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Interesting. But not quite what I was after.
I’ve been on the hunt for a delicious fruity green tea lately and haven’t had much luck. I want something with a berry tone, and I’d rather it not be sencha. Sadly, most fruity blends are sencha, because it pairs best with fruit tones! Maybe I’ll settle for a fruity tky, if I can find one?
Anyhow, this one is ok but a bit artificial tasting. There is definitely strawberry, and creaminess. Not to mention tons of sugary goodness.
I can definitely taste yogurt, which brings out a campino candy note that would settle any cravings if I had them :p
Overall… I wouldn’t mind having it around, but certainly not over another green blend so would have to drink down my entire stash and try most other versions first haha(nothing specific mind you).
Thanks to Sil for sharing her stash!

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This isn’t terrible, but I couldn’t get much flavour out of the leaves. It was more generically sweet than anything.
I decided then, to add milk and see if that helped, but we were out! well, of dairy. We do have this amazing organic almond milk that Dad brought home,it’s super delicious!!(which we probably won’t buy again because it isn’t calcium enriched and is part of the reason I drink it, so I’m kinda sad about that! but, I digress)
Anyhow, it kinda took over most of the tea, but still paired really well and made it quite drinkable. In fact, I did get some baked cookie notes. I’d have another cup if I could!

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Oh wow this is just as good as I remember. So yum.
Good to know that while my sample from ages ago is long gone… there is a cafe downtown that offers this for sale, a two minute walk from the main subway station in Toronto (yonge and bloor), AND attached to the Reference Library. Score!
Without any sugar or milk, it was sweet, fruity, and just the right amount of astringency. Also, it came in it’s own little bubble tea pot!
The only down side is that the steeping vessel… was a loosely woven cloth tea bag. Neat because I’d never seen that before but also a slight disappointment being that I’m silly like that heh.

Ellyn

It is always a delight when a wonderful tea is available at a local spot! :)

Indigobloom

Definitely, and a lovely surprise to!! :P

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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I made a few cups of this the other day, so I could grab a baseline for comparison with the S’mores and Marshmallow version. It does not fare well iced. But… It has mellowed out considerably since I first tried it, making it drinkable, or atleast something I wouldn’t be ashamed of serving to guests! Thus, I’ve bumped the rating a tad.

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drank Wild Blueberry by Tealux
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Do. Not. Like.
All I can taste is some sort of artificial, biting, cloyingly sweet and very odd note. I think that may be the Senna leaf, as it’s the only ingredient I don’t know the taste of.
Senna, I believe, is dominating the entire cup. Nope. No blueberry, tea of any kind, or any other note is around. Ok well maybe a hint of blueberry but it’s really hard to find!
ETA: I gave the rest of my cuppa to Dad and he thought it was some sort of ginger cherry blend! and that it’s really weird.

Terri HarpLady

I almost never like anything that is ‘blueberry flavored’.
The smell alone knocks me over. They are always so phony smelling. Real blueberries, which I love, never smell or taste like that.

Meanwhile, Senna is a bitter medicinal herb, notably known for its profound purging effect, if you know what I mean!
You might want to stay close to the restroom…

Indigobloom

I know what you mean, I feel the same way about melon. I love blueberries and blueberry tea but can’t stand blueberry added foods (like yogurt or danishes). I think it’s a texture thing.

Indigobloom

Luckily I didn’t drink more than a few sips. Wondering if I should warn Dad though… cuz he had some to! Eeep…

Terri HarpLady

LOL! Might wanna mention it to him!
One of my sons used to beg me to buy this one blueberry cereal, he loved it so much. I couldn’t stand the smell of it, & I could smell it all the way up in my bedroom on the 3rd floor every time he opened the box. Plus everytime I bought it for him, my kitchen reeked of that god awful smell. :p

Indigobloom

Haha I definitely will. Or maybe he’ll just blame takeout food… (naw I couldn’t justify not saying something!)

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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I had trouble eking flavour out of this. I measured it out during our swap day and there was no more than 8oz of water in my cup so what gives? Hmph.
That said, what I did get was some seriously delicious pineapple and oolong. Love loooove the base.
If I knew the lack of flavour was a one time thing, I’d actually make an order for it… I’ve now discovered that I love pineapple oolongs! albeit strongly flavoured ones.
Thanks Kittenna and Sil for the sample!

Lynne-tea

I cant remember, but did you try Davids Tea Pineapple oolong?

Kittenna

IIRC this was technically from Sil :)

Indigobloom

Lynne, you’re right I did!! but this one was far superior imo.

Kittena, oh! haha thx for the heads up

Sil

uh.. well if i don’t like this one…you can have the rest of mine. you know me and oolongs.

Indigobloom

teeheeheeeee what a delciously eeeevil offer given our sipdown battle :P

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Thank you Raritea for sharing your Berry Good with me.
I quite like this. Super berry to the rescue!
A little too much hibby but then what else is new… and I can hardly taste the puerh in the first steep, if you don’t count the pinch of fishy scent which I only noticed when piping hot. Overall, it was much better in the second infusion. I heart berry teas!!
I’d have to try it again to get further into detail, as this is a backlog. and a sipdown (which I am totally claiming even though this hasn’t yet been added to my cupboard!) :P

Sil

oh no it’s not a sipdown… you said those don’t count :P

Indigobloom

I know! but I’m doing it anyhow muahahaa

Terri HarpLady

LOL! So do you guys actually add samples to your cupboard? I have them on my inventory list (on my computer, listed by name of company or person who sent them), but haven’t added them to my cupboard.

Sil

Terri – i add ever single thing in my house to my tea cupboard because i don’t know how long it will take for me to drink it. That way i always have a handle in ONE place, of how much tea i have. The exception to that are the few teas that i can’t log due to things like “i bought it at a random store in china” :)

Terri HarpLady

Well, if I want to sip tea with the big girls, I guess I’d better get my sh^t together then :x :o :D hahaha

Indigobloom

I’m the same as you Terri, I don’t add it to my Steepster cupboard so as to lessen confusion during swaps.
I think I’ll start calling them “sample sipdowns”, because while I am getting it out of my cupboard, it isn’t something that I can refer to again or share with others (unless it’s a big sample!) but I feel it should be counted somehow… a happy compromise! :P

Sil

Terri – i just prefer it for tracking. It doesn’t bother me having stuff in there that I can’t swap since typically 90% of my smaller samples i could part with at least a cup. I also don’t swap often. (note to terri my cupboard has lots of recent samples you can’t have mwahahahahah).

Terri HarpLady

I guess that’s why I put them in my inventory, but not in my cupboard. If someone looks in my cupboard & sees something they want to try, I want to make sure I have plenty to share, so they won’t be letdown.
Sil – you’re just trying to get rid of stuff, right? LOL

Kittenna

I’m trying to keep sample sizes out of my Steepster cupboard now too. I have a spreadsheet on my computer for teas I’ve bought, and one for teas swapped to me, so it’s really unnecessary to me to confuse potential swap partners :)

Indigobloom

Exactly! I accidentally included some samples in my cupboard and ended up disappointing some swap partners awhile back.
Also, I don’t really update my matcha cupboard because there is no easy way to swap!

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drank Weight To Go! by Teavana
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Ok I really like this. Really!! So fruity and refreshing. I can’t taste the puerh at all though (thumbs down for me, but great for beginners). It’s tart in the perfect way to. For once hibby doesn’t rule the camp! As for specific notes, I’d have to try it again. But… I know I’d love it iced. I could guzzle pitchers worth.
Thank you Artp for the sample, I really appreciate it! In fact, I may go out and buy some, which is saying something… cuz I rarely do that. Well, I rarely have the opp to buy something. Err that is assuming they haven’t discontinued it. Fingers crossed

Terri HarpLady

I was drinking this last summer, lots & lots of it! I’d brew it strong in the morning, ice it, & just keep adding more ice & cold water to it all day. It’s a great tea for gardening!

Indigobloom

Oh man, yes this would make for THE gardening tea haha. Actually, I’m really looking forward to it now :P

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drank White Bubbly Berry by Kally Tea
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Hmmm. It seems 3 min was too much. Better stay with 1-2 min!
Too thick and not enough berry goodness. Good to know :)

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drank Chocolate Delight by Tealux
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This is a very comforting tea. I can picture myself drinking it cozied up with a great book and nothing but crackling logs in the fireplace for music.
At first, I didn’t like this at all. There is ALOT of astringency going on. That’s what I was worried about. Ack! Most chocolate teas I’ve tried are naturally sour and require a good dose of sugar for me to consider them palatable. In my head, that sour/bitter note of dark chocolate is transferable to tea so it kinda doubles down on that effect.
Of course, this is no exception. But… the chocolate part is so appealing that I’m willing to look past that. Realistic chocolate at that! I’m surprised, since I see barley bits listed in the ingredients and barley is very hit and miss with me.
Anyhow, milk is optional, though I am sipping the rest of this cuppa ala dairy. I prefer it this way, reminds me more of a hot cocoa. Also, the milk reduces astringency somewhat, as it creates a bit of a milk chocolate effect. So… while I may have come around somewhat about this blend, it isn’t that “perfect chocolate tea” I’ve been searching for. shrugs
Final verdict: Yum yum!

Sil

you guys are making me wanna dig through my box…

Terri HarpLady

Now I want some chocolate tea…lets see…I think I still have the Tea Spot Chocolate ‘O’ in the cupboard…

Indigobloom

Sil, I think it’s better than either of the “DT” bases (davids and della) but not nearly as good as the Spice exchange.

Terri, Oooo, I think I had that once!! not a bad one :)

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-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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