1314 Tasting Notes

69

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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66

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
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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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83

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
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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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drank Strawberry Island by iHeartTeas
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Now I’m not a huge fan of coconut in my tea. Or rather, I am, but I’m super picky about it.
I find that black tea and coconut don’t go well together, for me, more often than not.
So my rating reflects that, don’t let it fool you! Everything blends well here, it’s done quite well, I must say.
Anyhow. There is a really subtle, tasty strawberry hiding out in the back here. Coconut definitely takes center stage, and I’m not exactly sure where the vanilla fits in but I can taste that as well.
I added a tiny bit of sugar, and that just brought out the coco some more, though I had hoped it would draw out the berry. Oh well.
Oh and yes, there is a slight bitter aftertaste. Did I oversteep it? Odd.
Overall, I’ll drink it again, happily. Preferably iced I think. Maybe it’ll be different when cold!

JustJames

i love coconut in my tea, but i am also very picky.

Dinosara

I’ve also found black tea and coconut are not for me.

Indigobloom

JustJames, yup it’s one of those things that works or doesn’t! and it varies so much per person… and that’s why I love this site :D

Dinosara, somehow it just doesn’t go well! I love it in Oolong. Well not always. But mostly.

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88

Last time Mum went to Florida, she brought this back for me. She fell in love with it. Funny how that works!
We each had a cuppa. I really enjoyed it, but prefer mine at 1-2min, whereas she liked it much better at 4min! This is really odd, cuz she typically doesn’t like anything except for the standard OP, you know the tetley or red rose type… AND then she likes it dunked for maybe 3 seconds. I kid you not. So for her to like a tea, much less one that I like better at a lesser steeping time? It’s the twilight zone folks. Seriously.
Here’s my theory… she doesn’t care for the taste of white tea, just the flavouring that’s added to it.
Bah! so the actual tea? It’s supposed to have pineapple as the dominant note (asides from the delicous, crisp white peony, that’s all I really have to say about that) but somehow, both Mum and I got… pear?! there’s no pear in the ingredients. Err you’ll just have to trust me on that, as this appears to have been a limited run, and it’s no longer on the site so I can’t pull a description or pic for ya! Hrm.
Of course, it is a very tasty pear taste. Luscious and fragrant. Smoother than politician’s speech.
Juicy. And I hate the word “juicy”, no idea why, I just do, so for me to say that about a tea? Yeah, I have to really mean it!
Sooooo since this review is on behalf myself and Mum, I’ll throw in her rating as well. She would say, about 92 I think, while I’d go more around 88.

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93

I’ve been suffering from a nasty stomach ache all day. This morning, I wasn’t thinking right and made mint green tea, and a regular black tea. D’oh!
To be fair, this was my last resort, since I only had one cup left of my meager sample. Well, that’s my fault because I only ever have any of this one when I’m ill, which isn’t often, so I don’t want it to go bad and don’t keep much on hand.
Sad thing is, I can’t even consider it a real sipdown, cuz I’ll be going by the DT store asap to pick up another 10g… maybe 15g. That’s what I did last time and it lasted me nearly a year. Still it’s an essential part of my cupboard and one of the very few blends I actually enjoy from them.
Bah! It is what it is. Right?! (ie a delicious blend that I adore when sick!)
My tummy feels a bit better now, but I fear it’ll get worse again once the effects of the tea wears off. Too bad I have a conference call in a few hrs, and lots of housework to get done before that!

Veronica

Hope you feel better soon!

Bonnie

Get better girly!

Amariel

I love my ginger teas for upset stomachs, which i get all too frequently.

Indigobloom

Thanks ladies!! I’m a bit better today :D

Heather, I’ve been getting this strange, sudden knot in my stomach that lasts usually an hour or so. But this time, it was less intense and didn’t go away! :/
I should have known my ginger tea would do the trick!!

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83

This is much better today!! How did that happen…
Verrrrry berry, a tad tart… total yum! not very “pu’er” like though so it doesn’t fill that particular craving. I let it cool down to room temp this time. Maybe that’s the trick :)
Rating bump!

Bear With Me

It’s one of my favourites even though it’s not really a bold pu’erh. I think I like it because it’s a slightly beefed up/fuller bodied version of my beloved Bear Trap <3

Indigobloom

Hmmmm good point, they are a bit similar arent they!!
I think this will be something I drink iced from now on. I can’t believe I’ve been converted to iced tea! :P

Bear With Me

I think I’d die in the summer if I didn’t have iced tea!!!
and yes, definitely similar, though Berry Good is sweeter and a bit heavier, and Bear Trap is definitely tangier. But yeah, pretty sure I love BG as much as I do because of my love of BT :P

Indigobloom

Have you compared them side by side yet? lol
I love that it’s organic as well!!

Bear With Me

Do you really need to ask? ;)

Amariel

I had some today, and it was not as good as usual. Maybe a different mix of ingredients, or maybe not as much leaf as usual, since I used a different measuring spoon.

Indigobloom

LOL @ShayneBear!!
Heather: Yeah I don’t shop at DT much, but when I did, I noticed there was often a big difference between batches

Amariel

To be fair, I’m at the end of my bag, and I was rushed i the morning, so steeping was less than usual. And ingredients may not have been in proportion. It is still one of my faves though. A spring to fall standard.

Indigobloom

Oooh, yah the end of a bag is always the wild card! I had tons of ginger at the end of mine, but then again it was kinda old so I guess that balanced things out! :)

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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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