1440 Tasting Notes

drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
1440 tasting notes

Hmmm. I ordered this expecting to love it to bits! but strangely I’ve been enjoying my other Mandala one more.
Here, I’m not getting a lot of the complexity that others are finding. Instead, I get a lot of the heavier, more metallic notes. Mushroom and clay with a bare hint of fruit.
I’ll try it with my gaiwain and if that doesn’t work, this baby is destined for another home…

Bear With Me

Mm, Special Dark! But, I can see where you’d taste what you do. I found it to be best when steeped in glass vs ceramic, but that’s just me. Which is the one you like more?

Indigobloom

I’ll have to check the name when I swing back downstairs. Thought I’d reviewed it already but apparently not!!
I’ll see if glass makes a difference as well

Bear With Me

I may have missed it if you did review it. I’ve been pretty MIA after all!

Indigobloom

bah, I’ve been missing here too kinda. Right now I’m on a “steepster” kick :)

Indigobloom

Agh tried drawing a heart but the format program here wont let me

Bear With Me

Silly formatting :P

Indigobloom

yep. I bet its Markdown shakes fist at formatting

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I had a teeny bit of Pancake Breakfast left and wanted to use it up, and I’m running low on black Indian teas so I added a bunch of this! First time I ever tried it with milk. Not bad at all. Kinda like chocolate pancakes :P

Thomas Edward(Toad)

i love this one :)

Fjellrev

I liked this one too, and chocolate pancake tea is a great concept haha.

Indigobloom

Thomas, it certainly is worthy of the love!!

Fjellrev, I was just sad I didn’t think of it before :P

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85

Oh wow this is good! Malty and a bit fruity. Somewhat drying. I am a fan!!! So much yum. There is a bit of breadiness as well. I had a migraine at the time so will have to write a more detailed note another day :)

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Picked up at the tea festival. Thank you Capital Teas!!
A rather interesting Assam, I must say. Not quite what I expected. First impressions are of stone fruit and cocoa or maybe sweet potato. Somewhat reminiscent of white wine in the way the flavours are profiled (not in the way it tastes, just how they present the fruit aspect).
Let me rephrase. When I drink wine, the flavours hit my palate in a unique way more at the back of my throat, whereas with teas it is usually more of a full/front of mouth experiences. Atleast with black teas, which I gravitate towards. Am I the only one who finds this?
I think this may be why I find the tea to be so unique.
Also, there is a sweetness here that reminds me quite a bit of Lover’s Leap or Margaret’s Hope, only instead of raisin notes, I see sweet potato.

yyz

I totally got the wine notes and sweet potato with this one as well.

Indigobloom

Awesome, I was kinda worried. I’ve never had an Assam like that, wasn’t sure if it was just me!

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1440 tasting notes

The first time I had this, it didn’t impress me much. Then I picked up a sample to play around with and from one cup to the next I never had consistent experiences. Today, it was quite nice overall. I still need to go in for a second brew so I’ll see what happens with that.
Atleast this is a sipdown! I’ll probably pick some more up at some point, but not for awhile. Well, til my cupboard gets down to a reasonable level. And definitely not until my finances recover from the tea festival :P

Kirkoneill1988

pineapple… bleh :( great review though

Indigobloom

Aw thx Kirk!

Kirkoneill1988

no problem :)

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I think this is my favourite vanilla tea, ever.
Mind you I haven’t had that many and there was a time they didn’t sit well with me. But this one is simply delicious. Thank you Miss B for the sample, and Sil for coordinating things!
I had half a cup sans dairy, and half with. Without, it is quite pleasant, but with is where I find the “shortbread” aspect really comes out. Oh man, I can actually taste buttery cookie! The vanilla is a really nice addition as well, making things extra creamy.

Fjellrev

Drool, vanilla shortbread.

Sil

there will be come out in the box to jones whenever i can fill it.. bhwahahaha

Sil

come = some

Indigobloom

Yes, I second the drool! :P

Sil, dunno how you’re gonna part with it heh

M

This sounds amaaaazing.

Sil

it’s already partitioned out… once it’s in the box for the west coast or peeps here in toronto, it can’t come back out… otherwise whatshesaid would have no more caramel teas coming to her

Indigobloom

M, it IS!!! I have only half a cups worth left or else I’d send you the rest to try :)

Sil, good point heh. In Sil we trust!

Nightshifter

Annnnnnddddd.. now I need this. Yum! :)

Indigobloom

Welcome to the club Nightshifter :P

OMGsrsly

Oh, Fjellrev! You can have some if you send me your address. :D

Nightshifter

Where can it be purchased in the US? I’m only finding UK so far. Also how does it compare to GO? Sorry for the early AM questions. :P

whatshesaid

whatshesaid loves caramel teas :)

SOUNDS AMAZING!

Sil

nightshifter…no idea…this was a present from a friend travelling abroad :(

Indigobloom

hehe meeeee toooo whatshesaid :P

MissB

Yep, I grabbed this in London at the most amazing location… You’re all going to start hating me for sharing tea that you can’t easily get in North America. I’m positive though that Whittard ships ask over the world, they’re just really pricey,even prior to shipping.

So glad you liked this! You got a ton more out of it than I did… Now I’ll have to try it as a latte.

Indigobloom

No H8 MissB! Maybe a little jealousy though ;)
Did you have it with milk? I found it loads better that way

Kirkoneill1988

sounds tasty! :D

Indigobloom

Kirk, it really is!!

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86

I thought I gave this away to a friend! but I didn’t! It was a bit stale already. There was no tin for it and I think this one was organic so lost flavour faster. Bah. It was great while it lasted. I’ll miss you in my cupboard Tealet.
Whatever, it was a sipdown. I had seven sipdowns!! A serious record for one day. Woot!

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I had high hopes for this chai. I really did. Vanilla chai sounds amazing. In theory.
Not so much in reality, when it includes licorice?! In my head, those two just do not go together. Nope. No they no do not.
It ruins everything!!! That makes two cups of tea down the drain today. I’m thankful they allow ten gram samples.

Nightshifter

I wanted to try this one, but so many people said it wasn’t tasty. I wish we could order samples online! Def. not going for 50g again without having an idea of what it is like.

Indigobloom

Seriously, it is not worth it at all. That’s one reason I don’t order from them online if I haven’t tried the tea yet as well. Other companies, I seem to have much better luck with

teataku

I generally can’t stand chais that have anise in them either. It just ruins it for me, because suddenly ALL I taste is licorice. Blech. Sorry you had to have that experience!

Indigobloom

Yea I’m with you there teataku! in moderation, I don’t mind. But most teas with anise/licorice don’t follow that idea lol

Kirkoneill1988

the only chai i liked was Tim Horton’s chai tea

Indigobloom

I haven’t had the Tims one in ages!!

M

I had the same experience with this one. Great in theory, but sickeningly sweet when brewed.

Indigobloom

M… YUP!!! I tried brewing it for longer to override any sweetness but that clearly was a bad idea haha

Kirkoneill1988

lol. hey indigobloom over-steeping can be a blessing or a curse

M

There was really no winning with this tea, as much as I hoped it would be great.

Kirkoneill1988

well im not trying this tea then lol

Indigobloom

Kirk – haha I don’t blame you!

M, 100% agreed. I’m so glad I didn’t let the girl convince me to buy more

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drank Bubbie's Baklava by DAVIDsTEA
1440 tasting notes

Hot, this was ok. Not great, but ok. Some sips were better than others. I was hoping for more cakey/pastry flavour, which I got maybe a hint of. For the most part, instead I found something more like chai. But not in a pleasing way. All spice, no tea!
As the cup cooled, oh dear that was not cool. Not cool at all!
I’ve never been a fan of chicory, but I find that in some teas it does really well, and not so much in others. Well I guess this is the not so much? Ick. Dislike.

TeaBrat

how can they get away with making so many disgusting teas? ecch

Indigobloom

I dunno, I always wondered that myself TeaBrat. They seem to sell a lot of them, so someone has to be drinking it??? And the girl in the store told me this is “one of her favourites” (how, I don’t know!)

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drank Bedouin Chai by Wissotzky Tea
1440 tasting notes

Almost done my sample!!
I’ve been trying to sip down as many teas as possible lately, because I have a bunch of stuff incoming from Butiki and Lupicia. Plus the tea festival is coming up so I expect I’ll end up collecting a bunch there as well.
If I could just find some time to organize my stash, I have a feeling things would go much more smoothly!

Dustin

If I had room to organize my stash. :/

Tabby

A tea festival??

Indigobloom

Dustin – Haha yep, that too! I spend half an hour this morning going through and weeding out the easy sipdowns. I’m hoping to get my stash down to non samples only :P

Indigobloom

Tabby – Yep, the Toronto Tea Festival is this weekend! If you’re ever in town, its a fun time. Worth checking out :D

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Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
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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!
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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.
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