1712 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Monkey by DAVIDsTEA
1712 tasting notes

These reviews comfort me. Now I don’t feel so bad for finding this tea so darn boring! I didn’t bother with a second infusion. And I had to add half a tsp of sugar to make it appealing… which did bring out the tobacco and fruit notes a tad, surprisingly. But before that? a cup of meh.

ScottTeaMan

I sampled this tea (some 10 years ago) from Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports, both of which were pleasing. For the price, I didn’t find it appealing enough to repurchase any amount of this tea to add to my cupboard.

Indigobloom

I’d had Golden Monkey from Tao Tea Leaf and found it quite delicious, with notes of hay and cocoa but that was awhile back. I should grab a cup one day to see if my tastes have changed

ScottTeaMan

Yeah me too, because I think I’d like it more now, but I remember the samples having a funky taste. I’m sure it was just me because everyone else who reviewed it on their websites liked it.

Indigobloom

I was off Keemum for a long time, as I found it a bit thick and that the thickness could overwhelm the nuances of the tea. Now I’m really curious if that remains true!

ScottTeaMan

I’ll RESEARCH SMALL PACKET COSTS TO Canada (shouldn’t be that much) and see what teas I’ve got, maybe we could swap teas.

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This is quite tasty!!
I’m enjoying the slight buzz from eucalyptus, along with a sort of tongue numbing effect, in a pleasant way that reminds me of the drink. It really does taste similar to a mojito. That airy effect from Graveyard Mist (52teas) is there as well. Lots going on here, which pleases me! It is clear that a lot of work and thought went into crafting the mix of flavours.
Not 100% spot on Grapefruit Mojito because that would really call for fresh mint leaves and well I know that isn’t possible. The grapefruit isn’t quite what I imagined either although I can’t pinpoint why, but I would definitely say it is very much there… a tad mild, which is ok by me, I fully expected the mint to take over.
oh. Also, I added a smidge of sugar, since mojitos are quite sweet. It really brought out the flavours more, and helped them gel. Didn’t need much, but that tiny bit was helpful.
Altogether, the blend is well executed and unique. I bought another sampler for a friend this Christmas and I’m glad I did, I think she’ll love it!

On a more personal note, it’s Christmas Eve and I’m feeling quite all over the place. Emotions are high for a bunch of reasons; Holiday demands being one of them, of course :)
Then there is the fact that I’m on different meds now for adhd. they don’t address my anxiety issues directly, not like my previous meds, and the dosage needs to be upped… a lot… which my doc won’t do til I meet with the specialist she plans to refer me to(he’s on vacay til Feb). In the meantime I forget alot of stuff, constantly. and I worry about everything. I’m mostly ok with that for now, since the previous meds turned off my ability to get excited about things, or appreciate them properly. I feel like it affected my empathy as well, so had to use my logic in order to not be an arse to people. My logic always didn’t come through, nothing is perfect right? Sorry for the ramble. Just felt like getting things off my chest! So yeah, all of that and residual work stress, Nothing feels “right” these days. Like I’m always waiting for the other shoe to drop, or… well that is another story haha.
Oh. Also. My aunt is unwell, this may be her last Christmas, so we all had to get the flu shot for the sake of herd immunity. First time ever… as I’m seriously not a fan. I always planned to get it if and when I needed it and not a day sooner. For some reason having flu vaccine in me is quite creepy, yet I have no problem with other ones. Perhaps because the flu version is annual? I dunno.

Anyhow. I’m grateful for a lot of things in my life, so am trying to focus on that. I’m headed out to Christmas Eve dinner now. Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas/Kwanzaa to those who celebrate!

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, you poor dear! I am sorry that you are going through all that with the medications. No wonder you are feeling off kilter. The holidays are difficult enough. Be sure to make time for yourself and be very kind to yourself. Meditate regularly to help yourself find a bit of balance in between the chaos. Try something like this once a day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8oKWQiEWYs

And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you! I hope things pass easily and smoothly.

Indigobloom

Thank you for the kind words Evol! The medication changeover is a trial of sorts, but it feels like movement… I was stuck for so long that anything at all feels like progress :)
I’m in a much better place this holiday season than I was last year. I try to meditate as often as I can. and the link!! Will definitely check that out. All best of Christmas and New Years to you and your loved ones!

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Indigobloom! I am glad that you sense that this is all towards forward movement. I wish you the best with this. I understand how difficult things can be when chemistry disrupts and fights for balance.

gmathis

Consider yourself hugged. May there be many peaceful and sweet moments for you today.

Indigobloom

@Evol yes, it is a bit tricky. The ups and downs are teachable moments, I find. I try to learn something between it all. It gives things a sense of purpose. Thanks for being so sweet, it is very appreciated xox

Indigobloom

@gmathis thank you!! HUGS back to you as well. I made Mum cry with a Christmas CD, it had her fave holiday song and listening to it was quite eventful! so that is one moment I won’t soon forget.
I wish your the very best of the season gmathis, and to your loved ones as well

Indigobloom

One thing I’m grateful for is my tea family here on Steepster and facebook. I know mental wellness issues are stigmatized, but I think the more we talk about it, the less so it becomes. I’m not bold enough to do that on fb just yet

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A great cuppa!! Nice and malty. More malty than your average tea, which is what I have always sought out in my morning teas. Yup, I’m a fan :)
Definitely also getting plenty of cocoa notes, and a bit of copper. And a hint of smoke. Similar to the Cupan Tae blend, but different enough that I could justify, barely, having both in my cupboard at once. So glad I got this one

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I loooooooove the combo of orange and chocolate so you can bet I’m there to try it when I see it in a tea flavouring! I guess that kinda means I made this cuppa with high hopes. And I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed :)
Spot on flavour. It was rich, and toasty and had just the right balance of chocolate vs orange. Worked well with the base I think but the flavours did obscure that a bit. I don’t mind, I got the terry’s chocolate orange experience without the calories or need to guzzle water! A much more pleasant culinary delight, I daresay (those chocolates tend to make me so thirsty).

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Piping hot, this was delish!! Love.
But once cooled down, something in there just wasn’t working for me. I’ll try it again to see if I brewed it up all wrong somehow. But I may have to gift this to someone, as it made me feel a bit queasy. Brought back memories of when I tried forcing myself to drink Earl Grey. The ingredients don’t say anything about bergamot so I doubt my that was a factor. .
I can’t offer much of a tasting note otherwise. It didn’t taste very appleish, to me, which is a sign that maybe I am allergic to another ingredient.
Sadness.

Indigobloom

Yup. Exactly :(

Evol Ving Ness

I wonder if I am going to feel the same way about this one. I got a sample w my last order. I have adored previous apple blends from QTT though. Adored.

Indigobloom

I hope you like it much better than I!! this is my first order from them. Hoping it is the only one out of the bunch like that!

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drank Slim and Slender by CitizenTea
1712 tasting notes

Not a bad tea. Fruity in a familiar way, but well done. Very well blended.
I enjoy the mix of light and dark flavours: bold puerh, light fruit… kinda like a complex wine. Heck, throw in some spice and I could be fooled into thinking it was mulled wine. Well, not really, but it could be a great alternative for those who don’t drink :D
After finishing my mug, I’m now noticing a slight sharp aftertaste, followed by a bitterness that I’ve never experienced before. Similar to tonic (soda)water. For that reason alone, I’m dropping the rating a few points.
It isn’t something I want a lot of in my cupboard, but I found it extremely easy to drink, and quickly. Perhaps I should keep it around for those days I feel dehydrated

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A nice sipping tea. Nothing exciting, but very smooth and comforting. Just the right amount of maltiness and copper. Not overly astringent. Good with a dollop of milk. I dig it.
I’m not sure if it’d do well in a travel mug, so best to keep it for the house.

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drank Xin Gong Yi by Citizen Tea
1712 tasting notes

So not what I expected. I may have underleafed?
It was very green and light. A bit fruity, definitely vegetal. and kinda brothy. Surprisingly sweet with a lingering bitter yet sweet aftertaste that is actually rather pleasant. Reminds me a lot of Jiaogulan, an herbal tea that I thought was Greek but apparently comes from China. Bah. I digress.
Perhaps my palate hasn’t been entirely cleansed from the Tomato tea? I did brush my teeth between cups. Hmmm.
Must try it again soon…

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I thought I would hate this. But I love basil and thought maybe I’m wrong. One of those blends I always wanted to try because its so unique.
Turns out of course, that I adore it!!! Wow. Seriously enjoying the wonderful mix of spices. It almost has a fizzy taste as well, from the pepper I presume. Nomnomnom

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drank cupan tae by A Quarter to Tea
1712 tasting notes

Delicious. Milk or not, sugar or not… I can enjoy this many ways. I’ll need more shortly!!
I love the hint of smokiness. No wonder I adore it, it has my fave, Assam Banaspaty in it. Hehe! giddy
Reminds me quite a bit of the Queen Catherine. Must experiment more to determine just how much…

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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.

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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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