1754 Tasting Notes

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Hum, I am impressed! for the first time in ages, I am truly marveling at a David’s creation.
With just an added drop or two of agave (as opposed to my usual three haha) it really tasted like preserves!!! nummy. Perhaps it’s the organic factor that makes it so tasty.
A little fake for my liking, and I would have loooooved to see this in a strawberry version instead. Then again, I’ve always found blueberry dessert things to taste fake. (Especially yogurt, for some reason)

teataku

Interesting. I feel the same way about cherry desserts. Don’t know what it is… :/

Indigobloom

Odd isn’t it? I love cherry pie/tarts. Funny how we are opposite like that!

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drank Black Night by Red Leaf Tea
1754 tasting notes

Blech!!
I ordered this under false pretenses, as the website said nothing about the eeeeevil berg under ingredients. I don’t like it!
Ah well, I emailed the company and they’re refunding the money I paid for it since I can’t drink earl greys. And yup, I’d have checked Steepster for reviews first but for some reason this wasn’t coming up and now it is! odd.
Also, while my response from Red Leaf is adequate and more than enough to pacify me I was a little disappointed that they didn’t do more to retain my business. Now I’m glad I waited til trying all the teas I bought from them before submitting a full length tea shop review.
The moral of this story? bergamot is eeeeevil!! heh. I just like saying that so I’m gonna do it again. makes me feel like Count tea-cula or sumthin… so… eeeeeeeeeeevil!!!!
(sorry folks, running on little to no sleep. that is the byproduct!)

Bonnie

You was so cute count tea-cula indeed! I sleepy but 5 little boys are at my house!

TeaBrat

sorry – that is so annoying!

Dylan Oxford

Count Teacula, that’s awesome.

Indigobloom

Bonnie: oh dear you’ll never get any rest! ever! haha
Amy: yep! agreed!! ah well, what can ya do.
Dylan: thx. Sometimes exhaustion squeezes out a drop of fun :)

Bonnie

Yippee I’m alone again! Got to wind down! Wired!

Indigobloom

phew! here’s hoping the smoke doesn’t keep you up again!!

CHAroma

I completely agree with you and probably would have had the same reaction (except I like EGs). The description says nothing that would make me think it includes bergamot!

Indigobloom

I know right?! but they’ve now updated the website so atleast future buyers won’t have that issue. Oh well, it’s not like I really lost anything, since they credited me the amount I paid :)

CHAroma

Yep, glad it worked out! :)

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hum! this is just like my Bengal Spice! interesting. Only a bit more creamy, from the vanilla I suppose. Thanks so much for the sample Will Work For Tea!
However… I agree with the other reviews. Where the heck is the hazelnut?! shrugs
On it’s own, this was a little too spicy for me. Too much cardamom I think. With some milk and agave, it was better. Still spicy but better.
Anyhow, I’m off to bed early. Night y’all!

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
1754 tasting notes

Thank you Azzrian for the sample!! (this was from you wasn’t it? lol)
Now, the tea… I see what everyone means about it being light and airy. Like a cloud! and there is a woody sort of note in there to. Grass, and wood. Oh and some very mild sweetness, barely there unless I concentrate.
Myself, I prefer the more floral (non jasmine) white teas, but this was pleasant for a change. Thanks again for the sample Azzrian!

Bonnie

Hi girlie!

Indigobloom

hi tea friend!! sorry I haven’t been around much. miss tea talkin with you!

Bonnie

You too! Get some rest!

Bonnie

I’m picturing Donald Duck’s Nephews lined up in their little beds snoring… do you remember that cartoon?

Indigobloom

bahahaaaaa YES how could I forget? thanks for the giggle ;P

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83

I’m trying to use up my teas. Ever feel frantic about how much you have and root through your cupboard to see what you haven’t had in ages? and then suddenly feel better when you deplete the massive pile by one cup?? ha! oh dear I need help…
but it was oh so good! if not a little stale.

Azzrian

lol have not been there yet but will be at some point I am sure. Too new to tea still :)

Indigobloom

wait for it Azzrian, it will come! lol

CHAroma

Yes, it will come. Hahahaha, that made me laugh. I have so much tea I don’t know what to do with it! Oh yeah, drink it! Or give it away, that works too. I recently gave a ton of samples to a friend at work who wanted to expand her tea tasting experiences. Sometimes it’s more fun to give tea away than drink it yourself.

Indigobloom

Oh I do that ALL the time!! give samples, stuff I don’t want or have too much of! but then it gets to a point where I think I won’t give certain ones away and the pile grows faster than I can purge…

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86

This is the tea we blended at our tea guild meeting a few weeks back. We added rose oil and rose petals to black tea (I’m not sure what leaf type but I am guessing Ceylon) It was a fun experience, but not something I’m particularly interested in. Me… I enjoy drinking tea, discovering tea, and learning all about it.
Anyhow, this didn’t turn out as I expected. It’s rather light, and refreshing. Not as rosy as I’d hoped. After adding some agave, some serious citrus notes emerged. It made me wonder if there was any Darjeeling mixed in. (I arrived late, so it is possible!)
Overall, it’s very pleasant and easy to drink. I might make the rest of it iced, as I think that would go over very well. Darjeeling tea seems to be the only caffeinated beverage I enjoy cold so hopefully this one will pick up on those similarities :)

JacquelineM

Tea guild! I wish I could join!

Indigobloom

If you ever make it up to Toronto, we’d love to have you at a meeting! :)

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ummmmm yeah!! I’m packing up the house tonight, so that we can reno. So… I needed some tea! and I’ve been trying to drink down my sample stash. I think it was Jenn who gave this to me? big thank you! though I haven’t seen ya in awhile… hope yer still around :)
Anyhow, I can seriously taste upside-down pineapple cake! this is SO good. Pineapple… yup. Cake… yup yup! oh mann this is great.
Now, I’m not sure I’d repurchase this because I always seem to be in possession of one fruity tea or another and knowing me I’d never finish of the packet. There are times when nothing but a fruity green will do, ya see… like today. I had a serious hankering. So, while I am in love with this, and it is super unique, I can do without. But it’s on my “to be seriously consider” list! Frank, you are a potion master <3

Bonnie

Hahaha! At first I thought you were going to RENO as in NEVADA! (well hey West Coast) .
I forgot about the reno-VATE! Duh!

Indigobloom

lol I’ve never been, but it sounds like fun!! better than packing, for sure ;)

Bonnie

If we have a Steepster Meet-up I have a timeshare in lots of places! Vegas, Seattle, Wine Country, CA….would be crazy!

Indigobloom

oh my that would be SO much fun :P

Bonnie

We’d get arrested in Vegas for being Tea Drunk!

Indigobloom

pffft, nah we’d invite the officers for tea! heheee

Vortegne

Oh, pineapple. My favorite fruit :D

Indigobloom

Vortegne: I recommend this one then, no question there I think you’d love it!

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Peaches! oh yes, peaches in droves. So good! Muchos thanks to Ashmanra for the sample!!
Very similar to the same tea blend from Tsaa. I’m not sure which I prefer. When I first tried it, the peach overwhelmed me. Then in later steeps(I had three), it balanced out with the tea base.
In comparing it to the Tsaa version, I think this version is less “fuzzy” and sweet but I need to try a side by side to be sure.
Sooo… which do I prefer? throws up hands I really don’t know!
Thanks again Ashmanra!

ashmanra

Glad you liked it! I thought it was great iced, and was pleased to discover yesterday that Whole Foods carries a number of their loose leaf teas.

Indigobloom

I tried the Tsaa blend iced, I personally prefer it hot!

Indigobloom

hehe peaches make me happy :P

Indigobloom

Bonnie: yes pls do! purty horse…

Indigobloom

ahh I just realized, this was my 600th note! not a big milestone, but its something to smile about :)

Missy

Yay for 600!!!

Bonnie

Wow! Beeeeep beeeeeep! (Blowing of horn!)

Indigobloom

hehe thanks Missy and Bonnie! :)

Bonnie

Fires here again (larimer county, 10,000 acres already the air is like Lapsang Souchong) . Ugh! And high winds!

CHAroma

600th tasting note and not a big milestone?! That’s huge!!! Congrats!!

Indigobloom

Bonnie: hope those fires are doused soon :(
CHAroma: hehe thx :P

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
1754 tasting notes

wow what a treat! thank you so much Ashmanra!
This has a great peach flavour, similar to the black peach tea from Tsaa. In fact, they are essentially the same with a different base! If you like green tea and peaches, this is the one for you :)
Personally, I prefer the black tea base but this is lovely for a change!

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drank Pai Mu Tan by Thé Kiosque
1754 tasting notes

Ohh man what a great tea. I love the white ones with some hazzah behind them.
What a body! A very sweet, mellow cup. Reminds me of orchids, orchid marmalade maybe. The first steep was my weakest… they seemed to grow in character each time. The last one, of four, had a really sweet finish. Almost syrup like. One day, I will order more of this. Ahhh I wish this was more than a sample!

Bonnie

Finally! I was hoping you would fall in love with one of them!

SimpliciTEA

“… with some hazzah behind them.” Hilarious! I just had to look that word up online, and here is one interesting link http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Hazzah
It’s got lots of possible uses. So, hazzah back atcha!

Indigobloom

Bonnie: ME TO! ahhh I was getting a little worried. Now I wish I ordered more from their straight tea pile.
SimpliciTea: LOL hazzah! I love that word, it just sounds fun doesn’t it?!

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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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