1437 Tasting Notes

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
1437 tasting notes

Thanks to Kittenna for this sample!
I can definitely taste the hazelnut here. Well, maybe more like the hazelnut filling you get in chocolates. Or a creamier version of nuttella!
Will resteep and write more later.

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72
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
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Thanks to Kittenna for this sample!
I enjoyed this cuppa. Personally, I’m not huge on vanilla flavouring but every once in awhile it really hits the spot.
This tea was pretty smooth and creamy with a touch of something extra that I can’t quite identify, something that seemed to bring everything together, and iron out the vanilla/black tea wrinkles for me. That must be why… If I was going to reach for a vanilla tea again, this would be it. That said, I don’t plan on keeping any in my cupboard. It’s just nice to have once in awhile :)

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72
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
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69

Maple. Maple. Maple!!!
Yes, that is what this tastes like. Overwhelming much? ha!
With a good dollop of astringency on the side of course.
I also taste a hint of chicory, I think, but it isn’t overly strong like the creme brulee from yesterday. I added milk and some sugar, and had it with waffles this morning. Not bad!
One thing I didn’t like was the oily film on the surface of the tea. I could kinda sense the greasiness as well, in the mouthfeel. However I can deal with that, it wasn’t too offputting! In fact, I may grow to like it, I hope.
Thanks for hooking me up Kittenna :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Lol, this was a split purchase :P

Indigobloom

was it? haha there were so many I wasn’t sure. Hopefully it will be used up in trades!

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26
drank Creme Brulee by Simpson & Vail
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Oh this is odd. So very odd. It’s buttery in a strange no good way. Plus, I taste chicory or carob. I can’t really say much more about it because I couldn’t take more than a few sips. The remainder is still sitting downstairs waiting for me to dump the cup.

Sil

yeah this one is not tasty…

Terri HarpLady

No point forcing yourself to drink something that tastes like crap!

Kittenna

Weird. I didn’t find it that bad!!

Indigobloom

Sil, nope nope not tasty at all lol
Terri, I agree! It isn’t worth the sacrifice :P
Kittenna, I think there must be chicory or carob in the flavouring… that’s the only way my feelings about it make sense haha

Sil

it just wasn’t creme brulee and it wasn’t nearly as delicious as the other simpson and vail teas we’ve had.

Indigobloom

Defintely not creme brulee, I was disappointed!

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71
drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
1437 tasting notes

Verrrrry similar to Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha, only the marshmallow part tastes a bit burnt like after it’s been over a fire. I’m not so sure about chocolate or graham notes just yet. Maybe next time.
Sadly, for some reason, this doesn’t have nearly the same oomph. MTG rocks my palate! and here, I’m getting more of a gentle swaying (vs rocking).
Sure I’ll drink the rest of this down, but I suspect the MTG will go faster, even though I only have a third of a packet of SG!
Also, compared to Browncoat, I’d really have to do a side by side comparison. BG is slightly more biting, if I recall correctly, whereas the SG is milder overall but that’s the only difference I can discern without having them both in front of me.

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60
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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I need to try this with milk, so I can get a true idea of the malted part! Without dairy, it’s ok. A nice refreshing drink! Very light and airy.

ETA: The chocolate is a bit fake, I can feel it tingling on my tongue and I really don’t like that sensation. It’s a cumulative effect, and reminds me of how I feel after drinking coffee. Errr, it makes my mouth numb. Okayyyyy so I’ll be giving the rest of this away, or rather sending it back to it’s previous home!

Kittenna

It can come back to me, lol. The intent wasn’t to totally offload it unless someone loved it! I do enjoy it, just have too much :)

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75

Apples: check!
Chocolate: check!
Green/Black tea: not so much in the first steep. Will see what #2 brings.

So the first part of the sip fills my mouth with apple flavour. Baked apples. And then as I swallow, I taste chocolate. Artificial chocolate, but it’s quite noticeable for me. I’m also getting some sort of caramel note.
Adding 1/2 tsp of sugar made things pop alot more. Before that, it was kinda muted but then I should have let the cup cool a bit beforehand.
Also, I need to play around with the parameters here, given that there are two types of tea in the blend. Next time I’ll try boiling, as recommended by DT.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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Thanks to Sil for this sample!! It’s a backlog from ages ago that I completely forgot to log. Oops!
Anyhow, not bad for a random rooibos. The strawberry is very faint and slightly artificial, but pleasant. I was super sleepy so can’t recall more than that. I’ll have to rate it next time.
Thanks to Sil for the sample!! All the way from China :D

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Well. I can certainly say I’ve never had an oolong like this before! It’s so… complex!
There is the standard heavy oxidized and roasted aspect that I get with most dark oolongs. Sweet notes of stone fruit and barley.
But then, well there is a creaminess I’ve never experienced before. Almost as if it’s a dark milky oolong. Or that deep sugary sweetness you get from milk chocolate, without the cocoa note that is. Just the tone of the sugar.
Hot, I can definitely understand the comparison to Brandy. I imagine if you drank them side by side, there would be many similarities.
Yep, this is quite good. I wouldn’t want it often, but then, I don’t have brandy much either!

Sil

Sounds neat

Indigobloom

You should try it!! I probly won’t want the whole packet…

Terri HarpLady

There was a time when Brandy was my drug of choice… ;)

Sil

you’ve been cuppboar-fied IB :) on the spreadsheet

Indigobloom

Terri, it’s a pretty comforting drink!!
Sil, sweet!

Terri HarpLady

Sounds good! I always loved the taste of Brandy. This way you get the taste without the inebriation :)

Indigobloom

Oh man, I wish I had some with me to compare!!

Kittenna

If there’s enough of this one, I’d love to nab a sample as well! I know there wasn’t a lot though :)

Indigobloom

Kittenna, I think there will be more than enough!

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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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