1540 Tasting Notes

73
drank Jingle Bells by Lupicia
1540 tasting notes

Grape. Yup lots of grape! really sweet, like a candy. I adore this when hot. Seriously. It was so good! but then it cooled and I started to notice that bubblegum note. Ugh. I really don’t like that as it is so standard and boring. Oh well. I had a few good sips at the very least!

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78
drank Licorice Black by 3 Teas
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I bought this at the tea festival hoping to find a replacement for the Butiki licorice chai I love. Except after searching for so long(and thanks for all the licorice! sorry, couldn’t resist) of course it didn’t need to be chai, just licorice! I have a chai sugar that I can add to it when I want so I do have some options :)
Anyhow. Opening the tin, I didn’t find much of a scent. Vague herbally licorice followed by a basic black tea aroma. I wasn’t put off though, as I know how potent licorice is.
After steeping for three min, I added milk and maybe a third tsp of sugar.
The verdict? Yum. A great balance between the tea and licorice. I’m also loving that medicinal tingle on my tongue. Oh also, the licorice part does evolve as the cup cools. It has more of an anise and fennel influence when hot, and a straight licorice/fennel note as it cools. I’m really liking it.
Next time, I’ll try it with my chai sugar :)

Disclaimer: The lovely person who owns 3Teas was in a bunch of my tea classes. And you know what, I can honestly say that this review isn’t biased at all! it really is delish.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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This really did taste like fruit loops. I’m so tempted to pick some up…. even though I rarely drink herbals these days. I’m a sucker for novelty nostalgia inducing stuff, what can I say. Hey maybe it’ll get me back into non caffeinated teas.
Yesterday was such a tease. I was only able to hit up the tea festival for an hour or two, and it was so crowded that I didn’t bother pushing my way into the crowded areas.
I don’t mind though, as the highlight was seeing my tea peeps! :)

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73
drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
1540 tasting notes

Ok I just had this again and it was significantly better. I kept it to about 3 min and 15 seconds, then added half a tsp of sugar. I find it works best if I aerate it around my teeth a little the way they taught us in wine class… a smooth gentle kind of sip that catches on your breath and glides through the mouth. I’m doing a terrible job of explaining, I know! sorry :/
Bah. Seems this is merely a finicky tea. Keeping the rating as is since I have no idea if I can get this consistently. That said, it would get a bump up to about 78. As intoxicating as it is, there is also that slight lingering/burning artificial taste.

Fjellrev

You make me want to talk a wine course!

Indigobloom

You totally should, it was so much fun! mine was just at a wine festival. Did you know wine has legs? :P
(its the amount it slides up & down the glass when you swirl it)

Fjellrev

Haha awesome. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Indigobloom

It is it is! :)

Fjellrev

Has it made you pickier about wines? Also, do you notice a huge difference in taste based on price? I’ve read interesting articles about wine snobs, doing blind taste tests, can’t really taste the difference between cheap and expensive ones. Shows how it can be really psychological.

Indigobloom

actually it helped me discover that I really love South American wines. and coffee actually. Something about the terroir really gets me, apparently!
It’s SO true. Some expensive wines are awful and some cheap ones are great. Same as tea lol. More pronounces in wines tho, I think.

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The tea is good! light, refreshing, and a bit spicy. Just what I wanted.

I seem to be fighting a bug. Only it isn’t like any bug I’ve had before. 99% of the ones I have involve a sore throat/stuffy nose/cough/fuzzy brain. This time? slightly elevated temp that I wouldn’t even call a fever… and exhaustion. Oh and I’m sore all over. Nope I haven’t done anything resembling exercise recently. Confusing! I don’t know what to do with this thing, whatever it is. I know how to fight my normal sick battles! Not impressed I say.
Sorry for the rant. I get grumpy when I feel like bleh,apparently.

OMGsrsly

Hate to say this, but it could be influenza. :/ That’s how I felt at the beginning of last week, and it progressed to be snotty. But mostly I was just exhausted and uncomfortably warm when normally I’m a bit chilly.

Indigobloom

Yeah I was thinking about that. My tummy is only a tiny bit icky feeling though. I think I’m more annoyed cuz I felt like this earlier in the week on and off for about four days. I felt better on Friday and now its back. Hope you’re feeling all better now OMGsrsly!

OMGsrsly

Influenza is a respiratory virus, similar to but also much worse than a cold (it’s a different type of virus). The “stomach flu” is usually either a GI virus or food poisoning.

Indigobloom

hmm. So it’d be the stomach flu then. Maybe

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83
drank White Christmas by Lupicia
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Oh yum!
This doesn’t remind me of Christmas per se, but it was quite enjoyable.
The hazelnut, white chocolate and butter notes are prominent. Stone fruit though, ehhhh I think I could sense that in the aftertaste a bit, and maybe far in the distant background… but then I’ve noticed my apricot sensors aren’t very strong in general. I mean, unless it is the main focus of a tea, I tend to not taste it at all.
Also, I had this cuppa without any additions and found it quite sweet. Like one of those cookies with a heavy layer of chocolate/nutty spread on top. I do wish I had more! and that is saying something considering my recent preference for straight teas

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78
drank The Spice is Right by DAVIDsTEA
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I had this the other day in store. Quite different than what I had at home. Delish! Hmmm

Evol Ving Ness

I am often quite surprised how different the in-store sample teas are to the home brewed ones.

Everyone seems to be enjoying this one. I haven’t been a fan of the this one even though I’ve tried it several times. Too much cinnamon as I recall. I need to refresh my memory and try it again.

Indigobloom

Yeah same here, I mean the first time I had it.

Kristal

I agree, Evol Ving Ness. For me though, I has to do with the green tea being masked. Personally, if I wanted a chai, I would rather have a rooibos based one.

Evol Ving Ness

Green tea! Damn. Who knew?

Indigobloom

I usually like my chai to be assam black. Only ever had one green chai I loved and it was finicky. Maybe black chai is more forgiving?

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87

Ugh. I seriously need to stop buying so much of my faves all at once. I overindulged in this one awhile back, didn’t want it for a long long time, and recently started drinking it again. Only it has now been nearly two years that I’ve had my tin, and some flavour/smoothness has been lost. No surprise, time does that to consumables. Duh.
There isn’t much left, maybe fifteen grams out of 70. Could be worse, right?

I wonder if there are any fun things I could do with the last of it. Latte? nah. I’ve had it iced before. Hmmm. I must think on it!

Evol Ving Ness

Marinade for chicken?

Roswell Strange

Could make an interesting Soup Stock as well…

M

I haven’t had this one in ages, but I remember loving it. It might be time to re-order.

Indigobloom

Evol- I was thinking about chicken! or maybe fish?

Roswell – Oooh that’d be different. I’ve never made stock out of tea before! :)

M – Me too. I can’t wait for a fresh supply!!

Evol Ving Ness

Fish, yes! I hadn’t considered that. Might work. I like the soup stock idea too. I’d be tempted to add it at the very end as a finishing touch. Roswell Strange, have you tried this already? If so, how did you approach it?

Evol Ving Ness

I think the flavours in this one would go nicely as a marinade for chicken, mushrooms, carrots, and onions to be roasted in the oven. Maybe a touch of maple syrup.

Roswell Strange

@Evol Ving Ness I can’t say I’ve ever tried any teas as rubs because I don’t eat meat – but I’ve tried other teas for soup stock before (not this one). Basically, you brew a slightly concentrated pot (like, a western sized pot) and just use that as the stock you cook the rest of the soup in. I think the ingredients you listed for the marinade would likely work for the soup though: carrot, onion, mushrooms, and chicken.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. And yes, it does show promise as a soup. I am going to give it a try one of these days.

Indigobloom

I saw one of those 30second cooking vids online with fish, potatoes and asparagus. I may try something like that using this as a glaze.
Roswell- Now I’m really curious about making it as a soup! I’ve only really thought about Lapsang before

Roswell Strange

Genmaicha makes a nice stock base too :)

Evol Ving Ness

Wow! Those all sound great too.

Indigobloom

Ahhh I’ve been meaning to try genmaicha!

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90

Very good.
Really enjoying this! There is a certain profile of oolong that really gets me, and yes, this is IT. Roasty. A bit fruity. Peach maybe? Highly oxidized. Mineral notes. Honey.
I can’t wait to try this in a gaiwan. and now I’m sad there’s only 25g. Le sighs.

Kirkoneill1988

is this an oolong?

Indigobloom

Yep, the only oolong JW sells!

Kirkoneill1988

hmm… interesting

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73
drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
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I feel like I’ve had this tea before. Very familiar.
The marzipan scent is incredible. I could sit there and sniff it all day. Can you get high from that? I’m not sure I care, it is so addictive. Mmmm.
But the taste was a bit of a letdown. All the flavours are blended in an odd way, they don’t seem to mesh well. I think the base and the additives are mismatched. Maybe this would have gone better with a dragonwell?
So I found it easy enough to drink. Sadly, any wow factors are absent.
After opening the packet I was so sure I’d be buying 50g of this. Maybe not now that I’ve finished the cup. Oh well.

OMGsrsly

Maybe you just need a bit of disaronno added to the tea to enhance the flavour. ;)

Indigobloom

haha YES!!! I like the way you think OMGsrsly :D

Kirkoneill1988

@Indigobloom, i like the smell of matcha, dragonwell too

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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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