1297 Tasting Notes


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. :)

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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.

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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.

Lariel of Lórien

It’s better as a cold brew.

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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

Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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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 Monkey


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 :)

Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

I watched that show too and loved it!


It is great!!

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drank Une Autre Idee? by THE O DOR
1297 tasting notes

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 :)

Boiling 8 min or more 6 g 30 OZ / 900 ML

it might have aged a lot while travelling, my plastic bags are not air tight and I think this is, according to anna, the tea which got opened and spread all over the box, because when I got it it was incredibly fruity intense. still is I think.

the plastic ziplocs are use, really are no good for tea storage, pity.


Suuuuper late reply, but one of the teas I sent you – the 11th doctor – has guanabana too (:

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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

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 9 g 29 OZ / 850 ML

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This was a free sample I received a while ago as part of my Tea Buffs subscription. Having a break from cleaning and sorting, been at it all day and I’m knackered.

The loose blend consists of large leaf pieces and small mixed pieces, it had a sweet pear and almond scent. It was amazing, pear is hard to capture scent wise but this is fab.

Once steeped the tea is amber in colour and is very sweet and almond rich. In flavour it is more mild in comparison to it’s strong scent but it is just as pleasing. After my husbands first sip he said “Yummm that’s nice” and it takes a lot for him to say that. I can’t taste the Rooibos other than it’s sweetness but that matches well against both the pear and the almond/marzipan. It’s not tart like ie crusty or bready in any way so that is just a play on words I suppose, make it sound more appealing. The pear is pure tasting though it’s stronger than it would be to actually eat a pear so I think it may have some artificial flavour present, or something to aid it anyway.

The strongest element is by far the almond, if you like almond tea then this is worth a try. It’s nice to have an almond tea that doesn’t make me think purely of marzipan (despite this blends name).

Right, I’m going to finish my tea and then I need to carry on, such is life.

Flavors: Almond, Pear

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 g 30 OZ / 900 ML

This one sounds really good, and I love the name! Tartlet! So cute.


Who are you calling a tartlet!

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Another aged tea in my line up today. I’m doing bursts of house cleaning whilst cooking a large pot of chilli to aid my craving of chilli cheese fries. So I want aged teas and chilli cheese fries….an odd but pleasurable day.

These Oolong balls are medium/large in size and are very dark brown in colour. A quick sniff-spection reveals a sweet wood, leather and dry earthen concoction that leaves my mouth salivating in anticipation.

Ok this is interesting, it tastes milky but not overtly sweet or creamy which I usually find with fresh Tie Guan Yin. Milky but also buttery though mild and not fresh, which sounds horrible as non fresh milk is sour and disgusting and this is not like that but I can’t think of another way to describe it. Perhaps to say like uht milk, not fresh but still ok.

Enough about milk. It has a little sweetness to it and is more floral than I was expecting. Also has a toasted quality which comes through more in the later steeps, though it remains lighter than you expect an aged Oolong to be.

A nice Oolong but unfortunately it doesn’t stand out as much as I was hoping, it just tastes like I bought a pack of Tie Guan Yin and left it in the cupboard for a few years before finally digging it out and trying it.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Did you get moved to your new house yet Kitty?


No not yet, unfortunately there were some issues with it that need to be sorted out before we can agree the term of sale. Hopefully within the next 2 months we will be moved in. For now we are packing and sorting our belongings out.


I hope everything gets sorted soon :)

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Yay it’s a tea that’s older than me :) Always fun to try mature teas, though I am used to those being in Oolong or PuErh form rather than black.

The raw leaves are small and thin which look sticky and wooden, dark brown in colour and bares a musty, damp, rain, forest sort of smell…or like beetroot. It is rather like a PuErh in scent funnily enough, also getting sweetcorn (like sweetcorn that has been cooked on a bbq and is starting to burn). Perhaps not my favourite smell but I’m still intrigued.

My first few sips reveal an array of flavours, taking particular note of: damp soil, beetroot, damp wood and sweet potato. It’s highly earthy and with some sweetness. As a whole it doesn’t linger in the after taste and nor does it leave me with any dryness. It’s also somewhat refreshing, like clove but just without it’s flavour. A few steeps in my gaiwan reveals more of the sweetcorn flavour.

Honestly….I HATE beetroot! I cannot stand the stuff, never have and never will. This tea tastes just like beetroot, it smells like it too, and that puts me off it a little. I can drink and stomach this tea and tried to find things about it that I found pleasurable such as the sweetness but I am still taken back to the beetroot notes in each sip.

I will reserve my rating for now but I will try it again in the near future.

Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Beetroot makes me gag….husband can have a sandwich with it for lunch and when I walk in the house at 5pm from work I can smell it and it makes me gag….. so you’re not the only one! And I’m from Russian/Polish heritage ~ what a failure of my people I am!!

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I’m 27 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.

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.


Also a proud SororiTea Sister


Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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