1723 Tasting Notes

drank Summer by Turmeric Teas
1723 tasting notes

This is very minty! I like it. Not all that spicy, and a lot milder than expected. Almost reminds me of camomile which takes the bite out of the mint.
I’m used to mint taking more of a background role, so it was nice to finally find a blend that uses it more front and centre without it being the main ingredient. So I guess, a mid note?

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I feel like I’ve had so many variations of this tea. Except I’m used to this flavour profile having puerh in it, and I don’t see any in the ingredients… That might be the carob and the chicory? Those are two ingredients I’m not a huge fan of. Mostly because those are things I’ve reacted to badly in the past, back when I was hoping to find an alternative to chocolate.
The orange is barely present. Kindof like a muted terry’s chocolate orange. The old me would have loved it. Today? I’m on the fence

Bah. I’m in an ick mood.

Plunkybug

I want to try this solely on the name and flavour profile, but because it doesn’t have any stevia or blackberry leaves, which seem to be in nearly everything David’s puts out these days. So for the latter reason alone, it is a must try. Because it is actually something I can have.

Indigobloom

was that latter… or latte reason? :P
I kid I kid. I look forward to your review!

Plunkybug

HA HA! I did pick up a small amount yesterday to try. Since it is one of the few new teas I can try, I feel like I have to try it. But I do love orange and chocolate, too.

Indigobloom

That’s partly why I picked it up as well. I might try it again with a little rinse.

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drank Orange Ginger by Tea Tang
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I was freezing in the office today and have been fighting a tickle in my throat for a few days already. This tea did a good job of soothing it. I need to use my larger mug though. The small one brewed up a tad too thick, but not overly so to the point of being too much. I finished the cup easily!

The orange was very faint, and more natural tasting than I expected. Sugar may have brought that aspect out more but I wasn’t in the mood.
The ginger part was a tad harsh as well. Almost chemical like, in the way I’ve seen ginger do in strong doses. I’m not sure if that means the ginger was low quality, or if it’s just me. One day I’ll splurge on organic premium ginger and see what that tastes like :P
What a strange contrast to the citrus.

Anyhow. I wish I could say more. It’s been a long day. I had plans lined up and it all got swooshed around for a bunch of reasons, and then additional to that I have some career decisions to make, that affect more than just myself or coworkers. Having to re-orient myself so many times has been exhausting. Is there a desert island out there somewhere that has all the tea, and couches on the beach to curl up on?

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Overleafed. Bleh. That is all. My fault, though the package did say 1-2 tsp per cup, and I went with 2 for 1.5 cups in a big mug…
EDIT: Steeped this again. Filled the entire mug with water this time. Much better. And smoother.

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drank Osmanthus Green by Ten Ren Tea
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My last few cups of this have been finicky. It seems too cold/hot water and over/understeeping make a big difference so I really need to watch for that sweet spot. That kinda sucks, considering I initially bought this as a convenience tea! Today, I finally got it right again. Not sure if its a sipdown or not, I may have one more bag kickin around. Either way, I’ll miss it! Need to find me another supply of osmanthus green. The oolong version I have at work isn’t very strong on the osmanthus

Fjellrev

Stupid convenience tea isn’t being so convenient now, is it?

Indigobloom

Nope!! That’s what I get for having high expectations of a green heh

Fjellrev

Haha I feel like I’m in the same boat, and that’s why I think I got tired of them and stopped buying them because it can be difficult to consistently steep them to my liking.

Indigobloom

Right?! except in my office we have the hot water heater that doesn’t go up to boiling. Which leaves me with rather few options. I’m kinda enjoying the challenge of finding teas that fit (and yet still frustrated, I guess it depends on mood lol)

Fjellrev

Ah yeah, that is quite the challenge. We have a Keurig at work that only dispenses hot water at a fixed temperature too so it can really limit a person.

Indigobloom

Oooh. Boiling? and does it taste ok. Hot water can atleast cool down a bit, which is what I do now (bring to boil and wait a minute or two for greens)

Fjellrev

I don’t even know for sure, but I wouldn’t say boiling. Maybe like 95°C? But either way, I do what you do anyway, just wait for a certain amount of time, even at home, and guess when to infuse certain teas.

Indigobloom

Yep. I have a temp control but it’s too big for my kitchen now and my family doesn’t care for it, so I’m saving it. No sense in wearing out the machine til I need it :P

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I cold brewed this the other day. SO GOOD! A ratings bump is in order. I wish I’d known this over the summer. Even though it means forgoing multiple infusions, I say its worthwhile, for me. It all comes out at once. Syrupy molasses, with a lemon edge, but more intense than usual.
The only thing I dislike about cold brews is that the chill really sets in to the liquid. I’ve never been a fan of super cold drinks, even in summer. Yeah, a cold beverage is refreshing and nice, but I don’t want my throat frozen either. It isn’t a pleasant sensation. A lot of people I know feel differently, so to each their own!
Oh. and rating bump! just a tad

Fjellrev

Maybe try to let it sit for a while before drinking it so it won’t be too cold?

Indigobloom

I’ve done that, but I usually miss the sweet spot where its just perfect. And it takes a long time, longer than I expected it to. An hour should be enough, right? I wish it was haha

Fjellrev

Aww, that sucks. You’d think an hour would be enough! I wonder what microwaving would do to it?

Fjellrev

It makes me think of a former roommate of mine who disliked ice cream straight out of the freezer because it was too cold and solid, so she’d microwave it for like twenty seconds to soften it up a bit.

Indigobloom

I’m hesitant to microwave, as it has a few food smells (we’ve done everything to clean it… baking soda, vinegar etc and there are still residual smells).
I’ve been thinking maybe a mug warmer might work. I might ask for that as a bday gift or something, as it isn’t something I really “need” haha.
Or I could wrap a warm towel around it? Hmmm.

Fjellrev

A mug warmer/sleeve/towel may be the answer!

Indigobloom

Food (or tea?) for thought!! I need to experiment :)

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I had a mug of this last night. It had gotten cold by the time I had any, so I wonder if that has anything to do with it not inducing dreams. Ah, to be fair I know I dreamt, I just can’t remember them. That said, even though I’m quite sore/tired from physio workouts, I feel like I really slept last night. It’s a deepseated feeling that I have difficulty describing… I just know I want more sleep like that heh.
The tea itself was quite pleasant to sip. Vegetal with an herbal twist. If it wasn’t dreamy tea I’d consider having some midday at times. (wasted opportunity, I enjoy dreaming!)

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I still have trouble eeking a lot of pumpkin milkiness out of this tea. It was nice and roasty, and spicy! I tried a bit with some milk and that was nice… but not much different. I should really try as a latte. The question is, dairy, or almond? Hmmm

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90

Sipdown!!
A swirl of honey covered up the staleness. It was an extra strong cup as well. I just couldn’t bear to toss this in the trash. Every drop was savoured.
Goodbye old friend!

Fjellrev

Aww, so sad when you’re willing to still drink that last stale cup because it was once so good.

Indigobloom

@Fjellrev I know right? Old Darj reminds me of slightly worn cotton socks. Hence the honey. Still worth it!

Fjellrev

Very unique association! Glad it was worth it haha.

Indigobloom

lol thanks :P

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drank Dawn by Turmeric Teas
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I made an extra large cup of this for me, and one for a friend at work. Holy teamus half the package is gone! It felt like there was a normal amount but I need to see what the package says because it occurred to me after I’d put it away and we were off to host an event.
The tea was good though. A bit oddly sweet, it took some getting used to, but once I did? oh yes I was craving more. Not for the taste…but the euphoric ride! eesh. I was in a happy place. To be honest, I was in a work zone, since I had a bunch to do and not much time. So yeah. A better review next time.
Also. My coworker, who was fighting a cold finished it in maybe 15 min. He says it was good!!

Evol Ving Ness

Sorry that I missed that counter at the tea festival. It was always crowded. But euphoric ride! Sounds heavenly.

Indigobloom

They seemed to do really well! I couldn’t get in at all on Saturday. Only because I was around all day both days was I able to find a quiet moment to slip in! I’ll save some for you to try :)

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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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