1758 Tasting Notes

83
drank Raspberry Green by Unknown
1758 tasting notes

Big thanks to Azzrian for this sample!!
It’s tasty. Not exactly berry-like, but it goes down smooth and has a general fruity quality to it. Perhaps the raspberry would emerge as it got cold… if I ever let it get cold that is! Fruity green teas, I don’t crave them often but when I do, nothing else will suffice!
I’ve been spring cleaning today, and finally dug up the half of my tea collection that was packed away while we had visitors eons ago, and then wasn’t able to reach until today.
Then after that… Things were so hectic that the place got messy and we had no time to tidy up. It feels SO good to have finally get some of that done. Oh there is plenty more, but we now have some breathing room. Whew!
Anyhow, I really enjoyed this. It was a much needed break from our Big Purge. Thanks again Azzrian :)

Azzrian

Most welcome :)

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I had so hoped to fall in love with this company! but so far, none of the blends I’ve tried are outstanding. Sure, it’s only been four so far and none have been terrible, but neither have they have rocked my world… and that makes me worry about the remaining samples.
This chai is much the same. Perhaps it was the suggestion of Kristaleyn’s earlier review of the ayurvedic chai, but this tastes very similar.
Dry, the leaves smelled of vinegar and spice. Steeped, there is that same cleansing sortof feel to it. Slippery, even with milk and a touch of sugar.
It’s a little rounder than the ayurvedic, and there is a slight cocoa note at the base of the sip, right in the middle and aftertaste.
Also, after having most of the cup my mouth feels refreshed like it does after I’ve eaten something minty.
Also(again!), it’s very light. I pulled out the basket right before it got bitter and yet I find myself wishing the flavour was thicker, or deeper.
If I had to choose between the Ayurvedic and this one, I think I like this better but not by much! However I have only a sample of this one, and a small bag of the other. Oh well!

Kittenna

I did reheat my chai last night and added milk and sugar and it was quite pleasant. So it will get drunk :D I haven’t added to the tasting note yet… should do that now.

Indigobloom

ah that’s good!!
I’m not sure mine ever will… there are too many other chais out there for me to love :P

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83
drank Almond Oolong by Thé Kiosque
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Wow, intense on the almond much?!
This is definitely a dessert tea. I got through three steeps and only on the last one did I taste any real “tea”. That said, it was pretty tasty. The second steep was actually a bit creamy as well, which I liked.
Overall, it’s like but not love.

Bonnie

Shucks…glad you at least liked it.

Indigobloom

me to!
It was very similar to DTs Amaretto. If I’m gonna have a dessert tea I’d rather it not be caffeinated anyhow :)

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85
drank Strawberry Shortcake by Teaopia
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So… with summer coming up and me trying iced teas, I bought a bodum from Teaopia. $20!! sadly, I can’t find a pic online, probably because it was on clearance.
Anyhow, this is the tea I christened it with!
The strawberry is definitely muted compared to the hot version, but a little more tart where I do find it. Oddly though, I do like it!!
In fact, I’d consider buying more of this just for that purpose. Only it’s one of those cases where I don’t die-hard love it so will think about it, and then not buy any, you know what I mean?
btw, extra points for not having to add sugar. It was great on it’s own! Upping the rating a few points.

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85
drank Kick In the Cup by Red Leaf Tea
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Soon as I saw this, I thought… I wonder how it compares to Queen Catherine!!
And you know, it’s not bad but the Queen will always reign in my book.
This is bold and malty and seems to have something a little extra, similar to the queen but only as good as a fair imitation. Well, it IS great for a black. Only two real steeps though. The third one fell far short of decent.
Will write more on this one later! So tired… I just got home from seeing West Side Story. It was fun, but now this girl needs some zzzs!!!

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81

Mmmmmmmmm so good!
Mild, and pretty astringent… but tasty. Thanks again to Kiosque for the sample option!
I added milk and far too much sugar for my liking to get the flavour out, but finally I have a chocolate tea!! wahoooo!!! It’s very smooth and silky chocolate, and really does remind me of “Belgium Chocolate”. Oh yes!
I don’t think I’ll buy more because of the astringency, unless brewing it at a lower temp works for rooibos as well? or if I can find a way to pump up the cocoa note. Either way, I’m very pleased to have tried this!

Bonnie

STE Chocolate Tea is really good if you try chocolate again.

ScottTeaMan

HHHmmmm…….I wonder if I’d like this Rooibos…….

Indigobloom

Bonnie: oh yes I agree, but I’m looking for a non caffeinated version. The STE chocolate will always be my fave mmmm!
ScottTeaMan: you might! worth a shot anyhow! :)

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80
drank Blueberry White by Thé Kiosque
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Hmmmm. I like this.
The blueberry isn’t quite blueberry though. More… blueberry anise. Not in a bad way, unless you hate licorice. I’m not a huge fan but only when it overpowers the tea like hibby tends to.
And the white tea is nice to. Mild but not eaten up by the berry-ness… in fact it’s a really nice balance. The second infusion was all anise though.
I think I’ll try the next cup of this iced. You know me, not an iced tea girl but I want to be so I’m pushing for it :)
Thanks to The Kiosque for letting me grab a sample!!

ScottTeaMan

I had a blueberry white several years ago, I can’t remember the company though. I remember really liking it, and it had a very well balanced tea and flavoring.

Indigobloom

I suppose that’s the nature of blueberry white tea then?
Blueberry was never a very strong flavour in my mind, even the fresh fruit…

Daniel Scott

I am always on the look-out for a really good blueberry white. I want to find the perfect one! Lemme know if/whenever you think you’ve found it. :P

Indigobloom

lol yes I hope you’ll do the same for me Daniel! :)

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74
drank Keemum 3 Monkey by Thé Kiosque
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MY ORDER FROM KIOSQUE CAME TODAY!!!!!
My first ever online tea purchase. (if you don’t count the David’s order I made eons ago for some teas no longer offered in store that is)
This order, I was lucky, they let me order in all sample sizes… as there are so many I haven’t tried that I wasn’t ready to make a commitment and I can try so much more this way. Thank you The Kiosque for being so awesome! :)
Ahem. Okay the tea.
Well… if you /like/ astringency, this one’s your gal. I mean tea!
Whew, is it ever sour!! like an apple, without the apple taste… like the tartness you get in a sweeter apple, not the sour apples. It’s a wild sort of astringency, deeper than most and rounder than in an Indian black tea.
There is a chocolate note there to, but it’s very much overpowered by the astringency.
Adding agave didn’t seem to bring the chocolate out much. Next time, I’ll lower the temp to see if that helps.
Milk did mellow it out quite a bit. Also, I did get three good steeps out of it, and a very nice tea high!! Other reviews of this tea from another vendor compare it to Pine, but I don’t see that here. It’s a little biting, so perhaps that is what they are getting at with “pine”? and burgundy… yeah I can see that, maybe. Not that I know what burgundy tastes like. but I understand the comparison to alcohol. The sharpness of the astringency and all.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Chai Apricot by Tea Desire
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Thanks for the sample Kristaleyn!
What an interesting chai. I quite like it. The first cup anyhow. The second one… well it was missing something, though I’m not sure what.
The green and chai spices mixed well together, into a surprisingly warming mix. I assumed that it would be on the lighter side. Not that I mind!
There is a mild apricot like taste, so mild that I can barely taste it.
Pretty good overall! Only… I wouldn’t want this every day. Just once in awhile.

Kittenna

Yeah, it’s a once-in-a-while sort of chai for me. The fruitiness makes it interesting though :)

Indigobloom

I agree! Definitely a “mood” tea

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84

Thanks to Majesteas for this sample!! It’s quite lovely!
Naked, and piping hot… this tastes just like any other orange rooibos tea I’ve tried. (ex Kalahari from Teaopia)
With sugar and milk though, it’s obviously a bit cooler so I don’t know if that contributed to the flavour change. All I know is that the cocoa did come out a bit and complemented the orange nicely.
Like a milder version of Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Mmmmm.

Bonnie

Which/what is naked? I know you’ve had a rough day! Hope you get some rest! ;)

Kittenna

Hahahah :P

Indigobloom

Bonnie: it means without any additions like milk/sugar etc
Kristaleyn: Agreed! :P

Bonnie

I knew that …was trying to liven things up!

Indigobloom

oh! lol well I was pretty zonked when I wrote that comment… oi me!

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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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