1292 Tasting Notes

85

Oh dear, this was a sipdown and my previous note is gone!!
That’s fine. Today has been a very mixed day. On one hand, I got some stuff done, that really needed to be done, but then it’s also been a no good icky bad frustrating day.
So I’m not too bothered by the sipdown sans note. Actually, I seem to recall that this was a sample I either shared or inherited, but now I have no idea who to thank! Though it’s probably Sil since I see ya did review it awhile back. Or maybe Kittenna?
The tea itself was quite lovely. The puerh mixed quite nicely with the spices, and lent a nice hint of cocoa to pair with the spices. I had it without sugar or milk.
No one spice stood out too much, and it was not overly spicy. For me to not have any complaints, well that is rare! where chai is concerned heh.
In fact, this is one that I would consider ordering again. I bet it would travel well in a tumbler.

Amariel

I might get some of this with CrowKette…we are putting together a group DT list and this is one I picked to try.

Anna

Hehehe. CrowKette. CROQUETTE!

Anna

Also, I need to admit, tumblr has ruined me. Every time I read the word ‘tumbler’, I flinch, because someone spelled tumblr wrong.

Amariel

Err, it should be crowkettle. My typo

Anna

Yes, but it was the best typo! Croquettes = NOM.

Indigobloom

Amariel, I recommend it for sure! Maybe not for an every day tea though.

Indigobloom

Anna, I know croquettes as breaded crepes filled with shredded mushroom, but then I believe that is a Polish tradition. They are my favourite!! (even though mushrooms do a number on my tummy)

Anna

Indigobloom – yes, my friend (Polish friend) got REALLY UPSET one day in school (French school) somewhere around third grade, because she refused to accept they could be anything other than those pancakes.

In fact, they’re incredibly versatile little suckers! Look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croquette

Indigobloom

Awesome! Now I want to try them ALL haha. Suddenly feeling hungry…

Anna

Croquette tourism. It’s a thing.

Indigobloom

Ha!! Soon enough there will be a website devoted to reviews. It shall be called Croquetster.

Anna

LOL. Croquetster SELECT was never really a hit, for some reason.

Indigobloom

HAHA
No, somehow the croquettes didn’t travel so well in the mail

Anna

Hehehe.

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77

This tea is like a treat when left to cool entirely. Better than a candy cane! The bagged aspect creates a somewhat dusty note, but the mint and vanilla make up for that. I quite enjoyed my cup, and I certainly wasn’t expecting to. Then again, I have a soft spot more mint green teas :)
A friend gave me half a dozen bags or so. I’m not sure that I’d want any more than that at one time, so I’ll have to go halfsies with her next time as well!!

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90

Ahhhhh this is the type of black tea that is my happy zone. The kind that makes me take smaller sips just so that the cup will last longer.
Malty and rich, with just a hint of astringency. Not flowery, but perhaps hinting towards that edge.
It makes me sad that I’ve only got a sample, especially since none of my other black teas hit the bulls-eye of my preference so accurately. If I was to break my buying ban, it would be for this, or at the very least something that I hope could fill in the gap!
There is atleast one more cup’s worth, maybe two. Can I manage with just that until mid March??? I must…

TeaBrat

this is nice!

Indigobloom

It really is!! :)

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70

Sometimes this one comes out very fruity, a lovely juicy candied peach flavour, and other times, well… it’s rooibos. An uneven distribution if I ever saw one! Shook the packet up this time and it didn’t seem to make a difference.
I wonder how it’d fare iced…

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69
drank Strawberry Island by iHeartTeas
1292 tasting notes

Almost sipdown! Aghhhhh.
That said, what a lovely cuppa!! The coconut is milder now that I’ve had it for awhile, making it perfectly malty and just what I wanted, albeit very standard. and for some reason it makes me wanna watch Beetlejuice again. Even though the clip I am thinking of talks about bananas, not strawberries! or coconuts for that matter, except the one line where they sample the famous “put the lime in the coconut” bit. Man I love that movie. and I am not a huge Burton fan in general.
Also, at what point am I considered to be actually spamming the wall? not that it matters, this is my(second) last one!

Fjellrev

Wow, I totally forgot about that movie. I actually haven’t seen it yet!

CrowKettle

That movie has become a much loved, but accidental, Halloween tradition :)

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, it’s a whole lotta silly fun! Highly recommended :)

Indigobloom

Crowkettle, that’s an awesome tradition!! love it!

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I’ve had this a few times now with varying results. Twice it’s been fantastic, with notes of hazelnut, cream, and nutmeg. The other two times it was heavy on the tongue and a tad bitter, and I made sure to not burn the tea. Though I may have gone to three min one of the times.
Either way, I’m determined to get it right. Next time, I’ll actually get out the tea thermometer, as lately I’ve been relying on watching the bubbles and steam.

On another note, I lost count of my cupboard! Been doing so well with sipdowns that I need to do a recount. Woot! I should be down to about 280 or so, down from 292. Victory shall be mine!

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86
drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
1292 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample!! Either from Lala or Starfevre… so sorry, your packets got mixed up when Mum went through my cupboard looking for some tea! Not that I mind, it means she was looking for tea!!! This is a big deal…

But the tea itself was quite amazing as well. I kinda wish it was a black base.
The cider taste really punches through, creating the sensation of apple spiced liquor warming your throat! Phenomenal. I am so impressed. In fact I’d order some today if I was able to :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, you missed our ridiculous group order. You can buy the teas – they’re available for Feb on the Butiki site!

Indigobloom

Ack that is so tempting. But I promised household people, and my wallet that I wouldn’t make an order until my bday next month :(

Indigobloom

Actually, that I wouldn’t bring any more tea into the house!

OMGsrsly

Aww. :( I’ve kinda made that promise to myself, actually. I even went tea shopping yesterday and only bought tea for other people.

Amariel

I like this one a lot, and am happy for the honeybush base. I like it because it is good hot and cold and also had good body.

Lala

This wasn’t from me :)

Indigobloom

Amariel, I agree!! It has a great depth to it that I really enjoyed.

Indigobloom

Lala, thanks for letting me know! :)

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70

Ohmygoodness I forgot to review this!! Had it awhile back but I was on a conference call… and then had to dash out the door. Sorry TeaBrat, and after you were nice enough to send me a sample!
Anyhow, I am very particular about my chai and this one did not quite fit into my ideal. I remember trying to figure out why, and I think it was just a mix of spices that don’t appeal to me as much as others. There was a sweet note in there as well, that I found odd. Ginger perhaps?
Milk and a dash of sugar certainly helped of course. Overall, a pleasant cup!

TeaBrat

I just read my review of it and didn’t find it terribly impressive either. Stephen Smith seems to be very “hit or miss” for me.

Indigobloom

Same here (from the ones you sent me anyhow) but then I’ve found that with most tea companies I’ve dealt with. C’est la vie :)

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93
drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
1292 tasting notes

I rarely indulge in this beaut, owing to how tasty it is… so much that I’m afraid if I catered to my whims, it’d be gone in a week.
In fact, this is the only tea I’ve ever come across that manages to seduce me with the occasional second mug. Then, eventually, I erase the bliss from my palate memory, and when I see the tin next, somehow I end up thinking that I don’t really want it at the moment. Seriously? what madman convinced me of this?!
Thus, I put it away in the corner someplace, only to find it again months later and repeat the process all over again.
Of course I am now beginning to notice it losing a bit of oomph, owing to age I presume… so I feel that I can now reasonably chain drink it and avoid any overwhelming guilt!! That said, I’m on a tight budget at the moment and I’ll be so incredibly sad when that looming sipdown rolls around. Eeeps!!
Also, I’d like to add that this especially hit the spot today. I am positive that my entire cup vanished in record time.

On a final note, I’ve been looking forward to this review because I’m a nerd and wanted to make my 1234th post about something special. I can’t think of a more appropriate tea to achieve that!

__Morgana__

Awesome on the 1234!

Indigobloom

Thanks! I feel like it’s a big one, since my next milestone is 2000. Well, maybe 1500.
Anyhow. The 1234 makes me chuckle :P

Fjellrev

Nicely done! My 666th is coming up soon so I ought to prepare for that haha.

Indigobloom

Hehe Thanks Fjellrev! Ahhh 666!! Maybe a chili chai would work for that lol

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86

I finally made a cup of this the other day and it was really good!! Unfortunately I didn’t have time to write a note at the time and have since forgotten most of the details. But I will try it again soon.
Coles notes: sweet, deep, complex and raisin!

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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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