1329 Tasting Notes

84

Still meh. Though less so.
I tried adding a little extra leaf and that seems to have made it a bit better. Bitter, without the addition of milk… and of course my 1/2 tsp of sugar.
There seems to be a woodsy note in there. Very fresh and forest like. It could almost be mistaken for maltiness, but no it’s more than that. Like I’m eating a flower. In my mind, that’s different than floral somehow. A tad more earthy but not in the pu-erh way. I guess that’s the “Flowery” in STGFOP!!
As the cup cools I’m beginning to enjoy it a bit more, now that I no longer expect my standard malty bold Assam.
Funny, I have a feeling this might grow on me over time. Bumping the rating a bit.

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84

My breakfast tea. Good enough to wake me up! light and floral. A little malty. Only about five cups left…

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85
drank Cinnamon Tea by Tsaa
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Backlog from last night!!
The cinnamon has seriously mellowed out in the last few months. (That, is a good thing)
Bring on the milk and sugar as it makes this is a perfect night time chai. Much nicer than Melange from 52Teas, which this is very similar to. Well, if you dislike fennel that is!
I think I might have another cuppa tonight.

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89

Thank you so much for the sample Stacy!! This is so unique, and smooth! yummm. I have no idea what plum pudding is supposed to taste like. However, this is certainly not what I imagined.
The first steep was… kinda odd. Wondering if I should have rinsed it?
As it cooled, I got alot of citrus. I actually thought I took the wrong mug, as mum likes her tea really light, with a slice of lemon. You know that drying sensation that sometimes accompanies Darjeeling teas? the one that’s made stronger with a pinch of lemon? Yep, that’s what I taste.
The second steep is much better. Still very citrusy, but there is a slight eggy pudding note as well.
I suspect that I got an extra chunk or ten of orange in my scoop so won’t rate this just yet. Looking forward to a third steep :)

Sil

There um…might be some of this one it’s way to my house….

Indigobloom

haha nice. There are SO many Stacy teas I want to try. Darn her amazing creations. Sighs.

Indigobloom

Amy, I concur, you should want this! :P

TeaBrat

It is coming in the mail soon! WooT!

Indigobloom

Nice! I’m looking forward to that review :)

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, I wonder if the citrus is the rum flavor.

Indigobloom

Hmmm that is possible! I tend to misread flavours alot, esp when it comes to floral/smoke. Maybe it applies to rum/citrus to!

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drank Pu-erh by Unknown
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Have you ever had a busy few days, filled with festivities and fun… but when it was over, felt so tapped out that the concept of sleep sounded like the most wonderful thing in the world?
Well that’s me today! Hermit mode. Serves me right for booking almost a week straight of holiday celebrations.

Anyhow, I went for Chinese food yesterday… to sop up some of the alcohol that was consumed over New Years. They served Pu-erh tea, I have no idea what brand. But it was nice to sip on and kept me warm! Smooth and comforting. Though it didn’t go very well with my soup, which came after I had a few cups of tea!

Happy New year everyone!!!

I’m off to bed then. Nap time :)

Bonnie

Can’t believe you’re the same young woman who wouldn’t touch puerh not that long ago.Have a good nap!

Indigobloom

I know right?! my how I’ve grown :P
Never made it to nap time. Hazards of cohabitating with Mum who is on vacation!!!

Kashyap

happy tummy soothing pu erh

Indigobloom

hehe yup, it was highly appropriate for New Years day to! :)

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96

Thanks for the sample Stacy! this is supertastic tasty :D
Pineapple, creamy goodness, cilantro and white tea. Oh my that is beyond heaven. At my friend’s place so can’t write much more.
I think I am in love.

CHAroma

Cilantro?! Ack!

Sil

Looking forward to trying this one

Azzrian

WHAT??? I want!

Sil

Azz – it’s the custom blend that IB had made. :)

BoxerMama

D: WANT!!!

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, maybe I should consider making this one. We will see. This was done for a special art project that I was working on but ended up losing out to another tea that is even better than this one. I had to borrow some of Indigobloom’s cilantro that I had special ordered for her mango blend and I figured I would send her the rest of this as a way of thanking her for letting me use the cilantro.

Sil

oopsy lol thanks for the correct Stacy…totally blanked that this wasn’t mango silly-antro

Sil

it sounds delicious… hint hint

mpierce87

Wow, this one sounds pretty intriguing.

Butiki Teas

Sil-Haha, well maybe. We will see. We do have a pineapple blend already but nothing with cilantro.

Sil

cough stacy…your current pineapple is also an oolong grin course i’m not sure what this one is..but you know how me and oolongs are :)

Kittenna

I want to try this too!

Indigobloom

Wow comment explosion! This is awesome hah
My sample is very generous but I’m not sure there is enough for everyone!

Indigobloom

oh and Sil, I believe it is a white blend

Butiki Teas

It is a white tea. We used the same Organic Bai Mu Dan base that is in our Cantaloupe & Cream. This one is hitting our website in the next few hours.

Sil

i’m waiting stacy… not that i’m allowed to get more tea yet..but i can pre=order for when you send my strawberry rhubarb lol!

Kittenna

Actually Sil, if you are ordering this, instead of me picking up a whole bag, would you be cool with either splitting it with me, or giving me a sample? I do suspect I’ll like it, and I’m dying to try it, but I really don’t need more tea!

Butiki Teas

Hahaha, Sil. Well, I just finished pricing it, so not I’m just coding it and it will be up pretty shortly. Probably within an hour.

Butiki Teas

er, I meant “now” not “not”.

Butiki Teas

Ok, its officially on our website. http://www.butikiteas.com/White.html Big thanks to Indigobloom who inspired us to make it publicly available.

Sil

Kittenna sure thing. Ill get back to you in our message thread when I get sorted

Indigobloom

It’s gonna be a huge hit, I cannot wait to see the rave reviews :D

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85

Big thanks to SIL for the sample!! I quite like this.
Can definitely taste the darjeeling in there, with a good dose of pleasant astringency. Usually I dislike that sour not but somehow it really works here. It balances out well with the malty Assam. Mmmmmm. This is really good!
My only concern is that it’s a touch too light for my liking.

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82
drank Joy by Tazo
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BACKLOG!
I quite enjoy this one, for a bagged tea. It has some nice oomph. yum!
Now, I was at a friends place so didn’t have time to focus on the flavours etc… but I would certainly never turn a cuppa this beaute down :)

gmathis

I loved this the first few times I had it, but the next box I bought, every bag was bitter regardless of time & temp.

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81

almost sipdown!!! I have only a tiny bit left. Which was unexpected because I am at a friend’s house where I was just gifted a teapot and infuser… I HAVE A NEW TEAPOT :D
Anyhow, this is the one I chose to christen the pot with. And oh man is it ever tasty. Too bad I haven’t got enough for another pot after this!

So much love for my good friends J and T xxo

Kashyap

Teas from Dimbula are an interesting sort…if you have the fortune to look over a map and find all of the estates around Sri Lanka/Ceylon, it is an interesting thing to cup around the island and note the complexity that blushes from climate and soil, wind and weather…really wonderful and I am so grateful for that island for opening up my early stages of appreciation way back when…

Indigobloom

I so agree Kashyap! I’ve had a few I didn’t like, and others that were amazing. Funny how only a few miles can make such a big difference.
One day I’ll take a tour!

Kashyap

get in contact with Lalith of Empire tea services…he stages a tea travel visit each year to Ceylon and he once ran a number of the most famous estates…a wonderful guy and it would be an amazing journey

Indigobloom

I know a guy in Toronto that hosts a yearly tour of Asia/India. Tao.
Really nice to have options, thanks for letting me know!
Unfortunately, it’s just too costly. Sighs.

Kashyap

I do know that if he gets enough people the price goes down and usually he only can do it in pairs. If miraculously you find yourself able, I am connected with him and in correspondence and I have been very interested in going for years. Just tag me.

Indigobloom

Oh man that’d be a dream trip to be sure. If I win the lottery, you’ll be the first person I contact!!

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93
drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
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I love spinach!! yes I do. It’s so tasty.
And since this matcha reminds me so very very much of buttered spinach, I love this tea! :)
Yep, this one will definitely disappear quickly. Oh yes it will.

I have a rant to type out but family deserves privacy even if they are silly. 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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