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983 Tasting Notes


Another tea to leave my cupboard today. Reading my previous steeping notes I saw I drank this tea for the first time whilst playing Bioshock Infinite and now I finish it as I play The Last Remnant. Perhaps I crave apple when I game?

So long Apple pie.

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I’m sad to see this one go but it has now been fully used up thanks to my recent thirst for cinnamon. I hadn’t realised that I have gone past my 800th steeping post until late last night so this is my belated celebration post.

A little sugar really brings out the candied cinnamon effect in this tea. I love it.

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I love this one, too! I am glad they brought it back.


Congrats on 800! That’s a lot!

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My husband has two weeks off work to use up some of his holiday time. This is day one and so far I have been subjected to an entire day or watching him play Worms Revolution. Rather fitting for Remembrance Day.

This tea smells sweet and dry with hints of flowers, caramel and nuts.

It tastes creamy and sweet with strong pistachio elements but also a quite strong astringency. I followed the instructions though honestly I have never liked pistachios so perhaps it’s too strongly pistachio for my liking and that’s the problem. The pistachios do taste roasted and become more noticeable in the dry after taste.

I just don’t think this blend is for me and it’s stronger than I thought it would be, for that reason I shall not rate this blend.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

This is one of m favorites. I’ve oly every had a small sample from Shelley_Lorraine but I definitely fell in love.

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Part of my monthly package from Bluebirds club. It will make a nice drink to aid me while I play Batman Arkham Asylum, I’m playing through Asylum and City again (games one and two) before going for Origins/game three).

This blend has a sweet fruity scent that reminds me of tutti fruity bubble gum sweets I had as a child. So fresh and juicy, so many happy memories have been unleashed, It’s amazing what the power of smell can achieve.

The colour once steeped is dark red (from the hibiscus) but it still has the same sweet fruity scent from it’s raw form.

The flavour is rather sour and strongly hibiscus but the upside is the fresh and sweet fruit behind it. As it cools the hibiscus becomes a little stronger. Admittedly this tea smells nicer than it tastes but it’s an a nice cup of tea non the less.

I will have to try this as an iced tea and see if the hibiscus is as strong. This tea is not something I would buy more of.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
983 tasting notes

I didn’t want to hex my love for this tea as my taste buds change quite often over time so this sample had been saved for a while. Now I have no reason to continue saving it and thought I would risk another brew, I had two pots worth of blend left.

A sniff of the loose blend and it’s just as sweet as I remember. I love almond.

The flavour was as delicious as I remembered too but I can taste the rooibos a little stronger today than I did before. But it’s not terribly thick rooibos so it can be ignored. Just like liquid sugar almond egg sweets. :)

I suppose no one has any of this to swap with me? My cupboard would be open to anyone that has.

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This blend has a sweet yet sour scent that is fruity and dry. Maybe not cherry and almonds (at least yet).

The first few sips reveal a medium strength black tea with notes of sour fruit, sweet nuts and a dryness in the after taste. I’m still not convinced that it’s cherry and the almond though sweet is still subtle considering it’s name sake.

It’s an alright tea but more sweet and sour cranberry than cherry and almond.

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drank Ginger Treasure by Tealux
983 tasting notes

I was out last night and had a few too many drinks and am regretting it this morning. My strange tea craving is for strong, warming teas. My first pot of tea was Hot Cinanmon Orange – Tealux (which I did not write a review for as I was too blurry headed but it was delicious) and now I’m craving ginger.

This blend smells strongly of waxy orange and warm ginger. It’s also sweet and a little sour but so very thick in aroma.

Once steeped the tea is dark red (due to the hibiscus).

It tastes sweet yet tart with distinct hibiscus, orange and ginger notes. In the after taste there is a strong licorice or clove flavour too. It’s a strange tea, it goes from being sweet and hibiscus to being warm and herbal to eventually leaving a refreshing thick feel in the mouth.

Despite me not being a fan of hibiscus or licorice I actually don’t mind this tea. It’s not as strongly ginger as I was wanting but it is a pleasant and unusual drink. I got 50g for £2.18 (roughly 2oz for $4) so I can’t argue with the sale price. Might end up putting some of this up for trade if anyone is interested?

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Shalimar by Tealux
983 tasting notes

This blend has a sweet rose and mango scent that is juicy yet somewhat perfumed. It is of medium strength and the rose is wonderfully soft and fresh smelling.

Flavour is very sweet and the mango is dominant. The rose is present in the after taste but there is also a dry perfumed flavour present amongst it. The Oolong tastes a little astringent and leathery which contrasts strongly against the sweet fruit and flowers.

It tastes very similar to something I have had before by Tea Moments and ended up making iced tea out of. May have to try that with this tea. It’s just very unusual tasting and I’m not sure what to make of it. I bought 50g for less than £3 on sale so I have plenty left.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

sounds very unusual…. i would definitely enjoy the mango dominance. what a lovely review! ….. alas, that’s my 30 second study break…. bye!

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This tea I picked up a while ago in a Walmart in Las Vegas. Good memories :)

As this tea contains hibiscus it’s dark red in colour once steeped and has a sweet, thick cinnamon scent.

The first few sips reveal a bitter, waxy orange flavour with strong cinnamon spice and hint of hibiscus tartness in the after taste. It’s rather sweet but nicely so, and though the hibiscus is noticeable it’s not too thick.

After half a cup the orange blends in and the cinnamon becomes the most dominant of the two flavours.

I must say that for a bagged tea I really enjoyed this. I love orange and I love cinnamon so overall it was a winning combination. So glad I bought a box of this back with me :)

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I’ve been drinking this tea for a week or so but haven’t yet logged a review.

It smells strongly of clove and cinnamon spice. It’s like having a warm hug from Autumn as I sniff it.

Flavour wise it’s of medium strength which features a malty yet smoky black taste, refreshing but not too strong clove, a pinch of spicy cinnamon and a sweet squash/pumpkin flavour. It’s a subtle pumpkin tea with the focus being on the spice itself but with that said I still very much like this blend.

A drop of soy milk in my second cup adds a nice creamy flavour and texture. It also smooths out the clove and it tastes more cardamom like now.

I think this is a very nice Autumn tea and I’m glad I bought a pack to try. :)

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I’m 26 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.



Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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