1684 Tasting Notes

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drank Poor Weather by Citizen Tea
1684 tasting notes

Meh. Too much licorice again. Good for when I’m sick. Luckily I am mostly over my cold for now. Why must there always be licorice in a wellness blend… (don’t answer that for me haha)

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drank Detox Evening by Citizen Tea
1684 tasting notes

A pleasant tea. Fruity with a slight refreshing zing to it, from the peppermint mixed with nettle I presume? The mallow leaves a nice lingering aftertaste as well. I’m not a fan of the occasional peeking licorice note, and the fact that it is slowly overtaking the mallow in aftertaste. Bah.
Funny. I wondered why it seemed to have more depth than your average herbal. After looking at the ingredients, I see that there is decaf green tea in the blend. Hmmm. So technically not herbal? the residual caffeine would be very minimal, but for the caffeine sensitive, it can make a difference. It seems to perk me up a bit. Eh. Could be psychosomatic.
Either way, for a wellness tea it works.

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This is delicious. And very creamy!! Definitely an oolong, hanging out in the background. Needs more infusions for me to say more regarding the oolongness. That’s fine! I love the sweet lingering aftertaste.
For anyone who has tried the redleaf tea cheesecake matcha, the flavouring is pretty much identical, it just interacts differently with the base tea. Bonus, seeing as you can steep this multiple times, unlike matcha where you drink the leaf.
Oh! when I took the steeper out of my mug, a cloud of tea poofed. I love it when the tannins bloom like that :P

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Yup. This is good. Nommmmmms.
Similar in flavour chocolate wise to the 52teas Chocolate eclaire tea, which I also adore.
The floral aspect isn’t strong, but softens up the tea somehow. Nicely done!!
I love how gorgeous the rosepetals are. Is this tea… or potpourri?
I’m not a huge rose tea fan so the fact that I like this is really saying something

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83

Spiccccccccy!! I had to add milk, or else I’d have never gotten through my mug comfortably. Chai is preferable with milk for me so I was ok with that.
Dealing with my headcold still, my ‘buds must be dampened. I wonder if I’d have found it overly strong otherwise.
I really enjoyed the marshmallow notes. Didn’t see any “chocolate” though.
Would I buy it again? probably. I really dig the blend of spices. No peppercorn. yay! It was the perfect mix. But I have so many chai varieties in my cupboard at the moment. Responsible me says no. Le sighs. This is easily in my top five chai faves so I’m a bit sad to say its a sipdown.

Evol Ving Ness

I like this one too, but truly, I am a big fan of pepper in chai blends or in tea generally when it suits the flavour.

Indigobloom

I don’t mind ground pepper as much. And peppercorn in non chai blends works too! I’m picky haha

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drank Raspberry & Rosehip by Basilur
1684 tasting notes

This has lost a ton of flavour. One of those teas I’ve started to suffer through because I must finish what I started darnit.
Today though? Babying my headcold, I opted to indulge with a wallop of honey and a few drops of milk. Oversteeped so any remaining berry flavour would peek through the additives. And it worked. I was quite pleased with the bready, pastry like result. I’ve never seen real baked bread notes in this tea. It must be my sinuses.
Now that cuppa is done, I’m sipping on a cup of boiled/redcuced ginger with more honey. It seems to be helping.
Didn’t pair very well with the cashews and pecans I had. But with my limited appetite and the fact they were right there, I thought it best to get as much protein as possible. Anyhow. I’m off to watch some Bull. An interesting premise for a show. and something I don’t need much brain power to follow haha

Evol Ving Ness

Hope you feel better soon. Hurray for good tea though.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope you feel better, Indigo!

Indigobloom

Thank you for the wellwishes xo

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drank Hot & Unbothered by 52teas
1684 tasting notes

First experience with this tea was meh, in my travel mug. Vaguely fruity green with no spice. It could be that I need to deep clean my mug. I added a tiny bit of sugar, which didn’t help.
This time, I am at home, and found it to be delish. Just the right amount of spice, and it works well with the herbs added. And its giving my headcold a run for it’s investment :P
Added a half tsp of honey as well. I’ll have to see if my taste receptors are different when not sick. This definitely isn’t fruity today!
Strange, as I can’t stand the smell of this one dry!!

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Intersting. In a good way.
Hot, I saw some serious malty beer notes. I quite enjoyed that even though it was a tad weak. So I let the bag sit for an extra twenty seconds? maybe thirty? (as per my timer) and a slight bitter note emerged. I’ll have to pay attention next time and find my optimal time.
Now, that bitter note IS very remnicent of beer. And I love beer, just not exceptionally hoppy ones. I tend to enjoy the lighter varieties, which are about as far away from Guinness as you can get. That said, once I got into my cup, towards the bottom, I found myself quite pleased with the bitter note. Perhaps my dislike for bitterness in beer is only present when the alcohol intensifies things, as that does tend to make it much stronger, and longer lasting in the aftertaste, for me. This requires further investigation. Colour me intrigued. As for the rest of the tea notes, beyond malt and bitterness, the green tea note hung around in the background. I can’t say much more about that at the moment, but I hope to one day soon.
Oh! also, for anyone who has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a good friend of mine has it, and she cannot have most beers, but for some reason, Guinness gives her absolutely no trouble. I looked it up, and apparently Guinness has no wheat in it, but it does have Barley, and the strain they use doesn’t have gluten, just a “gluten like molecule” which appears not to trigger any symptoms. I know there are a bunch of true GF beers out there as well, but I’ve heard they aren’t very satisfying. Sorry for the ramble. I find this all rather fascinating.

52Teas

I have two teas in my collection of teas that are not Gluten Free – this is one of them because it does have barley. The other tea – I don’t know for sure if it is gluten free or not – is the Pineapple Bacon Rooibos. I used vegan bacon bits in the blend and I don’t know for sure that they are gluten free. The packaging did not say and I’ve been unsuccessful at contacting someone who can tell me for certain that the bacon bits are gluten free so I can’t say for certain.

Anyway – those with Celiac Disease should NOT drink this tea or the Pineapple Bacon. The other teas are gluten free!

Indigobloom

Interesting about the bacon! Apparently a product needs to have less than 20ppm (parts per million) gluten particles in order to be considered “gluten free” and Barley, or rather most strains of it, tend to sit right at 20ppm. Of course there is never a guarantee either way unless you test the particular strain. Such a shame that it sits on the cusp like that. I adore Barley, and feel for anyone denied!!
Thanks for the clarification.
(also want to note that my Guinness geekery was in no way meant to say gluten free people should drink this tea; Guinness tested their barley at great expense, which I would never expect anyone to take on- those spinny machines that test are exorbitantly expensive)

Evol Ving Ness

52Teas, I’ve heard that smoke flavour contains gluten. Does that ever make its way into your teas?

52Teas

I don’t use smoke flavor – any “smoke” that is part of my teas is derived from the pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong – not a flavoring. :)

Indigobloom

Mmmmm pine… :P

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A very light tea, yet it is surprisingly well balanced with the spices. I do get a mild pear note. Comforting and rather nice, but not especially memorable. The second steep might reveal more of the tea notes. We shall see :)
I have some of the sample left, which I look forward to experimenting with. Thank you for the sample A Quarter to Tea!

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drank Sakura Cherry by DAVIDsTEA
1684 tasting notes

Cold brew! I like it much better this way. Roswell Strange said it right, bubblegum notes do take over. There is still a hint of cherry. But the overwhelming floral notes from a hot brewed cup are rather muted. A relaxing blend, to be sure. I can see how it would be a love it or hate it type of tea though.
Not something I’ll repurchase, but I’m glad to have tried it.

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-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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