1292 Tasting Notes

Sweet oolong, how I love thee! It’s vegetal and sweet floral in just the right way, and it lingers into the aftertaste to. Sometimes, I find oolongs are “jasmine” floral, which I can’t stand… but other times its more of an “orchid” type note, and I love orchids! Funny though, I don’t taste the osmanthus. Perhaps that’s because I’m down with the flu, so I won’t rate this today… I mean, as much as I love this cup, it isn’t what I expected so that wouldn’t be a very fair assessment.
Thanks to Sil for the hookup!

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Chocolate!! and Orange! Oh yes this is good. I can taste it quite clearly despite being sick!! Mucho thanks to Sil for the sample :)
It’s a little heavy for my liking, I may have overleafed the cup. Next time, less leaf, longer infusion!
I love that there is no sugar required, yet I’m getting quite a bit of smooth citrus rind, along with an overall impression of chocolate.
Can’t wait to have a second cup now :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Summer Breeze by Gala Tea
1292 tasting notes

It was ok. Apple goodness and black tea. I don’t blame the tea for falling short, not this time grumbles… darn head cold

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1292 tasting notes

Flu bug attack mode; This makes things better. Incrementally anyhow. That is all.

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How on earth do I have any of this left?? it was hidden away in the corner.
It’s still heaven. Even though I’m coming down with a bug of some kind so I’m sure my buds are dampened. Boo. Oh well. Incentive to get better!

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Hibiscus! wow is it ever present. I think next time I need to make sure there is less in my spoon. But… other than that, I am really enjoying this cup!
The banana and cherry work together wonderfully. Unfortunately, it’s also a case of steeping longer to get the fruity flavour I want, or steeping for less time to minimize the sour hibby. That is, if picking it out doesn’t work. It isn’t exceptionally sour, as I can still taste the other aspects quite clearly.
Either way, this will be gone all too soon. Thank you Kally for screwing up and sending us free tea! :P

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drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
1292 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for the sample!! :)

Why did I have to pick two teas with cacao nibs in it? Hmmm. Subconcious craving?
Bah. So I am liking this much more when the cup is cooler. Hot, it’s too minty, like toothpaste. Lukewarm, I get alot more complexity. The tulsi is a little earthy, and the chocolate, in my opinion, is more “white” than it is dark!
Overall, it’s an interesting cup. The aftertaste is fascinating as I am getting a hint of that foggy note that came with Graveyard Mist. Only in GM, the fog was at the beginning!
I imagine it’d be super refreshing made iced.

Sil

Ill have to try it cold brewed. See if that improves it for me :)

Indigobloom

I recommend it!! not a huge iced tea girl myself but it really does the trick on occasion

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Bleh. I agree with Sil and Kittenna, something in here is just not right. Sadly, I can’t put my finger on what!
A little too much cinnamon perhaps? Either way, I am definitely not getting brownie. OR chocolate. Alot of cinnamon and what reminds me of chicory, but doesn’t quite have the same depth. I really dislike chicory and carob (which I often mix up). Oh and the extreme astringency is quite annoying.
Milk and sugar helped some. Oh well. I got through my cup ok. I mean, it isn’t that this is a “bad” cup, but other reviews here are so complimentary that I have to wonder if Sil is right… did we get a messed up batch??
Thanks for the hookup Kittenna!

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drank Genmai Matcha by Rishi Tea
1292 tasting notes

Holeeee matcha! wheatgrass matcha that is. Very tart and fresh tasting, and in an odd way, I really understand what that comment below means about marshy flavours, in a springy fresh way.
I had a sample of this at the Toronto Tea Festival, and I think they made it a bit strong for my liking. Hmmm.
Anyhow, the festival was the highlight of my year. The pinnacle of my tea journey so far!
We were expecting maybe 800 people at most, but instead got blown out of the water with atleast 1200+
I am so impressed that Tao managed to pull together such a massive project, all in the first year. Next year, a bigger venue, more vendors, a broader range of speakers and samplings… wow! it is going to be big. I’m getting giddy thinking about it already :D

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Backlog!! I swear I wrote a note for this, but it was during the Steepster blackouts so it must have been eaten. Oh well.
Anyhow, hullo grapefruit! Yep, it’s all there. That tangy citrus note, the bitter aftertaste, and that delicious rindy aroma! The citrus plays well on the green tea, picking up on the sweet dragonwell mid note. A tad bit harsh on the tongue.
This was yummy. Not something I’d crave often though. Mucho thanks to Sil for sharing!

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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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