1238 Tasting Notes

drank Masala Chai by Tea India
1238 tasting notes

I thought I would have these teabags for a while but they were so great for the morning that I’ve just finished the last of them. For that I’ve put the score up for them a little. Milk and two sugars style with this tea bag works wonders in the morning.

I’m staying at my parents house and it’s just me and two dogs here, I lived here for 8 years while I was younger and even to this day I have a confession…this house scares the s**t out of me. There are constant clicks and bangs around the house which are always worse at night, doors open by themselves upstairs, you hear footsteps on the landing, things move around….seriously! I used to believe in ghosts when I lived here because of everything that happened but when I moved it all stopped, yet when I come back it all starts up again. The dogs stare at the wall with nothing and no one there, creepy as hell! I can’t wait to go home on Monday. Only reason I made it through last night was thanks to my discovery of NyQuil. That stuff is wonderful! You can’t buy it over here but my mum imports gallons of the stuff each year. Never have I had such a peaceful night sleep. Three cheers for NyQuil.

ps. Don’t watch the video if you are easily offended.


You can’t buy NyQuil over there!? Crazy. We live on that stuff when we get sick! I’m speaking for the entirety of North America, lol.

Oh yeah, and ghosts….also crazy.
Maybe they like you…..


“This video is not available in your country”! Gah! You can’t get NyQuil, I can’t get YouTube videos.

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I have a 2g sample of this Matcha, it’s in a small, thin envelope which fell to the bottom of one of my tea drawers which is why I have been so late in trying it. I’ve just lost my train of thought, my parents dog Jasper (old gal) is going into the hallway for some biscuits but instead of eating them out there she is bring them into the living room and eating them here, she has been back and forth several times doing this! That makes no sense, yet she seems happy doing it that way.

Once the Matcha has been made it’s a beautiful green colour, not super dark and not light. I checked a colour chart and the name for it is ‘yellow green’. I was hoping for a fancy name. Ok colour aside it blended very well and has a beautiful light, sweet and creamy flavour with only a little astringency. Very delicious…I’m taking large gulps…can’t stop myself. I’m loving Matcha at the moment, got 200g of basic kitchen grade on it’s way from Yunomi.us. Part of my new diet (that I keep trying to get on), instead of taking vitamin pills I’m going to have a cup of Matcha a day and my husband is going to join me. Such a shame I can’t buy more of this one, I would have stock piled like crazy. After the Matcha I already have I’m thinking of trying the starter Matcha from Red Leaf Tea, it’s only $20.99 at the moment and $9.99 for international shipping for 1lb of the stuff (to any Brits that is 453g ish and a total of £18.50 delivered). An unbelievable price, has anyone tried it? Not drinking as much for the flavour as the benefits :)

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I tried the crushed Baihao Yinzhen around an hour ago and I’m still thirsty so jumping into this Supreme version so I can note the comparison. So far the leaf itself is highly different, the crushed version was dark yet fluffy where as this Supreme version is nothing pure, perfect silver tips. So by appearance alone it’s easy to see the quality when shown side by side. Scent wise it is pretty much the same ie floral and sweet.

Steeping this in my kyusu (again it’s all I have with me at the moment)
Leaf – 7g
Water – 75C
Steeps – 45 seconds, 30 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 60 seconds (taken from the packaging)

First Steep – 45 seconds
Golden in colour with a sweet floral scent. Flavour is sweet and floral but purer and smoother than that of the crushed version. Also in the after taste is a citrus crispness and a mild peach note.

Second Steep – 30 Seconds
The flower flavour is now more defined and it’s very jasmine like. Sweetness has increased to resemble a mild honey.

Third Steep – 30 seconds
Strange how jasmine like this tea really is, it’s the strongest flavour by far. This steep has a little dryness in the after taste but not nearly has much as the crushed version. Also rather creamy.

Fourth Steep – 45 seconds
Weakening in strength now and the jasmine is also toning down into a more generic flower flavour. It is still sweet though and the dryness still subtle. I can also taste light wood.

Fifth Steep – 60 seconds
Similar to the first steep but with the added woody note carrying on.

I would say that the crushed and supreme versions tasted like different teas, they had similarities (as do most white teas) but on the whole they had completely different flavours. This grade is hands down my favourite, never before have I had something taste so strongly of jasmine that had no actual jasmine in it! Very nice, I may look into getting more of this from somewhere.

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I’ve been watching Attack on Titan anime and stuffing my face with fried tofu which has peaked my tea thirst. As I’m at my parents house for the long weekend I’ve brought with me a lot of samples that need using up, this crushed Baihao Yinzhen is one of them. It’s a shame that this company closed down, I found their Dragon Well rather pleasant considering it was cheap.

The leaves are very fluffy and silver with some brown/green leaves and stem pieces mixed in. They are mostly small in size but some of the silver tips are whole. The fluff is a light cream colour and there is so much of it on the side of the packaging. They have a dry mixed floral scent that has little sweetness. Stronger actually than I was expecting.

Steeping this in my Kyusu (as that is all I have with me).
Leaf – 7g
Water – 75C
Steeps – 30 seconds, 45 seconds and 120 seconds (which are stated on the packet)

First steep – 30 seconds
As expected very mild colour, just a slight yellow tinge to the water. It has little flavour but is similar to Bai Mu Dan, it’s sweet and floral but also a little dry. A little stronger than your average silver tips however.

Second Steep – 45 seconds
Much more flavour, it’s even on the verge of being a little astringent at this point. Similar to that of a green tea. It’s very floral at this point yet tastes of no specific flower (at least none that come to my mind) and the dryness has increased. Also on top of the sweet flowers is a light wooden element.

Third Steep – 120 seconds
Tea liquid at this stage is light orange brown. Still very high floral but that touch of astringency has remained, though it is no worse than the previous steep. The dryness however is a little stronger and my mouth is starting to feel like cotton. Still it carried the flavour on well and it has a lot of life left for a white tea.

The dryness I’m going to put down to this being crushed Baihao Yinzhen which is a cheaper form, though it wasn’t terrible I did have to circulate my mouth by the third steep to stop my tongue from drying up. It was stronger than I expected and this resembled a cross between the floralness of a white tea yet with the thickness and astringency of a light green tea. According to Wikipedia Baihao Yinzhen is the most expensive white tea on the market from China. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baihao_Yinzhen

This was a nice white tea and I would certainly try it again in the future, albeit by a different company. Though I do have a Supreme Baihao Yinzhen sample to try from infussion, will try that one in a bit so my comparison is recent.

Flavors: Flowers

165 °F / 73 °C 7 g

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Why did I not review this sooner? I was sure I did, then when it came to removing it from my cupboard I noticed it had no rating. Well I can write a review now, I’ve had this one a bunch of times and it was absolutely delicious. The watermelon is distinct in flavour and pure, there is no way about it…this is watermelon. I love watermelon. If I could I would marry watermelon and have it’s babies. The Matcha itself works well with the flavour, adding a silky element to it. I used this Matcha as a latte, traditional with water, as an ice cream topping and as a lip gloss scent. It was perfect throughout whatever I tried and I am sad to see this one go, I have maybe three cups worth left which will be finished this weekend I imagine. I need to get some more flavoured Matcha as soon as I get some money.


This sounds so wrong yet ..compelling. Definitely on the to-try list!


Compelling is right! Dying to try this one…

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drank Masala Chai by Tea India
1238 tasting notes

Thank you Nattie for this tea. I do love a cup of Indian Chai from time to time and this is my after dinner selection. It’s a tea bag so I’m trying it with half boiling water and half steamed milk with a spoon of sweetener. That is how I usually have my Chai.

Whilst steeping the tea smells strongly cinnamon and cardamom. Flavour wise the first sip reveals a nice strong black tea base with thick cinnamon and cardamom flavours which match the scent. Also a little after taste of clove or something similar, it’s almost refreshing/cooling. It’s basic in terms of flavours but not bad at all for a bagged tea.

I could drink this with no problems, as long as it has milk and sugar to my taste then it’s a nice convenient chai.

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drank Izu Matcha by Pekko Teas
1238 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.

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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.

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

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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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