1314 Tasting Notes

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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
1314 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
1314 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
1314 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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This is my night tea while I stay up and watch films. I’m multi tasking by also trying to finish a cross stitch I’m close to the end of. I’m going to miss this tea, I only have one serving left. :( It’s so awesome and nutty.

Kirkoneill1988

can you taste the maple?

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This morning has been lazy but I needed it after my few pints of Guinness last night (I can’t drink like I used to, I’m too old for it now). I hoovered my carb (husband is very messy) and now I’m watching Jurassic World. My treat for doing anything so far is a large pot of tea and I chose this one.

Steeping Western style with roughly 10g combined with 800ml boiling water. Something I intend to keep re steeping throughout the day.

Colour is dark brown.
Scent is toasted hay with flowers and tree bark.

Taste wise it’s rather chocolate like with elements of toasted nuts and a sweet yet light and milky floral aftertaste. Much nicer than I expected and the chocolate similarity is very pleasant. It’s not too strong or sour either considering it’s age.

Preparation
10 g 27 OZ / 800 ML
Kirkoneill1988

i like how the British say “hoovered” in Canada we say vacuumed you say piddling and we say raining :D

KittyLovesTea

For the record, we say raining. Or change the d’s in piddling to s’ and swear. And we say hoovered because of the brand Hoover, which mine is. Otherwise the correct term will be to vacuum.

Kirkoneill1988

awesome! thanks for clarifying things :D

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Tonight’s tea which is a re-visit after not drinking this in a while. Plus after a cold it’s nice to go back to tasting tea.

This is a yellow, light bodied Darjeeling which I vaguely remember from previously with a soft muscatel scent with hay.

Flavour is soft with butter, hay, flower and dry wood notes. Extremely mild in strength which must be why this is down rated.

I think this tea can be given to my husband to use up at work.

Lala

Welcome back Kitty! Where have you been?

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My mother got me a beauty set from Neal’s Yard Remedies as a gift, they are mostly organic face and body creams and such but there was also a tea included. Well a tisane to be more politically correct. An organic blend which boasts the abilities to “Balance the emotions, uplift, sooth, and relax.” All served in a caffeine free and bleach free bags.

I admit, this did make a nice addition to the set but at the same time it boasts too much and I have my suspicions. While it may taste nice (which I shall see very soon) it may not necessarily be calming. I do dislike the hyped up tea/tisane benefits that some companies boast.

Opening the box I can see the bags are sealed into individual sachets which is a nice touch but something I did expect.

When I open the sachet I see the bag has a long steeping tag and the bag itself is white, it’s too thick for me to make out the quality of the contents. However, a sniff of the bag reveals a dry, thick, herbal scent of frankly nothing pleasant. I hope it doesn’t taste it smells.

Instructions – “Use one teabag per cup, cover with boiling water and allow to infuse and release the herbal goodness for 5-10 minutes. Remove teabag and enjoy”.

Once steeped the liquid is golden brown and bares the same herbal scent as it’s raw state (in others words; yuck!).

I tried to come into this with an open mind but so far I am very unimpressed. Unfortunately I usually am when it comes to tisanes, particularly pre-bagged. This is bared in mind as I take my first few sips. It’s as herbal tasting as it smells though there is a slight sweetness which lingers in the after taste. It reminds me of clove as it has a refreshing quality, perhaps it’s the skullcap?

A few more sips reveal a touch of flowers but they are very subtle amidst the thick herbs that they are indeterminate.

Frankly this is going to come into one of two categories for me: Drinkable and Undrinkable. I severely dislike thick herbs in any tea or tisane and unfortunately for me this fits the bill. I could finish this mug though honestly I will not be looking forward to it, but the idea of drinking the other 19 teabags in my possession fills me with dread and as a result I’m pulling a screwed up face at the idea.

The face creams and products are actually amazing but the tea is very disappointing.

Flavors: Herbs

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I love that this comes in a can rather than a pouch. Plus it’s got a ring pull to open it for a real sense of freshness. Not to mention the plastic re-sealable lid for ease of use.

As I open the ring pull the Matcha is revealed, it’s a glorious shade of grass green and bares an amazing, sweet aroma of lightly toasted grass. Delicate but beautiful!

A quick inspection of the packaging reveals that this comes from Sakae-cho, Odawara, Kanagawa in Japan.

I will be preparing this Matcha Uji Style with water temp 75C.
he resulting Matcha is silky and bright green in colour with a wonderful, thick froth. Scent matches it’s raw state to that of toasted sweetgrass.

Flavour is sweet but with some astringency. Grassy notes mixed with cream and seaweed. Very pleasing and thicker than I thought it would be from the scent. A touch of dryness in the after taste but with a lingering grass tone.

This was extremely pleasant and a joy to drink. It also has to be said this got bonus points for being organic. I’m generally a fan of NaturaliTea and this holds to their quality and style. In terms of it being a ceremonial Matcha I would say this was a very nice example and it compares very well to some top names/brands.

For these reasons I will be rating this an 8.5/10. Almost a 9 but for me there was perhaps too much sweetness.

For pics please view my blog: http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2015/11/03/organic-matcha-memories-with-naturalitea/

Flavors: Cream, Grass, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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I found one remaining tea bag of this left over from Christmas, a single bag looks lonely so I decided to use it. It’s lost a bit of flavour and spice through being stored but it still has some pleasantries. The nutmeg is stronger than I remember but essentially this is now a normal bag of tea with a slight twist. Perhaps keeping it for so long was a mistake, oh well. At least it made for an interesting breakfast tea this morning.

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I’m 28 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 Cassie, Mr Sooty Pants,Ivory and Ollie.

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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