1341 Tasting Notes

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drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
1341 tasting notes

Toffee. White tea. What could go wrong? not much! I’m liking this sample. Thanks to Kittenna/Sil for sharing!
Very smooth and intense on the caramel. I love that it’s so well balanced.
The second infusion wasn’t quite as tasty, a hair plasticky. Making me hesitant to try a third. But… I will gladly finish off the rest of the sample!

Kittenna

I thiiiiink this was from me. I know I brought my bag to share, and pretty sure you took some. It tasted plasticky to me as well, iirc.

Indigobloom

Sounds about right!! I am never sure where the original comes from, our group tends to share teas so much! :)

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83
drank Young Pu-erh by Thé Kiosque
1341 tasting notes

DOUBLE Sample sipdown!! I didn’t have quite enough of this, nor my pu-erh from Tao Tea Leaf, so I combined them. On my second infusion now, and oh man is it ever tasty.
A little breadiness, freshwater, honey, and salt. Yep, I really do wish I had more around.

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85

Second time around… when I’m not sick… and it’s a bit rosier than I recall, but not by too much.
Lowering the rating a tiny bit because while it tastes great, somehow it was better before. More soothing. I just got home from my intro to tea exam so I’m a bit wiped. Forgive my shoddy review!
Anyhow, I’m glad to have this in my cupboard. Sil, don’t be too afraid!! :)

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85

Second time around… when I’m not sick… and it’s a bit rosier than I recall, but not by too much.
Lowering the rating a tiny bit because while it tastes great, somehow it was better before. More soothing. I just got home from my intro to tea exam so I’m a bit wiped. Forgive my shoddy review!
Anyhow, I’m glad to have this in my cupboard. Sil, don’t be too afraid!! :)

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92

It’s been awhile since I had a matcha, made the regular ol’ way. Lately, it’s been shaken bottles and smoothies.
Upon realizing that last night, I immediately dove for my strawberry matcha, because all of a sudden I had the most undeniable neeeeeed for berry goodness in a cup!
No additives needed, it was super sweet on it’s own. So very tasty. I love that it’s tart strawberry made this way, and campino candy via shaken bottle! Definitely one I will want to replace, but there are so many other flavours I’d like to try… what ever shall I do? (answer? order more matcha!!)

ashmanra

This is definitely going on my next order!

Indigobloom

So worth it Ashmanra! you won’t regret it :D

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88

Backlog from the other day. Oh man, what a treat! and the first ayurvedic blend that has ever made me swoon.
I think it’s the burdock root that pulls everything together, for me… Despite what I said in my earlier note.
Sadly though, I was distracted by making tea for Mum and gave this a longer infusion than intended. It was a bit thick and lost a bit of the sparkle. Oh well, still super tasty!

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86
drank All The Raj by DAVIDsTEA
1341 tasting notes

Dunno where to start with this one!! I’ve had it in my cupboard for so long… I think I was hiding from it? The reviews are so polarized that I was worried about being poisoned by perfume haha.
But ya know what, it wasn’t half bad. I fully expected to be tossing the rest of my packet (one serving left! Mucho thanks to whomever sent this my way)
So you could say that I am pleasantly surprised. And eager to make my last cuppa iced!
Now, starting off with the negative points, it is a tad soapy and peppery, when hot… except as it cools, I’m getting a citrus and caramel association more than suds. Hence, why I think this will go better iced.
Oh! also, I went with a really short steep. Two minutes I think? so I may get a second one out of it to!

Kittenna

LOL I have been hiding from this one. It’s at work, which makes that easier, but I really need to bring it back home and just drink it. There is probably 2 or so cups’ worth of leaf left. I think my first cup was oversteeped and horribly perfumey.

Indigobloom

How long have you had it? hopefully the perfume notes are toned down, now that its been awhile!

Kittenna

I feel like I’ve had it around for at least 8 months or so…. it has been a while.

Indigobloom

Might be worth trying again. Iced no less lol

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89

Oh dear. This is just too good. Tea gods, can I swim in this? would that be sacrilege?
I’m really getting pudding this time around. Not sure about the plum part, as it’s more citrusy in my view. Still on the first steep here so perhaps I’ll get more come out in the end. Will update later if I make it to the second infusion. I say IF because this flu bug seems to be sticking around and I am so very tired…
Also, I accidentally used near boiling water. Perhaps that is the way to go?! Hmmm.
Anyhow, big thanks to Stacy for this sample!!

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72

Uhhhhm. Hmmm. This is different! Not what I was expecting, but I can certainly see how this tea lends itself to “oatmeal”.
Bare, I was not a huge fan at all. At three minutes my cup was very light and fresh tasting, with a mellow serving of spice on the side. Not exactly reminiscent of the 52teas black base I’ve come to know.
Milk and a dash of sugar really helped it along though, making it more oatmeal like. I’ll bet this lost some flavouring in transit, because while I can see where it’s going, there is something missing that I can’t quite put my finger on.
Also, it grew a tiny bit on me as the cup cooled, or perhaps that’s as I drank it? initially I was considering a 67 rating…

Kittenna

Doubt that it lost flavour in transit….. lol :(

Indigobloom

yeah… I dunno. Trying to give this one the benefit of doubt but I’m having trouble with that!

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83

Many thanks for the sample Raritea!
I liked this. Bad idea to try it right after kale chips… ha!
On the second steep now and it’s still nice. Very floral, with a mild cinnamon note, whereas the first one was more vegetal and butter with floral in the background.
Huh, I am getting an odd broth note in the swallow. Almost bubbly even. Must be the power of suggestion, as I saw someone elses review earlier today that mentioned that.
No no, after another sip, it is still rather broth like!

Kittenna

Mmmmmmmmm kale chips…

Indigobloom

homemade to!! so easy :P

Kittenna

Yeah, I’ve made them! :D

Indigobloom

Actually I think you were one of the people that inspired me, you and a friend who posted the recipe on fb!

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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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