1341 Tasting Notes

93
drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
1341 tasting notes

The dreaded head cold got me!!! Noooooooo.
This is especially troublesome because I have a phone interview this afternoon. For a job I really do need but it’s in the wrong city. I enjoy working in the city (seriously, I’ve thought long and hard about this, it really is a thing for me, for many reasons).
So I’ve generally turned down opportunities to work in the suburbs. Except now I need the cash to tide me over and this job is related to my field. Thankfully it’s only a three month contract.
Ugh. What to do!?

Anyhow, as usual I don’t make this delicious tea nearly often enough, and again, as usual I’ve drained my mug faster than a kid with a milkshake. So many levels of delicious.
I’m impressed that I can actually taste it through my stuffed up nose.

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79

Bare, without any sugar or milk, this is really hitting the spot for me today!!
Maybe that’s because it’s the only tea I’ve had all day after being kidnapped by my friend and goddaughter. Or maybe I’m just in a good mood? :P

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78

This is a very easy sipping puerh. Not my fave type, though if I hadn’t lost track of the time(2nd steep) I might have got more menthol and been more impressed but I guess now I’ll never know. Wah.
Anyhow, I did enjoy it. Really I did. It’s just that whenever I have a lighter puerh, I always think to myself that I really do prefer the darker variety. What a shame. I really need to get into the zen of it. But then getting annoyed at myself for not being able to “zen out” is somewhat counterproductive…. ok I’ll stop.

The tea is good. There is that clay sort of feel that I have mixed thoughts on in the first infusion, along with a long and flat woody note.
Second one is sweeter, with a bit of peach and that slight minty cooling sensation. Not sure about bamboo. What does bamboo taste like again?

Thanks Jalam Teas for the sample!! (by way of my buddy K)

Terri HarpLady

Open a can of bamboo shoots? ;)

Indigobloom

LOL good idea. I love bamboo in my Thai food, but then its usually covered in sauce. I need to buy me a can!

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Well I know I had a review of this. I recall writing it. Where did it go?
This happens often to me, it seems. Hmph.

Anyhow, I tried something different today. Milk, water, and a whole lotta ice in the blender.
It turned the ice into a strange frothy cloud that I think would go really well if it had been mint. But the cherry was odd. More floral and not very strong. Oh well. Live n learn.

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90
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
1341 tasting notes

Aw yeah. I really need to invest in getting me a tin of this!
Thanks so much for the sample TeaBrat!!
I love how the base pairs with the pineapple. It’s SO subtle. One of those teas I could just gulp down like I haven’t had water for days. Seriously. I am in love.
Now, the last time I had this, I wasn’t so sure. I’m not sure what’s changed. The tea, or my tastes? Either way… I am happy :D

Anna

So much Lupicia on my dash right now, loving it. <3

keychange

Oh yeah, gonna bust this one out in the near fuche, I think!!

TeaBrat

I’m glad you liked it :)

Indigobloom

Anna, Really?! Not on mine lol But hey it is delish!!

Indigobloom

Keychange, I think you’ll like it, it is quite the beaut!! :D

Indigobloom

TeaBrat, you are so generous. Thanks again!!

Anna

Yes! Yes! Everyone is Lupicia-ing!

Indigobloom

Hahaha yes!! Is this the Steepster version of planking now :P

Anna

DYING from that visual! DYING!!!

Anna

Hahaha. Play! Love! Freedom! Now I want to watch those videos of people freeing net-entangled sea creatures and making them happy again…

Indigobloom

LOL I love that somehow we’ve managed to liken tea folk to sea creatures :P

Anna

Manatea!

Indigobloom

Bahahahaa!!! How did I miss this?!
Next time I make a cuppa tea I expect to find a mini Lochness in my pot :P

Anna

Look at the last one, under the ‘Traditional’ heading: http://www.loreaxe.com/portfolio.php

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77

Interesting. Smoky. Yes definitely smoky. And brisk! With a nice amount of malt. And a bit of copper.
A complex tea to be sure!
Not my absolute fave, but a really nice change from the norm. I quite enjoyed it. Thanks for the sample Lala!

Kirkoneill1988

cool :) ill try it someday

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73

Fake berries! yay!
Honestly though, it isn’t SO bad. I expected much worse based on the reviews. It’s fake in a pleasant way. I didn’t think that was possible.
I do like how it blends with the base. Very well actually. Surprisingly.
Without sugar, it’s pretty good, though a tad weak. With just a dash of sugar, maybe a third of a tsp, it’s more berry gum like. I see it doing well when iced!

OMGsrsly

I cold brewed 4 hours, and it’s pretty good!

Indigobloom

Oooh?! I can’t wait til the weather warms up :P

OMGsrsly

Yeah. I tasted it, then put the lid on and put it back in the fridge. The heat is off in my building, so I’m craving hot drinks. :)

Indigobloom

Really?! they just turned it off? Not cool!
I prefer hot drinks over cold so as much as I love summer, hands down, that is the one reason I enjoy cold weather!! (well that and skiing or winter play activities)

OMGsrsly

Happens every spring. I have the coldest apartment, as I’m above the unheated storage rooms. :/

Indigobloom

Ouch. I guess that’d be an incentive to go outside haha

Bear With Me

Oh gawd, I think I have a problem… Definitely read “dingle berry burst” and got VERY concerned for a moment O.o

OMGsrsly

Oh, Ceylon Star. :D :D

Kirkoneill1988

ohhhh the fakeness lol ;)

Indigobloom

Ceylon Star, I take it you aren’t a fan of berries ;)

Indigobloom

Kirk- haha indeed

Bear With Me

I LOVE berries, I just have, uhh, other stuff on my mind? :P

Indigobloom

lol Ceylon Star, I can see that :P

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I had a cuppa this today and it was delish, thank you TeaBrat!!
Very light and refreshing for a puerh, or any tea really. Vibrant. I know what you mean about the camphor! Yum. I was interrupted by a family matter so wasn’t able to pay close attention to the particular notes, but overall I was rather impressed. Quite lovely :)

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78

Durnit! I need to buy sticky notes so I can identify my “tumbler teas”… I keep forgetting and end up with a cuppa cold bleh.
Ah well. Lesson learned!

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30
drank Hibiscus Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1341 tasting notes

Oh goodness NO!!!!
How many levels of ewww can a tea travel? Many, apparently, I can assure you.
I didn’t exactly read the ingredients list before purchasing this one, so I didn’t realize there was enough cinnamon in here for an unruly teen to participate in the “cinnamon challenge”!! Ugh. Whoever thought hibby, stevia, ginger AND cinnamon would blend well together must have been delirious. Stevia? Really? I’ve seen it work in some dessert teas, but I never imagined it working with any spices or spicy type additives, and that was evidently for a reason.
Of course, in the spirit of disclosure, I am in a terrible mood, having been laid off from the job that I really didn’t like. I’m part relieved and yet horrified. Sure, it was THE least challenging role I’ve ever taken on (asides from retail back in Uni that is) but then I really need the funding to pay some bills. Moreover, for my tea! ha!
Nevermind that. This is still a nasty tea. Slightly better when cold, where I can actually taste some of the hibby. Funny, I never thought I’d see the day when something could dominate that formidable flower… but then I hadn’t considered pitting the two most overpowering tea additives I know of against each other. Makes sense, I suppose, to match the intensity of flavours. But then, isn’t that somewhat like mixing soy sauce and oatmeal??
Bleh. Overall, I think it is the general combination of things that makes it all so terrible. Stevia is the icing on the proverbial cake (Ick. cake is delicious. Or at least it is supposed to be!)

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-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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