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85

Thanks to Indigobloom for sending me this! I think I slightly oversteeped it, and there was a hint of bitterness. I added half a teaspoon of sugar into the mix, and bam solution fixed. It’s been awhile since I tried to sweeten any tea at all. The mate looks like it’s just been mixed with orange peels. Smells are that of orange vicks candies and some lemon, and it basically tastes like citrus overall. Some mate undertones but really mostly citrus. I’m glad it doesn’t taste like the funky tangerine flavoring I’ve been experiencing in some teas. Overall its good, not super AMAZING but good. I wouldn’t mind a few more cups of this.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

glad you liked it! Mmm having a craving for some now… too bad I left my agave at work! I find the flavours really complement each other.

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drank Lime Bang by DAVIDsTEA
74 tasting notes

Backlog. The more I have this tea, the more I dislike it. Why did I get a whole tin of this??

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85

Got around to drinking some herbal stuff, this was from the memorial day sale.. $2 of 1oz! And what, do I see there’s saffron inside? STEAL! Anyways, drinking this hot. Plenty of a mix inside as it seems. It smells like stride gum. Literally. Orange colour, slightly tart citrus and minty and maybe a slight floral quality to it. I like it, and at this price was certainly worth throwing in with my order, hell I might even get more next time. I think this might even be good cold. For those of you worrying, the hibiscus doesn’t really overpower here, it’s been awhile since I had the urge to have a herbal tea, this one didn’t disappoint.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

nice to see you around again! wow… you drinking an herbal!! lol

politicalmachine

when it gets hot, it seems like I have a lesser craving for hot tea. But sooner or later I always get back to anything that can wake me up :) I think that’s the main reason I avoid herbals mostly, need that caffeine fix!

Indigobloom

ah yes I hear ya! in the evenings I go for herbal mostly. Actually, I’m trying to find one that I really love, besides my chamomile.
Did you find the mate woke you up at all?

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83

Been busy recently, finally managed to make a cup of tea this morning… Well this tea before shipping costs were added on, came out to be about 4USD for 100g. I don’t know but that’s insanely cheap for a first flush darjeeling. Honey brown brew, slightly astringent if oversteeped and more malty than fruity. I would have more to say, but my thoughts are currently eluding me. Overall, great value from Lochan teas.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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81

Another tea from Indigobloom, This one looked rather interesting. Shui Xian oolong with a whole jumble of stuff in it. It reminds me a bit of the Forbidden Fruit from David’s. Overall it is very nutty, with a rather smoky taste. I fully expected this to be a rather sweet tea, seeing the caramel pieces, but really I’m not quite sure what good they did, because clearly it did not melt and looks just a whole as before steep. I can’t really taste the jumble of the other ingredients much at all actually. The quality of the Shui Xian is better than that of David’s, and though there are awfully large pieces of twigs, there are rather bigger pieces of leaf. Instructions say to steep for 1min, but unless you’re using boiling water and packed a gaiwan full.. I don’t really see the point.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

oh no! when I purchased my first 50g of this one, ages ago, it was amazing!! really sweet on its own and creamy. this second bag was purchased on a whim, and then stolen by a friend before I could try it… perhaps I need to steal some back and see for myself!! hmph.

politicalmachine

actually the resteep was even more odd, not much flavour but it became cloudy and sweet. I think i’ll just leave it for 5 min next time..

Indigobloom

hmmm I am really curious now. this is a mystery!

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80

Wow a tea from Kenya! I would have never imagined… thanks Indigobloom! Recently with all my exploits with darjeeling teas I think I have understood this word acronym game. GFBOP stands for Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe. So this is neither a first flush, or a tippy grade tea. Doing some research online, I found out that this tea comes from a high altitude plantation of above 1800m.

Colour is a deep golden brown, very similiar to some darjeelings again. There is no astringency at all with this tea, the malt does come through, but stops short of being caramel. Overall, it is very sweet and very easy to drink. The floral tones only came through from the dry leaves and not so much after the brew. What comes out to the end is that it really lacks the character of darjeelings but as it is grown at similar altitudes, it does taste relatively similar. Though it is not at all a bad tea, there’s not too much that stands out beside coming from Kenya, it would make a fine breakfast tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

I felt the same about this one at first, but it’s odd… one of the few black teas I actually crave every now and again.

politicalmachine

i should send you some straight black teas next time :)

Indigobloom

I’ve been on the hunt to find a main black tea that I love… but so far haven’t found one I can get a regular supply of to use at home. They’re all missing something. Oh well, gotta have some goals! :)
—I wish this postal strike would end!!! there are one or two I think you would find interesting.

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81

Thanks to Indigobloom for sending me this! I needed a black tea this morning to wake me up, and decided on this one. I have found ceylon teas to have a pretty sharp citrus taste that can go astringent really quickly. This tea was very identifiable to be of a ceylon black but the strawberry complimented it quite nicely. The super fruity Earl’s Garden from David’s was one tea that did not do it well, and the result ended up pretty bad. Strawberry flavour was not overpowering, which was great, and a hint of cream followed. I felt this one did not need any sugar or anything, and should work pretty well with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Now let me say, at first I was quite skeptical of ordering tea from ebay but DTH’s rather nice and complete set of teas and decent prices lured me to try some out. I was really after a comparison between this and hand picked oolongs from another vendor. I opted for a Jin Xuan variety because I was hoping to get that nice milky undertone to the tea. DTH also sells its version of a “milk oolong” but I was afraid of it being that of being flavoured instead of natural.

I was also unsure if this was from this year or last year as DTH tends to lie about these things, the product description for all teas were updated to 2011 harvest at the same time. Mostly i was impressed that it actually came in a box and was vacuum packed. Again, my friends at the Canadian Border control had decided to open my tea for inspection. Anyways, I just dumped my 100g out into a freezer proof ziploc bag. For the most part it comes in nice intact pieces, but there are some small fragments and dust (about 10% of it all), I just dumped out the dust in the trash..

Brewing came about in a gaiwan, and it went to 7 infusions before I gave up on it. First 2 were slightly floral but not quite as much as it smelled. Mouthfeel was rather weak, and I didn’t get any milky taste or anything out of these. Light bodied and pretty much consistent brews for the most part. I did note that these come from Ali Shan which depending on what elevation it is grown at could be something of a higher quality. The tea came out rather plain, but decent quality. Nothing comparable to the high mountain stuff, but is alright as an everyday tea. Mostly, the leaves uncurled to full stems and leaf in full portions and produced light and really uninteresting brews. I got really bored by the 7th round, and while I’m sure it could probably go 2-3 more times I stopped and threw it out. Quality-wise though, it’s better than the typical oolong you would find at a mainstream North American tea store.

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This is a sample I received with my order, I decided that I need to dispatch this one as fast as possible as it smells like perfume, and literally was changing the smell of all the teas around it! I’ve had rosebuds with green tea before with some degree of success but it has never smelled as strong as this! In fact, when i opened up the package I received from Chi of Tea, this was the only smell I got.

Tea appearance is broken sencha pieces, safflowers and rose petals, and some rosehips i think. It tastes literally like perfume. I don’t taste anything but rose, with a sweet aftertaste. I’m sure there is someone out there that would like something like this, but this is fringe undrinkable. I don’t think adding sweetener will help, it’s already pretty sweet. I don’t see this working as an iced tea either. Again, there are ways to get rose and green tea to work nicely, but not when it smells and taste like perfume. (You might ask, well how do you know what perfume taste like?) I’ll leave that to you to figure out :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

As a last resort…make a simple syrup from it (equal parts sugar and steeped hot/strong tea, add to pot and reduce to desired thickness of syrup) and either use it as a topping for french toast or pancakes or in ice cream or sorbet…strawberry sorbet with rose green syrup might work to save this..but I’m with you on teas that are way over scented that the tea is lost

politicalmachine

You know, that’s the first time I’ve heard about using tea to make syrup, which actually could be a great idea for mixed drinks. Thanks for the suggestion, I only have about 1 more cup worth of tea of this stuff, but the idea could very well be applied to other ones.

Kashyap

works well with many tisanes and scented/flavored teas…i prefer to use them this way if they dont work well for iced teas as I’m a bit of a terrior purist and prefer to drink tea unflavored or teas that are traditionally culturally influenced (like jasmine/lotus/lapsang/bohea) …

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84

Fresh tea straight from India! I’m actually pretty impressed it only took three days to arrive here. Before I begin, my experiences with first flush darjeelings is quite limited. I browsed around, curious to find somewhere to start. Most vendors have most of this stuff relatively high priced and depending on the garden it comes from, price fluctuates a lot.Out of a few websites, Lochan offered the cheapest available, so i went ahead and grabbed the cheapest and most expensive one they offer. (In truth though, i can’t say $8 for 100g is anywhere near expensive) Sites such as Thunderbolt and Tea Emporium charge up to and around $30 for a Thurbo first flush. Figuring I didn’t have much to lose, I put in an order. Story goes, that the wonderful folks from FedEx opened up the package from Lochan and opened up the tea too! Thankfully they only one they ripped open was the free masala chai they threw in with the order (a generous 50g too I must say) but I really didn’t care much for the chai at all so I was glad it was the only one they opened.

On to the brew, nice golden colour not getting much muscatel flavours. This one is really light tasting, a hint of malted barely sweetness and slight astringency. No spiciness from what I can tell (supposedly some first flush darjeelings have this flavour profile). It was not as fruity as I was hoping for, but still makes a nice cup of tea. The leaves are mostly broken but not dust like small. I’m actually currently preferring my Nilgiri Parkside from CS more than this, but as far as value goes Lochan has done fairly well. I cannot comment on how this would compare to a higher grade darjeeling and I am curious to find out really, how much of a difference it would make.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Indigobloom

has mine gotten there yet? I sent it before the strike started so it should be there last week! silly canada post…

politicalmachine

hmm not yet! I really have no idea whats going on for mail, I haven’t received any at all since Monday. Well… the ad mail is still coming… go figure. lol

Indigobloom

really? we get sporadic mail here. Mostly ad mail like you said! ha. I hope it didn’t get lost.

Jessie

Wow, Lochan has great prices! Definitely bookmarking them.

Jessie

Okay, so I couldn’t help but place an order with those prices. But as soon as I got the confirmation, I panicked. I know tea is exempt from customs, but I just had a really awful experience with UPS shipping something (not tea) from the US. Did you incur any kind of brokerage fees with your package?

politicalmachine

Most likely they will be shipping it FedEx Intl Economy. I wouldn’t really worry as Lochan declared all the tea they sent me to be of “samples” and marked each 50g packet with a value of 30c.. so basically no customs, no taxes to worry about. However, the customs people decided to rip open my package…
Which ones did you get?

Jessie

I got the Assam and Jungpana and Sourenee first flushes. He’s actually shipped this by DHL which I’m not familiar with. I paid $25 to UPS in “brokerage fees” for an item I paid $29 for last week. The experience has scarred me!

politicalmachine

If it was from the states, UPS ground charges crazy fees. So sometimes shipping via UPS express is better. Not too sure how DHL works, but internationally they are quite reputable.

Jessie

Thanks!

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Stopped drinking water, switched to tea. =)
(ok, this is a lie but still :) )

How I rate teas is pretty simple, different teas have different expectations based on quality and price. I’ll rate a tea based on how good it is for its category/price point. I think i rate pretty fairly, I’m not afraid to give a bad score to a bad tea, and it’s relatively hard to get perfect score (partially because i believe there are only so many that can attain such a title)

I like oolong/green teas the most
black, white, tisanes to a lesser part.

I re-steep EVERYTHING, as that’s how I’ve learned from my parents. Blacks teas normally to a max of two times.

I like it when the tea actually looks of quality (eg. whole unbruised leaves). I hate it when i get a tea, and half of it is cut up stems of the plant… give me leaves!

I drink all my teas black and occasionally with sweetener. I do drink coffee too, and love espressos and cappuccinos. Yup, I do my coffee black too. Guess, it is to say I like strong flavours.
My current way of steeping tea, is my french press which i just got a month ago. I love it (well maybe not my cheapy one; looking to get a bodum one day). I used to just dump leaves at the bottom of my cup..

Ok. Rating meanings…

0-49: Various degrees of suck. Either terrible value or just not good.
50-59: It’s drinkable. I’ll finish my cup.
60-69: Not bad… but not good.
70-79: okay to drink, nothing too special, will not be a re-buy.
80-89: Enjoyable cups.
90-99: Worth holding on to.
100: Um.. I’ll tell you when I get here.

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University student, photographer, bartender..

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