1733 Tasting Notes

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I needed comfort tea today. On a whim I gave this a little rinse, and steeped it for maybe three minutes and added milk, a splash of coffee and some sugar. Now this is what a coffee puerh blend should be! SO GOOD. David’s tea, take note. No fish note or overly strong flavours. Perfectly creamy cocoa coffee. Mmmmm. Will see what I do with the next infusion…

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drank Apricot Peach by CitizenTea
1733 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample CitizenTea!
This was tasty. I Definitely peachy, and rather tart in some sips and super sweet in others. A little fake tasting. I’d buy a cup to go maybe or keep a sampler around

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drank White Cranberry by CitizenTea
1733 tasting notes

Hmmm definitely a white tea. and there is something reminiscent of cranberry, though more like the dried fruit, not the juice or fresh fruit. The bamboo is hanging around as well and offers a nice body to the blend, however I would have preferred it without, so that I could taste the crispness of the white.
Once the cup cools, a fresh sweetness emerges, almost like honeysuckle. It lingers for a long time in the aftertaste!!
High marks given for a much deeper level of complexity than I anticipated

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drank White Strawberry by CitizenTea
1733 tasting notes

I swear I’ve reviewed this one before.
Funny, I looooove this tea, and yet a rather similar tea, albeit from a different company, is one I find overly cloying and thick tasting. Main differences are that the other one is an herbal and has artificial ingredients. Now, I’m not generally a huge white tea person (lately, that can change!). But I’m wondering what would happen if I added white or green to the other one. I’ve got tons in my cupboard so need to use it all up. Hmmm!
Or blended these two together.
Anyhow. I really love how this one is so reminiscent of tart strawberries, and pairs so perfectly with the white base. It isn’t the first time I’ve fallen in love with a white strawberry tea, though the first time was organic, and had a much more delicate feel to it. Oh how I miss that tea!!

Dexter

I really miss White Strawberry Sassafras….. so yeah I understand. I hope this one helps to fill that void.

Indigobloom

the original from David’s was incredible. I don’t think I’ll ever find one that compares. I can certainly make do with this one though!

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drank Rocky Road by 52teas
1733 tasting notes

I drank this yesterday with milk, which made it much more like the icecream. Oddly, same as last time, I wasn’t interested in a second steep. Rare that I find something so satisfying, with no desire for more… Odd, for me! Still, I’m glad I have another sampler of this coming my way.

Fjellrev

Oh man, she NEEDS to reblend this.

Indigobloom

Definitely agreed on that!!

Arby

It should be a regular

Indigobloom

Yep, I think so too. Except I really miss the Blueberry Creamcheese Danish, so kinda want that as a regular first…

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drank Slim and Slender by CitizenTea
1733 tasting notes

So I’ve come around to this tea. Still finishing my sampler… but it goes down SO easy that sometimes it’s just what I need. Also, I feel as if it would be great for introducing newbs to puerh, and also for mixing tea mock or cocktails. I have a few xmas parties coming up, so I may experiment with a few things. From the blend they had awhile back at the tea festival, I know puerh goes great with lemonade, and orange juice so I may start there. Or cranberry.
Oh yah, and I ordered a whole tin during the black friday sale. Rating bump.

Dexter

Wait? What? Please explain puerh goes great with lemonade and orange juice? I can’t wrap my head around that…..

Indigobloom

Yes I was shocked as well!! Certainly not expected. But the blend was amazing and it’s been on my to do list for experimentation :D

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YUM!!! Malty with tobacco and hay notes, and a bit of something fresh tasting I can’t put my finger on. Minerals? Either way, I’m a fan. Noms. Thank you for the sample Tea Historic!

edit Oops didn’t realize I should have added the bits/smaller balls. Will try a resteep…

Second edit: So I’m not really a jasmine fan, though it seems that black tea blends are an exception to that rule. Cuz I love it! Weird, I really don’t enjoy black tea flavoured with jasmine, only the blends with jasmine green and black tea. Rating bump. Also, it had a mouth drying effect once the tea cooled, which was kinda odd, but not in a bad way. I kinda like that part :P

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84

Wow. It’s been a long time since I had this. Age did you well Momo Oolong!
Very peachy and roasty. A little floral on the second infusion.
My coworker mixed it with ginger turmeric tea – not the way I would go but she loved it… gotta respect that she knows what she likes!! :)

Evol Ving Ness

Creative application of tea, gotta give her that.

Indigobloom

haha yup! I was surprised that she liked it after the cup was brewed

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My chiro mentioned that she likes this tea with steamed coconut milk, so I thought I’d give it a try. They gave me two tea bags so it was kinda spicy. No syrup so not a latte and already sweet from the coconut. A good way to get my healthy fats!
It was a bit too potent so I added some shakes of vanilla and cocoa, which seemed to tone things down. Overall, I enjoyed it. Would go better with almond milk, I’ll try that next time.
Sadly, not a chai I’d keep in my cupboard as it relied heavily on the cardamom. I prefer a more balanced spice blend. I hear Second Cup has dairy alternatives besides soy now. So many versions to try…

Evol Ving Ness

Do you know what brand of coconut milk they use?

Indigobloom

Hmmm I didn’t notice. They were working behind the counter. I’ll ask next time

Evol Ving Ness

I ask because some brands are loaded with sugar.

Indigobloom

Oh I know! I hate that. Though with a chai I do find that I need some sweetener and since I didn’t add sugar myself or have syrup, in this case I don’t mind

Evol Ving Ness

London Fog latte is my dirty sugar secret. :)

Indigobloom

I have a lot of secrets haha :P
Dirty chai is my most recent one

Evol Ving Ness

hmm, what’s dirty chai?

Indigobloom

In a cafe, it’s a chai latte with a shot of espresso. Making it myself, I just add an inch or so off regular ol’ coffee to the mug, and milk/cream. But then I decided to experiment and added it to Christmas Morning from Stash, and it goes surprisingly well!! Today I did it with a Ceylon.

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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Majesteas
1733 tasting notes

I made this for my coworker today. She likes it! a lot, I think?
She said it tasted like moss. and green tea. When I said it was supposed to be floral and peachy, she said she could see where they get that note, though it took some concentration.
When I left the office, she was on steep number two. Not sure if there were more after that, but I hope there were a few

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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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