1314 Tasting Notes

93
drank KaiMatcha Premium by KaiMatcha
1314 tasting notes

I rarely indulge in this beaut, owing to how tasty it is… so much that I’m afraid if I catered to my whims, it’d be gone in a week.
In fact, this is the only tea I’ve ever come across that manages to seduce me with the occasional second mug. Then, eventually, I erase the bliss from my palate memory, and when I see the tin next, somehow I end up thinking that I don’t really want it at the moment. Seriously? what madman convinced me of this?!
Thus, I put it away in the corner someplace, only to find it again months later and repeat the process all over again.
Of course I am now beginning to notice it losing a bit of oomph, owing to age I presume… so I feel that I can now reasonably chain drink it and avoid any overwhelming guilt!! That said, I’m on a tight budget at the moment and I’ll be so incredibly sad when that looming sipdown rolls around. Eeeps!!
Also, I’d like to add that this especially hit the spot today. I am positive that my entire cup vanished in record time.

On a final note, I’ve been looking forward to this review because I’m a nerd and wanted to make my 1234th post about something special. I can’t think of a more appropriate tea to achieve that!

__Morgana__

Awesome on the 1234!

Indigobloom

Thanks! I feel like it’s a big one, since my next milestone is 2000. Well, maybe 1500.
Anyhow. The 1234 makes me chuckle :P

Fjellrev

Nicely done! My 666th is coming up soon so I ought to prepare for that haha.

Indigobloom

Hehe Thanks Fjellrev! Ahhh 666!! Maybe a chili chai would work for that lol

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86

I finally made a cup of this the other day and it was really good!! Unfortunately I didn’t have time to write a note at the time and have since forgotten most of the details. But I will try it again soon.
Coles notes: sweet, deep, complex and raisin!

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87
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1314 tasting notes

I had a cuppa this today and it did not disappoint. I hope it stays around forever and ever. Also, I’m ever so grateful that every once in awhile I find it in a tea shop instead of the usual blah bagged option!!

Christina

I should try this, if only for the reason that one of my cats is named after Marco Polo.

Indigobloom

LOL that is a most excellent reason!

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85

I accidentally steeped this for a long time. Six minutes maybe? I’m not sure, it went way over my timer, as Mum had asked me to help her with something and it slipped my mind. Oops!
No matter, the tea was great. Really!!! I love cherry, and I love tart cherries even more! And boy was this tart. Not overwhelmingly so mind you, and I could definitely taste the puerh. Like one of those sour cherry candies. Mmmm. No sugar required.
Also, it’s a really nice change to have a flavour besides orange, chocolate, or toffee associated with puerh. Thanks TeaBrat for the sample!!

Stephanie

Shu puerh is awesome in that you can never oversteep it! :)

Amariel

Ooh, interesting!

Angrboda

Wow, that sounds like a great combination! I had a strawberry flavoured one once which was just like drinking jam. Lovely.

gmathis

This is one of my favorites from Nature’s Tea Leaf. Much conversation has taken place about the “perfect” cherry tea…this one comes as close to authentic cherry fruit (not candy) flavor as anything I’ve tried.

Indigobloom

Stephanie, so true!! Unfortunately that meant my resteep turned out quite weak lol

Indigobloom

Amariel, it really was!! I will have to order from them one day

Indigobloom

Angrboda, yes stawberry!! I remember now as well, a strawberry puerh from The Spice and Tea Exchange. It was super tasty. I’m sad they discontinued it!

Indigobloom

Gmathis, I could not agree with you more. Seriously, I’m still thinking about this one days later :P

Amariel

I think it may be time for some more Berry Good from DAVIDs…

Indigobloom

Amariel, Ooh yes that was a good one too!

Amariel

I have not had it much this winter, but I did like it for spring and fall. And I admit I had it in the summer too.

Indigobloom

The hibiscus would make it taste great iced!

Amariel

Yes, though luckily the hibby is mild in that.

Indigobloom

True. I guess it depends on what you end up with in your spoon from the packet!

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86

Yay!!
I made a cuppa for Dad yesterday, and he loooooved it!!!
When I ask him what something tastes like, he usually can’t pinpoint it beyond the basics of “fruity” or “green” etc or worse, as simply good, really good, or ok! So being that this is really his review I’ll just leave it at that. Still. Definitely a squee moment :D

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82

Well hum! Now I wish I’d tried this first, out of all the Xmas teas. I do believe it is my favourite! Somehow it ended up in my bin to try. Ah well, I can drink this tea any time, right? Breaking tradition…
Anyhow. I find it odd that while there is no chocolate here, it has more of the texture of chocolate that I was looking for. So yeah, there is no cocoa flavour, but it’s somehow what I want in a chocolate mint tea?! Hrm.
No milk or sugar, this was perfect on it’s own. With a bit of sugar, maybe half a teaspoon, it was more dessert like. Rich and creamy, almost like an aero bar. Yum.

ifjuly

I enjoyed this one too!

Indigobloom

I’ll be sad when it’s gone :)

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72

I think this is the packet that Lala sent me. Thank you so much!!!
And now I’m glad I didn’t go and buy a whole batch of it. Somehow, it seems way different than what I tried ages ago. The base is not what I initially tried so that could be it.
I’ll have to try it again with more precise parameters.

Lala

I find sometimes with re-blends, it never tastes the same as the first time. Sometimes I think I just build it up to much in my head.

Kirkoneill1988

taste like pancakes?

Indigobloom

Lala, I think you’re right. Ah well! Thanks again for sending me some!!

Indigobloom

Kirk, a little bit! though this time around the “pancake” tastes a tad undercooked

Kirkoneill1988

sometimes undercooked (or soft parts) taste good. i will try it someday :)

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Thanks for the sample Lala!
I had to add a bit of sugar for the flavour to emerge here. It’s a very mild coconut/kiwi note, but I really do like the base, so I don’t mind at all. A pleasant cuppa, to be sure. I’d consider ordering a small batch for myself one day. Also tried with milk and that was just as lovely. Malty, and well balanced.
Will hold off on rating as I actually drank this cuppa yesterday and my memory is a bit fuzzy on the deets. But going by memory, I think it’d be around 77 or so.

Lala

You’re welcome

Caleb Brown

The natural sweetness of the kiwi man this blend sweet enough for me but because of this review I tired it with milk and LOVED it! Thanks for the review :)

Indigobloom

Such is the beauty of Steepster!! I’m so glad you tried it out :)

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78
drank Bedouin Chai by Wissotzky Tea
1314 tasting notes

This is soooo lemony! I think I just got some extra grass in there this time heh. Note to self: more tea, less grass :)

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78

Thanks for the sample TeaBrat!
I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea quite like this before. Hot, it was so dynamic and complex, and yummy! I coulda sworn there was yerba mate in there but nope it’s myrtle masquerading as mate. Ha!
Anyhow, now that it’s cooled I can really taste the lemon. Interesting. I still prefer it hot though.

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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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