1220 Tasting Notes


Been a while since I had this Oolong but I thought I would start using it up by making some iced tea. Admittedly I made it a tad too strong as I found out this morning but after adding some calorie free sweetener it now tastes like strawberry syrup rain. Very hard to detect the Oolong with the sweetener in it, you would think it was just one of those strawberry flavoured syrup drinks that a lot of cafe’s sell as ‘iced tea’.

Story time –
First time I got a peach iced tea from Costa Coffee I saw them use two squirts of syrup over ice and add tap water, then you have sickly sugar water..oops sorry I mean ‘iced tea’. :/ I remember going into one before and asking what selection of teas they carried and they said “Summat foreign named, like a green tea but not one” and that had me intrigued, I asked to see this magical tea and she brought over a glass jar that said ‘Long Jing’ on the side. Then again she said “Yeah it’s green inside the bag but it aint a green tea, though it’s like one”, at that point I said “Well actually it is a green tea, Long Jing stands for Dragon Well and it’s a Chinese green”. Then straight away “Ooohh and how do you know that then hey? Know everything do ya?” and she starts calling the staff to tell them in a mocking sort of way. So I left after saying “I’m an amateur tea taster with my own blog and over 500 teas at home, if you bothered to look it up yourself you would see that I’m correct. Selling people a green tea and saying it’s not is just ridiculous”. Possibly one of the best storm off’s I have ever done. My parents were standing by my side think blank expressions on their face like ‘wtf just happened?’.


Strange reaction from the people in the shop, thinking other people couldn’t possibly know anything about it. You’d think they would be interested in learning about their own product. eye roll


That was my first thought, why would they not know about their own product? They are taught so much about the coffee there but nothing about the tea, or at least in the particular one I visited.


To be honest, no matter if it was proper green or not, I’d have been turned off already at ‘summat foreign’. It’s not even difficult to say it.


Good for you! I love an intelligent storm off. :)

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Yesterday my wisdom tooth broke in half and fell out while I was eating soup, so I went to the dentist today and it turns out my tooth is much worse than I thought and I need an operation. Part of my gum needs to be cut out as well as the jaw bone sanded down before they can extract the tooth. Ten month wait minimum if I want to be gassed and knocked out or three months if I have it done awake and under heavy sedation. Two weeks to decide while I’m on anti biotics. I’m thinking of just going ahead and having it done without being put under, the quicker the better.

So as a treat I’m using my Chinese gaiwan set and trying this black tea. It smells beautiful in raw form, like chocolate and soft burnt wood. The leaves are large and curly but match it’s wonderful scent. I like a full leaf black.

First Steep – 1 minute –
Light in colour, scent and flavour. Very sweet, like raw sugar cane and caramel. A little malty in the after taste.

Second Steep – 2 minutes –
Still mild but still getting a pure sugar cane flavour. The after taste has increased however and now tastes like malt, wood and caramel mixed with chocolate.

Third Steep – 3 minutes –
Very similar to the first steep again, as sweet and pure in flavour too.

Next time I may try adding 7g instead of 5g to see how it comes out but I enjoyed the gentle caramel and sugar that this tea offers. It doesn’t taste black but it did stand out in a positive way. A good start so far but will experiment to get it perfect though honestly it’s not far off.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt, Wood

Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Oh my gosh, good luck with your tooth!


Wow, that sounds very unpleasant. What will happen in the 3 months inbetween?


Thank you keychange .

Christina I just have to get along as best I can, avoid eating on the left side and try to not make it any worse. Two weeks is when I have a check up to see it’s condition after the anti biotics and report my decision. It’s longer than I would like but hopefully the build up won’t be too bad.

Dag Wedin

Ouch, I did some drilling in my jawbone once while being awake. It was unpleasant but didnt hurt at all. until a few hours later…. Not to bad though.


Eeeps. Sorry to hear!
I can tell you that I did the heavy sedation thing for my wisdom teeth and it wasn’t bad at all. I was aware of everything but it was a little foggy, and the nature of the drugs where that I really couldn’t feel anything, and I didn’t care what was happening (I do have anxiety, so that was tons better than I expected)


Yikes. Sorry that happened to you!

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I woke up with an awful case of acid reflux and it’s stuck with me so far, unable to move much for fear of vomiting I’m relaxing on the sofa and playing a game of Civilization V. I chose completely random terms (maps, leader, etc) and it came out with continents and I’m Indonesia. Good game so far, takes my mind of my stomach. Mint tea may help settle it and this was the first one I could find in my kitchen which is fine, I haven’t had this tea in a while so it was perhaps time to revisit anyway. Smoother and a little sweeter than I remember but still very much the same. May end up sipping this one all afternoon.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I tried this earlier and found it a little too sharp/sour so I decided to make the rest of the pot into iced tea. Just spent half hour preparing tonight’s dinner (mushroom potato bake) and the weather is very muggy which is making me sweat, though this has only been fridged for a few hours I decided to have it anyway. Anything moderately cold right now will be a saviour. Plus I’m a little P"ssed at my husband, he showed no appreciation towards me preparing dinner at all, conversation was “What’s for dinner?” “I made mushroom potato bake, took half an hour of prep time but uses up some potatoes at least”. He looks at the bake before I put it into the oven with a very blank expression and says “ok”, then he turns around and goes to his laptop. :/ Plus I did several lots of clothes washing and drying today which was another “ok” reply, no thanks or anything. sigh.

Anyway the tartness is softer now it’s cold making it preferable. Also the fruit seems stronger.


Pff! Underappreciation for sure. If someone could come here and do my laundry and fix dinner for me right now I would probably weep out of sheer gratitude.


Anna, I feel the same way!


In my household I cook if someone does the dishes. I don’t have to do dishes much though as I am the one who whips the meals up. No recipes just try to create. Kitty sometimes us old men can be a little preoccupied with things and therefore don’t always at the moment appreciate things. I am sure he will come around. We are just a strange breed us men are…


We’re all human. Men don’t have more of a right, nor a propensity to be ‘preoccupied with things’ than women do.


Agreed Anna we just take longer to let it surface sometimes:).


No offense meant to anyone.


None taken, but I still don’t buy what you’re saying, nor that men or women would be different ‘breeds’.


He thanked me after he ate dinner and said it was very nice. He even offered to make a pot of tea afterwards so he probably sensed I was non too pleased with him. Things worked out in the end :) Now my focus is on my driving lesson later today. Very nervous!


In my house the boyfriend-creature and I each do our own laundry and split the cooking and cleaning chores – might be something to consider in the future. :)


Hope the driving test went well!

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Not citrus but it is fruit and ‘Japanese’ themed so this should do nicely for my next pot. The packaging says to steep this tea with boiling water, that I did not, I imagine it would have been much too astringent.

It did smell like cherry and flowers but the green tea was much stronger which gave it a medicinal scent. Like cherry throat sweets. Not bad but acquired.

Once steeped this tastes very similar to it’s scent. The green tea is the most dominant with a dry grass appeal while the cherry is light and sweet which increases in the after taste. It’s not as medicinal tasting as it smells but it tastes more floral than fruity and rather perfumed. Or like some sort of cherry syrup. It’s a nice combination but not perfect, or at least not for my taste.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

The name makes me think of the cute Japanese floral print on tea cups, etc. :)

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More citrus and fruit tea. I enjoyed a few of Pure Aroma Teas fruit blends so this one has hope of being delicious. I forgot to sniff this one as I was in a rush at the time, had to swap the clothes over from washer to dryer. The tea did contain large pieces of mixed fruit which were soft and gummy like for the most part. Well when I say tea I suppose I mean tissane.

Once steeped the tissane is hibiscus red and smells of dusky orange. Not as fresh as I was hoping. Getting past the smell this tastes pleasant, the orange and passionfruit are both present in flavour but so is the hibiscus. It’s sweet yet tart but overall very subtle. I want to love it but I’m going to stick with liking it. I think I still have some of their Strawberry and Kiwi somewhere which was delicious, will have some of that in a bit cold steeped to make up for this tea.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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More citrus today please! Also in a Japanese mood which could be because I’m watching anime.

This tea has a super strong scent, specifically orange, lemongrass and eucalyptus. Very refreshing and I certainly agree with the ‘cooler’ side of the name. Unusual scent but wonderful. Lost my train of thought now, I have a blackbird nest in my guttering which I’m happy to keep since it’s not doing any harm, well my cats look out the window and start chattering their teeth. How to explain chattering to those that aren’t sure, it’s like meowing but without sound and their mouth moves up and down a lot like they are trying to speak. I can’t help but laugh when they do it. This warrants a Youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Crfm0gbSNZg

Once steeped the tea is red/orange in colour with a toned down but still potent orange and eucalyptus scent.

Flavour wise It’s sweet, slightly tart/sour, herbal and citrussy. Also has a creamy after taste. The first instance is hibiscus and orange peel which quickly fade into a sweet and strong citrus with refreshing tones and a creamy lemon grass after taste. Though I’m not a huge fan of eucalyptus I find this blend covers it’s thickness very well, it’s present but not overpowering. Also the orange though present is not thick or stodgy in any way which works well to tone the lighter ingredients in together.

Not all ingredients are noticeable so don’t let the likes of beetroot or carrot flake scare you away.

I really like this one, could drink more of this. My sample gave me two large pots worth of tea so I have one remaining which I may have after dinner, I’m sure my husband will like this one too.
I will be ordering more of this next time.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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The morning sun has just begun
Shining in the sky like fire
Birds sing their beautiful song
That fills my heart with desire

My first pot of tea this morning and I remember how delicious this one is. Oh Watermelon Xylophone I adore thee. You have made my early morning complete with your beauty and perfection.

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

I have seen so much love for Butiki on here lately, gosh! Gonna have to do an order and hope Aussie Customs lets it through…


Butiki have some wonderful, unique blends which is one reason they are very popular. I would suggest talking to Stacy at Butiki as she may be able to help in terms of ingredients and known restrictions to Australia. Always worth asking :)


If I could only buy from one tea company for the rest of forever it would be Butiki :) This is one of my faves, too!

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drank Hot Cinnamon Orange by Tealux
1220 tasting notes

My last tea of the night and it’s spicy orange, not sure why I wanted spice but I suppose I see it as more of a night time tea. I’m very nervous as it’s my first driving lesson on Friday, booked and paid for so it’s happening…frightening thought though.

I smell cinnamon and orange at equal levels of medium strength. The long steep was due to me eating an Oreo ice cream cone and forgetting about the tea, though by smell it has not stewed.

Flavour wise I can taste the warm yet sweet and spicy cinnamon infront of sour yet also sweet orange that meld in the after taste. Very cinnamon heavy but I love that in a tea, as long as it’s not too powdery and dry (which this one isn’t). Again despite the long steeping time it tastes very good, not astringent or foul in any way. Nice to know this tea is forgiving. Honestly this tastes pretty much as you can imagine, it’s nice but not original or special. Still I do like this one a lot.

Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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This has orange in which I am craving today and pineapple has it’s charm from time to time so it would be the perfect time to try this blend. I made a pot of it for when my husband got home so hopefully it will please him.

It smells soapy, pineapple teas always smell soapy for some reason. It also tastes rather soapy and…strange…really. Despite it’s strangeness I can at least taste some orange amidst the soapy pineapple. The more I sip the better it tastes but honestly it’s still soapy and strange. Not sure if I can finish the rest of this one but I don’t have much left, may end up putting it into my next trade.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 6 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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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.

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.



Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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