1315 Tasting Notes

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Bleh. I agree with Sil and Kittenna, something in here is just not right. Sadly, I can’t put my finger on what!
A little too much cinnamon perhaps? Either way, I am definitely not getting brownie. OR chocolate. Alot of cinnamon and what reminds me of chicory, but doesn’t quite have the same depth. I really dislike chicory and carob (which I often mix up). Oh and the extreme astringency is quite annoying.
Milk and sugar helped some. Oh well. I got through my cup ok. I mean, it isn’t that this is a “bad” cup, but other reviews here are so complimentary that I have to wonder if Sil is right… did we get a messed up batch??
Thanks for the hookup Kittenna!

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drank Genmai Matcha by Rishi Tea
1315 tasting notes

Holeeee matcha! wheatgrass matcha that is. Very tart and fresh tasting, and in an odd way, I really understand what that comment below means about marshy flavours, in a springy fresh way.
I had a sample of this at the Toronto Tea Festival, and I think they made it a bit strong for my liking. Hmmm.
Anyhow, the festival was the highlight of my year. The pinnacle of my tea journey so far!
We were expecting maybe 800 people at most, but instead got blown out of the water with atleast 1200+
I am so impressed that Tao managed to pull together such a massive project, all in the first year. Next year, a bigger venue, more vendors, a broader range of speakers and samplings… wow! it is going to be big. I’m getting giddy thinking about it already :D

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Backlog!! I swear I wrote a note for this, but it was during the Steepster blackouts so it must have been eaten. Oh well.
Anyhow, hullo grapefruit! Yep, it’s all there. That tangy citrus note, the bitter aftertaste, and that delicious rindy aroma! The citrus plays well on the green tea, picking up on the sweet dragonwell mid note. A tad bit harsh on the tongue.
This was yummy. Not something I’d crave often though. Mucho thanks to Sil for sharing!

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drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea find!!!
So I bought this nearly two years ago and somehow, it disappeared into the shallow depths of my cupboard. Since then, I’ve rearranged things, taken everything completely out and sorted… and it was never found, til today. How on earth does that work? I think it was in that place where socks go, from the laundry. Sighs.
So of course I had to make a cup! and it’s not bad. Alot of the flavour is gone but that was to be expected, I think.
If anyone wants some of this, let me know. I have about 30g and there is no way I can drink it all before going super stale!
Leaving the rating as is because well, I’m just so durn happy to find it again. It’s always bothered me, that I lost this packet!

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Thanks Sil for this sample!!
The chocolate in here is indeed artificial tasting but somehow, in this cup, I don’t mind. It’s pleasant.
And… for some reason I am getting fruitiness in the cup when sans milk or sugar. Now that it’s cooled I get mostly chocolate.
Bah! When I portioned it out, I accidentally underleafed my cup so that could be why. Whatevs, it was tasty and I’m happy :)

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Liquid maple!! you were so right Sil! Thanks for the sample :)
I do love me some maple syrup and this hits the spot.
Definitely a love or hate it tea, and I love it! although one cup is more than enough, as I am starting to get that thick mouth coated feeling as if I downed a shot glass of maple. Ha!

tattooed_tea

I just had an idea. I bet you could infuse this into pancakes…. mmmmmmmmm

Indigobloom

Oh yes that would be spectacular! yummers :P

Sil

ooh that’s not a bad idea tattooed_tea :)

Kittenna

Too bad we took it all… :(

Indigobloom

Kittenna, I am owed a Della Terra sampler… this just might make it in :)
Sil, I say we have a tea cooking day next time! Thoughts?

Kittenna

You are owed?? (And I’m jumping in to say that I totally agree if I’m invited ;))

Indigobloom

A friend of mine said he would buy me two samplers for xmas but they were out of a few that I wanted to try… only now I’ve got some of those in samples…

Kittenna

Ohhhh, gotcha!

Sil

Yeah I’d be down for something like that heh.

Indigobloom

Right now my cupboard is at about 300, I need to get it below atleast 250 before making an order… but I’ll let you girls know! :D

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Thanks to Sil for my sample!
I don’t really care for the mint in here, I prefer a deeper, rounder mint… so this tastes a bit herbal like for me. As if I should have this when feeling unwell.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s refreshing and tasty! but I am definitely getting a toothpaste association, which I have never before experienced. I’ve read about other people thinking that minty teas taste like toothpaste, and now I finally get it lol
Or maybe it’s pine needles that this reminds me of?
As for any chocolate in here, it’s more of a vague background note and comes out more as the cup cools in the end of my sips. I was definitely hoping for a stronger cocoa.
And a rating? I’m quite enjoying this cup, but I can’t see myself craving it often. So… where does that leave me? I feel pulled in two directions here!

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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Thank you so much for the sample Raritea!!
This is an interesting tea. I can certainly taste the apple, and cinnamon, but it reminds me a little too much of Forever Nuts, which I was not all that fond of. It must be my association with FN, but I swear I taste beets in here to! I am slowly going crazy…

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drank Gooseberry by Simpson & Vail
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Nooooo!! Steepster ate my note. Grrr!!!

OK now that I am done venting…
This tea is different, I’ll give it that! and definitely reminiscent of what I recall gooseberries tasting like. A little like marmalade, or maybe green grape jelly. I’m also getting a slight bubblegum note.
Overall, I’m unsure if I like it. I certainly don’t hate it though!
Methinks I just need to find the sweet spot.
Kittennas point about this being perfumey is spot on, though less so as the cup cooled. Perhaps I should make some iced when the weather warms up. just for a change!

Tabby

Yeah, I saw it went down for a little while. Hate it when that happens. :/

Sil

psst…it didn’t eat your tasting note. it’s there… you have two for this today :)

Indigobloom

heh, go figure! oh well, I can deal with two. It won’t allow me to delete…

Kittenna

You have three, actually! :P Haha.

Indigobloom

Yep. I tried deleting the third one yesterday but Steepster wouldn’t allow it. I wonder, maybe it will now :)

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drank Gooseberry by Simpson & Vail
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I need to play around with the settings here. It was fruity, jammish and vaguely reminiscent of what I recall gooseberries tasting like… a little tart and slightly sweet, almost like a green grape, but also a little bubble-gummy to.
I’m certainly not in love with it… nor do I hate it… Methinks I just need to find the sweet spot :)
Might go really well iced.

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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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