1317 Tasting Notes

I’ve had this with short and long steeps and I love it both ways. Short is great when I know I’ll be around all day, but it’s so very satisfying when I can indulge in a longer one. The depth of the mango and cilantro flavour really gets me! and I’m truly looking forward to making a big batch of this iced, to drink while I read a book on the balcony. Hurry up summer!
Also… Stacy rocks. Very very much!

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Butiki Teas

Oooh, I bet that is awesome iced! Why thank you, you rock too! :)

Kittenna

Mm, I should have a cup of this tomorrow :)

Indigobloom

Stacy, I’m positive it will be amazing. It will be interesting to see whether it brings out the mango more!
and thank you! :P
Kittenna, I agree, you should! lol

Sil

Ooh me too! Haha I think I subconsciously don’t drink it because I want to save it..

Terri HarpLady

Haven’t tried this one yet…

Sil

terri – it’s IB’s custom blend

Terri HarpLady

That explains why it’s not on the butiki menu!

Sil

Terri – if you remind me with the swap we have, i may have a bit that i can pass on to you. i can’t remember how much i’ve got left

Indigobloom

Terri, I’ll send you some!! pm me

Tea Sipper

Yeah, I can’t wait to sit outside. I was able to last year in early March! (I’m in NY so that actually is rare.)

Indigobloom

Last March was great! led into a nice summer, not too warm/cold!

Sil

IB – if you bring some next weekend i can toss it in to my swap with terri to save you mailing.

Indigobloom

omg that would be awesome. Pretty sure I’m on the post offices hit list or something haha

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drank Caramel Cocoa Loco by Kally Tea
1317 tasting notes

I’m kinda over it. This was ok, but I didn’t really care for it over the other cup I was drinking. It was so plain, and a hair plastic like. Caramel? sure I got that to, just not enough. Ah well, time to move on!
Lowering the rating a bunch of points.

Sil

stop drinking the same teas as me GAWD

Indigobloom

LOL I drank that early this AM I swear! next tea I drink will be a bubbletea so no more tea shadowing :P

Sil

ew. tapioca

Fjellrev

Hair plastic? That’s a first.

Indigobloom

Sil, I grew up on it. There was a time I had bbt 2-4 days a week! :P
Incendiare, lol I mean a teeny bit plasticky

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78

Thanks Kittenna for the sample!
Wowwwww cherry. Dude. I love cherry. Love it! Not so much on the kiwi, though it does balance things out. Coconut, well I’m ok with it here. Not too scratchy on the throat or overly sweet either.
Overall, a nice blend that I think would do well iced. Perfect for my midafternoon caffeine break (err, that is… break from caffeinated teas!)

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drank Mlesna black by Mlesna Tea
1317 tasting notes

Backlog! Will this tea never end! I love how robust and satisfying this is, but I also don’t want it to go stale and I’ve had it for ages now…
Ctc goes a long way. Hmph.

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86
drank Berry Chocolate by Kally Tea
1317 tasting notes

Backlog!
I’ll be sad when this is gone. I have a ton of other rooibos in my cupboard and yet I keep reaching for my Berry Chocolate!

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96

So I had some fannings of this left over, which I’ve been saving for eons now… for what I don’t know… but after all the talk recently about which is the best Coconut Oolong, and my recent lack of appreciation for said tea genre, I decided to use up the dust and see if memory serves me.
Turns out, that despite this being two years old, and 90% dust, this is still the best coconut oolong I’ve ever had.
The coconut is very sweet, in a natural and unassuming yet upfront way that seduces me like no other while the green roasted oolong note is blended so perfectly that it took three infusions to find where they separate. In fact, for awhile I compared coconut milk to this and thought “my coconut tea is so much better!”
Oh man, this brought me back to my tea “newbie” days when everything was incredible and fresh to my palate. How I miss those days sometimes!
So yep, I’m quite pleased to know that it still tastes like home, and I look forward to the day when I’m reacquainted with this delightful blend.
Next time I go to John’s Pass(Florida), you can be sure I’ll be scooping some up. And that’s coming from a newfound coconut disliker!
Anyhow, based on this experience alone, I’d rate the cup around 87, but considering the circumstances I’ll leaving the rating as is for now.

P.S. Sipdown! a sad one, but still a sipdown. 244 left to go!

Fjellrev

Thanks, as if I need more teas on my shopping list. :)

whatshesaid

I will have to try and get some of this!

Indigobloom

Incendiare, LOL this one is worth it!!
Whatshesaid, it’s really smooth! Only one that comes close for me is from the American Tea Room

Spice & Tea

Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Indigobloom

thanks Spice & Tea! I look forward to having it in my cupboard again one day

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79

Peaches! oh yes this is peach. Almost like peach juice!! The first steep was anyhow. Very sweet. WAY too sugary on the first steep but the second one was great, balanced and flavourful! The white tea peeked out in just the right way, showing the parts of white peony that I love :)
Third steep was more of the same, but less intense.
So first steep: 72 Second steep: 84 Third steep: 79
Thanks K for sharing the pot!

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drank Gingered Peach by Kally Tea
1317 tasting notes

1000th note right here!
So I thought I’d do something special with it and chose to make gingered peach potato pancakes with my Aunt. I love cooking with her.
And the pancakes… oh my! It was quite yummy. The ginger really shines through, while the peach added that sweet zing that really made the pancakes pop. Sour cream and sugar (traditional way to serve it) made it almost like a peaches and cream dessert. Yum!!
My Aunt quite enjoyed the tea as well, so I gave her the rest of my packet (seeing as I don’t like it at all!)
Spending the day with my aunt was fun. We had a great time!
Oh and we also made Strawberry Pu-erh pancakes but those came first and we made a few errors when prepping so they were less flavourful. I wish we hadn’t used up the last of my sample on that. Oh well, I can always grab more.

Bonnie

So, did you infuse or blend the tea in? I’ve only ever infused in liquid and then added to my batter.

Bonnie

Oh, HAPPIEST 1000!!!!!!!

Indigobloom

Thanks Bonnie!! :D
I let the cut up potatoes sit in the tea for an hour or so and then drained it. Since the recipe doesn’t call for any liquid we couldn’t actually add it to the batter, sadly!

Dinosara

Woohoo congrats! I am 30 notes away from my 1000th. :D

Kittenna

Finally 1000!!! :P

Sil

slacker grin congrats silly

Tamm

Wow! What a huge marker! :DKeep going!

Bonnie

We should have prizes for 1000 or something. I think you should have a wish (can I guess?). Wouldn’t be tea would it.

Indigobloom

Dinosara, thank you! I’ll be watching out for yours, 1000 reviews feels good!!

Kittenna, hehe I know, I was trying to save it for March 11 (3yr anniversary) but couldn’t bear it!

Sil, thx! yes, yes I am indeed silly!! :D

Tamm, definitely, plan on going on for a long long time here! :P

Bonnie… I like that idea!tea… how did you know?!
hahhaa

TheTeaFairy

Happy 1000th! Spending time cooking with you aunt sounds like fun, I’m glad you had such a wonderful day:-)

Indigobloom

Thanks TeaFairy!! it was certainly a happy day. I’m looking forward to doing that again soon :)

Terri HarpLady

1000 posts! Awesome!

Indigobloom

thanks Terri!! it feels good!

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Oh coconut. What happened to us, we used to be such great friends. There was a time where I loved you to bits(coconut bits!) and I looked forward to trying any tea blend you were in. and now? You’ve become cloying and overwhelming and sometimes far too sweet for my tastes. This makes me sad. I miss the days when we’d sit together, you in a nice big mug, me on the couch or at the table. Sadly, those days are no longer. So… Either coconut has entirely changed it’s profile entirely in the last few years, or my palate has done a 180. (yes I am playing naive. It must be possible that nobody else has noticed the coconut profile change bahahaha)
Anyhow, other than coconut I did get a slight marzipan note and it did balance things out a tad, and it was more sugary than I’d have liked, which is odd for me in a tea that I haven’t added anything to.
Overall, the tea was super light and I wish I’d used less water. Not that it matters given my tirade above. So… I won’t rate this because I don’t think it’d be fair. But… If someone asked me to rate it just for fun, I’d likely say 70.
Thanks Kittenna for this sample!

Agh! I have a bunch of other reviews to write, but I’m realizing now that none of them are worth my 1000th note. I want to save it for something incredible. AND I won’t be home all day tomorrow. Bah!!

Sil

Say NO to coconut! :)

Indigobloom

LOL Sil, I’m on board with that now!!!

Sil

it’s about time! sheesh!

Indigobloom

my 1000th note, or the coconut hating :P

Sil

lol i missed my 1000th note. haha so i’m jsut going to randomly celebrate some odd tasting note sometime

Indigobloom

Ah well it’s good to save it up! Make it something extra special :P

Bonnie

Ah, coconut and men,hard to find one that’s a keeper.(ok guys sue me!Have you ever tried to pick a good coconut from a bunch?)

Indigobloom

hahaha Bonnie you are so right ;)
(all in good fun guys!)

Kittenna

I found this tea to be way heavier on amaretto on coconut. And I’m just not a big amaretto fan :(

Indigobloom

odd, I wonder if it was just not distributed properly

Kittenna

Or I’m more sensitive to amaretto and you to coconut :) Either way, not a fave. I prefer the “dry nut” flavour over amaretto, which is what I was initially hoping for, here.

Indigobloom

true, or something more like marzipan. I wouldn’t have minded that!

Kittenna

Amaretto/marzipan are equivalent in my mind, heh, not a fan of either :)

Indigobloom

I know what you mean. They’re similar, but different enough in my head that I regard them separately. Amaretto has a deeper sweetness with a touch of bitter that barely registers, and for me, marzipan is more of a sugary/dessert with less depth

Kittenna

Yep, that makes sense; I just equate similar things when I don’t particularly care for them. :D

Indigobloom

haha I get that! like me and cantaloupe teas :s

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86

Stellar! Quite enjoyable. Definitely getting the toast reference, though I first interpreted it as soft leather.
Since this was my first taste, I sipped both with and without milk. Without, it’s refreshing and earthy with a rather floral and delicately fresh note similar to something I experienced last week in another tea. Only this time it’s much milder. It’s quite lovely.
There is also a slight honey note in there that stands out on odd sips. Not really getting any cocoa like the description says, sadly. I had really hoped for that. Oh well, it’s still great!
With milk, that floral freshness really pops. Now I wish I had more than a sample.

Bonnie

Yummmmmm

Indigobloom

It is yum Bonnie! :)

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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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