1534 Tasting Notes

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I’m sitting here sipping my tea, a little melancholy today.
The blog site I frequent, and have been on for many years lost a blogger today. Someone I’ve come to regard as a living angel, and a dear friend. He died last night, complications from surgery/cancer. I’ve never met the man in person, but know people who have.

Then there is what’s going on in my “real” life… Mum is in surgery right now, nothing major… just kidney stones that lodged somewhere they couldn’t blast with an ultrasound. Still, they’re cutting her up and poking around some major organs/arteries. I’m a bit lot worried.

And I can’t stop wondering, as absolutely ridiculous as it is, if my friend down in Oregon passed so that she could live. And then I think to myself what an awful person I am for even contemplating that… how do I come up with these things? and why can’t I just put the idea aside. I’ve tried distracting myself with all sorts of things but nothing has worked yet. Except for maybe writing this “review”.
Sorry for the emodump. I couldn’t really post this in my regular blog place.

Anyhow. This tea was a much needed cup of selfcare. Emotional drinking? you bet.
With just 1/3 tsp of sugar, the pancake and syrup notes pop a bit. Of course I added a dollop of milk as well. It really adds that extra oomph needed for pancake texture.

Well, that’s all I got. RIP my dear sweet PM. Meanwhile my fingernails are shredded waiting for word on Mum.

keychange

How devastating. And completely understandable that a loss of any kind would make you wonder all sorts of things (why we lose people, how it’s determined who will go when, if there’s a point, what it is, if there’s an order/purpose, etc.). I’d give you the longest hug right now if I could.

Indigobloom

Awwww thanks Keychange, I would take that hug in a second. You are the sweetest

LiberTEAS

So sorry to hear about your loss.

MissB

Not awful. Not at all. It’s human, it’s normal, and there’s a flow to life – even if we don’t understand it. For me, it’s been about accepting that sometimes, “bad” things happen for good reasons, i.e. I’ve had amazing breakthroughs and growth from those darker places, and couldn’t have gotten there without the “bad”. Sending much love and light to you all, and hopes for a speedy and easy recovery.

Roswell Strange

So sorry about your loss. Just remember that just because you’ve never met someone in person does not mean you don’t know them, and does make your grieving process (whatever it may be) any less valid than someone who had.

Fjellrev

I’m so sorry, Indigo. :(

Evol Ving Ness

My condolences to you.
All sorts of things go through our head when making sense of death, life, fear.
(( Indigobloom ))

Indigobloom

Oh wow I didn’t realize there was so many comments. My inbox got swarmed when I subscribed to the black Friday thread here in the discussions. Thanks everyone, you all make me feel a bit more sane and hugged xox

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
1534 tasting notes

Meh. I was disappointed by this one. Standard, vaguely fruity, dusty green tea. Not memorable in the least, quite boring actually and that was after I added a bit of sugar to amp up the notes.
This is the sort of quality I expect from grocery store bagged ctc. Tsk.

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drank Magic Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1534 tasting notes

For some reason I really like dragonfruit in tea. Seriously, its good stuff. So when this was passed over to me from VariaTea by way of Sil, I was excited! Thank you both! I was a little apprehensive at taking the entire pouch, especially since I’d been quite disinterested in herbals for the last year or so (but a tad bit more open to it lately).
Anyhow, I tried it and didn’t hate it! That bubblegummy fruit punch taste I’ve come to associate with dragonfruit is definitely there, and makes the brew highly enjoyable for me. Noms! The floral hint is a nice background addition too.

Christina / BooksandTea

Have you tried Pink Dragonfruit from Tealish?

Kirkoneill1988

i shall try this one someday :)

Indigobloom

@Christina, yes that was the one I had first. SO good!! :)

Indigobloom

Yes I think that is a good idea Kirk!

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Tried this again just to see and yep, same deal. Sadly there isn’t much left in my sample so this is an almost sipdown, with enough left to fill a teeny cup.
I think the major problem here is that I just don’t care for the base. I find it earthy in a strange fashion. Not quite musty, or dirt like… I dunno, can’t put my finger on it!
A little bit of mushroom going on as well.

Fjellrev

Mushroom! How strange.

Kirkoneill1988

mushroom… mmmmm

Alyssa

Mushroom cheesecake, anyone? Seems odd. Do you think the sample has gone bad?

Kirkoneill1988

oooh! now i wonder that too

Indigobloom

Wow comment explosion haha.
I’ve seen mushroom notes in puerh before. I think its just how the base is. Also I never found it a traditional cheesecake flavour

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drank Raspberry & Rosehip by Basilur
1534 tasting notes

Wowsa! What a wallop of raspberry. Tart, fresh berries ripe for picking. No cream though.
Pretty sure I oversteeped at 3 min, so next time I’ll go for 2 or 2.5.
Added milk and a bit of sugar due to the bitterness and it was quite lovely. A bit artificial in that overpowering raspberry danish kindof way, but I love that! Noms.
That said, I wouldn’t recommend this for a purist! ha.

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Lemon dish soap. Should give this too naughty kids needing a mouth washing!
I think maybe this part of the batch got a double dose of flavouring because it just doesn’t sound like any of the other reviews I’ve seen. Nope not at all!

Fjellrev

Aww, that’s too bad!

Indigobloom

Yup. I mean it could just be me. I hope it is, then I can send it to whoever loves it!

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Reminded me of a caramel apple today. Noms.
Thanks MissB and Sil for coordinating

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Ugh. I am so tired.
Dad went in for dental surgery this morning, and I was so worried… needlessly, I am sure! but it seems to have exhausted me. I feel as if I could nap for days.
Alas I cannot, as we have our first tea guild meeting of the ‘year’ (we follow the school year, I suppose since summer doesn’t make for ideal weather in tea sipping!)

I’m not sure what I did right today but this turned out pretty ok. More depth of flavour than normal. I like it!

Fjellrev

I hope his surgery went well!

Indigobloom

Thanks! He’s doing ok. A little woozy still but better than expected :)

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Ok well I’m glad to see it wasn’t just me!
There was something fake about the flavouring here, almost chemically. That could be age though. or the rhubarb?
It just wasn’t doing anything for me sans additions so I added some sugar and milk. That seemed to bring it to a decent level where I could definitely taste the strawberry. Also, the milk enhanced the cakey note, which was nice.

Plunkybug

I had a hard time with it too, sadly.

Indigobloom

I feel like I overleafed it but I followed the instructions. Will try a little less next time!

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Really enjoying this tea! Not so much hot, it was much better cooled down.
Funny, it was kinda bland freshly brewed so I added some sugar to bring out flavours. Now I wish I hadn’t so I would know how it is at lukewarm without any additions. Oh well.
I really like the jam aspect, and I’m digging the rather mild cashew influence as well. With that extra dollop of sugar, it is quite jammy! I do miss Stacy. Her teas generally taste like what she intends, unlike so many others I’ve tried where you have to try so much harder and guess at other blends.

Plunkybug

I do wish I had had the chance to try this one…

Indigobloom

I have one cup worth left, if you want I can send it to you!

Plunkybug

Are you sure? I would not want to take your last cup.

Indigobloom

It’s about time we did a swap anyhow :)

Plunkybug

Ok then…send me a message with what you want to try. I need to go through my cupboard and update it though, do bear in mind I may not have everything there right now…still, send me a list and I’ll see what I can do for you.

Indigobloom

kk I’ll msg you on fb later!

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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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