1292 Tasting Notes

84

Ehhhh, this was just ok. I prefer my black teas to have some oomph and I think this oomph had some padding on the landing.
Everything was very light from the malty factor, to the astringency, it was all there… just super mellow. I’ll play around with the water/leaf/time ratios and see if that punches things up a bit.

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Oh Stacy you have made me into a giggling tea nymph! I cannot get enough of this stuff. It is just perfect.
Normally I can’t stand hibiscus, but in this case it’s really added that special something. The mango is sweet, but with that extra punch of tart, it really tastes like mango salad.
And the cilantro. I love it almost more than tea. It is so darn tasty, I could eat it on it’s own with just a little bit of olive oil and lemon.
It’s really hard not to rate this because I would put it way up there, but since this is a custom blend made just for me I’ll have to resist.
The only downfall is that I filled up the tin I saved for it, but still have lots more to fill tins with… which means it will go stale before I can drink even half.
Oh and I need to make it with purified water, since tap water really ruins the delicate white base notes. Bah!

Kittenna

Neat! Can I snag a sample when we meet up? :D

Sil

no darling…it just means you have to SHARE!

Indigobloom

Definitely!! darn, you just spoiled my surprise hahaha (not very well hidden obviously!)

Sil

sounds like a tasty blend though…i love me some mango.

Indigobloom

Meeee to :D

Bonnie

Wow how fun!

Indigobloom

Bonnie, can you have cilantro? I’ll send you some, in the new year when things settle down!

gmathis

Love the giggling tea nymph phrasery!

Indigobloom

hehehe thanks Gmathis!
I chose the name of this one to, surprised no one has commented how odd it is

Butiki Teas

I love the name! :)

Kittenna

Haha, I noticed the name and was wondering who chose it, but failed to comment on that!

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83

Big thanks to Raritea for this sample. I like it!
It is very fruity, a little tart, and just the right amount of sweet.
With a little milk, it really does remind me of a smoothie. A juicy fruit, banana runt flavoured smoothie that is!
What I didn’t find was the yogurt note that some people are finding. Hence the added dairy.
If I didn’t have a reasonable alternative in my cupboard already, I would definitely consider snapping up a packet.

Sil

I have a packet coming so ill think of you if I don’t like it or want to pare down my cupboard lol

Indigobloom

heheee Sil you rock! :D

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
1292 tasting notes

Eggnog oh eggnog! you make me happy… (backlog)
Yup, this does remind me quite a bit of eggnog. Creamy and sweet, with just a hint of egg tart. It goes surprisingly well with a green base. That was certainly unexpected!
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of greens in general, so I would have preffered to see a black or oolong base. However, I think that the flavour and base were paired exceptionally well, and so I can’t possibly begrudge the fact that this is a green.
Next time, I think I’ll have it with 1/2tsp of sugar (first infusion). It’s awesome without, but I added some sugar to the second one and oh my goodness that was incredible, albeit a bit weaker. I can only imagine how super tasty it’d be on the first!

Sil

I need to try this!

Indigobloom

Let me know when we can get together and I’ll give you some! better do that soon though, not sure if this will be reblended after the holiday season and I think it’s repurchasing, though I probably won’t be able to…

Sil

yeah, stacy’s said all the holiday blends will remain as long as they’re selling. I’m going to be picking up the plum pudding and the 3 friends one for sure but id love to try this before i get around to placing that order in case i love it.

Indigobloom

oh good to know, I wasn’t aware of that. Just realized that I meant to say *worth repurchasing heh.
I have a sample of the Plum Pudding, I’d be happy to send it your way once I try it!

Butiki Teas

Yep, the holiday teas should be around for quite some time. They might get pulled for the summer season but that depends on sales. We still have 2 holiday teas that are being worked on (a little late, I know).

Sil

Stacy – never too late for super fun YAY teas from butitki. Besides, this gives everyone something to brighten up their january!

Butiki Teas

Thanks Sil! I would rather be a little late then sell something that I think can still be improved. So far that Praline Sweet Potato Pie is tasting pretty good. :)

Sil

i plan on doing my comparision on my tea today so i should also be able to get you my notes on that soooooon! (speaking of working on things)

Butiki Teas

Sil-Nice! :)

Indigobloom

I agree, only thing is it makes me want to buy them ALL!

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drank Plum Spice by Kally Tea
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Wow. I love this! love love love it. Thanks Sil for picking out an awesome blended tea to enjoy over Christmas! I think my Aunt will love it to. Yep, you totally called this one :D

When I opened the bag, a blast of spicy plum wafted my way. Oh man, it’s intense! Which made me worry a bit, as I had an herbal version of the same once that was so strong I could only use it as an additive in other teas.
No matter, with a black base, it’s much mellower and smooth. Slightly spicy but it’s blended quite well with the base, so much that I can’t even determine where the spice and teas separate in terms of taste. If this was a blind tasting and someone said that the plum part was a natural flavour within the leaf, I’d believe it. And when a tea is blended that well together, with such subtlety… that is ideal, for me. I love that!
It’s complex and rich, not “in your face” and goes splendidly without any additions.
I’m on the second infusion now and it’s a bit different. Cinnamon is less dominant while the tart puckery plum emerges. I added 1/3 tsp of sugar and it really brought that aspect out.
The two infusions are very different. I’m liking the second less than the first which had that ohhh yes every sip is heaven effect, while this one is merely very good. Hey I’ll take it!
Yum.

Sil

Awesome! I’m glad they seeming to be tasty and delicious

Indigobloom

yup!! All except the Assam we bought, so far! still have to review it. Backlog so I don’t recall much

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84

This is the second time I’ve tried this. The first time, I found it to be just ok. Intense on the banana and lacking in cheesecake. and… a really odd nausea that was totally unexpected.
Now, this time around I am enjoying the cuppa much more. Mind you I’m using premium water given to me by a friend who has this wicked filtration system that he imported from somewhere overseas (Germany? I think). He uses it for his saltwater fish tank, because the Toronto water is heavily chlorinated and fluoridated. I’m in the suburbs so it’s not so bad. Even still, water makes a huge difference! Wow.
The Genmaicha and banana notes mix exceptionally well here, with a distinct banana/cheesecake aftertaste. I suspect that if I added sugar, the cheese part would pop out more as well.
Unfortunately, I’m still getting that nauseous effect. I’ll give it one more try in a week or two, otherwise this lovely blend will have to find a new home. Too bad, I was growing to really like this :/

Fjellrev

That sucks you’re experiencing nausea. I probably would too though since banana isn’t my favourite flavour in tea.

Indigobloom

Thx. I love banana teas. Thoroughly unimpressed with my body right now!

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drank Ceylon Osmanthus by Kally Tea
1292 tasting notes

I’m at a friends place so this won’t be a long note. This darn keyboard is wonky and keeps eating my words. It’s been interesting typing to say the least.
Now this tea… I like it. Do I love it? I don’t know!! I need to play around with the parameters. It’s really tasty.
The floral part is pretty mild and almost marshmallow like. It also reminds me of chamomile, in that soft light way. Dancing on my tongue like little clouds that disappear into thin air and beckon for me to have another sip. Second steep was had without milk and it was creamy despite that! wow.
This is a rather different experience to what I expected. It tastes more like a darjeeling(yes it is black but I consider it a class on its own, being rather unique in profile) or flowery oolong. Lovely! and odd all at once

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78
drank China Green Tips by Tazo
1292 tasting notes

I could really take it or leave it. Reminds me of a gyokuro. Vegetal. a little grassy. Very round and plain. Pretty smooth overall, for what it is!

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drank Ripe Raspberry by Kally Tea
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Raspberry perfume… (she said as she hummed Prince’s Raspberry Beret. After having my cuppa, I now cannot get it outta my head!!!)
Big thanks to Sil for hooking me up with my Kally order. You are one cool tea friend :)

Seriously, I feel as if I’m drinking berry perfume. The raspberry part is coming through loud and clear mind you. and the aftertaste… wow that is lovely. I think that’s my favourite part.
Dad had the first cuppa, then I just drank the second steep so shall withhold a rating til I can sample it properly.
In the end, I think the perfume aspect will overwhelm me to the point of not enjoying it. Sad thing is, it’s more of a scent issue than it is a taste one.
I tried plugging my nose while taking a sip and it was pure berry goodness. A little tart, a little sweet. Oh yes, I quite like that. Then as soon as I take in a breath through my nose… BAM! Le sighs.
Adding a splash of milk seemed to help.
I wonder what this would be like in a pudding. Vanilla raspberry pudding?

Raspberry beret… The kind you find in a second hand store…

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82

Thanks to Raritea for this sample, you are so sweet to give me the last of yours!
On the tea, I really quite like this. Funny though, as much as I am swooning over my cuppa, I’m not really upset over having only a tiny bit left. That leaves me confused as to how I should rate it.
The caramel part is most present for me. Burnt sugar. Yum! It really builds on the base black, which I now recognize after having had Cotton Candy tea.
Pumpkin doesn’t shine through so much, it’s more of a sensation or impression of pumpkin for me. I see what Raritea means when she mentioned pumpkin rind.
Last, there is the cheescake. There is something creamy going on but cake? Ehhhh, not really. More like pie I think, without any crust and a few spoonfuls of creamcheese. So Cheesepie. Yes, I think that fits much better!
I love the flavour, and that it doesn’t require any sugar, or maybe just a tiny bit. or milk. It’s just fine on it’s own. And resteeps well! However I’m not thrilled about the base. Between this one and the cotton candy, I’ve determined that the burnt flavour I keep getting is not 100% for me. Sure in this case it works well so I don’t really mind… and you know, it IS nice for a change, just not something I’d want all the time.
So overall, if this were offered to me I would certainly not turn it down! and if it was all that I had it would more than satisfy me :D

Sil

moar for meeeee! i still have almost 2 full packages at home lol

Indigobloom

yup yup, she’s alll yours :D

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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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