1232 Tasting Notes

drank Izu Matcha by Pekko Teas
1232 tasting notes

My second bowl of this Matcha today and I have a feeling it will be all gone over the coming weekend. I’m house/dog sitting for my parents for the long weekend, something I do a few times each year though I’m not complaining as it gives me time to write more reviews.

This Izu Matcha is nice quality, it tastes very silky and mild with only a hint of astringency. Also rather sweet and fresh tasting. A nice light green that steeps into a khaki colour.

I would buy more of this very happily. My husband likes it too, then I told him how good it is for his post workout sessions and he said he’s impressed. Matcha will rule the world one day.


Sounds really, really good. Hope your husband’s eye is ok!

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Another tea bag sip down though I have many more to do, I intended to sample them all day but I have an urge to break out my cat kyusu and have some Sencha. For now at least I can have green tea, little compromise.

The tea soup is dark red brown in colour with a sweet fruit scent, berry like but not specific. It is sweet and rather artificial but not too bad.

Flavour is mild yet sweet with a rich berry zing. A little sour but the sweetness counteracts that for the most part and though I can’t taste passionfruit per say it’s at least generically fruity non the less. I can’t taste any green tea at all yet I like that this contains some. It sort of tastes like warm summer berry cordial but not quite as sweet.

It’s an alright tea for a pre bag, I would have it again but wouldn’t buy it in.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Another lone tea bag that I have yet to sample but really should to clear some space. Not sure whom I accumulated this from but thank you.

Simple instructions on the back of the sachet – Boiling water for 3-5 minutes. I met the steep in the middle and kept the bag in for 4 minutes. Was tempted to add some sugar but will try it in original form first.

The result is a very dark red/purple tea liquid that smells a little musky and earthen yet also with a hint of sour raspberry. Flavour wise this is very weak, the raspberry is heavily watered down and only resembles a shadow of it’s former self in the after taste. It is rather creamy but again it’s so mild that it dissipates within a second or two. The strongest thing about the tea is what I am starting to think is hibiscus or some sort of herb/flower which is causing the earthen flavour which honestly makes the tea seem old and dusty.

It’s not great but it’s drinkable and I would certainly not buy this tea.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

I would’ve tossed it. Life is too short for tea that is drinkable and not great. Although every tea does deserve a chance… I’m just glad it wasn’t me!

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I just found a lone bag of this in my cupboard and I have no idea where it came from. Might as well write some quick notes for it while I await the return of my husband, I finally persuaded him to visit the emergency room at a nearby hospital about his eye. It’s watery and itchy now, hoping he hasn’t done any serious damage to it.

After the 4 minute steeping time the tea liquid is dark red with a sweet yet somewhat synthetic strawberry scent with sour mango behind it. Not disgusting but not as nice as it could be, I suppose it’s not bad if you don’t mind artificial flavouring.

Flavour wise the mango is strongest with a rather sour after taste and the strawberry on contrast is much too sweet and sugary. There is no real depth to the tea, it resembles a flavoured water in terms of strength and there is very little to it.

I will finish the cup (or at least most of it) but this is something I would not try again. The flavours don’t work well together and it’s just not that fruity which is what I expect from my fruit teas. Also I’m not a fan of the artificial flavour of this, much too sweet for my taste.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

I hope your husband feels better soon. That has got to be supremely irritating for him.

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Sorry for my lack of posts over the weekend. As some of you may have read I attended my cousins wedding on Saturday and it was an all day event, the ceremony was beautiful and it was nice having the family together. Unfortunately as occurs at most weddings there were a few drunken incidents…embarrassingly my husband came off the worst. He ran face first into a tree which resulted with a bad black eye, cut up nose and fat lip. Worst of all I didn’t even get to see it :/ Would have been a sight!

Long story short my weekend was recovery for both of us, I do love my red wine. This Darjeeling Earl Grey tea is the only thing I can stomach right now and we’ve had copious amounts over the last few days. A splash of milk and sprinkle of sugar really brings out the bergamot in this blend and smooths it nicely into a silky liquid easily gulp-able.

Oh well, at least my cousin and family will have some amusing stories from the wedding…albeit this one at the expense of my very silly husband.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

How did he manage that?!


The after party was outside in a large marquee and all around were fields and beautiful gardens. I told my husband to get some fresh air while I get him some water and he ran off saying he’s fine, well my mum and uncle followed him to bring him back and it’s then that he ran into the tree. I asked him once he sobered up the next day why he ran and he said it was to prove that he was sober enough to keep drinking. Evidently not the case. At least it’s a wedding we will never forget.

Terri HarpLady

This sort of thing explains why I quit drinking 30 years ago, LOL

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Let me start by saying that I have wanted to try this tea for a very long time. This has been saved for a ‘special’ day as a pick me up and today is the day. On Saturday my cousin Craig will be getting married to a Ms Katy Perry (no not that Katy Perry) and the day is a long affair in a very posh old style mansion. My grandad came down today from Wales and is staying with my parents for a week or so especially for Saturday. Since that leaves Saturday as completely afs (away from Steepster) and I’m working tomorrow and may have to stay late at my parents to spend time with my grandad that leaves today to try this ‘special’ tea.

I open the little tin and am greeted by an unbelievable chocolate orange scent, it is hands down the best chocolate orange tea I have had the pleasure to smell. I used to have a flavoured lip gloss that had the exact same smell…until my best friend ate it! The black tea is very light and curly in a mixture of medium and dark brown colours, it almost looks like a Darjeeling in terms of leaf shape. Mixed amongst the leaves are small pieces of orange rind and small chocolate drops. I can’t get past the smell, it’s soooo good!

The lid says 1.5 tsp in boiling water for 3 minutes. Simple enough, my husband can do that.

A few minutes later and the result is a dark brown tea liquid that is rich with notes of chocolate, malt and mellow orange.

The flavour matches it’s raw scent, it’s chocolate with orange and it’s pure ie not cocoa not synthetic chocolate but actual chocolate and to top that off it’s orange, real orange rind that is fresh and sweet. I don’t think there is a nicer combination than chocolate and orange. It also has a lingering aftertaste of marshmallow and vanilla which keeps the blend light and sweet.
I mentioned earlier that this is the best chocolate orange tea I have sniffed before, well I can add the taste to that too which makes this the best chocolate orange tea I have tried period.

These three friends just became my friend.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

I keep hearing good things about this blend. Even though I’m not normally a flavored tea drinker it sounds so delicious that I’m going to have to add a sample of this to my next Butiki order :)


Soooooo good. I need to have this tonight, yes I do!


omg at your besty eating your lipgloass!

Terri HarpLady

This really is a tasty chocolate orange, for sure!
Have fun at the wedding! Getting together with family for big events like that can be exciting…or insane…or a little of both! :)

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Thank you Courtney for the swap which gave me the chance to try this tea. I’m on a mission to try more Verdant tea as they are so highly recommended by many Steepster-ites and friends.

This blend sounds interesting, though a little floral and herbal for my usual taste I thought it should be something I at least try. The blend itself looks nice and fresh with a thick herbal scent with hints of sweet fruit and citrus.

It tastes as strongly herbal as it smells though it’s not overpowering or too strong. It’s an acquired taste, through the herbs (which are dry and thick) there is a soft sweetness like licorice or clove, a herby sort of sweetness, but also sour citrus such as orange peaking through in the after taste. I say the herbs are dry but they are not as bad as some I have tried or bagged tea, so while dry they are still relatively fresh tasting too.

Though it may not taste as pleasant as I had hoped I find it gives me a relaxing feeling. Definitely a tea I can drink and finish my sample of but this one isn’t one for me to think about ordering. Still as far as it goes for a heavy herbal based tea it’s quite nice.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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My favourite colour is purple and I love ‘different’ ie unique teas, it seems only fitting that I have taken well to purple tea and it’s one of my rising favourites. On top of that Butiki created this blend with blueberry, a sheer brilliance on their part. Sitting here and smelling it steep I can feel myself salivating at it’s wonders.

The raw leaf is beautiful, finely chopped purple tea with bright blue cornflower and a sweet yet soft scent of pure blueberry.

After the five minutes steep the sweet blueberry fills the air beautifully but with an almost wood or malt scent behind it, not sure what to compare it to but earthy at an rate.

sip Wow! Blueberry! Sweet blueberry that lingers through the after taste and gives me a cuddle as it slides down my throat. The purple tea is rich and earthy but mild and matched very well against the blueberry. A little musky and almost smoky in terms of earthiness from the base.

If you’ve never had purple tea before it’s hard for me to explain what it tastes like, it’s like a green tea but also like a black tea yet not like an Oolong. That is to say that it’s light like a green yet has the rich and robust flavour of a black, albeit on the gentle side. On the whole it’s earthy and almost musky.

This blend is delicious, another Butiki triumph.

160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

this one is a fantastic tea I absolutey agree and the blueberry notes are really awesome


I’ve never had purple, but you’re definitely making we want to try it now. This sounds so yummy!

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drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
1232 tasting notes

Looking for something sweet after dinner and this tea has been calling to me over the last few days, I love the smell of amaretto and almond. I’m watching Man Of Steel for the first time, my husband is a huge Superman fan whereas I am predominantly a Batman fan. I love original comic references but most modern film adaptations forget the comics, so far this film has yet to impress me.

This tea has a strong scent, very much amaretto and almond, it’s heavenly. The blend itself may not look too tempting but it’s scent makes up for that, it looks dry and desert like. I just gave it to my husband to sniff and he said it’s like sherbet. It’s perhaps a little on the sour side and not as sweet as amaretto but sherbet…I wouldn’t go that far. Still it’s nice to have another’s perspective.

Once steeped the scent is still very amaretto but definitely more dry too and heavily nutty. The nutty part I don’t mind as I love nuts…..and I just realised that can sound a little rude.

Flavour wise again it’s heavily nutty, the almond being more dry than sweet and rather savoury at that. In fact the sweetness has been lost in preparation it would seem, raw it was sweet and sticky almost but now it tastes like I’ve eaten a handful of whole almonds. It’s nice but not amaretto so slightly disappointing there. Kind of toasty taste too it as well.

I wouldn’t trade for more of this, just not what I was expecting despite it’s wonderful raw scent. Oh well, still made a nice tea post dinner.

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

If you were stateside, I could send you an excellent almond black tea- very amaretto! But I’m guessing it would be very expensive to ship to the UK :-(

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drank Citrus PILEDRIVER by 52teas
1232 tasting notes

Another tea re-visited. I’m trying to clear teas from my cupboard that I have reviewed so I can free up storage tins and general space for the growing haul that I have yet to try. I paused typing for a few minutes because I woke up with a stiff jaw thanks to my bad tooth infection, it feels like I’ve been punched in the face, on the left side anyway. I don’t take any painkillers because I dislike that people become dependant on them, I’ve seen people bang their toe slightly and take a pill for it, I would rather cope than put something chemical into my body.

Anyway I am getting off topic, naughty kitty. Yes I tried this iced, left in the fridge for roughly 24 hours and the result is a sweet, highly citrus, creamy and delicious iced tea. I cannot taste the mate and it is still highly lemongrass above anything else but I love that in an iced tea. It’s not bitter or too sour either. An improvement actually to what it was like hot, I’m wondering if this was supposed to be used for ice tea because it just comes out perfectly. Looks like I will be icing this tea for the next few weeks, not got much leaf left. Last note, it leaves such a beautiful creamy lemon after taste that lingers.


I agree. Painkillers are the last resort with pain or, if they work that way, to bring down fever. Last time I ate some was for cramps at work on a day where there was just no way I could go home. If I’m not at work and have them, I find trying to get a little sleep works better. I’ve always wondered a bit at people who will line up a vast array of medicines when they’ve got a common cold. For me it’s throat lozenges, tissues and herbal tea and that’s it.


I never thought I needed painkillers until I broke my arm in several places. Talk about some serious pain…

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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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