93 Tasting Notes


How i got it: Got a bag from an exchange with a workmate

Experience: On the aroma side, this tea’s smell is composed mainly by the scents of the base tea (similar to an Assam) and the clove, and has a mild intensity. Its taste, however, is surprisingly mellow in comparison with its aroma. There’s a vague hint of ginger in the end of the sip, and (in contrast from what I sense in the tea scent) I think this tea could may be Indonesian, given its similarity with Whittard’s Spice Imperial. Hints of orange, and very nuanced notes of cinnamon. Relatively well defined, good duration. Not bad overall, but I miss the traditional Chai spiced (and spicy) taste, more intense and complex. Just good, in my opinion.

Would i buy it?: Again, it’s not a bad tea, but doesn’t get very much better than that. I think the answer would be no.

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: Well, long time away from Steepster… Those occasional colds impair my tasting capabilities a bit, so i store my new teas to try them later. Now, let’s get to this one. I’m satisfied to be able to recognize the spiced and slightly smoked smell of the Keemun in it, plus some Assam notes in the background. Its flavor is very intense (I could say this blend follows the same line of Whittard’s Breakfast Earl Grey in that aspect), and is well defined and lasting. Has a good richness level, too. The sweet and chocolate-y notes of the Assam are mixed with the spiced and wooden ones from the Keemun, the former prevailing specially to the end of the sip. Depending on the time you gave it, you could end with some astringency in the aftertaste. Very good, I’d say.

Would i buy it again?: Maybe I’ll get it again sometime, if I get to miss it.

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: Intense aroma, malty and slightly caramel-like, this tea’s smell shows a bit of complexity and some nuances despite being a strong one. I’d say it has some similarity to a Ceylon’s aroma, too. Its flavor is intense, malty and has some bitter and chocolate-like notes at the middle of the sip, while toasted and wooden hints appear more to the end. Well defined and lasting. Is a bit under the level of La Teteria’s Assam Hazelbank, but a good tea nonetheless.

Would i buy it again?: There are good possibilities, if I’m not trying some other Assam.

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: The first smell to this tea gives an impression that reminds very much of a Twinings’ Lady Grey: citric aroma (orange peel, maybe?), clove and probably cinnamon and nutmeg, which makes it suitable for cold days. Its base tea is a light variety, to the likes of a Darjeeling tea, but i couldn’t say for sure. This tea and the added flavors make a balanced mix of a mild intensity and some astringency that is good, but lacks a bit of taste definition and duration. Aside from that, one could say it’s like an Lady Grey more natural in its scents, while not that great in its base tea. Good overall.

Would i buy it again?: Not sure about it

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drank Ceylon by Mill Hill
93 tasting notes

How i got it: Tried it at my parents’ house.

Experience: Well, i could say this tea is pretty much unknown here in Chile. Checking a box in the supermarket I found later this is a sub-branch of St. Claire’s Teas, which seems to be more recognized. Anyway.. this tea has a mildly-intense, mainly toasted smell, marking a difference from the usually fruity standard Ceylon. In the flavor department, it falls between a Supremo and a TeeFix, with earth-y and toasted notes, and almost no nuances. I can sense a hint of fruitness at the end of the sip. Light to medium intensity, relatively defined taste, but not very lasting. An average level tea.

Would i buy it?: I don’t think so. For everyday tea, Lipton’s Yellow Label is the baseline.

Ricardo Hernández

Si buscas un té fuerte, descarta esta opción. Un té muy suave, de aroma ligero. No me gustó :(.
A diferencia de Chris, pondría a este té entre un Emblem y un Mildred.

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drank Earl Grey by Dilmah
93 tasting notes

How i got it: Bought it (Dilmah’s Variety Pack)

Experience: Last tea of five in the pack (I reviewed the fourth tea in the pack, English Afternoon, some time ago. See http://steepster.com/ChrisSen/posts/255673). This Earl Grey is quite aromatic, with a bergamot scent that’s intense, natural and clear, and which doesn’t give much room for the tea to appear. Things are more balanced on the taste side, where the tea’s flavor tends to appear more to the end of the sip. The resulting taste is well defined and lasting, and leaves a little fizzy/muscatel sensation in the aftertaste. I’d say this tea is less balanced that Basilur’s Earl Grey, but compensates with greater body, character and richness. A good Earl Grey.

Would i buy it again?: Yes, few doubts about it.

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Dilmah
93 tasting notes

How i got it: Bought it (Dilmah’s Variety Pack)

Experience: Third tea of five in the pack. This Darjeeling is very fragrant, with dominant floral notes and some light citric ones. Taste-wise, is equally intense, having a well defined and lasting flavor marked, as in the aroma, by the floral notes which happen to be similar to a chamomille infusion. It’s a bit difficult to describe it without some references… the only one that comes to mind is a Nepal; in that case, this tea would be a stronger but less sweet version of it. Some muscatel at the end of the sip. Best Darjeeling I’ve tried so long, hands down. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: As I’ve said before, the whole pack is worth buying again

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drank Supreme Ceylon by Dilmah
93 tasting notes

How i got it: Bought it (Dilmah’s Variety Pack)

Experience: Second tea of five in the pack. This one has a smooth to mild aroma which follows the typical Ceylon style, only that its notes are a bit more complex than those in the standard, as usual in Dilmah. The flavor intensity goes from medium to high, and seems to have less fruit-y and caramel notes, and be more malty than a standard Ceylon. Slightly bitter notes and some astringency at the end of the sip. A Dilmah level tea – easily above the average.

Would i buy it again?: I’d say yes, given that this is the 2nd time I buy the pack, hehe

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How i got it: Bought it (Dilmah’s Variety Pack)

Experience: I’ve tried this pack in the past, before opening my Steepster account, so I didn’t have a log for them. Let’s change that, then. This EB has an intense aroma, with caramel and slightly acidic notes, and a softer, less intense taste than your usual Breakfast tea. However, it retains the classic bitter-y notes in the middle of the sip that are typical of these blends. More inclined to an Assam than to a Ceylon in my opinion, it has a good duration, and a relatively complex taste with spiced and acidic hints. Medium astringency. Honestly, I expected a bit more, but this is a enjoyable tea -no doubt about it.

Would i buy it again?: My experience with Dilmah is good overall, so I’d say yes.

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How i got it: Bought it for my wife, asked her for a sample bag

Experience: I’ve been a bit absent lately, because it’s winter here in Chile, and I usually don’t try new teas when I sense my taste and smell aren’t in the best conditions, hehe. But i got to try this one. Its aroma is fairly good and natural, has a mild to strong intensity, and is mainly composed by citrus notes, which remind me of the scent Basilur uses in some of their black teas. In the flavor side, things are not that great, however; the lemon scent seems to give the blend an unusual taste, not so natural, and more inclined to the lemon-candy. The duration of the taste is very short, and the green tea doesn’t get to appear in the sip. Overall, a simple tea with few things to highlight. I wouldn’t say bad, but clearly, it’s under the average.

Would i buy it for me?: I don’t think so.

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I’m from Chile, so that’s the reason of the weird english you’ll see in my comments from time to time hehehe…

I usually don’t include the details about brewing, but in case you wonder, i use the most common parameters (2g (~0.07oz) tea, 3 mins average, 100-80°C (212-176°F) depending of the type of tea). I also must confess, I’m not a full-blown purist: I like to drink my teas sweetened with sugar.

Black teas are my favorite (pure and scented), but i also enjoy greens from time to time.

Here in Santiago de Chile, i have access to tea by companies like Whittard, Zoe!, Lipton, Twinings, Dilmah and Basilur, in addition to national companies like Te Club, La Teteria or Te Supremo, so i’ll be writing mainly about these. In practice, however, i’ll register every new experience with the less known teas i’m finding from time to time, too.

Note: I just write one tealog by tea, so i try to keep them always updated as i drink to get a more accurate description.

Tea Rating Categories:
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91-100: Great to Exceptional tea. For some reason, it has impressed me. From now on, this tea will be very welcome in my cupboard.

81-90: Good tea. Maybe not outstanding, but it has something special. I would get some of this tea again.

71-80: Average. Not bad at all, but it could be better. Maybe i’ll think a bit before getting this tea again.

61-70: Under Average tea. Still tastes like tea, but doesn’t have much merit. Probably, i’m thinking from moving on from this to try other options.

31-60: Bad tea. This is when the road begins to go down. Not good, but not undrinkable. I have better options to buy than this.

0-30: Nearly undrinkable or undrinkable “tea”. I don’t know how i got to drink this, but clearly that was a mistake (or i am punishing myself for some reason). Any thought of buying this has vanished from my mind, forever.


Santiago, Chile



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