1311 Tasting Notes

84

I have a feeling I’ll tire of this long before my packet is in sipdown range. Yeah, I enjoyed my cuppa today… but please don’t ask me to have another tomorrow! Considering it’s been a few weeks since I had any, I’m rather surprised.
Perhaps its just my mood today. Who knows!

Sil

I’d steal a little from you but not a lot. That’s how I felt about this one :)

Indigobloom

Heh, steal away!! please :)

Kittenna

Yeeeaaaah you could steal mine too. Why didn’t we coordinate this better, guys?? Now that we have a system, though, I think between the 3 or 4 of us we can do a lot better and prevent needless duplication sometimes… :P

Indigobloom

aha I have a feeling there will be certain blends we push on each other to take more of, like this one heh
But yeah we definitely need to sort things out better!

Sil

I just like this as a treat from time to time after whomever gave me a taste. not something i an always drink….but now we’re spreadsheet dorks.. so we’re good lol

Indigobloom

hehe the spreadsheet will be awesome. Our tea geekness has reached level awesome :D

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drank The Immunizer by DAVIDsTEA
1311 tasting notes

Thanks to Raritea for sampling some out!!
This is nice and light. I didn’t steep long, and didn’t get much mint. It was more of a citrus herbal drink. Definitely lemongrass in there! I could have sworn there was some licorice or perhaps anise, not too much though.
Overall, I quite enjoyed my cup. Something I’d consider picking up more of.

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84

SIPDOWN!!!
A big achievement for me, since this was a 50g purchase. Woohoo!!
and despite there being a bunch of fannings/broken pieces/dust, it was really tasty. What a great way to see off a tea. Thanks for the good times Doomur. You shall be missed. Kicking up the rating a few notches. Rose coloured lenses and all…

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97

I. love. this. tea.
Loooove it! A new favourite folks! Possible even more than my precious Dragonwell. Who’da thunk it…
It’s quite possibly the most unique, complex green tea that I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting.
Sweet like spun sugar, mildly vegetal like snow peas, and a hint of bitter like arugula on the finish. Beautiful.
Mind you, that was just the first steep. I wonder what more is to come?
Oh and I entirely forgot that it was green when I made a big mug yesterday… with boiling water. Guess what, it held up pretty decently! in fact, there was absolutely no bitterness. That part came out when I brewed it with cooler water. Of course, there was no sweetness there either. In fact, it was more malty than anything else. Beats me how that works but I’m not one to complain!

Sil

nice!

Bonnie

I’m drinking precious right now!

Indigobloom

Hehehe I’m giddy. Perfect snow day! :D

Indigobloom

Dragonwell, from Verdant?? Mmmmm

Bonnie

Yup hahaha!

Indigobloom

We’re tea twins! :P

Bear With Me

this sounds amazing!

Bonnie

Yes I-bloom, you and I even look exactly alike! I’m sure that I don’t look 65!!!! Hahahahaha! (At least I don’t ACT it!)

Indigobloom

Shaynebear, it serious is. I am SO glad I picked it out :P

Bonnie, LOL We are sisters from another mother ;)

Kittenna

I should have nabbed a sample! :P

Indigobloom

Next time we meet up, I’ll save some for you!! and if we ever make another S&V order… I neeeeeed 100g lol

Sil

there is no IF on the S&V order. I have about 70$ worth that i want to try and counting…

Indigobloom

Sweet!
Man you people are making it impossible to drink down my stash :P
(she said as she perused the s&v website…)

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93

Wow. Wow. WOW. I am floored.
There is sweet potato, chocolate and absolutely no astringency. Like drinking a cloud. A silk one. Dipped in gold?
Don’t wanna spend too much time online since I’m at my friends place… but I could not resist logging this asap.

Edit: So the second infusion was pretty bland. I almost didn’t drink it but then decided to add a dash of milk and that spruced things up quite a bit.
The third steep however, was great! It had a distinct mineral quality to it, with a warm cinnamon/potato background to it. Very nice.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec
Sil

this is the one we all bought to split…so thank yourself lol i think?

Indigobloom

aha! so yay me! :P

Bonnie

Tea-riffic!

Indigobloom

Bonnie, it surely is!! :)

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drank Mlesna black by Mlesna Tea
1311 tasting notes

At my friend Tim and Joannes house… I gave them a kettle that I didn’t want/need and this is what we christened it with.
I wanted something plain so that I could tell if it had been rinsed properly, not to mention I’m a tad unwell, but mostly better. Overall… its still a hair plasticky (even though it’s a stainless steel contraption)
There seems to be alot of sadness going around Steepster today, so I’m sending out my best hug vibes. Smile! Even if only because you are drinking a cuppa tea :)

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85

You know, this is not bad!! From the scent, I expected something overwhelmingly floral and not fruity at all. Yeah, it IS floral, but in a rather light, unassuming kindof way. The Cherry part is even milder, meshing seamlessly with the floral part.
Now that it’s cooled, my cup is super refreshing. I think I’ll save a bunch for summer so that I can make it iced!
(bear in mind, I AM flu-ridden so there is a chance I’m missing some notes)

Sil

….I’m not sure I trust your taste buds….I’m so afraid to try this one lol the “wrong” version has me too scarred…and yes that’s scarred, not scared heh

Indigobloom

I don’t blame you!! if it helps, my dinner was pretty flavourful and not bland at all, so I can taste! maybe not the same but it’s not dampened too much :)

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drank Chai by Custom
1311 tasting notes

Way to punch through the flu Mr. Chai. You’re a good friend in times of need.
A little too much cardamom this time around, which I found a bit odd. Milk and honey certainly helped :)

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Hot: Sweet peppermint, wow is this ever tasty! This part would have earned a 90 rating. Seriously. I swear there was sugar…

Cooled: Meh. Regular peppermint tea. Not nearly as smooth.

Second infusion: Ewwww. The initial sip is ok. More pure strong peppermint, but the aftertaste? Oh no, that was nasty. Sour and bitter!
So… if I can remember to drink the rest of this sample when it’s hot, and not make a huge cup so that it doesn’t get cold by the time I reach the bottom(like I did this time)… this will be a great tea for me! Of course, by the time I get around to it again, I’ll have forgotten. ha.
Now if only I could remember who gave me this sample… they deserve my thanks :)

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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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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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