1308 Tasting Notes

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I bought 25g of this even though my cupboard is woefully bursting, and I barely drink one or two cups a day (due to time constraints in this temp job), so when I do indulge, I feel kinda guilty. but it’s soooooo good! Now that I’ve lost my taste for assam, temporarily I hope, this blend has edged right in there.
It doesn’t help that I tend to throw a handful of teas in my bag and whatever it is I’ve brought, I drink for pretty much that week, or atleast a few days. So I really need to sit down, organize my stash, and suss out the samples that can be drunk down quick. I’m getting antsy without any sipdowns lately… and more on the way at Sils place right now… oy…

Oh, also, I added some Mate Guayasa and it barely made any difference. I can taste a hint of the earthiness in this second steeping. Yup, I’m sure I can find a more suitable way to use up the rest of my small sample!
Now if only I could find a way to make the Chinese Breakfast last longer. I’m done almost half the packet.

On another note, does anyone remember the Twinnings Chinese Breakfast that Tim Hortons used to offer, years ago? A friend of mine fell in love with it, and I’ve been trying to find her a suitable replacement.
Sooooo, I bought her some of this Chinese Breakfast and some Jasmine flowers to add a pinch of, from Tao’s. Apparently it’s quite good that way (not for me, I hate jasmine) but there is still “something” missing. Nevertheless she is happy with what I’ve come up with but I thought I’d put it out there to see if anyone remembers the original from Twinings, and can give me some pointers? I vaguely recall it myself…

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drank Guayusa (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1308 tasting notes

Aha! I beat you, sneaky browser you.
Firefox won’t let me post a note, so I logged in under IE and lo!! she works. I don’t like IE for most of my net app type activities, but once in a while she saves me so I gotta send a little love xo.
Anyhow! Me no likey MATE guayasa. It’s kinda tasteless and boring. With that earthy mate depth, but in a bad way that I’ve never seen before. Sticking with my sock reference, it’s worse than stinky sock. More like stinky ground up sock, fermented in soil. Bleh.
Now I did finish the cup, as it was still drinkable. Just far from enjoyable. Double bleh.
Mind you this was in my travel mug, and I’m sure it’d taste different in something ceramic or glass.
Nevertheless, I’ll use the rest of my small packet for blending. When I remember.
Also, is it weird that I’d often rather buy a cup of tea from the shop than spend less money to purchase 3-4 cups, so I don’t end up regretting the addition to my cupboard?! Sighs. You know you are addicted when you’d rather spend a an extra dollar or two so as to not expand your quite unmanageable cupboard!!

Bear With Me

I agree that it’s not the best straight, but blend it with herbals/rooibos for an extra kick. It’s a lot better for blending than mate, I find (and I keep both on hand for the exact reason I mentioned above), it’s just a touch sweeter than the mate.
I do notice it tastes grassier, like a light green tea, when I use a ceramic mug. I can’t actually drink anything but blacks or pu’erh out of my el cheapo metal travel mug, and only iced green/oolong/white from my timolino (but hot herbal/black/rooibos/pu’erh/some dark oolongs are fine). metalic + grassy = socks, apparently

Bear With Me

also, use Chrome for a backup browser ;)

ashmanra

Love Chrome!

Indigobloom

Hum, good point Shayne! I’ll try it in ceramic before truly judging it lol
I dunno, I’ve had bad luck with Chrome. Will def give it a try when I get a new laptop though.
Ashmanra, I used it on a friends computer and it was awesome!! on mine, not so much. Ah well.

OrganicOswald

I can only assume you brewed it properly, did you try it again in a proper tea cup?

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Steepster isn’t letting me search for the tea’s I want to log, so I came here to whine…. cuz apparently I can edit old posts, just not make new ones! Hmph.
Oh well. The world will have to wait for my review. No biggie :)

I love my chai but not when the spices are wrong for me and I’m super picky about it. This falls into that category, of having some sort of spice that I just don’t love.
It’s sweet in an offputting way that I really can’t place. Not cinnamon, surely, as I love cinnamon. Is there a such thing as sweet ginger? I don’t think I have an issue with nutmeg, but perhaps that’s it… Bah!
It was a serviceable cuppa with milk and a dash of sugar, got the job done and once I got past whatever that odd spice was, it was enjoyable. Still, I won’t be buying this one again, not for myself anyhow.
It also could have had something to do with the base tea…

Sil

If you have more of this I’d love a cup to try….I haven’t picked it up because the scent has never left me wanting it…

Indigobloom

I think I do have a sachet or two left. It’s all yours! :D

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Note to self: this tea does not age well for the second steep. When fresh, you can go on for three or four infusions. But… after you’ve had it for awhile, the second brew has notes of stinky sock :(
Ah well, that first cup was bliss!! So sweet and creamy. Mmmmmm

gmathis

Well, if Jelly Bellies can have booger flavored jelly beans, surely there’s a market for stinky sock tea? ;)

Veronica

I just had the funniest vision of preteen boys daring each other to drink an entire mug of stinky sock tea. :)

Indigobloom

Gmathis, LOL I don’t doubt that! as long as they letave booger tea out of the equation :P
Terri, I second your :)!!!
Veronica, bahahahaha yeah that is totally something my cousins would have done. Reminds me of my nephews facial expression when I made him try bubbltea!

TeaBrat

I love their tins!

Indigobloom

I know right?! I feel like I’m in a European soap shop just looking at their website. sighs

gmathis

European soap shop…oooooh…..Calgon take me away!!!

Indigobloom

LOL!! Is Calgon European? I had no idea

seule771

I have not had oolong in a long while. The one I finished was Twinnings actually (China Oolong Tea)tea bags might work best in this case.

I had similar experience when I tried to steep floral herbs in a jar and left it for nearly a week…surely it seem the thing to do; yet not. I swear when I open the jar there was this poof noise and it all looked slimy and I wondered about tasting the concoction. Please ask what is wrong with this person? I am not employed.; no tea was in jar for more than a week and in a dark corner. It was a lovely red …this was my Nettle Leaf Tea. Oh well, I was sharing of sort. Take care.

Indigobloom

Seule, are you an Oolong fan?
Florals are a tricky thing to brew. I tried cold brewing chamomile once and that was not fun haha. But you never learn unless you experiment. I think that is half the fun :)

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Well darn. I was always so confident that I’d love this. I mean, it’s chocolate! How could I not like it… right!?
So… Guess what? I don’t love it. Nooooooooooooooo!
Sighs. Sad sad sighs. How could it be? Was it something I did?! Did I offend the chocolate gods?
It just doesn’t taste like the true, intense, cocoa that I expected. Yeah, I can see how it tastes similar to chocolate. But still, it is not chocolate. It’s too floral for that. Not in a bad way, once I accepted it for what it is. Still, I’m super disappointed.
In my smoothie, it lent an element of that smooth truffle centre. Not chocolate per se, but getting there.
Overall, not bad. I’ll enjoy the rest of my packet with no issues, though I still feel as though the next time I look on the site to place an order, I’d find something labeled “chocolate” that’d hit it on the nose for me and send me into daily matcha chocolate comas!
No matter, there are plenty of other matcha flavours I love. It’s a learning process :)

Sil

I only like this when combined with the coffee matcha

Indigobloom

Oooh! I has coffee matcha… yah!! :D

ashmanra

I gave this one to a friend. I didn’t care for it.

Indigobloom

Ashmanra, I don’t blame you. It’s quite ordinary :(

Indigobloom

Ashmanra, I don’t blame you. It’s quite ordinary :(

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Tart tart tart! The name does not lie. Ya can’t even taste the guayasa! feh! You call that tea?! it’s an herbal I say. That is all I have to say bout this tea. Now on to my story :)

I stopped by the shop today… because I’m going camping with a bunch of friends next weekend, and they were planning to bring their fave green tea… which I found out was TETLEY!? Uhhh no, that will not be served at my campsite…
So I figured since I haven’t got any fresh straight stuff in my cupboard right now, atleast not in the quantity I’d be needing, I’d stop by the most cost effective loose tea shop I know of, and pick some up. I bought the North African Mint sachets on sale for super cheap, some genmaicha, and some gyokuro. Also some Blueberry Jam for those who don’t want it “green”, or for something more dessert-like!
Don’t worry though, I have some premium Dragonwell, and Chinese Breakfast, from Tao’s for anyone wanting some of the serious quality stuff.
I’m hoping to make a few converts. Wish me luck!

JustJames

blueberry jam is one of the few i like from david’s… when did they start doing guayasa?! huh! i’m sure you’ll have converts and there will be a whole herd of ‘indigo children’ on steepster! lol.

Indigobloom

Hmmm. It’s the tea of the month. Maybe their way of testing the market?
Aha I certainly hope so!! that would be fun :P

Cattibrie

They did a guayasa last year as well. I wish I could remember which one. I am looking forward to trying this one though. I love tart.

Indigobloom

Oh if you like tart I am sure you will like it! Reminds me of berry good, only with guayasa and a little more tart

Cattibrie

Can’t wait. I hope to get into a store next week. They have the Raspberry Agave back again and I need to get some. My husband says I can’t buy any new teas though. Will have to figure out how to get it by him without the 4 year old ratting me out.

Indigobloom

LOL oh those little truth tellers! little angels huh :)
Does she go shopping with you?

Cattibrie

He does go shopping with me. And he loves to get his own to go tea. But he has no filter and tells daddy everything.

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Ehhhhh. Something doesn’t click here. Maybe I waited too long to finally try it out?
It’s tart and mildly berry like, with a definite puer base… except the pieces don’t fit together. A jigsaw puzzle with slightly mismatched pieces. I’ll try it again, shake the packet up and see if that makes a difference. Or perhaps try it iced, with honey.
Also, the puer part doesn’t have much to it. Kinda shallow.
It’s not terrible, and I would certainly drink it over a bunch of other teas so that’s something.

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drank Moringa by Jiva Thai
1308 tasting notes

I have some rather mixed feelings about Moringa.
My aunt took the capsules when she was fighting cancer. It helped, to be sure… (being at a much higher concentration) but she lost the battle a year or so later.
Anyhow, I got a bit emotional when drinking this so my review will be a bit vague!
The flavour was interesting. Deeply vegetal, with a topnote of something roasted, and another that reminds me of something mineral-ish, like what you would get from a fresh mountain spring!
Overall, I’d say its a pleasant, comforting cup. Something to drink before bed even.
Also, maybe I should have used a strainer, as I bought the powder, and it ended up a bit grainy in my cup. Perhaps even using a whisk would help.
Next time, I’ll try it in one of my smoothies :)

RIP Aunt V, I miss you tons.

Fjellrev

I’m so sorry about your aunt. :(

Indigobloom

Thx s been over a year already.

Indigobloom

Thx Incendiare. It’s been over a year already…

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This is getting old. Very tasty still, but old. That’s fine, because it’s almost the last of my straight Assam black teas. I think I still have my Sloane Assam left.
Today, this one is especially good because I added a pinch of first flush Darjeeling. Mmmmmmm. And honey. Lots of honey, since I’m recovering from Strep throat! Oh man, I’ve never appreciated my honey more.
As for the actual tea, I’m getting used to the smokiness, and figuring out the delicate nuances, in how it differs from one cup to another. Except now I find I can’t have this without my extra Darj. Nevermind. It’s been a great ride :)
and of course I love my Assams, but I find myself in the mood to explore lately. So I think I’ll back-burner them for awhile. Maybe I’ll buy one/two instead of my usual rotation of three or four I need to reorganize my stash first, and start a serious sipdown pile.
Anyhow, off to get some work done. Dang I love working from home. (although the main benefit is that of drinking endless tea, which I can’t do at the moment for fear of my dampened buds ruining the taste. Ah well!)

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drank raspberry black by Golden Mint
1308 tasting notes

I’ve had many tasty teas from Golden Mint. This is not one of them.
Now, I did ask for it cold, as I was parched and wanted something I could down asap, and I got it lightly sweetened. The result? A fake raspberry tasting cold drink. Didn’t taste much like tea to be honest, and reminded me more of berry cough syrup.
That said, I got the impression that it’d do MUCH better served hot, with less sugar. I’ll wait til I try it that way before settling on a rating, though at this time, it would hover somewhere around 63. High-ish points because it really did soothe my poor throat!

Sil

Still haven’t made it here. Their hours are the suck for those of us who work stupid hours lol

Indigobloom

Yeah they do close kinda early! I end up there really randomly. Actually, it isn’t too far, if you go for a walk at lunch, from your building! Maybe 10 min.

Sil

Yah I’ve been thinking about doing that….if I ever get a day that I get lunch.

Sil

Actually we should get together sometime even if its just of lunch to get your teas to you….and I think? Maybe you have some for us? Not sure…totally out of it on my end until I get back to civilization.

Kittenna

Also $$ for me!

Indigobloom

Sil, just take a lunch lol
Yes I have some stuff from the spice n tea exchange!
Kittenna, yup yup!! Dang we need to meet up soon…

Indigobloom

On the plus side, I have a short term contract starting Monday. Working just down the street from you Sil! So hopefully we can meet up!

Sil

Congrats! And that sounds good. I can always pick up kitten as money and etransfer it to her. Need to update/look at the spreadsheet when I get home.

Indigobloom

ohhhhh now I get it. You split up Kitten’as… doi.

Indigobloom

and apparently I mentioned my work thing twice. I get a little woozy on these meds! :D

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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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