1281 Tasting Notes

drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
1281 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 put roughly 5 teaspoons of mix to steep into 1 litre/35 oz of cold water for approx 22 hours. The result is a pink/red liquid (watermelon coloured) that has a sweet, refreshing yet tart fruit scent. Very dragon fruity.

Flavour is very sweet with a slight tart after taste but liquid is quite thick and sugar syrup like. Similar to some instant iced tea mixes I’ve had before (I think they were Lipton). My cup even has some sort of white sugar like substance on the bottom, if I hadn’t known it was a fruit mix my guess would have been instant blend. Despite that though this is very nice, the flavour is nice, clean and refreshing yet it has enough sweetness to work well as an iced tea and a pinch of sour to stop it being too sweet. Fruit flavour wise it is heavy on the dragon fruit but also has a peach, mango and light mixed berry tones.

I have enough for another cold steep with the same parameters so I will do that for tomorrow, two of my husbands brothers are over for a drink and sleepover before they go to Wembley on Saturday to watch a football finals match. I don’t see them often, I live in Leicester and my husband is from Derby but moved here for me and though our cities are next to each other his family rarely visit and I rarely visit them. I’m putting it down to the fact that none of us can drive. Still it will be nice to have family over and this iced tea will be great with a splash of vodka or scotch :) Party iced tea.

Iced 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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drank Peach Cardamom by 52teas
1281 tasting notes

This blend smells sweet and fruity, rather a lot like peach/apricot but in a perfumed way (ie sweeter than natural).

Flavour wise this tastes like peach with sharp citrus behind it, like cardamom but also similar to a strong lemongrass. It has some sweetness but for the most part it’s sour. Reminds me of orange rind in a strange way. Very fragrant though and a nice combination, not sure this one is for me though.

Flavors: Apricot, Lemon Zest, Peach

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
1281 tasting notes

This tea smells like roasted cocoa nib, it’s lightly sweet with rich smoke and malt tones.

Flavour is unusual at first…the mate is present but over the top is a smoky cocoa nib flavour that adds some sourness. In a strange way it does taste like a malt mix like Horlicks but with roasted cocoa added to it. I was never a fan of those malt drinks but this is not bad, i’m finding myself quite liking it. Has a nice hint of sweetness which cuts through some of the smoke. I’m very pleased with this one :)

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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The raw teabag smells tart and berry like with some sweetness but also herbal and somewhat dry.

Rather light with some sweet and sour raspberry tones, not much dragonfruit though I think I can detect it in the after taste. Not as fresh as one would hope but it made a nice enough drink and the fruit tones tasted natural. I wouldn’t buy more of this one.

Flavors: Berries

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This raw blend smells very fruity but sour, orange being dominant and waxy. Also has some sweetness to it but the overall scent is very perfumed.

Flavour is very mild compared to it’s raw scent. There is a light herbal taste which is mostly like chamomile ie floral herbal but the after taste is definitely fruity. Orange is light with sweet and sour tones, more satsuma than orange really. The cranberry is mild but it gives the orange more sour notes. It tastes like a fruit flavoured water that’s been left in the sun for too long.

It’s an average fruit/herbal blend but not something I would stock.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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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