1696 Tasting Notes

ughhhhhhhhh to brain fried to type.
This was my post exam keep-me-awake cuppa. It did a good job for maybe an hour and then faded fast.
As for the tea? it was good. Malty. Rich. Keemum goodness.
Except I was in a big rush (had to be at a picnic in the park!) and didn’t add enough sugar… so with every sip, being as zoned out as I was, this is what flashed into my thoughts: Mmmm this is good. but this is cream, not milk! it’s obscuring the tea flavour. and I should have added a tad more sugar, it could really use a dash more.
Yep… every darn sip! it didn’t help that I’d forgotten to bring distraction materials with me (ie. my post exam brain dump/trashy romance novel)
So I shan’t rate this now, as I need to try it again with fair circumstances.
Goodnight world…

Bonnie

Oh shan’t you!

Indigobloom

yup! I heart that word :P

SimpliciTEA

“my post exam brain dump/trashy romance novel” I love it!

I hope your exams went well! : )

Indigobloom

hehe thx SimpliciTea. There is no shame in admitting one’s (occasional) vice!

Bonnie

It’s that or solitare!

Indigobloom

or tea reviewing :P

Lynne-tea

Congrats on finishing the exam!

Indigobloom

thanks Lynne-Tea. I’m so glad it’s over now! :)

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My study aid for the afternoon. Deeeelicous!
See previous notes for details. Angel food cake anyone?

Azzrian

Hey I wanted to get a sample of this but am not sure what to look for:
Douji “Hong Da Dou”
or
2011 Douji “Hong Shang Dou”
Or are the one and the same?
Sorry just wanted to look for the right thing :)

Bonnie

Good, no icky tea for you. Study, slurp!

Bonnie

Do lang do lang do lang! Do wop! Shoobie do wop!

Indigobloom

Azzrian: Humm, I’m not sure! This was a free sample sent to me by the vendor… Maybe if you email him he will know? Sorry I can’t be more help!
Bonnie: Nope nope, I be takin’ no chances today! slurrrrrrrrp!
LOL hey I commented on that same thing to Mum!! I can’t recall what my ditty was but it went something like Hong Da Dou be do be doooo… but she just looked at me like I was craaaazy. Which I am of course :P

Azzrian

Okay thanks Indigobloom :)

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95

This. is. home.
I’ve been sampling so many new teas lately that I was forgetting my tea roots! so I decided to take a jaunt down memory lane and look what I found :)
Oh man does this ever hit home for me. I was worried that it might be too old, as I believe it’s been in my cupboard forgotten for almost a year now… but it’s as good as ever! Thank goodness!
Malty and a bit floral this time, with just the right amount of boldness and astringency.
Funny, even with the super tasty teas I’ve had, none of them gave me tea chi. With this one, well let’s just say I am in a very happy place. I really needed my chi today!!
Now off to study…

gmathis

There is great comfort in familiar things.

Indigobloom

indeed! like a warm blanket on a winter day :)

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77
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
1696 tasting notes

Not terrible!! finally. Ugh!
Then again, not great either. I don’t appreciate the odd combo of citrus/cinnamon and ginger. Not in my food, or my tea apparently! and the cinnamon was a tad spicy. Nonethelss… Made as a latte, this was till better than I expected so I’m happy as I can be with it.
The orange part was really nice, I quite liked that… which is probably what redeemed my cup :)
Still, the rest of this sample will go to Dad. He’s like Mikey, he’ll drink almost anything I put in front of him! (mind you he can’t tell the difference between a black and an oolong but I am working on it!)
There’s only enough for one cup more anyhow.

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85
drank Yogurt Strawberry by Tsaa
1696 tasting notes

Yay!! an honest to goodness hit!
I was determined to try randoms until I found one that tickled my picky palate and this is where I ended up. Phew! what a trip…
Now the tea itself is unique to be sure. The yogurt is strong, much stronger than any of the other yogi-teas I’ve tried… and I like it! reminds me of the dried yogurt you get on raisins or peanuts. It’s very fragrant as well. The strawberry is rather mild but hanging around in the back. I don’t mind, as I’m willing to sacrifice that aspect in the interest of yogurt. Mmmmm.
As for soap, as is mentioned in Kristaleyn’s review… I don’t notice any when the cup is piping, but it gets a little abrasive when cool and I think that might be where you get the soap-ness from!

Kittenna

Yeah, I’ll have to try it again and see if I can get the taste to be non-soapy. It was good otherwise! Funny thing though – I left the teaball sitting overnight in a bowl, and in the morning when I went to dump it, there was a little pool of literally sticky jam underneath it. So much fruity goodness in this tea :)

Indigobloom

I know you don’t like to drink the cup til it cools somewhat. Maybe try a little sip when it’s hotter, with spoon? (I find that moderates the temp)
Jam!! I think I’ll have some on toast… haha :P

Kittenna

I’ll try that. I tried it under suboptimal conditions the first time around, what with being in a travel mug and having to leave the teaball in forever and whatnot. It was in there for over 2 hours, likely. Probably will try it again soon!

Indigobloom

oh dear, yes I can see how two hrs would be problematic! fingers crossed for your next cuppa :)

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72
drank Cherry Potion by DAVIDsTEA
1696 tasting notes

ugh! tart flowers!
Oh cherry… wherefore art thou…

Daniel Scott

My reaction exactly.

Lynne-tea

=O try Icing it! It worked for me.. the white tea came out and was a little creamy and it was sweet cherries all the way. I hope it works for you!

Indigobloom

I have just enough left for a cold steep. I’ll try it that way, thanks Lynne-tea!

Lynne-tea

You’re welcome! What I did was used 2/3 the amount of hot water required, then once the steep time was up I filled the rest up with ice cubes and put it in the fridge over night. Is that how you cold steep? I need to research ice tea making ways haha.

Indigobloom

I don’t really use ice cubes… since my teeth are so sensitive! I just hot brew and then stick it in the fridge once it’s cooled a bit.
but there are SO many ways to ice a tea :)

Lynn68

I really wanted to try Cherry Potion but now I’m not sure. I wanted that tart yet sweet cherry flavor, not flowers. :’-( How disturbing.

Lynn68

I really wanted to try Cherry Potion but now I’m not sure. I wanted that tart yet sweet cherry flavor, not flowers. :’-( How disturbing.

Indigobloom

Lynn68: try it out, no harm in getting a sample! I’ve been looking for a tart cherry tea as well.

Daniel Scott

@Lynne-tea – Cold brewing, to me, means that the water is never hot. So you’d put the leaves in whatever you’re steeping the tea in, and then into cold/room temperature water and place it in the fridge.

It takes much longer – like several hours, you might want to google for cold brewing steep times. With herbals and rooibos anyway, you’re completely safe to steep it overnight. So are blacks, I think. Not so sure about white/green/oolong. The longest I’ve left a white so far has been about four hours and it was nice, but that was a cup at a time. I’ve cold-brewed greens for pitchers and I’m still not sure if I’m getting the timing right or they weren’t all suitable, as they’ve all tasted slightly off. Oolong I haven’t tried yet.

I personally like that better than having the water ever be hot. To me, tea steeped hot and cooled just tastes funny, whereas tea which has always been cold comes out smooth and sweet and suitable to drink cold!

Indigobloom

I need to experiment more with cold steeping. I’ve only ever tried it four or five times. Lime Gelato is pretty good cold, as is Candied Almond from Tea Emporium. I also tried a white and a green iced with so-so results.
The fruity green, I tried cold brewing and it wasn’t that great. I hot brewed it and that was better but still meh! next time I’ll try black.
I’d like to be able to add milk as well, eventually.

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drank Devil's chocolate by Teaopia
1696 tasting notes

Mehhhhh. I had hoped for more intensity in the flavour. More punch, more chocolate, more… heck even more rooibos flavour would have been helpful. Also, it tasted flowery. I guess that was the clove?
Even with milk and agave, this did nothing for me. sadness.

Indigobloom

yep, I’m a big whiner today! haha

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72

Wieeeeerd. This tea, it wierds me out! I’m so glad I only got a sample. Thank you SO much to the TE associate who gave me a sample!
The flavour on the first steep was very bubblegummy, in a fruity way. Like bubblicous! A little to much for me.
Then the second steep, there was far less fruitiness going on, but for some reason all I could taste and smell was SOAP! Bleh!
At first I wondered if my hand creme got in the cup somehow but there was nothing in the bottom of the cup and… well I would have noticed a big glob of hand goo falling in my mug!
Ah well, I’m grateful for the experience and the first steep wasn’t bad! (79 for the first, 60 for the second, I’ll leave it at 70ish then!)

Bonnie

more wah…bleh!

Indigobloom

bleh!! have you ever eaten hand creme before? worse than soap!

Missy

lol and why are you eating hand creme!?

SimpliciTEA

I was cringing when I read about the soap smell/flavor. Ewww!

Indigobloom

long story Missy! I thought it was custard on the spoon… but no it was some stray hand creme. Blech!
SimpliciTea: yup. There is no better way to describe it than ewww!

Missy

That sounds like some thing I would do! :D

Indigobloom

Missy: watch out for the escaped hand creme then. It will get you! :P

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67
drank Jalapeno Tea! by Man Teas
1696 tasting notes

Thanks so much to Azzrian for this sample! I totally agree, this is more sweet pepper than hot! and I don’t know what, but something else was amiss. Maybe it was me, but I don’t think so…
This one didn’t speak to me as tasty at all. The first of many misses today. But you know what? I didn’t mind for some reason. I was in a mood to experiment :)

Bonnie

u b strikn out!

Indigobloom

yep, I think I’ve scored a run by this point! ha!

SimpliciTEA

I still gotta try this tea someday, as I LOVE peppers and hot food …

Indigobloom

SimpliciTea: I have some left, you are more than welcome to it! :)

SimpliciTEA

Thank you, but no thank you. : )

Not at the moment, anyway. Still, I may open to a swap this summer when I have FINALLY depleted all of my samples.

Indigobloom

LOL I hear ya, I am drowning in samples myself :)

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72
drank Pina Colada by Adagio Teas
1696 tasting notes

PiNa CoLaDa!
Too much hibby!!!! yikes. but then I added some honey and it mellowed out a bit. Still super tart, but not in a sour kid way anymore.
Anyhow, thanks so much for the sample Azzrian!! I can really see where this one goes wrong for you. It smells a little gnarly, but the taste is more or less great… except for the teeny little bump when I swallow, where I get a hint of backass in the flavour.
I think it’s the pineapple, and how it’s blending with the hibby. Coconut is in there to somewhere. When I pick out the flavours, they are not making friends! it’s almost as if there is a wall of garbage up between them, but there are stunning gardens on either side!! how odd.
When it was super hot, it was actually really good. Now that my cup is cooling I can see how other reviewers might think it’s terrible. I better drink this one up fast now! gulp

Missy backass as opposed to frontass?
DaisyChubb

this is such an intriguingly strange blend, I love reading your guys’ reviews for it. Taking one for the team! :D

Indigobloom

Missy: yup, I stand by it! I don’t wanna know what frontass is like haha
DaisyChubb: it is very strange indeed! I definitely won’t be buying any… but I am glad to have seen what all the fuss was about. One of those it’s so bad I have to try it scenarios. ha!

Missy

LOL!!

Yogini Undefined

LOL great review, made me laugh so thanks! teehee backass :D

ScottTeaMan

Ass backwards would be a frontass right!?!

Missy

Totally!

Indigobloom

Yogini: it made me giggle just writing about that… :P
ScottTeaMan: well I suppose so yah!! except… it sounds so much worse haha

Kittenna

Yuck. I can’t believe you liked this one. Should I save the rest of my sample package for you? I was going to throw it away. It literally makes me gag to think about it. I hope you don’t get an upset stomach! :P

Indigobloom

lol errr thanks for thinking of me! I think this one is best for the compost! my stomach was ok, this time… ha.

Kittenna

Hahaha :P To the compost it shall go.

Indigobloom

Oh Adagio… whatever made you think this was a good idea?!

Missy

Let me just say tea foot bath! For those teas you wouldn’t give to some one else, I throw some tea in hot water and soak my feet in it. It makes my feet smell nice while they soak at least. :D

Indigobloom

huh, I like that idea Missy!!!
but for a tisane… does that make them sticky? lol

Missy

I’ve never had them go sticky. I’ve tried a couple of teas and I think the one had some fruit but not a lot. I do suggest a rinse after even with out fruit. The leaves tend to get in between toes, or on the top of your foot when you try to get out of the bath.

Indigobloom

neat-o. Now I just need a bin to soak in. My bathtub won’t work because I don’t want any tea getting in the little jet holes.
oooh, epsom salts and tea! :P

Missy

Yeah I don’t use the bath tub either. A large bucket works well. Then you can get your ankles too.

Indigobloom

yeah. It feels like something I should do at the cottage :P

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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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