1315 Tasting Notes

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Much improved, much improved. Seriously. Milk and honey. Fixes everything. Bonnie! you know how to fix a funny chai lol. Thanks for the tip!
Sil have you tried it that way?! It’s quite good!
Very mild in the spices, but widespread and complex. On the swallow, I can taste chocolate whereas without dairy, all I get is fake sweetness. Yup, I quite like it this way. Not sure if I’m inspired to place an order, as I’d like to try out some other Verdant teas first. Also, it is somewhat limiting as I’d like to be able to enjoy it plain as well. That factor alone lowers my rating a few points.

Update: Now that I’ve finished the cup, there is a cooling sensation almost like menthol. Interesting!

Bonnie

This is one Chai that’s not cinnamon (I sent some to my sister-in-law who’s allergic to cinnamon). It’s milder true, glad you tried it with the milk and honey.

Indigobloom

I don’t mind cinnamon in my chai.It’s clove and cardamom that gets me!

Kittenna

Mmm, I like chais with generous amounts of all three!

Indigobloom

Oh and fennel. Blech!

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Ugh. I have a headache.
So of course I made a smoothie, what else is there to do!?
Hmph. I can’t taste any of the berry at all. Boo.
First time I used this, it didn’t turn out that great. Thus, I’m letting it settle a bit before making another go at a regular cuppa.

Btw, does anyone know of some fun/interesting web shows? Pretty much just regular tv, posted online/youtube… A friend was asking me about them but I could only think of a few.
Also, does anyone else stream television from the internet? I use CH131.com or tv-links.eu but I’m always looking for options. (that can be viewed from Ontario that is)

Vortegne

web shows..Have you watched the Doctor Horrible Sing-Along Blog?

Ag

Seconding the Dr. Horrible suggestion! Fun short web musical.
If you like geeky/nerdy/video game humour, I’d also suggest The Guild.

Indigobloom

yes, love Doc Horrible!! hehe.
I’ll check out the Guild, thanks for the suggestions, both of you! :)

gmathis

Big Bang Theory keeps a pretty good backlog of current episodes.

softrevolution

1channel.ch works great for me! As for web series, have you seen Target Women with Sarah Haskins? Nonfiction, more of a comedy series but tons of fun. An oldie but goodie.

Indigobloom

Gmathis, I love big bang theory!! I saw the flash mob they had. too funny! :P
Softrevolution, neat! I will check it out tonight. Thanks!!

DaisyChubb

Equals 3? It’s how I keep up with all my viral videos! :D

Indigobloom

I just saw the one with a piglet eating oatmeal. CUTE!! thanks DaisyChubb, that is awesome!

DaisyChubb

eee yes! be careful, there are so many Equals 3 and they are ALL hilarious!

Janefan

this is a web-only series — a modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice done as video diaries. Good writing/acting/production by ppl experienced in creating web series. http://www.youtube.com/user/LizzieBennet/videos?view=0

Indigobloom

Ah! that is fun! watching them now. thx!!

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drank Caramel Cocoa Loco by Kally Tea
1315 tasting notes

I am really liking this. Seriously, it’s good!
Have you ever had a really sweet, I mean naturally sweet, green tea? I’m getting that sort of caramel flavour here, along with another, deeper type of sweetness that extends throughout the sip.
In the middle, there is a slight hint of cocoa and the aftertaste? milk. Very milky.
Interesting, I really like this blend!!

Sil

YAY! man i really need to start on those bags. Did Nik ever get his swap out to you btw? Haven’t seen him on steepster in forever.

Indigobloom

Hmmm, I think so!! but I haven’t seen Nik around either. Nik!! where are you… we miss you!

Indigobloom

(though nothing has come in the mail yet)

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73
drank Mlesna black by Mlesna Tea
1315 tasting notes

Now that I’m out of the Queen, I’ve been drinking this on its own. Not terrible.
Still about 60g left, but somehow the leaves get used up faster than I expected. They aren’t ctc, but cut up into tiny little squares. Does it take up more room that way? I’d have thought less!
Bah….
So for today’s cup I steeped 3min 20sec and added chocolate syrup. Maybe I should have added an extra thirty seconds because the overall tea flavor was a little weak. I prefer stout, hardy teas with alot of malt. I find that factor to be hit and miss with blacks. Am I doing something different or are my buds off? Hmmm.

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drank Toffee and Cream by Kally Tea
1315 tasting notes

Underwhelming. Similar to a few others I’ve had, but not very intense on the flavour. Compared to Sweet Temptation, this came in a distant second. Not bad, just a little weak! I’m a little spoiled :P
I definitely taste the toffee influence though. Next time I’ll try adding a bit more leaf.
Also, I tried adding milk. That helped make it creamier!

Vortegne

Sounds great!

Indigobloom

it’s good! thinking of making it iced soon

Vortegne

Oh, tell us please how it goes then!

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drank Berry Chocolate by Kally Tea
1315 tasting notes

Have there really been no posting notes since I crashed last night? I was so looking forward to reading a few notes before braving the boxing day sales today.
What tea will I choose to keep me functional… I’m thinking a matcha and a black tea. (odd there are no formatting items in my note, why is it in italics
)

Oh and I had a cup of Berry Chocolate last night with some vanilla syrup. It was great but I think I’ll try the next one with chocolate. I received the pair in my stocking! :P

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85

I like this!! first time I made this, not so much. But today? it’s quite different.
If you let the RL teas sit for a few weeks, I think it really makes a difference.
The rooibos base is really smooth and comes through more than anything else. Chocolate is in here? Oh yes there it is, hiding in the back! Super mild, but it’s there. I ordered Robust flavouring, next time I think I would go with the higher level. The highest of them all… is there matcha in there?
Now this is a gift for my Aunt, so I only made a few cups. Otherwise, I’d experiment a bit more.
Either way… I will definitely order it again, despite my initial apprehension, now that I know what to expect

LiberTEAS

@Indigobloom, I’m learning that the wait time does make a difference with the flavored Matcha as well. I follow it as a rule with other teas (that is, wait at least 3 weeks for teas from 52Teas, for example), but I didn’t think with the Matcha it made as big a difference … but I’ve found that it does!

Sil

interesting..i’ve never noticed an issue with the matcha. I’ll have to give it a whirl next order and let them sit and see if the flavour changes. Or maybe try the pumpkin or the chai in my cupboard since i’m pretty sure i tried those right away.

LiberTEAS

I’ve noticed it mostly with the teas where I’ve noticed a sort of chemical-y taste with, if I wait a couple of weeks, that chemical-y taste sort of wanes, which is a really good thing!

Sil

ooh good to know :)

Indigobloom

It’s so true, LiberTeas is right on! the chemical tasting ones really air out and settle down with a few weeks. But… you need to tin them. Or atleast open them. 52Teas, you can leave it in the package if need be.

CHAroma

Rooibos matcha? Hmm, interesting.

Indigobloom

Yep, it was tasty!! can’t wait to order it again :D

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What whaaaat! Maple pecan confection in a cup, without any calories?! or additives required????
OK now I know I’m dreaming. This is SO GOOD.
And the best part? I am really enjoying my cuppa luke warm. Most of the time I struggle to finish my cup before it gets cool because I really prefer my teas hot but this time, I was a little worried sipping the hot cup. It was a little too sweet and there wasn’t much flavour overall… but when I came back to it a few min later? Wowsa!!
Maple, oolong, and pecan blend together so seamlessly that I’m already looking forward to my next infusion! The aftertaste has that slight bitterness I find with pecans or walnuts sometimes. I really like that!
Thanks so much for the sample Stacy!!!

Sidenote: SANTA just came to my door. Apparently a neighbour dressed up for the kids and he stopped by to say hi. I got a candy cane out of it. Teehee!

Sil

Mmmm I really enjoy this one

ashmanra

Aw, too cool!

Indigobloom

Sil, it’s addictive!!!

Ashmanra, I thought so! He was all jolly like and I swear, that beard was real…

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84

I’m with you on this Sil, not my fave cuppa. Thanks so much for the sample, I’ve been wanting to try this for ages!! but something told me not to order any and I’m glad I listened to my instinct.
It’s too sweet, fruity almost. Reminds me of Stevia. There is a floral aspect mixed in there to and something else I can’t place.
I’ll hold my rating til I try it as Bonnie suggests, with milk and honey.

Kittenna

Do definitely try it with a shot of milk and a touch of sweetener (not too much of either, as they will overwhelm it). It’s a light chai, highlighting the oolong flavour more than anything. Took me a few cups to get used to it (and the last one I made reminded me far too much of chicken broth, wtf?)

Sil

Lol. Yeah it’s not my favourite at all, so I’m glad I was able to share with you lol

Indigobloom

Oolong chai was never my thing for some reason. I didn’t think about it that way but perhaps that is why…
Thanks Sil, I’m really glad to have tried it out!!

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83
drank Sweet Orange Cream by Kally Tea
1315 tasting notes

I like it! yum.
For a juice tea, this is alot better than I expected.(even though I was very curious and hopeful!)
Now, on the first part of the sip, it’s all sour hibiscus and a hint of vanilla. Tart is not so nice! but then it changes from hibiscus to orange in the sourness followed by a creamy smooth finish. I wish the cream part was more dominant.
You know, I think this would do really well in cooking. Scones, reduction sauces, glazes… yep, I do believe I have some experimenting to do!

Sil

so funny story… guess what arrived yesterday? NOT the zen tea order we placed back on dec 10th… the 52 teas order from FOUR days ago.. i have your browncoat genmaicha in my house now lol

Indigobloom

are you kidding me?! I guess he rushed it for us? sweeeeeeet.
Hoping the Zen order isn’t stuck at customs

Sil

Well not sure why it would be stuck at customs given its from Vancouver…..

Kittenna

Wow, you guys haven’t received a within-Canada order from Dec 10?? I got my Della Terra order on Sunday that was shipped out then (to Saskatoon, even!). Still waiting on S&V though.

Indigobloom

Oh right, haha. Darn, what the heck is the holdup! good thing it isn’t a gift…

Sil

Yeah….they’re going to reship if we don’t have it by dec 31. Or refund….personally I’d rather just reship since I’d still like to try the teas :)

Indigobloom

Def agreed on that! I could use the time to clear out some cubby space anyhow heh

Sil

haha yeah i feel you. I’m totally thinking about placing a sneak order from upton…even though i’m not supposed to order any more tea until i get down to 150 teas in my cuboard!

Indigobloom

150… ahh, I can’t even dream about that at this point. I haven’t even added all of mine to my tracking sheet because I’m scared of what the number will be…

Sil

i’d rather have 95% of them logged so that I can motivate myself to watch the countdown. And that 150 includes a bunch in a box for swaps lol so technically they shouldn’t count..but i don’t want to take them out of my cupboard until they actually leave my house.

Indigobloom

Samples, I track them on my sheet but no way would I do double time and add them to Steepster, most aren’t suitable for swaps!
Every time I get my number down to something that resembles hope, I end up getting more tea either as a gift or purchase!

Kittenna

Haha guys, I have four boxes of tea here with me, and am waiting on the order from S&V. I have enough tea to drown in just here on holidays… and it’s merely a fraction of my stash! I’m scared to put everything into excel at this point. Just drink drink drink. (I am very pleased with myself with my newfound routine of filling 2-3 travel mugs every morning! Uses up 6 cups worth of leaves! And then I still have tea in the evening!)

Sil

Kittenna – that’s so me…. 2 travel mugs of tea, 1 large water bottle with matcha…. Make a cup of tea at work when I can and then tea int he evening lol

Indigobloom

Hehe, I tend to make two cups at a time… but then end up making more through the day now that I am at home. If I’m lucky, I get to make some for Dad or a friend.
My travel mug has to be hand held. The taste of plastic bugs me for some reason

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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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