1118 Tasting Notes

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drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
1118 tasting notes

I never did get to try this one from the Christmas hamper at the right time, unfortunately I became ill and couldn’t taste much so I saved it for future steeping. Right now I need to use up as much tea as possible before I move house, so small samples like this one are first on my list to be used. Besides, sugar plum sounds delicious at any time of the year.

Once steeped the tea is golden in colour and has a sweet fruity scent, like plum but also berry. Also a little floral and dry.

Flavour wise it’s sweet, a little tart and with some harshness but it softens as it cools. Again I can taste more berry than plum but it’s a pleasant fruit taste regardless, and it matches the Shou Mei rather well. It just feels like it’s missing something for me, it’s nice and all but I think it could be better, I just can’t think of what’s stopping it from being so. Either way it’s just not to my taste at the moment, I’m thankful I got to try it but this one is not a blend I am likely to re-visit.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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70
drank Breather by RiverTea
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Thank you River Tea for this sample. I’m just sorry that it’s taken me so long to review this blend.

It’s a nice enough looking blend and each ingredient is easily spotted. The raspberries are rather finely chopped into small pieces but there are quite a few of them scattered around. The blend as a whole has a sweet berry aroma that is rather delicate.

Steeping this blend as per the instructions.

The blend is thickly Pu Erh but it’s nice as a base, like mild damp earth and musk. In the background behind is a sweet fruity flavour, like sweet orange but very mild. Not sure I can taste the raspberry per say but the after taste has a sour, berry like flavour (at a stretch).

I think it would be nice if the fruit was a little stronger but that’s just my personal opinion. Something to lift it up, at times it tastes like an ordinary unflavoured Pu Erh.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 9 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Just before Christmas I received a surprise letter from Canton tea which included a coupon for money off my next order and a 5g sample of their new Chocolate Tea. It was a very nice gesture and the tea was certainly appreciated so it has been lovingly stored for any day I want chocolate. That day is today.

Opening the packet released a pure chocolate scent, one of the most natural chocolate teas I have sniffed so far. I did note seeing chocolate chips amongst the blend too. It also had a vague vanilla after tone.

Steeped this via the recommended instructions.

First few sips reveal a malty and rather smoky black tea, smooth and silky in texture with a hint of sweetness. Not as chocolatey as it’s raw scent, in fact it’s more like cocoa nib, sour and strong with minimal sweetness. Not quite what I had in mind for Cantons so called luxurious Chocolate Tea.

I am liking the black tea base though, but I think it would be nicer without the sour chocolate. Maybe it’s just me but compared to someone like Della Terra’s chocolate teas this one is very subtle. I really was expecting more. If I was to do a blind taste test I would never have said chocolate, I would think it was just a nice black tea.

So while I really do like this black base tea (as my score will reflect) I don’t think it’s a nice chocolate tea due to the lack of actual chocolate flavour. Oh and I’m sure the vanilla will keep it smooth and creamy but in terms of flavour unfortunately the smoke element masks over it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
donkeytiara

crap…i just ordered a small tin of this….should have read your review first….

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I’ve been drinking a bit of this since Christmas but never got around to reviewing it. This was part of my Black Friday hoard, I got one of each tea to try and ended up doubling up on this one as my cupboard doesn’t have many nice blacks. I thought it was worth the try anyway, I love the tins.

It has a beautiful red/brown colour once steeped with a thick malted scent. I am partial to a nice pot of Assam and by smell alone you can tell this would be a treat.

The is moderately malted with some honeyed sweetness and thick spicy elements. Also rather dry in after taste but not unbearably so. Though it is rich it’s also very smooth and easily drinkable. Also a little smoky in the after taste.

I really do like this one, glad I took the chance and got two tins worth. Assam is usually a morning or early afternoon style tea for me but this one I could drink throughout.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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I’m thankful that my taste buds have finally sorted themselves out after my cold, I really missed writing and sampling teas.

I found this tea to be unusual and I love black teas so that was my overall purpose for buying this one. It looks so cute, like brown little leaf buds, thick and very autumnal looking. Like rough formed brown droplets.

The tea is light brown and has a wonderful wooden yet fruity scent. Very elegant.

Flavour has elements of wood, musk, honey suckle, prunes and spice. It’s a pleasant medium strength which remains light and full of flavour, it’s the sort of black tea that you could drink many pots of and enjoy the full array of flavours each time.

Further sips have a mature flavour which is hard to define. I looked at the companies page for this tea and they say it has a savoury flavour, I’m thinking it could be that. But savoury or mature, it’s just hard to pin point what it tastes like exactly.

It’s a nice black tea, it’s light yet has character and is very drinkable. So clean tasting and sweet yet full of life. Very nice, happy I picked this one up.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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82
drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
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I told my husband to pick a tea from my Kusmi collection box and he chose Boost, he said it should help us both keep healthy and get rid of our colds. It’s my birthday in a few days and the last thing I want is to be ill on my birthday, especially since I’m having a girls night out as well (you know..drinking, eating, dancing etc).

Steeping this in excess tonight, if any is left over I can always put it into my flask and have it iced tomorrow. Anyway after the steep the tea smells strongly cinnamon like with a hint of fiery ginger. It’s nice, much heavier in cinnamon than I thought it would be, but I love cinnamon so fine by me.

Flavour is also strongly cinnamon with a touch of ginger in the after taste and what I thought was clove (as it’s somewhat refreshing) but turns out to be cardamom. I’m happy that the cardamom is not heavy or thick, if anything it just helps to lighten the darkness of the cinnamon and ginger. As a blend it’s rather thick but at a nice level for me, it has a lot of flavour and edges on being heavy but remains mid way.

Now that my tastebuds have become used to the blend it’s starting to sweeten and lighten a little. I still think the after taste is more clove like than cardamom though.

Overall it’s a nice blend, not amazing but pleasant and certainly a nice tea to have as a welcome after a cold. I may consider purchasing more of this tea when it runs out but I see cinnamon based teas as being winter teas so it would be a long time before I would consider buying any more.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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drank Wild Cherry by Tea & Bloom
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I haven’t been on Steepster for a while so it’s nice to be back. I’m starting the process for buying a house whilst at the same time closing my jewellery business down, plus I am recovering from a bad cold that left be bed ridden for over a week.

I made a large teapot of this tea last night, since I have my taste and smell back (for the most part) I really wanted some fruit tea, preferably sweet fruit tea. I opened the pack and the blend jumped out with some sort of medicinal cherry scent, similar to some sort of cherry cough syrup. It was thick, sweet and sour but that medicinal essence (whatever it was) was very strong.

So I prepared the tea and waited the long steeping time of roughly 8 or 9 minutes, I could see the water becoming more and more red from the hibiscus.

Finally as I poured the cup I could note that the medicinal scent was still there but the cherry became more defined and sweet. For the most part the teas flavour and scent matched, it had the same medicinal elements in flavour, I’m thinking it could be the way the cherries were preserved. I couldn’t taste any other fruit besides the cherry but the hibiscus and rose hip added some tartness, though I would still say overall the blend was of average strength for a fruit tea.

It was just a weird tea in my opinion, it was ‘ok’ but not something I would consider buying again. I’m putting it down to whatever the cherry was preserved in as to the medicinal taste and smell. But drinking something that reminds me of medicine is strange in itself. This tea is just not for me.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Sil

Good luck with everything!

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My batch of iced tea is ready. It was from the same batch as my review yesterday so at least I know it’s the same strength, makes for comparison easier.

The strawberry is still dominant and very sweet but more so in a gummy sweet way now rather than jam. There is also less tartness present and it’s rather refreshing. It’s much more like a strawberry lemonade now that it’s iced.

Preparation
Iced

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My batch of iced tea is ready. It was from the same batch as my review yesterday so at least I know it’s the same strength, makes for comparison easier.

The strawberry is still dominant and very sweet but more so in a gummy sweet way now rather than jam. There is also less tartness present and it’s rather refreshing. It’s much more like a strawberry lemonade now that it’s iced.

Preparation
Iced

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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.

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