1299 Tasting Notes

79
drank An Ji Bai Cha by Tao Tea Leaf
1299 tasting notes

Well boo. Apparently I had more than one sample of this kickin around. I think this was one I had intended for trading. Oops :/
No matter. It tasted off anyhow. Partially because last time I used the whole packet and this time I went with half… so apparently you need to pack 2-3 tsp into your steeper to make it worthwhile!

Also… I need a new job. I just got this one less than a month ago and already it is driving me nuts.
First, now that I am used to the duties, it is kinda mind numbingly boring! and we aren’t permitted to have a radio on.
Second, I sit at reception, even though it has nothing at all to do with my actual job other than manning the phones. They just want someone there to greet candidates.
That isn’t the bad part- what makes me cringe is that every single time I want to leave the desk to grab some water, hit the washroom, and of course for lunch, someone has to cover me. They have to leave their desk, interrupt their work, and sit at mine. This just started two days ago. Previously, I would simply transfer the phones to whoever was covering me. Not SO bad. Right?
But now… I have to raise my hand (ie send an email), ingratiating myself to whomever’s turn it is, to let me take care of my bursting bladder. Not only that, but this way my habits are on display for the whole office (eight people). So now I feel like asking if they can ALSO sit in my seat while I boil water and then two minutes later go back to fill my cup, is too much. In fact, I know it is, because I was actually asked if I could drink less water. Or if maybe I could go on my lunch hour, which was then amended to say maybe we should schedule a midmorning or afternoon break. Oy!!! Maybe next they will start timing me. Ha! I dunno, I think that is a bit too invasive. Or is it just me?

Kaylee

It’s definitely too invasive. That’s just weird. But, just scheduling a break might actually be better for you. That way you can take care of whatever without having to give everyone a detailed account of your activities.

TeaBrat

That does sound annoying, when I’m at work I drink tea all day long but I don’t have to answer a lot of phones.

Fjellrev

That’s a pretty pointless, inefficient system. You’d think the phone transferring strategy would be good enough.

SimpliciTEA

Sorry to hear about the particulars of your job situation; I can understand how you could feel uncomfortable about the expectations, and awkward about the whole situation.

About the tea, I am a big fan of An Ji Bai Cha for many reasons: it typically has a crisp clean taste, and the way it’s processed causes it to be high in theanine, so, chemically speaking, it is a little more calming on the human nervous system than a typical green tea. So, better luck next time with this type of tea!

Stephanie

Yuck. Scheduled breaks sound like the best case scenario here, and yum…an ji bai cha!

Indigobloom

Kaylee, this is true. But then I got to thinking, my break should be scheduled mid morning right, say at 10am? What if I can’t hold it that long?? or if I have tummy trouble…

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, I don’t actually mind the phones. It is the most entertaining part of my day hah. But the break part is definitely annoyoing

Indigobloom

SimpliciTea, Thanks. Uncomfortable is a very good word for how I feel haha.
I could certainly use some theanine!! I’ll bet it has just as much as matcha. My first cup was incredibly soothing :)

Indigobloom

Stephanie, I am starting to think so. It still creeps me out though! I haven’t figured out why…
I think I may need to invest in more than just a sample :P

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89

It’s funny, but having tea less often somehow makes it taste so much better. My cup of this today wasn’t half bad!
Also, I’ve had a series of Tim Horton’s teas foisted on me, so I have something truly lacklustre for comparison.
Anyhow. I am hoping this will all change because a) we are working out the kinks in my work schedule/load, and b) roll up the rim will soon be over!
Oh and I won’t have the constant temptation of endless apple or strawberry strudel paraded over my head. Ha!!

Now the cup? Sure it could have been dark chocolate, but I doubt I would have picked that out as a flavour if I hadn’t known. Meh.

SimpliciTEA

What a great word, “foisted”!

Indigobloom

LOL it is a fun word to say isn’t it SimpliciTea :P

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70
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
1299 tasting notes

Wow it’s been awhile since I posted here. Jeeze, how did that happen?!
Well I started a new job last week(still, I haven’t posted for even longer than that, when I thought I had?? curious!) It isn’t the greatest pay, nor is it exceptionally challenging. But it is super busy, so it’s been fun learning the ropes. Sadly, I can already tell that it will get old fast so I really need to get on the ball looking for a “real” job. I’m happy to have a pay cheque. For now. And the people are nice, for the most part. Oh and I am not loving the 8am start. Too early!! More because of my commute. The way the train timings worked out it means I need to wake up at 5:30. Ugh. That extra hour of sleep make all the difference to me. I miss it so!!!

Anyhow. I’m not sure if this is the one I tried. I had it a few weeks ago and someone threw out my empty packet. Sighs.
All I know is that my tea tasted like vanilla yogurt! I shared a pot with my friend Jo and she agreed. Yummy delicious yogurt. Sadly, it covered up most of the “oolong”-ness.
The second steep was more or less the same, only it became quite scratchy on my throat. That was a surprise, as I haven’t experienced scratchy throat from tea syndrome in quite a while. Covering up an iffy tea base with tasty flavouring hmmmm?
Oh David’s….! Please don’t do that…

My verdict? I’d have it again, if it was free.

Bear With Me

If it tasted like yogurt it was definitely this one!
I keep it on-hand because I love the tang, so if you want to try some more I can send you some :) I feel like I owe you big time for dealing with me over the weekend anyway :P

SimpliciTEA

Good to hear from you! And, good luck with your new job! Getting up at 5:30 is hard (sometimes I have to).

Sil

slacker! up at 5:30! but then you can nap on the train :P

Indigobloom

Ceylon Star, if I ever get my cupboard into shape, I may take you up on that ;P

Indigobloom

SimpliciTea- it is easier than I expected, though I still miss my sleep, very much so haha.

Indigobloom

Sil, I do!!! and it is never enough lol

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79
drank An Ji Bai Cha by Tao Tea Leaf
1299 tasting notes

I love how these leaves look when steeped! So soft and fluffy.
The taste follows suit, with a light airy sortof long jing profile. A hint of grass, leading into a rather sweet and nutty finish. I went for a second steep as well, which was more or less the same, only the sweetness took on a mild sort of mallow flavour.
Overall, quite enjoyable!

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78

Gah!! My cupboard intake freeze has been broken! Someone gifted me a whole bunch of this. and then I found a small stash of teas in my bag, that I had forgotten about. So half the sipdowns I’ve been working on, are now neutralized. Sighs.
That said, this particular batch of la la lemon is quite good. Dry, it smells heavenly. Just like freshly cut lemons rolled in sugar, one of my favourite childhood indulgences. My last sample wasn’t nearly as fragrant or accurate to lemon.
Steeped, the tea is less sweet lemon. The bitterness of the rind comes out as well, which I find is a harsh contrast to the dry scent.
Dunno what got into me lately, but I found myself craving lemon teas. Lemon black tea that is. Now I really need to try this iced!

Christina

Do you happen to have Lemon Myrtle by David’s Tea? That’s some serious lemon. I’ve got the other teas I’ve mentioned divvied up into samples, so let me know and I can add it to the others.

Indigobloom

Aw thanks Christina! I have tried that one before. It was interesting. Actually I think I still have some in the depths of my sample bin haha

Kirkoneill1988

sweet… sweet… LEMON TEA! :) (homer Simpson style lol). should i try it?

Indigobloom

LOL of course! :)

Kirkoneill1988

If I ever get my hands on the tea I will. Where can I get this tea?

OMGsrsly

https://www.davidstea.com/organic-la-la-lemon
You might even have a local store…

Kirkoneill1988

closest one is in Oakville. i don’t think ill be going that way anytime soon

Indigobloom

I believe you can order online as well.

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I thought I’d give it another go, this one. Well, I’m glad I did because this is much better!!
There is a lot more blueberry flavour now. It still won’t replace my secret love of the DT version by any means, but at least I am finding this cup enjoyable.
Shame though, that it seems to be a flavour distribution issue, as well as a base choice problem.
SO. This particular cup would garner a rating of about 77. Darn inconsistencies.

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
1299 tasting notes

I drank this during a rather heavy no good terrible mood moment, so I’m afraid I really don’t recall much. I should have known better! Sighs.
I do remember that it was pretty tasty with that buttery yet grassy oolong note that I adore. I’m just sad that I didn’t notice the more in depth particulars. Oh well. I suppose that makes for an excuse to order this again one day.
And my mood…. well, I’ve been plotting where I’ll order from next when I get a chance. That probably won’t be for a good while, and despite that, my list is extensive!
In no particular order after the first six: Butiki, Verdant, RiverTea, Ninas, Teavivre, A&DDFT, Camellia Sinensis, Della Terra, Kiosque, Tea Haus, Bluebird, Tealet a few others that’ve slipped my mind and of course Yezi!! See, I’m more chipper already :P

__Morgana__

Lol your list looks suspiciously like mine.

Indigobloom

OooooOOoh? I didn’t know you had a list! too funny!!

Anna

I also have a list, maybe. There might be a special numbered list in a special browser bookmarks folder, possibly. 0_0

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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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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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