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1258 Tasting Notes

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Yup, just like everyone else says… there is only the barest hint of berry tucked away in the middle of this rooibos. Hmmm.
Except… it’s super smooth. I don’t mind me some plain rooibos. It’s a little juicy, woodsy, and sweet. If you don’t get hung up on the lack of fruitiness, well you know, it’s pretty durn good. Just what I needed after battling it out today with my headache. Shame this was only a sample. All gone now.
The coyotes kept me up all night, plus I had a few drinks with friends at a bday party(cake pic is posted on my twitter account. @Marilynblooms, feel free to follow me!)
I’ve come across the alcohol/interrupted sleep equation three times recently, that I recall(twice due to those yappy creatures) and yup, that seems to be a trigger. Cosmopolitans followed by a quality snooze? makes for a happy me. Go figure. Heh.
Anyhow, caffeine helped so I was downing that all day. I am so grateful to the tea farmers around the world who work so hard to supply my habit. Really, I am. That thought crossed my mind several times today. Now it’s time to calm down!
OK I am rambling. Off to bed I go.

Tea Sipper

Yeah, get your appreciation. I don’t think everyone can have back yard tea gardens!

Indigobloom

Haha, wouldn’t that be nice though! one of my bucketlist items, is to have a Camellia Sinensis tree. (even if I can’t harvest)

TeaBrat

I find that alcohol makes for a bad night of sleep too…

Indigobloom

Oh man I am so tired and I didn’t drink any alcohol, it was the coyotes again. zzzzzz
Why must there be so many factors concerning a good nights sleep?!

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92
drank Espresso Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1258 tasting notes

Eeep. I didn’t get much flavour from this at all. Or rather… it was more like what I expected the egg nog to taste like, only milder.
I was hoping to find a coffee replacement, as I really miss the flavour. Oh well, I still need to try water bottle style, or maybe I just had a bad cup.
(you know how sometimes a cup is “off” but then next time it’s amazing?)
Hrm. Not giving up on you Espresso matcha! I’ll fight for ya :)

Sil

Let me know how it goes lol

Indigobloom

heh, will do! ;P

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87
drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1258 tasting notes

Ohhhh man is this ever TASTY!
I bought the Royal grade with distinctive flavouring and it is perfect. I may go with robust next time just to see what the difference is and for a change. and yes there will be a next time, size large.
I really taste the almond/marzipan. It isn’t exactly nutty though, definitely more on the almond paste, dessert side. This time, I tried it with and without a splash of milk, and I like it both ways. With the added dairy, it’s even more treat like so if you want to push it to that place, I recommend it.
Also, I got an odd astringency from the tea. It was a touch sour! Not sure if that was the base or the flavouring, or perhaps a combination of both.
Either way, I am in love. What’s that Beatles song? All you need is love…

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80
drank Masala Chai by Tea Desire
1258 tasting notes

A lovely sample from Kittenna! thanks, it’s pretty good!!
It’s not often I find a softer chai like this. With milk and sugar, my cuppa was mild and yet punchy all at once. The cloves and ginger don’t overtake everything either, which I was kinda worried about.
I wonder what the base tea is.
It’d be awesome to have it in my cupboard for those days where it is just what I’m craving. BUT I don’t love it enough to go out and purchase a bunch.

Kittenna

… If you like it enough for me to give you like 50g, I’d be more than happy to. It’s a tea I got a 250g bag of from my ex’s mom, and that’s just WAY too much for me to get through…

Indigobloom

aww thanks Kittenna! Maybe like 25g, as I’d never finish a whole 50 before it went stale. I need to find new tins as well heh

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71

I’m not rating this just yet. I need to experiment!
The raspberry really shines here. It’s tart and very yummy, just like a truffle! However, I wish the chocolate note was stronger as I’m really not getting much at all. It’s more like the inside of a truffle, you know that pink creamy filling? that is it exactly, but without the chocolate coating!
Also, there is a touch of that fake chemical taste I dislike. Not enough to put me off, but I don’t think I’ll order this again unless I can find the sweet spot.
For this cup, I tried making it as a plain matcha and it was just ok. Then I added a splash of milk and oh yes that was much better. Oh and 1/2tsp sugar. Yep, not bad at all. My cup was drained fast I tell ya!
Based on my initial impression, I’d rate this an 82. Will report back when I’ve done the rounds :)

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What a fascinating tea! Thank you so much Stacy from Butiki Teas for the sample, I really enjoyed this experience. Wow!
My first steep, this was unlike any pu-erh I’ve ever tasted.
Super spicy, peppery even, with a smoky aroma, a soil/clay aftertaste and a drying sensation as the cup cools.
Somehow, it’s wine like, with that muscatel sensation.
Second steep, less wine, less spice although thicker on the tongue. My least fave of the bunch.
Third steep, more of the same.
Fourth, same again. A tad lighter, perhaps some hay, or maybe honey?
Fifth, getting much sweeter now. Definitely honeysuckle. Less clay and more like an egg tart cookie.
Sixth, more floral but still sweet. Yummm
Overall, the beginning was rough but towards the end I saw some awesome infusions.
I’m thinking this is not the pu-erh for me. Lighter pu’s have always been a tough sell for me so no surprise there.
That said, I’d never turn a cuppa away. It really was a fun afternoon!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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97

Robust flavouring, Organic Royal grade matcha. Size large!!
Wow this is amazing. I loooooove wheatgrass. Yep call me weird. heh.
Whatever. This… this is SO GOOD. Just what I was looking for.
A wheatgrass and matcha drink all in one. Amazing.
I knew I’d like this. So much so that I ordered a large. I never do that without trying a tea first. But I was that sure. and, I was right. Oh yeah.
It’s the perfect amount of wheatgrass. Not biting or sour like a true wheatgrass shot, but the perfect balance of flavours between matcha and grass. If you love those ultra expensive shots from Jugo or wherever, this will save you tons of money. It is so smooth and fragrant and rich. Deep, bright green.
Trouble is, I love smoothies almost as much as I love this matcha, and I can’t have both in one day… so I’m stuck choosing. Agh!
Smoothies help me reach my veggie/fruit intake goal so they usually win. Pickle much? sighs.

Bonnie

Funny, I used to get wheatgrass a lot. Liked it too!

Indigobloom

It’s SO good Bonnie, I think you’d fall in lurve :P

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drank Cranberry Tea by MlesnA
1258 tasting notes

Not bad not bad at all!
I’m at a friends house and ended up not wanting the tea I brought so defaulted to bagged cranberry ceylon. I’m surprised, based on the reviews, I expected this to be terrible.
The tartness of the cranberry really comes through, along with that slight bitterness but not in an astringent oversteeped way.
I could really get used to this. Super tasty!

cteresa

I had this some years ago and it was ok, I agree! Good even, I think we rated this pretty similarly :). But you made me curious of the other reviews, but nobody seems to have disliked it! was it because there were ratings in the 60s? For me that is good .

Indigobloom

oh lol! to me, 60 is a pretty low rating. Most of mine in the pretty decent range end up in the 70’s or 80’s
I should have read the reviews more carefully haha

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Bleh. This does not go well with honey and milk. Note. To. Self.
It was all I had available, the sugar was all packed away and the bee nectar was right there! Sighs.
Live n Learn. On to the next cuppa :)

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82
drank Long Life Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1258 tasting notes

Eeeep, when this was really hot, at the very beginning of each sip I got an odd biting sensation. Almost burning. And then it continued into the aftertaste. I can still taste it now. Could it be that I was reduced to using tap water? (yes I know, a corny play on words. I am a dork)
Bleh. I’ve been trying to use up all the blends that I feel won’t be impacted as much by nasty water… and I figured this one would hold up ok. Not bad…
But I miss my white tea! been craving for awhile but the two cups I’ve made since my h20 shortage turned out pretty dismal. A 60 rating if I’m generous.
Anyhow, my real issue for the moment is bigger than that. I can’t write about it publicly, and it is driving me nuts. Anyone who is online right now… puhhhlease IM me, as I need to chat with someone who gets my tea obsession!! gah!

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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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