1412 Tasting Notes

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Sample sipdown!! yeehaw :P
Hmmm, I don’t mind this at all, for a green. I’m very picky about my green teas…
The dry leaf aroma, as Sil mentioned, is intoxicating. I wish I could have a perfume like that! Very fruity, like stewed plums. Compote anyone? Steeped, not so much, unfortunately.
No matter! The flavour is pleasant. Definitely plum like, in a natural and subtle way. With a little sugar(1/3tsp), that part emerges a bit more… moving from slightly tart, to that same stewed plum profile from the dry leaf.
The green tea part, well I like that to! It has a certain bubbly like effect on my tongue that I am getting a kick out of. That must be the guayasa!
Funny, when I first sipped, I was immediately reminded of a rather similar tea… Ume Vert, from Lupicia. But then as I got through my cup, I noticed a few differences, despite the fact that my Ume sample was gone eons ago. shrugs
So overall: Yum! I’d buy more, one day.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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74

Awwwww nuts! ;)
Yep, I can definitely taste the Walnut here. It’s mighty good. The coconut is there to. The pair seem to get along well together. In my mind, they have a rather similar mouthfeel so perhaps that’s why?
However, I’m not so sure i like the addition of pineapple. It lends a fruity aspect that I feel just doesn’t belong. Also, there is an odd stale note/scent. Often, I notice that with nuts in general, so don’t go by my note. People tell me they don’t taste it when I often do so it might just be my wacky buds.
Anyhow, I like this tea! Of course it is making the roof of my mouth a little raw so I’m not sure about a second infusion :(

Kittenna

Yeah, I bet that stale note is just an artifact of the presence of nuts. I get it with walnuts in particular (like DT’s Snow Bunny).

tattooed_tea

Yea probably from the nuts… they go stale/rancid relatively quickly. This is one of my favourite teas.

Indigobloom

Good to know I’m not alone in this. I haven’t tried Snow Bunny, that I recall.
Tattooed: I wonder if there is a big variance between different batches

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75

I love this tisane!!
Hot, it’s a cup of soothing creamy orange yummy. A little rough on my throat for an herbal, but then it IS lapacho and I figure there is no way around that.
Cooled down to room temp, it looses most of it’s punch. Maybe next time I’ll add a dash of sugar and see if that holds better, because I was so looking forward to having this iced over the summer, or as a popsicle.
So here is my rating…. Hot: 85, Cooled: 65 Overall: 75

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I actually remembered to sift today. More often than not I forget.
Only I used a different bowl since my regular one was in the dishwasher, and I think it made my matcha taste mucky a little. Still tasty overall, but it kept settling on the bottom and I could feel the sediment when sipping. Oh well, lesson learned.
Note to self: do not use glass bowls when whisking delicious caffeinated beverages!

Terri HarpLady

I love plain matcha, & I’m thinking wheatgrass, which I also like, might be a flavor that I would like. Probably the greenest tasting matcha ever, eh?

Indigobloom

Terri, I think you’d LOVE it. The wheatgrass doesn’t detract from the matcha “essence” at all, they work so well together :)

Terri HarpLady

green on green, right? my favorite colors!

Indigobloom

LOL exactly!! might as well colour me Irish

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84
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
1412 tasting notes

I really like this one. I was shocked!!
Hot, it tasted a bit vanilla like so I became a bit wary. Then I added some sugar to make the berriness pop a little and ho! it worked!
There is a drying effect, sort of like what you get with cassis/berry wine. Not that I really know what black currants taste like, just the alcohol derivation.
How fun!! and yes, I am exclamation point happy today!!!
Thanks to Sil for sharing with me. Maybe one day I’ll pick some up.

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78
drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
1412 tasting notes

Thanks to Kittenna for this sample!
I can definitely taste the hazelnut here. Well, maybe more like the hazelnut filling you get in chocolates. Or a creamier version of nuttella!
Will resteep and write more later.

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72
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
1412 tasting notes

Thanks to Kittenna for this sample!
I enjoyed this cuppa. Personally, I’m not huge on vanilla flavouring but every once in awhile it really hits the spot.
This tea was pretty smooth and creamy with a touch of something extra that I can’t quite identify, something that seemed to bring everything together, and iron out the vanilla/black tea wrinkles for me. That must be why… If I was going to reach for a vanilla tea again, this would be it. That said, I don’t plan on keeping any in my cupboard. It’s just nice to have once in awhile :)

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72
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
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Maple. Maple. Maple!!!
Yes, that is what this tastes like. Overwhelming much? ha!
With a good dollop of astringency on the side of course.
I also taste a hint of chicory, I think, but it isn’t overly strong like the creme brulee from yesterday. I added milk and some sugar, and had it with waffles this morning. Not bad!
One thing I didn’t like was the oily film on the surface of the tea. I could kinda sense the greasiness as well, in the mouthfeel. However I can deal with that, it wasn’t too offputting! In fact, I may grow to like it, I hope.
Thanks for hooking me up Kittenna :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Lol, this was a split purchase :P

Indigobloom

was it? haha there were so many I wasn’t sure. Hopefully it will be used up in trades!

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drank Creme Brulee by Simpson & Vail
1412 tasting notes

Oh this is odd. So very odd. It’s buttery in a strange no good way. Plus, I taste chicory or carob. I can’t really say much more about it because I couldn’t take more than a few sips. The remainder is still sitting downstairs waiting for me to dump the cup.

Sil

yeah this one is not tasty…

Terri HarpLady

No point forcing yourself to drink something that tastes like crap!

Kittenna

Weird. I didn’t find it that bad!!

Indigobloom

Sil, nope nope not tasty at all lol
Terri, I agree! It isn’t worth the sacrifice :P
Kittenna, I think there must be chicory or carob in the flavouring… that’s the only way my feelings about it make sense haha

Sil

it just wasn’t creme brulee and it wasn’t nearly as delicious as the other simpson and vail teas we’ve had.

Indigobloom

Defintely not creme brulee, I was disappointed!

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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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