1315 Tasting Notes

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I’m home! The comfort is much needed. What an awkward trip that was.
A friend of mine is going through a rough time and blames me for part of it (because I am not romantically interested). I feel terrible about it, but I just can’t date someone I have no feelings for. I’ve been there and no, they don’t “grow over time”, at least not for me. Even still… If it hurts me to see my friend go through what seems to be a deep, legit depression, I don’t want to imagine the suffering he is going through. So much frustration! I don’t know what to do about it (and still respect myself at the end of the day)

Anyhow, while we were in Ottawa, we stopped at a place called Tea Store. In the Market. A cute little shop with all sorts of pots and mugs on display. They sold loose tea as well, mostly from Metropolitan, but also Kusmi and a few other brands.
Unfortunately, only the Metropolitan Teas were available by the cup, so I settled for this one. Lately, I’ve been craving Yunnans every now and then, but not enough for me to keep any in my cupboard. Well, maybe a few cups worth, but certainly not in the minimum purchase amount I’d have to buy.
So yeah, this cuppa really hit my craving. Or it would have if the mood hadn’t been so melancholy.
It was sweet like honey, or maybe honeysuckle, with an edge of hay or straw. Dusty sunshine! A little complex, which I love.
I also really enjoyed the smoothness. However it was a tad thick, and heavy. Sadly, that is the part that makes me pause, and not indulge very often. Ah well, it really is great once in awhile!!

Flavors: Hay, Honey

gmathis

I haven’t perused the current menu of Metropolitan Tea selections—but this one sounds well worth perusing and pursuing.

Indigobloom

Gmathis, I don’t think it’s available to the public. I inquired once and they indicated it was only for wholesale purchases. Apparently they have hundreds of blends available.

gmathis

I think I knew that…the Metropolitan teas I’ve tried previously came from Culinary Teas; they carry a pretty big selection.

TeaBrat

you heartbreaker you… :)

Indigobloom

I read a stat somewhere once that they supply something like 80% of the “small teashop” market. Ever since, I’ve been less than impressed LOL

Indigobloom

TeaBrat – You have no idea :P

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How is it that I had to add this one to the database?! Has no one really reviewed sencha from Davids??? really?! I wonder if it’s a glitch.

Anyhow, I took this one camping with me because a friend asked for green tea and I didn’t have much in my cupboard for sharing. I historically dislike sencha, so I wasn’t too bothered either way having it in my cupboard.
Except… well then I had a cuppa and it was suprisingly tasty. I actually enjoyed sencha, for the first time in pretty much ever. My preferences must be changing. Interesting.
Something about the grass texture is rather pleasing.

TheKesser

There is one in the database called Japanese Sencha by Davids…

Indigobloom

Ah that makes more sense. Though I think it was a glitch as well because David’s was showing only 24 teas of theirs that had been reviewed.

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I bought a bunch of random tea the other day from a hole in the wall shop at Pacific Mall. It wasn’t bad! and at ten dollars for 100g, I am pretty impressed. Yah it is a little dusty tasting, but I think an extra rinse will fix that :)
Anyhow, I’m going camping tomorrow!!! Gotta pick the teas I’m bringing. My friend has limited me to a small container, AND we are planning a tea party so I need to choose carefully. Probably a genmaicha, and a black tea. I know one girl there loves sencha. Hmmm.

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My breakfast tea. It was quite good! I was relieved because I had one a few weeks ago, and it was very ho hum. Even still, I don’t think I’ll be buying any more of this if I see a box at Xmas,unless someone wants to split it with me. As much as I adore it, it isn’t something I could drink regularly. Because of this, I’m lowering the rating a few points.
When I had it the first time, there were only a few bags laying around in the work kitchen, so I didn’t realize how much of a novelty taste it is, for me anyhow.

Now, on to my life outside of tea.
I’ve been learning Spanish the last few months through a free website called Duolingo. This is something I’d been meaning to do for years and finally got around to. I had a few false starts, but then for some reason out of nowhere the “fire” took hold and I am obsessed with it!! That giddy feeling I used to get about tea seems to have been transferred into learning Spanish. Now, it isn’t as strong, but that may change(as did my tea love, it grew exponentially).
The funny part is that I’m not sure how or why it fits into my life as a useful skill other than getting to visit my family in Argentina, and a possible second language in the workplace.
I’m getting to the point here, I swear.
Right now, I’m very much a beginner, though I’d eventually like to try writing a review or two in Spanish. (I have ADD, subset SCT, a condition that means I learn/work a bit slower, so I’ll be “here” for awhile)
So I got to thinking… in the meantime, how I could keep myself engaged outside of my espanol mania, and figured I could ask around Steepster if there are any native language Spanish speakers? I’m curious, is tea big where you live, or in your culture? I know mate is in some places. And what are some tea related terms in Spanish?

Chris Chamorro

Hi there, Chilean guy here, hehe.

In short, i would say that tea is big in my contry indeed, but not the kind of tea culture that we share here in Steepster. Here, drinking tea is a required part of each evening for the most part of Chileans at dinner time. Ceylon is king, but that’s all. Just a minority of people knows what a Earl Grey or a green tea is, but that is slowly beginning to change, at least in the big cities like Santiago or Concepción.

And now you mention that, i realize that we have fewer words in Spanish related to tea. Maybe one of the most characteristic terms would be “cargar” (oversteep) the tea, hehe.

Indigobloom

Hi Chris!! thanks for the comment, that is really interesting.
I never would have guessed Ceylon tea was popular there!
And cargar, I will have to remember that :)

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This really hit the spot today. I’ve been craving keemum teas a lot lately.
(sorry James, I couldn’t stop thinking about Tealet and finally caved :(

There is a hint of spiciness that I really like, and a distinct raisin note which seems to hide the spice. The tea is rather light but feels like it should be heavier.
Overall, I quite like it. The smooth way it goes down is great. Sadly, I can’t afford much at that price. Oh well.

Also, does anyone have ADD (inattentive)? I could really use some advice

Flavors: Raisins

Frolic

I have ADHD. Feel free to send me a message if you want to.

Indigobloom

Frolic, I will do that!! thanks :)

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What a day, I am pooped!!
Bachelorette party yesterday, bridal shower today. Whew. I need to a nap.
Anyhow, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the theme for the shower was… TEA PARTY!!! woot :)
The selection was pretty good. Three types of black, three greens, and two herbals. Plus red rose OP.
I enjoyed this cuppa. a solid black, with some nice malt and a hint of briskness. I let the sachet sit in the cup because there was no garbage and it did get a little bitter, no surprise there!
Bonus: thunderstorm time. I need a cuppa tea to enjoy this…

Sil

i like that someone has edited this tea to say that the company name is “delete”

Stephanie

What? You don’t have the bridal shower the day after the bachelorette party! Everyone is nursing hangovers! LOL

That does sound like the best shower ever though :)

Indigobloom

Sil, I noticed that!! I wonder if there was a double entry and they got rid of the wrong one

Indigobloom

Stephanie, RIGHT?! I’m not close enough to the girls that I could bring that up, but seriously… I found it a bit odd. That said, that group of friends have never been big drinkers or partiers so I doubt there were a ton of bad hangovers, maybe mild ones

Indigobloom

(also the bride has a paper due for her masters program on Monday so she was up early, I doubt she drank much)

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I see black tea! I see chocolate! Where oh where is the cherry… hmmm…Was really looking for it too. I’ll try sugar next time.
Still, it’s a pleasant chocolate cuppa. Nice and comforting.

and now because we had to evacuate the cupboard after a leak, I have NO idea who sent me the sample. Teabrat? I think? Thank you! :)

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Wow was this ever sweet! no sugar added or anything. I don’t mind, it was a nice dessert treat. Maybe next time I’ll try it with milk and see how that goes.
I think it actually did taste like red velvet, but I was in a rush so will try a longer steep next time. Gotta hold off on the rating for now!

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
1315 tasting notes

Yay free tea!! A friend gave me the rest of his sample. He doesn’t like coconut… I’m not sure why he bought it, maybe just to see if DT could change his mind :)
In any case, there are moments where I get some serious coconut macaroon mojo in my sip! I’m impressed, they managed to get the essence down pretty well.
But then, for the most part this is your average coconut black tea. Only sweeter.
The other odd thing is that I find my cuppa pretty smooth, with the occasional twinge of itchy throat.
Anyhow, this gets an overall ho hum from me. Not bad, but not great. Then again, I judge any tea with coconut in it pretty harshly so I’ll stick to the higher end of the rating I’m thinking about here. Fleeting moments of spot on taste gets you only mediocre points!

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A colleague shared some Pu-erh tea picked from a 200 year old tree.
What an experience! A light tea with a sweet, maple syrup note throughout all infusions, and intermittent notes of clay, malt, spun sugar, linen and oak. 
Unfortunately I had a few interruptions that threw off my timings a bit, so I had to fudge the follow up infusions a bit.
Also, I really need a way to maintain water temperature! My teapot cools down fast and I haven’t got a thermos big enough to hold that much liquid. For some reason my kettle keeps the heat, but it stays above where I need it to be, and then when I pour it into another vessel, its below where I need it because of the air exposure… tea snob problems
Not that it bothers me TOO much. Still, I wouldn’t mind doing it as per instructions the first (and in this case, only!) time.
Ah well. I really enjoyed it, and methinks I had a tea-buzz going on as well. Sweeeeet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Stephanie

Was it a raw or cooked puerh? Sounds like a sheng maybe? Puerh is the best to get a tea buzz going IMO :D

Christina

It sounds like you found a new job, based on this post. If so, congrats!

Indigobloom

Stephanie, sorry I should have mentioned that! Definitely uncooked. Usually I get a bigger buzz from the cooked variety so I certainly didn’t expect that :)

Indigobloom

Christina, sadly not so much. I finished my tea courses at George Brown. The girl who gave me this sample is a puerh importer.
I figured I better behave like who I want to become haha

Indigobloom

(not an importer, just a professional!)

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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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