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Organic teas make me smile :)

The Kundaly has a rather sweet and nutty scent in it’s raw form. It’s colours are dark brown and red brown and the leaves are finely chopped.

Brewing Method – 1tsp Fresh boiling water 4 minute steep time

Once steeped the tea is dark golden brown in colour with a sweet earth and wood scent.

The tea is rather delicate and smooth with notable flavours of sweet wood, soft musk, dry nuts, mild raisins and malt. A very relaxing black tea that has flavour without a lot of strength (so milk is not required) and would make a wonderful evening tea.

It’s a very nice medium strength Organic Kundaly that has left me sipping the rest of my cup with a smile.

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PS. This is only rated in the 80’s because I personally prefer a much stronger black tea.

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It’s been a black tea day for the most part which my husband has enjoyed because his favourite teas are black. Still watching Luther (series 2 episode 3).

The tea whilst raw has a strong, smoky, dark, wooden scent. Just the way I like a black tea to smell.

Brewing this with a drop of soy milk.

Once steeped this tea smells robust, wooden and malted.

Flavour is wonderfully strong and sweetly wooden with elements of smoke, earth, leather and malt. It also has a musky quality and dryness. This would make a perfect breakfast tea or simple a ‘pick me up’ tea.

Very nice drink and I shall try it next time without the milk, I may even try it in the morning. Happy I tried this sample, may have to get some more of this.

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Thank you adagio breeze for this sample.

Watching series 2 of Luther and going through some samples to help clear my cupboard. Served this tea with only a drop of soy milk.

Flavour is softer than expected with a slight smokiness and malted with little to no astringency or harshness. A little too weak for me, I used 1tsp of leaves so next time I will try it with 1.5tsp or maybe even 2tsp and see how it bares as a breakfast tea. Still it’s an average Russian Caravan blend and worth trying.

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Thank you Dexter3657 for this tea. I kept it safe until October when I begin to crave pumpkin teas.

This blend smells spicy, sweet and light with pumpkin/squash that smells oddly fruity. My husband said apple and I think he hit the nail on the head, like an apple and cinnamon tea with a difference. Not the pumpkin spice tea that I was longing for…

Serving this with a drop of milk and sugar.

Once steeped the tea smells much more like pumpkin than it’s raw form but it’s still not perfect…it’s one of those teas that has a flaw but I just cannot put my finger on what it is. Smell wise so far anyway.

Flavour is mild and slightly spicy with a touch of citrus cardamom and what I would describe as squash but not pumpkin. It’s an unusual flavour but it’s not horrible, just not what is expected. It really reminds me of another tea but I don’t know which one or whom by. I almost want to say watermelon or cantaloupe melon but not nearly as nice as those. As soon as I said melon to my husband he said that is exactly what it tastes like, some sort of melon. We have been trying to work it out.

As I said it’s not a horrible tea but nor is it pumpkin. Will have to try this again in a few days and see if my view changes. No rating for now.

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I actually really like this, but I agree with you. I don’t think it tastes like pumpkin, I think it’s more cantaloupe. I don’t like it when teas don’t taste like their names, but for some reason I like this so much that’s been able to forgive them…. It reminds me of a pumpkin tea from Teaopia (or maybe they get it from the same source and what you are thinking of does too).

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Cleaning out my cupboards whilst the kettle was boiling and I found two teabags left of this tea. I thought I had finished them long ago but apparently not. I remember this being disappointing and a little odd tasting but hopefully milk and sugar should make it smooth enough to gulp it down.

The sugar brings out more vanilla but it’s still not up to much. Such a shame because rose and French vanilla could have been something special.

A quick rest and then I’m going to try and find my Yunomi monthly club parcel, I seem to have misplaced it :s Got a clean large tin to blend my own Genmaicha and I loose the tea…bloody typical!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
983 tasting notes

It may not be morning and breakfast has long passed but I am in urgent need for a builders tea (strong, sweet and milky). I’m trying to do my house chores which should have been done on the weekend but I was out of the house most of the time. I need to defrost my freezer and clean the fridge, mop the kitchen and do some clothes washing. I’ve done a few other bits but my back is killing me today, must have been all the walking I did on the weekend. A cup of tea and a little time to relax should do the trick before I carry on.


This is a nice tea, subtly smoky and malty but smooth and with good strength. Perhaps not as strong as my personal taste for a breakfast tea but not far off. Half way down the cup and it tastes much richer than it did before and with a touch of gentle spice.

Good quality and nice flavour considering it’s a bagged tea.

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Thank you Lala for this sample.

It’s Matcha Madness Monday and this mornings matcha is Raspberry and Cream in robust flavour. I love having matcha on Monday mornings when my soy milk is delivered, I used to be allergic to milk as a child and still to this day if I drink cows milk it gives me a painful, bloated stomach. So even though I am not vegan I use soy milk though I’m not sure if that makes my matcha late’s any different in taste compared to a cow milk one? No idea but thought I would mention it anyway.

So, this matcha does smell very sweet and like raspberries but there is something there hard to describe other than artificial. Reading Lala’s review she also said there is a chemical smell and honestly I smell it too. It’s not terrible but not the nicest matcha to enjoy the aroma of.

Some quick whisking and tada I have a lovely iced matcha late.

My first few sips reveal a sweet raspberry flavour that is rather on the subtle side despite being the robust blend. It does taste creamy too but it’s very hard to determine if it’s the blend or the soy milk. The green tea is mild in flavour but noticeable in the after taste.

Compared to Red Leaf Teas – Raspberry Truffle this Raspberry and Cream blend is much softer and lighter which can be good but I just don’t like it as much personally. I’m not usually a fan of chocolate anything (I have a savoury tooth instead of sweet) but it seemed a better fit for me than the cream.


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drank Beet It by Bluebird Tea Co.
983 tasting notes

The more I try this tea the more I can taste the sweet apple over the beetroot and the more I find myself liking it….even loving it. This one has definitely grown on me.

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I’m celebrating WOOHOOO!! I have new baby fishes in my large tank. :) My red Platies have given birth to at least two confirmed baby fishes, I’m sure there are more but my tank is heavily planted (for their survival) and it’s hard to spot them. :) Bless.


This blend smells strongly of apricot, very sweet and juicy. Much stronger than expected actually.

Once steeped this tea smells just as sweet as the raw blend but the apricot is a tad softer.

In flavour this is much lighter than the scent but there is a delicate apricot glow amidst a malty black tea and artificial sweetness. That might not sound like a fetching review but it is a nice artificial fruit blend. It’s honestly as expected, I just wish that the apricot carried in flavour as strong as it is in scent. Oh well.

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I don’t recall reading how the leaky tank indecent worked out. Did most survive the ordeal? I always loved swarms of Neon Tetras. They are happy fish that get along well with others, unlike angel fish – totally misnamed.


We bought a much larger tank to replace the one that leaked and the fish, shrimps and snails had to be kept in two smaller tanks that we luckily already had (and cycled). We saved all of the fish but after a week few had passed, they were old and it’s hard to tell whether it was the water in the new tank, the shock of moving or just old age that was the cause. As for the shrimps we saved what we could, I think some may have been buried in the sand and I did all I could to search it and find survivors. Same as the snails too.

Well our new large tank is a happy one now and these baby fish are the first to be born there. My tank can home a lot more fish but for now we are slowly introducing them. My husband is considering Clown Loach and a few Pigeon Blood Discus but it all depends on what our local shop has in when we visit.Angel fish are beautiful and deadly, such a shame really. I have one beta fighting fish called Chun Lee so she beautifies the tank wonderfully with her pink, orange and purple colours.

Also not sure if this link will work but if so it’s my tank.

Terri HarpLady

Tony has a huge tank & we’ve had baby fishes from time to time. It’s always exciting!


Awww the link won’t work for me. How big is your tank? I never had a discus. Pretty and so mellow but my tanks were never big enough. The closest to exotic we had were a couple oscars. That was a mistake. They might as well have been piranha. A lone male beta despite the fighting fish name always seemed to get picked on more often than not. The long flowing fins seemed to invite nippers. I raised them a few times years ago. The male blows a bubble nest on the surface and puts the eggs in the nest, then guards the nest until they hatch. You can’t keep a pair or two males in the tank together but I always enjoyed them.


This should work

It’s 250 litres which is the largest that we have had before. I used to have a few Oscar fish, one male and two females…he was always pulling up the plants to make his bubble nest but the woman were never interested. Shame, the babies would have been nice. Platies are all that we have had success breeding so far but it just happened naturally, we didn’t try to make them breed. Well our shrimps and snails breed like crazy but the only fish I mean.

Our beta is a lone female in a tetra tank, she spends most of her time towards the top of the tank singing elegant Oriental songs…of that is how I picture her anyway. The tetras are old and leave her be.

We do have a red finned shark though that is being a bugger in the big tank at the moment. He chases the others to claim territory but he thinks he owns it all. :(


Your tank looks fantastic!


Wow, that is a big tank – I had to look up a conversion (66 gallons).
I love the red fin sharks. Buggers for sure but mostly harmless. The small shop where we used to buy our fish had a black shark that was about 25 cm long (yeah I look that conversion up as well). They called him Killer.

I loved Platys. Swordfish and Mollies also breed easily in a tank. I had albino Mollies. Don’t get Guppies started. They’re like cockroaches except they are much cuter.

I never had success with live plants. I’m impressed. How do you root them?


Sorry it’s taken me 2 days to reply, it’s been a very busy weekend. My husband uses a product called Seachem Flourish Excel which gives potassium and nutrients to planted tanks. It’s rather expensive but works very well, plus you only use a few drops per week so it lasts a long time. Rooting is a quick result from this solution, a few weeks after using it the roots are deeply buried under the stones so they don’t get pulled up. Our shark loves to strip plants of their leaves though so unfortunately a few plants never get to blossom.

We used to have Balloon Mollies but they didn’t breed. My husband said he is thinking of getting some Sword Tails to breed with our current Platy fish.

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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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