1448 Tasting Notes

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drank Pu-erh Chocolate Chai by Tealux
1448 tasting notes

This is the strangest Chai I’ve ever had. I feel like it’s trying to be a chai that I tried from Verdant once, the pheonix one I think, and just isn’t measuring up.
Very earthy. Reminds me of burdock, which apparently this does not have so what do I know lol.
Without milk, it was actually ok, if you don’t mind the soil type flavour. But seeing as it was a CHAI, I added some dairy and it was super strange. I really didn’t know what to make of it!! you can really tell that there is puerh in there. Roasted mate also makes an appearance, with it’s telltale signature earthy yet leafy flavour. Hrm.
but then the cup cooled and it started to grow on me. Some serious chocolate notes started to emerge. They were quite nice, and a pleasant surprise after the rocky start.
So lesson learned, don’t drink this baby hot. Wait til it’s alteast lukewarm!! Oh dear I hope I remember to check in on Steepster before brewing this up again, as I do prefer my drinks as hot as I can tolerate them.

TheTeaFairy

This one seems a little weird, right? I never seem to like puehr’s blend, for some reasons I don’t like flavoring paired with it, prefer it straight. I just got a huge order from Tealux, pretty impressed so far with the ones I’ve tried though.

Indigobloom

Yeah fruity puerh blends are ok but chai ones are just odd. It was interesting in any case!

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I made this cold brew style today and accidentally steeped for 9hrs vs the 3 that I intended.
So while it isn’t exactly bitter, it’s not at all what I had hoped for. Kindof bubblgummy in that standard “fruit” tea way and a teeny hint of Cilantro… Boo!! that was why I commissioned the blend in the first place. I heart cilantro!!
Thus, considering those two factors, not to mention that iced tea is not my fave, this is most definitely on the MEH side of things, but oh well, I accept full responsibility for that.
One day I’ll try again, when I have the time to pay proper attention!! Or when we finally find room in the freezer, I’ll make it iced (double strength over cubes)

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75
drank Tsar's Blend by Distinctly Tea
1448 tasting notes

Hmmm. I never know how to brew multi-leaf blends! So strange. White and black! No shades of grey here hahahaa
So. The tea. At near boiling, this was interesting. Not quite up to speed for my tastes, being a little mild, so I added milk and honey. Much better! I can taste the white part, coming in as a high note astringency.
Next, I brought the temp way down to see if that changed anything, letting the cup cool for about a minute. Ewww. Do not like at all.
Would I get this again? I think so, one day. One of those comforting teas I could drink all afternoon, out of my pot. Not because I am in love with it, but because it’s naturally unassuming and not in your face. Though if I did that, I’d probably add milk and sugar for the first cup and then have the rest bare.
(backlog from last week)

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Guess what arrived in my mailbox the other day?!? Surprise! :P
Anyhow. What a deelish tea!
I’m not big on dark oolongs these days, for some reason. Red robe was my fave for a long time… I kinda miss loving it. Sighs.
No matter, I’m really liking my cup! It’s creamy and I can definitely taste the strawberry and rhubarb influence, though I do wish it was a tad stronger.
Second infusion brought out more creaminess. Mmmmm. What a treat :)

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Thanks to Sil via Lala for this sample!!
I’m not sure about this. Is it Sencha? I’m not a huge fan of the base. The fruity part is nice. Vaguely reminiscent of pear but there is a stronger overlying general fruitiness. I added a pinch of sugar to see if that brought out the flavours more, but alas it did not.
A rather familiar flavour to be honest. I’ve had something similar, somewhere, before.
Also, now that I am finished my cup, I’m feeling a prickly sensation. Whether that’s my dislike for sencha, or the power of suggestion, I don’t know!

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88

I’m finding that this doesn’t mix with other flavours as much as I’d hoped. For some reason mixing it brings out a salty aftertaste. Strawberry, caramel and raspberry truffle so far. Very odd. Nor does it go well in smoothies. SO… I’ve been making it solo, or with almond milk, but my fave so far, hands down, is mixed in with some fruit, cereal, or chocolate bits, and vanilla yogurt!! Oh yeah baby. Those are some happy moments.

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90

Holy hazelnut batman! I have only a minute to write this but oh man this is SO delicious. And I didn’t even have a chance to try it hot. Got stuck on the phone and by the time I got there it was almost iced haha.
There is a very deep, nutty flavour, accented by a light fresh note, like watercress. Slight astringency. I am blown away by the decadent lingering aftertaste. I feel as if I’ve eaten a hazelnut truffle dipped in champagne.
Wayyyyy in the background of course, there is a vegetal bean-ish taste. An odd combination, but it works!!
The second infusion should be interesting…

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Kashyap

totally agree and another reason why these Laoshan teas make for great cooking with….num

Indigobloom

Yup! only second infusions though, it would feel like a waste otherwise!!

Autumn Hearth

Yes! Totally got the hazelnut as well (and now that I’ve read it, the watercress!

Indigobloom

I love it… watercress and hazelnut, what an awesome combo!! :p

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88

Thanks to Sil for this sample!!
It smells just like these Polish pretzel snacks I grew up on. Soon as I sniffed the cup, I knew it’d be tasty. Oh man is it ever a trip back to childhood.
Bready and sweet, this is pretty much a warm liquid pretzel (not the salted kind, obviously haha)
I think I oversteeped just a little bit, and despite that, I am in heaven.
Will be keeping my eye out for these packets at the grocery :)

TastyBrew

Yum. That sounds really good.

Indigobloom

seriously, I downed that cup so fast… guh I want moar… I wonder how it resteeps

Sil

Well I have more….just remind me. These are the china ones.

Indigobloom

So good!! Have you tried it yet?

Sil

haha i haven’t tried a single tea i brought back from china yet. it’s kind of sad really…

Indigobloom

whaaaaat? lol

TastyBrew

Sil – You have any extra for a fellow pretzel lover?

Kittenna

Hmm. Might have to try mine of this today… sounds really tasty! What were your infusion parameters, so I don’t screw mine up? :P

Indigobloom

My timer didn’t start as intended so I’m not sure how much I oversteeped by. I’m guessing it was in there for about five or six min. I dumped the entire packet into my infuser, and it was a regular sized mug.

Sil

Tastybrew – send me a PM. I’m sure we can do a mini swap, pretty sure i have a bunch of these left but will have to check tonight

TastyBrew

Can you follow me? I’ll send you a pm with my swapping list.

Sil

haha sorry about that, totally thought that i was. guess i’ve just been reading your notes another way.

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It’s decided. I do not enjoy this tea. I can see how it tastes and feels like pudding, kindof. I guess. (grumbles)
The lemon version is so amazing. I wish I knew why I feel so differently about this!
I can drink this, if I need to. I mean it’s not a “wincing” tea, you know where you make a little face with every sip?

Speaking of teas with similar profiles(see previous note), I made a cup of Espresso matcha as a latte, and it turned out SUPER floral in the same way I find this one. Turns out the espresso one is floral only when hot and I usually have it in a smoothie or bottle shaken. Sighs. I really wanted my coffee/matcha latte!

Kittenna

If you really don’t want it, put it in a swap pile and bring it along next time. One of us would happily take it, I’m sure. :)

Indigobloom

lol I just posted that on Sil’s note! will def do that

Kittenna

Hahahahahaha

Sil

Bwahahahahahaha

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ALMOST sipdown. I was so close. Gah!!! that is a frustrating feeling, when you dump tea in your infuser fully expecting to be done with it, and then realize that ooops… yeah there is still another cup or so of leaves in there. And that was after I made one for Dad as well. Who btw, loves Darjeeling, apparently!? He always lets me choose for him, and I know his tastes well enough so usually garner a thumbs up. Except this time that is, when he said that it was “wonderful”!
Not bad, considering my sample is nearly two years old now. Next time, I’ll give him a fresh first flush. I’m getting giggly just thinking about it. Yes yes I know, I am a tea nerd.
Anyhow, on another note… I’ve noticed that when I steep multiple types of tea at once, or throughout the day, I somehow end up choosing teas with scary similar profiles.
For instance, the rose congou I drank earlier (an actual sipdown, but I didn’t log it because it’s kinda embarrassing that I’ve had it in my cupboard for so very long!) has a rather unique taste, a floral one at that. Meanwhile, as I sip this darjeeling, I noticed that it’s rosey as well, though less so, and I psyched myself out for a moment thinking that I was actually drinking my second infusion of the coungou!
This seems to happen more often than not lately. Every time, I pick teas that I think are different enough to provide variety, and yet… well, they end up surprisingly NOT very different at all. Hmmm.
As I said before, yes I know I am crazy.

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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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