1082 Tasting Notes

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My first tea to review from the return of the EU TTB box round 2. I’m loving flavoured black teas today and I also love rhubarb so the chance to try a rhubarb based black tea is high on my list of priorities for the day. :)

Oohhhh lovely, tart yet sweet rhubarb notes are crisp amongst the lightly malt black tea. A lovely scent, exactly what I wanted to sniff, raises my expectations for this blend somewhat.

Served with a drop of milk.

I took a sip and couldn’t help from verbally declaring “Oohhh this is nice!” while my husband said he could taste rhubarb which is excellent since I didn’t tell him it was a rhubarb flavoured tea. It doesn’t taste strong and the black base doesn’t add anything to deter from the beautiful rhubarb flavour. It is tart yet sweet but rather natural in flavour and it seems to melt in my mouth through the after taste. I’m actually salivating as I drink this tea :) I can happily compare this blend to Bluebird’s Rhubarb + Custard, the main difference is that their blend is creamier and sweeter than this one, but regardless this blend is still wonderful. I would happily buy some of this tea. :)

Great start from the return of the box.

Flavors: Rhubarb

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
Angrboda

I was very happy with this one as well. :)

Meg

This sounds good! I’ve only had one rhubarb tea before, from Davidstea, and it tasted nothing like rhubarb to me.

Nattie

I liked this one a lot, too (:

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70

My husband came home yesterday after spending 5 days camping at a music festival with his brothers, as well as good food withdrawal he also has good tea withdrawal. Our first morning together after he’s back (since all he did yesterday was sleep) so it’s time to get back to our routine. That means time for me, and this mornings tea will be Earl Grey.

The loose blend has a mild and very sweet bergamot scent that is smooth which is unusual for citrus.

Served with milk.

Tea is velvety with light, sweet, candied bergamot tones which give a refreshing after taste. It’s extremely light for an Earl Grey though and I am missing a purer bergamot in this blend. It could be my English side which is my reason for loving very strong Earl Grey. The black base is malty with soft wood notes and it’s gentleness works well with the mild bergamot.

It’s a nice tea but not strong enough for me, I like the base but I really do prefer a waxier, stronger bergamot in my EG.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
ashmanra

This sounds really good!

Sarsonator

Sounds lovely! I am still on the hunt for the perfect EG.

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100

Sorry for my absence these past two weeks, I have been very under the weather and generally feeling very low. It’s turning a corner now and I hope to pick up my reviewing where I left off. As for today I’m finishing my beloved Cantaloupe & Cream, it shall be sorely missed though thoroughly enjoyed at my sewing club. I joined last week, something to get me out of the house. I used to cross stitch when I was younger and I picked it right back up, it’s like learning to swim or riding a bike…It’s something you remember and can pick up instantly.

For now I’m getting ready so this was just a quick note to say I’m coming home (so to speak).

Anna

I have an almost full bag of C&C – I can swap you for it if you want. =)

Tea Sipper

I hope you feel better!

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76

I’m finishing my sample of this tea today though I was not expecting to be drinking any tea at all for the next few days. I mentioned before that I was waiting to have a dental surgery done and the date for that was yesterday, long story short: I turned up, was sat down and introduced to the dentist specialist who then refused to operate on me because my chart says I dislike the taste of blood (the taste of blood makes me heave) and further went on to insult me and ask my weight (for no reason other than curiosity) before saying I’m ‘Too big, perhaps I should consider loosing weight’. So now I am being referred to the hospital to have my wisdom tooth removed and I should be contacted in 18 weeks.. Furious is an understatement. The only joy I can get now is that I can carry on drinking tea for a while longer until I get the date for another dental surgeon to accept my case.

Happy weekend everyone, hopefully I will calm down and be able to enjoy it myself too.

Nicole

That’s crummy! What nerve. I hope it goes more quickly than 18 weeks. I know tooth problems can make you miserable. :(

TheTeaFairy

So rude!!! That jerk dentist needs some “savoir vivre” lessons! That was mean, don’t let it affect you…

MzPriss

That was just hateful and I’m really, really sorry you had to go through that. You are nicer than I am. They would STILL be trying to remove me from that person’s face.

jeweledthumb

I would personally report the dentist. I had a similar experience so I understand how you feel. Especially for something like wisdom teeth which have absolutely nothing to do with your weight.

Anna

I entirely agree with jeweledthumb. I know it might be exhausting to go through that whole thing, but seriously – the person in question acted COMPLETELY unprofessionally and should be reprimanded.

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I’m finishing my sample of this tea today though I was not expecting to be drinking any tea at all for the next few days. I mentioned before that I was waiting to have dental surgery done and the date for that was yesterday, long story short: I turned up early, was sat down and introduced to the dentist specialist who then refused to operate on me because my chart says I dislike the taste of blood (the taste of blood makes me heave if left in my mouth too long) and further went on to insult me by asking my weight (for no reason other than curiosity) before saying I’m ‘Too big, perhaps I should consider loosing weight’. So now I am being referred to the hospital to have my wisdom tooth removed and I should be contacted in 18 weeks.. Furious is an understatement. The only joy I can get now is that I can carry on drinking tea for a while longer until I get the date for another dental surgeon to accept my case.

Happy weekend everyone, hopefully I will calm down and be able to enjoy it myself too.

K S

Wow, there is a jerk that needs a smack down.

Jude

What an unprofessional and insulting experience. That visit would get a yelp review and report to the board of dentistry if it were me!

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I’m on my third cup of this tea using the traditional Long Jing method of steeping the leaves directly in your glass. I used 4g of leaves with water roughly 75C to the volume of 350ml/12oz.

It is the best Dragonwell I have ever tasted. On my first sips my mouth was met with corn husk, perfumed flowers, sweet grass and melon which has continued into my third cup and with little to no dryness. It’s light and sweet but also buttery and as a whole it lingers in my mouth as if it’s giving my tongue a hug. There is a very slight astringency but it tastes more mineral than anything else and it adds to the flavour.

I highly recommend trying the cup steeping method, it’s very easy and it gets the most flavour out of the leaves.
This method works well (though she is using less leaf than is recommended by Verdant) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kff7OxaWhM

Flavors: Corn Husk, Flowers, Grass, Melon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 g 12 OZ / 350 ML

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90

Another Verdant club sample :)

The blend smells exactly like Christmas pudding, it’s remarkable! It has an orange, raisin, malt essence that is the spit of Christmas Pudding, I have never sniffed anything that is a perfect match before. It should perhaps be known that I thoroughly enjoy the smell of Christmas pudding but am not a fan of eating it, so I opt out each year. That will make this an interesting tea to taste. But when you think about it a Christmas pudding is usually coated in whiskey and set alight so perhaps that is where the whisky part of this comes from? Bourbon and whisky being very similar and both favourites of mine.

Steeping 5g of this into my 200ml gongfu (which is just under 8oz) with freshly boiled water.

The tea colour is golden brown (much a like bourbon/whisky) and has a sweet yet roasted scent, reminds me of rooibos.

Flavour is of medium strength with a touch of smoke and malt which dominate a sweet rooibos base. After taste is sweet like vanilla or almond, more than just the rooibos, and it lingers on the tongue. Also has a light leather taste after a few sips. As it cools it picks up a sour tone and becomes honeyed.

Does it taste like bourbon? Honestly no, though I would say it has a some resemblance. It’s an enjoyable blend and I am very happy to have tried this one. I would buy this one. I find it tastes better as it cools, becomes more bourbon like when it’s luke warm. :)

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Orange, Raisins, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

The teapees are nice and large with a very see through organza so you can see the quality and ingredients perfectly. It has a sweet and spicy scent with strong cardamom and liquorice notes.

Ingredients: Organic Rooibos, Organic Cassia, Organic Ginger, Organic Cardamom Seeds, Organic Liquorice Root, Organic Pepper, Organic Vanilla.

Steeping instructions: Use one teapee with freshly boiled water for 2-5 minutes.

Sampled with a drop of milk.

Flavour is lightly sweet with medium spice that lingers in the after taste. The cardamom, liquorice and pepper tones are the strongest . I’m very surprised about the Rooibos, it’s so light compared to the strength of the spice that you really don’t taste it’s there. That’s a plus for me because if I’m honest I’m not a huge Rooibos fan. I am a Chai fan and living in Leicester has given me the opportunity to taste many authentic Chai, I am happy to say that this blend compares very well to those. It’s full of flavour from the first to the last sip and it’s vibrancy is beautiful.

For pictures and more information please view my blog:
http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2014/05/25/higher-living-and-kromland-farm-reviews/

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

The teapees are nice and large with a very see through organza so you can see the quality and ingredients perfectly. It has a highly perfumed bergamot and rose scent that is sweet and thick.

Ingredients: Organic Black Tea, Organic Rose Petals, Natural Bergamot Flavour, Natural Rose Flavour.

Steeping instructions: Use one teapee with freshly boiled water for 4-5 minutes.

Sampling this tea with a drop of milk.

In flavour this tea matches it’s scent very well. The tea is perfumed and thick with dominant bergamot and soft, sweet rose tones which linger in the after taste. As a whole the ingredients taste pure and natural which leaves my mouth with crystal clear flavours. It is a little unusual to have rose in an Earl Grey but it works well with this, it adds a nice level of sweetness. It is also a little sour but the milk helps to smooth a lot of it out.

For pictures and more information please view my blog:
http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2014/05/25/higher-living-and-kromland-farm-reviews/

Flavors: Bergamot, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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1082 tasting notes

The teapees are nice and large with a very see through organza so you can see the quality and ingredients perfectly. It has a refreshing spearmint scent that is strong, fresh and sweet.

Ingredients: Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Spearmint, Organic Cocoa Shells, Organic Ginkgo, Organic Siberian Ginseng, Organic Cayenne Pepper.

Steeping instructions: Use one teapee with freshly boiled water for 4-5 minutes.

In flavour this tea has sweet spearmint notes that linger over a lightly spicy, herbal flavour. The ingredients that stand out the most in flavour are the spearmint, cayenne pepper and ginseng. The Mate is not too heavy or dark for this blend but it does add some depth, more than just a herbal tea would have been.

As it cools this blend becomes smooth which increases it’s sweetness. The herbal elements are toned down also. I’m seeing it as being a mint tea with a difference, and frankly I love mint tea but this blend has taken it to another level. Plus the tingle from the cayenne in the after taste is spot on, subtle but invigorating.

For pictures and more information please view my blog:
http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2014/05/25/higher-living-and-kromland-farm-reviews/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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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.

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