1683 Tasting Notes

I tried this with about 95c water and about 90 seconds, which resulted in a generically spicy cup, and some background roasted rice notes. I didn’t catch any notes of frosting, other than the odd feeling moment during occasional sips. Next time I’ll try with some milk and sugar as recommended on the package, and at a lower temp/longer steep time.
I’ve not decided anything about this one yet, so this note is more for my reference than anything else!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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82
drank Amaretto Cherry by CitizenTea
1683 tasting notes

So much yum. Just the way I remember. Perfectly cherry!! and almond. Indugent and comforting. Oh yes. I do wish it was a tad stronger in the flavour. It wouldn’t stand up to a latte. Still gonna try it one of these days.
I’m on staycation with the boy, so added a few drops of triple sec, inspired by the “blueberry tea” recipe… amarreto, grand marnier, and tea. The true alcohol version actually does taste like the berry, despite a lack of anything blue in the ingredients. My concoction today is quite delish, but not blueberry though. Still, I am a happy girl.
Nostalgia lives here :)

ScottTeaMan

Somebody likes Cherry. I’ve had two Cherry teas. One by a company I can’t remember a long time ago, with decent straight cherry flavor. Also a number of years ago; Stash had a Cherry Almond tea that’s very tasty. I think they still carry it.

Indigobloom

I adore cherry! True cherry, not the medicinal cough drop type. Will have to keep my eye out for the Stash version. Thanks!!

ScottTeaMan

I didn’t realize there were that many cherry blends! I haven’t had the Stash Cherry Almond in probably 12-13 years, and I’ve only tried their teabag version, which they’ve discontinued. It’s been a long time, but the teabags were delicious, and did not taste any artificial anything. It makes me want to try the loose version. :D

Here’s a link to the loose version on the Stash website:

https://www.stashtea.com/products/cherry-almond-black-tea

I made a post showing Stash’s Canadian shipping roughly 5 years ago [then $15], Now: $19.95 up to $50! I would look online for perhaps a shipping discount there, or call them and ask for a slight reduction-wouldn’t hurt to ask! :D

I haven’t ordered from Stash in a couple years (website), but if I do I’ll order some and send some to you. How much is small package post from Ohio to Toronto?

Evol Ving Ness

Shouldn’t be much. A bubble envelope is probably the cheapest packet option.

Indigobloom

We could definitely do a swap! Cherry for cherry :)
It shouldn’t be too much, like @Evol said. It’s been a long time since I swapped teas by mail. Fun!!!

ScottTeaMan

Here’s Black Forest Tea from Stash with natural flavorings, including cherry & chocolate! Looks delicious, but I’ve never tried it. :D

https://www.stashtea.com/products/black-forest-black-tea

Arby

The black forest one is really gross. I’ve had it a few times and it isn’t worth drinking. I’m actually a big stash fan girl and I love black forest (chocolate + cherry = win!), but this tisane is gross.

Indigobloom

Totally with you on the ickness Arby! The Stash Christmas blend is the only one of theirs I am hooked on. I can’t recall the exact name but it has jasmine and black tea in it. So good. But I am totally willing to try more. Just not the black forest. Never again haha.

ScottTeaMan

The Black Forest isn’t a tisane, because it has tea in the blend:

Ingredients
Black tea, cocoa shells, hibiscus, natural chocolate flavor, vanilla extract, natural cherry flavor.

Although I see the dreaded Hibiscus is an ingredient, and blends usually are overly tart (overdone) with it, which I do not like, and is another reason for me to rethink purchasing Black Forest.

Indi, sounds like their Christmas Morning blend. I love it!! I’ve only gotten the teabags, but I drink it every season for Many years. You can smell the Jasmine and it gives the bend a smooth lightly flowery taste (if that makes sense). My Christmas Morning review from December 12-13, 2011:

http://steepster.com/ScottTeaMan/posts/94099#comments

Indigobloom

@ScottTeaMan I don’t recall the black forest being tart. Maybe it was merely that batch of teas that was terrible. If the assembly line forgot ingredients etc, I can see it being bland.

Yes, the Christmas Morning! Love it. Odd, because I despise jasmine teas. In that blend, it seems to work for me and I’ve never figured out why, other than it could be added in a small enough quantity that it imparts only a smidge of flavour

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Really loving this tea!! I must try it as a latte soon.
Plain, it was rich and comforting. A touch bitter when hot, due to the coffee I think. Half a tsp of sugar helped. The chocolate and creamy coffee notes were more present in the second steep. I didn’t get much oolong flavour, but then, I don’t think that was the point here :)

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86
drank Rise N Shine by Citizen Tea
1683 tasting notes

The old me rated this at 90, under Teaopia. Now? Still ahhhhmazing. But I have perspective. Or maybe i’m jaded. hah. Even still, 4 points lower than 90 isn’t much.
Anyhow, I tried it both hot and cold brewed. Delish both ways, and just the way I remember. I love the cola flavour, and it really does wake me up! This is the only tea in my order that I bought 50g of. All the rest were samples. Because I knew it would be worthwhile. I’ve missed you old friend!

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77
drank Blueberry by Citizen Tea
1683 tasting notes

This was ok. No additions.
Light blueberry flavour, which is a refreshing contrast to David’s Blueberry Jam.
I’m not a huge on the base, but I imagine there aren’t many Assam’s out there which would pair well with bluberry. (assuming the base is ceylon, as most flavoured black teas are)
Also found it very smooth, and easy for sipping. There are some teas out there that I adore, but for some reason I can’t easily drink quickly if needed. I’m happy to say this isn’t one of them :)
This would go well iced, I think!

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80
drank Market Spice by Citizen Tea
1683 tasting notes

I must have underleafed this. My cup was smaller than normal since I’m at the boyfriend’s place and he only has a few mugs. (or room for mugs, or else I’d bring some!)
So using a regular teaspoon seemed too much. Next time I’ll know better.
There was a peculiar tartness that I once associated with astringency, without the mouth dryness. Very ceylon-esque.
Adding milk helped a bit. Hmph. I had planned to make my next cup with a bit of eggnog, but now I feel like it needs another go as a regular tea. But I only grabbed a sample… what to do, what to do?! #firstworldproblems

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60
drank Golden Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
1683 tasting notes

These reviews comfort me. Now I don’t feel so bad for finding this tea so darn boring! I didn’t bother with a second infusion. And I had to add half a tsp of sugar to make it appealing… which did bring out the tobacco and fruit notes a tad, surprisingly. But before that? a cup of meh.

ScottTeaMan

I sampled this tea (some 10 years ago) from Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports, both of which were pleasing. For the price, I didn’t find it appealing enough to repurchase any amount of this tea to add to my cupboard.

Indigobloom

I’d had Golden Monkey from Tao Tea Leaf and found it quite delicious, with notes of hay and cocoa but that was awhile back. I should grab a cup one day to see if my tastes have changed

ScottTeaMan

Yeah me too, because I think I’d like it more now, but I remember the samples having a funky taste. I’m sure it was just me because everyone else who reviewed it on their websites liked it.

Indigobloom

I was off Keemum for a long time, as I found it a bit thick and that the thickness could overwhelm the nuances of the tea. Now I’m really curious if that remains true!

ScottTeaMan

I’ll RESEARCH SMALL PACKET COSTS TO Canada (shouldn’t be that much) and see what teas I’ve got, maybe we could swap teas.

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83

This is quite tasty!!
I’m enjoying the slight buzz from eucalyptus, along with a sort of tongue numbing effect, in a pleasant way that reminds me of the drink. It really does taste similar to a mojito. That airy effect from Graveyard Mist (52teas) is there as well. Lots going on here, which pleases me! It is clear that a lot of work and thought went into crafting the mix of flavours.
Not 100% spot on Grapefruit Mojito because that would really call for fresh mint leaves and well I know that isn’t possible. The grapefruit isn’t quite what I imagined either although I can’t pinpoint why, but I would definitely say it is very much there… a tad mild, which is ok by me, I fully expected the mint to take over.
oh. Also, I added a smidge of sugar, since mojitos are quite sweet. It really brought out the flavours more, and helped them gel. Didn’t need much, but that tiny bit was helpful.
Altogether, the blend is well executed and unique. I bought another sampler for a friend this Christmas and I’m glad I did, I think she’ll love it!

On a more personal note, it’s Christmas Eve and I’m feeling quite all over the place. Emotions are high for a bunch of reasons; Holiday demands being one of them, of course :)
Then there is the fact that I’m on different meds now for adhd. they don’t address my anxiety issues directly, not like my previous meds, and the dosage needs to be upped… a lot… which my doc won’t do til I meet with the specialist she plans to refer me to(he’s on vacay til Feb). In the meantime I forget alot of stuff, constantly. and I worry about everything. I’m mostly ok with that for now, since the previous meds turned off my ability to get excited about things, or appreciate them properly. I feel like it affected my empathy as well, so had to use my logic in order to not be an arse to people. My logic always didn’t come through, nothing is perfect right? Sorry for the ramble. Just felt like getting things off my chest! So yeah, all of that and residual work stress, Nothing feels “right” these days. Like I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop, or… well that is another story haha.
Oh. Also. My aunt is unwell, this may be her last Christmas, so we all had to get the flu shot for the sake of herd immunity. First time ever… as I’m seriously not a fan. I always planned to get it if and when I needed it and not a day sooner. For some reason having flu vaccine in me is quite creepy, yet I have no problem with other ones. Perhaps because the flu version is annual? I dunno.

Anyhow. I’m grateful for a lot of things in my life, so am trying to focus on that. I’m headed out to Christmas Eve dinner now. Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas/Kwanzaa to those who celebrate!

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, you poor dear! I am sorry that you are going through all that with the medications. No wonder you are feeling off kilter. The holidays are difficult enough. Be sure to make time for yourself and be very kind to yourself. Meditate regularly to help yourself find a bit of balance in between the chaos. Try something like this once a day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8oKWQiEWYs

And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you! I hope things pass easily and smoothly.

Indigobloom

Thank you for the kind words Evol! The medication changeover is a trial of sorts, but it feels like movement… I was stuck for so long that anything at all feels like progress :)
I’m in a much better place this holiday season than I was last year. I try to meditate as often as I can. and the link!! Will definitely check that out. All best of Christmas and New Years to you and your loved ones!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Indigobloom! I am glad that you sense that this is all towards forward movement. I wish you the best with this. I understand how difficult things can be when chemistry disrupts and fights for balance.

gmathis

Consider yourself hugged. May there be many peaceful and sweet moments for you today.

Indigobloom

@Evol yes, it is a bit tricky. The ups and downs are teachable moments, I find. I try to learn something between it all. It gives things a sense of purpose. Thanks for being so sweet, it is very appreciated xox

Indigobloom

@gmathis thank you!! HUGS back to you as well. I made Mum cry with a Christmas CD, it had her fave holiday song and listening to it was quite eventful! so that is one moment I won’t soon forget.
I wish your the very best of the season gmathis, and to your loved ones as well

Indigobloom

One thing I’m grateful for is my tea family here on Steepster and facebook. I know mental wellness issues are stigmatized, but I think the more we talk about it, the less so it becomes. I’m not bold enough to do that on fb just yet

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A great cuppa!! Nice and malty. More malty than your average tea, which is what I have always sought out in my morning teas. Yup, I’m a fan :)
Definitely also getting plenty of cocoa notes, and a bit of copper. And a hint of smoke. Similar to the Cupan Tae blend, but different enough that I could justify, barely, having both in my cupboard at once. So glad I got this one

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85

I loooooooove the combo of orange and chocolate so you can bet I’m there to try it when I see it in a tea flavouring! I guess that kinda means I made this cuppa with high hopes. And I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed :)
Spot on flavour. It was rich, and toasty and had just the right balance of chocolate vs orange. Worked well with the base I think but the flavours did obscure that a bit. I don’t mind, I got the terry’s chocolate orange experience without the calories or need to guzzle water! A much more pleasant culinary delight, I daresay (those chocolates tend to make me so thirsty).

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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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