1448 Tasting Notes

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drank Masala Chai by Dineen
1448 tasting notes

Well today is a momentous one for me.
I went to see a doctor about my ADD. And I’m finally getting somewhere. What a relief.
Previously, tests were “inconclusive” or too general for reliability in forming a treatment plan. I guess times have changed. Research has been done. I’m in much better hands now. Not to mention that I’m paying a fraction of what I dished out last time.
Next week, I start medication. Probably. I’m kinda nervous. I hate taking meds. Generally, I try to find natural alternatives for pretty much everything. But for this, there aren’t any and apparently itsis a life long thing. So if it has any sort of side effects I can’t deal with, well then I’m stuck. What if it changes my personality? What if it cuts me off from feeling things, emotional things? Or… well I’ll spare you the inner dialogue, nobody wants to see that…
Of course, I’m excited too. After 30+ years of self doubt and making stupid mistakes due to lack of concentration, among other symptoms, perhaps things will start to finally come together for me.
Anyhow, my appointment ended hours ago so I’ve been in a coffee shop taking care of some bid’ness via my tablet. Emails, research etc.
Sometimes I like just going to a café and soaking up the ambience. Sounds hipster, but I can’t help it, I find it inspiring! The energy here is infectious.
Not to mention that its directly across the street from my gym where they host my current favourite yoga class on Thursday afternoon/evenings.

Bah. Ok ramble bramble done.
The TEA!!
I was debating between this one and the genmaicha. But I have gen at home and ran out of chai awhile back so figured I’d better get my fix in while I can. If there was more time, I’d have done both (went with a vanilla latte earlier. It was tasty!).
Soooo… This isn’t my fave chai by any means, but its pretty decent. Adding a bit of honey goes a long way. Helps cover what I presume to be fennel. Not enough ginger or whatever else one puts into a chai blend. That said, no one spice in there is overwhelming or offputting at the moment (well like I said, maybe the fennel but I dealt with it!).
Oh, also… the last time I was here, English Breakfast was had. Like most EB’s, it bored me, but did its job and I’d have it again in a pinch.

Damn, I’m in a good mood today. Despite being laid off from my job on Monday. Yesterday I was in tears, positive that if I’d done better, if I didn’t make the occasional mistake (ADHD, remember. Ok more than just occasional, but still) they’d have found a way to keep me.
Doc says that 90% of people who go on undiagnosed end up dropping out from school, and somehow I made it through, Definitely an ego boost. Perhaps I’ll make it out alive after all :)

Fjellrev

I seriously hope everything will go alright with the meds! I would be terrified of starting something like that too, hence why I haven’t even bothered going to the doctor to address my insomnia (and maaaaybe even anxiety too?) since they’ll just throw pills at me.

Rosehips

I’m glad progress is happening! Good luck with your new meds.

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, thanks! I’m so nervous. And now a friend I just spoke with is all uppity because I went to see a “psychologist” who plans to work with my family doc, and not a psychiatrist. Because one is a legit doctor and the other one just has fancy degrees. Gah! Maybe he’s right…?

Rosehips, Thanks!! I really could use luck about now :D

Christina

I’m so sorry to hear about you being laid off! I hope that this new development leads to good things for you.

Nxtdoor

My partner has both a psychologist and a psychiatrist. Most her sessions are with the clinical psychologist. Maybe 3 times a year she checks in with shrink for meds adjustment and what not. So don’t worry too much about what others say. Find what works for you.

Indigobloom

Christina, thanks! It really sucks but this whole progress on my ADD thing is super encouraging. I’m really hoping this is the thing that changes everything!!

Indigobloom

Nxtdoor, that’s comforting to hear! thanks for the advice. I mean, I was planning to go ahead with my idea anyhow, but its so nice to hear that from someone with a bit of experience themselves.

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Pecans and peaches . Smooth liquified pecan. Oh yes. This is delicious.
I’m so sad to see you go Nilgiri Frost! tears
You are utter perfection when cooled down. Not so much as a hot drink though. Heat seems to cloak all your goodness.
Thanks for the sample, I believe it was from Kittena? Or Sil?

Lariel of Lórien

I only ever had a sample.

Indigobloom

Same here. I wish I’d ordered a whole bunch now

Kittenna

Probably me :)

Indigobloom

Ah in that case… thanks again!!

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I need to withhold my rating for now. So this review is more for future reference.
Definitely getting a hint of spearmint. Something wintery as well. Like the unsweetened sap from a fir tree? A bit bready as well. Hmm.

ashmanra

I looooooooooove this one!

Indigobloom

Ashmanra, I think I do as well, but never made it past the first infusion so I need to try again. Based on this experience though, I’m looking forward to it!!

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89

Brilliant. This is the type of Oolong I love. Truly. Bright and friendly. The kind that if it was a person, their smile would light up a room. Grassy sunshine in a cup.
The package says there are dandelion notes in here. Suddenly I have a new appreciation for the scraggly weeds. I had no idea what they tasted like, but if this odd floral note is it, I want to collect all the dandelions and find recipes they work in. People make dandelion salad, right?
Heck, there’s a good chance they’d be organic, if I get them before anyone sprays to kill’em. I mean, nobody wants to preserve them, and lack of pesticides is what makes up “organic”, for the most part, isn’t it?
Sorry for the ramble. I’m on the first steep so this review may expand shortly!
My only qualm is that this tea is quite expensive.

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84

My friend gave me a sample of this. Unfortunately Tsaa doesn’t have any descriptions available. Bah!
She didn’t like the menthol aspect, but hey I do! Actually, this is the first white tea I’ve enjoyed in awhile. It has a nice base, I think its the depth that appeals to me, like a super rich silver needle with some malt on the side. Noms. Thanks K!!

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88

threw this over ice along with some strawberry slices. Delicious.
It really covers the overly thick juice factor that it build up over time. Yum!

Kaylee

I like the sliced fruit idea!

Indigobloom

I recommend it! esp in white tea :)

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68

I finally gave this one another go. About time eh. It was bad enough that I didn’t feel right giving it away. But I eventually gave it to my boyfriend’s ex, she keeps it at his place so it ended up back in my hands again. Sighs. Just kidding, she’s awesome (seriously).
Anyhow, last time I tried this it made me a bit queasy. Too much flavouring in the teaspoon I took maybe. Who knows. But today, it was ok. Not great, but certainly not weak like the first time, or nauseating like the second one!
I do wish the flavours were stronger but what can I expect after keeping it in my cupboard for so lo ng.
My tastes must have changed, as the base is bearable now too. Bumping the rating a few points.

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82

I got this freeeeee. From Longos. With about $50 worth of groceries for their grand opening. Mostly non essential stuff, but the decadent version. Noms!
Anyhow, that was a few weeks ago.
I’ve had this twice now. For a bagged brew, I think its pretty decent.
Dark and brisk, with some malt… takes milk well, and doesn’t require sugar unless you want it. I like the depth here, and the complex roundness. One of the better teas I’ve had for awhile!

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82

I had an entire cuppa this yesterday and only felt a teeny bit queasy after!!! and I liked it!!! WHAT IS GOING ON?!
It was all lemony goodness and green tea, I didn’t taste any eeeevil berg at all?! I didn’t see berg on the ingredients. Maybe I had a version without?
Sometimes green tea makes me feel a bit off, so I figured that was why but I checked the ingredients anyhow, just to be sure(which is when I discovered the bergness)… Hmm.
Anyhow, I think this is the first berg tea I’ve ever enjoyed a cup of. And that I would recommend!
The citrus is zesty and refreshing. I’d like it to be a bit more zingy but beggars can’t be choosers :P

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drank Irish Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
1448 tasting notes

Free tea for me! Thank you Davids tea :)
Just for wearing green? you can dress me anytime…

anyhow, this is interesting. A little bland but still a good tea.
Breakfast blends have never been my thing. They somehow manage to reduce the complexity of a straight tea! Never figured that one out.
Who knows. Bah. Still, this was nice and malty but in a bready way that was devoid of astringency. Like a flatbread.
Unfortunately, it was somewhat of a deadened note, so nothing beyond that to report! Definitely requires milk and a bit of sugar

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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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