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1258 Tasting Notes

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Third times a charm! Very little nausea to be found. Yay! =D

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drank Mango Mate by Fusion Teas
1258 tasting notes

Sample sipdown!! I’ve been trying far too many new ones lately and I need to focus more on purging. AND getting to know the other new ones better :D
Since this was in the baggie, it also seems to have lost a bunch of flavour. Oh well.

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drank Organic Ponmudi by The Tea Haus
1258 tasting notes

Sip down!!
This lost quite a bit of maltiness over time. My cup was ok. Nothing special, but decent overall.
That’s one thing I’m looking forward to, getting down to a reasonable amount of tea so that it doesn’t loose flavour by the time my packet is done!

Sil

drink drink drink drink drink!

Indigobloom

hahahaha I’m doooooin it!!

CHAroma

I second that!

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84

Much improved, much improved. Seriously. Milk and honey. Fixes everything. Bonnie! you know how to fix a funny chai lol. Thanks for the tip!
Sil have you tried it that way?! It’s quite good!
Very mild in the spices, but widespread and complex. On the swallow, I can taste chocolate whereas without dairy, all I get is fake sweetness. Yup, I quite like it this way. Not sure if I’m inspired to place an order, as I’d like to try out some other Verdant teas first. Also, it is somewhat limiting as I’d like to be able to enjoy it plain as well. That factor alone lowers my rating a few points.

Update: Now that I’ve finished the cup, there is a cooling sensation almost like menthol. Interesting!

Bonnie

This is one Chai that’s not cinnamon (I sent some to my sister-in-law who’s allergic to cinnamon). It’s milder true, glad you tried it with the milk and honey.

Indigobloom

I don’t mind cinnamon in my chai.It’s clove and cardamom that gets me!

Kittenna

Mmm, I like chais with generous amounts of all three!

Indigobloom

Oh and fennel. Blech!

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Ugh. I have a headache.
So of course I made a smoothie, what else is there to do!?
Hmph. I can’t taste any of the berry at all. Boo.
First time I used this, it didn’t turn out that great. Thus, I’m letting it settle a bit before making another go at a regular cuppa.

Btw, does anyone know of some fun/interesting web shows? Pretty much just regular tv, posted online/youtube… A friend was asking me about them but I could only think of a few.
Also, does anyone else stream television from the internet? I use CH131.com or tv-links.eu but I’m always looking for options. (that can be viewed from Ontario that is)

Vortegne

web shows..Have you watched the Doctor Horrible Sing-Along Blog?

Ag

Seconding the Dr. Horrible suggestion! Fun short web musical.
If you like geeky/nerdy/video game humour, I’d also suggest The Guild.

Indigobloom

yes, love Doc Horrible!! hehe.
I’ll check out the Guild, thanks for the suggestions, both of you! :)

gmathis

Big Bang Theory keeps a pretty good backlog of current episodes.

softrevolution

1channel.ch works great for me! As for web series, have you seen Target Women with Sarah Haskins? Nonfiction, more of a comedy series but tons of fun. An oldie but goodie.

Indigobloom

Gmathis, I love big bang theory!! I saw the flash mob they had. too funny! :P
Softrevolution, neat! I will check it out tonight. Thanks!!

DaisyChubb

Equals 3? It’s how I keep up with all my viral videos! :D

Indigobloom

I just saw the one with a piglet eating oatmeal. CUTE!! thanks DaisyChubb, that is awesome!

DaisyChubb

eee yes! be careful, there are so many Equals 3 and they are ALL hilarious!

Janefan

this is a web-only series — a modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice done as video diaries. Good writing/acting/production by ppl experienced in creating web series. http://www.youtube.com/user/LizzieBennet/videos?view=0

Indigobloom

Ah! that is fun! watching them now. thx!!

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drank Caramel Cocoa Loco by Kally Tea
1258 tasting notes

I am really liking this. Seriously, it’s good!
Have you ever had a really sweet, I mean naturally sweet, green tea? I’m getting that sort of caramel flavour here, along with another, deeper type of sweetness that extends throughout the sip.
In the middle, there is a slight hint of cocoa and the aftertaste? milk. Very milky.
Interesting, I really like this blend!!

Sil

YAY! man i really need to start on those bags. Did Nik ever get his swap out to you btw? Haven’t seen him on steepster in forever.

Indigobloom

Hmmm, I think so!! but I haven’t seen Nik around either. Nik!! where are you… we miss you!

Indigobloom

(though nothing has come in the mail yet)

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drank Mlesna black by Mlesna Tea
1258 tasting notes

Now that I’m out of the Queen, I’ve been drinking this on its own. Not terrible.
Still about 60g left, but somehow the leaves get used up faster than I expected. They aren’t ctc, but cut up into tiny little squares. Does it take up more room that way? I’d have thought less!
Bah….
So for today’s cup I steeped 3min 20sec and added chocolate syrup. Maybe I should have added an extra thirty seconds because the overall tea flavor was a little weak. I prefer stout, hardy teas with alot of malt. I find that factor to be hit and miss with blacks. Am I doing something different or are my buds off? Hmmm.

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drank Toffee and Cream by Kally Tea
1258 tasting notes

Underwhelming. Similar to a few others I’ve had, but not very intense on the flavour. Compared to Sweet Temptation, this came in a distant second. Not bad, just a little weak! I’m a little spoiled :P
I definitely taste the toffee influence though. Next time I’ll try adding a bit more leaf.
Also, I tried adding milk. That helped make it creamier!

Vortegne

Sounds great!

Indigobloom

it’s good! thinking of making it iced soon

Vortegne

Oh, tell us please how it goes then!

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drank Berry Chocolate by Kally Tea
1258 tasting notes

Have there really been no posting notes since I crashed last night? I was so looking forward to reading a few notes before braving the boxing day sales today.
What tea will I choose to keep me functional… I’m thinking a matcha and a black tea. (odd there are no formatting items in my note, why is it in italics
)

Oh and I had a cup of Berry Chocolate last night with some vanilla syrup. It was great but I think I’ll try the next one with chocolate. I received the pair in my stocking! :P

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85

I like this!! first time I made this, not so much. But today? it’s quite different.
If you let the RL teas sit for a few weeks, I think it really makes a difference.
The rooibos base is really smooth and comes through more than anything else. Chocolate is in here? Oh yes there it is, hiding in the back! Super mild, but it’s there. I ordered Robust flavouring, next time I think I would go with the higher level. The highest of them all… is there matcha in there?
Now this is a gift for my Aunt, so I only made a few cups. Otherwise, I’d experiment a bit more.
Either way… I will definitely order it again, despite my initial apprehension, now that I know what to expect

LiberTEAS

@Indigobloom, I’m learning that the wait time does make a difference with the flavored Matcha as well. I follow it as a rule with other teas (that is, wait at least 3 weeks for teas from 52Teas, for example), but I didn’t think with the Matcha it made as big a difference … but I’ve found that it does!

Sil

interesting..i’ve never noticed an issue with the matcha. I’ll have to give it a whirl next order and let them sit and see if the flavour changes. Or maybe try the pumpkin or the chai in my cupboard since i’m pretty sure i tried those right away.

LiberTEAS

I’ve noticed it mostly with the teas where I’ve noticed a sort of chemical-y taste with, if I wait a couple of weeks, that chemical-y taste sort of wanes, which is a really good thing!

Sil

ooh good to know :)

Indigobloom

It’s so true, LiberTeas is right on! the chemical tasting ones really air out and settle down with a few weeks. But… you need to tin them. Or atleast open them. 52Teas, you can leave it in the package if need be.

CHAroma

Rooibos matcha? Hmm, interesting.

Indigobloom

Yep, it was tasty!! can’t wait to order it again :D

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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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