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So… My friend took me out for Valentines tea!! and he brought me flowers. Sadly though, he is just a friend. Sighs.
Anyhow… this is what I ordered along with my delish salmon sandwiches.
An oolong paradox. There is the roasted depth of a dark oolong and the vegetal sweetness of a green one. I had serious trouble wrapping my head around it!
Super sweet and flavourful in ways I’m really not used to in an oolong. In fact, if I ever manage to sipdown most of my stash, I’d really like to grab me some of this. 50g minimum purchase though, so I’d have to seriously purge first.

Bonnie

At least you went out and got flowers! I haven’t had a happy Valentine’s day from anyone at all. One day, you’ll find your love ms bloom…I’ve already had my day. HAPPY Valentine’s Day!

Terri HarpLady

Still, sounds like a good time!

Kittenna

You sure he’s only a friend??? :P

Sil

I TOLD you to chat up the hottie at the tea festival…..
And I second kittenna…I dunno many of my good friends sho are guys who would do that for me…I’m dating the only one who would have back then lol

Indigobloom

Bonnie, too bad that Priest of yours is “married” to God! I think you’d be fun together :P Happy Valentines day!!

Terri, it was! I had a great time. Can’t wait til next year now lol

Kittenna, he be married. Not touching that one lol

Sil… but he smokes! eeeps!
He’s a great guy but taken and not really my type. One day!! I’ll find prince charming :)

Sil

there was the non smoker hottie too…

Indigobloom

but.. he wasn’t stalking me like the smoker one! :P

Kittenna

What’s this about guys at the Tea Festival?! :P

Indigobloom

there was one stalking me, we think. and another really hot one who was taken. le sighs

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You know what I love about this blend? it’s the only herbal I know of that POPS with a one minute steep, and diminishes in quality with anything longer!! (asides from that DavidsTea peppermint from awhile ago)
I’ve had a really long, but fantastic day… and a seriously crappy night. I guess it all balances out in the end, with this tisane to smooth things over.

Kittenna

Boo, I hope tomorrow (aka today) is better for you.

Indigobloom

Thanks Kittenna. I really hope so to!

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drank Ceylon Osmanthus by Kally Tea
1258 tasting notes

Sighs. So it appears Steepster ate my note from this morning and I can’t recall what I wrote!! Not exactly anyhow, and what would have been the follow up is going into my next post so stay tuned. It involves high tea! :D

Terri HarpLady

I hate when that happens :p

Bonnie

It’s Valentine’s Day,maybe your review was delicious.

Indigobloom

Terri, yup! no fun at all. I should always back up my posts but keep forgetting.
Bonnie, LOL the tea certainly was :P

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Thank you Sil, by way of Nicole for this sample!!
I don’t know if this is my fave tisane. Usually I love minty teas, but somehow… I dunno, it’s not quite reaching that place for me.
It’s probably the green rooibos, as I felt it really overshadowed the cup and didn’t blend nicely with the mint.
With minty teas, I’m not used to adding sweetener as mint is typically pretty flavourful on its own. In this case though, I made an exception and that is when I got the candy cane reference. Yup! bona fide peppermint stick! and then I drained the rest of my cup.
So in the end… I managed to find me a nice dessert. I wouldn’t mind another sample closer to next Christmas.

On a side note… I’ve launched my blog!! Nothing to do with tea mind you, so bear that in mind. Well, I’ll probably mention it here and there, but its more about my career in HR than tea and the two don’t often interlace.
Anyhow, if anyone feels like taking a gander here is the link: http://hrslinger.wordpress.com/

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drank Caramel Cocoa Loco by Kally Tea
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I added a pinch of Darjeeling here. An interesting combo. I might try it again one day, if only because I can’t quite figure out the blend. The first infusion was your basic caramel cocoa loco with a hint of crips Darjeeling in the finish, but the second one is more of a smoky roasted oolong mixed with a white? very curious!
In tea class the other day, we were discussing that Darjeelings are pretty much an oolong, going by the processing definition. Seems it’s just the varietal and location that makes a flavour difference. So I thought… what if I mixed them?
Thus… here I am writing this note!

Sil

hmmmmm maybe that’s why darjeelings are…well there ie. ..hit or miss..

Indigobloom

heh, probably!! not only that, but they get stale pretty quick

Cavocorax

You’re taking a tea class? That sounds so interesting!

Indigobloom

It was super fun! over now, but the next one starts in March, if I decide to register. Can’t wait!

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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I had a teeny bit of this left so added it to my morning cuppa of assam.
Together, they were just ok. Not very chocolate like at all but then it was pretty old to shrugs
Atleast it was a sipdown!

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drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
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I had a wee bit of this left so chanced it and made a cuppa with some added chamomile blend, tranquilitea from Tealish, I think it was.
Anyhow, for some reason it makes a truly divine cuppa. My goodness, I am wishing I bought a pouch now!

Sil

Just remind me later. I haven’t had a chance to revisit it again but if you want more I’m sure I can share more

Indigobloom

Aya! If you try again and decide you don’t like it, I’d seriously love a bit more!! yay! :D

Sil

you know what to do then lol

seule771

Who wrote the Witching Hour? Atwood, maybe?

Sil

Anne Rice is the only one I know of. unless there’s another reference i don’t know about.

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81
drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
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Toffee. White tea. What could go wrong? not much! I’m liking this sample. Thanks to Kittenna/Sil for sharing!
Very smooth and intense on the caramel. I love that it’s so well balanced.
The second infusion wasn’t quite as tasty, a hair plasticky. Making me hesitant to try a third. But… I will gladly finish off the rest of the sample!

Kittenna

I thiiiiink this was from me. I know I brought my bag to share, and pretty sure you took some. It tasted plasticky to me as well, iirc.

Indigobloom

Sounds about right!! I am never sure where the original comes from, our group tends to share teas so much! :)

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drank Young Pu-erh by Thé Kiosque
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DOUBLE Sample sipdown!! I didn’t have quite enough of this, nor my pu-erh from Tao Tea Leaf, so I combined them. On my second infusion now, and oh man is it ever tasty.
A little breadiness, freshwater, honey, and salt. Yep, I really do wish I had more around.

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85

Second time around… when I’m not sick… and it’s a bit rosier than I recall, but not by too much.
Lowering the rating a tiny bit because while it tastes great, somehow it was better before. More soothing. I just got home from my intro to tea exam so I’m a bit wiped. Forgive my shoddy review!
Anyhow, I’m glad to have this in my cupboard. Sil, don’t be too afraid!! :)

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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!

Location

Toronto (Mississauga, but I work in TO)

Website

http://hrslinger.wordpress.com/

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