1096 Tasting Notes

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My morning cuppa and I’m away from the house overnight. I left early this morning to house and dog sit for my parents, they have four dogs and one of them is ill and requires an operation which they have to travel a few hours for as it’s in a special clinic. Their dog Alfie has a liver shunt so they need to remove the sludge from his bladder, remove his testicles (as one is deformed due to the condition) and they are going to sort out the shunt. They are staying overnight in-case anything happens to him.

So my emergency (grab bag in-case of house sitting) tea was picked up and taken with me, The Black Lotus was one of those teas. I’ve had black tea each morning so it’s nice to do so today.

The tea leaves are dark brown/black and are thin and squiggly in shape, most are shortish/broken pieces that average a few mm. I can see they are a blend of black teas as some look like Darjeeling and others are darker and more Assam like. They have a gentle malt scent with a hint of sweet wood.

Once steeped my tea is golden brown in colour with a honey and malt scent. It is stronger than expected in flavour (in a good way) with honey, malt and wood tones (which match it’s raw scent). It’s a light black tea but with medium flavour which I’m finding very pleasing this morning. The sweet honey element makes this tea fairly smooth and easy to drink while at the same time not compromising in flavour.

I love this black tea blend, it’s everything I look for in a black tea.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML
Veronica

I hope Alfie makes it through alright!

Stephanie

Yes good luck Alfie!

whatshesaid

good luck to poor Alfie!!

mj

Best wishes for Alfie, poor thing :-(

KittyLovesTea

Thank you everyone for your well wishes. I can happily report that Alfie is out of surgery now and the veterinary surgeon has said that everything has gone well so far. Their were several huge stones in his bladder made from calcium deposits over the years (that’s how long the vet took to find the problem) and they have been removed. Now all we can do is wait for him to recover, the side effect of the surgery are seizures and sometimes dogs get them so severely they need to be put down. Hopefully he will not experience any but only time will tell.

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drank White Magic by Basilur
1096 tasting notes

(Note from last night as the website wasn’t working for me)

This oolong has a herbal, almost peppery scent, just like fresh herbs. Also a hint of mint, a refreshing sort of scent.

Flavour is sweet and thick, highly perfumed and herbal. It’s nice but a bit strange…sour, herby perfume is a strange mix but it’s not disgusting, acquired taste I suppose.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 8 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank Ali Shan by Canton Tea Co
1096 tasting notes

The weather is boiling here and I have had trouble coping with it, as soon as the sun comes own I start sweating and get very red faced. I’m sure some of you will understand. Despite the hot weather I’ve managed to get some things sorted today and after being accepted for a mortgage we will be viewing our first house on Saturday.

Busy life aside it’s tea time and I chose this Ali Shan as an after dinner tea to pair with my vegetarian prawn Thai green curry. The Oolong has a beautiful sweet and creamy, floral scent.

The flavour is mild and I waited for it to cool so I can gulp it down. Dry after taste but as a whole it’s satisfying. Subtle flavour with milk and flowers being the two dominant tones. Also perfumed and sweet like brown sugar.

I want to love it but it’s not as fresh as it could be, it did make a nice, average, every day type Oolong though. May try another Oolong next.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 20 OZ / 600 ML
Sarsonator

This may be a silly question, but was it a prawn substitute or do you consider prawns to be vegetarian?

KittyLovesTea

It was a prawn substitute, made from soya and mushroom protein. Really it is roughly prawn shaped but bares no other similarity.

Sarsonator

Awesome! How was the taste? I had no idea there even was a prawn substitute available. I guess I should have. I seem to be able to find a substitute for pretty much everything. They vary quite a bit in their resemblance to the original, though!

Veronica

Good luck with the house hunt! I hope you find a place you love.

Veronica

Good luck with the house hunt!

KittyLovesTea

@Sarsonator – The veggie imitation prawns have a decent consistency…at least to what I remember prawns being like. I’m not too fussy about eating imitation meat (which I think is strange since I don’t want to eat meat in the first place) but it’s more about still being able to eat a large variety of dishes. They don’t taste of anything in particular so they are suited well for a dish or stir fry, down side is they are quite expensive.

@Veronica Thank you :)

Sarsonator

Thanks for the info. I have found several substitutes that I like very much, but those has been chicken/cow replacements. I’ve not seen any seafood replicas, but it’s good to know they are out there. As you stated, it has much to do with variety!

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While I am admittedly not a Harry Potter fan (in the slightest) my husband is and he has been re-reading the books again. So for our tea tonight I chose this blend which came from the return of the EU TTB round 2, my husbands face lit up a little when I said the name of the blend. I’m after something nice to fuel me while I cross stitch. I’ve been getting into it again, it was something I did as a child and I even joined a sewing/craft club. Now I’m doing a huuuge castle to enter into a contest at my club in September, hopefully it will be done by then. Though I find tea drinking and sewing go together very well.
Here is the last two projects I finished this month:
http://tinypic.com/r/awaj9k/8
http://tinypic.com/r/2149ncg/8

Back to the tea – In raw state it smells like a sweet chai, particularly cardamom and cinnamon but rather fresh and crisp. Nice so far but no chocolate is present.

Once steeped the tea smells thickly like chocolate but in a pleasant way, however it does not fully mask the spicy chai behind it.

Flavour is not as thick as it smells though the chai is highly noticeable, again particularly cardamom and cinnamon. The chocolate is not very present but it does have a smoothness that shows it’s a chai with a difference. Perhaps flavour wise is more cocoa than chocolate but still it’s subtlety is pleasant enough. I have had chocolate chai before from Della Terra which is highly chocolatey in flavour, this is the polar opposite. It’s a nice blend and it’s theme was joyous (for my husband anyway) but the flavour is nothing past average. Good for a personal custom blend though, just too weak for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
Jennkay

Your projects are so cute! I used to be really into cross-stitching, too, but that was a while ago. Maybe I’ll take it up again :)

KittyLovesTea

You can always give it another go, I found it very easy to pick it up again after so long. There are no end of beautiful tea related patterns now a days, much more than when I was younger. :)

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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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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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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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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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