1232 Tasting Notes


In appearance this tea consists of: small, dark and curly leaves with some stems and golden tips present.

It smells sweet and woody with elements of cocoa, malt and smoke.

Once steeped this tea is garnet in colour and has a light malt scent with a hint of fresh wood.

Flavour is medium/strong in strength with rich malt tones that are slightly astringent and smoky. Also has a dark fruit flavour which goes into the after taste, prunes and dates in particular. Some dryness is present throughout.

As it cools it becomes more dry and seems thicker, especially the malt tones. Also getting fresh tobacco and wood shavings.

Overall: This was pretty much as I predicted: it was rich, it was dark and very full of flavour. The fruit flavours made me think of a few Taiwanese blacks that I have tried recently, so while this had Assam qualities it also kept my tasting fresh and interesting. That being said I prefer a more classic Assam. Also the quality was again very good.

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In appearance this Darjeeling consists of: small and dark, curly leaves which range from dark brown, to red brown, to green to white.

It has a sweet yet earthy scent of wood and flowers. Also a touch of malt and dry musk .

Once steeped this tea is amber in colour and has a dry, musky yet sweet wood scent.

Flavour is rich and dark with a hint of sour astringency. It’s very wooden and musky which lingers in the mouth beautifully. Also reminds me of dry, mixed flowers.

As it cools the wood becomes more like malt and the astringency develops an air of light smoke.

Overall: This was a beautiful Darjeeling that bared heavy muscatel tones and offered the warmth of the Indian sun. A great example of what a second flush Darjeeling should be.

On the grand scale of things this Darjeeling was very nice but not perfect, it was missing the nutty and creamy qualities that I admire. Please keep in mind that it is down to personal preference.

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A few days ago I started my morning with this tea and have decided to do so again, only that this time it’s iced. I cold steeped some two days ago and have been drinking it since, it was a nice way to finish the last of this sample. This morning is the last glass full and I have to say that this went down better than I thought it would. Usually with sweet iced tea (particularly fruit sweet) it becomes too pop like and ends up tasting like pure sugar. This however, tastes refreshing and the sweetness is toned down behind a perfumed, grassy green tea flavour. If anything the sweet essence is an after taste that doesn’t last too long. I’m wondering if Frank intended this one to be iced.

Nice start to the day :)

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drank MojiTEA by Bluebird Tea Co.
1232 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this for a couple of days after making a large iced batch. The reason for the delay in reviewing is that I can’t make my mind up about it. On the one hand it tastes so pepperminty that it reminds me of toothpaste, especially since it’s cold. It leaves my mouth tasting as though I just brushed my teeth. On the other hand it’s a handy drink to have if you’ve eaten something smelly like onion or garlic. And after all the taste is actually pleasant and refreshing,

Let me break it down. First sip is citrus(y) with a light infusion of lemongrass and lime (nothing sour, actually rather creamy) but this only lasts for a second. After that the peppermint kicks in and spreads itself around my mouth to leave a creamy and refreshing (almost tingling) sensation. This lingers well into the after taste until before you know it, poof, it’s gone.

The only conclusion I can come to is that it’s nice but because of it’s unusual nature (in iced form anyway) I would have to be in the right mood to drink it. That means it’s not perfect, but the fact that I can drink it at all also means something.

For that reason I will give a fair and rather medium score. ie – Could be better, could be worse.

Flavors: Cream, Lemongrass, Peppermint


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My head hurts. I thought some tea and water would get rid of it this morning but it’s stayed with me through lunch. It’s a fairly mild headache but it’s starting to grate on me a little now.

This tea (one steeped) has a sweet and buttery scent, something fruity and berry like with fudge.

Flavour: Toasted grass and flowers, slightly astringent, sweet berries with a creamy after taste of cocoa nib and nuts. Somewhat perfumed and a little dry. The more I sip the more defined the strawberry flavour becomes.

I’m not usually a fan of these sorts of blends and I approached this one cautiously, however I found to be rather pleasant and though far from perfect it was a nice afternoon tea all the same.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Strawberry

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Good morning everyone!

My day begins with this Strawberry Zabaglione Chun Mee which was from my 52Teas Christmas box. I didn’t have it around Christmas as I found nothing Christmas-sy about it, in fact most of the teas from the box were not Christmas-sy or wintery I found. A disappointment compared to previous years.

The raw leaf smells strongly of sweet strawberry, reminds me of strawberry gummy sweets. I can also note some large-ish pieces of strawberry amongst the leaves, of which the Chun Mee is rather finely chopped.

Once steeped the tea is golden brown and bares a super sweet strawberry scent with an after scent of perfume and grass. Slightly astringent.

Flavour: Fairly light and creamy strawberry tones with moderate dryness and perfume present. Slightly astringent and sour. The sweetness is rather strong, I didn’t read the ingredients but it wouldn’t surprise me to see stevia amongst them, it certainly tastes sweet enough. Further cups reveal a toasted quality which tones down the sweetness a little, though the after taste is still heavily strawberry.

I did dry the original Strawberry Zabaglione with a black base and remembered liking it. This is nice but I found the base far too dry for my liking and in comparison I don’t remember the original being nearly as dry. The flavour is delightful and I would certainly drink it again but my mouth feels almost furry and after this pot of tea I will have to grab a glass of water. So nice try Frank but it’s still not perfect in my opinion.

Flavors: Drying, Grass, Strawberry, Sweet, Toasted

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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drank White Paradise by Tealux
1232 tasting notes

Hey, Ho, Pip and Dandy.
My lunch time tea is this White Paradise chai chosen to aid me with a kick of spice and flavour after lunch. This low calorie diet is no fun, my 300 calorie pasta lunch was virtually tasteless and I long for something to express flavour in my mouth. Something that is no calories that is.

The blend as a whole smells thickly of cardamom and cinnamon with a refreshing boost of anise. Not overly strong but stronger than expected considering the white tea base.

Once steeped the tea tastes similar to it’s smell. The cinnamon and anise are dominant flavours in front of a dry and spicy pepper and lemongrass herbiness. I can’t taste the white tea but am happy it’s there non the less. The lemongrass is a little odd in this, I seem to be having an issue with lemongrass blends today. Then again I don’t think lemongrass goes with chai and spices so it can’t just be my taste buds today.

On terms of chai this is average, not digging the miss-match of flavours and I’m also not a fan of strong anise in general. It just doesn’t feel like a full chai though with that lemongrass, I just can’t get past it.

Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Lemongrass

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

I understand the need for extra flavor when dieting… Something I really need to do myself :/ Too bad this chai didn’t do it for you. I would be inclined to try a trusty favorite. :) Goos luck in your diet adventures! Have we ever had a forum thread for dieters? Might be some nice encouragement. .. Just thinking.


There might have been a dieting thread some time ago but I bet we could start another one anyway. I don’t have anyone to talk diet stuff with so that would be nice. :) It’s been a week today of eating between 1000 – 1400 calories a day with mild exercise. Challenging but I’m up for it….I hope. As for flavour I have some favourites for the time being, and my hot chocolate orange drink is only 38 calories for if I’m desperate.

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drank Retro Ted by Bluebird Tea Co.
1232 tasting notes

Today is going to be a tea day. With clothes washing to do and a cross stitch that will take an hour or so to finish my day is pretty much free and open. Makes a change.

So Retro Ted will be kick starting my tea day. The blend is made mostly of large pieces and looks heavily herbal and floral. It smells fruity, tropically so, I’m thinking pineapple and coconut. It’s an interesting smell, fruity yes but heavy on the lemongrass too.

The taste is mildly tart and sour to begin with, also strong lemongrass tones with some generic fruit tones amongst it. After taste is creamy and coconut-ty in a mild way. I’m finding the blend of fruit and lemongrass and hibiscus rather strange. It doesn’t blend perfectly but neither is it terrible. Also dry and rather herbal.

Not a fan of this one, may try the rest cold steeped. I wasn’t a fan of the lemongrass and hibiscus blended together, it was too miss-matched for my taste buds and the only redemption was the coconut after taste. I wouldn’t buy this one again but am happy I can at least drink it.

Flavors: Coconut, Hibiscus, Lemongrass

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML

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Firstly, I cannot believe that I haven’t reviewed this one yet. It’s my ‘go to’ matcha and I have it most days. It’s only $2.49 for 50g for an organic matcha and that was what drew me in from the start, I didn’t expect it to be as good a matcha as it is. For a basic quality organic matcha I have found none better in terms of taste or price. I know it sounds like I’m selling it myself but it’s true, I highly recommend it.

The foam is wonderful though it’s initial colour is khaki which shows it’s not top quality. It smells of seaweed and sweet grass. Taste is fairly creamy and light, slightly astringent but in a pleasing way. Also is sweet and umami with some dryness. The initial flavours match the scent though, so seaweed and sweet grass tones that linger nicely.

As I said it’s not top quality but for an every day matcha that is organic and cheap it’s fantastic. A big hit too with my husband and a few guests that have never tried matcha before but have gone out and bought some afterwards due to this introduction.

Next time I will try the step up and have the Premium quality for comparison though that is $6.49 for 50g. Not expensive but at least over double the price of standard grade.

Flavors: Seaweed, Sweet, warm grass, Umami


That is so cheap!!!


My point exactly. It was originally intended to be used in smoothies and juices to replace cooking grade which was more expensive than this. I tried it once in ceremonial way to taste it first and was thoroughly impressed, it went straight into my every day pile :D


Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a matcha that cheap. You win!

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Good morning all. Just quick notes on this one, I reviewed it before and still love it but it crossed my mind yesterday that I hadn’t tried it iced. So last night I cold steeped some for this morning, green tea is good for concentration (so I read) and I have a driving lesson in two hours so I could do with all the help I can. I’m one of those that doesn’t go over 10 mph for fear of crashing and hurting someone. Plus having it iced is quick and efficient for my morning.

As I pulled the cold steep out this morning it was a cloudy green colour and appears to have cold steeped rather well. I did try yesterday but the water didn’t seem to penetrate the leaves properly, I think to cold steep this Sencha I was supposed to rinse it first. Well that was done yesterday so thankfully this mornings tea looks more productive.

The smell perfect, it has a wonderfully thick sweet grass scent.
In flavour it’s refreshing, sweet, grassy, floral and creamy with a pure umami after taste. The taste lingers on the tongue for a few minutes after each sip and it makes me feel pure and beautiful. Like a flower that’s being spritzed with spring rain.

It’s just as nice iced as it is hot and I will keep that in mind. I always have cold steeps in the fridge but tend to have flavoured teas as it usually gets rid of the sample, but now I feel I overlook unflavoured teas in that way. Iced teas shouldn’t just be a way for me to clear my stash, perhaps as this tea has shown it is also a treat that makes the most out of your tea from time to time.

Duly noted.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Umami


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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.

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.



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