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1257 Tasting Notes

91

Sipdown sadness! I shall miss this one. Esp since I discovered this morning that our fridge filter has finally given out. Meaning that all my tea tastes funny. Gah, I so wanted to go out with a bang on the last of my blueberry jam tea. The sub-par aqua made it sortof flat and really highlighted whatever stevia is in there. Blech. Ah well.
No more tea for me today :/
(I made three other cuppas before determining the issue!)

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88

Heaven. Heaven in a cup, seriously. I need to get more of this, if there is any left.
It’s different today, fresher tasting, but then I think the shorter steep time made a difference. (two min)
This is one of those teas, like that thread mentioned, that is going to haunt me til I get more. I could mainline this stuff.
Edit: forgot about the second steep! first one is A+, and the second one… D+!
It’s… milky and has a soft mushroom taste. I once loved mushrooms but seem to have lost my taste for them. So… I am lowering the rating. Will see what a third steep brings :)
Edit again: third steep is a bit better. I added 1/4tsp sugar and it’s now a sweet cloudy tasting (clear liquid!) tea. The essence of mushrooms is hanging in the background though it is overshadowed by the sweet breadiness I’ve come to love in pu-erhs. Also, I am loving this much more when cooled. Bumping rating back up, slightly.
Fourth Steep: Sweet and clay like. Some bread notes, but mostly clay. Or was this the fifth steep? I lost track!

Bonnie

OK, WHY?! What does it tast like…not just feel…you have me wondering while you’re wandering!

Sil

We’ll just package some up and send it to you Bonnie, so you can experience it yourself lol. I’m pretty sure this is one of the local tea shops Inidigo frequents :)

Ze_Teamaker

I wonder if this is that really interesting tea called, Yue Guan Bai(Moon Light White). It mainly comes from the region it mentions and looks just like that one from another site. What they are not telling you is that supposedly when this tea is dried, instead of drying in the sun it drys when the moon is out; though it is mostly just done in complete darkness or at night time. So it sorta oxidizes it from the inside-out then vice versa.

Here is the link:
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/2012-Spring-Imperial-Pure-Old-Tree-Yue-Guan-Bai-Moon-Light-White-Tea-100g-EU-standard/802721_620710664.html

Indigobloom

Bonnie, see my first note :)
Sil, yep I picked it up on our tea date!

Indigobloom

Ze_Teamaker, could be! but the guy I bought it from, he sources it himself from the farmer so it might just be a similar tea if not the same. Also, it steeps up a mild hay colour and isn’t dark or red.

Ze_Teamaker

That’s true, I didn’t think about that….

Indigobloom

If I remember next time I see him, I’ll ask! :)

Bonnie

That would be Grrrreat! (channeling Tony the Tiger!)!

TeaBrat

sounds great!

Mark B

I’ve not had much luck with Pu’erh tea, but this one looks fascinating.

Indigobloom

LOL Bonnie, I love Tony! :P
Amy: It IS! Hopefully I can get my hands on more next season.
Mark B, what do you dislike about them?

Mark B

I just find them kinda earthy and flat, but then again I don’t have much experience with them. I’ve been trying to open my eyes up a bit by ordering a few samples. From the description I thought I’d enjoy Verdant’s Xingyang Golden Leaf 98 Shu Pu’er, but didn’t find it very satisfying. I have another from Teavivre called Fengqing Raw Pu’er from 2006, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Indigobloom

hmmm I think you might like some of the menthol-ish pu-erhs then. I haven’t got any of those on hand but I’ll keep my eye out for you! :)

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92
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1257 tasting notes

I can’t believe I had a bit of this left! hiding in the back of my cupboard, found during inventory last week and consumed during the blackout.
Now, there must be something wrong with me because it was just “ok”. Maybe the tea was old?
I’ve been having issues with cocoa note black teas lately but this was the worst example. Usually they taste off but here, well I didn’t get much of anything. I am le sad :(
On the other hand, I am getting back into all sorts of other teas that I thought were lost to my tastebuds so yay for that!

Kittenna

Every now and then, I brew something up and it just doesn’t hit the spot the way I was expecting it to. It hasn’t happened to me before with both Marshmallow Treat & Laoshan Black (and more frequently to Quangzhou Milk Oolong). My usual solution is to leave them for a while and then come back to them, but that obviously isn’t your problem here…

Indigobloom

I know what you mean that happens to me as well sometimes. More often than not because I’ve been sipping down old samples.
Ah well I haven’t got any of this left so not to worry! I won’t bother replacing it for now.

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90

I steeped this a bit longer today and added a bit more than usual so that it could be a sipdown of my sample. Only now… well I wish there was more!
There is a distinct taste of PINK, similar to what I found in a tea from Tealish. What was it called again? Dragonfruit somethingorother.
Anyhow, I love that fluffy bubblegummy taste when it’s in an herbal concoction. Can’t stand it in caffeinated teas, but here? deeeeevine!
On my re-order list to be sure, and that doesn’t happen very often!
Funny, this will make TWO teas I’ve repurchased from this company. Maybe I shold look into trying all their other ones as well :P

Sil

Road trip to Montreal!

Indigobloom

booyah!! you’re driving lol

Sil

did i mention i don’t drive? lol

as in i don’t have a license haha

Indigobloom

Oh darn. Cuz neither do I!
Train?

Kittenna

Hahahahaha, I guess that’s what happens when you live in Toronto?

Sil

Naw it’s what happens when I hate driving and don’t see a use. Train it is! Or we kidnap kittena and her bf

Indigobloom

Sil, I like the way you think!! :P
Kittenna, it’s not kidnapping if there is tea hahaha

Indigobloom

lol or maybe we could bribe you ;)

Kittenna

Let’s talk once I’ve defended my thesis :D

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Bulk barn fail.
The lemon part was fine, but the “ginger” was most certainly not ginger, if you get my meaning. Or maybe that was the base throwing me off. Something was just not right. Plastic and garbage like in the flavour, not so much in aroma.
Backlog from Saturday here. Sorry I can’t remember more of the sickening details lol

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96
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
1257 tasting notes

WANT
I have only a sample of this, given to me by the gracious owner of Herbal Infusions. He gave a presentation to our group all about his shop, and tea of the month club (actually that part is under a separate company. We learned all about cacao and how the supplier is fair trade etc, which I think is awesome.
Anyhow, now that I’ve tried it, well his evil genius plan seems to have worked. I must buy some. Right Now!! oh wait, it’s 9:40p and he won’t be open. Right. Darn.
There is one more serving left, so that will have to do for now. Until then, I am going to be spinning in circles, waiting waiting waiting…
because I loooove dark hot chocolate. And this? this tastes just like it! only there is a fraction of the caffeine and all the antioxidants. I won’t ever have to feel guilty for drinking cocoa again!! ever! yeeeehaaaww!
I wonder what this’d be like with milk? or in a smoothie! Yummmm.

Nik

The only tea I have tasted that is like that is Della Terra’s Dubbele Chocolade. I look forward to comparing this to that. Added to the shopping list. =)

Indigobloom

if I ever manage to grab some I’ll send a few bags over! :P

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81

Oh wow, it has been a LONG time since I had a cuppa this. For some reason it just stopped appealing to me and then I was hesitant to try again since it was likely old or stale. But… the tin seems to have done a great job keeping things fresh!
I taste the bakey toast I once got way back when, though it is a little more astringent than I remember.
No matter, I am happy with this. Wishing I made an extra big mug now!

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86
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
1257 tasting notes

Eeeeew, what did I do wrong today? I steeped for three min, and last time I oversteeped but it was surprisingly good.
I doubt that is why, as this tasted stale and dusty, with a funky aftertaste. Almost soapy. Now, I rinsed out my mug beforehand so there should not have been any residue left. Blach!

Nik

Ugh. =(

Indigobloom

agreed!! I was sad :/

TeaBrat

hmm. the one tea I had from Fortnum & Mason was not very good

Indigobloom

on this tea, I’m at 50/50 so I’ll have to such it up and try again! ack. One day…

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81

Thank you Teaves for this yummy sample!!
It’s creamy and oh so good. A true toffee note, that reaches all the way through the sip from beginning to end.
Reminds me of a blend I had from David’s once, the Coffee Pu-erh… only better! there’s no icky coffee, or artificial flavours in there, and it goes well with or without milk. YUM.
My only concern is the oily film on the top of my cup, and the bits of grainy somethingorother floating around, glittering like specs of gold. Those aspect don’t seem to impact the taste so it’s all good by me!
Would I buy this again? I’m not sure. Carob and I, well we don’t have the best relationship. I’d have to see what happens on our second “date” but things look good for the moment.

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83
drank Blueberry Black by Thé Kiosque
1257 tasting notes

My morning cuppa, likely the only tea I’ll have a chance to lap up today.
This time, I went for 3 min and I think a shorter 2 or 2.5 min would have been better. I’m getting some anise, like with the white version. Hmmm, I guess the flavoured Kiosque teas need less time in the oven.
So I took an inventory of my cupboard the other day and estimated how much of each one I have… and something really funny happened when I tallied it up in excel. It came out to 1234.5. Ha!! what are the chances. Seriously, I am not kidding. I swear!
Yes that is wayyyy to much so my next project is to go through them and weed out the ones I don’t need or the have had for too long already. Hoping to bring it below 1000, at the very least. Now that will take forever. Esp since I have more incoming. Oh my head…

Sil

holy crap woman….i’m overwhelmed with my 120 or so.

Janefan

1234.5 different teas?! or servings of tea? Still, you have a lot of tea!

LiberTEAS

I probably should not attempt to tally up what I have, I think I would end up having a heart attack …

Indigobloom

Sil, yep! I’m not sure how it got quite so big when I’ve only ever made a few orders…
Janefan, just servings! many of them from swaps etc.
LiberTEAS, lol I almost did! but it was driving me nuts since I don’t have a tea pantry and it’s so awkward to organize them all

Nik

Oh my goodness… =)

Indigobloom

Nik, that’s what I said. haha

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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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