1341 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Oolong by Tsaa
1341 tasting notes

Once again it was lacking a little on the third steep but not as much as the last time I had a cup. Next time… more leaf, shorter infusions!

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I’m a little puzzled, this was a great tea but I’m not getting much of what anybody else is noticing.
It’s a bit claylike, with that drying sensation I get with wines sometimes. Reminds me of grapes in some ways! but certainly not of an oolong.
There is also a hard hitting bitter note towards the end of the sip, and a mild honey sweetness. All of this is overshadowed by the essence of something smokey, though I don’t actually taste any smoke, its more of a texture thing.
The second infusion really picks up on the honey aspect and balances out the clay. Light Pu-erh meets Dragonwell. Yum :)
Many thanks to Raritea for this sample, I quite enjoyed my cup!

Kashyap

strange as this sounds…try a ‘pour over’ technique….if you don’t have a pour over and a paper filter but do have a fine mesh strainer (like from a tetsubin or Asian market), just add the same amount you would expect for the serving (3g per 6-8oz) and pour the water through the strainer with the tea in it allowing only for the time it takes to pour through….visit here for an example of a Sri Lankan version of the idea https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=436697979744696&set=a.436697746411386.1073741831.435275026553658&type=3&theater

Indigobloom

ah if I had more than a sample I might have tried that! ah well. Thx for the idea!

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-I think it depends on how you prepared it. This tea can handle a variety of different brewing parameters. I’ve noticed green qualities at 160F, oolong at 180F, and black tea qualities at boiling. The tea also seems to have different notes at each temperature.

Indigobloom

aha, that makes more sense. I went with boiling on the third infusion and that was a trip! some sips it was almost black, others definitely green

Butiki Teas

Interesting. Its a very flexible tea.

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Mum is leaving for Florida today. Without me. So I needed something that reminded me that there are warmer days ahead!
I’m shocked to discover that this is really hitting the spot. At first sip, I noticed an icky plastic taste… So I added a 3/4 tsp of sugar and pow! deeeelicious. Resteep will be iced.
That said, I’ll leave the rating as is, because a) I don’t crave this type of flavour often (err given my love n hate thing I have going on with coconut) and b)in this first infusion I’m not getting any white tea flavour at all. Bah. I’m loving the cup right now, and that is all that really matters right! slurrrrrrrp

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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Supa Lemon! Dang I feel like this tisane could be a superhero, it’s that vibrant in flavour. Whew.
I went with a four/five minute steep but based on the sip I took at 90 seconds, a two minute steep would have been fabulous. Sparkling! Whereas my cup was too strong and full on lemon. Drinkable but not something I’d buy again. I’d leave it around 68 with a potential for much higher!
So I think I’ll save my rating for next time.
Also, thank the time maker that weekend is over. I thought the torture would go on forever. (so many odd social moments went on… I wouldn’t know where to begin! though for the most part it was pleasant, I’m just being dramatic haha. It was really just Saturday that I’d rather forget ever happened)

Sil

on the plus side! NEXT WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE!!!!!!!!

Indigobloom

hehe, counting down the days Sil! 5 more! :P

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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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71
drank Caramel Cocoa Loco by Kally Tea
1341 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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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
1341 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
1341 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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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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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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