1341 Tasting Notes

79

Peaches! oh yes this is peach. Almost like peach juice!! The first steep was anyhow. Very sweet. WAY too sugary on the first steep but the second one was great, balanced and flavourful! The white tea peeked out in just the right way, showing the parts of white peony that I love :)
Third steep was more of the same, but less intense.
So first steep: 72 Second steep: 84 Third steep: 79
Thanks K for sharing the pot!

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drank Gingered Peach by Kally Tea
1341 tasting notes

1000th note right here!
So I thought I’d do something special with it and chose to make gingered peach potato pancakes with my Aunt. I love cooking with her.
And the pancakes… oh my! It was quite yummy. The ginger really shines through, while the peach added that sweet zing that really made the pancakes pop. Sour cream and sugar (traditional way to serve it) made it almost like a peaches and cream dessert. Yum!!
My Aunt quite enjoyed the tea as well, so I gave her the rest of my packet (seeing as I don’t like it at all!)
Spending the day with my aunt was fun. We had a great time!
Oh and we also made Strawberry Pu-erh pancakes but those came first and we made a few errors when prepping so they were less flavourful. I wish we hadn’t used up the last of my sample on that. Oh well, I can always grab more.

Bonnie

So, did you infuse or blend the tea in? I’ve only ever infused in liquid and then added to my batter.

Bonnie

Oh, HAPPIEST 1000!!!!!!!

Indigobloom

Thanks Bonnie!! :D
I let the cut up potatoes sit in the tea for an hour or so and then drained it. Since the recipe doesn’t call for any liquid we couldn’t actually add it to the batter, sadly!

Dinosara

Woohoo congrats! I am 30 notes away from my 1000th. :D

Kittenna

Finally 1000!!! :P

Sil

slacker grin congrats silly

Tamm

Wow! What a huge marker! :DKeep going!

Bonnie

We should have prizes for 1000 or something. I think you should have a wish (can I guess?). Wouldn’t be tea would it.

Indigobloom

Dinosara, thank you! I’ll be watching out for yours, 1000 reviews feels good!!

Kittenna, hehe I know, I was trying to save it for March 11 (3yr anniversary) but couldn’t bear it!

Sil, thx! yes, yes I am indeed silly!! :D

Tamm, definitely, plan on going on for a long long time here! :P

Bonnie… I like that idea!tea… how did you know?!
hahhaa

TheTeaFairy

Happy 1000th! Spending time cooking with you aunt sounds like fun, I’m glad you had such a wonderful day:-)

Indigobloom

Thanks TeaFairy!! it was certainly a happy day. I’m looking forward to doing that again soon :)

Terri HarpLady

1000 posts! Awesome!

Indigobloom

thanks Terri!! it feels good!

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Oh coconut. What happened to us, we used to be such great friends. There was a time where I loved you to bits(coconut bits!) and I looked forward to trying any tea blend you were in. and now? You’ve become cloying and overwhelming and sometimes far too sweet for my tastes. This makes me sad. I miss the days when we’d sit together, you in a nice big mug, me on the couch or at the table. Sadly, those days are no longer. So… Either coconut has entirely changed it’s profile entirely in the last few years, or my palate has done a 180. (yes I am playing naive. It must be possible that nobody else has noticed the coconut profile change bahahaha)
Anyhow, other than coconut I did get a slight marzipan note and it did balance things out a tad, and it was more sugary than I’d have liked, which is odd for me in a tea that I haven’t added anything to.
Overall, the tea was super light and I wish I’d used less water. Not that it matters given my tirade above. So… I won’t rate this because I don’t think it’d be fair. But… If someone asked me to rate it just for fun, I’d likely say 70.
Thanks Kittenna for this sample!

Agh! I have a bunch of other reviews to write, but I’m realizing now that none of them are worth my 1000th note. I want to save it for something incredible. AND I won’t be home all day tomorrow. Bah!!

Sil

Say NO to coconut! :)

Indigobloom

LOL Sil, I’m on board with that now!!!

Sil

it’s about time! sheesh!

Indigobloom

my 1000th note, or the coconut hating :P

Sil

lol i missed my 1000th note. haha so i’m jsut going to randomly celebrate some odd tasting note sometime

Indigobloom

Ah well it’s good to save it up! Make it something extra special :P

Bonnie

Ah, coconut and men,hard to find one that’s a keeper.(ok guys sue me!Have you ever tried to pick a good coconut from a bunch?)

Indigobloom

hahaha Bonnie you are so right ;)
(all in good fun guys!)

Kittenna

I found this tea to be way heavier on amaretto on coconut. And I’m just not a big amaretto fan :(

Indigobloom

odd, I wonder if it was just not distributed properly

Kittenna

Or I’m more sensitive to amaretto and you to coconut :) Either way, not a fave. I prefer the “dry nut” flavour over amaretto, which is what I was initially hoping for, here.

Indigobloom

true, or something more like marzipan. I wouldn’t have minded that!

Kittenna

Amaretto/marzipan are equivalent in my mind, heh, not a fan of either :)

Indigobloom

I know what you mean. They’re similar, but different enough in my head that I regard them separately. Amaretto has a deeper sweetness with a touch of bitter that barely registers, and for me, marzipan is more of a sugary/dessert with less depth

Kittenna

Yep, that makes sense; I just equate similar things when I don’t particularly care for them. :D

Indigobloom

haha I get that! like me and cantaloupe teas :s

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86

Stellar! Quite enjoyable. Definitely getting the toast reference, though I first interpreted it as soft leather.
Since this was my first taste, I sipped both with and without milk. Without, it’s refreshing and earthy with a rather floral and delicately fresh note similar to something I experienced last week in another tea. Only this time it’s much milder. It’s quite lovely.
There is also a slight honey note in there that stands out on odd sips. Not really getting any cocoa like the description says, sadly. I had really hoped for that. Oh well, it’s still great!
With milk, that floral freshness really pops. Now I wish I had more than a sample.

Bonnie

Yummmmmm

Indigobloom

It is yum Bonnie! :)

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72

Wow, totally forgot I still have this in my cupboard!!! No idea where it came from. Unfortunately, my previous rating of 83 does not stand at all.
It is FAR too sickly sweet, because of the anise. Ugh.
That said, it really does calm me down. I’m feeling a little zen! I’m not sure it’s worth the nasty anise though. Bleh.
If anyone wants the rest of my packet… maybe 30g worth, let me know. It’s really really old, but quite flavourful…

seule771

Ayurvedic teas tend to all be very sweetly; I am happy to know others have same experience: sickly sweet; that over powering licorice in taste. A good review with an acquired taste and not for everyone=Acquired taste=you either like it or don’t like it…and nothing bad about the tea.

Indigobloom

Seule, yep! I love the effect of this tea, but the taste is beyond my appreciation. Too bad, I would love to feel like that every day!

Charmee

Have you given this tea away already? I was going to order some but David’s Tea no longer sells it.

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75

I was out n about yesterday with no access to hot water, so ended up grabbing a cuppa this. Who knew the International Centre would sell non Higgins n Burke tea!
Not bad overall, but very strong. Pretty sure my bag had an extra kick in it because after a 1 min steep it was super pungent. I added a bit of coffee cream, hoping to tone it down a bit.
That seemed to work, but then I needed a packet of sugar to balance things out. I’m not a ginger/anise fan and the sugar made things a bit more candy like.
Overall, I wouldn’t go out and buy this but would order a cup to go if there were no other options.
Oh and they did have an EB but I have exceptionally terrible luck with bagged random EBs!! All the other options were green teas and I try to never get them to go from a fast food place, considering it’d likely be doused in boiling water. shrugs

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84

So I badly need to replace my Brita, the three teas I made today were all compromised in flavour. Ack! but in this one, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Somehow, it brought out a leathery quality I’ve never seen in an Assam before. In fact, I was SO tempted to drink it without my standard of milk and a spot of sugar. I almost did it! (Baby steps right?)
But in the end, I decided that I was really craving a black tea with sugar and it was great that way to. Almost coffee like, with its dark heady flavour.
Looks like I’ll be drinking this until we get a new filter…

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63
drank Cola Chai by Kally Tea
1341 tasting notes

backlog from last week!
Wow, the cola flavour was almost entirely absent from the cup. I had to add milk and sugar just to make it interesting enough to drink. Sad.
Rating cut…

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78

Pretty sure this is some kind of Forever Nuts hybrid. It smells very much like amaretto, sweeter even. But the taste is alot lighter than FN, and more tart.
Overall, I wish it was a little more intense and then it’d be perfect, but I tried adding more leaf/steeping longer and it just got tart instead.
This will go great iced in the summer. Looking forward to taking it out and about!

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Ack! totally slipped my mind to log this the other day. And now I can’t recall the specifics, other than it was quite tasty and a little too sweet. BUT my cup was quite enjoyable without any additions and I even got a second steep out of it. Also, I’m not a huge red velvet fan as I prefer true chocolate cakes and it seems to be a vanilla/chocolate hybrid so I do enjoy it more than vanilla… however, this tea really managed to capture the “red velvet” experience for me, which I was not expecting at all. It’s not often a tea is so spot on to it’s moniker and those are the ones that tend to hook me for some reason unless I really dislike one or two ingredients(looking at choo carob, invading all the “chocolate” teas.
Ok so this review turned out to be much longer than I anticipated. Ah well, I’ll save my rating for the next cup just to be sure, as I’m wavering around the 82-87 mark.
Darn you Davids Tea!! coming out with another(rare) blend I really enjoy and am now tempted to stock in my cupboard even though I already have far too much…

MegWesley

That sounds delicious!

The Cup of Life - Lu Ann

this is a blend I def. want to try from them. I need to get my hands on it fast. Had no idea it was “rare” :O thanks for the heads up

CREAM

This sounds so good! I’ll have to smell it next time im at Davids. Some of their chocolate teas do have a weird flavour.

Indigobloom

Meg: it really really is!!
Lu Ann: So worth it, I highly recommend!
CREAM: If you dislike beetroot, it could get a bit odd, but I think it works really well here :)

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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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