1341 Tasting Notes

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I thought I would be impressed. But I was only mildly so.
Lots going on here, and yet nothing at all. Mild sweetness, a hint of pepper. Is that floralness? I can’t quite tell!1

JustJames

i hate it when a tea lets me down!

Indigobloom

Yup. I had high expectations apparently!

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Oh wow, pear! Dunno why I’m surprised, its right in the description haha.
I wonder if time has mellowed out the floral part. I’m not one to love an intensely floral tea (unless it’s certain types of rose) and I usually side with other reviews on that front.
But honestly, it isn’t bad at all. Hot, it’s got a pear perfume sort of air about it, but a pleasant one, not overbearing or noxious. As it cools, I get more of a true pear aroma/flavour and I’m quite enjoying it! made in my travel mug, which is always a wild card so who knows how this would fare in a regular drinking mug.
Actually, have you ever had pear juice? I can’t recall what brand but I used to buy it every once in awhile and this tastes just like that! with a hint of floral on the side. A teaspoon of sugar really brings that out. Me likey.
Yay for good tea runs! this is my third or fourth hit with a new tea in a row :D

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drank Jin Jun Mei by Tao Tea Leaf
1341 tasting notes

This was one I had two samples of in the travelling tea box but had to take out. It didn’t do much for me when I had it at the shop during Tao’s tasting, but holeeee shamoley was this ever tasty when I made it at work!! yummers.
Perfectly thick and creamy, a little sweet. Oh yeah it really was great. Sadly the second steep hit on that certain peppery note that I so dislike in black asian teas. Oh well.
I may actually restock this one occasionally as a treat.

Terri HarpLady

I love Jin Jun Mei!!! sigh…even the peppery note!

Sil

Hmmmm I haven’t Ben blown away by most Jin jun mei that I’ve tried. Maybe I’ll send a surprise your way next box Terri haha

Terri HarpLady

I have some Jin jun mei from yunnan sourcing, I think I’ll include some of that in the next box :)

Indigobloom

Terri HarpLady, I don’t mind it some days. Not so much lately though, fo rsome reason.
Sil, I think it’s just finicky. I had to experiment to find my sweet spot with it

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Thank you so much to TerriHarpLady for this sample!! YUMMO!!
Funny, I tried this twice. First time, I wanted a chocolatey tea with milk, but it turned out a little sour. I wasn’t all that impressed. SO I held off reviewing til I could try again and so today I made it in my travel mug. Sans milk. I went in thinking I would add my bit of dairy after tasting a spoonful, but something told me not to. Cuz it is much better that way! Oh yes. Deeeelish.
It’s a dark chocolate, or maybe only partly milk chocolate taste, and very creamy after it cools down a bit.
When hot, it was downright dark chocolate, almost like laoshan black in that way. I should try a side by side and see just how much they differ!
This is something I’d keep around if I came across it, for sure.
Anyhow, thanks for the sample Terri, you rock!

On a side note, this work contract is just killing me. Most stressful period I’ve ever had, thus far in my life. Well, except for maybe the recession. Maybe.
So much so that I haven’t had a drive to drink tons of tea. I mean, I’ve had my tea but its more of an afterthought now, because I just don’t have time, atleast not during the day when I can have caffeine. Le sad.
That said, its also been one of, if not THE most valuable learning experience(s) in my career. I guess it all balances out in the ether huh.
The other day, I had in depth conversations with some friends and was so tired that the next day, I couldn’t remember any of it. Hmmm.
Also, I have tons of backlogs so stay tuned for some IB spamwalling ;)

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Is Steepster down? I haven’t got any new notes on my feed. The last one (except for yours Dinosara) is from ten hrs ago?! Strange.

Anyhow, I’ve had this one a couple times and it’s yet to impress. I mean, for the rep of the brand, I thought it would be jaw on the floor yum but it’s just average yum. In fact, I’ve had darjeelings that I loved more?
It’s missing that sparkle and dryness I so love in a good darj.
I need to play around with the steeping parameters. This last cup (backlog from yesterday) was made with water from the coffee machine. So I’ll hold off on rating for now. It could just be finicky and I need to find the wow setting!
Also, my seasonal allergies may have affected my impression, though that wouldn’t account for the other two cups I had last month!

keychange

Love the dryness of a good darj!

Dinosara

I checked the explore feature because I noticed the same thing but there appears to literally have been no notes from people I was following during that time. Maybe Steepster was down all last night?

keychange

I’m also only seeing dinisara’s post and then one from nine hours ago, so it’s not just you.

Indigobloom

Keychange… meeeee too :D but there are more postings now! thankfully!
Dinosara, I guess the server was down for awhile. Atleast it happened while I was sleeping hahaa

keychange

I know! gotta get my steepster fix!

Indigobloom

Exactly ;)
For the first time in months, I’m actually caught up on reading reviews for the moment haha. (if you, don’t count the hundreds I missed out on prior to yesterday that won’t load anyhow :P)

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drank Mulberry Magic by DAVIDsTEA
1341 tasting notes

I don’t know what got into me but a few months ago I found myself craving Mulberry Magic. I somehow ended up in a store, and came home with this. Hmmmm. How did that happen?? :)
I seem to be sabotaging my tea buying hiatus effort. Hmph.
But this cup? it was deeeeeeelicous, if a tad fake tasting, somehow, in that mildly biting way. Totally worth it. I think.

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drank White Butterfly by Teaopia
1341 tasting notes

SIPDOWWWWWWN!!!
It was a good run but I’m glad to see ya go White Butterfly. Especially since I really enjoyed you most as an iced tea, and it’s now too cold for that. So long old friend. That is all.

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drank Cream Fantasy by Basilur
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I picked this up at the CNE. $4 for 100g. Too bad I only had a ten left on me, the prices were sooooo cheap, I could have made some serious change reselling their bargain teas! seriously!
For that price? wow. This was a STEAL.
The tea itself is a little overflavoured. But then I haven’t had the chance to get to the second steep yet. This is my third try already and life just keeps getting in the way?! Maybe next week… I get the impression (distantly) that there might be something floral hiding underneath. We shall see!
Bah. Either way, this is SO going in the TTBA, which ships out on Tuesday! fyi! This one’s for you Ssajami:)
Anyhow, I don’t taste much of the green base, if any, but that’s ok. Creamy strawberry campino candy anyone? Yeah, it’s pretty sweet on it’s own! Very sweet. SO much so that I doubt even a young kiddo would add sugar.
There is a hint of waxiness in there as well, but not much. So bare that I really don’t notice it, and in fact I don’t mind it at all because everything else about it is so lovely.

Sil

This is the company that has the books right?

Indigobloom

Yah. Really wishing I’d bought more now :/

Cavocorax

Never heard of them, but those books are cute! Glad you got a good deal, even if you wish you’d grabbed more.

Indigobloom

They are adorable!! maybe next year, if they are there again :)

Sil

they were at the toronto tea festival too this year

Indigobloom

yep, but I didn’t pay them any attention at the time for some reason

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Steepster ate my note again. Who forgot to feed it?? :/
So long story short? SUPER strong start. When hot? Holy malt balls this is great!! and then as it cools? Holy fail?! Gross. Licorice and something that tastes like stevia. Me no likey.
I’d have scored this much lower than the already somewhat abysmal score I’ve bestowed, but those initial few sips were so gloriously yummy.
Also, it occured to me that whatever it is that I dislike in here is very similar to whatever it was that rankled me in Lime Chiffon. I should go look at what common ingredients they have…
Anyhow, sorry I haven’t been reading everyones notes asides from a few today! I miss catching up. Tomorrow!!

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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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