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984 Tasting Notes


Wow this tea has received such a wide range of rating scores. It would seem that you either love or hate this tea. Time to add my review for this one.

The pyramid tea bag is lovely and see-through so I can clearly see the tea. There are a few pieces mixed amongst the the black tea but it’s hard to define what they are from the list of ingredients. It has a sweet yet subtly spicy scent, the pumpkin isn’t coming through as strongly as I would like.

The black tea is the strongest element to begin with but towards the after taste there is a delicate creamy squash with a touch of cardamom and spice. It’s a very mild blend with some sweetness. It is a little astringent but I feel that a drop of milk would sort that out, a spoon of sugar may also bring out more flavour but for me it’s sweet enough.

I quite like it. It’s not great but nor is it terrible. I would drink it again but would not buy it again.

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The leaves are brown with some golden tips amongst them. Not the best quality (no hairs or reflectors on the tips etc) but it is at least fair quality. They have a wonderful sweet malted scent with hints of dried fruit.

Flavour is sweet and malted with rich and creamy tones. It’s beautifully smooth with no astringency or harshness. There is also a dried fig like flavour present in the after taste.

A delicious tea that may not be of the best quality but offers satisfaction for an every day cup of tea.

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Surprised I haven’t reviewed this before, as it turns out I have one cup left from the sampler so luckily I have just enough to review with.

It looks to be of average quality but nothing beyond that. The leaves are for the most part broken down into smallish pieces. Most are dark brown in colour but there are a few silver tips. A quick sniff and I can note a delicately sweet, floral scent.

Flavour is dry but sweet with floral and nutty tones. It’s a little astringent but not too bad. I love Darjeeling but I tend to buy the more expensive Darjeelings, because of that this one is not standing up as well as it perhaps should. It’s an ok cup of tea that is at best average and at worst a dry and bitter black tea.

If you have yet to experience the wonders of Darjeeling then this may not be a bad place to start.

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drank Wendy Tea by PureAromaTea
984 tasting notes

This blend looks beautiful. I want it sewn into ribbons and thread into my hair so I can dance about in a field till my hearts content.

It smells strongly lavender but so very fresh and pure. If I sniff long enough I can detect the rose petals in the background, they are very sweet but again natural and pure. I love lavender flowers, they send me to sleep so very easily but always with a guaranteed smile upon my face. Most nights I use a lavender lip balm made from bees wax and lavender essential oil, it’s made by monks from a fairly local Abbey and makes me feel blessed as I wear it.

The most dominant flavour is the lavender and while it’s quite thick it’s not too much, or at least not for me. My husband is not as much a fan of lavender as I am and he said it’s just not to his taste. Potate (po tate oh) and potato (po tart oh) I suppose.

Getting passed the thickness of the lavender I can also taste a floral sweetness which is hard to define and also a herbal after taste. But both are delicate and also a little dry.

I like this tea, may add this to my shopping list as I only bought a sample. Is this tea fantastic tasting? Honestly no, it’s nice but not great. Will this tea send me to sleep? It’s already starting to. So my overall rating reflects both taste and mood.

I’m a very sleep Kitty. Goodnight everyone yawn.

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Thank you Sil for this sample.

This tea smells dry and cocoa like with traces of overbearingly sweet yet sour fruit scent. Looking in the ingredients I can’t actually find any fruit in the ingredients which is strange considering it says strawberry mocha in the title. Still it does have a fruit scent but resembling artificial fruit if anything.

The Oolong comes through strongly in this blend but I feel it’s just too strong. While I love smoky, dark Oolongs I feel that the sweetness from the raw scent is now lost. I can also taste a bitter coffee flavour which does not bear too well with the dark, toasty Oolong. As for the chocolate/cocoa there is perhaps a little of it present in the after taste but I’m really reaching there.

So overall this smells unbelievably sweet though somewhat artificial but it actually tastes darkly sour with at best medium roasted Oolong and at worst a cup of coffee that was made with a few dregs of Oolong in the bottom to confuse the flavours.

No thanks Tealux, this is definitely not for me.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

They have better unflavoured IMO

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drank Lime Deluxe by ESP Emporium
984 tasting notes

It smells like lime but there is also a strong coconut element there too. Like some sort of posh tropical cocktail I could just imagine drinking on a beach in Hawaii…with Alex O’Loughlin from Hawaii 5.0 sitting next to me of course. wink wink

The flavour is strongly coconut again and it takes over the lime and citrus tones. The coconut is sweet and creamy, rather fresh and pure tasting which is a nice surprise. In the after taste there is a slight sourness from the lime which is where it really makes itself known amongst the blend but it remains very mild.

I really like this blend, it’s subtle but very exotic and fresh. I have a fair bit of this left too so I can try and play around with the temperature, maybe try it iced.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I am so addicted to Hawaii 5-O right now. I watched a rerun during the summer and ended up recording all the previous seasons and now spend all week waiting to watch for each new episode.

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drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
984 tasting notes

Thank you Scheherazade for this sample.

This blend smells sweet and minty with subtle cocoa and herbal notes.

It tastes minty, sweet, smoky, chocolatey and rich. A delicious balance of chocolate and mint which is highlighted by a thick but sweet smoky element which lingers in the after taste. The overall strength is medium and as far as blends go this is very refreshing and tasty.

Such a treat to share a pot of this tea with my husband on my favourite holiday.

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I brewed the last of this tea in a pot to serve with brunch. Since my husband is working at home today so I did a ‘fry up’ (soy burger, fried eggs, baked beans and toast) which will keep us going until dinner time.

Last time I didn’t think an awful lot to this tea, while it was nice and smoky it was not quite at my desired strength for a breakfast tea. Today I steeped it for longer and received much better results.

The tea is served with a drop of milk. The longer steep has created a much stronger and more robust tea than previously. It remains malty and smoky but so much so now that it is definitely more like a breakfast tea. My husband said he really likes this one, I may have to get some more for him.

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drank Ceylon Uva OP1 by Tea Horse
984 tasting notes

My first cuppa of the morning and this one is served with milk and sugar. I received this tea as part of my monthly package.

Flavour is wooden, musky and dry. Quite strong and very suitable as a breakfast tea, baring in mind I have milk and sugar in it it could always be stronger if needed by having it black.

My husband is not a huge fan, says it’s nice but not brilliant. He can’t elaborate on that though other than to something is missing as a strong black tea for him.

Evidently this is a mixed review. I will have to try it again another time but keep it black and see if it makes much difference.

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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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