1758 Tasting Notes

77

so tired… just got home from a memorial service. They really suck the oomph outta me.
Bah.
This was ok. I feel as if I’ve had it before, only spicier. Mint, citrus, and a little creaminess. Meh. Not terrible, but then I imagine this would be super soothing when my tummy goes on strike!

Bonnie

Wow has it been 30 days already? Memory Eternal! Well, tradition is what we have. From this point on it is spaced further apart. But a comfort to know that we don’t forget people and have a place in our yearly calendar to do so.

Indigobloom

Yup, time flies when your drinking tea I suppose!
Aunt Viera, she will never be forgotten. It is indeed a comfort… Thanks Bonnie :)

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86

I love pumpkin!! yum!
Thanks to Will Work for Tea for the sample!!!
I needed a pick me up at work… and this is what I went for. I’ve been craving sweet teas at odd times, like in the morning haha.
Anyhow, the tea itself was a bit too spicy for me. I was not expecting that in a creme brule tea. Oh well, that’s a pretty minor complaint considering how delicious I found my cup to be! with milk and sugar, oh yes it’s very tasty! I can taste some pumpkin, but the cinnamon dominates the first two steeps. The third steep has more of a caramel tone to it, not so much “creme”. In fact, it reminded me in some ways of a pu-erh!
Now I’m wondering how it’d fare as a latte. drools

Bonnie

This is super good as a latte or (whipped cream like pumpkin pie) . Yum it up!

Indigobloom

oh I plan on it. SO looking forward to that

MegWesley

That sounds like it would be so good in a latte! Or in the fall when you want pumpkin pie but don’t want to make it. I really don’t like store bought pumpkin pie so we always make our own.

Indigobloom

I’ve only made pumpkin pie twice, from the can and also fresh. Not easy I tell ya! but oh sooooo good ;)

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
1758 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Will Work for Tea!!
I’m not sure about this one. It was ok for a fruity green tea. From other reviews I gather that it’s a love it or hate it deal. I don’t hate it but the fruity part was a little too indistinct to suss out any details so I’m not quite sure how to describe it.
The third steep was best though, when more of the “green” tea features came out. (like spring mix salad!)
Anyhow, I’m glad to have tried it!! maybe another try will illuminate some hidden secrets :)

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86

ahh! thank you so much Will Work for Tea!! your sample of this is SO generous.
It’s a very light, happy white tea with a vibrant berry accent. I quite enjoyed it. Odd though, the third steep was my fave… when the berry took on a hint of tartness. I love tart non-hibby whites :)
Next time, I’ll add a dash of sweetener.

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91

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
1758 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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75

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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74
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
1758 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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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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