1307 Tasting Notes

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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100
drank Sweet Temptation by Tsaa
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I came back to this one after a long hiatus from rooibos. Well, herbal in general. I don’t know why but it just didn’t appeal to me. Hmmm.
So my cuppa was amazing. Just as good as I remember, after all this time :P

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85
drank Winter Frost by iHeartTeas
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It’s Christmas in June! Aw yeah. I am in love. Queue the bells. Thank you Rachel, for playing matchmaker! (yes I am mixing holidays here lol)
Of course, at first sip, when this was hot, I hated it.
Wayyyy to heavy on the vanilla, as that was practically all I could taste. Now, I don’t mind vanilla in some cases, and I haven’t quite put my finger what it is that makes me cringe but this seemed to be hitting that mark. I could swear there was some coconut in there too.
Then I added some milk, and let it cool down some and… oh man, soooooo good! A little more mint would have been nice, but I’m not complaining too much as it was still very tasty. It reminded me of a yuletide latte, with just a little somethin extra thrown in if ya know what I mean ;)
Brainwave! This would be ahhhmazing with some peppermint schnapps. It isn’t something I carry in the house, but I’d go out and grab some just to try it, I am that convinced it’d be incredible. Mmmmmm.
Also, this is kinda similar to the pumpkin latte version you make Rachel. I definitely prefer the pumpkin one, though I’d really have to try them side by side to see how wide that disparity is.
Oh and the other thing that this reminded me of, towards the end of my cup… well, it’s more of a mouthfeel, accumulated by the many consecutive sips I suppose, but, melted mint icecream. Mint chocolate chip is my fave! Chocolate, well I love the crunchy texture and there is no way that can be achieved in a tea so I guess you could say this is the tea equivalent heh.
I think there is cinnamon in here as well, and I do get a shadow of it, but it’s not very strong so if you don’t like cinnamon, I wouldn’t worry much about it.
Anyhow, I don’t think I’ll try it as a true latte, since this was pretty great with just a splash of milk and I loved it just fine like that. However, I am hoping I check this note before making another cup, down the road, because I’d love to try it with that Schnapps! and also almond milk as well.
Happy Friday everyone!!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Wow, I love this write up. I will have to have the hubby read it as this is his favorite blend and exists because of him. Thank you for the kind words. Can’t wait to hear about how it turns out with Schnapps and the almond milk, I do love a good experiment.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I loved this review so much I just had to post it on my site. I hope you don’t mind.
http://iheartteas.com/2013/06/a-review-of-winter-frost-black-tea-blend/
Thanks again!

Indigobloom

Awww I’m so glad you like my review! Thanks for reposting it :D

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82

I am so glad I indulged in this tea purchase! it’s delightful. Truly. Smooth almond marzipan paste covered in dark chocolate? Yes please!!
I’ve had it a few times now and it seems to be a but finicky, getting bitter very quickly but in that case, pairing well with a dash of milk.
The trick is, as far as I can tell, is if you want to have it bare, stick with a two minute infusion, whereas if you want it with milk, you need to play around with the timings and see what works. Odd, because I didn’t like it at all with milk and a 2.5m infusion, but it was great at 3m! and also very bitter without the milk.
At two minutes, and sans milk, I really enjoy it as well, though it’s not a heavy tea when prepared like that.
Something tells me it wouldn’t do well in a travel mug. Normally I’d give this a higher rating, as I do very much enjoy it! So does Dad for that matter. but for all it’s diva like properties, I’ll hold back on that for now.
Not that 82 is bad!! pretty darn good :)

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73
drank Mlesna black by Mlesna Tea
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I’m on a really odd kick lately. Mixing my Assam (and Ceylon if I must, or for a change) with a bit of Darjeeling!
Since my Darj is old now and needs to be used up, I thought I’d give it a shot and ended up loving it!! Now that was certainly unexpected.
I’ve had breakfast blends that combine the two before… so perhaps it’s just this particular first flush Darj from eons ago that makes it so incredibly tasty!
The way the teas blend together just works better somehow. And it doesn’t seem to matter which black tea I use, so far, out of four, every cup has been great! yum :P

On a side note, my job hunt is ongoing. It sucks having to not be here!! Popping in now and again just isn’t the same. Sighs.

TheTeaFairy

We do miss you Indigo! I too am on a «popping steepster mode» , but I take every opportunity I get to be here :-) Hope your hunting season ends soon!

Indigobloom

Ah sorry I missed this note!! must have got lost in my emails :(

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85

bleh. I forgot that this didn’t do so well with a dash of milk and tried it as a cold latte, in my blender with some ice.
It was purty nasty, so I added some strawberry and now it’s drinkable. Should have added real strawberries as well…
Funny thing is, I’m almost out of this one, and will probably end up buying more to have as a hot latte mixed with other flavours… and of course in my smoothies. I looooove the cheesecakiness in my liquid fruit. Mmmmm.

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89
drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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First time ever I did this one up with only milk, ice and matcha. Mostly because, well, finally, I have access to some fresh ice… which is not a good thing because now my fibre fruit intake is in danger! oh dear. Yes, this is really REALLY good folks. and now I’m gonna hafta go through every one of my matchas and try them this way! which means I can’t open up the new ones I have waiting in my cupboard. le sighs.
As for why I chose this one today… well I had an irresistible craving after trying that matchaccino yesterday. I’m not sure which one I prefer. The caramel didn’t have the depth I wanted, but the ‘cino didn’t have the caramel intensity. Hmmm!! something to think about :)
(bumping the rating a few points!)

Oh, also! I had the last of a darjeeling from Tea Emporium but it was an unlabeled gift and I’m not sure which one specifically, to review it under. So… I’ll just say here that it was pretty ok, even though it’s kinda old! a really nice honey note emerged on the finish, with a hint of bitterness that I didn’t mind so much, because of the honey. Go figure. It went really well “iced” (ie, cooled down with a few ice cubes!!)

On another, non tea related event… Happy Victoria Day Weekend to any Canadian’s out there!! I have some fun stuff planned, after all the craziness of my neighbour’s flood! phew. Anyhow… fireworks anyone???

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This was yummy!! but not quite what I was expecting. Almost, though. I need to try it as a hot latte. This time, I used milk, ice, and matcha in a blender. And then, because I’m not used to my “smoothies” have such a thin consistency, I threw in half a banana.
Not sure whether I added too much milk or not enough ice. Next time I’ll have to be more careful in measuring, as I was distracted by company. My neighbour’s sump pump burst and flooded their basement and part of the main level (talk about stinky), which means she’s been spending a lot of time at our place today/last night. Which is great, I love her! but it also means I’ve got next to no work done haha
and also why I haven’t gotten to my samples yet! well, I did try one but need to do them all side by side after having them individually.
Bah. I gotta go. Amazing weather out there!!

Fjellrev

Floods always have me worried. That is terrible! I hope they get that taken care of soon.

Cavocorax

The banana is a great idea! I used one in mine and it vastly improved the flavour/consistency, but then again I do like bananas.

Indigobloom

Oh yah, they have excellent insurance and already had workers there today taking care of it! but this is a long weekend coming up… so now that they’ve done the “triage” so to speak, nothing more will happen til next week. Not that it matters, since the damage is now contained! and it’s been sanitized heh

Indigobloom

Oh phew!! I am SO glad I’m not the only one who did that. Seriously, I almost left that part out of my review! oh and we only had bananas that were a little green, whereas for a smoothie (and only a smoothie, or maybe banana bread), I prefer slightly overripe ones.
No matter, I’m really looking forward to a summer of matchaccinos!!! :P

Lala

How does this matchaccino compare to the regular flavoured matcha?

Indigobloom

Lala, Hmmm I’d have to say they are different experiences. I found it slightly similar in flavour to the caramel matcha, made as a latte. However it was a lot more sugary! not overly so, for me.

Indigobloom

now that I’ve compared the caramel vs caramel matchaccino, I’d have to say the caramel is much sweeter, with less of a cocoa/coffee note. Both are great!

Lala

Thanks, that’s good to know.

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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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