1300 Tasting Notes
My first tea of the day, late start as I had orange juice that needed using up and I’ve been busy cross stitching. I have a couple of weeks left before my community centre has a competition and my piece needs to get a move on. It’s a close call but I hope to have it completed in time. I doubt it will be but I may as well try.
I fancied some vanilla tea and this was the first one I could see, so I have two bags in my large mug and added some honey to it. The bags did smell strongly vanilla, more French vanilla than original vanilla but I adore French vanilla so it’s fine by me. It was also natural smelling which makes a nice change.
In flavour the vanilla is not very strong but it does linger in the after taste, despite the honey it’s not too sweet and the black base is rather smooth which at least matches the vanilla. It’s a little malty and smoky but still extremely light.
It’s not a bad vanilla black tea but I prefer the one from my local tea shop, the vanilla is stronger in that one and I much prefer it. Still for a bag this is alright, and at least the balance is not too bad so I can enjoy what few bags I have left.
I’ve had this tea a few times in bag form and today has been the most successful. Reason being that I found this Earl grey to be very ‘middle of the road’ in terms of strength and flavour, it didn’t stand out yet neither was it terrible. To it’s fairness it is a smooth Earl Grey even without milk or sugar, and the black base is not over powering the bergamot, also the bergamot is not too strong, bitter or perfumed. Yet for all those things it’s just not jumping out at me. That was until I decided to use 2 bags in my mug this morning with a sprinkle of sweetener, it reached perfection. It was stronger but due to it’s mild nature was not too strong, it did not become astringent/bitter and the bergamot was at a nice personal level. The sweetener added to the bergamot a little which helped to keep the balance smooth and sweet. Much better! As far as Earl Greys go this is a nice one, albeit if you double up on the bags. Meets on par with my favoured Twinings and Clipper Earl Grey.
Another tea that I purchased today, it’s been a while since I had an apple tea in stock. This was only £2.50 for a small tin so I thought it was worth a try. As my last pot of tea tonight I chose this blend to try, being caffeine free I thought it would be perfect, I was not wrong. The smell was beautiful, sweet yet crisp apple drifted up my nostrils and lingered with a flower breeze. Very fresh and fragrant, certainly a pleasant welcome to the blend.
After steeping I took a sniff and again was met with a wonderful apple scent with a hint of herbal flowers in the back, only a touch and still remaining fresh.
In flavour this tastes strongly of rose which was unexpected but all the same is very nice. Behind the rose is apple which lingers in my mouth and turns into a lightly perfumed, herbal, concoction. It’s sweet but also a little sour when the apple flavour kicks in, and while the after taste is strongly elderflower (which feels oddly refreshing) it remains sweet and pleasant.
Honestly this was not what I was expecting…but in a good way. I thought this would be another standard herbal/fruit tea but the quality and freshness of this blend has surprised me. Husband is also a fan which says a lot as he usually dislikes herbal blends.
Very happy with this tea, I will definitely be trying it in my new cold steeping flask :)
Flavors: Apple, Flowers, Rose
This was a tea from my visit in store earlier, I got 125g caddy of English Rose for £4 as it expires in just over a month. The date is fine with me as I can make iced tea and such for a few weeks with it, plus after that I am left with a caddy (which they sold for £3 alone anyway).
It smells rather soft, that is to say it’s not strongly rose though it is noticeably rose. If you can understand that babbling. In flavour it was very mild, there was a touch of rose in the after taste but on the whole the black tea is malty, smoky and a little astringent. I have not added milk as I usually don’t but this blend recommends not having it anyway, that that sharpness is a little disappointing. To save my large cup of tea I added quite a mountain of sweetener, it seems to have brought out the sweetness of the rose and toned down the black base but it is still sour.
It’s not a bad rose tea but it’s also not the best. For the price I can’t complain though if I paid the full £8 for it I would have been a little gutted. Still I can make use of this within the next month. :)
I visited a Whittard of Chelsea store today in Trentham, Stoke On Trent and my mother treated me to a few bits. One of which is a beautiful love heart mug that is larger than your average mug and will be my new best friend. To christen her (I think my mug is a female anyway) I chose this Jasmine green tea that I already had prior to my visit. I also got some other tea samples that I haven’t tried such as Sleepy Time instant tea and Very, Very, Berry blend but also I got a cold tea steeper which I’m looking forward to using. It cost £20 and it looks like a wine bottle, you put the leaves into the glass bottle and clip on a silicone top with built in strainer and after a few hours in the fridge it’s ready. It will be great to take to my craft/cross stitch club.
The tea is light yet very sweet and the Jasmine is smooth. Delicate and soft, very easy to drink. The green tea is also very mild though there is a grassy flavour in the after taste. It’s a little too light for me, next time I will try putting two teabags into my large mug. Oh well, for now it’s pleasant enough.
The last time I tried this tea I remember it being far from perfect. The malt tones from the black base were too strong for the pear and at times it got lost in translation. Today I am trying to use up teas from my cupboard and this one is what I have at the moment, remember what it was like last time I decided to put lashings of honey into this batch. It’s made all the difference. Now the pear comes through much stronger and the malt and smoke is left as a gentle after taste, the honey is noticeable but paired with the pear it’s like a sweet/candy but in a nice way. Last time I said it was mild but the honey brings out the sweetness of the pear and gives it a juicy quality. I love biting into a large, ripe pear for the juice to dribble down my chin, this tea reminds me of that. So since honey makes all the difference I will increase my rating a little.
This tea smells amazing! Like caramel or toffee, so sweet with a slight dark twang. My husband said bonfire toffee so we both agreed which is rare. One of the nicest smelling black teas imaginable. Nothing like the Assam that I was expecting.
The leaves are dark brown/black and are long yet twisted. They are very light.
Once steeped the tea is red brown in colour and has that beautiful toffee scent, this time with added malt and rock sugar.
It taste matches the smell, it’s light with sweet malt and toffee flavours that unfurl on the tongue in the after taste. Since it’s light there is a cleanness to it’s taste and that adds to the sweetness.
Further steeps reveal no astringency or richness but the sweet toffee flavour translates well through the later steeps.
Fantastic black tea, light yet with so much flavour that it leaves me completely satisfied. Husband was happy with this one too. For the price this is excellent.
Flavors: Malt, Sugarcane, Toffee
I’m watching a programme called ‘Wild China’ and this episode is showing Yunnan and the surrounding areas. If you want you’re ‘cute for the day’ then take a look at the super cute Yunnan Snub Nosed Monkeyhttps://www.google.co.uk/search?q=yunnan+snub+nosed+monkey&rlz=1C1GPCK_enGB431&es_sm=93&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=6SXqU99uhJHsBvjYgZAK&ved=0CCEQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=499
The view of Yunnan is amazing and it’s given me a thirst for Yunnan tea, this Puerh is the first one I find from my Teavivre sample drawer. The Puerh is a lovely blend of autumn brown colours and it has a burnt wood scent.
It tastes wooden and earthy with a hint of smoke and soil. Not astringent nor too strong but at a very nice balance. Also leaves a light musky after taste. A hint of dampness in the taste (I mean in a damp soil kind of flavour) but it’s very light, more mellow than the last few Puerh I had. For me that is a positive trait, I’m not often in the mood for ripe Puerh as it tends to be too thick but this is a wonderful mellow, everyday tea.
Also to note – there is no fishiness with this Puerh nor any odd/chemical/overwhelming tones.
Simply perfect for my afternoon tea. I shall carry on with my cross stitch and relax into the late evening :)
This tea was taken from the EU TTB round 2.
I just had to Google guanabana as I’ve never heard of it before, Wiki has it listed as Soursop which I have heard of but I don’t believe I’ve tried it before. That makes comparing this tea impossible so I will just have to go by my own sense of taste.
It smells sweet and berry like though impossible for me to clarify which berry. At any length it does smell very exotic and rather juicy, a nice and interesting start.
Once steeped it has the same fruity scent that is somewhat berry like. It’s a little sour but also does have some sweetness present.
Flavour is mild, no Rooibos flavour as such which is a positive sign but the fruit flavours are just very light and they disappear as quickly as they come. It’s lightly fruity and again berry like but also somewhat perfumed which leaves a slight dry after taste.
This tea just isn’t for me, it’s a pleasant enough tea but just not for my taste buds. Happy to have tried it though :)
Wowsers…this smells like sweet, juicy pear. It’s like pear gummy sweets (if such a thing exists), very pleasant and tantalizing. I had a different pear tea yesterday so I will have some means for comparison. The blend is very dark and mostly black leaf but it’s perfumed strongly and was a very pleasant surprise.
The steeped colour is golden red and it has a light pear and thick malt scent with a hint of smoke. The black base has now dominated the divine pear scent. I think this base would suit better if I add sugar to it, however for the first cup I will try it without.
Well it at least tastes lighter than it’s rich black base scent. I can taste gentle pear with a touch of sweetness which is quickly met with a slight bitterness from the black tea and a hint of malt before the after taste takes us back to the pear which lightens yet lingers on the tongue. It’s like I’ve had a pear drop hard boiled sweet and taken a sip of standard bagged tea. Not the nicest but at the same time it’s drinkable and makes a change. Compared to the pear tea I had yesterday this one is very disappointing.
I will try it with sugar next time and see if that improves the flavours.
Flavors: Malt, Pear, Smoke