1118 Tasting Notes

79

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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79

One of the teas from my last Bluebird Tea Co monthly club package. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while, strawberry lemonade sounds like a delicious tea creation that would be great for the summer.

I can taste the strawberry which has a jam like quality in terms of flavour, thickness and sweetness but it’s also a little tart and sour with the lemon and hibiscus coming through. It lightens up however in the after taste and it’s sweetness increases.

As it cools the hibiscus becomes stronger and over takes most of the lemon flavour to make it more strawberry hibiscus jam like than strawberry lemonade.

It’s nice but I think it has a little too much hibiscus for my liking. I will try it iced too and see if it’s more to my taste. Will report tomorrow.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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85

This is an interesting tea in terms of flavour and experience. Chocolate, maple, nut, vanilla, dry, sweet, indulgent. It’s like one of those expensive truffles that you only eat on special occasions (like Christmas or weddings). It’s smooth and sweet (not overbearingly so) and the nuttiness leaves a dry after taste.

I wasn’t expecting much from this blend if I’m honest so it was a nice surprise. My husband liked this one too.

Edit: – That’s what it reminds me of, rice pudding. Like a flavoured rice pudding.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Ysaurella

This is one of my favourite tea and even I don’t like very much eating candied chestnuts I do love this candied chestnut tea

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83

Ok so I tried this last night hot steep but I found it to be rather strong in terms of black tea base. It was nice but I just wanted a little push from it, something extra. So I saved a lot from the same batch and put it into a flask to try it iced.

The black tea is no longer the strongest factor in this tea once it’s iced. Instead the cinnamon, ginger style spiciness is significantly increased and is much more like carrot cake now than it was last night. Again the vanilla is subtle and only in the after taste but it really is more carrot cake like now so it’s more forgiveable.

I still have a decent amount of this tea left so I will probably use it as an iced tea from now on.

Preparation
Iced
Yvonne

I really need to start getting into icing my teas – it’s just been so cold outside lately, I haven’t been wanting to!

Sil

mmmmm thanks for the review! i may need to try this now heh

KittyLovesTea

@Yvonne Icing tea is not common practice in UK as it’s rather cold here most of the time anyway. But I really enjoy a cold drink in the day and since I stopped drinking pop it leaves my options limited. Iced tea is super great for curing that. Plus I have a new teapot that steeps up to 1.5 litres of tea and it leaves me with enough tea to fill my iced tea flask for later. :)

And @Sil if you do go ahead and try this then I really do recommend icing it.

Terri HarpLady

I never did get to try this one, but I bet it would be good cold!

Sil

terri – you will try this eventually. remember? i bought an extra 2oz of it to share with you…and uh there was someone else…

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80

I thought some black tea this morning would do me well so I looked around my cupboard this morning and found this tea, in pyramid bag form. Drinking this straight black (for a change).

This tea is really nice, it’s sweet, smoky, malty and dry. When I say this is sweet I really mine it, like stevia and hay combined to make some sort of ultra sweet blend which smooths out most of any thickness the black tea has. Though it still has the qualities of a black tea it is rather mild and the sweetness strong. It’s nice, I really like it, but I couldn’t have it all the time. I would consider buying more, I only got a few bags from a sampler to try them.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
looseTman

“Decaffeinated Breakfast Tea” Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? ;-) Sounds like a slow start to a new day! ;-)

KittyLovesTea

Yeah I know what you mean, I don’t usually have decaf tea but today I woke up rather refreshed and ready to start my day. I’m happy I tried this one today, I guess some of it may be psychological, I’m drinking black tea therefore it has caffeine and will be good. Worked for me though :)

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83

I’m not usually one for carrot cake but I do have a serious craving for vanilla right now. I blame my husband, we went out last night and he ordered a pitcher of cocktail that tastes like pure vanilla, I think it was vanilla vodka and Pepsi, well that’s left me craving more vanilla all day.

I can taste the black tea which is earthy, smoky, rather light really overall (delicious too) but as the black tea subsides there are elements of spice (like cinnamon or nutmeg) and carrot which tastes amazing, natural and fresh. The Vanilla mostly comes into play during the after taste.

So the whole cup goes from nice black tea, to spicey black tea, to spicy carrot tea and then to creamy vanilla finish. The whole experience leaves a real carrot cake likeness though if I had to criticize then I would say the black tea was a little strong in comparison to the rest of the blend or that the vanilla should have been a little stronger. But really it’s all personal taste.

Perhaps I should try this one iced and see if the vanilla increases in strength. Or even try a shorter steeping time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

be interested to see how iced works out for you if you try it

KittyLovesTea

I will report my iced findings tomorrow. From the same batch as this review I filled my flask and will keep refrigerated for roughly 12 hours. Now I eagerly await.

Sil

woot woot!

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87

Thank you Dag for putting this into the EU box.

It’s a creamy Darjeeling with nutty and floral delicate touches. It also has some sweetness but more in the background towards the after taste. While it’s soft there is a crispness about it, like a warm spring day that has a cold and crisp wind.

Overall it’s a delicious Darjeeling and one that I am honoured to have tried. I hope our paths may cross again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77

I saved some of this tea from last night to try iced this morning. It takes on completely different characteristics when it’s iced. It’s very thick and muscatel, edging on being astringent but not quite. It’s also a little dry in the after taste but it still has some sweetness and floralness to it. It’s as though it’s a completely different Darjeeling.

It’s nice iced, especially since it’s stronger which is what I like but it has some astringency and that means I have to be in the right mood for it. This morning I’m lucky in that I don’t mind it but it’s not as nice as I expected.

Preparation
Iced

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77

Another tea from the EU tea box (first round).

This tea is silky, sweet, musky, floral and overall subtle. Lighter than a lot of Darjeelings can be but still with a nice sweet impact. Like honey but with earthy tones to it and much lighter.

As much as I adore Darjeeling this is a nice tea but it’s not as strong as I like my Darjeeling to be. I prefer stronger muscatel tones, perhaps even second flush. But this first flush would be perfect for hot summer nights and maybe even iced for a picnic. I will have to try that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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83

This morning I decided to use the last of this tea (which was roughly 10g) and make a large batch of just over 1 litre. Part of it was drank this morning with breakfast and a few cups were left over which became perfect for iced tea. It’s very nice actually, iced it has a wonderful musty/earthy tone that is stronger than when it’s hot. The fruity tones are also stronger when it’s iced.

It’s as smooth iced as it is hot and I’m sorry that I didn’t try this sooner.

Preparation
Iced
TheTeaFairy

Lately, I’ve been choosing my tea of the morning by reading Steepster notes, if I crave it after reading the note and it’s in my cupboard, that’s what I have.
This morning, you’re my choice, kitty! This is delicious and i have just enough left for a nice pot too, thanks :-)

Dag Wedin

A cup of assam in the morning sure is a good way to start!

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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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