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1258 Tasting Notes

drank Chai by Custom
1258 tasting notes

A friend of mine blended up some chai and gave a small tin to me. It turned out quite nice! I’m really enjoying her creative efforts. Thanks G!!
The first time I made a cuppa, it was super potent. More than I cared for. Now that it’s been a few months, the blend has mellowed out significantly, in the best way possible. I think I’ll go for another!
I added milk and a bit of sugar this time, but I tasted it before that and it really could go without if needed. Yum!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1258 tasting notes

Oh smoothies, you make me happy.
Banana, almond milk, pear, 1tsp sugar, wheatgrass powder (which I am almost out of… nooooooo!)
All of those ingredients make for one superb blend of heaven.
The trick is, I find, the sugar. It really brings out the nuances in the matcha. Previously, I assumed that between the banana and other fruits, there was no need for sugar. But I suppose it’s like any other tea! some need it, while others don’t shrugs
My only regret with matchas is that they can’t be infused multiple times… cuz ya know, you end up consuming it in the drink! heh

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79
drank White Bubbly Berry by Kally Tea
1258 tasting notes

This is tasty!
Different than the other Bubbly whites I’ve had, in a few ways. I like it.
First off, I was worried that the dominant flavour would be bubblegum and while that is present, it takes a back seat to the other more complex notes. Something in here is most definitely reminiscent of champagne! I credit that partially to the aroma, but also to the mild grape like taste. Grape skins perhaps? Hmmm. Most surprising is the sparkling sensation on my tongue. How on earth did they achieve that?! Yup, I even get a wine/drying sensation in the aftertaste.
Second, the white tea is blended beautifully. So delicate, and yet not overpowered. There is however, something odd going on… as there is an odd bitter note right in the middle of the sip, and lasting into the aftertaste. Heck, even the aftertaste is complex!

EDIT:
Second infusion was terrible. Milky!! Hopefully it was a one time thing. Bad water? spilled milk from Mums coffee? (my cup was clear… so likely not)
Bah. Lowering the rating a few points. The first steep was great. I’d rate the second one at 65. So reducing it by 4 points is more of a principle thing than anything else. On the plus side, I won’t feel bad taking this one out and about with me! (ie, since I can’t resteep anyhow)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Sil

yay!

Indigobloom

Yup. Well, half a yay… Hmph!

Daniel Scott

A light, champagne-like white tea that goes milky on the second infusion? Weird and ew.

Indigobloom

Yup, I was pretty grossed out! the first infusion was great though. Really odd

Sil

I think you’re just on crack darling.

Indigobloom

no comment ;P

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drank Ceylon Osmanthus by Kally Tea
1258 tasting notes

OK so I seriously intended to write a proper review this time but my cuppa today was beyond amazing and somehow ended up guzzled down before I even had a chance to log in here.
Thus, I’ll have to wait til next time. Needless to say, I really do love my Ceylon Osmanthus.

Cavocorax

Haha. That sounds like a good sign.

Indigobloom

Indeed it is! I’m a very happy tea lover today :D

Kittenna

Ok… I’m curious enough to want to wrangle a sample if you’re willing to share?

Indigobloom

for suresies!! :)

Ceylon Star

mmm, ceylon!

Indigobloom

ShayneBear, agreed! I <3 my ceylon :P

Kasumi no Chajin

I’m going to have to try this!

Ceylon Star

What exactly IS osmanthus? I’ve heard of osmanthus oolong, and now osmanthus ceylon, but I can’t figure out what the heck it is or what it’s supposed to taste like?!

Kasumi no Chajin

I know osmanthus is a floral, beyond that, unsure.

Indigobloom

It’s a soft floral. People say it tastes like peach or nectar but it reminds me of Egyptian chamomile in a way as well, well, the honey like part does anyhow!

Indigobloom

Kasumi, I think you would like it! really enjoyable and I’ll bet it goes down easy when iced to

Ceylon Star

ooh! I may need to go out on an osmanthus hunt tomorrow!

Indigobloom

Let me know how it goes! :)

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I had this via waterbottle yesterday.
Now, I was in a bit of a rush… but I’m pretty sure I used enough powder. There is no reason it should have turned out to be so darn tasteless!
Next time, I need to use more precise measurements.
This worries me, because the waterbottle has proven to be the most successful “save my matcha” method and this is the first fail!! Oh dear.

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drank Cherry Rose by Custom
1258 tasting notes

Mystery tea!
I ordered Cherry Buds from Kally, a rooibos… and opened my packet to find… a green tea??? Hmmmm.
They are sending replacement tea, but in the meantime, I am trying to figure out exactly which blend this is. None of those on the website correlate.
It smells like overly concentrated floral perfume mixed with Cherry. I suppose it could be pomegranate?
Also there are dried rose petals. Which leads me to think… Cherry Rose tea! only Kally does not have a Cherry Rose green tea!!
Bah.
I brewed up a mug, and it tastes almost as perfume like as it smells. Not really my thing.
In the background there is a distinct fruitiness that could very well be cherry though it’s hard to distinguish through the perfume haze.
The base is pretty smooth. Definitely green. Sencha? Maybe? I can’t find that typical grassy profile, but again, then there is so much ‘floral’ going on that it could very well just be hidden underneath. I’m sure it will mellow out over time.
Oh well, it’s essentially free tea. If anyone wants some, let me know!

Sil

it’s not “essentially” free tea. it IS free tea! :)

Indigobloom

Heh, that’s what I was thinking… but then I figure, it’s not really free til we get the replacement!

Vortegne

You could just steep it like 3 times, maybe the strong smell will go away :D

Indigobloom

Vortegne, that’s an interesting idea!
Err, unless the base is sencha haha

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84

Bumpity bump goes the rating again!!
For some reason, I was really craving this. I just knew I had to have a cuppa. Oh man was I ever right, it was so good! The light flowery contrast against the malty assam goodness is great! Only I wish I’d made a whole pot! (which I didn’t do because I’m headed out shortly)
Very glad I have this in my cupboard now :)

Sil

And Kelly teas has super customer service!

Indigobloom

Will definitely order from them again one day.
Though it’s driving me nuts about the mystery tea. Nothing on their website matches up!!

Sil

i tried to ask/find out but they never answered. I think it’s just a totally different tea lol

Indigobloom

bahumbug! I want to know… the pisces in me is going nuts!

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74
drank Chocolate Mint by Tsaa
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Chocolate mint teas are always a little too astringent for me. Why do I never learn?! My cuppa was enjoyable, but nothing to write home about, and not something I’d order again.
On the plus side, things are ramping up with the Toronto Tea Festival! We had our meeting there. I really love the Tsaa shop!

Vortegne

I also tried a chocolate mint tea recently (for the first time, though) and I was kinda of disappointed that it was nothing super-special :(

Indigobloom

I know what you mean. Disappointment. Sighs
Well at least know you know for next time!

Indigobloom

*you know.
Silly auto correct!!

Indigobloom

*now you know.
Geesh…

Vortegne

Hehe, tricky software stuff :D and yeah, at least I won’t be that disappointed anymore. Although it would be nice no find a great chocolate-flavored tea and just add some real mint to the cup/pot

Indigobloom

I know right?! closest I found was from the Spice and Tea Exchange. Their chocolate tea is amazing

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92

Wow. Queen Catherine? I am sorry but you have been struck off my shopping list.
This tea will do just fine as an alternative! It’s just the right amount of bold and malty, with a teeny pinch of smokiness.
I’m not sure of which specific teas are in here, but I can pick out some yunnan, pu-erh, and probably lapsang. A masterful combo!!
There was also a hint of that abrasiveness I find in some Asian black teas but I don’t care! I drank this bare, sans sugar or dairy, though it would do exceptionally well as my morning breakfast tea as well.
When (yes… I said WHEN!) my cupboard is manageable again, this is going on my must have at all times list.
Thank you Tao for the cup!! I really appreciate it!

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1258 tasting notes

This makes for an excellent smoothie. Love!

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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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