1725 Tasting Notes

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This was just… good. Kinda thin when hot, so one of the few teas I need to cool before indulging.
I’ve had a really stressful week (day off today, but I was taking a course all weekend so vegged out). I’m not entirely sure why I’ve been stressed, other than being in a new role, although there haven’t been any difficult situations to deal with, yet. and the boyfriend going through a business launch, and being in debt from getting paid so little the last few months – this raise will let me pay bills, but catching up will be hard.
Still, it is all just accumulated stress, without any real incidents to speak of. I guess it all just piled on and started to really get at me today. Anyhow. I was so grateful to have this tea in my cupboard. It is always more comforting than I expect it to be. Only made it to three infusions, which I’m kinda kicking myself for now

Evol Ving Ness

Totally feel ya. Hope the cloud lifts soon.

Indigobloom

Thx Evol, I really need it to pass. Currently taking it out on my boyfriend after he said something shtupid – haven’t “really” talked to him in 3 days(you know, the basics, but nothing more). Can’t decide if I’m overreacting or not haha

Evol Ving Ness

You’ll figure it out (for both of your sakes:)

Indigobloom

haha hope so! :)

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Holy astringency. I usually add milk, and sometimes forgo it. This time? No way could it have done without.
Very coppery. The astringency is mouth puckering, edging on downright sour even with milk and a packet of sugar. Now, I need my caffeine so I will finish it. Eventually. (my colleague brought me a coffee, so I’m gratefully sipping that down for now!)
Ok… so now that its cooled a bit, the sourness is not so strong. I’m getting some nice malt mid sip.
I suppose my love for complex teas has swayed me a bit on this one. Hmph. Still not the best first impression. And that malt isn’t enough to make up for this next part!
Copper comes through in the swallow and aftertaste. It reminds me of eating a penny. Or the taste of blood… only I’ve never had that much in my mouth at one time. Creepy. For that reason alone, I will never buy this tea again.

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drank Amaretto Cherry by CitizenTea
1725 tasting notes

Ohhhhh my. So perfect today.
I added a few splashes of coffee and it really brings the whole cup together. With milk and without. and half a teaspoon of sugar.
Ugh. This headache is on day two now. Four extra strength tylenol did nothing yesterday. No time to hit up the pharmacy for investigation of other options… boyfriend has a vending event tonight and we’re busy getting ready today. Bah.

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drank Winter Cabin Chai by 52teas
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Yesterday was a good tea day. All the spices came out nicely. Past cups of this have been a bit dominated by one spice or another, only I hadn’t realized it til this one.
I forgot to set a timer as well, so it was pure luck. Also, a few dashes of milk and one third of a teaspoon sugar really brought it all together. Just enough sugar to accent the spices, not cover them up.
Oh. And my internet at home is down. Tech is coming today. Really hoping for good news.
I use internet to turn my brain off, streaming tv shows etc. So I’m a bit stressed out now, not having had much chance to relax (reading books is nice, but I end up overthinking without the combined visual and auditory stimuli, and I haven’t got any new fiction books to read at the moment). Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Helena

Sounds like a perfect plot for a horror flick

Indigobloom

haha well Halloween is coming so good timing :P

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75

The caramel here came off a bit astringent. Sour isn’t the right word but it did carry aspects of what I associate with it. May have let it sit too long in the cupboard although I made a small cup of this ages ago and it was more of the same. The oolong part was rather soft as well. Definitely done in more of the traditional way than the “green” oolong style… which isn’t my favourite (really gotta be in the mood to enjoy).
Overall, rather tasty, all considering. Might have done better as a latte?
Thanks for the sample Sil!!

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78

I made a small teacup of this yesterday. Not sure if it was the small amount and full tsp of leaf or what… but the cup was very tasty. Added a dash of milk because well latte is in the name, and I didn’t want to overwhelm the flavours by too much milk. Perfection. I feel like a full on latte treatment would be too much here. This way, all the flavours were balanced and so delicate that I tried to savour it for as long as possible.
If only every cup could be like this!! I find genmaicha to be a finicky blend no matter where I get it from though, maybe because the rice/tea ratio will always be different.
Also? Still not getting much if any pumpkin, but the spices were there of course

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drank Raspberry Meringue by DAVIDsTEA
1725 tasting notes

Well the first few sips of this were nice. True raspberry complemented by a nice white base and something a bit cakey. But as it cooled, a strange mustyness took over and I really didn’t like that. Nope, not at all. I won’t say it was terrible, but it went from pretty decent to pretty meh very quickly. Oh, also? I didn’t like how sweet it was. Almost syrupy.
Yeah, I’d have this again, if it was offered to me. But I definitely won’t buy it unless there is a specific reason like infusing it into alcohol. Heyyyyy maybe I’ll use up the last of it that way :P
As well, I’m annoyed that I asked for 10 grams, the girl at the counter gave me 14, claiming that any less wouldn’t give me a full serving. Well I had a massive mug, two cups worth, and I’ve still got enough for another of the same? Using my measuring spoon, that I purchased from DT. What gives????

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59

A rather finicky tea. Glad to be sipping it down!!! Came here to lower the rating. Down she goes…

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drank Honey Lemon by Earth Teaze
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Hmmm, I dunno. Very lemony. Not much if any honey. Potent!! and rather tart.
Reminds me of a lemon cough drop or syrup. It would be great when I’m sick. I wonder how it would fare iced. Oh and mum hated it.
This was given to me as a gift by my neighbour. Atleast it came with a tin that I can reuse. Might end up being one of those teas I crave randomly, to fill my lemonade-ish needs.

Today, I’ve got a nasty tension headache. It seems to be the season as everyone I know is getting them. Or maybe it’s contagious and I’m the common thread. ha. Tylenol isn’t helping at all. But the weather network tells me it isn’t related as it is “beneficial” or neutral weather for headaches. Ugh. They lie.

ashmanra

Hubby and I are both having headaches that are lasting several days. I assumed it was grass pollen of the fall variety. He never gets headaches that last a long time like this, and you are right, Tylenol isn’t doing a thing for us. Hope you feel better soon!

Indigobloom

Thanks you too!
We had people calling in sick to work all week. One of them had to take an oxycontin it got so bad. None of us have sniffles or congestion – I’d rather take that than this headache. Bah. Feel better xo

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So I bought this for the qi. And it does give a nice little high! not overly strong, so it could be great for work. Puts me right in the mood to get stuff done :)
This sat at work, forgotten about for far too long so I’ve got tons left.
I need to remember to keep my steep times short though, as I’m not a big fan of the thicker liquor in this one.
My secons infusion today is nicer than the first. Cocoa and mushroom, a bit earthy. Very nice. Definitely soupy. Reminds me slightly of chaga, in a nice way. I’m not a fan of chaga as it has a bite to it that doesn’t sit well, but this is just… nice. and soothing. Like a balm for cold days coming.
There’s an astringent aspect there that I didn’t expect, and a bit of mineral goodness too.
Thing is though, I need to be in the mood for drinking a pu, but when I’m craving it, well it SO hits the spot. Glad I indulged today, even though I’m at the boyfriend’s and all he has is tap water. Maybe I’ll keep it here, since it stands up to iffy water. Ok probably not. Maybe one day…

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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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