1725 Tasting Notes

75
drank Chai Tea by Tea Tang
1725 tasting notes

Two bags in an extra large mug. I need to use it up!! the spices are fading even though I’ve got it in a tin.
Also, the coppery ceylon notes really shine today. Not sure I like that. Oh well. One bag next time.

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79
drank Paleozoic Peat by Tea-Historic
1725 tasting notes

Sad sample sipdown!
Not enough for a full cup so I combined it with the last of my Joseph Wesley Assam. It was a lovely last cuppa. Malty yum. Farewell friend

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84
drank Rocky Road by 52teas
1725 tasting notes

Wow. So accurate to actual rocky road tea, esp with some milk. I tried the first infusion sans dairy. It came out very smooth and lighter than I expected, with a dominant sunflower taste. Chocolate was sadly secondary, but then it usually is in rocky road icecream…

Second infusion I let go for ages, distracted by my boyfriend’s silly antics. Surprisingly, it didn’t turn out bitter at all. But I wanted to try it with milk so I added a splash. Honestly, if I froze this and made it into a slushie, it’d be an RR slush :P
Half my sample is left over, I’ll be sad!

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66
drank Grapefruit Granita by DAVIDsTEA
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I didn’t feel strongly about this tea either way. There was something a little off but not enough to make me hate it. The ginger and grapefruit is nice. But… I must have had extra beetroot or something. Meh.

Fjellrev

So annoying when beets ruin a good thing in tea. Ginger and grapefruit? That’s awesome potential right there.

Indigobloom

Right? I don’t actually hate beets in ALL teas, but sometimes it just doesn’t fit in and when it doesn’t… ugh, gross

Fjellrev

Did the beetroot here taste really earthy and off itself or was it sweeter but just didn’t fit in?

BTW, I finally found that deluxe skincare sample I was looking for! Took this long haha. You win by a long shot.

Indigobloom

more like it was sweet and didn’t fit.

LOL hopefully it wasn’t expired by the time you found it!

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80

Just the perfect amount of floral today, in the first few infusions. Seriously. Really needed that.
And I finally noticed that same roastiness from the High Mountain tea version, in this one. Funny, my last cup didn’t have it at all.
Later steeps have a much more complex nature to it. Less floral and more mineral and apricot. Also getting what they mean about sugar cookies. There is a sweetness in all the infusions that hangs out through the whole sip. Oh and a lovely tartness, like plums just before they ripen. Yum.
Made it to the seventh one (long steeping the final one now) and it has a bit of a stale note. I guess I’m wringing out those leaves pretty good!
Heh. My tongue is burning in a pleasant way, but methinks that may be from the stir fry I had with dinner. We added a lot of garlic :D

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76

Sipdown!!
Could have sworn I’ve reviewed this before?! Odd.
Anyhow, I enjoy this tea… some cups were a lot better than others. This last cuppa was best out of them all. The taste is ok, but the mouthfeel is most pleasing. All sunshiney and happy. I think it was the mint. The first and second steeps were great, but the third started to fall flat on me.
Oh! And it reminds me a lot of AQ2T’s On Wisconsin Jade Oolong in the added flavouring (which I may pass on to another tea drinker, as I have another creamy oolong or two that I enjoy more)
I’m not exactly sad to see this one go, in the end. There are other Butiki teas I’ve mourned the ending of a lot more :P

Fjellrev

Oh wow, flashback!

Indigobloom

I know right?! I was saving this for someone but they’ve disappeared off the site so I finally did something about it…I drank it up :D

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85

I went to a yoga retreat last weekend. My first ever. It was interesting. I’d go again.

Anyhow. I very rarely have an audience so willing to try tea, so I shared a pot of this with the group. Four infusions, I think? Maybe five. One lady really loved it. As in she said it was mind blowing – and she will remember it forever. It doesn’t sound like she will be a convert, but I’m glad to have given her a nice memory! The cocoa really came out, and in later steeps, more of that menthol with some hay background, perhaps caramel. Was too busy serving to really enjoy much myself! If I go for another retreat one day, I’ll need to put more thought into which one I bring. An oolong perhaps.

Evol Ving Ness

Where was your retreat and what kind of yoga was it?

Indigobloom

It was with East Meets West yoga, the lady has a gym near Lansdowne Station on Bloor. The venue was Harmony Dawn up near Cobourg. The yoga was pretty gentle. More focused on meditation. There was some Yin as well – was craving a flow class on Monday when I returned, after being so sedentary all weekend! :P

Fjellrev

A yoga retreat! You are badass. And even more so for sharing tea with the group.

Indigobloom

awww thanks!! it wasn’t scary at all. I may have a new very expensive addiction. SO wanna go again

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks for the details, IndigoBloom! It sounds fab!

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67

This was the iced tea to go for today. I’m impressed that it wasn’t super tart again. It’s been 4 yrs since I had this, and had my mouth turned inside out by hibiscus. Yes, I do like some sour things, and I would even say I like it more than others. But that experience? Turned me off this blend for quite a long time.
Today is just perfect in that way… invoking a sweet berry which hasn’t quite fully ripened yet – my fave. In fact, I’mma gonna bump the rating. It was at 56, and I’d say today was a 78. So 67 seems fair? halfway.
As well, the stevia aftertaste kinda makes me sad. Bah.

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79
drank Paleozoic Peat by Tea-Historic
1725 tasting notes

So much malt. Just perfect <3

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So good. I was hoping for more of a green refreshing tea, but this turned out all warm and roasty. Not exactly what I was seeking… oh well, it was so full of flavour I’m not sure I mind. And I should have remembered back to when I bought this one and was told it was made in the old style, not the newer one that’s all zingy.
Anyhow. Notes of chestnut, bamboo, vanilla, okra, and something I can’t quite put my finger on. Autumn maybe. Yeah lets go with that… all with a hint of lingering summer in the air. Day old cut grass (in a good way)

Fjellrev

Oh, intersting combination of notes there. That’s quite the range.

Indigobloom

I think I made it through seven infusions. Some were more green and others roasty. Also I should clarify… okra to me is kinda not that fresh tasting. I guess I should have specified cooked! a unique TGY for sure though. I don’t think I’ve had one quite like that before! :D

Fjellrev

Wow, seven!

Indigobloom

I made half of them all at once lol
In small teacups that I sampled from and then I combined them in a giant mug

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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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