1545 Tasting Notes

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1545 tasting notes

I’m finally at a place where even though my consumption is hugely down, I don’t feel compelled to buy more! probably a phase heh.
I think now I can focus on drinking some teas down to a point where I feel I can actually justify a new purchase instead of feeling guilty for it. Perhaps that’s because fewer cups make me appreciate the ones that I do have that much more? Either way, this is a good place!
As for my Special Dark, I will cry when this one is gone…

Kirkoneill1988

hmm a loose puerh… not too many loose leaf ones out there

Indigobloom

You’re right there aren’t a lot, not in the online ordering world. There are a few in the local shops, just not great quality

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55
drank Coconut Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Borrrrrring. So glad I had only a sample of this. It was all coconut and pretty much nothing else. Not any different than most coconut teas I’ve had and I couldn’t even tell that it was an oolong. Bleh.
Also, I found it overly sweet. Nuff said.
It could do well as a thai soup base. Maybe.

Plunkybug

I just got some of this today. I had recalled it as a sample not too long ago and not being impressed, but I wanted to play with it at home. So I have like 2-3 steeps worth. Might try it as a latte.

Indigobloom

Let me know if it works out! I’m curious about the latte

Plunkybug

I had it regular, and meh, but have yet to try as a latte. Will let you know.

Plunkybug

I had a latte today, from the store. I don’t know if I mental prepared for it to be better, or if it as a latte was just comforting on my way home as it was quite cool and windy, but I really liked it. I think it was still a little weak, but I think the latte treatment brought out more of the cream pie aspect, and I think the coconut was a little stronger. I wonder how this would be if you used a bit of actual coconut milk in it….

I might consdider buying a bag of this to latte it. It was definitely more indulgent feeling this way.

Indigobloom

Coconut tends to be rather hit or miss for me. Oftentimes it just… doesn’t work for me. Even if it is sweet and rich etc. Wish I knew why, wasn’t always the case…

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69
drank Ceylon Uva by Tea of Life
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ugh. so so tired! I slept a LOT yesterday and I’m exhausted. These meds are making me feel better in one way, not so much in another. I’ve noticed though that I get a serious boost of energy when I “activate” myself with some caffeine… or else I could truly sleep the whole day away. So I guess I should figure out how to bring some with me to work!! eeeps.
Maybe not this particular one though. I had it sans sugar or milk, and it was just ok. A bit bland but then I’ve always preferred Assam over Ceylon. I’ll try it again with some additives.
Solo, I found it was rather mild with the standard coppery woodsy taste. Smooth. Well rounded. But missing something.

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80
drank Tie Quan Yin by Tsaa Tea Shop
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Indulged during our board meeting this afternoon. It really hit the spot, and had that lovely drying sensation that I find so addictive in TKYs. I’m glad I had a whole pot. Oh and the server was kind enough to give me the second steep in a to go cup! I was happy with that, as I’d have otherwise had to discard the leaves and thus my fave part of oolongs :)

The entire day has been about food it seems. Smoked salmon salad, Greek phyllo spinach pastry, naturally supper sweet strawberries, cored and stuffed with chocolate chips… Yup. So delicious. If you live in Toronto, get to the Danforth stat, there’s a fruit/veg shop there that has the best berries I’ve had in years, and they were 2 for $2. The regular size clear plastic containers. Very worth it!

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69
drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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Bleh. Apparently my tastes have changed since I tried this four years ago. Or they adjusted the blend. It was overly sweet and not in a satisfying way at all. I’m glad I got a to go cup, so never brought any home. Atleast it seemed to have taken care of my sugar cravings for the day. Bonus.

Speaking of… Between my two jobs and attempt at a social life, my poor cupboard is neglected this month. I managed to have a few cups over the weekend but my consumption is wayyyyyyy down. Somehow making tea in to go tumblers isn’t something I can easily do, and I try not to take much time making it at work, gotta look busy!
I guess I’m a weekend drinker now!

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84

Ohhhh so good. I need more!! this was just a sample. Perhaps a small purchase can be a sipdown goal reward?

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for reminding me of this shop. I need to plant it on my path in the near future..

Indigobloom

are you thinking during the day or evening? we can go together if we can find a good day for it :)

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84
drank Matcha by Uncle Tetsu
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Oh man was this ever tasty. I’ll be going back for another soon. I wonder if they sell the tea loose for brewing at home?
I wouldn’t say it was the best matcha ever, but well balanced and quite flavourful. The colour was rich and dark green. Very smooth. Almost velvety (it was a latte).

I am so tired. Two really great part time jobs fell in my lap and I’ve been scrambling to keep up with them. One of them is only for eight weeks and the other is somewhat random/oncall so it seems that some weeks I’ll be working fulltime hours and others halftime. I think it is just the training that has me down. Oh and the fact that Mums bday was last weekend. And then she retired from her job of 35 years yesterday. and we’re helping take care of our neighbours dog every other evening while they deal with a family situation.
So yeah. I’m tired. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow, spending the day at my boyfriend’s place. I just hope we don’t nap it away!!

Helena

That’s a lot to deal with!! Luckily I know you can manage.

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like you could do with a nice long extended sleep. I hope that is in the cards for you sometime soon.

Indigobloom

@Helena, thanks! I hope so! :)
@Evol, ha, yes I most certainly could. Had one last night, kindof. On my boyfriend’s couch lol

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drank Sencha Paradise by Riston
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Aha! I figured this one out.
For some reason I steeped this at a slightly higher than normal temp. Probably around 87 or so. Maybe 85. And it was amazing! very sweet and flavourful. A nice balance between berry and vanilla.
This one never really impressed me before, and I’ve been experimenting… mostly with lower temps, not higher ones. So I never bothered writing a review.
Also, the description is right, the leaves are huge, but broken. Not many whole ones.
Anyhow, will see if I can make this one sparkle again soon :)

Ubacat

How long did you steep it?

Indigobloom

Not long. I forgot to time it but probably about 2 min, maybe a bit less

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drank Nepal Green by DAVIDsTEA
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Tasty!
Not my fave ever green tea, but pretty decent overall. A bit fruity(peach/apricot?), which I like, and a bit vegetal which is also nice. I think what bothers me just a smidge here is that I prefer things more to the extreme if it isn’t a matter of delicate/complex flavours which this tea is not. So it’d be better for me if this had more fruitiness or more vegetal/grassiness. But the middleground here just sits in a strange kindof place for me. My palate feels a bit confused, and doesn’t know what to make of it.
I have one more cup to experiment with, so hopefully that will clear up my vague feelings on this tea!

Kristal

I hear you. I like this tea as well, but there is no distinct flavor (like the butteriness of gyokuro, etc) so I’m neither here nor there with this tea.

Indigobloom

Good to know I’m not alone! I might try pairing it with a wine or something. Maybe make it into a spritzer

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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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