal rant now.
I really needed my Assam this morning. Our furnace broke down last night so I am exhausted. Staying warm all day long when you’re stuck at a computer is hard work!! Despite mainlining tea and soup, and boiling water on the stove, I was not able to stop shivering.
The repair guy fixed it hours ago, but only temporarily. Apparently the darn thing is only functioning at 60-70%.
Add to that an illness in the family circle and a death in the extended family (nobody close, but it was very sad) and well lets just say that you could play the tension with a pick and snap the string.
Hopefully this nightmare of a week won’t spell the layout of my 2014!

C-chan

hugs I’m sorry that things are going badly. I hope that everything improves for you, and that you’re getting all the badness out of your year in the first week. <3

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear all that stuff! Do you want me to send you an Assam care package? I would do it!

keychange

I’m so sorry. I especially know how being cold and tired can really intensify the awfulness of an already bad situation.

boychik

I’m sorry, it’s just too cold today. Stay warm. If you need Assam I can send it to you.

boychik

I have an excellent Ceylon as well. Just let me know

TeaBrat

Oh no! I hope you get it all fixed soon…

Indigobloom

Aww thanks everyone you are all so sweet. I’m so glad to have a safe place to vent!! we are holding at 68F right now. I’ll take it haha.
Boychick/Terri, I would love to do a swap!! unfortunately I haven’t got many straight teas to offer in return.

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75

What an interesting tea!! Big thanks to Ssajami for the most generous sample!
On to the tea:
I’ve never had Saffron before so had no idea what to expect. I made Mum try some and she was amazed that it tasted exactly like the Saffron she remembers.
Myself, I thought it was a bit odd while hot. Very slightly bitter with an almond like base overtop the green tea and a sweet note that reminds me of vanilla.
Of course, I then left it too cool, and found that I really enjoyed it!! This way, I got more of a pudding like feel. Slightly eggy with a marzipan finish.
Sadly, I’m feeling a little cautious, as that “eggy” note is how I once regarded certain Jasmine teas, which eventually started to make me feel ill. Maybe if I don’t indulge very often my tummy won’t notice? lol

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70

I’ve tried this twice now and still my palate can’t decide what to think. Hot, I really don’t care for it. It has a medicinal sweet note (probably from the licorice and peppermint) that reminds me of herbal throat remedies that I partake in only when necessary and can’t really taste at the time anyhow.
Cooled, its significantly better. I can taste the puerh, and while it doesn’t taste fishy at all, it has the mouthfeel of fishiness. I know that makes no sense but it’s true!
Anyhow. It also has a more biting mint note at that point, which I do appreciate. The vanilla seems to round things out a bit. I’m not sure where the ginger comes in though, it must be hidden underneath everything.
Actually now that I think about it, all the ingredients here are known to contribute sweetness to a blend so perhaps its the combination that irks me…
A touch of sugar seemed to help a bit. Next time I’ll remember to let it cool entirely before sipping, so I don’t bias anything.

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85

Holy peanut! this smells exactly as I had hoped. Even better, actually. It reminds me of a peanut icecream I had over the summer. and the smell really translates into the taste as well. I used to think I hated pb in icecream, but then I learned that was because I hadn’t tried it from someplace that knew how to do it right.
Anyhow… I don’t see why this one has gotten such low ratings. Maybe this is a reformulated batch?
Seriously, I really enjoyed my cup! It was just like a frozen pb and chocolate dessert! In fact, I dare say it has reorder potential. Yum.

Tea Sipper

You actually got any peanut out of this? I don’t at all! Must be a better batch.

Roswell Strange

I didn’t get much peanut out of the sample I tried, either :(

Indigobloom

Yeah I dunno, it must be a new batch because the smell and taste are super potent! Unmistakably pb!!

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77

I tried it. It was good. But not incredibly so? Minty, yes… but in the way I would expect from a bagged green mint… What am I missing? Hmmmm.
Will give it another go before rating.

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58

I need to try this again before deciding officially but methinks this one is not for me. Something just doesn’t jive.
The base is odd, and I can’t really taste any chocolate. The chili makes for a little tingle on the tongue and in the swallow but it’s pretty weak. I had such high hopes…
There were moments when I thought, hey this isn’t so bad. But then others, well it was just plain meh.

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
1342 tasting notes

I always forget how enjoyable this one is. So much yum!
Of course, I rarely indulge. I tend to bypass the DT options in my cupboard, not for any apparent reason, it just happens :/

Nightshifter

Same here, but you are inspiring me to go back to some DT favorites this weekend. :)

Indigobloom

lol yay!!

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84

Birthday Cake. Yup, that about sums it up. Vanilla cake, with a black base seems somewhat counter intuitive but it works. It really does.
Bare, it was a little astringent/sour for me, so I added some milk and a dash of sugar. I figured that would make it more realistic anyhow. And I was right!!
This kinda had the consistency of white hot chocolate now that I think about it, only with a “cake” or icing flavour more than white chocolate.
I quite literally feel as if I’ve eaten a slice of cake. Perfect for those days when I’m craving something sweet!
Although I can see what people mean about it tasting a tad artificial. Between that and the oily film on top, this may turn off some of the tea purists out there. Ah well. For some reason in this one, I don’t mind so much.

Also, this is one I’d consider reordering. I suspect I will want more once the packet is done!!

Fjellrev

Is it anything like Pineapple Upside Down Cake or David’s Red Velvet?

ifjuly

i thought it was a little like david’s red velvet, but better, personally.

Indigobloom

I really liked the red velvet, except for the slight twinge of artificial flavouring. This one is just like that, except it’s vanilla, and I don’t get that artificial bite.

Indigobloom

I’d say it isn’t much like the upsidedown pineapple cake, this is more cakey I think.

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83

Wow. This is a green?! I just assumed white, based on the name, appearance and taste. I’d love to see how they processed this one.
Reminds me of silver needle. Light, bright, and just slightly malty, and floral. The same crispness I saw in the Assam is there as well.
Thank you for the sample Little Red Cup Tea Company!! Colour me impressed.

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26

Terrible. I ended up tossing it down the drain.
Hot, it was tolerable. Barely. But very fake tasting. Like one of those watermelon candies. Not at all like a real juicy melon. Then as it cooled, I got a serious bitter note. Kindof like when you accidentally bite into a watermelon seed.
Sugar didn’t help, and neither did a dash of milk.
What am I gonna do with the rest of this packet!?

Roswell Strange

Oh no D: And the name sounds so promising…

Indigobloom

Yup. I was kinda sad. My high hopes are dashed!

boychik

what if you resteep with diff parameters, maybe cooler temp., diff water ratio. Also i think agave syrup would help. i maybe wrong

Indigobloom

Actually I used water that was about 96c. Perhaps if I went straight for boiling it’d help. Worth a shot.

52teas

Was this one of the Southern Boy Teas or the old iced tea series? If the latter, it is about three years old.

Indigobloom

Ahh hmm. I’d have to check. But it was whatever I ordered a few months ago.

52teas

If you ordered it a few months ago from us, it had to be the Southern Boy Teas series. Did it come in a foil pouch with a teabag inside, or was it a kraft pouch with foil lining and loose tea inside? The first would be the new SBT; the second the old iced tea series.

Indigobloom

The first one. So an SBT.

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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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