1561 Tasting Notes

91
drank Grape Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Yikes. Age does not treat flavoured matcha very well.
It left mostly floral notes, and only a bit of grape. So I mixed it with OJ and well, not bad… but not great either. A bit medicine-y. I did enjoy the overall effect. Maybe I’ll try it mixed with sparkling water next time. Or in a martini :)

Fjellrev

Yikes, to think ordering from them was so popular a few years ago. Think the horrible dollar exchange turned me off placing orders lately.

Kristal

Fjellrev, that happened to me recently ordering from Verdant Tea. A $41 order (only 4×25g of tea!) turned into $54 Canadian. Learned my lesson there!

I looked at Red leaf Tea, but there web site’s design seems a little dated/sketchy :/

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, I was thinking about it and maybe I’ve been a little harsh… since I ordered this one 2+ years ago, looking at the date of my first review! I’ll say this though, my cupboard will never be that big again, after I pare it down some haha

Indigobloom

Kristal, YIKES!! I think I’ll still to local purchases for awhile heh

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90

Gah. I can’t believe I have some of this left.
It lost a lot of flavour pretty quick but I don’t have it often so much anymore. I maxed out on it and then left it alone for awhile… shouldn’t have done that. Oh well.
My last few cups were very meh, but today was better. I let it sit a lot longer. Still nowhere near where it was.
One day I’ll order more, if the company is still around!

On to life things…
UGH what a craptastic week. Drama at work. Multiple dramas with the family. Then a family funeral (not related to drama!) oh and OT at work. Just one of those weeks. and now I’m at home catching up on things that need doing. So you could say I’m a little weary, to say the least. and sad. Glad I’m hanging with the boy tonight.
(oh and the person who passed was 90yrs old, the grandmother of the family who befriended mine when Mum first came to the country, and helped through tough times. So not blood, but still family… yet not someone I knew well, or saw much of myself. Kindof an odd situation)

Preparation
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87

Ugh. So apparently this tea does not age well. I’ve had it for almost two years now, to be fair. I really enjoy it but don’t have it often enough… so this 70g tin has lasted a rater long time. and a lot of the flavours are really faded. Looks like I’ll have to refill half the tin. I just hope it never gets retired!!!

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75
drank Chai Tea by Tea Tang
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Oh yes. So perfect.
Was feeling quite ick with a headache so I made this one and a matcha to have with my tylenol and cupcake! The whole combo really seemed to do the trick. I feel some residual tension hanging around, but nothing really compared to earlier.
I’m so glad I have this comfort tea around.

Evol Ving Ness

Tea, tylenol, cupcake! I adore you.

Indigobloom

oh and I added honey to my tea… I was feeling indulgent :P
I think cupcakes adore you too!! or they should, anyhow!

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83
drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
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This was so amazing the first time I had it! today though? Eh just ok. Nothing special and I’m not sure why. A little flat maybe? the berry and cassis flavour was there, just not very pizzazy. Oh well you can’t win’em all!

ashmanra

I liked this one, especially cold!

Indigobloom

I tried it cold as well. Err, cooled down rather. I think it was just an old bag maybe. Or defunct in some way. This way I can still think of it fondly and hope my next time is better :D

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73
drank White Nectarine by DAVIDsTEA
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Had a cuppa in store. Not terrible. But not nearly as delicate as I’d like. Or punchy. or accurate to nectarine! more peachy, I think. No sugar added and it got quite sweet towards the bottom of my cup. Hmmm.
Wouldn’t mind trying it as a cold brew sometime. Maybe.

Plunkybug

I like this, but find it goes funny as it cools. I have this problem with a few the newer DT blends. Sad. :(

Indigobloom

I’ve noticed that with a few peachy type blends. But other people seem to like it? I guess we are odd ducks haha

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85
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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I’m finally at a place where even though my consumption is hugely down, I don’t feel compelled to buy more! probably a phase heh.
I think now I can focus on drinking some teas down to a point where I feel I can actually justify a new purchase instead of feeling guilty for it. Perhaps that’s because fewer cups make me appreciate the ones that I do have that much more? Either way, this is a good place!
As for my Special Dark, I will cry when this one is gone…

Kirkoneill1988

hmm a loose puerh… not too many loose leaf ones out there

Indigobloom

You’re right there aren’t a lot, not in the online ordering world. There are a few in the local shops, just not great quality

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55
drank Coconut Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Borrrrrring. So glad I had only a sample of this. It was all coconut and pretty much nothing else. Not any different than most coconut teas I’ve had and I couldn’t even tell that it was an oolong. Bleh.
Also, I found it overly sweet. Nuff said.
It could do well as a thai soup base. Maybe.

Plunkybug

I just got some of this today. I had recalled it as a sample not too long ago and not being impressed, but I wanted to play with it at home. So I have like 2-3 steeps worth. Might try it as a latte.

Indigobloom

Let me know if it works out! I’m curious about the latte

Plunkybug

I had it regular, and meh, but have yet to try as a latte. Will let you know.

Plunkybug

I had a latte today, from the store. I don’t know if I mental prepared for it to be better, or if it as a latte was just comforting on my way home as it was quite cool and windy, but I really liked it. I think it was still a little weak, but I think the latte treatment brought out more of the cream pie aspect, and I think the coconut was a little stronger. I wonder how this would be if you used a bit of actual coconut milk in it….

I might consdider buying a bag of this to latte it. It was definitely more indulgent feeling this way.

Indigobloom

Coconut tends to be rather hit or miss for me. Oftentimes it just… doesn’t work for me. Even if it is sweet and rich etc. Wish I knew why, wasn’t always the case…

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69
drank Ceylon Uva by Tea of Life
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ugh. so so tired! I slept a LOT yesterday and I’m exhausted. These meds are making me feel better in one way, not so much in another. I’ve noticed though that I get a serious boost of energy when I “activate” myself with some caffeine… or else I could truly sleep the whole day away. So I guess I should figure out how to bring some with me to work!! eeeps.
Maybe not this particular one though. I had it sans sugar or milk, and it was just ok. A bit bland but then I’ve always preferred Assam over Ceylon. I’ll try it again with some additives.
Solo, I found it was rather mild with the standard coppery woodsy taste. Smooth. Well rounded. But missing something.

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80
drank Tie Quan Yin by Tsaa Tea Shop
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Indulged during our board meeting this afternoon. It really hit the spot, and had that lovely drying sensation that I find so addictive in TKYs. I’m glad I had a whole pot. Oh and the server was kind enough to give me the second steep in a to go cup! I was happy with that, as I’d have otherwise had to discard the leaves and thus my fave part of oolongs :)

The entire day has been about food it seems. Smoked salmon salad, Greek phyllo spinach pastry, naturally supper sweet strawberries, cored and stuffed with chocolate chips… Yup. So delicious. If you live in Toronto, get to the Danforth stat, there’s a fruit/veg shop there that has the best berries I’ve had in years, and they were 2 for $2. The regular size clear plastic containers. Very worth it!

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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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