1299 Tasting Notes

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drank Kick In the Cup by Red Leaf Tea
1299 tasting notes

Sipdown!!!
Somehow though, watching teas dwindle cup by cup is immensely frustrating. I’m the type that needs to finish things if they are on my plate, asap, for some reason. I’m ocd like that it seems(or rather, in my cupboard) and so when I do actually manage to finish a tea supply, it’s more of a “FINALLY!” than it is an achievement.
So while I really enjoyed this tea, I’m relieved to see it done.
In fact, I’ve been itching to purge my cupboard and just get back to a core tea supply that I can rely on. Is that strange? I really like my variety so it really makes no sense to me. I find it a little contradictory of how I am. Gah!
Anyhow, on my way out the door now, so I’ll finish that thought later

Lindsay

I understand completely.

gmathis

A library of staples—wonderful for the luxury of not having to think about what to steep.l

A menagerie of “goodies”—wonderful for the luxury of getting to experiment with your steeps.

Hard to say whech benefit outweighs the other, eh?

Indigobloom

Thx Lindsay, it’s nice to hear that! :D
Gmathis, seriously!! which is better, and how do you keep them straight? haha

Cavocorax

I like the idea of 15 staples, and maybe 15 sample sizes for variety. And work down from there.

Indigobloom

15 staples sounds about right but I doubt I’d ever get down to that many samples lol

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81

I taste coconut!! and pineapple. The white tea part hovers around the edges. Not bad. Reminds me of pina colada, and now that I’ve read the other reviews… sun tan lotion. ha!
This would likely do well iced, I imagine. Maybe I’ll save it for summer. With a splash of rum or vodka… oh my goodness yes that will be good. I just hope I remember!
Many thanks to Sil for the most generous sample!

Sil

Hey I’m just glad you liked it. Happy when tea finds a good home :)

Indigobloom

Hehhe thanks Sil! no surprise you didn’t like the coconut blend :P

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86
drank Assam by Nina's Paris
1299 tasting notes

No way!! my tea palate is not normally that attuned in black teas. But here, I could actually taste the fruitiness. Like… banana perhaps, or some sort of medley. What a trip. I’ve never had an Assam like this before.
Asides from that, it’s nice and strong with some awesome malty backing. It’s been awhile since I had an intensely malty tea, and this seriously hit the spot.
Really nice for a change, but not something I’d want permanently in my cupboard. Well maybe if it didn’t go stale!
Thank you Nina’s Paris Teas for this sample!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

The same thing usually happens to me with blacks too. Cool that you tasted all the fruitiness!

Indigobloom

It was pretty neat! A nice surprise because I tasted it before looking at the description. Thought I was imagining things

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You make everything better. That is all.

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97

I made a veggie smoothie! parsley, cucumber, frozen green beans, chlorella, oj, ice, and hemp seeds. Pretty darn tasty, I gotta say. Only issue is that now I am freezing and need a tea to warm up :)

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69

So I’d never had buttered rum before. But last night… my neighbour made us buttered rum cake! and it was amaaaaaazing. Not at ALL like this tea. In fact, know that I know what it’s supposed to taste like, I need to lower the rating here.

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91

Today I needed something special, and this was it. Went a little longer on the steep time and oh man it tastes just like maple pecan cookies. I’ll be mighty sad when my cup is done!

jessiwrites

I just ordered some of this yesterday, and can hardly contain my excitement. Want it now!

Indigobloom

You won’t regret it, this one is incredible. Can’t wait to see your review!

jessiwrites

I split an order with Courtney, who lives relatively close, so we could together spend $75 and get free shipping to Canada. We have a whole pile of Butiki teas on their way to us, so you will see tons of reviews! :)

Indigobloom

Nice! did you get the eggnog one?

jessiwrites

We did not, neither of us care for eggnog. We got the pineapple cilantro one, which I am quite looking forward to, also. Is the eggnog one good?

Indigobloom

oh the pineapple one is stellar! so is the eggnog. even though it doesn’t taste that much like it. Kindof an egg pudding milk oolong

jessiwrites

Ohhhhhh, man. Now you are seriously making me regret not getting that. I wonder if Stacy can still slip it in as a sample…

Indigobloom

lol it’s worth asking!

jessiwrites

Haha, I just sent her an email. We’ll see if I got in the request soon enough! Although if I don’t get it, I won’t really be disappointed… we are still getting tons of great teas to try!

whatshesaid

Mmm I will have to try this sometime! Sounds like it would be right up my alley :)

Sil

Get. The. Eggnog.

Seriously. I despise eggnog. Eye texture, the smell, the taste. In Stacy’s tea form? It’s just creamy deliciousness. :)

Also…this tea is great. Stacy is really great at capturing flavours.

jessiwrites

Also, Stacy is just awesome. She added the eggnog sample for us, and is actually going send us two of each sample since she noticed we are splitting the order. So, eight samples, in total.

Amazing!

Indigobloom

what Sil said :P
Stacy is such a sweetheart!!

Sil

i’m a stacy fanboi :)

whatshesaid

I’m so pumped because I ordered this and the eggnog one on a whim last night :)

Indigobloom

Sil, with good reason :D

Whatshesaid, its so good! you’ll love it!!

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82
drank Je t'aime by Nina's Paris
1299 tasting notes

Thank you Nina’s Tea for this sample!! I’m quite enjoying this cup. The vanilla is very mild, and pairs excellently with the caramel. Light, like cloudbursts. The black base is nice as well, bringing everything together to make a very well rounded tea. No sugar or milk added.
Oh!! When piping hot, I swear there was something fruity in there!
I definitely wouldn’t mind having this in my cupboard.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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53

Second cup out of this sample, and again I could not finish my cup. Is it just me? this tasted nothing like mango, but more like… sour juice? the black base didn’t even make an appearance, except for some strange astringent note that mixed badly with the oddly sweet/sour part that I think was the mango.

Alphakitty

Hmm, I really like this one but I drink it iced. Maybe the batch you got had weird flavoring?

Indigobloom

Quite possibly! if anything, I expected it to taste like a mango congou I had from elsewhere, but it wasn’t even close. Ah well. I’d try it again some day!

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83
drank Lemon Grass by The Tea Haus
1299 tasting notes

I forgot I still had this in my cupboard. and that I do enjoy lemongrass! on it’s own that is. In blends? can’t stand it. Solo? deeeelish! creamy lemon gooodness. It’s even complex, which I adore about teas.

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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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