44 Tasting Notes

80

Strong and robust like a good breakfast tea should be. Zero astringency. The cream flavour is nice and smooth; I get a pleasant coconutty note from it. Judging by how fast I drank down a pot of this, it’s definitely a winning blend in my books.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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52

There was so much hype about this. I bought it in sachet form from iHerb and it didn’t taste like anything! I figured maybe it was a very old tin or it was damaged by light or heat. So I went ahead and bought another tin. I can taste the vanilla, kind of like a plain vanilla cupcake, but it still seemed weak to me.
Perhaps all the rave reviews were for the loose leaf, which I’m now desperate to try but is sadly unavailable in Australia. Will have to wait until I go on exchange in the U.S.
At least the tin is pretty.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Irish cream by Adore Tea
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Ah, my crush on Adore Tea has ended ):
Ordered a whole bunch of samples from their online store and sad to say that almost all of the blacks taste exactly the same, save for a sprinkling of artificial flavour in order to distinguish them from one another. Some were frankly kind of bland enough that I don’t have a single thing to say about them.
It’s also $1 for a two-cup sampler, and I have been sent expired ones, or ones close to the expiry date, with some packets not even sufficient in amount to make a single cup.
I will still make tea out of the 40+ samples I have left, just to try them all, but most likely I will be pouring them down the drain after a few sips.
However, Adore Tea has free domestic shipping for the rest of the month and I will be stocking up on my tried and true favourites (Soursop Sencha and Cherry Ripe) and a few that were decent (Decaf Ceylon). The good ones are usually because of natural flavouring such as vanilla beans and essential oil.
Disappointed in this Irish Cream though. The flavour is there, but meh. Weak.
Still on the hunt for a tea that tastes like Baileys.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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61
drank Riotous Rose by T2
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There’s too much going on here. I guess that’s why this frenzy of flavours is described as Riotous.
Made this iced and it was quite tart and strong, but when toned down with more water and sweetened with Turkish Cherry sugar, it becomes much more pleasant and kind of like a Strawberries & Cream soft lolly. However, this blend seems to need a lot of experimentation to get right and I’d rather have a drink that tastes great straight off the bat.

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81
drank Apple Crumble by T2
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Wasn’t the hugest fan of this as a hot tea, but iced…my goodness!
Bite into a frozen Sara Lee Apple Danish and this is what it tastes like.
So very delicious. You would not regret making this.

Steeped at double strength for ten minutes in boiling water and left to chill in the fridge.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 tsp 47 OZ / 1400 ML

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81
drank Apple Crumble by T2
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84
drank Lemon Delight by Tealux
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I sink way too much money into online tea stores with Australian shipping.
No more! Cannot buy anymore! Until August anyway. That’s when Teavivre, Red Leaf and Whispering Pines are going to have to write out my Australian address in huge ass boxes because all you Steepsterites are making me want to shove wads of cash into their pockets.

In the meantime, I’m working my way through a large Tealux haul.
I fucking love lemon tea and believe it or not, T2 (the largest and most accessible tea store in Sydney) doesn’t have a single one. I always thought lemon tea was a kind of basic flavour? Anyway, fainted from happiness when I smelled this in the packet.
And the taste was so satisfying, so quench-thirsting (as per the description) that it’s most likely going to be a staple for me. And I don’t usually rebuy teas either.
Oh, happiness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
TheTeaFairy

LOL! Hope you get to try ALL THE TEAS Cathy!

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80

Burnt maple. Not too sweet. I like this one a lot.
I’m sad I only bought 25g of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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80
drank Creme Brulee by T2
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After trying this a few more times, I’ve decided that this is indeed, a very good tea. Not sure why I wasn’t enamoured by the sample, but since receiving a whole box of this as a gift from T2, I’ve been making it in my T2 flask to take to work a few times a week.
Aroma and mouthfeel are both of the creme brulee variety and this has been an enjoyable experience.

I’ve found that brewing for four minutes at a slightly lower temperature (as opposed to shorter steeping times in boiling) prevents the bitterness that others have mentioned in their notes.

Yummy :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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77
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Tea bag! I was going to buy this in loose leaf but from what I’ve seen, the bagged form is actually better! So that’s what I went with and it doesn’t disappoint. Even Earl Grey haters might like this one. Someone mentioned it has the faint taste of orange froot loops haha and I’m happy to say that I can taste it too. Lovely :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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