1743 Tasting Notes

93
drank Jiaogulan by Teaopia
1743 tasting notes

Drinking this again tonight… after reading Kristaleyns review. I dug through my entire cupboard and found it wayyyy in the back. That’s how badly I was craving! lol
but I am SO glad to have this. Ugh, I need to pick some up asap, but then if I do, I need to drink it before it gets stale! Hmmm, the life of a tea hoarder :)
The rating for this holds, I really enjoy this tea!!

Bonnie

Glad! Old friends should be there when you need them!

Indigobloom

I agree, a tea I can count on! :)

SimpliciTEA

What a funky looking (and sounding) tea! That is an incredible picture (like something out of a Sci-fi movie). The `immortality tea`, huh? Interesting …

Indigobloom

Indeed, and it’s not caffeinated either! it tastes “green” but isn’t!! love that about this one, since I can drink it in the evening :)

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86
drank Keemun Gongfu by Tao Tea Leaf
1743 tasting notes

This was the sample I took home from Saturday’s tasting. Now I regret not saving it for a gaiwan experience. Or maybe a true gongfu, as I think it really is meant to be brewed that way.
This time, I think I used too much leaf and not enough water. The first few steeps were intense!! strong and bold! So much that I had a hard time distinguishing notes. But… I did find a heavy sortof malty cocoa, it reminded me of wheat in some ways as well. In later steeps (I made it to 5!) the cocoa started to emerge more, and balance itself out with the malty wheat part.
Overall, I quite enjoyed it. I was a little surprised at how different I found it from their version of Golden Monkey!

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81
drank Strawberry Rhubarb by Tealish
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Another nice fruity green! only that is all I can really say about it.
Two good steeps and then the third lost flavour, and I can’t say there was anything specifically strawberry but I did get a hint of something unique, which could have been the rhubarb.
I doubt I’d buy this again but it was lovely nonetheless.

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96
drank Silver Needle by Tao Tea Leaf
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This was my favourite out of all the teas I sampled today, and sadly also the first. WOW!! I wanted to take some home with me… but it was absurdly expensive and so I settled for something else instead. Until I drink down the rest of my teas there really is no justification in spending that much money on one tea.
Anyhow, the tea…
Tao brought out two varieties. One of them fresh, and the other from a 100 yr old bush, and then the leaves were aged. It was similar in flavour, if not a little more robust and less smooth.
The taste was sweet and deep, not laying on top or in the middle. I mean, the sweetness seemed to permeate the entire sip but not in an overwhelming way, but more balanced… it was a light tea after all. The sweetness lingered afterwards as well.
Such soft downy leaves! and that aspect seemed to translate into the tea somehow. It tasted soft, and round as well.
Second infusion was the best, a little sweeter and rounder and just oh so soooo very tasty.
Now I’m wondering if I should have just put it on my credit card… sighs

Bonnie

Soooo glad you had a wonderful time!!!

Indigobloom

thanks Bonnie! I have a feeling you would adore this shop :)

Bonnie

Mostly if we were having a tea time together my friend!

Indigobloom

awww Bonnie!! <3

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84

Backlog from yesterday. I had this with my dinner while at Panera. At first I had my doubts about eating there but it was super convenient at the time and then I saw they carry Republic of Tea and I took it as a sign. (Have some nasty memories associated with that place, Kristaleyn, they can be replaced!)
Anyhow, this tea… Hmmm. Well it was great, I really felt as if I was drinking red velvet! with a fraction of the calories (I did add a packet of rock sugar). And no milk needed! sometimes I find milk enhances/detracts from a rooibos dessert tea. In this case, I feel it would have taken away from the natural creaminess that was already there.
When it was really hot, I found the intense astringency a bit annoying but as it cooled… it toned down significantly. Also, I wish the flavour was a bit more intense, just a tad. Otherwise, I am in love! :)
Anyhow, I’m headed to a tea tasting today!!! I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks now. Yeaaay!!

Kittenna

Good to hear your bad memories have been pushed aside :)

Where is this tea tasting? What sorts of fun teas are you going to be trying (or is it a mystery??)

Indigobloom

Me to! relieved actually.
It’s at Tao Tea Leaf in Toronto. This is all I know:
2012 Spring Tea Tasting Event

Our tea sommelier has returned from China with exceptional fresh teas. Tao Tea Leaf invites you to join our 3rd annual Spring Tea Tasting event. Travel through our 2012 tea tour stories and photos. Taste our newly arrived fresh and rare teas.

Kittenna

Ooh! I expect to hear about how it went when you return! :D Sounds like tons of fun!

Dylan Oxford

Packets of rock sugar? They make packets?

Indigobloom

errr well not really rock sugar. that sugar in the raw stuff, only it was a different brand…

Indigobloom

Ahhh it was amaaazing!! tea heaven, oh yes it was! :P

Bonnie

Butiki has raw pellets…I bought them…like brown crystals, small jewels. I have them in a pretty jar for special tea times…guests…or ME!

Indigobloom

LOL do they sparkle in the sunlight :P

Bonnie

No, I do!

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My first Lupicia tea!!!
A girlfriend of mine went to Japan visiting family and brought back a small tin of this for me. She’s a good friend :)
I received the gift last night and indulged in it this morning… so eager was I to try it out!
Funny thing though, I find I really need to be in the mood to enjoy a Genmaicha, and I simply wasn’t… sadly! Thus, my tea thirst was left unsatisfied. shrugs
As for the flavours, well I most definitely notice the rice, and the soybean. Not much different than your standard Genmaicha.
There is a strong roasted note, that reminds me of barley, which I suppose is the “bean” and toasted combo. Behind that there is a matcha sortof flavour, but I don’t find it very strong.
One of the other notes mentions adding some sugar, so I think I’ll try it that way as well next time.

Bonnie

Don’t give up girl! My granddaughters ONLY like it with sugar!

MegWesley

That sounds really interesting. Make sure to try it with sugar and tell us how it is then.

TeaBrat

This one had always looked weird to me and I was afraid to try it!

Kittenna

Hmm, if you have enough of this I’m dying of curiousity now!!

Indigobloom

Bonnie: I will try it that way then, for sure! too bad I left it at work…
MegWesley: You can bet I will :)
AmyOh: I remember reading the reviews ages ago and thinking the same!
Krystaleyn: Definitely!!

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95
drank Wild Blueberry by Tealish
1743 tasting notes

ok so I took a break from trying new teas today. I just needed a break! It felt good… and thus I’ve decided to take another mini-vacation from this place. I find they rejuvenate my tea-spirit, and when I come back it’s with all the tea-fervor I can handle :)
I’ll still be around, but it will be Indigo-Bloom light for a little while. Just so y’all know I’m not gone for good! See you around!!
Oh and a little note about the tea: good as ever. Yum!

Azzrian

Enjoy your break!

Indigobloom

thx! Can’t wait to get back to it :P

Indigobloom

btw I am sending your tea soon!!! :)

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83

Yet another sample from Kiosque… I think I need to start in on my staples again. My palate is getting tired!
Anyhow, this was ok. Could definitely taste apricot, and peach… and each of them distinctly, which surprised me. I did not expect that. It all balanced very nicely. It was a very light tea as well. No sweetening or milk required!
If I hadn’t just found another great peach tea last week, I would have surely liked this one more. I guess that’s how the tea leaves fall :P

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Yet another sample from Kiosque… I think I need to start in on my staples again. My palate is getting tired!
Anyhow, this was ok. Could definitely taste apricot, and peach… and each of them distinctly, which surprised me. I did not expect that. It all balanced very nicely. It was a very light tea as well. No sweetening or milk required!
If I hadn’t just found another great peach tea last week, I would have surely liked this one more. I guess that’s how the tea leaves fall :P

Bonnie

Wah….boo! : (

Indigobloom

C’est la vie Bonnie! atleast I have a backup :)

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68
drank Wild Cherry by Teaopia
1743 tasting notes

I’ve tried this iced and hot now. Neither one impresses me :(
Too much floral going on there, whew! it’s like drinking cherry perfume. Not that earthy sortof floral that I actually enjoy, more like when your buddies spray perfume in the air as a joke (behind you) so when ya turn around you somehow end up with a mouthful of it!! (this happened to me not long ago. Don’t worry I had my revenge! Smelling like a funeral parlor wasn’t much fun either so there was double trouble! ha!)
Anyhow, the floral overshadowed whatever cherry I was able to suss out. So glad I haven’t got any of this in my cupboard…

Kittenna

Uh oh! Just bought this one. Hopefully I disagree with you.

Indigobloom

Eeeep! Kristaleyn, I hope you like it! more than I did lol
Bonnie: dun dun!

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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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