1696 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
1696 tasting notes

Thank you Kristaleyn for this sample! what a deeelish tea :)
I have to agree, the black tea part comes out a little weak, and that was with a 5 min steep. It was about to get bitter so I had to take out the tea basket.
That said, the coconut part is great!! just love it!
With some milk n sugar, I do get a cream pie sortof texture. Yumm!!
I’d consider buying this, if I could figure out how to make the base stronger.

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66
drank Aperitif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Meh. I dunno, this one was ok… but not great.
Rather bubble-gummy actually, and in my world, that is like the “friend zone” of teas. Once you fall in, there is NO getting out.
I couldn’t really identify the apple or any other notes. It was just… candy like and that was it. shrugs
I don’t see how it tastes anything like Ice-wine. It’s drinkable… nothing wrong with it. but it reminds me of so many other boring teas that I likely wouldn’t know the difference if someone swapped out my mug.
SO, the rating for this is so low, because it has such potential! but fails on so many levels!!!! and now I’m tempted to go back and find every “bubblegum” review I’ve written and change those scores to.
Ugh, I am not in the best mood. Don’t you mess with me tea. Not today :/
Oh wow I just noticed. This review is #555. I don’t know why but that strikes me as odd! in a good way, I think?

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Ehhhhh. I so badly want to like this one. but the smell… it’s so cloying and ugh!
The taste? well it’s ok. Freshly hot, it was full of vanilla, which is so not my thing… and then as it cools, I get alot more hibiscus. I’m not sure which one is worse?!? That said, it is a little creamy which I find odd for a juice tea, and the only enjoyable part.
Anyhow, DaisyChubb is right… rocket candies, berry flavoured ones all the way (once it cools a bit).
It didn’t help that little bits of berry snuck out of the pyramid bag.
What am I going to do with the rest of these pouches?! Maybe they’ll be better iced, and walloped with a spoonful or five of agave.
Overall, a thoroughly unimpressive tisane. I don’t know why but I expected more :(

Bonnie

Ah,too bad!

Indigobloom

Oh well! can’t have em all :)

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I accidentally oversteeped this. Eeeeeeek!!!
No fair. I was so looking forward to a full round of cups. Hmph.
Oh well, that’s what I get for trying this at work. and the cup was still very drinkable, just rather heavy is all.
I did get three steeps out of it. The second one was the best, very lemony and sweet.
There is enough there in my sample for another cup so I will be extra careful with that one!
Thanks SO much for sharing Kristaleyn!
Wait, I saw that Azzrian has sent some of this out as well. I hope I didn’t mix them up!! I know it wasn’t you Bonnie, because yours had tape on them. Hmmm.
My head…

Kittenna

I definitely sent you some :)

Indigobloom

ok good!! thanks for the sample again. I really like this one!

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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The smell of this tea is amazing!! heavenly.
And at first… it tasted great! peachy and floral, oh yes, it was lovely! but as it cooled, some icky jasmine notes came out to play. Not my thing!
I couldn’t finish the cup.
So this one, it seems… is not for me. Oh well. C’est La Vie!

Bonnie

Hey, both of us had bleh’s…it was a bleh party day! Yuck! Maybe we have become Tea Diva Brat Princesses!

Indigobloom

lol!!
Bonnie, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to! :P

Bonnie

Me too!

Indigobloom

today was much better. I hope yours was to Bonnie!!

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drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
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Spicy. Mango… … …
Yep, that is all. No “tea”. Just overly spicy mango.
If you like a serious punch in your food, then this one might be for you.
However, the sample I had… it was so spicy that I couldn’t enjoy the other parts of the flavour. I like some spiciness in my food. In fact, I love me some jerk chicken or Tikka Masala. But those dishes are not ALL about the spicy. They have texture and other flavours.
Seriously, I think this should be labelled a tisane. Was there any camellia in there at all???
It might be interesting to cook with.

Kittenna

Oh boo. I have high hopes for this. I can’t wait for Wednesday to buy all the teas I’m behind on! Mango Diablo, the whole summer collection (minus Swampwater), Buddha’s Blend, Mamma Mia…

Bonnie

The devil mango is going to get you little girl. It will come in the night…wah ha ha….with spicy daggers in the stomach. Because for less money you could have bought dried mango, chopped it up, added hot pepper and put it in a bag. Wah hahahaha!

Daniel Scott

Sounds like I’m gonna like it. :P

Indigobloom

Kristeleyn: beware of the mango! but I recommend trying it anyhow. I could never resist a tea no matter how horrible it’s said to possibly be :P
Bonnie: ahhhh haunted by the mango!! yes, I really could have made this myself and it would have probably tasted better :/
Daniel Scott: go for it! I look forward to that review :)

Mirandab

Really? I didnt detect any heat at all at first, in fact I usually add my own chilly flakes!

Indigobloom

Hmm maybe it was just a strong batch that I tried

Kittenna

I got heat in mine too. Really didn’t like this tea though.

Indigobloom

Odd how some people got a really spicy cup and others not so much!

TeaBrat

I think I can pass on this. :-P

Indigobloom

heh me to. Spicy tea is so not my thing

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89
drank Nightcap by DAVIDsTEA
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Okay so when this was hot… and I mean really hot, I didn’t like it at all. Bleh!
but then I added way to much sugar (for my liking, just to make it ok) and let it cool down… and oh my goodness it’s mulled wine! I can’t believe they made it taste like I am actually drinking wine. I even have the dry-mouth pasties!
I don’t think it’s worth buying again, but I certainly appreciate the experience. I certainly would never turn away a free cuppa…
The hibiscus works perfectly here. One time I really did not mind it.

Kittenna

Ooh! You were lucky enough to get the wine collection! Jealous. By the time I had “discovered” DT, it was unavailable.

Indigobloom

yeah I was feeling badly about stuff and had some retail therapy. It’s in tiny little tins. 12g of each wine tea. After that, I’m all out :(
and this is a juice tea so there really isn’t much!

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83
drank Coco Caramel by Teaopia
1696 tasting notes

If I had tried this tea before the Sweet Temptation from Tsaa… this would have definitely gotten a higher rating from me.
However, ST is superior in so many ways! It requires no additions (either milk or sugar) and has a cleaner, smoother flavour.
This one is a bit to astringent, and rougher around the edges. Also, the flavour is not as deep or complex.
Oh well. sighs It’s pretty good otherwise :)

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76
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Longest week ever… ugh. So much going on, so very many many things… one of which has me saddened. (My Aunt-in-law passed away today. Cancer. Oh how I hate that vile word)
So I needed something to calm me down and I wasn’t feeling chamomile.
Also, it gave me the chance to try this tea while un-sick, and guess what it’s more than just a mint tea! ha.
Yep, there is something else in there, the juniper berries I am guessing. They aren’t very strong, and have a sortof woody berry taste. Not bad, really.
Without sugar, it reminded me of your average ayurvedic tea, but with some sweetening the various notes came out a bit more and I found it much more palatable.
Now that the cup is pretty much drained, I can say that it did work. I feel soothed, a little.

LiberTEAS

Sorry to hear about your Aunt… cancer is indeed a vile thing.

Indigobloom

thx LiberTeas. Vile is not a strong enough word!

Bonnie

Memory Eternal for your Aunt Indigobloom!

Azzrian

So sorry – prayers for her soul progression and for your family.

Kittenna

:( That’s tough. I’m glad your exam was at least over beforehand. hugs

Indigobloom

thank you so much for the good thoughts everyone, I will send them along xx

TeaBrat

Sorry dear, my thoughts are with you…

Angrboda

My condolences for your loss. :( hugs

ashmanra

So sorry.

Indigobloom

Aww thank you for the kind words everyone XO

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80
drank Cocomint Green by Adagio Teas
1696 tasting notes

Thank you… to whoever sent this to me! Was it* SimplyJen? or NinaVampi?* Hmmmm. I had them in nice n neat piles but they got mixed up when we cleaned out the cupboards a few months ago. oops :/
Anyhow, the tea…
This is interesting. Chocolate is the first note. Light and juicy, not heavy the way I pictured chocolate would be. Behind that is an equally light minty flavour. Somewhat distant compared to the chocolate but that part is nice. I wouldn’t want it overpowering the tea.
However, it did taste a bit plasticky, and I’m not sure why! I’ve seen that in green teas before.
The second steep was better than the first. Much more balanced with the tea flavour, however I found it rather scratchy as well.
Oh and I made a cup (of the first steep) for Dad and he hated it! I was shocked, as he has never, to my knowledge, poured a cup of anything, much less tea, down the drain. I mean, it wasn’t terrible. Really!! and the face he made… well, that was priceless. ha!
Nonetheless, it was a pleasant experience. I’d drink this one again!

Indigobloom

OK so the second steep… I accidentally let the rest of my cup get cold and I think this would be great iced!! Upping the rating :)

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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.

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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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