1292 Tasting Notes

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Tea #2 from the TTBA!
Not bad not bad. A nice blend of flavour and tea. Though I can totally see where Sil got the idea to ice this and add honey. Yup, I think this would be fab that way.
But… Hot? I’m really sad to say that I like the David’s tea version of blueberry black better. Because it’s organic? a denser base? heavier flavouring? Has sweetener? (stevia)
I don’t know. Probably all of the above. Shame. I prefer to support the local single stores when I can :(
Edit: When it’s cooled? yeah, not good at all. Dusty.
Sadness.

Sil

haha can’t believe you’ve already opened it to take teas out…at work silly

Indigobloom

A girls gotta stay caffeinated :P

Indigobloom

Terri… :):)! :)

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The TTBA is here!! I just met up with Sil. Apparently we have the same sunglasses. Tea twins? ;)
Anyhow. I plan to be SO hyped on caffiene by the time today is over. It’s gonna be a good day!
But this tea? It isn’t buttered anything! In my travel mug so its piping hot at the moment… I’m hoping some semblance of flavour emerges as it cools down.
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Ok it’s been a few minutes.
I can kind sorta maybe but not really see where they get “buttered” from. Except it’s more like “vanilla that moonlights as buttered”.
The base is kindof thin. or maybe it’s the flavouring. or both. Hmmm.
I find that ceylon is sometimes a tricky base, and that is what I suspect this is.
I’m sure if I had enough time to play around with steeping parameters, I could come up with something that’d be tasty. A latte perhaps?
Well, it’s been an interesting tea box debut. On to the next one :)

Note: I just discovered that if I aerate the sip between my teeth (because it’s still HOT!), I actually do get something rum like! Well, I’ll be.

Terri HarpLady

You girls should have took a pic!

Indigobloom

Next time! she didn’t have hers around at the moment

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I made this in my travel mug today. And ya know what, it is much better. Funny that!
The pu-erh shines through more, and the hibby downplays it’s evil sourness. Mind you, my expectations were set pretty low this time so that could be part of why I’m so lenient today.

Anyhow, on a side note… I went on a blind (internet) date the other day. Normally that isn’t something I’d admit but the story is too funny to pass up!
The guy I was meeting, he wasn’t there when I got there. So I texted him. He texted back to say… he locked himself in the convention centre washroom. I had to get the janitor to let him out… hehehehehe I giggle every time I think about it.
Needless to say the date didn’t go too well. He was way too forward for my liking. I have a thing about kissing on the first date. He knew that and dove right in anyhow. Blech.

Oh one other thing about the tea, is it as a surprisingly pleasant(ish) aftertaste. Hmmmm.

Sil

SLLLUUUUUUUURRRRRRPPPPPPPPP!

Indigobloom

LOL
Slurp the tea? YES please. Slurp the face? EWWWW

CHAroma

Wow, how long was he locked in there? LOL!

Indigobloom

I’m not sure, he didn’t answer when I asked :P
So I’m guessing it was awhile!

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Wow this was a really old sample. One of those I really should have tossed but sentimental me with the rose coloured glasses for Teaopia said it should be steeped in a last ode to the latest shop to be consumed by the all powerful Teavana/Starbucks.
Overall? More or less as I remember it, only a little weak.
Pleasant and light.
Not bad, considering it’s nearly two years old and the packet was clipped shut!
Still, this was not the afternoon caffeine hit I was looking for.
Good thing I have a trusty (metal) waterbottle primed for shaken matcha with me!
I wonder if droids drink tea… hmmm… (nerd attack ;)

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Thank you Sil for this sample! Twas quite the yummy cuppa. I was pleasantly surprised.
Mind you, I had it a few days ago during one of the Steepster outages, thus am logging it now… so all I can recall is that it was sweet, with a hint of smoke and a whole lotta artichoke or the “green” part of avocado (ie not the creamy taste)
Either way, it was delish :)

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This has aged a bit, but was still quite tasty. Yum.
I couldn’t really pick out any specific notes, but it was buttery and vegetal with a nice side of saltiness. One more cuppa left! maybe two.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1292 tasting notes

AughhhhhhhH!!!!! Steepster ate my note. And now I haven’t got time to write another. Grrrrrrrrr.
Here’s the short version:
This is nice, I like it. May buy some more if I can clear out some herbals.
It reminds me of a dragonfruit tea I had from Tealish once. Yum. Very sweet and berry like. Not heavy on the apple which is great, as that is the first ingredient and I am not a huge fan of herbal apple blends.
This was a bit of a hodgepodge steep, as I used half hot and half cold water, since my regular vessel was being used for the oolong, and I was in a rush.
I don’t know what buckthorn tastes like and I’m not seeing any goji notes though. Well, a hint of goji in the middle and aftertaste but I may be imagining that. Who knows.
Oh and one more thing. No artificial ingredients. Wohoo!!

Cavocorax

I might have to try this one too!

Indigobloom

I think you’d like it! great for kids as well :)

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Floral alert!! yikes.
Not in a bad way. I kinda like it. But I need to be in the mood, methinks.
This is definitely an oolong in that specifically oolong way with that puckery dry sensation after taking a sip. It’s almost like eating a gourmet flower. Or how you would think perfume would taste, if you didn’t already know that perfume is really nasty tasting. Sighs. Only I could think that description makes sense.
Anyhow. I’m at the bottom of my cuppa now and its getting a touch salty in the aftertaste. and refreshing.
Overall? A highly enjoyable cup but not one I’d go out of my way to order a pound of. If I could, I’d keep a small sample size on hand

Calochortus

I understand the perfume-tasting description… That’s probably because I’ve tried quite a few perfumes in my life because of how tasty they smell (scientists do weird things)…

Indigobloom

LOL phew, I am not alone! I guess I have a scientist’s palate :P

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I am in a ridiculously good mood right now. I’m not sure if it’s the super ripe and sweet peaches, the uber decadent avocado, the matcha, or a combination of all three but oh myyyyyy am I happy girl! It was so freakin YUMMY!!! (certainly was not the milk and water I added haha)
Well I am a little sad because my smoothie is finished already. They disappear so quickly!

Stephanie

Sounds delish

Indigobloom

It positively was!! nom nom nom

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A nice comforting cup of pu-erh. Thanks to Sil for this sample of Golden Tips from China!
It has some nice cocoa, hay, and earthy notes in there. I could be wrong, but I feel like it’s a little bready as well. It reaches deep into my belly this one. I love that. Yum.
Rating would be 81, for now.

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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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