1276 Tasting Notes


Another Verdant club sample :)

The blend smells exactly like Christmas pudding, it’s remarkable! It has an orange, raisin, malt essence that is the spit of Christmas Pudding, I have never sniffed anything that is a perfect match before. It should perhaps be known that I thoroughly enjoy the smell of Christmas pudding but am not a fan of eating it, so I opt out each year. That will make this an interesting tea to taste. But when you think about it a Christmas pudding is usually coated in whiskey and set alight so perhaps that is where the whisky part of this comes from? Bourbon and whisky being very similar and both favourites of mine.

Steeping 5g of this into my 200ml gongfu (which is just under 8oz) with freshly boiled water.

The tea colour is golden brown (much a like bourbon/whisky) and has a sweet yet roasted scent, reminds me of rooibos.

Flavour is of medium strength with a touch of smoke and malt which dominate a sweet rooibos base. After taste is sweet like vanilla or almond, more than just the rooibos, and it lingers on the tongue. Also has a light leather taste after a few sips. As it cools it picks up a sour tone and becomes honeyed.

Does it taste like bourbon? Honestly no, though I would say it has a some resemblance. It’s an enjoyable blend and I am very happy to have tried this one. I would buy this one. I find it tastes better as it cools, becomes more bourbon like when it’s luke warm. :)

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Orange, Raisins, Vanilla

Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The teapees are nice and large with a very see through organza so you can see the quality and ingredients perfectly. It has a sweet and spicy scent with strong cardamom and liquorice notes.

Ingredients: Organic Rooibos, Organic Cassia, Organic Ginger, Organic Cardamom Seeds, Organic Liquorice Root, Organic Pepper, Organic Vanilla.

Steeping instructions: Use one teapee with freshly boiled water for 2-5 minutes.

Sampled with a drop of milk.

Flavour is lightly sweet with medium spice that lingers in the after taste. The cardamom, liquorice and pepper tones are the strongest . I’m very surprised about the Rooibos, it’s so light compared to the strength of the spice that you really don’t taste it’s there. That’s a plus for me because if I’m honest I’m not a huge Rooibos fan. I am a Chai fan and living in Leicester has given me the opportunity to taste many authentic Chai, I am happy to say that this blend compares very well to those. It’s full of flavour from the first to the last sip and it’s vibrancy is beautiful.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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The teapees are nice and large with a very see through organza so you can see the quality and ingredients perfectly. It has a highly perfumed bergamot and rose scent that is sweet and thick.

Ingredients: Organic Black Tea, Organic Rose Petals, Natural Bergamot Flavour, Natural Rose Flavour.

Steeping instructions: Use one teapee with freshly boiled water for 4-5 minutes.

Sampling this tea with a drop of milk.

In flavour this tea matches it’s scent very well. The tea is perfumed and thick with dominant bergamot and soft, sweet rose tones which linger in the after taste. As a whole the ingredients taste pure and natural which leaves my mouth with crystal clear flavours. It is a little unusual to have rose in an Earl Grey but it works well with this, it adds a nice level of sweetness. It is also a little sour but the milk helps to smooth a lot of it out.

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Flavors: Bergamot, Rose

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Power by Higher Living
1276 tasting notes

The teapees are nice and large with a very see through organza so you can see the quality and ingredients perfectly. It has a refreshing spearmint scent that is strong, fresh and sweet.

Ingredients: Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Spearmint, Organic Cocoa Shells, Organic Ginkgo, Organic Siberian Ginseng, Organic Cayenne Pepper.

Steeping instructions: Use one teapee with freshly boiled water for 4-5 minutes.

In flavour this tea has sweet spearmint notes that linger over a lightly spicy, herbal flavour. The ingredients that stand out the most in flavour are the spearmint, cayenne pepper and ginseng. The Mate is not too heavy or dark for this blend but it does add some depth, more than just a herbal tea would have been.

As it cools this blend becomes smooth which increases it’s sweetness. The herbal elements are toned down also. I’m seeing it as being a mint tea with a difference, and frankly I love mint tea but this blend has taken it to another level. Plus the tingle from the cayenne in the after taste is spot on, subtle but invigorating.

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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Revitealise by We Are Tea
1276 tasting notes

I received the EU-TTB back today and I wish to thank everyone that took part in the second round. There will be a third round to be set up in a few months time so keep your eyes open. This tea is my first sample since the box returned.

I’m finally starting to watch Sherlock and I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode. It’s like House MD but crime scenes/cases rather than a doctor. The intellect and wit is awesome! I shall be watching the second episode while I sip this. (Ok the start of episode 2 there is a Yixing Teapot….I just giggled like a school girl and clapped my hands).

The bag is nice and clear, I can instantly spot lemongrass. Once steeped flavour is light and sweet citrus with high pepper notes. Rather fragrant with a nice sweet and spicy affair. As it cools I can taste a little licorice in the after taste, makes the lemongrass taste more refreshing, as does the mint though they are subtle.

I liked it but honestly it’s nothing special, I feel bad saying that as the ingredients taste nice and fresh but I suppose I’m trying to say that flavour wise it isn’t memorable.

Flavors: Lemongrass, Licorice, Mint, Peppercorn

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

Well House MD is also based off of Sherlock Holmes so it does make sense that if you enjoyed one show you’d also like the other. ;)



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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
1276 tasting notes

Christmas in May? Well maybe for someone it is but after having an awful hangover and still craving anything creamy I know I cannot get any better than this tea. It’s light, sweet and super creamy and I think that is something to enjoy all year round. Nom Nom! Gulp Gulp!

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Yesterday was a heavy drinking session with my brother in laws which has left me misty headed today. Luckily they have all gone to London for the night to watch the Championship play-off finals (football/soccer) so it means I can recover in my own time and just relax in peace and quiet for the day. It’s 1:34pm and I have only just got myself a pot of tea, until now I just couldn’t stomach any. In desperation for something vanilla or cream I found this tea from my Black Friday hoard and grabbed the pouch as if it was made of gold. Orange & cream may not be the nicest tea ever but when you want something light, sweet and creamy it tastes pretty darn good.


sounds like a fun time :)


Damn hangovers!! Too bad fun has a price to pay ;-)

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My Verdant club teas arrived today :) This was my the first tea I tried from the club I’m in both blends and pure clubs), purely chosen as it’s not April any more but we are having May showers here in Leicester. It smells like hot cinnamon and aniseed, spicy but sweet and earthy. Very nice, in a way it does smell like rain.

Flavour wise I was met with delicious thick cinnamon and light brown sugar with a sour cocoa after taste that mists and lingers. Also a hint of wood.

It tastes similar to a spiced Oolong I’ve had from Tealux. Really liking this blend.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Wood

5 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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On my last cup of this after reveiving a few bags in a sampler. It’s a pleasant enough all day, every day cup of tea but it’s nothing special. Has mild malt and smoke tones with little to no richness or strength which is what I look for in a teabag. It’s not dusty which is a plus point so I can tell it isn’t cheap but it’s just the lack of strength knocking it down points for me.

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Thunder and lightening roars from the sky
While safe inside I watch it pass by
Summer weather in Britain’s always been a miss
So I think I’ll sit here and sip my Blueberry Bliss

I went for the cold steeping method again for this tea. I tried it hot but kept it (for the better part of a year) to try iced on a hot day. It would seem that Britain is just not meant to be hot so I caved in and cold steeped it anyway. I steeped roughly 8 spoons of blend in 1000 ml/35 oz of cold water for approx 26 hours. Why so long? I had forgotten all about it until my food shopping arrived today and I’m stuffing my veg box into the fridge thinking ‘Wow look at the size of that Pak Choi’ when I see it’s red liquid glaring at me. My bad.

So yes the liquid is dark red and it has a suuuper sweet and amazing blueberry scent, like pure blueberry dilute (tried some from Ikea before and it was beautiful). Tea is thickish and lightly syrup like (which could be from the long steep) but it tastes light, refreshing and lingers wonderfully. Blueberry is the dominant flavour but there is also something darker, like currant and something herby but mild. At any rate it does not taste like rooibos. And while the blueberry is sweet it also has a tartness which makes me think of cranberry.

I wasn’t impressed with this when I tried it hot a year ago, at best it was average blueberry tea, but now I have tried it cold steeped there is no going back. I have quite a bit of this left in my cupboard but in the next week (or a few weeks ie after my operation) I will cold steep it all. My husband would like this one too. Rating is going up a little based on it’s awesome cold steeping capabilities. From 77 hot to 85 cold. Whoo!

Flavors: Berries

Iced 8 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

This is really good with the strawberry lemonade iced

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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.


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Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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