1155 Tasting Notes

drank Kama Sutra Chai by Tealux
1155 tasting notes

This was from my Black Friday Tealux horde and was chosen at random for tonights bedtime tea.

The raw blend smells very spicy with strong cinnamon and black pepper notes but with cardamom in the background adding touch of freshness.

Flavour is fresh and fairly light with cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and sweet flower notes. It’s got a nice spicy quality but is equally floral too which is helping to keep it light. I’m drinking my Chai without milk or sugar and if I’m honest I think it’s too light for milk and the sugar would overpower the spice. So for me plain is just right.

It’s a nice Chai blend and the flowers go well with the spices but I don’t think it’s going to beat a classic Chai.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 10 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I’m happy to be home, 4 nights away is just too long for me. I missed my kitty babies :( I’ve also come to realise that tea tastes better when I’m at home.

This raw blend smells interesting…I can smell cherry and cola but it’s chemical and thick, I can also smell what I believe to be citrus like strong lemon. It’s just strange, not awful and not great.

Once steeped the tea smells like a sweet, cinnamon, lemon, cola, cherry, darkly stodgy. Again just rather odd.

Flavour is like cheap cola but there is also some cake present, like baked sweet crumbs/bread that have been soaked in cherry cola. It tastes as bizarre as it smells. Has some sweetness and is rather thick in flavour. The black tea is malty which adds to the cake element. The lemon is strong, sour and tangy.

Honestly I didn’t know what cherry cola and cake would taste like anyway but the idea just sounded amazing. Well It doesn’t taste like I imagined but at the same time it does taste like it’s name. Maybe more lemonade and cake than cherry cola and cake.

I don’t think this tea is for me. It’s drinkable but not something I would crave or want to drink again. Oh well, they can’t all be winners.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

I want to try this just for its weirdness! I imagine it’s one of Those teas…


I really want to try this, as I really appreciate the flavor of cola, as stupid as that sounds, but no one seems to like it very much.

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Good morning all. I’ve been in shock for the past 24 hours and saddened, yesterday morning a pregnant woman was run over and died right in front of my house. Literally ten feet away from my front door. Though I did not know the young lady (but had seen her around before) it’s just devastating that something like this could happen, and so close to where I live. I am lucky in that I am away at the moment looking after my parents dogs and on Friday my husband stayed with me for the night so we were both here at the time of the incident. If we were home we would have seen either the crash or the aftermath, seen things that no one should have to. My heart goes out to the poor girls family.


This tea was from the first round of the EU travelling tea box. I like the idea of a fruity, chilli, Rooibos based tea but it would have to be blended well.

In raw form it has a sweet generic fruit scent with some Rooibos thickness, I took a large sniff and ended up pulling away to sneeze so that must be the chilli coming through. My nose feels ticklish now.

My first sip reveals a sweet yet light fruity tea with some Rooibos thickness in the after taste and just a pinch of chilli. Not so much a hot chilli tea as it is flavour, though it does give a very light tingle at times.

It’s pleasant but half way down the cup the spice becomes thicker and the sweet fruit less so. Also it gets rather dry and bitty.

I think it’s a nice try at a chilli blend but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

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

My prayers are with you and for the girls family.


my gosh, how sad!


I’m so so sorry to hear about your neighbour. I hope the driver steps forward, giving the family some(eventual) closure :(


It’s just such a shock, it’s not something that I ever imagined would happen on my door step. The driver was caught because he crashed into park railings and completely wrecked his car. He survived but is in critical condition. I’m the last house on street so right on the corner, over the road is a park and the car must have gone straight over. Not heard why yet ie drink/drugs etc. But it could have been me or my husband or anyone of my family…it just rings home how fragile we really are.


How terrible! :-(


This is just terrible…what a tragedy, so sorry.

Terri HarpLady

What an aweful thing! :(


Such a tragedy!


So horrible.

Tea Sipper

Oh my gosh, that is terrible!


I have a few UK based people on my facebook… I just saw someone post an article about this same tragedy. So incredibly sad :(
(Won’t post it here though, as it contains the street on which you live)


If you saw the article then you may have seen my house, the photographs of the car have my house in them in the background. Very sad and unfortunately not the first accident on that road. Her funeral is almost paid for thanks to generous donations.


Hmmm nope, it’s got pictures of all the flowers people left, with a red bin in the background, and maybe a park behind it.

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I’ve not been in the mood for Pu Erh lately but I can always drink cinnamon based teas, and as this one was fairly chosen at random I will try this tea next. I don’t think I’ve tried a cinnamon based Pu Erh before so this will be a new experience.

I’m happy to say that this is cinnamon bark and not the ground spice, the spice is nice but too much in a blend makes it dry and bitty…not good. But with this I can see the Pu Erh and medium to small pieces of bark amongst the leaves, and it smells sooo good. Like cinnamon candy. :)

The strong cinnamon scent matches the flavour, it’s wonderfully cinnamon heavy which is both sweet and spicy, also rather thick. I can also taste the Pu Erh a little, I think the earthiness of it works well with the cinnamon. I also think that the Pu Erh base helps to keep it lighter, while it’s think it could easily be thicker (for example if it had a black tea base it might be too thick).

I really like this blend, it’s rather basic but very tasty and something I would recommend to my fellow cinnamon lovers. I could actually drink quite a bit of this tea, it’s yummy. Reminds me of a few Della Terra heavy cinnamon based teas.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Happy Valentines Day to all!

Another tea from the first round of the EU travelling tea box. I’m at my parents house now for 4 or 5 days and I grabbed a load of random samples to bring with me, but also made sure I have some nice unflavoured tea too should the mood arise.

I’m off out in a bit for a lovely Valentines dinner at my favourite local vegetarian restaurant. Plus out of the blue this morning I received a cheque for £200 from the tax company because I overpaid in 2009, since I packed my business in this year it’s a very welcomed surprise. And on valentines day too.

Anyway back to the tea, serving this one with a cheese scone.

Once steeped the tea is a lovely red colour and has a sweet, perfumed berry aroma.

This tastes sweet and sugary, like candied fruit pieces, but it’s also somewhat perfumed. The fruit tastes like a mixture of berries and apple and though it is sweet it also has some sour notes.

It’s a nice tea but nothing out of the ordinary, I don’t think I will remember this one above any other generic fruit blend. But it’s always nice to try new teas.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

“Happy Valentines Day to all!” – And also to you!

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My husband is finally home after a 5 day course for work and tonight is my last night at home for 5 days before I’m away looking after my parents dogs. The first thing he complained about was tea, apparently Birmingham tea is horrible, so this tea was chosen to welcome him back.

I can taste the chocolate which is definitely real chocolate, not cocoa but actual chocolate. As for the Chai aspect I can’t taste a large array of spices so that is a bit of a let down, past the peppercorn I can’t sense any other spices. There is a spot of chili but very mild, enough to cause the flavour but not enough to be spicy and tingle.

It’s of moderate strength with some sweetness and spice. It leaves a somewhat dry after taste. It’s missing the heat, I think it should have either had more chili or more chai spice rather than focusing so much on the chocolate element. So it’s a nice tea but also a disappointing one, not something I plan on trying again.

Flavors: Chocolate

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Another white tea sample to try today. I’m not often in the mood for a white tea but today I find it appealing, perfect excuse to clear some of my sample stash.

The raw blend had a sweet fruity scent, very exotic and fresh.

Once steeped the tea is pale yellow in colour and has a sweet but delicate berry scent, much nicer and softer than it’s raw form. It’s like a fine nectar in scent, perfect balance.

Wow. It’s very creamy with the right amount of sweetness (for me) and the fruit carries on lingering throughout the after taste. The berry is definitely the strongest fruit flavour but I can also taste the papaya, also peach like. It reminds me of something but I can’t remember what, could be the mango kulfi I used to buy but I can’t be certain. It does has the right creaminess to be compared to ice cream. Plus for being not a huge fan of white tea I can’t taste any in this at all, yet I appreciate that it still contains it.

Such a delicious tea, no harshness or chemical flavours, nothing out of place. I can’t fault it, and it is something I would buy in the future. Every sip leaves my mouth wanting more, been a long time since I’ve had a blend have this effect on me. Bravo River Tea.

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Peach

160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
Roswell Strange

Yes! This blend deserves all the love!


It really does :)

Plus I think I worked out what it reminds me of, I used to buy some chewy sweets that were a mixture of berries. I can’t remember the brand but it’s those, they were also very creamy …just as I remember. So delicious!


Yes… I love this one!


Taken me hours but I remember. It tastes like the berry Maoam sweets. Took me a long time to process it but my brain got there eventually.

Tried this iced too, saved enough for one cup, it’s still delicious. Even creamier and sweeter I think than it was before. The white tea is more noticeable too.

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drank Sugar Plum Shou Mei by 52teas
1155 tasting notes

I never did get to try this one from the Christmas hamper at the right time, unfortunately I became ill and couldn’t taste much so I saved it for future steeping. Right now I need to use up as much tea as possible before I move house, so small samples like this one are first on my list to be used. Besides, sugar plum sounds delicious at any time of the year.

Once steeped the tea is golden in colour and has a sweet fruity scent, like plum but also berry. Also a little floral and dry.

Flavour wise it’s sweet, a little tart and with some harshness but it softens as it cools. Again I can taste more berry than plum but it’s a pleasant fruit taste regardless, and it matches the Shou Mei rather well. It just feels like it’s missing something for me, it’s nice and all but I think it could be better, I just can’t think of what’s stopping it from being so. Either way it’s just not to my taste at the moment, I’m thankful I got to try it but this one is not a blend I am likely to re-visit.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Breather by RiverTea
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Thank you River Tea for this sample. I’m just sorry that it’s taken me so long to review this blend.

It’s a nice enough looking blend and each ingredient is easily spotted. The raspberries are rather finely chopped into small pieces but there are quite a few of them scattered around. The blend as a whole has a sweet berry aroma that is rather delicate.

Steeping this blend as per the instructions.

The blend is thickly Pu Erh but it’s nice as a base, like mild damp earth and musk. In the background behind is a sweet fruity flavour, like sweet orange but very mild. Not sure I can taste the raspberry per say but the after taste has a sour, berry like flavour (at a stretch).

I think it would be nice if the fruit was a little stronger but that’s just my personal opinion. Something to lift it up, at times it tastes like an ordinary unflavoured Pu Erh.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 9 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Just before Christmas I received a surprise letter from Canton tea which included a coupon for money off my next order and a 5g sample of their new Chocolate Tea. It was a very nice gesture and the tea was certainly appreciated so it has been lovingly stored for any day I want chocolate. That day is today.

Opening the packet released a pure chocolate scent, one of the most natural chocolate teas I have sniffed so far. I did note seeing chocolate chips amongst the blend too. It also had a vague vanilla after tone.

Steeped this via the recommended instructions.

First few sips reveal a malty and rather smoky black tea, smooth and silky in texture with a hint of sweetness. Not as chocolatey as it’s raw scent, in fact it’s more like cocoa nib, sour and strong with minimal sweetness. Not quite what I had in mind for Cantons so called luxurious Chocolate Tea.

I am liking the black tea base though, but I think it would be nicer without the sour chocolate. Maybe it’s just me but compared to someone like Della Terra’s chocolate teas this one is very subtle. I really was expecting more. If I was to do a blind taste test I would never have said chocolate, I would think it was just a nice black tea.

So while I really do like this black base tea (as my score will reflect) I don’t think it’s a nice chocolate tea due to the lack of actual chocolate flavour. Oh and I’m sure the vanilla will keep it smooth and creamy but in terms of flavour unfortunately the smoke element masks over it.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

crap…i just ordered a small tin of this….should have read your review first….

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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.



Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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