1758 Tasting Notes

86

After having had this a few times, I am in very like, almost love with this tea. Probably because I enjoy maple, but it isn’t my fave. If maple is your jam? this will be YOUR jam. Wait. Is maple jam a thing? cuz if it is I so wanna try that.
Anyhow. I’ll keep this one on my rotation going forward for as long as it’s around, though I don’t think its really a staple item. It’s quality enough that I’ll use it for gift giving, and I like to have hidden jems (not jams in this case) in my back pocket so that should give you an idea of how highly I regard this tea!!

NOMS

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77

I threw some of this into a mango smoothie the other day. With vanilla yogurt (it was all I had at the time) and some peppermint matcha. Oh and a ton of ice. It turned out really nicely!! Not overly sweet, which is what I wanted to avoid. The mint made it super refreshing and balanced out the other spices perfectly. Now, my peppermint matcha is pretty old so the potency is kinda meh. But it was super strong when I first bought it.
Anyhow. I’ll totally try this combo again if I can!
I’m not so big on this one as a straight up tea, which I kinda expected. Definitely needs a latte style treatment. Normally with chai I don’t bother heating up the milk because I prefer the spice balance when I just add some dairy milk. But this one? it’s kinda bitter with just a few dashes of milk. And I found the same with almond milk as well. So next up, I’ll see if I can do it up cooked in a big pot-o-milk.

Also! I added some to soup. That was really good. But I’ve made three or four soups in the last few weeks and I can’t recall which. Woops.

Lexie Aleah

Mango with Peppermint? Interesting combination. Glad it worked out I’d be fearful to pair those two together.

Indigobloom

Ah sorry I thought I replied to this! yeah I wasn’t sure at first. But something told me it’d go well and I’m still not sure what exactly haha

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89

Ok so it isn’t surprising that this tea is finicky. Yanno, cuz those white teas are entitled princesses haha
(all jest! I’m politically neutral and accepting, of course. Just mocking the media here…)
Anyhow. The balance of peach flavour vs steep time and amount of leaf/water needs more research. Hmmm. Lowering from 93 to 89.

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80

Not bad at all!! I’m surprised. The mint is VERY subtle. More of a refreshing aftertaste than an actual flavour. But it works really well with the base. In fact, I may pick up more next year. (I say that about a lot of teas, so take that for what you wish!)
The base isn’t one I hate or love so the fact that this blend goes down so smoothly is a surprise. Easy drinking to be sure!

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89

This is now in my cupboard. It smells SO GOOD. The dry leaf smells like a perfume I want to wear.
To be honest, I’d say this is essentially the peach version of my all time fave strawberry white tea. I liked that one better hot, just as I do this one. Both have a rather delicate and slightly tart note when hot and become a tad cloying as it cools. But I don’t care. Those first sips when it’s hot are priceless and make me wanna swoon! I am so in love… even more so than with the sample I tried at the festival. Although I highly suspected it would be as such. Happy sighs!

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I was at Shopper’s World the other day and came across this shop. Someone had told me awhile back that it was there, but I’d forgotten. I was on my way home from a funeral, so it was a welcome surprise to boost my spirits. (a friend’s father passed. very sad, but not someone in my immediate circle. I went to support my friend).
Anyhow. I’m at the boyfriend’s house.
Brewing this up, I smell the spices, more the cloves even though it’s the last ingredient on the list. Not a strong scent. Adding milk muted things, as expected. I couldn’t detect much spice. I’ll have to try again…
Also, this was ctc. I thought there’d be more of a caffeine punch and bolder flavours. It was just ok. I’ll try at home with better water.

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81
drank Island Sunrise by Natural Bliss
1758 tasting notes

This is quite good, albeit expensive at if you consider it as one packet = one cup. I bought mine on discount at $10 per pack of 10. For reference, this is an herbal tea and dehydrated fruit pairing. You simply add hot water and the tea bag, and a beautiful mocktail is created!
I’ve made my sampler last by refilling the mug grandpa style, or just making a massive pitcher with a single pack. I don’t really find that it impacts the flavour much and it helps me get my daily water intake.
Out of the 4 options, this one might be my fave, though I’ve yet to try the mango/lemongrass version. Something about mint mixed with fruit is super refreshing. And nobody else in the house seems to enjoy the combo so it’s all for me. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of tropical fruits, but this? this I can get behind. It could easily turn into an addiction :)
If I see them at the festival next year, or elsewhere, I’ll pick some up no question. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a free shipping threshold and I’d rather grab an extra set next time than pay the fee to fedex!

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Ok first of all, I know I’ve reviewed this before. It even shows that I’ve rated it in the box near the top of the screen, though not on the bar below my text as I type. But my review is nowhere to be found. Grrr! I was hoping to refer back and look at my notes. I mean, that was the original reason I signed up here (come for the reviews, stay for the tea frens!).
Sighs. Anyhow. This was a whole lot fruitier than I recall. I remember it being more remnicent of a garden with notes of carrot and other non green vegetal things. But today, I’m getting sweet peach mostly. It is pretty old so perhaps carrot fades faster than the other ingredients. Now it’s just a plain ol’ fruity green. Oh well.

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78
drank Orange Ginger by Tea Tang
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I saw the chiro yesterday. Because of all the work I did with the rmt, she was finally able to get at parts that were previously inaccessible. Yay! unfortunately, that means I’m in ouchie zombie walk mode today. and my neck is kinked (she also worked on my hyoid so I’m guessing my body is still adjusting to that). My fitbit doesn’t like me right now :P
So yeah, this kick in the pants tea is required! Ugh yes it is…
Now that I know to use an extra large mug for one bag, and to steep for under 2 min, it’s super tasty! but it looses potency after a few months. No hoarding for me :)
Ratings bump

Evol Ving Ness

Hope you feel better soon. Epsom salts, lady. <3

Indigobloom

Thanks Evol xo
I had two epsom baths already. Feeling less zombie. Still ouchie. I’ll take it if it means I’m healing!

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71

Intense! I guess the newest version of this got a little extra flavour. It’s almost overwhelming in scent when you open the packet. Mango bubblegum.
Steeped, the roasted notes come out to play. I definitely see what people mean by guayasa or yerba mate, in the other reviews. Though if I hadn’t been told it was mango I’d have guessed apricot.
There is also a creamy element in here that I wasn’t expecting. Almost buttery in texture.
Not something I’d keep in the cupboard myself as I’m not a huge fan of guayasa. The complexity of this appeals to me, so I’d never turn down a cuppa :P

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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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