1712 Tasting Notes

drank Dawn of Time by Tea-Historic
1712 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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drank Kaimosi CTC by Harney & Sons
1712 tasting notes

Thank you for the sample Nicole/Tea-Historic!!
This is a wallop of a tea. Caffeine = yes! what a high. It managed to kick my headache for atleast an hour after finishing my cuppa. It’s back now, unfortunately. (next stop is more caffeine and an aspirin). I saw the reviews indicating how strong it was, so I underleafed at just under a teaspoon. I’m glad I did, as it came out perfectly balanced. My nerves are strung up, so I agree with others here, this is not for anyone who is caffeine sensitive, or consumption in large quantities. Maybe I shouldn’t have had that small mug of coffee shortly beforehand!

Lost track of time but I’d guess I let it go for about four minutes. Really good on it’s own, no sugar or milk added, so a dynamic tea in that regard.
A bit coppery, with a good hit of fruitiness underneath and a pleasant drying sensation. Very smooth, considering the intensity.

With a dollop of cream, it does well too.
aaaand now that I’ve tried it with regular kettle boiled water, I’m saving the rest of the sample to try at work with the water tap. For comparison.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had a H&S tea. I’m sure that is adding to my giddiness :P

Rosehips

Caffeine is a tricky one for my headaches. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it triggers a migraine. I’m glad it helped yours, even if only for a bit.
H&S teas can make me giddy, too.

Indigobloom

It seems to be weather related for me. The temp went way up today, air pressure messes with me. Temp went down and now the headache is gone. I hope you don’t get any more migraines :/
I’ve only tried a handful of Harney teas, but they’ve all impressed me for the most part. All hail the Queen (Catherine)

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Do H&S not ship to Canada or is it just cost prohibitive?

Indigobloom

$30 shipping, but there is another website now that sells most Harney teas that has cheap shipping. http://www.premiumteas.ca/?gclid=CIDemO_qmdICFQSNaQodRLAGDA

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Oof. Yeah I like their teas but no way would I pay that much shipping.

Indigobloom

Definitely not worth it! I’d considered making an order that would ship to my parent’s hotel when they went to Florida, but then I’d have to fess up to them about making another tea order. Now I don’t have to :P

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84

Ahhh yes. This is the stuff.
There was a point where I had fallen out of love with the great LB, but that was around the time I had some health issues. Lately, I’ve been craving it again so I banked on memory that I’d be all oogly over it again. Probably not the best idea in terms of investment… but hey, it was black friday! How could I resist a sale???
Anyhow. I had this yesterday at work despite the water temp issue. And yep, twas delish! all dark chocolate and roasted goodness. The first infusion was best by far, with the typical mineralish notes in my last infusion. I think if the water had been proper temp the result may have been different. Maybe I’ll take a thermos to work and boil the water in the kettle so I don’t have to bother so many times walking back and forth all the time.
Overall? I’m a happy girl :P

Sil

it’s more like the LB that we fell in love with long ago, versus the less chocolatey versions of the last few years

Indigobloom

Yep, for sure. I know you prefer the late season version. One day I’ll do a comparison.

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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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drank MANGO GINGER by Tea Tang
1712 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
1712 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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drank Rise N Shine by Citizen Tea
1712 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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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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