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1258 Tasting Notes

83
drank Blueberry Black by Thé Kiosque
1258 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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84

What a LONG day. but a good one. I’m now the Member Services coordinator (director? still finalizing things) for the Tea Guild! So excited!!!! happy dance
We are having an event on Feb 2, The Toronto Tea Festival, so everyone who is local to the area, please mark it in your calendars!
Oh and I won the door prize at our meeting, a collection of yummy looking jams. Sweeeeet!
Anyhow, this was my breakfast tea. I always forget to steep it a bit longer, but this time I remembered, and it was good! oh yes it was.
Later on, I stepped into Herbal Infusions, and bought a cuppa Jackfrui Tea but used almond milk, and it was very tasty, but I think I need to try it sans anything before submitting a review.
Welps, I have another big one ahead of me tomorrow so should grab some sleep. EEeeeeeeee! How am I gonna sleep when I’m still buzzed from my appointment to the BOD?!
I’m on TWO boards now. Oh dear. What have I done?! errrrr…

Kittenna

Awesome! Unlikely I can make it given project deadlines, but perhaps!

Sil

Congrats silly!

Mercuryhime

:D congrats! How awesome!

Indigobloom

Thanks everyone! Oh man, I’m still in shock!!

Kittenna, no worries, we are hoping to make it an annual event :)
but I would love if you can make it!!

Lynne-tea

That is so awesome! Congratulations!

Nik

Congratulations! Wait, the door prize at a tea guild was…jams? Not that I have anything against jams, but… [scratches head] =) I’m going to try to make it to the Toronto Tea Festival, that’d be fun!

Sil

Nik – Man if you can make it we totally need to have a tea meet up!

Indigobloom

thanks!!

Nik, I think because it goes well with tea?
Oh yay, that would be SO awesome if you could make it. Let me know!! :)

Indigobloom

Sil, Feb is so far away. I can’t wait!!

Sil

well WE’RE at meeting before february….we’ll have tea to exchange heh

Indigobloom

true dat! heheheee

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86
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
1258 tasting notes

Who sent this to me?! was it QueenOfTarts? I suspect so. Thanks for such a generous sample, wow!! This is good tea. Stout and perfectly bold, malty and everything I want in a morning black tea.
I’m not normally one to enjoy a blend but this is super tasty.
Nothing fancy or anything, just really good, solid tea here!

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80

Backlog!
My sample was realllly old, found in a corner of my tea drawer. How has it been sitting there all this time and I never saw it!? Anyhow, thanks to Jenn for the sample! Miss you hun!
I’m not sure how I feel about this. There is a peanut butter sortof taste, and something a tad salty, and kinda sweet. Pleasant, for the most part. Don’t think I’d buy more for myself though as I’m not one for pb in my desserts (except for Reeses cups).

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79
drank Te Verde by Hornimans
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Thanks to Ninavampi for the sample!!
This was… interesting. Hot, it didn’t taste like much so I kept the bag in a little too long, hoping to eke some flavour out. It got a tad bitter, but not overly so. Apparently it’s a Genmaicha? something faintly ricey going on. Hmmm. Now that I think about it, the bag did have bits of white in it. Must have been the kernels!
Anyhow, I had another tea on the go as well, so this was cooler than I normally like by the time I go to my cuppa.
However, it changed profiles as it chilled! Somehow, it became more floral than any Genmaicha I’ve ever had. Not bad!!
Of course, this now means I inadvertently had two Gens in one day. shrugs

On a side note, I am off to organize my cupboard! yay! this is gonna take awhile.

Sil

just remember….there’s always room at my place lol I’ll try and get organized for friday’s sales. I think i have an idea for the Kally tea order, which should give us a bit of room to spend elsewhere too heh

Indigobloom

heh, I might just take you up on that! :P

Indigobloom

darn it, we both use heh!

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90
drank Rooibos Provence by Tealish
1258 tasting notes

This is an awesome rooibos. Slightly floral with a zing, and a barely noticeable bitter edge (moreso as it cools).
The fruity part plays nicely with the floral, creating a candy like taste. Not quite cotton candy, but definitely something fluffy and soft!
When I run out of rooibos blends to try, this will be on my repurchase list.
and yes, I can hear you all chuckling. AS IF there will ever be a shortage of teas to sample. Ha!

Sil

I dropped by tealish last? weekend or maybe it was the weekend before. Sadly I left rather unimpressed with their store. I think what concerned me most was how WARM the store was…and with all that tea sitting there in the warmth. Not only that I’m not as big a fan when i can’t have smaller sizes or when I have to ask them to take down canisters for me (especially when it’s busy). We’ll see though…maybe i’ll have to “borrow” some of your favs from them…

Indigobloom

I hear you on that. Usually it is really cold in there so I guess they have furnace issues??
Since I don’t make it out there very often, I only have maybe three of their teas. This one was a free sample they gave me. You’re welcome to have some! :)

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76
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1258 tasting notes

Another tea I KNOW I’ve written notes for and yet I can’t find them.
I’ve noticed that if you click on the heart/likes link, it will take you to the review and show you others from that person but that is not the case here. That’s frustrating, because I would really like to compare this to my previous notes. There are a dozen pages of notes on this one. I’d really rather not go through every one just to find my own. Le sighs.
Bah!!! Sorry for the rant. I’m not in a terrible mood I swear!
So on to the tea.
It’s not bad, a little fake tasting, but decent enough. Another one that lists artificial ingredients now where it didn’t when I bought it (a serious pet peeve of mine! grrrrr)
It’s mint and chocolate all rolled together, though I’m not sure how much spice the peppercorns add.
For me, this must be had with milk and a dash of sugar, and really hits the spot when I’m craving it.
Overall, a great starter tea for anyone just getting into looseleaf :)

TheTeaFairy

I much prefer Santa’s secret to this one… So what-up with your tea logs? I’ve noticed that there are sometimes 2 different versions of the same tea, but I’m sure you checked that already…

Indigobloom

Oh I’ve checked, but this time I think it’s more a case of laziness LOL
I mean, going through every review to find mine… ugh. If only they were in alpha order!

TheTeaFairy

When ( IF I ever do! ) reach the number of reviews you have written so far, it might also become a problem for me but having only a poor 52 reviews under my belt, I don’t have to worry about that for now :-)

Indigobloom

Lol you’ll get there sooner than you think!
Don’t think I ever tried Santa’s Secret. Was a green right?

TheTeaFairy

Lots of people compare the two, that’s why I mentioned it… it’s also a black mint tea, but has no chocolate in, replace that with creamy vanilla flavour and cute mini sugar canes, lots of fun for the holidays! I’m not into DT as much as I used to, but this is still one of my faves!

Indigobloom

I’ve heard that to.
Lately, I find DT blends disappoint. Makes me sad, they opened my eyes to looseleaf!

TheTeaFairy

Me too Indigo, I miss my DAVID…I just can’t stand all the goo I see floating in my cup from most of their new teas… I can still enjoy a good flavoured tea, but their ratio is just too much stuff other than tea! If it was all natural it wouldn’t be so bad, but they add so much more artificial than they used to…Luckily, they still carry some of my old favourites, so all is not lost :-) having said that, I aven’t tried the new winter blends, have you?

Indigobloom

Pffft, I haven’t bothered. They come out with so many these days, what is the point?! it will only be discontinued shortly, and the lineup is usually so long…

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87

Muchos gracias to Azzrian for this delightful Genmaicha!
I don’t often make it at home because I often end up having some when I go out for sushi, but then when I do, I always remember how much better it is when made with fresh loose leaves and rice!
This is so warm and comforting and just like a big hug or chicken soup. The roasty toasty rice aspect really reaches down to that happy tea place, and then I am hit with a sweet finish that takes me by surprise every time.
I’m on my second steep now and I think it’s better than the first. Really enjoying this cuppa. Is it sweeter somehow? I think it is! Now I am wondering if I added sugar and forgot, but I really don’t think I did. If this is naturally sweet, it is darn good!
Anyhow, thanks again Azzrian for the “hug”!

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95
drank Stamina Tea by Red Leaf Tea
1258 tasting notes

Oh noes!!! they discontinued this one?! agh, one of the few teas I was actually considering another order of. (something I haven’t done for almost a year now)
Because some days, there is nothing more satisfying than a nice big cuppa gingery oolong yumminess. No sugar required, goes for many many steeps. Seriously, what more do I need?
I think I crave this when my body needs the extra nutrients. I might have to send RL an email…

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85

Ok I know I’ve logged this before. How is it that I can’t find my review? Sad, I was hoping to refresh my thoughts, build on my previous notes. Hmph.
Anyhow, this is a great tea, thanks so much to Amy Oh for the sample!!
It’s like drinking cinnamon hearts. Very tasty.
In my mind, I feel as if I should be drawing comparisons between this and the DT version. Here goes! :)
This one is smoother, and truer to the candy heart, with a Ceylon astringency to follow. There is also a pleasing cinnamon/refreshing aftertaste. The DT version, as far as I can remember, is a bit rougher, earthier, and has more depth.
If I had to choose between the two, I suspect the Arbor version would win though I’d have to do a side by side comparison to be sure. Then again, the DT version has Pu-erh in it, which makes it healthier, technically. Wait a sec, I just double checked the website and it now has artificial flavouring!? Uncool!! now, does this mean it always had fake chemicals in it, and they’ve now updated the ingredients, or has the formula been revamped? Bah. I think I have some of this lying around somewhere, but it’s really old.
Either way, with my milk and sugar, in true dessert tea form, I am really enjoying this cuppa. Thanks again Amy!!

TeaBrat

It might be time for another order with Arbor teas soon. :)

Indigobloom

no doubt! their chocolate Pu-Erh looks incredible

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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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