1685 Tasting Notes

This was all soft and gooey today. Not quite chewey. Later infusions had more depth. Overall notes of bread, hay, linen and malt. Slight mineral influence. This time I went super light on the leaf, so I should try more next time. Lately I’ve been going with smaller cups in an effort to get through more infusions. In my mind, that’s getting closer to gongfu. ha!!!

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I oversteeped this, not sure by how long but it was pretty bitter. Adding milk and 3/4t tsp sugar helped, but it was still quite thick tasting. and malty! a baked sort of malt that emerged mid sip, not up front or at the back like most others.
Also, the leaves are quite pretty. A gorgeous mix of golden and brown leaves. Tippy!

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Hot, this is delish!! A strong but not overpowering note of fresh tart strawberries dominates the sip, with a background of crisp sencha green. I quite like it.
Unfortunately, as it cools the strawberry becomes more candylike, and the green tea becomes floralish. I’m also getting a strong note of umami, which isn’t something I’m generally very sensitive to in greens, atleast not lately. Today? it comes across as fishy, and really lingers in the nose.
I’ll have no problem finishing the sample. I’m glad I had the chance to try this!

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This tea is just too darn sweet for me. All candy like and super fragrant. Very cloying. It makes me want to sneeze.
I do enjoy the hibby, as it seems to try hard at balancing out the sweetness. Not hard enough. Yep, that is how naturally sweet this blend is… I’m calling on the powers of that hibby bully, and even that can’t do the job! eeesh.
Anyhow. I added some OJ and that seemed to help, making it into kindof a creamsicle feel. I’ll never finish the entire tin myself. A friend gifted me an entire DT tin of the stuff so I’ve got quite a bit! Maybe I’ll throw little baggies of it in people’s desk drawer’s for April fools day. That would be fun to watch, trying to find the source of the smell :P

Sil

weirdo..this one is GOOD! ;)

Evol Ving Ness

:)

Sil, you crack me up.

Indigobloom

lol the first time I ever tried it in store, I though it was good! but with the new artificial ingredients… bleh. Not so much anymore. Weirdo… is I! :D

Sil

maybe i haven’t had it with the new ingredients. I’ve got free tea with davids that expires soon so i need to land on what i’m picking up…may just do vanilla matcha so i can throw it in smoothies

Indigobloom

5g of sugar per serving in the vanilla matcha. I might try the kale

Evol Ving Ness

5 g sugar per serving! Barbarians.

Indigobloom

lol not bad overall. But in a smoothie I tend to add tons of fruit… so it’s generally sweet already and I prefer tart :P

Evol Ving Ness

I find myself wondering whether they have bastardized this already perfectly fine blend with extra sugar or sweetener now. Argggh, why do they need to turn tea into soda?

Indigobloom

I’ll have to see if the tin I have is identical in ingredients to the website. No “sugar” but plenty of artificial stuff. and beetroot

Evol Ving Ness

I’ll have to dig up my tin of this and revisit.

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80
drank Creamy Nut Oolong by CitizenTea
1685 tasting notes

I’ve been hesitant to open my sample. This was one of my first tea loves, but doesn’t age well so the last time I had it in my cupboard, years ago, my last few cups were seriously meh. Not exactly the greatest last memory.
Anyhow. It was super smooth and perfectly nutty, with none of the scratchy blandness I was stuck with towards the end of my bag (no tins yet, at that time). Super noms.
Also? three infusions with some mineral notes peeking out on the third!

Sil

nice! glad it was good for you

Indigobloom

hehe thx :P

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drank Market Spice by Citizen Tea
1685 tasting notes

My breakfast cuppa this morning was perfection. A strange but pleasing blend of cinnamon heart vs what I can only think of as cakiness. Pound cake? some kind of cookie? But more the essence, which I presume would come from the base tea, not the flavouring. Of course I sampled it with and without milk. It was amazing either way.
I think this tea could qualify for most improved of the year. Unless its just a finicky one, and then I’ll be sad.

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Holy fizz bomb batman! /O\
I swear it was almost bubbling on my tongue. Pretty cool.
The taste is very mild. Sweet and sugary, and a side of earthy floralness that kinda morphs into a ginseng ish note in later infusions. I’ve seen it before in Chrysanthemum teas before, but not all of the ones I’ve had. I love the fizz factor, but not the odd sweetness.
I kinda get the maltiness but my brain keeps comparing it to gingerale, and confuses my ‘buds. There is no honey, more… stevia? ha.
Not much variation between the infusions, so I agree with pmunney, this is a nice office tea… if I rest it beforehand. I’ll need to break off pieces from the cake and bring them into the office, as I don’t want to keep my cake in my desk drawer.

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SO GOOD!!! I love cacao and Assam, so it really is a no brainer. Thanks for the sample Nicole!
Malty and sweet. Just perfection. I kinda finished the cup before thinking about my note, I downed it so quickly I’m not sure it even happened :P

Indigobloom

Definitely yay!! :)

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drank Dawn of Time by Tea-Historic
1685 tasting notes

Tea #2 from my swap with Nicole/Tea-Historic. Thank you Nicole!
I’m not sure what to make of this tea. Not being a huge fan of vanilla, I went in with an open mind. The vanilla turned out to be rather mild, and a nice pairing with the malty black Assam base.
I didn’t expect the hint of smokiness though, it was a pleasant surprise as it wasn’t mentioned in the tea description. Perhaps the infuser at my boyfriend’s was tainted somehow? I’d brewed lemon oolong in the same cup last night, so that doesn’t really make sense.
The smoke note came out more as my tea cooled, and after I added milk. An interesting contrast to the vanilla.
Also, being a ctc, I feel rather caffeinated at the moment :P
I’ll have to see how it brews up in the office, under less than optimal conditions.

Evol Ving Ness

This one sounds delicious. I love the combination of vanilla, smoke, and malt. I will keep my eyes pealed for this one.

Indigobloom

I recommend it, especially for ’nilla lovers :)

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Interesting that you got smoke. I normally get smoky notes where others don’t but not from this blend. I can see that it would be an interesting combination!

Indigobloom

Yeah, I’m not sure if it was the actual tea. The infuser I used(not mine) often has Twinnings EG in it. Maybe a remnant from that?

Sil

How did I not g et this one?

Indigobloom

@Sil, I think you’d like it!

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A friend bought a package of these, and gifted them to me. It came with a mug that indicates how “work ready” I am based on how much of the mug is gone. Cute!
I tried the tea while in the office the other day. It was surprisingly good, but very sweet. Almost as sweet as a regular full strength latte at starbucks. Too much for me!
Looking at the ingredients (all the things that shouldn’t go in a “healthy” drink including hydrogenated oils), I expected a mug of fake matcha flavouring. Except it was actually pretty accurate; a melted hot version of matcha ice-cream. Not the super creamy ice-cream where the flavour is more of a background note, but the kind where your mouth kinda puckers from the dryness in the matcha powder.
I don’t think I will ever be able to consume all of what my friend gave me. While uberly yummy, it is just too sugary for my tastes. Maybe I can find a way to use it up in cooking? baking? I’ve used regular matcha powder in baking, but with all the extra ingredients here I’m not sure how it would work

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Maybe to flavor whipped cream or frosting?

Indigobloom

That’s a good idea. It’s been years since I made frosting. Never done whipped cream myself. Hmmm. Ideas!

Indigobloom

I just made a cuppa for a friend. She didn’t like the umami flavour so added some after eight hot chocolate mix, and it’s really good!
We got to talking and came up with the idea of making tea pops in the summer, and possibly coating it in dark chocolate. I just need to remember the idea when summer gets here :)

Bear With Me

I was going to say, do tea pops! or pudding. pudding is good. or just mix it with greek yogurt to make a tasty dip for fruit.

Actually, on the topic of the yogurt. If you have an ice cube mold with itty bitty wells, you could mix the powder with yogurt, freeze it in the ice cube tray, pop the pieces out, dip in dark chocolate, and freeze, then throw them in a baggie and keep them in the freezer for any time you want a little something. You could even toss a couple into a smoothie if you wanted to.

Indigobloom

Noms. It sounds tasty. Hopefully those ideas work out! I look forwarwd to experimenting :P
Loooooove the yogurt idea

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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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