1385 Tasting Notes

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Guess what arrived in my mailbox the other day?!? Surprise! :P
Anyhow. What a deelish tea!
I’m not big on dark oolongs these days, for some reason. Red robe was my fave for a long time… I kinda miss loving it. Sighs.
No matter, I’m really liking my cup! It’s creamy and I can definitely taste the strawberry and rhubarb influence, though I do wish it was a tad stronger.
Second infusion brought out more creaminess. Mmmmm. What a treat :)

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Thanks to Sil via Lala for this sample!!
I’m not sure about this. Is it Sencha? I’m not a huge fan of the base. The fruity part is nice. Vaguely reminiscent of pear but there is a stronger overlying general fruitiness. I added a pinch of sugar to see if that brought out the flavours more, but alas it did not.
A rather familiar flavour to be honest. I’ve had something similar, somewhere, before.
Also, now that I am finished my cup, I’m feeling a prickly sensation. Whether that’s my dislike for sencha, or the power of suggestion, I don’t know!

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88

I’m finding that this doesn’t mix with other flavours as much as I’d hoped. For some reason mixing it brings out a salty aftertaste. Strawberry, caramel and raspberry truffle so far. Very odd. Nor does it go well in smoothies. SO… I’ve been making it solo, or with almond milk, but my fave so far, hands down, is mixed in with some fruit, cereal, or chocolate bits, and vanilla yogurt!! Oh yeah baby. Those are some happy moments.

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90

Holy hazelnut batman! I have only a minute to write this but oh man this is SO delicious. And I didn’t even have a chance to try it hot. Got stuck on the phone and by the time I got there it was almost iced haha.
There is a very deep, nutty flavour, accented by a light fresh note, like watercress. Slight astringency. I am blown away by the decadent lingering aftertaste. I feel as if I’ve eaten a hazelnut truffle dipped in champagne.
Wayyyyy in the background of course, there is a vegetal bean-ish taste. An odd combination, but it works!!
The second infusion should be interesting…

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Kashyap

totally agree and another reason why these Laoshan teas make for great cooking with….num

Indigobloom

Yup! only second infusions though, it would feel like a waste otherwise!!

Autumn Hearth

Yes! Totally got the hazelnut as well (and now that I’ve read it, the watercress!

Indigobloom

I love it… watercress and hazelnut, what an awesome combo!! :p

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88

Thanks to Sil for this sample!!
It smells just like these Polish pretzel snacks I grew up on. Soon as I sniffed the cup, I knew it’d be tasty. Oh man is it ever a trip back to childhood.
Bready and sweet, this is pretty much a warm liquid pretzel (not the salted kind, obviously haha)
I think I oversteeped just a little bit, and despite that, I am in heaven.
Will be keeping my eye out for these packets at the grocery :)

TastyBrew

Yum. That sounds really good.

Indigobloom

seriously, I downed that cup so fast… guh I want moar… I wonder how it resteeps

Sil

Well I have more….just remind me. These are the china ones.

Indigobloom

So good!! Have you tried it yet?

Sil

haha i haven’t tried a single tea i brought back from china yet. it’s kind of sad really…

Indigobloom

whaaaaat? lol

TastyBrew

Sil – You have any extra for a fellow pretzel lover?

Kittenna

Hmm. Might have to try mine of this today… sounds really tasty! What were your infusion parameters, so I don’t screw mine up? :P

Indigobloom

My timer didn’t start as intended so I’m not sure how much I oversteeped by. I’m guessing it was in there for about five or six min. I dumped the entire packet into my infuser, and it was a regular sized mug.

Sil

Tastybrew – send me a PM. I’m sure we can do a mini swap, pretty sure i have a bunch of these left but will have to check tonight

TastyBrew

Can you follow me? I’ll send you a pm with my swapping list.

Sil

haha sorry about that, totally thought that i was. guess i’ve just been reading your notes another way.

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It’s decided. I do not enjoy this tea. I can see how it tastes and feels like pudding, kindof. I guess. (grumbles)
The lemon version is so amazing. I wish I knew why I feel so differently about this!
I can drink this, if I need to. I mean it’s not a “wincing” tea, you know where you make a little face with every sip?

Speaking of teas with similar profiles(see previous note), I made a cup of Espresso matcha as a latte, and it turned out SUPER floral in the same way I find this one. Turns out the espresso one is floral only when hot and I usually have it in a smoothie or bottle shaken. Sighs. I really wanted my coffee/matcha latte!

Kittenna

If you really don’t want it, put it in a swap pile and bring it along next time. One of us would happily take it, I’m sure. :)

Indigobloom

lol I just posted that on Sil’s note! will def do that

Kittenna

Hahahahahaha

Sil

Bwahahahahahaha

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85

ALMOST sipdown. I was so close. Gah!!! that is a frustrating feeling, when you dump tea in your infuser fully expecting to be done with it, and then realize that ooops… yeah there is still another cup or so of leaves in there. And that was after I made one for Dad as well. Who btw, loves Darjeeling, apparently!? He always lets me choose for him, and I know his tastes well enough so usually garner a thumbs up. Except this time that is, when he said that it was “wonderful”!
Not bad, considering my sample is nearly two years old now. Next time, I’ll give him a fresh first flush. I’m getting giggly just thinking about it. Yes yes I know, I am a tea nerd.
Anyhow, on another note… I’ve noticed that when I steep multiple types of tea at once, or throughout the day, I somehow end up choosing teas with scary similar profiles.
For instance, the rose congou I drank earlier (an actual sipdown, but I didn’t log it because it’s kinda embarrassing that I’ve had it in my cupboard for so very long!) has a rather unique taste, a floral one at that. Meanwhile, as I sip this darjeeling, I noticed that it’s rosey as well, though less so, and I psyched myself out for a moment thinking that I was actually drinking my second infusion of the coungou!
This seems to happen more often than not lately. Every time, I pick teas that I think are different enough to provide variety, and yet… well, they end up surprisingly NOT very different at all. Hmmm.
As I said before, yes I know I am crazy.

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Hmmm. Still getting those pesky floral notes.
Well it doesn’t help that my infuser fell into my mug. An extra large mug… which I accidentally used in the wrong cup and had to add extra tea at the last second! yeah, not my finest moment.
Anyhow! It’s pretty great cooled down, as well as hot. But… my inspiration for writing this today? was that I discovered something about Brandied Apricot Upside Down Cake Honeybush (wow. say that five times fast!)
Turns out… it goes really well with peanut butter and honey on toast. Yep, go figure.
Now, I’m not sure if the food pairing is a honeybush thing, or specific to BAUDCH. I’ll have to experiment and see! Hmmmm.
Based on the food pairing class I took a few weeks ago, I know that the items you are matching up should be of equal intensity in flavour, but varying texture. So that makes sense. I’ll have to look up my notes to see what else I can apply here :)

Fjellrev

I haven’t tried this, but you would think that both the honeybush base and the flavouring would go well with that food since honeybush is a little warm and nutty like peanut butter, and the apricot would blend in well with the honey, plus it would be like PB&J.

Indigobloom

Yep, it makes sense! Wish I’d thought of it earlier. I’ve been trying to think of tea/foods that would go well together.
The other one I found was aged mozzarella cheese and Assam. Well, that was in class, but it was amazing!

Fjellrev

Wow, I can actually see that working. Now I want to try that!

Indigobloom

Let me know if you do, I’d be interested to see what you think!

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No No No… (for some reason I’ve got an earworm to the tune of Rehab today)
Anyhow. I was so excited to try this! Then I opened the packet and… it smelled like vanilla??? not in a good way. Such a turnoff.
Thus, I tried adding milk and sugar, and that made it barely drinkable. Finished my cuppa but I’m not sure why…
Bleh. I guess I don’t like the DT caramel flavouring then huh! :(

Sil

Yeah chocolate and caramel from della seem to be not what I like either

Indigobloom

Whyyyyyyy! why don’t I love it :(

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drank Plum Spice by Kally Tea
1385 tasting notes

Yum yum! I needed something strong to cut through my flu buds, and this was it! Though I don’t think it deserves the super high rating…. hard to say if that’s because of the tea, or the devilthing causing my aches n pains

canadianadia

I hope you feel better soon

Indigobloom

thanks, meeee to! Hopefully it will be a 24hr thing :)

Terri HarpLady

Bummer that you’re sick! Sending good vibes your way!

Indigobloom

Awww thanks Terri! I’m feeling a bit better already :)

Fjellrev

Feel better soon!

Indigobloom

Thx Incendiare, I feel loads better today. (if you don’t count this incessant and loud cough that is)

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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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