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I had this via waterbottle yesterday.
Now, I was in a bit of a rush… but I’m pretty sure I used enough powder. There is no reason it should have turned out to be so darn tasteless!
Next time, I need to use more precise measurements.
This worries me, because the waterbottle has proven to be the most successful “save my matcha” method and this is the first fail!! Oh dear.

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69
drank Cherry Rose by Custom
1314 tasting notes

Mystery tea!
I ordered Cherry Buds from Kally, a rooibos… and opened my packet to find… a green tea??? Hmmmm.
They are sending replacement tea, but in the meantime, I am trying to figure out exactly which blend this is. None of those on the website correlate.
It smells like overly concentrated floral perfume mixed with Cherry. I suppose it could be pomegranate?
Also there are dried rose petals. Which leads me to think… Cherry Rose tea! only Kally does not have a Cherry Rose green tea!!
Bah.
I brewed up a mug, and it tastes almost as perfume like as it smells. Not really my thing.
In the background there is a distinct fruitiness that could very well be cherry though it’s hard to distinguish through the perfume haze.
The base is pretty smooth. Definitely green. Sencha? Maybe? I can’t find that typical grassy profile, but again, then there is so much ‘floral’ going on that it could very well just be hidden underneath. I’m sure it will mellow out over time.
Oh well, it’s essentially free tea. If anyone wants some, let me know!

Sil

it’s not “essentially” free tea. it IS free tea! :)

Indigobloom

Heh, that’s what I was thinking… but then I figure, it’s not really free til we get the replacement!

Vortegne

You could just steep it like 3 times, maybe the strong smell will go away :D

Indigobloom

Vortegne, that’s an interesting idea!
Err, unless the base is sencha haha

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84

Bumpity bump goes the rating again!!
For some reason, I was really craving this. I just knew I had to have a cuppa. Oh man was I ever right, it was so good! The light flowery contrast against the malty assam goodness is great! Only I wish I’d made a whole pot! (which I didn’t do because I’m headed out shortly)
Very glad I have this in my cupboard now :)

Sil

And Kelly teas has super customer service!

Indigobloom

Will definitely order from them again one day.
Though it’s driving me nuts about the mystery tea. Nothing on their website matches up!!

Sil

i tried to ask/find out but they never answered. I think it’s just a totally different tea lol

Indigobloom

bahumbug! I want to know… the pisces in me is going nuts!

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drank Chocolate Mint by Tsaa
1314 tasting notes

Chocolate mint teas are always a little too astringent for me. Why do I never learn?! My cuppa was enjoyable, but nothing to write home about, and not something I’d order again.
On the plus side, things are ramping up with the Toronto Tea Festival! We had our meeting there. I really love the Tsaa shop!

Vortegne

I also tried a chocolate mint tea recently (for the first time, though) and I was kinda of disappointed that it was nothing super-special :(

Indigobloom

I know what you mean. Disappointment. Sighs
Well at least know you know for next time!

Indigobloom

*you know.
Silly auto correct!!

Indigobloom

*now you know.
Geesh…

Vortegne

Hehe, tricky software stuff :D and yeah, at least I won’t be that disappointed anymore. Although it would be nice no find a great chocolate-flavored tea and just add some real mint to the cup/pot

Indigobloom

I know right?! closest I found was from the Spice and Tea Exchange. Their chocolate tea is amazing

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92

Wow. Queen Catherine? I am sorry but you have been struck off my shopping list.
This tea will do just fine as an alternative! It’s just the right amount of bold and malty, with a teeny pinch of smokiness.
I’m not sure of which specific teas are in here, but I can pick out some yunnan, pu-erh, and probably lapsang. A masterful combo!!
There was also a hint of that abrasiveness I find in some Asian black teas but I don’t care! I drank this bare, sans sugar or dairy, though it would do exceptionally well as my morning breakfast tea as well.
When (yes… I said WHEN!) my cupboard is manageable again, this is going on my must have at all times list.
Thank you Tao for the cup!! I really appreciate it!

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87
drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1314 tasting notes

This makes for an excellent smoothie. Love!

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89

Four minutes seemed a bit long so I went with 3.5 min.
Either way, I think it would have worked. The strawberry is very light and refreshing.
Second steep was more of the same only a tad creamier. It all works very well with a green oolong base. Yep, this is good tea! thank you Stacy!!
The base seems to be of exceptional quality, as it lends alot to the flavouring as opposed to so many other types that just add flavouring to cover up any base notes.
I feel as if the strawberry here is more of an enhancement to the already present, natural fruity notes.
If only I could afford to stock this in my cupboard always :)

Sil

blech :P you silly ppl and your oolongs :)

Indigobloom

heh heh more for meeeeee!

Bonnie

I think of it as a treat!

Indigobloom

me to Bonnie! only a very delicate one. I need to be in the mood :)

Sil

Hehe yeah, someday maybe ill appreciate this tea, until then, ill leave you all to it. Good to know my tastes are changing a bit and I can ironing darker oolongs.

Indigobloom

ironing? teeheeeheee

Sil

stupid auto correct lol

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86

SIPDOWN!!! (you know how football announcers yell out “touchdown”? well that is how I picture saying sipdown hehe)
yeah baby, I have a tin to fill! woohoo!
In the meantime, I’m a bit sad to see this one go. and what a fantastic cuppa to send off with. Very winey and muscatel, smooth, sweet, and lip smackin good. Second steep was great to!

Dylan Oxford

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!

Indigobloom

Hehe! Never did I think I’d see the day when tea would be compared to football! :P

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drank Gingered Peach by Kally Tea
1314 tasting notes

Not gonna rate this because I used the water at a meeting yesterday, and it came out luke warm! so I consider this to be “cold brewed”… well, somewhat anyhow.
And it turned out UBER sweet. Sickly ginger sweet, with a hint of peach pulp.
Definitely need to try again with a proper kettle! I’d rate it around 70 for now.

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drank Espresso Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1314 tasting notes

Water bottle method… ahhhhhmazing!
I swear, it’s just like coffee icecream! Oh YUM.
See, for someone whose body banned them from coffee, this is a deliriously happy moment!!
It’s a little creamy, which I was not expecting but espresso can have milk in it, right? I always thought it was served black…
Btw, no sugar required. It is perfect all on it’s own. Thank you Red Leaf for your superb creations!!
Now I need to try this again as a hot cup…

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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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