1296 Tasting Notes

75

I was out n about yesterday with no access to hot water, so ended up grabbing a cuppa this. Who knew the International Centre would sell non Higgins n Burke tea!
Not bad overall, but very strong. Pretty sure my bag had an extra kick in it because after a 1 min steep it was super pungent. I added a bit of coffee cream, hoping to tone it down a bit.
That seemed to work, but then I needed a packet of sugar to balance things out. I’m not a ginger/anise fan and the sugar made things a bit more candy like.
Overall, I wouldn’t go out and buy this but would order a cup to go if there were no other options.
Oh and they did have an EB but I have exceptionally terrible luck with bagged random EBs!! All the other options were green teas and I try to never get them to go from a fast food place, considering it’d likely be doused in boiling water. shrugs

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84

So I badly need to replace my Brita, the three teas I made today were all compromised in flavour. Ack! but in this one, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Somehow, it brought out a leathery quality I’ve never seen in an Assam before. In fact, I was SO tempted to drink it without my standard of milk and a spot of sugar. I almost did it! (Baby steps right?)
But in the end, I decided that I was really craving a black tea with sugar and it was great that way to. Almost coffee like, with its dark heady flavour.
Looks like I’ll be drinking this until we get a new filter…

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drank Cola Chai by Kally Tea
1296 tasting notes

backlog from last week!
Wow, the cola flavour was almost entirely absent from the cup. I had to add milk and sugar just to make it interesting enough to drink. Sad.
Rating cut…

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78

Pretty sure this is some kind of Forever Nuts hybrid. It smells very much like amaretto, sweeter even. But the taste is alot lighter than FN, and more tart.
Overall, I wish it was a little more intense and then it’d be perfect, but I tried adding more leaf/steeping longer and it just got tart instead.
This will go great iced in the summer. Looking forward to taking it out and about!

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Ack! totally slipped my mind to log this the other day. And now I can’t recall the specifics, other than it was quite tasty and a little too sweet. BUT my cup was quite enjoyable without any additions and I even got a second steep out of it. Also, I’m not a huge red velvet fan as I prefer true chocolate cakes and it seems to be a vanilla/chocolate hybrid so I do enjoy it more than vanilla… however, this tea really managed to capture the “red velvet” experience for me, which I was not expecting at all. It’s not often a tea is so spot on to it’s moniker and those are the ones that tend to hook me for some reason unless I really dislike one or two ingredients(looking at choo carob, invading all the “chocolate” teas.
Ok so this review turned out to be much longer than I anticipated. Ah well, I’ll save my rating for the next cup just to be sure, as I’m wavering around the 82-87 mark.
Darn you Davids Tea!! coming out with another(rare) blend I really enjoy and am now tempted to stock in my cupboard even though I already have far too much…

MegWesley

That sounds delicious!

The Cup of Life - Lu Ann

this is a blend I def. want to try from them. I need to get my hands on it fast. Had no idea it was “rare” :O thanks for the heads up

CREAM

This sounds so good! I’ll have to smell it next time im at Davids. Some of their chocolate teas do have a weird flavour.

Indigobloom

Meg: it really really is!!
Lu Ann: So worth it, I highly recommend!
CREAM: If you dislike beetroot, it could get a bit odd, but I think it works really well here :)

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86
drank Berry Chocolate by Kally Tea
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Still loving this sans sugar or milk, which makes it a serious keeper. But, I gotta drink it down fast as it’s already lost a bit of flavour. Eeeep!

Sil

ugh really? i forsee lots of kally tea notes in my future then haha

Indigobloom

I’ve noticed it with most rooibos sadly :(

Kittenna

Can I request a sample of this from one of you? I should have asked about samples of the teas I didn’t go in with you on.

Indigobloom

Yah, for sure!! Thought I gave you some but I realize now I didn’t!

Sil

You can grab some from either of us.

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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(backlog)
Eeeek, I really don’t know what I’ll do with my packet of this. The chocolate is not exactly my idea of authentic. Quite fake. I don’t think I’d even want it as a base in my food. Some sips are ok as a plain genmaicha, but then others? yikes. It reminds me of the sugar free chocolate my grandfather used to eat, since he was a diabetic. The one candy I would dread getting offered but always accepted out of guilt!
This is my third try and still, no go.

Kashyap

wonder if they added carob to it…

Indigobloom

Probably. I dislike carob. and chicory to

seule771

oh my; you poor dear! Genmaicha is already an acquired taste and to have to mix it with chocolate…52teas do seem to go boldly as none might other wise. OK, I think I am clever with wordings. I would not like this either is what I mean.

Indigobloom

I go through phases. Love/hate with Genmaicha. So I was really hoping this would be great!!

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87

Sipdown!! only this time its SUPER sweet. Like honey. I’m quite enjoying the cup but having had it side by side with Graveyard mist has really put things into perspective. I need to go and bump the rating on ze mist, because this still deserves an 87 :)

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71

Thank you Kittenna for this sample!
I agree, this is an odd blend indeed. I don’t think it’s spicy though. More floral than anything, and not in a pleasing way, sadly. It kinda stuck in the back of my throat. Then again there were alot of rose petals in my spoon so perhaps the rest will be all spicy.
For some reason it calmed me down quite a bit. Not that I was upset… just that all of a sudden I was feeling rather zen!
Either way, I will definitely be making like so many others here and adding it to some Pu!

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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I really hope there is a reblend of this one. If not, I might just ask for a pound of it to be made. Seriously, I could drink it by the gallon and I never say that about a particular tea.
I mean, most times, when I am getting down to the end of a packet, I’ve outgrown the tea or wouldn’t mind a break. This one? Give me MOAR now please!
Thankfully the gracious Tattooed_tea sent me a bunch so it won’t be an official sipdown when I am done with my packet. Still, it’s only a matter of time!

Sil

sooo uh i’ll take a cup please lol. i’ll try and add it to the spreadsheet lol i’m in your cupboard stealing your favourites!

Lindsey

What did you end-up settling on for water temp and steeping time?

Indigobloom

Sil, I didn’t see this on the spreadsheet! did I end up giving you a sample?
Lindsey, I usually let the cup cool for about 45 seconds or so. Steeping time is 2.5min. Perfection :)

Sil

oh..nope you didn’t.

Sil

updated the spreadsheet

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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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