1315 Tasting Notes

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Apples! cake! Oh my!
Yes this is quite delicious. And bakey. Just like coffee cake. No milk required! maybe a tiny bit of sugar. S&V seems to be really good at creating black tea blends that work well solo. Fingers crossed that it travels well.
Bah, either way I am impressed.
aaaand also a little overwhelmed. I picked up so much tea this weekend, that I have no idea how I’ll ever get through any of it. Upping my intake and a serious purge is in order.

Kittenna

Yeah, I gotta say that I liked the S&V teas. My notes are all back around Christmas, as I’ve only had one since then, but yeah. Plans to order again in the future.

Sil

Looking forward to trying these ones soooooooon!

Indigobloom

I’ll definitely order from them to, eventually. But after this current cupboard expansion, I think it will be about 6 months before I can justify that! lol

Sil, I think you’ll love them!! some really good teas here :)

Donna A

I have this and like it a lot. I have enjoyed all my flavored teas from Simpson and Vail, once I learned how to brew them to my taste. I can identify with your statement about feeling a little overwhelmed with so much tea!

Indigobloom

I think that’s the trick, learning how it needs to be brewed!

Sil

…to which i respond. and how does one brew these particular teas in such a way that makes them enjoyable? :)

Indigobloom

Not sure just yet, as I lost track of time brewing this… I need to try again! :)

Donna A

For the flavored blacks from Simpson and Vail that I have tried (Pumpkin Pie Black, Earl Grey, and Apple Cinnamon), I use 1 teaspoon/8 oz. for 2 min./50 seconds. This produces a flavorful cup without the bitterness that I have experienced at 3 minutes.

Sil

thanks Donna!

Indigobloom

I’ll def keep that in mind. Thanks!!

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86
drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
1315 tasting notes

Root beer indeed! add a little carbonated water and it just might become my fave summer tea. Thanks so much for the sample Kittenna!
It smells strongly of root beer. Positively intoxicating. I could sit here and sniff it all day!
The aroma is a fair bit stronger than the taste. The base is well balanced, coming out more in the first part of the sip while root beer dominates the tail end as well as aftertaste.
Will definitely consider this as a purchase in future S&V orders

Kittenna

If you really like this one I can probably give you some more. I like it, but it’s not a tea I’m likely to drink super often, so 2 oz. is a lot (even though you guys probably took away ~0.5 oz).

Indigobloom

Oooh? If you’re sure!

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82

Oh wow this is amazing.
The first time I tried it, my sample from Charoma didn’t travel well at all. Thank you so much for the sample Charoma, I really appreciate you sending me some!
But then I tried some more the other day from Sil’s stash, and oh my what a difference! yes, oh yes it was quite good. Very mild without any sugar, but just a sprinkle really makes a big difference.
I love how the marshmallow is more of a natural extension of the toasted rice than it is just added flavouring.
The vanilla like notes I see in other descriptions worried me at first but I don’t seem to have any issues with it, thankfully. (my allergies seem to have abated somewhat now that I know to stay away from the EG. Yay!)
Yup, this is definitely on my shopping list. Big thanks to Sil for letting me sneak a cup from your stash!

Kittenna

I had two swap samples of this (vegan & non-vegan?) that made it to me ok… but straight from my package was definitely way better.

Indigobloom

Hmmm perhaps it was that particular batch that was different

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85
drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
1315 tasting notes

Sample sipdown!!
I accidentally oversteeped by about 25 seconds so my cup was a tad harsh. Still very tasty, though I wouldn’t order more, I’d rather try the rest of what 52Teas has to offer! Thanks again Azzrian :)

Azzrian

My pleasure! I still have a ton of teas from you to sample lol. This is one of my all time favorites! I guess I just love 52 Teas strawberry blends :)

Indigobloom

I don’t blame you, it’s purty tasty!! yummmm

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Backlog from last night.
I love Egyptian chamomile. It’s so honey-sweet and soft. Makes me want to drink it all day long!! But… since I use it to help me sleep and I really do NOT want to become immune to that effect, I save it for those insomniatic nights (did I just invent a conjugation? heh!)
I wonder though, are all Egyptian chamys this tasty? or is it the organic aspect that brings this to such a stellar place…
Well, until I try another (organic) EC, I probably shouldn’t rate this one. I’ll hold off for now! as it stands, I’d probably leave it somewhere in the high 80s or low 90s

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85

Bananas are bullies. Yep. I’ve added this to my smoothies before, but today was the first time where I removed the banana entirely. Today, it was just almond milk and pear. And oh boy did it ever make for a creamy cheesy delight! Kindof stale tasting, but only on the occasional sip, and that could be the almond milk.
A spoonful of sugar seriously punches it up.
I’m not sure if this one is worth re-ordering, but my experience today certainly has me questioning that!

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I had this at our tea guild meeting today. We made a spice rub, scones with (eeeeevil) Earl Grey soaked currants, and spiced lapsang roasted almonds. I can’t figure out which was my fave part! Seriously, what an awesome end to a really long day. I was at an HR conference/tradeshow schmoozing with the vendors. Whew, what a trip. I have alot of follow up emails to send tomorrow, before I do it all over again :)
Anyhow, this tea was made really strong. I had two tiny cups (as in gaiwan style). Very delicious though, and super lemony. I swear, it was as if someone added lemon.
I’d like to see what a shorter steep would do.
Also, I’m not sure if this was the first or second flush. I suspect it was the second… so I just went with that!
On a side note, you know what’s amazing?? having tea peeps. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without all my peers here on Steepster and at the guild. Coming home from a night of tea talk, and writing about it here to share with my other tea-ples… (yes I just referred to y’all as tea-ples!)
Does it get any better??

Alphakitty

Tea-ples, I love it!

Sil

Oh no you didn’t….

Indigobloom

Alphakitty, dunno why I didn’t think of it before! :P
Sil, muahhahha.
Not to mention… doesn’t reading that make you wanna join the tea guild ;)

Sil

maybe… not sure how much time i’ll have for that sort of thing this year.

Indigobloom

if you ever change your mind, you’re always more than welcome! :)

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Time really does mellow teas out. I must remember that!!
This… well it wasn’t so terrible this time around. Yay! The vanilla, it took a step back and let the berry peek out. Yes I quite enjoyed my cup. Still a bit too dusty and tart, but I can now see myself drinking the rest of it down. Raising the rating a bit!

Veronica

That’s good to know. I’ve had a box of this sitting on my shelf for a while now. Maybe I’ll give it another try.

Indigobloom

Definitely worth another try. Let me know how it turns out!

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Oh no, that was weird. I used a brita filter for water. Or maybe it was the fact that I intended a 60 sec steep and got distracted… ending up with a 2min 20 second steep. Either way it was far too floral for me. Adding sugar helped, masking the floral.
I’ll leave the rating as is, because I am sure it’s my fault this time!
Thanks for the sample Mark B!

CHAroma

I use a brita water filter all the time to make tea. I think it tastes much better than the water straight from the tap. When I first brought it home, my fiance and I were astounded at the difference actually. Our tap water is horrifying.

Indigobloom

We have pretty decent tap water here, well, except for the flouride/chlorine they add. Somehow the fridge filter was alot better than the Brita. Wish I knew why! sighs.

Kittenna

Isn’t Toronto’s water just as hard and icky as Guelph’s? Ours is nasty, I swear. I really need to take a new Brita filter to my boyfriend’s place and clean his pitcher so I can have filtered water there too…. the teas would be soooooooooo much better…

Indigobloom

Not as bad, but close. Not sure if Mississauga is less hard.

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Thanks to Sil for this sample!!
I totally see what you mean about this being a low grade cocoa. The chocolate note is just… well it’s off somehow.
And the raspberry is so sharp! In a very familiar, artificial sortof way.
At first, I really was not enjoying my cup. Strangely, by the end of the cup, it started to grow on me. I still disliked the fake notes but there was something oddly satisfying there. Like Tim Hortons beverages!(I heard they line the cups with a certain kind of coconut oil, which apparently is addictive so there are tons of people out there who don’t really like their coffee, but crave it anyhow heh)
That said, I wouldn’t go out and buy more. Def not heh.
Also, Dad commented on my cup of tea as it was brewing. First time ever he identified the type of tea, and that he likes chocolate! So I made him a cup and all he would say was “interesting”. Pretty sure he was disappointed though he won’t confirm because he is trying to be nice haha
Anyhow, it’s an almost sipdown, I have enough for a small cup left! Maybe I’ll mix it with my assam :)

Sil

yeah..i find this with most of Della Terra’s chocolate teas. I seem to be in the minority though heh. Doesn’t stop me from picking up samples to try them as there are a few of their teas that I REALLY like!

Della Terra Teas

We are so glad you enjoyed the cup at the end. We have found that with some teas, not just ours but in general, they can acquire a new taste as the cup cools. Hmmm. haha. As far as the chocolate, we are sorry it isn’t your favorite! We do assure you it has some of the highest quality cocoa power, nibs and milk chocolate bits (depending on the tea) from around the world. We will be coming out, hopefully by this summer with a vegan chocolate tea you may enjoy.

As always thanks for the reviews and we can’t wait to see more from you!

Bonnie

I thought it went sour in the mouth. odd.

Indigobloom

Sil, I can’t wait to order a Della Terra sampler package. Soon as I get my stash down a little… it’s next on my list! probably not any of their chocolate ones though.

Bonnie, I think I know what you mean. I’ve noticed that in most chocolate teas actually!

Sil

IB – yeah i’m actually looking at that tonight lol since they have the 30% off and the new teas are up..

Indigobloom

Della Terra, yes I agree! I am very picky about my chocolate teas so that is an issue I’ve come across often.
I look forward trying your vegan chocolate tea!

Indigobloom

Oh man, what a tease!! I promised myself I wouldn’t…

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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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