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1258 Tasting Notes

85

Well. I seriously enjoyed this cup. Yum! Thank you Tea at Sea for the sample.
It’s very crisp, the way I’ve noticed high grown or first flush teas usually are. I see this level of quality more often in Darjeeling teas, so it was nice to see it applied to a different region.
At first, I tried it straight. It was quite nice. But I found I preferred it with a bit of milk. It seemed to bring out the mild malty note hanging way in the back. Almost like a “green” tobacco, the way it was paired with the apple note I noticed every now and then. I like it!

Preparation
1 tsp

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84
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
1258 tasting notes

Sample Sipdown!! Haha! I’m now at 285. Not as bad as I had feared. But I need to get it down again. Had really hoped to be down at 250 by the time the tea festival rolled around but stuff got in the way, as it always seems to :P
Thanks to Sil for the sample! (yeah, it’s been awhile, I know!)
This is good!! I can really taste the candied pecan note, and a touch of cocoa. Not so much floral. Not something I’d want every day, but it certainly makes for a wonderful treat. I’d recommend it to any tea lover who wanted to try something unique and fresh.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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64

Thanks TeaBrat for the sample!!
This was… interesting. I really like the coconut part, that was nice. The puerh was ok, but dusty, like the dust you’d get in a horse pen. Not entirely unpleasant. I think a rinse might help.
Sadly, I didn’t notice any cacao. Where oh where are you, you cacao note?

Yvonne

Maybe the cacao found it’s way out of the leaf you used! :(

TeaBrat

yeah not too impressive, this one :-P

Indigobloom

Yvonne, good point!! I’ll take a look in the baggie.

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, I’m glad to have tried it!! :)

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85

This is quite delicious, but I think it should be renamed Carrot Cupcake Chai, as it’s a little spicy. In a good way. That said, it still reminds me very much of carrot cake, only a not so mild one.
The spices are blended nicely, and it goes well with milk. A comforting cup. OH!! I also feel like there is some sort of “icing” component here. Perhaps that’s the coconut/vanilla addition? Either way, I had a heaven moment there when sipping away. Yum!

So. This was supposed to go to someone I know but I had ordered a bunch of stuff for various people when Mum went to Florida last year, and then she forgot them there so had to wait three months to bring them back on the next trip… and then my email got deleted so I’m not sure who… (facebook changed their settings and all of a sudden things were moved around)
Anyhow, if it was you, or if I’m mistaken and it was another tea I owe you from the Spice Exchange, please let me know! Hope ya don’t mind that I sampled it!!
It’s been in my cupboard for over a year now, I asked around before and nobody has claimed it… so speak up or I’ll forever hold your tea ;)
Would be a shame to lose out on this one, whoever you are.

Yvonne

Mmmm – I’m sure it’s similar to DTT’s Carrot Cake.

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67

Thanks for the sample Bluebird Tea
This was ok. Tasty. Mildly sweet with something hanging in the background. I suppose it could have been “cake”. I was a tad disappointed.

Yvonne

I’d love to try this – looks so cute!

Indigobloom

Yvonne, if you ever get the chance, let me know what you think :)

Yvonne

I sure will! :)

Cavocorax

Hmm. Sounds like a pass for me.

Amariel

Looks like an interesting tea, but the feedback isn’t stellar. Doesn’t seem to deliver in the cake department. I’d be concerned with the rooibos in it as I’ve had random issues with rooibos lately.

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83
drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
1258 tasting notes

Many thanks to TeaBrat for sharing this with me. It’s quite delicous!!
Very flavourful and rich, with a slight hint of something fermented, like Cassis.
Funny, it reminds me of Anne of Green Gables where Anne gets Diana drunk on what they think is Raspberry Cordial (my memory was faulty, I thought it was blueberry. Hence why it reminded me. Oops!)

TeaBrat

Yay, I’m glad you finally got the package!

Indigobloom

I did, thanks TeaBrat, you’re awesome :P

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89

I’m not sure if my tastes have changed, or perhaps the tea. But this, well it just tastes different. Certainly not like cake. Highly astringent, to the point of being downright sour. In fact, I could be convinced that this was some kind of lame attempt at lemon flavouring.
I’ll leave the rating as is, in honour of how spectacular my last batch was… but this one? well it’d get around 55.

Fjellrev

Pity that the batches aren’t consistent.

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78

Well hot, this was really good. I mean, for a few minutes, I thought it was THE apple tea. So yummy!! but then it errrr, cooled down and I lost the vibe. Booooooo!
Cooled down, a strange sort of sweet note emerged, reminding me of beets… like the kind in David’s Forever Nuts. But somehow in this tea it doesn’t work. Heck, FN only “works” for me some of the time, and if I recall correctly, and similarly, not so much when cool. So boo again.
I think this will be a tumbler tea. Because it stays hot in there for ages and in this case, I’m more than ok with that!

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, come to think of it, I only really like FN when it’s really hot. Thank goodness for tumblers!

Indigobloom

Right?! What would we do without them lol

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95

Well. Ahem. Uhh. It seems I’m feeling shy all of a sudden. Like a lanky teen with a crush on the sophisticated exchange student in class and a wardrobe to match the Queen’s.
I swear. This tea is just phenomenal. So layered and complex I don’t even know where to begin. I fear that I’ll just end up stuttering and asking for it’s autograph instead… so I’ll just throw out some basic descriptors, for now: cigars. boys club. smoke. malt. very mild astringency. lingering menthol effect long after the sip. Smooth like silk covering patchy terrain. Oh and let’s not forget the intoxicating aroma. and how I feel as if I’ve just consumed a tumbler of 50 yr old scotch!

Thank you so very much for the sample Joseph Wesley. You are incredibly generous and I could not be more grateful!
Folks, this here is a company who knows how to deliver impeccable customer service and has a superb product that I would recommend to anyone. Bravo!

TheTeaFairy

Wow! Just wow!

Indigobloom

TeaFairy, I really am humbled by this one!!

Fjellrev

Nice! I love Assam so I’m definitely going to make a note of this one.

keychange

Oh god, this note reminded me how I felt after first tasting RVC by Butiki, and the queen by h and s. I know that feeling so well, and am so glad you found it also.

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, it’s a really rich one. Do you prefer the more delicate flowery type, or the bold?

Indigobloom

Keychange, haha I thought of you when I was writing!! as my cup cooled, it did remind me of The Queen, quite a bit :)
-even moreso when I had my second cup of this with a dash of milk and honey.

Fjellrev

I like both, but especially the latter. :)

Indigobloom

Same here. It’s like my tea home!! :P

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

I am sorry that it has taken me this long to reply to your nice review. It’s a thrill to have you experience this tea similarly to me. It’s also interesting that you analogized yourself as the lanky teen in your review for that same phenomenon perfectly describes the feelings I had over the last year as I introduced these teas for the first time.

Indigobloom

Joseph Wesley- No need to apologize! You were so kind to send me the tea in the first place :)
I’m glad we had similar experiences, and that I’m not the only one! One day I’ll place an order and try all your other teas, which I am positive produce a similar euphoria :)

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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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