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drank Honeycrisp Apple by DAVIDsTEA
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Can’t believe I still have some of this left. I discovered that the tartness really comes out as its hot and then turns sweet as it cools. I love the tart, so need to find a brewing method that maintains it. If they bring it back maybe.

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72
drank Irish Cream by Vazar
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I had this straight up. Not bad for a bagged type. I bought the entire box for $1!!!
Honestly, that kinda scares me… But it looks to be a sister brand to Basilur the fact that it is a known brand might mean it is legit. and yanno, not full of cancer. ha.
Cuz it actually really does taste like Irish Cream. At that price I was expecting maybe a bit of generic “dessert” tea notes. But there is something very reminiscent of Irish cream. I mean, it actually tastes like there is dairy in it. Ingredients only list “flavouring” and Ceylon tea.
I can definitely taste the Ceylon base. My coworker tried as well and agreed it is very much Irish Cream. I wouldn’t say its a great tea, it is a bit dusty. For that price tho? I’m ok with using my too cold office water on it!! :P
Need a bigger mug as well, it steeps up a bit thick in my small one at work.
Oh and it packs some nice caffeine. Which is required!

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drank Royal White Peony by DAVIDsTEA
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Vegetal. Yup! Crisp, yeah I see it. Peas? Hmmm. More like green beans, I think. Or maybe edamame? I dunno. Not quite peas. Either way, I quite like it. There was a time this was my fave tea. (err. well, next to Assam which is kinda my forever tea home)
Unfortunately… This is starting to lose flavour. I have a few cups left. I don’t crave straight while teas often, so it takes awhile to get through samples. Maybe I’ll try cold brewing like Ms. Strange mentioned.
Then again, I find that non black teas… They are good to have in my office as our water filter system has a hot water feature, so I can get 90c water anytime (and wait a minute or so for it to cool if I need). So many decisions to make :P
My desk is far enough away from the kitchen area that filling the kettle and waiting for it to boil is a pain, esp since it has no whistle to let me know its done haha. Mine at home beeps.

So all of that said, does anyone know of a black tea that takes milk well, and can be steeped around 90c? I’ve tried it with my regular blacks and they’re “ok” but not as great as I know they usually are, which makes me want to just save it for later. Making it at home and trekking it in is a pain as well since it means I have to lug it on my 15+ min walk from the go train to work. Doesn’t sound like much but that is in addition to my gym gear and lunch. It adds up! Plus I generally don’t have caffeine until after I get off the go train.Cuz naps yo. So it doesn’t make much sense to carry. Anyhow. Sorry for the ramble. Input is welcome!

Sil

black teas and…milk? EEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWW :)

Dexter

I’m with you – water at work isn’t really HOT enough for black teas, but I seem to drink them anyway. I find that if I heat the mug first (to keep from loosing even more temp) and then use a little more leaf and steep a little longer I get OK results – not perfect but good enough for work. I don’t normally take my “special” blacks to work but pretty much all China blacks are ok this way. As for the milk thing – don’t listen to Sil – lots of blacks will take milk, but I find the blends are especially suited to it. I’m not sure what you have (or even prefer) but things like A&D Double Knit Blend…..good with milk. I hope that helps….

Nicole/Tea-Historic

CTCs generally do well at lower temps and generally also take milk well. Aside from my hoarded stash of Crimson Horizon, Single Origin Teas has an Australian CTC that is pretty good and most of the CTC Assams from Vahdam have been okay in suboptimal conditions. :) I can send some of the Australian your way if you want. I might have some Vahdam lurking around as well. And Paleozoic Peat is better at low temps than at boiling. Also Dawn of Time. Not trying to pimp my own stuff, just thinking of what I have on hand that I can send you some of if you want. :)

Sil

@dex don’t tell her not to listen to me! haha but yes, agreed on blends. I just haven’t put milk in my tea since i was uh like 6? so it always seems odd…maybe because my parents used to put a LOOOOT of milk in it, so i equate it with hiding the tea? heh.

Indigobloom

@Sil I grew up on it! malty black tea with milk is my comfort morning tea. I crave it enough that no other tea will do sometimes. Has to be malty tho, or else no go. And only Assams or chai. Sometimes Ceylon.

Indigobloom

@Dexter I find that some breakfast blends bore me. It seems really hit or miss. Of course some do work really well. Without the extra depth of a malty Assam in the blend, things just don’t add up somehow, but other than that I’m not sure how to choose heh. A&D is good stuff of course. How does Double Knit fare at 90c?
Also yes!! I do the same, heating up my mug first with the water. Thx for the ideas :)

Indigobloom

@Nicole wow that is a lot of options. I’ve not tried any of themn. Is there anything I can pick up for you at the tea festival? I have a bunch coming from YS soon (I hope) as well. Swap time! if you’re interested

ashmanra

I really only put milk in Assam teas/blends. They sometimes need it to CALM DOWN!

Dexter

@Sil – @Indigobloom – I am so sorry – my mistake. of course you should listen to Sil. Sil is amazing and we should all respect her opinion.

Indigobloom

@ashmanra, hah. Too true! though I do enjoy a cup of in your face tea now and then

Indigobloom

@Dexter Of course she is right. I don’t mind. More milk for me to put in my tea :P

Nicole/Tea-Historic

@Indigobloom – swap sounds awesome! And you are talking about the Vancouver tea festival? I’ll see what vendor will be there and I’ll check out your cupboard and PM you. :)

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Er… Toronto Tea Festival that is… :)

Sil

@dex..thats better cough don’t make me send your box to you….

Indigobloom

@Nicole awesome. Looking forward to it :)

Indigobloom

@Sil – hehe suddenly glad I haven’t got a box with my name on it at your place :P

Sil

IB……or doooo you? haha. I can’t actually remember anymore. I think i’ve got a box for nicole, terri and dexer…and then odds and ends for a few other folks

Indigobloom

Sil- probably not. My interest in tea waned for awhile

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63
drank Poor Weather by Citizen Tea
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Meh. Too much licorice again. Good for when I’m sick. Luckily I am mostly over my cold for now. Why must there always be licorice in a wellness blend… (don’t answer that for me haha)

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71
drank Detox Evening by Citizen Tea
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A pleasant tea. Fruity with a slight refreshing zing to it, from the peppermint mixed with nettle I presume? The mallow leaves a nice lingering aftertaste as well. I’m not a fan of the occasional peeking licorice note, and the fact that it is slowly overtaking the mallow in aftertaste. Bah.
Funny. I wondered why it seemed to have more depth than your average herbal. After looking at the ingredients, I see that there is decaf green tea in the blend. Hmmm. So technically not herbal? the residual caffeine would be very minimal, but for the caffeine sensitive, it can make a difference. It seems to perk me up a bit. Eh. Could be psychosomatic.
Either way, for a wellness tea it works.

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This is delicious. And very creamy!! Definitely an oolong, hanging out in the background. Needs more infusions for me to say more regarding the oolongness. That’s fine! I love the sweet lingering aftertaste.
For anyone who has tried the redleaf tea cheesecake matcha, the flavouring is pretty much identical, it just interacts differently with the base tea. Bonus, seeing as you can steep this multiple times, unlike matcha where you drink the leaf.
Oh! when I took the steeper out of my mug, a cloud of tea poofed. I love it when the tannins bloom like that :P

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Yup. This is good. Nommmmmms.
Similar in flavour chocolate wise to the 52teas Chocolate eclaire tea, which I also adore.
The floral aspect isn’t strong, but softens up the tea somehow. Nicely done!!
I love how gorgeous the rosepetals are. Is this tea… or potpourri?
I’m not a huge rose tea fan so the fact that I like this is really saying something

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Spiccccccccy!! I had to add milk, or else I’d have never gotten through my mug comfortably. Chai is preferable with milk for me so I was ok with that.
Dealing with my headcold still, my ‘buds must be dampened. I wonder if I’d have found it overly strong otherwise.
I really enjoyed the marshmallow notes. Didn’t see any “chocolate” though.
Would I buy it again? probably. I really dig the blend of spices. No peppercorn. yay! It was the perfect mix. But I have so many chai varieties in my cupboard at the moment. Responsible me says no. Le sighs. This is easily in my top five chai faves so I’m a bit sad to say its a sipdown.

Evol Ving Ness

I like this one too, but truly, I am a big fan of pepper in chai blends or in tea generally when it suits the flavour.

Indigobloom

I don’t mind ground pepper as much. And peppercorn in non chai blends works too! I’m picky haha

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87
drank Raspberry & Rosehip by Basilur
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This has lost a ton of flavour. One of those teas I’ve started to suffer through because I must finish what I started darnit.
Today though? Babying my headcold, I opted to indulge with a wallop of honey and a few drops of milk. Oversteeped so any remaining berry flavour would peek through the additives. And it worked. I was quite pleased with the bready, pastry like result. I’ve never seen real baked bread notes in this tea. It must be my sinuses.
Now that cuppa is done, I’m sipping on a cup of boiled/redcuced ginger with more honey. It seems to be helping.
Didn’t pair very well with the cashews and pecans I had. But with my limited appetite and the fact they were right there, I thought it best to get as much protein as possible. Anyhow. I’m off to watch some Bull. An interesting premise for a show. and something I don’t need much brain power to follow haha

Evol Ving Ness

Hope you feel better soon. Hurray for good tea though.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope you feel better, Indigo!

Indigobloom

Thank you for the wellwishes xo

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84
drank Hot & Unbothered by 52teas
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First experience with this tea was meh, in my travel mug. Vaguely fruity green with no spice. It could be that I need to deep clean my mug. I added a tiny bit of sugar, which didn’t help.
This time, I am at home, and found it to be delish. Just the right amount of spice, and it works well with the herbs added. And its giving my headcold a run for it’s investment :P
Added a half tsp of honey as well. I’ll have to see if my taste receptors are different when not sick. This definitely isn’t fruity today!
Strange, as I can’t stand the smell of this one dry!!

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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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