1308 Tasting Notes

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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
1308 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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drank Tangerine Spice by Kally Tea
1308 tasting notes

Meh. Something about the combination of flavouring and spices is familiar, though I can’t recall from where.
At two minutes and about 180c the cup is pretty light. Tangerine comes through, and the delicate white base along with a dusting of cinnamon. Dusty. Yes it tastes dusty. Almost malty, and I’m not sure what to make of it with a white base!
By the time I got to the cup it had mostly cooled though, and I generally prefer my whites as hot as they can be made. I’ll give it another chance.
Perhaps the second steep will reveal something else!

Sil

lol “dusty” that makes me giggle

Indigobloom

It is!! maybe the cinnamon, being a powder, has trouble dissolving in the hot water? I’ve noticed that in cocoa before, how cinnamon just stays grainy.
Ok now I’m giggling to… :P

Sil

I organized my teas yesterday ….oh steeped and infused leslieville location is 50% off everything today including mugs, infusers, liber mug thingies etc… But I’m too lazy to leave my house….

Indigobloom

ooooh yah I can’t risk going near there. Too much to get through as it is.
I’m on the second steep of this tea and it’s a little better! smoother

Sil

well that’s good..

Kittenna

Ah Sil, is that why you seem to suddenly be reviewing/adding a bunch of Steeped & Infused Teas? I have this weird feeling that I have a couple little bags from them, one a peppermint blend and another a bai mu dan (that’s totally crushed into pieces). My aunt had picked them up for some purpose last year…

Sil

Mostly I just happened to be there the other day and they have samples for less than 2$ a pop so I bought a bunch to try before I ever place an ordere

Indigobloom

Chances are I won’t make it before they close down. Ah well!

Kittenna

Indigobloom….. if you try this again and don’t like it PLEASE LET ME BUY IT OFF YOU. This is delicious! Want more than the ~1 oz. I have! (And Sil seemed to like hers more than you…)

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drank Fireside S'mores Tea by Teaopia
1308 tasting notes

After my smorgasbord of new samples I wanted something familiar and comforting. This was it! especially after seeing all the other S’mores tea reviews out there.
It’s really grown on me the last while. Which is good because I have tons left. I don’t crave it often, but when I do, it really hits the spot.
I can see why some other people don’t like it. The white tea seems a little out of place, adding that crisp delicate note which comes off as extreme astringency sometimes. Lucky I happen to like that! Not astringency, just the white part.
Oh and yes, milk and sugar are mandatory here!!

Sil

I feel like this one should be tastier than the della terra one. Ill have to steal some more from you and give you some della terra to try heh

Indigobloom

For sure, add it to the list!
I haven’t tried the Della Terra one, it’d be neat to compare

Kittenna

IMO they’re pretty different! I like both :D

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Thanks Sil for this sample! and my apologies everyone, I know I’m filling up your dashboards. Just one more after this I swear :)
Bog town! Green swampy water, yup this is a very Halloweeny blend.
Is this green rooibos? I’m not sure, but it certainly reminds me of it. There is that particular sour note, but then that could be from the pineapple. The overall fruit flavour seems to be dominated by pineapple, with barely an edge of mango peeking out.
Overall, my cup was pleasant enough to drink down, but I won’t be buying any for myself. It just doesn’t strike me as anything overly special.
I had fun with it, so perhaps it’d be good to have around for kids during the dress up season!

Bonnie

I like hearing from you my friend!

Sil

I told you it was weird…. Ill likely have some other less weird ones for youto try later as well. Sould help arrow down your choices when you place an order

Indigobloom

Awww Bonnie you make me smile!
Sil, it IS seriously odd. Def won’t be forgetting that one anytime soon heh

Indigobloom

Can’t wait to try the other D’Terra ones, I’m on a serious new tea bender today!!!

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Ehhhh, this was just ok. I prefer my black teas to have some oomph and I think this oomph had some padding on the landing.
Everything was very light from the malty factor, to the astringency, it was all there… just super mellow. I’ll play around with the water/leaf/time ratios and see if that punches things up a bit.

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Oh Stacy you have made me into a giggling tea nymph! I cannot get enough of this stuff. It is just perfect.
Normally I can’t stand hibiscus, but in this case it’s really added that special something. The mango is sweet, but with that extra punch of tart, it really tastes like mango salad.
And the cilantro. I love it almost more than tea. It is so darn tasty, I could eat it on it’s own with just a little bit of olive oil and lemon.
It’s really hard not to rate this because I would put it way up there, but since this is a custom blend made just for me I’ll have to resist.
The only downfall is that I filled up the tin I saved for it, but still have lots more to fill tins with… which means it will go stale before I can drink even half.
Oh and I need to make it with purified water, since tap water really ruins the delicate white base notes. Bah!

Kittenna

Neat! Can I snag a sample when we meet up? :D

Sil

no darling…it just means you have to SHARE!

Indigobloom

Definitely!! darn, you just spoiled my surprise hahaha (not very well hidden obviously!)

Sil

sounds like a tasty blend though…i love me some mango.

Indigobloom

Meeee to :D

Bonnie

Wow how fun!

Indigobloom

Bonnie, can you have cilantro? I’ll send you some, in the new year when things settle down!

gmathis

Love the giggling tea nymph phrasery!

Indigobloom

hehehe thanks Gmathis!
I chose the name of this one to, surprised no one has commented how odd it is

Butiki Teas

I love the name! :)

Kittenna

Haha, I noticed the name and was wondering who chose it, but failed to comment on that!

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83

Big thanks to Raritea for this sample. I like it!
It is very fruity, a little tart, and just the right amount of sweet.
With a little milk, it really does remind me of a smoothie. A juicy fruit, banana runt flavoured smoothie that is!
What I didn’t find was the yogurt note that some people are finding. Hence the added dairy.
If I didn’t have a reasonable alternative in my cupboard already, I would definitely consider snapping up a packet.

Sil

I have a packet coming so ill think of you if I don’t like it or want to pare down my cupboard lol

Indigobloom

heheee Sil you rock! :D

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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Eggnog oh eggnog! you make me happy… (backlog)
Yup, this does remind me quite a bit of eggnog. Creamy and sweet, with just a hint of egg tart. It goes surprisingly well with a green base. That was certainly unexpected!
Now, I’m not the biggest fan of greens in general, so I would have preffered to see a black or oolong base. However, I think that the flavour and base were paired exceptionally well, and so I can’t possibly begrudge the fact that this is a green.
Next time, I think I’ll have it with 1/2tsp of sugar (first infusion). It’s awesome without, but I added some sugar to the second one and oh my goodness that was incredible, albeit a bit weaker. I can only imagine how super tasty it’d be on the first!

Sil

I need to try this!

Indigobloom

Let me know when we can get together and I’ll give you some! better do that soon though, not sure if this will be reblended after the holiday season and I think it’s repurchasing, though I probably won’t be able to…

Sil

yeah, stacy’s said all the holiday blends will remain as long as they’re selling. I’m going to be picking up the plum pudding and the 3 friends one for sure but id love to try this before i get around to placing that order in case i love it.

Indigobloom

oh good to know, I wasn’t aware of that. Just realized that I meant to say *worth repurchasing heh.
I have a sample of the Plum Pudding, I’d be happy to send it your way once I try it!

Butiki Teas

Yep, the holiday teas should be around for quite some time. They might get pulled for the summer season but that depends on sales. We still have 2 holiday teas that are being worked on (a little late, I know).

Sil

Stacy – never too late for super fun YAY teas from butitki. Besides, this gives everyone something to brighten up their january!

Butiki Teas

Thanks Sil! I would rather be a little late then sell something that I think can still be improved. So far that Praline Sweet Potato Pie is tasting pretty good. :)

Sil

i plan on doing my comparision on my tea today so i should also be able to get you my notes on that soooooon! (speaking of working on things)

Butiki Teas

Sil-Nice! :)

Indigobloom

I agree, only thing is it makes me want to buy them ALL!

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-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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