774 Tasting Notes


I can’t find this on their website but I hope they do still have it or put it up soon – it is yum.

This was given to me at the Southwest Tea Festival. Chado/Waterfall Teas gave the vendors at the event a little thank you gift when it was all over. I chose this one.

It is sweet vanilla creamy goodness with bergamot that is definitely there but mellowed around the edges by the vanilla. The base is a nice hearty black that isn’t a standout, but melds nicely with the vanilla and bergamot. As the cup cools, the vanilla comes out more heavily.

This is a nice, thick feeling cup.

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A delicate orange flavor complements the oolong perfectly. The blossoms give it a little bit of floral but not a lot. The oolong doesn’t have the green, vegetal taste of an unroasted tea but it definitely doesn’t have a roasty, toasted flavor to it, either. This is a light, delicate tea for a light, delicate flavor.

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This was a pleasant sample to try from Indigobloom. It was a balanced cup for a start to the day. Not too harsh, not really astringent or bitter. Although nothing really jumped out at me, it was just a nice cup of tea.


this one seriously grew on me. I was surprised!

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Sweet and smooth, with a wonderful scent of roasted cacao and butter. There is a bit of sourness that adds complexity to the taste, especially as the cup cools. There are fermented woody notes as well. I don’t get any florals – this tea is hefty. Prepared Western style in a big ol’ mug. Thanks for sharing, Indigobloom, this one goes on the wish list.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I’m glad you enjoyed it! Did you try a second infusion?


sounds like IB needs to send some MY way heh


I will cop to being a bit leery – the leaves IB sent in the sample were all golden. The picture on the YS site is not at all golden. I’m still going to order some eventually to see if they are the same. :) I’ll do a second infusion this afternoon!


I just got all paranoid and peeked in the bag. There are indeed some leaves with golden tips. I wouldn’t say it was all gold though.

@Sil I’m so starting a box for you hehe


Ooo, yeah. So this one was probably mislabelled. It was totally all golden like the golden buds of Simao and stuff like that. it was super tasty. :) And I now have some of this coming from YS to try out. LOL

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Picked this up at the Southwest Tea Fest this past weekend after trying it iced. It was ridic good cold. Hot, it’s good but not as mind blowing. I’ll have no trouble getting through it either way but it may not be anything I keep over other Assams.

It’s malty, thick and mildly sweet. Have it cold and some brighter notes come out along with a more pronounced honeylike sweetness.

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Noms. Mellow, smooth but with a little bite if left to steep for a long time. Not a bad bite, mind you. The first thing that hits is the malt and, wow. A bit of sweetness in the sip but not as strong as the malt. Can’t wait to try again with a bit shorter steep and see if that takes out the bite. Thanks, Indigobloom for sharing this one!

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

I think we share a tea heart Nicole :P
Seriously. Assam has been my fave for almost ten years now (odd for me, I change my mind a lot haha)


Assam is what good tea was intended to be. The rest is just fluff ;)

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Oh my. This is some serious Assam nums. Very malty and with a smooth sweetness. The malt tends to fall off at the cooling end of the cup and a hint of bitter creeps in. The leaf appearance is stunning. Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing some of this delicious tea!

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Wow that was fast :P
Glad it wasn’t just me with the malt factor!! I figured it was my forgetting the time that threw off my cuppa

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This is a nice, mildly sweet tea. I can taste the jasmine and the peach both but neither is overwhelming. A mellow, calming tea without bitterness or harshness. Well balanced and delicious.

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Ah… back in my cupboard after a long absence. Still tasty as I remember if maybe a bit lighter. Hay and mild malt with sweetness and yeast. Smooth and a bit dusty in the aftertaste and scent.

Double size mugs are the best way to do this tea. And this weather.

Evol Ving Ness

And this weather. I second that.

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First things first – this is a gorgeous cup. I love African rosewood and the silver being almost white is such a perfect complement to the wood color. It feels good to hold and the wood keeps the silver from burning my fingers.

I used this for the first time tonight with a Dian Hong. I compared an unglazed clay cup and the silver rosewood cup and a Crimson Lotus silver cup. I wouldn’t have noticed if not doing it side by side like this but there is definitely a moderating influence that this cup exerts on at least this tea. It sat in the pot for a bit longer than desirable. In the unglazed clay cup, it was pretty harsh. It was a bit more mellow in the CL silver cup but in this one it was noticeably smoother and the bitter edges seemed to fade.

I am extremely curious to experiment with other teas in this cup now.


So neat! I see these are out of stock now. Sad! I have a silver teapot and I agree – it does something special.


I love how they resemble coconuts, its a really natural look


How do you get it to let you review teaware without saying the word “drank”?


Those are quite possibly the best looking tea cups I have ever seen. I am jealous.


Love these cups…….beautiful! Nice review too. :D

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Tea afficianado & founder of the Midwest Tea Festival. I wish I could make a living creating and serving tea parties, but alas, bills prevent that possibility. :) So I make do by catering tea parties for friends and co-workers and drinking tons of tea with my cats on my lap. :) I am also the proprietor of Tea-Historic, a tiny online dinosaur themed tea shop.


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