1310 Tasting Notes

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Thank you Kirk for this sample. It’s long overdue for a review.

When it comes to Pu Erh buds I can take them or leave them, but I haven’t had them with any sort of fruit flavour before. I do like the sound of mixing them with strawberry. Plus this is my first Liquid Proust tea, though I have placed an order today for some. The blends sound wonderful!

In raw form this smells sweet and fruity, specifically strawberry (juicy) but also tart like cranberry. The blend is light and fluffy looking but I can confirm I spot the Pu Erh buds, marigold leaves and cornflower petals at a quick glance.

Once steeped a golden yellow liquid is produced that bares a tart berry scent with lemon.

Flavour wise the first few sips are lemony and slightly sour with a lingering sherbet effect after taste. The berry comes through behind the lemon but the blend itself is smooth and quite light. Also becomes sweeter for the after taste.

The flavours still remain true now I’m half way down the cup though it’s perhaps more of a medium strength at this point.

Overall I’m impressed. While it wasn’t berry enough for my personal liking I do like lemon and in balance it was rather pleasing. It got approval from my husband too. If anything this has increased my enthusiasm for receiving my order and trying more of what Liquid Proust has to offer.

Flavors: Berry, Lemon, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 g 11 OZ / 320 ML

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Opening the packet and taking a quick sniff reveals a mild mixed fruit scent. Further inspection shows very large leaves that are: black, curly, long, thinly rolled and are dark black with some golden tips present. Spreading the mixture out also exposes a couple of large fruit pieces. A closer sniff-spection adds sweet wood to the mild fruit tone.

Steeping Parameters: 5g of blend. Boiling water. 320ml vessel. 3-4 Minute Steep.

Once steeped the tea liquid is amber with a red hue and bares a sweet, strawberry fruit scent with undertones of wood and sour malt.

The first few sips reveal delicate yet sweet fruit notes with some astringency and a sour malt background. The after taste is sweet and fruity whilst not being too overpowering. The fruit is coming through as strawberry sweet but cranberry sour/tart.

As it cools the sour malt comes through a little more but the after taste is fruity and it lingers with the malt, adding some dryness to it all. Perhaps slightly perfumed over all but in a nice contrast to the malt.

The rest of the cup remained rather consistent in terms of strength and flavour. I know I bigged up Siam Tee at the start of my review and while this is not my favourite blend it is still a good job. In terms of quality they are one of the best available. No broken or finely chopped leaves here! The black base is stronger than the fruit but that is to my preference, with such a good quality black tea I want to be able to taste it. So think of this as a black tea with added fruit flavours rather than a fruit tea that happens to contain black leaves.

More info: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/05/11/hillside-black-tea-blend-siam-tee/

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100

This is still my ‘go to’ morning tea though unlike my usual method (strong tea base, lots of milk and lots of sugar/sweetener) I drink this one black and natural. Perhaps because even if it’s not the best quality it’s still good enough to not need milk and I dislike drinking milk if I don’t have to. It stems from when I used to be allergic to milk as a child, it still upsets my stomach a little to this day. But I’m blathering on….

It gives a good kick to my stubborn system in the morning, and given flavour (which is mentioned in other tasting notes), quality and price they are why this tea gets top marks.

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Flavour is not as strong as the scent but the first few sips reveal a wooden character that dances on my tongue and becomes sweet through the after taste. The sweetness is honeyed, not overly strong but beautiful and pure; it just trickles elegantly down my throat, coating my mouth with sweetness.

A few sips more have an increase of dryness with a touch of leather and smoke. On the whole the strength is still medium and though there are some strong sounding flavours they are not thick nor too much ie. A nice balance of combinational notes.

At this point I’m halfway down the cup and I am still finding the sweetness very pleasant, it has not lessened in any way; though the dryness is more apparent.

Now with a few mouthfuls left there is an added sour quality to a thickening strength but throughout it has been a wonderful steep.

More info and longer review on the blog: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/05/09/red-jade-black-tea-beautiful-taiwan-tea-company/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 11 OZ / 320 ML

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80

I’ve had this tea a fair few times yet I have not reviewed it, must have passed me by. I do love Bi Luo Chun, particularly if it’s strong and grassy.

This will be a very short review seeing as I just sat down with drink in hand and was curious to see if this was still in my virtual cupboard and am too hot from the heatwave to stand up and walk the 20 or so feet into my kitchen to get the last of the loose leaf.

Either way the steeped leaves look nice and whole with some brown/orange discolouration around the edges. Some stems are present.

The resulting liquid is cloudy(ish) yellow with a grass and sweetpea scent.

Flavour is medium strength with grass, sweetpea, toasted hay and a lightly dry after taste. After a few sips there is some astringency to this but it’s in a pleasant way, a mineral, grassy sort of way. If you’ve had Bi Luo Chun before then you know what I’m talking about.

As it cools it gathers an increase of astringency and forms an almost perfume like quality. Still medium dryness but it isn’t terrible.

I love Bi Luo Chun because it gives me a super charge and I get tea drunk. It’s one of those teas that always gets me as long as the strength is right. Looks like I’m riding the Bi Luo wave tonight.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 11 OZ / 320 ML

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drank Sleep by Blendology
1310 tasting notes

Tea bag appearance: A mixture of finely ground and loosely chopped pieces in a see through teabag. Some pieces are fine enough to come through the bag.

Tea bag scent: Herbal and sweet with chamomile tones.

Steeping Instructions: None are given on the packaging but knowing this is herbal I will use boiling water for approx 5-7 minutes. Also, a quick note to say the teabag string is a little short and needs to be tied around the handle to stop the bag from fully submerging, string and all.

Once steeped a golden brown liquid is the result with a thick and sweet chamomile scent.

In flavour this is sweet and thick with dominant chamomile tones, which matches the steeped scent. There is a floral undertone which lightens the chamomile and leaves a soft sweetness in the after taste. Unfortunately I cannot pin point any other ingredient in the flavour other than the chamomile which is a little disappointing.

I am thankful that this blend does not have lavender, as a lot of sleep inducing blends seem to have now a days. I am however, disappointed that this just tasted like a chamomile tea. While I neither dislike nor like chamomile (I see it as being inoffensive) I was hoping for the other ingredients to shine through. Other than a mild and undetermined floral hue toward the after taste there is no evidence of the other ingredients. As mentioned again with the previous two, this is a blend that is not necessarily about the taste. In terms of feeling sleepy I can say at the minimum I feel calm and relaxed, but not ready for sleep yet. But for someone that suffers from insomnia it was always a lot to ask for a tea to send me sleepy.

For pictures and more information please view my blog post. http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2016/05/09/blendology-functional-teas-review/

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drank Energy by Blendology
1310 tasting notes

Tea bag appearance: A mixture of finely ground and loosely chopped pieces in a see through teabag.

Tea bag scent: Thickly herbal but with some sweetness from the ginseng.

Steeping Instructions: None are given on the packaging but knowing this contains green tea I will use water just under boiling for approx 3-5 minutes. Also, a quick note to say the teabag string is a little short and needs to be tied around the handle to stop the bag from fully submerging, string and all.

Once steeped a green brown liquid is the result with a mild sweet grass scent.

In flavour this is sweet and soft, somewhat matching it’s scent. There is also a honey like quality about it from the ginseng. It’s not bitter nor herbal tasting but it does have some dryness in the after taste but it doesn’t linger for too long. The green tea itself is noticeable but it’s not bold so I think it would be suitable for those that are new to green tea or perhaps are not overly keen on it.

So, an energy tea…frankly I am all for more energy! Despite it being a tea bag I found this one pleasant in flavour and ease to brew. It’s sweetness was not overly strong but subtle enough to be refreshing and leave a pleasant (though short lived) after taste. Again, with a name like energy this tea is more than just something to taste nice. Green tea is well known for having energy boosting properties though it seems it doesn’t work for everyone after reading through a few forums. Personally I do feel a little change, I mean I couldn’t run a marathon but I feel focused and ready to tackle my goal list for today. Than in itself is an improvement from my zombie like state pre tea. I have a feeling it’s too early to say yet but hopefully my energy will increase slightly throughout the day.

For more information and pictures please view my blog: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2016/05/09/blendology-functional-teas-review/

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drank Recover by Blendology
1310 tasting notes

Ingredients: Nettle Leaf, Peppermint Leaf, Burdock Root, Dandelion Root and Artichoke Leaf.

Tea bag appearance: Fine ground herbs with some medium sized, fluffy pieces. Some are so small they fall through the bag, which is see through and easy to look at it’s contents.

Tea bag scent: Herbal with a delicate peppermint hint.

Steeping Instructions: None are given on the packaging but knowing this is herbal I will use boiling water for approx 5-7 minutes. Also, a quick note to say the teabag string is a little short and needs to be tied around the handle to stop the bag from fully submerging, string and all.

Once steeped a brown liquid is the result with a soft, sweet mint scent and a touch of mixed herbs in the background.

In flavour this is full bodied with noticeable peppermint and burdock flavours. A subtle sweetness but thick herbal after taste with dark burdock tartness. As it cools the herbs don’t increase in strength and it remains easy to drink with it’s sweetness, the mint having a creamy feel against the dark, wooden burdock.

It’s herbal and while not a fan this blend is not offensive in strength nor flavour and is a little different given it’s rather strong burdock after taste. The mint is not strong enough to be called a mint tea but it does leave that slightly refreshing taste in my mouth. However, this is not a tea that necessarily requires to taste nice, it’s a functional tea after all. In terms of it having detoxifying capabilities I will not know for the time being, though I do understand that nettle is a diuretic and peppermint is good for aiding digestion.

For pictures and more info please view my blog: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2016/05/09/blendology-functional-teas-review/

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I’m 27 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Honey, Cassie, Mr Soots and Ivory.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

My rating system
I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.

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