1287 Tasting Notes

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Who sent this to me!? big thanks to whoever it was! Azzrian? I suspect…
CHAroma?
Anyhow, the tea itself is nice. I think it has a sencha base so made me a tad queasy. Also it is supposed to be iced, but I made it hot and let it cool instead. 2 min infusion, but it should have been 90 seconds because that sachet was bursting by the time I pulled it out!!
Overall it was pleasant but I am not in love. Could go for a second steep but it isn’t calling me.
The peppermint was sweet and a little spicy. Refreshing!

Azzrian

I had some I may have sent it to you. I love Den’s Iced tea bags!

Sil

neat…iced tea bags sound fun.

Indigobloom

Thanks Azzrian!! it was neat, like Sil said :D

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I know I’m not one for iced teas but I didn’t expect to dislike this one so much when it cooled down.
Seriously. I adore it when hot, but cooled? ick. It’s dusty and salty. A little sour.
Still getting blueberry, at least.
I wonder if it’d be different cold brewed?

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82

Methinks my packet needs to cure a little more. I’m not quite getting everything I should. Brandy? yep. Definitely. Apricot? mayyybe. Cake? nope, not even a smidge. Floral? yessir! Caramelized brown sugar? ehhh, not really.
Wait… floral? that isn’t in the description. Where did that come from?!?
Anyhow, I added some sugar and that made it a little more brandy like, while the rosey floral subsided.
Hopefully when it sits for awhile I can suss out some cakey notes

Terri HarpLady

I’ve enjoyed this tea, although I just enjoy it for what it is when I’m looking for something sweet & caffeine free.

Indigobloom

heh, I can see that. How zen! :)

Terri HarpLady

I think I’ll have a cup right now… ;)

Indigobloom

yum. enjoy!!

Amariel

Oooh, this sounds lovely even if it didn’t fully meet your expectations.

Indigobloom

Oh it was Heather!! I’ve been craving it often.
heh, somebody on LinkedIn accidentally sent me an email referring to me as Heather… lol

Amariel

Ha ha!!

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AGH! my previous note was eaten. Hmph.
Ok so I am on the third steep of this and the sparkling mineral notes are coming through! yay!
Last time, it disappeared after the first cuppa. That’s my fave part so it makes me happy :D

Today was a depressing day, hence why I brought out the heavy duty tea reinforcements. I keep thinking about the CT tragedy and all those little innocent souls. Contrast that with the Christmas season and nothing seems right.
Only one good thing (that I can think of) can come out of this, and that is that maybe, just maybe the situation will act as a catalyst for Obama and other leaders around the world to address the underlying issues beyond a brief statement and actually implement programs that could not only prevent these incidents, but also help those in need.
Only 1 – 2% of those with mental health issues present violent behaviour but it’s that tiny fraction that gets showcased in the media so of course that is all alot of people know about it. My cousin has Schizophrenia and he is a gentle, honest man who retreats into himself when experiencing an episode. Of course, he is treated like a leper once people find out. Nobody deserves that.
Sorry for the rant. I seriously needed to vent.

momo

Have you seen this story? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother-mental-illness-conversation_n_2311009.html?utm_hp_ref=tw it horrifies me that the only way some people can get “help” is to be put in jail first. That isn’t right AT ALL.

Indigobloom

yup, I posted that one on my twitter/fb.
Seriously disturbing. It’s not the kid’s fault he is like that. Maybe with proper treatment he could get better… but not in JAIL

Veronica

I just read that story, and it makes me so angry. No one should have to consider having their child charged with a crime as a way of seeking help.

Indigobloom

Veronica, agreed. We live in a warped world

TeaBrat

I’ve been feeling sad about it myself…

Indigobloom

It’s frustrating cuz there is nothing I can do to help besides offering sympathy. :(

Amariel

I have a little more of this. I might have some tomorrow or the next day when I am able to make multiple steeps again.

Indigobloom

It’s so worth it, YUM!!

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Just a quick note before I crash.
This required FAR too much sugar to make it chocolatey. The mint seriously dominated. Milk helped a little.
I much prefer the regular, non minty version. Oh well I need to experiment!
That said, it was pretty tasty. Only my comparison to the amazing regular cacao tea makes this one pale.
I really enjoyed the mint and chocolate combo, I just feel that the reg version has more depth.

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I had a cuppa this in the company of the fabulous Raritea! She is awesome, we had a great time.
Ah, what a day!!
We attended a tea tasting at Tao Tea Leaf and it was amazing. Tao is so generous in offering samples of his many wonderful teas, I was a little overwhelmed. Most of them I had tried before so this was more of an opp to familiarize myself with the brews and yet I still get tea jitters looking at them all heh.
Anyhow, on to the tea. It was ok. Very tart, due to the hibby I presume. Under that, there was a hint of earthiness and fruitiness which I am having trouble identifying. What does Melissa Balm taste like? and Blackberry leaf? shrugs
Then when the cup cooled I finally got some of the licorice. Very sweet licorice!
Overall, I don’t mind this blend and I’d like to try it again at home using my own preferred parameters… but I wouldn’t buy more than a sample (which they don’t offer, sadly)

Kittenna

Yay, you guys got to meet up!

Indigobloom

Wish you coulda been there Kittenna :)

Sil

Woot! Yay for meet ups!

Indigobloom

hehehe it was so much fun. We need to all meet up SOON! :D

sweber

Hi Indigobloom – I’m not sure how you tasted this tea at Tao’s as it’s one of the teas at The Tea Emporium. I’m really glad you enjoyed it – it’s quite lovely iced as well. We do sell samples by the way – always – our regular package sizes are 100gr – but do 50gr samples of everything.

Sil

50g is still too much as a sample in my opinion. I’d really like to see more canadian companies being willing to offer 20g samples (half ounce ish).

Indigobloom

Sweber, sorry for the confusion! We attended the Tao tasting and then grabbed some lunch followed by a walk over to the Loblaws at College and Church.

Indigobloom

Sil, I agree. With Tea Emporium, I tend to go for a to go cup before making a purchase commitment, or buy some of their more premium teas which are offered at 10g minimum purchase because they are a bit pricey

Sil

Indigo…yeah i do that sometimes but i also sometimes hate spending 3-4$ on ONE cup of tea when 20g would be about that or less…most of the time and would give me multiple steepings (and re-steepings)

Indigobloom

yep, it’s annoying to be sure. Back in the day when I was just getting into it, I had a mission to try ALL the Davids and Teaopia teas so would get a cup to go every morning. That was expensive but helped me manage my stash. It’s exploded since then of course, mostly because I order online and of course the value in a cup vs loose samples. Sighs

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The tea:
A dark roasty Oolong with a hint of peach. Or was that apricot?
Reminds me of Burnside Oolong.
It was just ok when hot… but then when it cooled? hello! yummo.
The peach really started to shine and the mellow mellowed out a bit. I really enjoyed that cuppa, even if it was to go and spilled/dragged halfway across the city.

Tea Scandal: (because I know you will understand!)
So a few weeks back at Nuit Blanche(all night arts festival across the town), I went out with some friends. Some of them decided to try setting me up with one of their friends. I just found this out today from someone else who decided to spill the secret so I’m really not supposed to know. Shhhhh!
Anyhow, apparently… he thought I was “very nice, but I talked a little too much about tea”.
Gah!!!! first of all, I didn’t know it was a setup. Second, HE ASKED. and then prodded me with questions!
Third, I sat through his incessant picture taking and high-five championship. Now, I thought it was fun but I could have easily said he took too many pics hmph.
End rant. Yes I am done. grumbles. no such thing as talking to much about tea…

Donna A

He sounds a little self-centered to me!

Indigobloom

Ha, he isn’t really! or atleast he didn’t come off that way when I met him…

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drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
1287 tasting notes

Whoaaaaaaa. Is this matcha? or some other godly substance?
Seriously, it’s GOOD. Like buttered spinach! Mmmmmm.
And the depth! Oh yeah, this has some serious heft. Just a little goes a long way. In fact, I think I may have added a hair too much here.
Except… I was hoping it’d be more creamy, like creamed spinach. Hey I am not complaining. Different than what I expected is all.
I need to try it again when I know how the story goes and can review my cuppa without any bias. Oh man am I ever looking forward to that :)

Kittenna

I was so interested in this, but then I realized that I really don’t drink matcha in any form other than latte (and holy crap is it expensive!). So I think its superiority would be lost on me. One day, perhaps, when I feel like bothering to properly brew up a hot non-latte cup of matcha, I will seek some of this out. Until then, Red Leaf flavoured matcha it is!

Donna A

Kittenna, I am an the same camp with you. One day I’ll probably try this one out of sheer curiosity, but it’s not in the budget right now.

Indigobloom

I know what you mean, I’m sortof half and half. There are times when all I want is a plain matcha. But this one? it’s almost like it’s a RL matcha flavoured with spinach!

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drank Almond Oolong by Thé Kiosque
1287 tasting notes

Aha! cut down on the steep time and this mellows right out.
Will see what happens in later infusions. Will probably be raising the rating methinks.
Edit: Gave the second steep to Dad, but the teeny spoonful that I managed to steal was yummy! bumping the rating now.

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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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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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