1341 Tasting Notes

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I got this to go today after popping into the shop. The guy who runs the shop, Dan, is awesome! Super friendly and helpful, and he makes amazing tea.
Anyhow, this tea… it was great! I wanted something hydrating and fruity, so this really fit the bill. Pirate cider! Apples and… pineapple! Which is nice because usually the acidity in pineapple ruins the fun for me.
Then came the ultimate test of a fruit blend (for me): how would it fare with a shot of rum? Fabulously I say. Really.
Also, I really should have taken the bag out sooner but then I was traipsing around the city running errands. Towards the end it got quite sharp. I didn’t mind though, it also became sweeter as well :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Sil

Hmmmmmm

Indigobloom

Hmmm good or hmmm bad?

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58

Spicy? Oh yes definitely getting that here! and butter… yep, can really taste that. Actually, I really like the buttery part. I just feel that it doesn’t mix well with the pepper very well. Something about the two of them together doesn’t sit right for me, atleast not in a tea. However I can see how other people would swoon.
Ah well!I knew this would be a love or… well, not love tea.
Thank you so much Alphakitty for this sample! I was SO curious about this one.

Alphakitty

This is definitely a weird blend!

Indigobloom

It really is! interesting though. In a good way, I think!

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1341 tasting notes

This is such a treat for me that I’ve been holding back on indulging… not wanting to let it become less special. Maybe I need to set up a rotation schedule, so that I give all my matchas equal love.
Also, I really like that there are no resteeps with matcha. No guilt! I mean, it’s one of those things that I really enjoy about tea, but sometimes it’s nice not to, ya know?

Ze_Teamaker

Yeah, I sometimes will pick a lower quality tea that I know I can only get 1-2 steeps out over a finer one. I have tried storing them for later, but it never tastes as good.

Indigobloom

exactly!! no easy answers to that dilemma lol

Bonnie

Are you being a tea control freak Ms. Bloom?! Not special? Tea is always special. You are so funny!

Indigobloom

It’s all in the mind Bonnie! I must (and do) perceive it as such!:P

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drank Yogurt Strawberry by Tsaa
1341 tasting notes

Sipdown!! I could really use more of those. This one does not age well. I got hardly any flavour considering that I used nearly double what I normally do.
Also, I know I logged this one in my cupboard because it was during a steepster outage and I had to come back for that, and I nearly spilled my tea when the page finally refreshed. I remember that because Dad commented that I didn’t want yogurt on my keyboard (he thought that was so funny!).
Anyhow, how is it that it isn’t inventoried? hmmm?!

Sil

sounds decent, though it appears as though a few teas from tsaa don’t age well..

Indigobloom

Sad but true. Alot of their stuff is organic, so there is less there to preserve it. Plus, most of them I didn’t have a tin for. I really need some tins heh

Kittenna

Oh no! I better drink mine too :(

Indigobloom

good idea. I found it was a teeny bit plastic like, more than it was before!

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Thanks to Mark B for this sample!!
Pretty sure I underleafed the cup as I had a hard time getting much flavour.
There were some honeyed sweet tones, some mild brothy notes, and an even milder vegetal aspect that was very hidden underneath. Next time, I’ll try more leaf in the infuser!

Kittenna

Yeah, I tend to dump a lot of leaves in my infuser now, as I prefer a stronger flavour. I keep it to about a 1 min infusion at 82C, as well.

Indigobloom

Yeah I had it at one minute but went in for more after finding the lack of flavour. Plus I have to guess at temp! (thermometer doesn’t reach the bottom so leaves most of the rod exposed and gives off an inaccurate reading)

Kittenna

What sort of thermometer? Most have the sensor right at the tip. I use my meat thermometer (as you may remember seeing previously :D)

Indigobloom

One I bought at Davids eons ago. I did a test once, using a really tall glass vs one of my mugs. Not entirely controlled since there was more liquid in the glass, but it gave a much higher temp reading almost immediately, up to 96 I think it was, whereas when I use my mug it never reads above 91!
Though it occurred to me later that I didn’t pour the water overtop of the thermometer, which I haven’t tried yet.

Kittenna

I wonder if it’s because the mug sucked more of the heat out of the water than the glass. My mom has a DT one, and yeah, it never hits over about 91 in her mug, but that’s just because of heat loss. If she nuked the mug + water, I’m sure it would read boiling. I don’t think a great deal of the probe needs to be in the water. I mean, as much as possible is certainly better! But a cm or two is probably ok.

Indigobloom

hmmm I thought about that to! but keep forgetting to test it. I really should one of these days!! I mean, I’ve heard about people warming up their mugs first so that the water is true temp and not skewed by heat suckage

Kittenna

Yeah. I used to microwave all my water, so it was always truly boiling when I made teas requiring boiling water. Now I use a kettle, and don’t bother heating the mugs. For teas that need boiling, I just pop in the infuser immediately. For teas that need ~90, I wait maybe 10 seconds before putting in the infuser, and for teas that need ~80, I use my thermometer (because different mugs/water volumes take different times to reach 80, and usually teas requiring that temp are finicky!)

Indigobloom

Yah that’s how I do it mostly, but I found that in the heat of summer things work a bit differently! heh.
I know I should use the thermometer more… I will, eventually! :)

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72

Green tea, very deep, vegetal green tea! That is all I could really pick out, except for a side note of artichoke.
Thanks to whomever sent me the sample. I had it noted down but the tape was pulled off when sorting.

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94
drank Ceylon Osmanthus by Kally Tea
1341 tasting notes

Slight bitter note at the beginning of my sip. Milk and sugar fixed that right up though. Good as ever.
Without additives, never go beyond 3 min.

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93

Funny story…
Dad asked me to make him a cup of tea. I chose this! as I had a feeling he’d like it. Turns out he did but that’s all I could get out of him in terms of description. I usually get: it was “not my thing” “ok”, “good” or “pretty good”.
Anyhow, here’s how our conversation went.
Dad: We’re having sweet potato fries with dinner. Hope that’s ok! I know you like them… (As he is about to take his first sip)
Me: You know that tea is…
Dad: Flavoured like sweet potatoes?
Me: Yeah. How did you know…
Dad: Lucky guess

I’ve been shaking my head about it all day! In between resteeps that is.

Bonnie

He’s got your number!

Indigobloom

It was too funny Bonnie, I now have a forever memory attached to this tea!

Bonnie

That’s a good thing!

Indigobloom

Agreed! I <3 Dad. He humours my tea habit!!

ashmanra

I miss my dad! He drank so much iced tea, and when he was having ulcer problems he would add milk to his sweet iced tea and call it “tilk.” I was just thinking the other day about how much tea he drank, and wondering if he would have liked trying these teas with me, or would he just have been shocked at how many kinds there are! I miss him more every year…

Bonnie

Me too. I made him rootbeer floats.

Kittenna

Ahaha, ashmanra, I read that as ‘shocked at how many kids there are’, and was thinking that you only have two (or three?), and that it’s not that many! Then I caught my mistake.

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drank Toffee and Cream by Kally Tea
1341 tasting notes

Aha! shorter infusions work so much better here. 2-2.5 min. Yup, makes all the difference in th “pop” factor. Bumping my rating a few points.

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85

Backlog!!

Fannings? More like ctc! phew, that is what I was hoping for.
My cup was nice and dark. Inky black. And full of depth! Wouldn’t wanna go swimming in that… (what dark creatures lie beneath?!)
It tasted very earthy, mossy, and a little like soil… err, in a good way. Trust me, it was pleasant even if it doesn’t sound as if it was! Next time, I’ll do a fast rinse. I didn’t this time because I was worried about losing the tiny little particles but there was a teeny tiny bit of fishiness so I’ll see if there is a big difference in quality between my rinse vs non-rinse experiences.
Second steep was more like a light coffee. Oh how I miss coffee. Could this be a suitable alternative? I think so.
Third steep edged more into the bready/vanilla zone. I didn’t have time for more but I can see where it was going anyhow.

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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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