1291 Tasting Notes

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drank Berry Chocolate by Kally Tea
1291 tasting notes

Another LONG, in the best way possible, day. Well that’s not true. I had a job interview that kindof went nowhere but after that, my day was indeed spectacular. Hanging out with Sil for a little bit, and then Raritea… oh man could it get any better?! Well it could have been I suppose if all my tea peeps were there. One day. I’ll do a tea tour of North America visiting all the shops and Steepsterites. Hey a tea lover can dream right?

Anyhow, this tea is pretty darn good! I get alot of berry and a hint of chocolate. A little creaminess, in that chocolate kinda way but without the chocolate flavour. mmmmm good.
I do wish there was a whole lot more chocolate of course.
OK I am falling asleep now. Pencils down folks.

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drank Espresso Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1291 tasting notes

Espresso matcha, sour mango, banana, apple, and wheatgrass powder equals YUM. Oh right and a quarter cup of milk. Dairy that is, I ran outta almond. And a handful of frozen blueberries for good measure. Now this combo certainly is not for everyone but for some reason it really blew my green socks off (ref to sexy tea!). I think it was the contrast in flavours that I loved. Tart fruity base against the mocha like coffee… ummmm yes please!
I wonder if it will do well in all smoothies or just mango ones. The flavour really shines through, not like in other types where I add double and can have trouble identifying any notes at all.or perhaps it needed to settle after I transferred my supply to a tin… shrugs.
Who knows? Now I’m seriously looking forward to experimenting.

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drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
1291 tasting notes

Sipdown partayyy! wahoo! I’m excited because it means I get one of my tins back. Only half of my cupboard is tinned because so much of it is in sample size. Which one shall I fill it with!? Ohhhh the possibilities.
This one has been really hit and miss. Today it’s a HIT. Oh man is it ever tasty. I think I found the sweet spot a little too late heh.
In fact, it’s been months since I last had any of this… because I’d had a string of ho hum cuppas and at that point I usually ditch it for awhile. Anyhow! I used 1.5-2tsp (whatever was left!) A 2 min infusion seems to bring out the best qualities. The sweet orange rind and tangerine flavour really comes out, with a slight ginger note as well. Can’t say I’m tasting any currant though. Oh and there is the coconut in the very middle of the swallow! wow.
Ya know, I think I might purchase this again one day. Not anytime soon mind you, but it’s certainly on my list!
The only issue I have here is that all the nasty little bits went into my steeper and it’s not as flavourful as it once was. I don’t care, it was a fantastic way to go out. What a bittersweet goodbye…

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I steeped this for about 2 maybe 2.5 min. The ginger is pretty present yet mild, along with an extremely bitter finish. I don’t think I can even finish the cup.
There are 5 sachets left. If anyone wants them, let me know. Otherwise, in the garbage they go :/
Who sent these to me… thanks for the interesting experiment :)

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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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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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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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