1543 Tasting Notes

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
1543 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
1543 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
1543 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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73

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

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73

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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65

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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drank Chai & Mighty by DAVIDsTEA
1543 tasting notes

I was on my way from visiting one doctor only to go visit another and felt in need of some warm liquid energy. Thus, chai!
To be honest this one had me a bit leery. Something didn’t seem quite right by scent. But I gave it a go… and well look at that, it was pretty decent! I guess I’m still suspicious of vanilla, after my few bad experiences with it in the past.
Funny, the official DT note for this tea says the ‘nilla is merely a “hint” but I say its more like a whack in the ’buds. Seriously, there was plenty to go around.
The other traditional chai spices were hangin around of course. They were pleasant enough though a little coppery overall, or that could have been how they interacted with the black base.
Also, as the tea became lukewarm, there was a distinct creamy note that emerged, layered alongside the ’nilla. Kinda like the creamy part of a vanilla infused cookie, with that certain texture. I can’t recall what brand my Babcia used to buy as a kid, but it reminded me of that, rather specifically!
Aaaannnyhow. Despite my enjoyment of this one, I can’t say its something I feel the need to have in my cupboard as it doesn’t quite fit what I was seeking as a mainstay.
Even still, I recommend trying it!

Alyssa

Are you a fan of any of their other chai teas? I had Saigon Chai a while ago and enjoyed it, but I’ve had terrible experiences with chai being too sweet. Was this one extra sweet at the end?

Indigobloom

Hmmm. I didn’t find it overly sweet myself. Not like the Honeycrisp apple I mentioned earlier. I asked them to add just a few drops of agave and it was perfect for me.
There was one chai from there that I really enjoyed in the past but I can’t recall which one. I’ve been trying to remember for awhile now!

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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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