1342 Tasting Notes

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Delish!!
Not much else to say though. It tastes like a smooth cross between Laoshan green(vegetal, nutty) and genmaicha. I dig.

Kirkoneill1988

genmaicha tastes like popcorn tea to me :D

Indigobloom

Haha yes that is what my niece calls it! :)

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72

Hot, I did not like this at all!! How odd.
It was musty and a bit bitter, but not in a cranberry way.
Now that its cooled, I can taste the fruitiness a bit more while any must has faded. There’s also something mildly spicy in there, though I can’t figure out quite what.
In terms of a classic cranberry tea, it isn’t exactly what I imagined or craved, so I guess the perfect cranberry tea hunt must continue.
Overall, I’d say that it does evoke a theme of “autumn” so points for that.

Dustin

I think their Boston blend has cranberries too. It sounded intriguing, but when I tried it it was very similar to hibiscus.

Dustin

…which = very blech IMO.

Indigobloom

Hmmm. Now I am curious.
I don’t mind hibiscus IF in moderation, and if it contributes to the taste of the fruit. But I can’t stand it when they add so much that all you taste is sour!

Kittenna

Cranberry Pear from DT is my favourite cranberry tea. Most seem to use hibiscus to emulate the tartness of cranberry, which wrecks it.

Indigobloom

I really liked the one from Mlesna, but I’ve run out now. I seem to recall loving the Cran Pear one, though it has been ages! totally agreed on the hibby :/

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75
drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
1342 tasting notes

Lately I’ve been forgetting to pack my traveling tea pouch. So when I end up at the boyfriends place, this is what I’ve been having on occasion. Not bad, if I’m actually in the mood for chai. Sweet, bold, and savoury enough to hit the right spots. Much better than the to go version you can get in the shop. Luckily he is a lover of milk so I always have some for my tea. (I only have milk in beverages generally… tea, coffee, smoothies etc)
Bah. Either way after a whole day of kid pile-ons (he has two) a cuppa this baby is heaven. Funny, there was a time I really didn’t care for it, and now I look forward tp a cup… heck I would actually buy it for my place, loose!!

I really should get back on the “keep a pouch or three in my purse” bandwagon – if I can find my little portable tin so leaves remain unsquished!

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drank BlueChai's Blue Tea by BlueChai
1342 tasting notes

Do you know why my handle here is Indigobloom? Can ya guess? I dare you to guess…
It’s partly because indigo is my fave colour. Seriously.
Actually, its the colour the the sky on a cloudless (usually summer) night right before true night blue sets in, right after sunset. Kindof a royal blue but darker, and some light behind it. I don’t catch it often, but oh my it is gorgeous. The sunrise version is even more breathtaking but lets face it, I’m rarely up that early and outside – but when I am its a real treat.
Anyhow, this tea has me excited given that with a full cup, it matches my fave colour precisely. I could just sit here and stare at it forever. But then I’d turn into a pretty boring person so here I am writing the review while I steal occasional glances at my mug.
As for the taste, I find it relatively pleasant. A little earthy in a flower like way. Sweet but not overly. A tad vegetal as well though not in a way I can pinpoint. Yes I do indeed like it! Not love, but definitely not too far from it. High marks for the colour.

Amariel

It’s a good tea, but quite mild.

Indigobloom

Yeah it is – I let it steep for almost seven min!

Amariel

Be careful with straining, and any falling on your counter tops. I have not had a stain, but I have wiped it right away hoping to prevent one.

Indigobloom

yeah I wondered about that. Actually, I was thinking about my teeth!

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76

Tummy was feeling off today so this was required. One of those days I’m grateful when herbal tea remedies exist.

lindsayb

I had to do this the other night, gotta love this tea, it’s like magic

Indigobloom

Haha yes it really is! I like that its a bit different than other mint teas

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96

Welps. This is definitely just an average oolong now, after all that time! To be fair, I’ve had it for a few years now. Too bad we bought so much that I couldn’t drink it down very fast.
Perhaps I can use it up in Kombucha. I have a lot of tea that needs to be used up.
I wonder how many baked goods I can use tea in…

TeaBrat

I have seriously been only buying black teas for a while now, everything else takes a long time to use up (aside from puerh)

OMGsrsly

I noticed today that Numi is putting recipes on the back of their boxes, so maybe check out their website?

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, I hear you on that. I think my ratio for green/blacks is around 3:1. I can’t wait til I get my cupboard down to a reasonable level where I can buy only what I drink and never throw any tea out!

Indigobloom

OMGsrsly oooh awesome tip, thanks!! Maybe I’ll try the Tiramisu :P
http://www.numitea.com/pure-tea/tea-inspired-recipes/

Kittenna

I’ve lost my taste for coconut oolong, and find it rather drying now. Actually, I think my enjoyment of coconut in teas has significantly waned overall.

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drank Chinese Oolong by Unknown
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I’m making Kombucha for the first time!
My jug isn’t nearly as big as it should be so we’ll see how things work out. I cut the recipe by two thirds so I’m a little worried that the the ratio may be off in some way. (do you need a minimum amount of anything to get the party started? I don’t know…)
Bah. I guess I have to wait and see. This is the not so fun part. I’ll have to rely on other teas to keep me entertained!

Bear With Me

Oolong kombucha ftw!!!!

Indigobloom

Hehe I really hope it works out Bear With Me! :)

Bear With Me

It should! Oolong makes the BEST booch!

I need to find some nice big non metal jars and get mine going again..

TeaBrat

oh have fun!

Indigobloom

Bear With Me, I used an oolong that isn’t the best quality but is great for mixing and experiments, cooking etc. So hopefully I added enough! or I brewed it for long enough. Different recipes I saw called for various lengths of time… so many factors to look at! LOL

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, thanks!! I can’t wait to see what happens :P

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drank Mangalam Assam by Tsaa Tea Shop
1342 tasting notes

Noms!!
My friend K was kind enough to give me a few cups of this tea. I’m in heaven <3

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77

I can’t believe I still have some of this left. Wow. It was in my “might have got wet” in the leak pile so I guess I’d been putting off trying it and ended up forgetting I had any!
Anyhow, this is the first time I’ve tried some with milk, and it is quite nice. Like mint icing!!

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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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