1543 Tasting Notes

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Backlog:
Aya! I thought I’d lost my sampler packet of this. It was devastating. But then I found it tucked away up behind a bigger 52Teas bag and the world was right again.
So of course I indulged in a cuppa. So much good!! All pumpkiny and spice. Noms. Feels like Autumn. Damn. I hate that I found something to love about this season besides the changing leaves. Still want my summer back…
Anyhow. This is going on my reorder list, 100%!
Edit: So I just read my review of this from 3 years ago and back then I was less in love. Go figure.

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1543 tasting notes

I don’t see any separate entries for the chocolate bars, people seem to be adding them to the tea itself. Odd.
Anyhow, I bought this on a whim the other day and shared it with my Goddaughter and family. Ugh. Kindof nasty, I gotta say! Both my GD and her sister gave theirs away after having a nibble and I almost didn’t bother finishing mine.
It tasted rather iffy for “chocolate” and there were little bits of twig within the bar which I presume was meant to be the tea part?
That wasn’t the worst part though! Nothing about the taste was red velvet like.
Overall, I’d rate this a 60, since if I was in one of those desperate for chocolate moods this would be a make do situation.
I actually don’t mind the tea, it’s a nice dessert cuppa despite the artificial ingredients(many of the DT ones make me feel like ick), so I won’t touch the ratings bar this time.

OMGsrsly

I don’t really understand the chunks of tea in chocolate thing they seem to have going on… :/

keychange

Yes, this seems to be the case with most of their bars. I don’t ever want to chomp down on a chunk of actual tea. Uggh.

Indigobloom

OMGsrsly, same here. I was intrigued to see that they got into chocolate but now I’m just glad it’s another thing I don’t need to spend money on :)

Indigobloom

Keychange, it’s not a good feeling that’s for sure! blech

Fjellrev

I had a feeling this one would be weird as a chocolate bar. Sorry for the bad experience. Now I know to definitely not waste my money, or calorie consumption, on this.

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, me too, but I had naively high hopes anyhow. Definitely not worth it!

Roswell Strange

Now I’m nervous; I’ve got the Birthday Cake and Red Velvet Bars hanging out in my pantry to review on SororiTEA Sisters at some point. I HATED the tea version of RVC so I’m super nervous about the bar :/

Kristal

Roswell Strange, I personally found that the red velvet chocolate bar didn’t taste anything like red velvet and just milk chocolate, so you might be in the clear.

Indigobloom

I agree with Kristal, it tastes a bit different but nothing like red velvet! You should be good. Just beware of the tea bits

Kristal

Yeah, the bigger tea chunks I didn’t care for. It was still good, though :)

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drank Cache-Cache by Lupicia
1543 tasting notes

Wow! This is cool. So many different flavours. My ‘buds are confused haha.
Hot, I could have sworn this was salted caramel. But then as it cooled, a lot of fruit notes emerged. Definitely getting peach, and I think that is lychee? Something malty as well.
Also, in some sips it tastes like what imagine caramel infused with fruit would be like. A little creamy with that perfect touch of sweetness. Oh and the peppercorn comes out in the aftertaste! What fun :)
Too bad this is another sample from my box. But you know what, I don’t mind because I’m getting to know the company better when I do eventually make an order. That and I have so much in my cupboard that I welcome the sipdown!

OMGsrsly

Hehehe. It’s like a cheater sipdown so your cupboard looks better, but it’s only one cup! (I need to get through mine too. I have a whole bunch of tea bags to try!)

Indigobloom

I know right?! it has definite pros and cons haha. This was a sachet, I should have mentioned that in my review. Oops!

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drank Apple by Lupicia
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Well I found my “one” apple tea. I’m kinda sad that it turned out to be from a non Canadian vendor. Darn you Cdn dollar. and shipping!
I’ve seen other notes that say it tastes artificial, and I suppose it does a little but to be honest this is the best apple tea I’ve ever had. Any of those which have no fake notes either don’t taste like apple at all or they do, just not in the way I was looking for.
I added no sugar and it was quite sweet, though not overly so like the David’s Tea version. The base is a bit astringent, which suits the “apple”-ness quite well. Definitely getting some mouth puckering!
You know, I’m a little worried about my rating. It’s the highest of the bunch. Perhaps I’m just easily swayed by unrealistic fruit flavours? Bah.
Sadly though, I only had the one bag as this was from the Lupicia sampler box I bought. Oh well. Hello goodbye wonderful!

keychange

let’s order from lupicia, yo!

Sil

stop all the ordering… go drink some tea keychange! lol

Indigobloom

Ah boo I just looked on their website and apple black tea isn’t there, unless they didn’t load it into the search tool though I also checked their flavoured black section.
LOL Sil, yes I should do that as well. But I waaaant…

keychange

Ok fine. grrr.

keychange

That sucks! why are all our faves evading us for stupid reasons?

Sil

it’s probably a seasonal – out of stock on the australia version of the site

Indigobloom

@Keychange I know right?! uncool tea vendors, that is uncool!
@Sil that makes sense. Atleast it means I have a chance at snagging some one day!

Kristal

Ugh I was killed on the exchange rate and shipping for an anniversary gift for my husband. It upped the cost of his gift by $100 :|

Indigobloom

Kristal, Oh wow that is crazy! a lot of money spent for no good reason

Indigobloom

(the extra hundred I mean, I’m sure the gift was awesome!)

Kristal

He loved his Shirts and undies, lol (He’s a tall and big guy and has a hard time finding shirts with the correct length). I just told him he needs to get his passport so we can go to the border next time and pick it up! (The US border is less than an hour drive, and I only have my beginner’s license so I can’t go without him).

Indigobloom

Yeah I have a few friends with that problem. A few ended up going with custom made shirts. Sounds like a fun day trip though

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drank Nutty by Nature by DAVIDsTEA
1543 tasting notes

Well fancy that, I’m easy to please today. Especially for tea types that I have qualms with. First an apple tea, and now a mate! I tip my hat to you David’s.
Makes me feel kinda speshal cuz in both my chosen teas today there was some hate on from other tea lovers around here, and yet I like’em!
I really enjoy the dry nuttiness here. It makes me happy. And you can’t really taste much mate which is great as a slow reintroduction for me haha.
Can’t say I noticed any apricot. No sugar added so maybe that would have made a difference?
Other than the smooth nutlike flavour with some mate influence I really don’t notice anything else. Oh well.

Plunkybug

I can’t get much nut, but I get more syrupy apricot.

Indigobloom

really?! odd. Maybe they didn’t mix it well in blending

Plunkybug

Maybe? I have seen others say the same, that the apricot is dominant.

Indigobloom

I suppose its possible I’m confusing the flavour notes. Or maybe they’re blended together

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drank Honeycrisp Apple by DAVIDsTEA
1543 tasting notes

Apple flavoured candy is one of me faves. I’d say in the top three, after orange and cherry. Ok so top four, I think I do adore grape a little more. (sorry for the impromptu rhyming)
I know that sounds farish down the list but it really isn’t!
Anyhow this definitely tastes like sour apple candy with just a hint of apple peel thrown in. Heyyyyyy I bet it’d make an amazing cocktail!!! Yummm.
All of that said, there is an element of fakeness, which in this case I don’t mind so much.
Oh and minus points for barely being able to taste the tea! (83 down to 78)

Kristal

" minus points for barely being able to taste the tea!" Agreed. They should have done this as a herbal in my opinion. If you cannot taste the green tea why make it a green tea :/

Indigobloom

Exactly!! I was so disappointed to see that 40% of the fall blends are herbals. And with this one being so light on the tea part, well it might as well be 60%?! (80% since mate is technically a caffeinated herbal but I’m not concerned about that haha)

keychange

I have a shit-ton of this that I won’t drink. Want it?

Indigobloom

Keychange – Sure, that’d be amazing!!!

Indigobloom

Thank you! totally just made my day :D

Kristal

Totally agree, Indigobloom. I really only drink Greens and Herbals (and I’m pickier with greens) so I totally would have been okay with more herbals. Although, the tea of the month for October (Ginger Beer) I loved so that makes up for my lack of interest in the fall collection :)

Indigobloom

Ah see I drink a lot of types but mostly black. So I was really disappointed to see only one this season, and their pumpkin flavour is really off for me so I was uber sad!

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74

AGH!!! I just wrote my review and now its gone. Not sure what happened. Sighs.

Here we go again. I found this to be a standard sencha only with less of a grassy note and more lingering sweetness followed by menthol. At first I wasn’t sure but then saw someone else mention it in their note so I knew I wasn’t going crazy!
Also, there was a time way back when that sencha used to make me a bit queasy. Recently I found that not to be the case, but here I feel just a bit of it. Not enough to complain or anything, just something to notice!

keychange

Hmmm, there are some teas that make me queasy as well. I just smell them and my stomach turns. Weird how that is.

Indigobloom

Yeah I never understood how that works! Why does it affect some people and not others, and why is it a different tea for everyone?

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Yep. Agreed with all the other notes here, this is a standard Assam, albeit a nice one.
Smooth, fruity, and a hint of malty yum. There’s also a lingering dry pucker in the back of my mouth at times. I don’t often find this type of astringency in tea!
Not every sip mind you, and the other ones are rather wet and a tad sour.

On a more personal note… I’ve had some rather strange dreams the last few days. I don’t often remember them and yet these ones have yet to fade. Not sure what to think about that!

CharlotteZero

I’ve had a similar experience recently. I can’t even tell you when the last time I remembered my dreams was (6 months, at least), and now suddenly I’m remembering a lot of my dreams.

keychange

Yes, I’ve had this happen as well. Also, I love personal tasting notes!

Indigobloom

CharlotteZero, it is quite odd! I’ve been getting headaches too though I think that is the season change.

Indigobloom

Keychange, me too! reading about people and what goes on in their lives is half the fun of reading notes

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drank La Belle Epoque by Lupicia
1543 tasting notes

I can see the Darjeeling in this but it blends in so well with the other teas that it really doesn’t take on Darj elements in the traditional muscatel/astringent way.
I must have left it longer than I realized, though I only stepped out of the room for a second! When I came back my cup was bitter. So I added some milk and it toned everything down, bringing out a lovely malt and stone fruit note alongside the refreshing Darj. I quite enjoyed the cuppa. The perfect blend of mellow vs crisp. Quite a character, I’d say!

keychange

Love how milk can save the day!

Indigobloom

I know right?! One day I’ll likely be lactose intolerant, really not looking forward to that in terms of my teas!!

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posted initially under the wrong listing

Caramel. Ooolong. Heaven.
The pairing of flavours leaves a lovely fresh mineral note and something akin to apples, but more like a spritz of apple than a mouthful. The caramel aftertaste is lovely, I am in serious lust!!!
Thank you MissB for sharing!

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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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