1287 Tasting Notes

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
1287 tasting notes

Aw yeah. I really need to invest in getting me a tin of this!
Thanks so much for the sample TeaBrat!!
I love how the base pairs with the pineapple. It’s SO subtle. One of those teas I could just gulp down like I haven’t had water for days. Seriously. I am in love.
Now, the last time I had this, I wasn’t so sure. I’m not sure what’s changed. The tea, or my tastes? Either way… I am happy :D

Anna

So much Lupicia on my dash right now, loving it. <3

keychange

Oh yeah, gonna bust this one out in the near fuche, I think!!

TeaBrat

I’m glad you liked it :)

Indigobloom

Anna, Really?! Not on mine lol But hey it is delish!!

Indigobloom

Keychange, I think you’ll like it, it is quite the beaut!! :D

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, you are so generous. Thanks again!!

Anna

Yes! Yes! Everyone is Lupicia-ing!

Indigobloom

Hahaha yes!! Is this the Steepster version of planking now :P

Anna

DYING from that visual! DYING!!!

Anna

Hahaha. Play! Love! Freedom! Now I want to watch those videos of people freeing net-entangled sea creatures and making them happy again…

Indigobloom

LOL I love that somehow we’ve managed to liken tea folk to sea creatures :P

Anna

Manatea!

Indigobloom

Bahahahaa!!! How did I miss this?!
Next time I make a cuppa tea I expect to find a mini Lochness in my pot :P

Anna

Look at the last one, under the ‘Traditional’ heading: http://www.loreaxe.com/portfolio.php

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Interesting. Smoky. Yes definitely smoky. And brisk! With a nice amount of malt. And a bit of copper.
A complex tea to be sure!
Not my absolute fave, but a really nice change from the norm. I quite enjoyed it. Thanks for the sample Lala!

Kirkoneill1988

cool :) ill try it someday

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Fake berries! yay!
Honestly though, it isn’t SO bad. I expected much worse based on the reviews. It’s fake in a pleasant way. I didn’t think that was possible.
I do like how it blends with the base. Very well actually. Surprisingly.
Without sugar, it’s pretty good, though a tad weak. With just a dash of sugar, maybe a third of a tsp, it’s more berry gum like. I see it doing well when iced!

OMGsrsly

I cold brewed 4 hours, and it’s pretty good!

Indigobloom

Oooh?! I can’t wait til the weather warms up :P

OMGsrsly

Yeah. I tasted it, then put the lid on and put it back in the fridge. The heat is off in my building, so I’m craving hot drinks. :)

Indigobloom

Really?! they just turned it off? Not cool!
I prefer hot drinks over cold so as much as I love summer, hands down, that is the one reason I enjoy cold weather!! (well that and skiing or winter play activities)

OMGsrsly

Happens every spring. I have the coldest apartment, as I’m above the unheated storage rooms. :/

Indigobloom

Ouch. I guess that’d be an incentive to go outside haha

Bear With Me

Oh gawd, I think I have a problem… Definitely read “dingle berry burst” and got VERY concerned for a moment O.o

OMGsrsly

Oh, Ceylon Star. :D :D

Kirkoneill1988

ohhhh the fakeness lol ;)

Indigobloom

Ceylon Star, I take it you aren’t a fan of berries ;)

Indigobloom

Kirk- haha indeed

Bear With Me

I LOVE berries, I just have, uhh, other stuff on my mind? :P

Indigobloom

lol Ceylon Star, I can see that :P

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I had a cuppa this today and it was delish, thank you TeaBrat!!
Very light and refreshing for a puerh, or any tea really. Vibrant. I know what you mean about the camphor! Yum. I was interrupted by a family matter so wasn’t able to pay close attention to the particular notes, but overall I was rather impressed. Quite lovely :)

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78

Durnit! I need to buy sticky notes so I can identify my “tumbler teas”… I keep forgetting and end up with a cuppa cold bleh.
Ah well. Lesson learned!

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drank Hibiscus Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh goodness NO!!!!
How many levels of ewww can a tea travel? Many, apparently, I can assure you.
I didn’t exactly read the ingredients list before purchasing this one, so I didn’t realize there was enough cinnamon in here for an unruly teen to participate in the “cinnamon challenge”!! Ugh. Whoever thought hibby, stevia, ginger AND cinnamon would blend well together must have been delirious. Stevia? Really? I’ve seen it work in some dessert teas, but I never imagined it working with any spices or spicy type additives, and that was evidently for a reason.
Of course, in the spirit of disclosure, I am in a terrible mood, having been laid off from the job that I really didn’t like. I’m part relieved and yet horrified. Sure, it was THE least challenging role I’ve ever taken on (asides from retail back in Uni that is) but then I really need the funding to pay some bills. Moreover, for my tea! ha!
Nevermind that. This is still a nasty tea. Slightly better when cold, where I can actually taste some of the hibby. Funny, I never thought I’d see the day when something could dominate that formidable flower… but then I hadn’t considered pitting the two most overpowering tea additives I know of against each other. Makes sense, I suppose, to match the intensity of flavours. But then, isn’t that somewhat like mixing soy sauce and oatmeal??
Bleh. Overall, I think it is the general combination of things that makes it all so terrible. Stevia is the icing on the proverbial cake (Ick. cake is delicious. Or at least it is supposed to be!)

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drank Sweet Berries by Riston
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Gah!!! I had a whole note on this written out. A clever one. With puns! and now it’s gone. Boo.
Fine.
Coles notes: this was tasty. Comforting. I’d have it again. I was sad to not taste any cranberry but atleast the hibby didn’t dominate the whole darn cup. There was something soft about it as well. Like cotton candy. Could that be the apple paired with strawberry? Hmm.
Yay for free samples!

Bear With Me

Definitely read the name as “dingle berries” for a minute there. O.o

OMGsrsly

LOL. That’s a good one, Ceylon Star. :)

Bear With Me

I fully admit to being a terrible person :P

Indigobloom

Ahaha. I’m glad it didn’t taste like dingle berries!!

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drank Rouge by Nina's Paris
1287 tasting notes

Yum!
Piping hot, this is a stunning tea. I gotta say it again. YUM!
It reminds me of red berries. Plum and strawberry and I’m not sure what else. Rather mild, but in a pleasing way.
Then as it cools, I get more citrus and spice. Very well blended. I like that part as well, but not quite as much. If only I could convince my tea to stay warmer longer. Perhaps I’ll try it in a double walled my next time. If I remember.
Thank you for the sample Lala!

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drank An Ji Bai Cha by Tao Tea Leaf
1287 tasting notes

Well boo. Apparently I had more than one sample of this kickin around. I think this was one I had intended for trading. Oops :/
No matter. It tasted off anyhow. Partially because last time I used the whole packet and this time I went with half… so apparently you need to pack 2-3 tsp into your steeper to make it worthwhile!

Also… I need a new job. I just got this one less than a month ago and already it is driving me nuts.
First, now that I am used to the duties, it is kinda mind numbingly boring! and we aren’t permitted to have a radio on.
Second, I sit at reception, even though it has nothing at all to do with my actual job other than manning the phones. They just want someone there to greet candidates.
That isn’t the bad part- what makes me cringe is that every single time I want to leave the desk to grab some water, hit the washroom, and of course for lunch, someone has to cover me. They have to leave their desk, interrupt their work, and sit at mine. This just started two days ago. Previously, I would simply transfer the phones to whoever was covering me. Not SO bad. Right?
But now… I have to raise my hand (ie send an email), ingratiating myself to whomever’s turn it is, to let me take care of my bursting bladder. Not only that, but this way my habits are on display for the whole office (eight people). So now I feel like asking if they can ALSO sit in my seat while I boil water and then two minutes later go back to fill my cup, is too much. In fact, I know it is, because I was actually asked if I could drink less water. Or if maybe I could go on my lunch hour, which was then amended to say maybe we should schedule a midmorning or afternoon break. Oy!!! Maybe next they will start timing me. Ha! I dunno, I think that is a bit too invasive. Or is it just me?

Kaylee

It’s definitely too invasive. That’s just weird. But, just scheduling a break might actually be better for you. That way you can take care of whatever without having to give everyone a detailed account of your activities.

TeaBrat

That does sound annoying, when I’m at work I drink tea all day long but I don’t have to answer a lot of phones.

Fjellrev

That’s a pretty pointless, inefficient system. You’d think the phone transferring strategy would be good enough.

SimpliciTEA

Sorry to hear about the particulars of your job situation; I can understand how you could feel uncomfortable about the expectations, and awkward about the whole situation.

About the tea, I am a big fan of An Ji Bai Cha for many reasons: it typically has a crisp clean taste, and the way it’s processed causes it to be high in theanine, so, chemically speaking, it is a little more calming on the human nervous system than a typical green tea. So, better luck next time with this type of tea!

Stephanie

Yuck. Scheduled breaks sound like the best case scenario here, and yum…an ji bai cha!

Indigobloom

Kaylee, this is true. But then I got to thinking, my break should be scheduled mid morning right, say at 10am? What if I can’t hold it that long?? or if I have tummy trouble…

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, I don’t actually mind the phones. It is the most entertaining part of my day hah. But the break part is definitely annoyoing

Indigobloom

SimpliciTea, Thanks. Uncomfortable is a very good word for how I feel haha.
I could certainly use some theanine!! I’ll bet it has just as much as matcha. My first cup was incredibly soothing :)

Indigobloom

Stephanie, I am starting to think so. It still creeps me out though! I haven’t figured out why…
I think I may need to invest in more than just a sample :P

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It’s funny, but having tea less often somehow makes it taste so much better. My cup of this today wasn’t half bad!
Also, I’ve had a series of Tim Horton’s teas foisted on me, so I have something truly lacklustre for comparison.
Anyhow. I am hoping this will all change because a) we are working out the kinks in my work schedule/load, and b) roll up the rim will soon be over!
Oh and I won’t have the constant temptation of endless apple or strawberry strudel paraded over my head. Ha!!

Now the cup? Sure it could have been dark chocolate, but I doubt I would have picked that out as a flavour if I hadn’t known. Meh.

SimpliciTEA

What a great word, “foisted”!

Indigobloom

LOL it is a fun word to say isn’t it SimpliciTea :P

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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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