1683 Tasting Notes

94

Ughhhhhhh. What just happened?
I drank this tea. and loved it. But… it was too mind boggling to take notes. I was kinda overwhelmed. The first infusion was a flood of flavour. I can’t even… nope. I just can’t. Gonna have to try it again. You know, when my brain hasn’t left the building.
I will say that the first and last infusions were best. The middle two I found a bit lacking, by comparison. The last infusion had mineral notes that I often see in later infusions, so that was somewhat expected. Or atleast hoped for.
Also? the leaves are fuzzy!! PEKOEEEEEEE :P

JC

that happens when you get in the moment, its the best thing ever when you have plenty. It sucks when you just had a small sample. :P

Indigobloom

I have lots! yes, totally agreed, so good when there is more and you don’t need to worry :)

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85
drank MANGO GINGER by Tea Tang
1683 tasting notes

I tasted mostly ginger black tea. and oh boy is it satisfying. The base and ginger go so well together.
There is an essence of mango behind everything, but not a strong one and I don’t think I’d have picked out mango if it hadn’t been stated on the package. I do get the sense that it couldn’t be another fruit. Not sure if that is my brain being all prideful haha. Hmmm. I think if I steeped it for a very short period of time, I’d get more fruitiness. I’ll have to steal a spoonful as it brews next time.
Also loving that one tea pyramid bag is perfect for my two cup mug at work, and it does well with the hot water tap. No additives needed at all. The perfect tea when I need a pick me up. Seriously. For a low budget tea, I’m kinda impressed. For that reason alone, I am bumping the rating. Value for the win

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92

I had a long note written up. But my computer froze momentarily, and then it was gone. Le sighs.
So short version:
This was an amazingly yummy tea. I actually felt as if I was drinking alcohol, I’m not sure what kind? Not scotch. Aged whiskey? Hmmm.
The black base was interesting, milk and completely lacking in astringency except for where the alcohol comes in and things got muddled. I’ll have to try it another day, and soon. Not only so I can write a better tasting note, but also to avoid hoarding. Since the last aged in an alcohol barrel tea I had lost it’s alcoholness faster than I anticipated. At the very least, I hope to finish it before the next tea festival when I can grab more lol

Fjellrev

Good job, computer. Jerk.

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, yes, I need to get to my tea festival teas, but this is not one that I picked up at that booth.

Indigobloom

@Fjellrev, yes!! I second that!

@Evol If we meet up again before the flavour is lost, I’ll share some :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Indigobloom. :)

Indigobloom

well that settles it. we must plan something soon :P

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85
drank Keemun Royal Op by Citizen Tea
1683 tasting notes

After my bad experience with the David’s tea version of Keemum, I approached this tea with a bit of wariness… I find they can be boring, for my tastes sometimes and others they really hit my sweet spot. This time? Perfection.
Complex, bready, malty, noms.
I made it through six infusions, combining two at a time in a large mug. The last two were pretty weak so I let it sit there for an hour. End result? weak… but the aftertaste of sweet molasses is pretty awesome.

Fjellrev

Six is uber impressive!

Indigobloom

The last two I wouldn’t go for again, unless I overleaf more. But it was far more than I expected :P

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86
drank Rise N Shine by Citizen Tea
1683 tasting notes

Work pressures are building and I’ve been super stressed out lately. This weekend has been bad. Pretty much an ongoing panic attack. (in addition to my cough. Bah)
Basically, I am in an impossible situation with this project, two of the stakeholders that I report to have competing priorities/ideals. I literally do not have time to get all of what is needed done in the time they pay me for. It isn’t like I can get it done faster, as much of it is delivering seminars etc.

Tea has been a source of comfort, and I knew this one would provide. Without any sweetener it is quite sweet already, and really does give me a nice boost. That cola flavour just fills me with happiness. Especially that moment just after a swallow, but before what I generally consider “aftertaste” sets in

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope things will calm down for you over the week. I wish they would be more reasonable with their demands.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank goodness for tea. Hope the stress of this passes quickly and smoothly. Sorry that you are suffering so.

Indigobloom

Thank you tea frens XOX
I blew up at my friend yesterday and it didn’t go well. I’m looking for a new job… :/

Evol Ving Ness

Yep, sounds like it is time. Hope someone who appreciates you is right around the corner.

Indigobloom

Awww you’re sweet thank you @Evol <3

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84

I’ve been ridden with a cough for a few days now. It won’t let me sleep, despite nyquil or drops.
Anyhow. This was my breakfast tea. A good solid cuppa. I can’t recall much as it was pretty much a vehicle to soothe my throat. Steeped it for five min or so, normally I go closer to three min.

Evol Ving Ness

Hope that passes quickly.

Indigobloom

Thank you @Evol. Today it is a constant tickle. Better than a hacking cough :)

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79

A pleasant tea. More pear flavour today despite no additions. I steeped it a tad longer but I don’t think that was why. Possibly because I dumped the entire remainder of the packet into my steeper so any spices would have been emptied from the crevices.
Hmph. While I enjoyed this one, and how smooth it was today, I’d only want the occasional cup if it were in my cupboard…. errrr… but it fills a unique gap in my tea collection, so I’m on the fence as to grabbing more (if it is available).
Also, if it is a finicky tea, that could be problematic as well. Definitely a delicate one, despite the spice part.

Evol Ving Ness

I’m off of pear teas for the next little while.

Indigobloom

I do enjoy pear flavours but I find the tea I crave doesn’t seem to exist. So I’ve moved on in my search, for the most part. Maybe I will come back to it one day

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75
drank Watch that Mango by T by Daniel
1683 tasting notes

A nice fruity green!
Generically fruity. I certainly wouldn’t pick out mango. If I didn’t know better, I’d have said peach.
The balance of green tea vs fruitiness is perfect so on that front I’m satisfied. Unfortunately, I suspect that the flavour will fade quickly, so here’s hoping I can kick my tea hoarding ways :P

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71

I bought this at the Ex in August. I’d never seen ctc tea like this before, so finely balled that it looks like coffee grounds! The instructions call for only 1\4 of a tsp per cup. I can only assume that the increased surface area allows for the flavour to be extracted more. Even still, it seems a bit odd. So I went with half a teaspoon for my mug that holds 1.5 cups.
The tea itself is ok. Coppery, like a Ceylon tea, and a bit malty with some real astringent heft behind it all. It leaves a sour aftertaste. I find it somewhat boring on its own so have been adding milk.
Also, there is something there that makes me think of stale tea… except I can’t quite put my finger on it. What exactly does stale tea taste like???
The caffeine punch is great so I keep coming back for more :P

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94
drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
1683 tasting notes

The flavour was starting to go. It was time. Goodbye beautiful tea. You will be missed.

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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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