1274 Tasting Notes

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drank Lychee Black Tea by Ten Ren
1274 tasting notes

Time to finish the EU TTB teas so I can start a new. The sign up is open by the way for round 4!

The raw leaf is wonderfully sweet and pure lychee like with a slight malt and smoke finish. Very pleasant!

Sampled with a drop of milk.
Flavour is malty yet sweet with lingering lychee notes and a touch of smoke. Seems to remain consistent throughout the sips as well, even as it cools. Though there is some dryness now in the after taste.

I admit that I’m not a lover of lychee, it tastes like artificial sweetener in my opinion. Overly sweet yet something almost chemical like about it. Love the smell but just not a fan of it’s taste. This is in general and not aimed at this specific blend. Still it’s pleasant enough!

Nothing I would miss or desire more of but a nice tea all the same.

Flavors: Drying, Lychee, Malt, Smoke

Tabby

Ooh, a smoky lychee tea? I’ve never had something like that before. This is going on the wishlist!

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Having this tea as a re-visit since I didn’t rate it. Mostly because I couldn’t taste ANY plum flavour at all. So today I will try again and see if my husband notices anything too.

A few sips in and I still can’t taste plum. My husband replied that it may be for people that drink tea, I started at him (sometimes he thinks I love tea more than I love him) and he said “It’s a tea with plum and not a plum tea, it’s for people that want something ‘different’ but also the same”. I never thought about it that way before. Bragging rights and experimentation without actually putting yourself out there.

Still, it’s a nice black tea but nothing special….and I really REALLY wanted to taste the plum. So I will rate this tea, as it is a strong and drinkable black, but it will get down rated slightly for the complete lack of plum flavour.

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75
drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1274 tasting notes

Thank you David Webb for this tea.

I haven’t tried any form of matcha from Davidstea before…at least not to my recollection. So I thought this was be interesting to try.

The raw matcha smells a little like coffee….toasted and bitter but definitely coffee like. My husband said it smelled like dark chocolate. Either way we both agreed it was not vanilla like!

Steeping this traditional method – warm water with bamboo whisk
Ideally thought this would be good for latte’s but just want to sample it for today.

My husband took a sip and declared “Yummm, lovely!”. He’s not wrong! It’s light, sweet, creamy, grassy and slightly bitter but with a strong vanilla after taste. Nothing overtly chemical or fake tasting, but neither is it strong or nearly as vanilla like as I was hoping it would be. Still it’s nice enough and makes a change from my usual unflavoured matcha.

Still, I keep thinking at times I’m tasting something mocha like!

Fjellrev

I wouldn’t be surprised if you did taste mocha in this one! I haven’t tried this one, and only their mocha matcha, but I swear both smelled nearly identical in the store.

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100

Thank you David Webb for this tea. The result of our recent Davids Tea/Whittard Tea exchange.

This is the first tea I am trying from those I received purely because the ingredients sound particularly delicious. Mulberries, coconut and white silver needle sounds inspired.

Steeping this in my new ceramic Chinese steeping mug, if you haven’t seen the pics on Instagram it’s the type that you remove the ceramic filter from the middle. Since this was large leaf/fruit blend it was suitable for use.

The raw blend smells super sweet and juicy with elements of fruit custard and jelly. Very strong but delicious, enough to tempt me to eat a mulberry from the mix :D Infact even when it’s finished the steeping time I found myself picking at the mulberries, my husband ate a few too!

Flavour is custard and cream like but the fruit has toned down from it’s raw form, though it is still noticeable (particularly in the after taste). Still rather jelly/jam like on the fruit front, probably because it’s so sweet. After a few sips the coconut comes through towards the after taste. The custard and cream really dominant, is it vanilla? Something similar if not. It lingers in the mouth nicely.

I love this one, didn’t expect to but it has everything I look for in a fruit tea. It’s sweet, fruity, creamy and it lingers in my mouth…plus additional bonus for ingredients of such good quality that you can eat them! Looks like another DavidsTea that has made it to my “Seriously need more” pile.

Flavors: Berry, Coconut, Creamy, Custard, Fruity, Jam, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

oooh! this sounds delightful! :D (and I adore your new mug!)

David Webb

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s such an unconventional tea. I find it a wonderful surprise every time.

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73

The leaves are dark brown/red with a few golden tips present. Also the leaves look small yet mostly full or at least half the leaf intact. It has a damp, earth scent with notes of wood, must and soil.

First Steep – 30 seconds

Colour is dark red with a musty and damp wood scent. Flavour is gentle with soft wood, smoke and damp earth notes. No astringency to speak of.

Second Steep – 40 seconds

The colours is now dark, similar to soy sauce. Flavour is smooth with a musty soil after taste that is gentle. A little damp tasting too.

Third Steep – 45 seconds

Flavour is still soft with damp soil, smoke, wood, musk and brown sugar notes. As it lightens towards the after taste it sweetens.

Fourth Steep – 55 seconds

Down to burnt orange in colour. This steep is more wooden and damp than musty, though the soft sweetness persists.

Fifth Steep – 1 minute

More soil in this steep though still soft and with no bitterness. Very clean and natural tasting. Slight dryness in the after taste.

Sixth Steep – 1 minute 20 seconds

Very light, all I can really taste is damp soil with a soft, sweet finish.

Seventh Steep – 2 minutes

Still consistent damp soil though no longer sweet.

Eighth Steep – 3 minutes

Softer than ever though still a faint soil flavour.

The thing that strikes me the most about this Shou is how subtle it is in flavour. The ageing has smoothed it to a nice place but personally for me this is too subtle. It has some characteristics that while still pleasant is nothing above basic.

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Flavors: Brown Sugar, Mud, Musty, Wet Earth, Wet Wood

DeliriumsFrogs

I love your blog! Thanks for the link. :)

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84

The leaves are light and crisp to the touch which consist of dark brown and red colours with hints of green. They smell toasty and subtly creamy with floral and sweet wood tones.

Steeping Method: Gaiwan 100ml
Water: 100C
Tea: 7g
Rinse for 5 seconds.

First Steep
30 seconds
The liquid is yellow with a subtle toasted scent. Flavour is more complex than the scent, it’s buttery with a soft toasted base and a sweet floral after taste that lingers. Slightly bitter though it quickly smooths out.

Second Steep
40 seconds
Softer and highly buttery with an increase of floral flavours, such as lily, orchid and sweetpea. Also toasted hay elements. Some dryness in the after taste.

Third Steep
1 minutes
A wonderful balance, the flowers are now in front of a soft butter and toasted after taste which leaves my mouth perfumed.

Fourth Steep
1 minute 30 seconds
Lower levels of butter and a touch of bitterness but the flowers still blossom in this steep.

Fifth Steep
2 minutes
Very light, all that remains are subtle flowers and a dry after taste.

This was a delightful Oolong, filled with buttery floral notes and lightly toasted. The flowers eventually became perfumed and dry but remained acceptable.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Toasted

Preparation
Boiling 7 g

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82

The leaves are a gorgeous blend of gold and brown which reminds me of a lions mane. They are thinly rolled and long, with some being curly. It has a sweet malt scent with gentle smoke and wood notes.

Gaiwan 100ml

First Steep
45 seconds
The liquid is amber in colour with a sweet yet smoky malt scent.
Flavour is light with dark smoke, malt, wood and prune fruit tones.

Second Steep
1 minute 20 seconds
Richer and stronger, this steep with more smoke tones that lighten into a cream and malt finish that lingers. Fruit comes through in the after taste, specifically prune and fig.

Third Steep
2 minutes
Lighter but still with flavour. Malt and wood with soft leather and some dryness. The fruit is very subtle now.

Fourth Steep
3 minutes

Similar to the first steep, this is light and sweet with malt and smoke tones albeit subtle from what it once was.

This was a nice tea that offered a blend of gold tip and full leaf flavours. It was darker than I thought it would be given the high level of golden tips but still very pleasing. Not the best I’ve tried but still very nice.

Flavors: Fig, Malt, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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83

The leaves are a blend of brown, dark brown and red with some golden tips and stems/sticks present. It looks like a Shou/Ripe Puerh but that’s due to this being over 10 years old. I also want to note that the leaves look nice and full for the most part. Scent is earthy and wooden with some smoke, hay and bitter flowers.

Steeping Method: Yixing Teapot 100ml
Leaf: 7g
Water: Boiling
Pre rinse – This was rinsed twice for 20 seconds each time

First Steep – 30 seconds

Colour is orange with a light yet musty scent. Flavour is sweet and leathery with some astringency. Also some damp wood and light smoke tones.
Second Steep – 40 seconds

Less bitter than the first steep though it is still present. The mature flavours have settled down a little too and have blended better. The must and damp wood are still the dominant notes though more equal in this steep. Also getting a buttery note in the after taste.

Third Steep – 45 seconds

Tasting soft leather, toasted hay, smoke, must and dry perfume. Nothing too heavy but lingering for a long time in the after taste. The bitterness/astringency is present though rather pleasant.

Fourth Steep – 55 seconds

The bitterness has increased as has the smoke, which gives it tobacco and earthy notes. Also strong peony and dry wood notes.

Fifth Steep – 1 minute

Lighter than the previous steep though remains smoky, buttery and with dry peony notes. Bitterness is at a pleasant level again. Wonderful buttery aftertaste that lingers.

Sixth Steep – 1 minute 20 seconds

My favourite steep so far. Everything is reduced including the bitterness, and the peony and butter dominate and linger. A little dry.

Seventh Steep – 2 minutes

Another lovely steep though toned down from it’s mature beginnings. Lighter than the first steep at this point though still boasting butter, peony and wood flavours. Plus no bitterness.

Eighth Steep – 3 minutes

Very little remains though the buttery finish is uncomplicated, lasting and a wonderful end to this tea.

This was a wonderful mature Sheng, with an array of flavours such as:wood, tobacco, butter, peony, smoke and earth. It’s full bodied without being too dark, so while it may be mature in flavour it still has a Sheng appeal.

Flavors: Butter, Drying, Earth, Flowers, Musty, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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74
drank Afternoon Infusion by Graze
1274 tasting notes

This came in my weekly Graze box and I’ve been longing to try a tea and cake pairing since I saw them advertised. This was a random and pleasant surprise! The cake is banana bread which is only 55 calories and completely awesome as it’s fine for my low calorie diet. That is the reason I get Graze boxes, low calorie snacks to keep me fuelled for the week.

Anyway, the teabag has a tag which says it’s an Afternoon Infusion made with Assam and Kenyan leaves. Sounds strong to me, good.

I steep and wait, and I was right, this has come out bold and very dark. Clean malt tones with a sweet finish. Very nice!

Added milk and sweetener.

Ok taste is clean and bold with some crisp citrus and malt tones. Not overly strong but at a nice level. Nothing special though it’s a perfectly acceptable cup of tea. If I was served this whilst out I would be happy.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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93

The leaves are dark brown with some green tinges and lots of silver tips and some brown/red sticks/stems present. For the most part they are long and look whole though thin, tightly wrapped and with a high shine. They have a creamy earthen scent with elements of toasted hay, lightly smoked wood and flowers.

Steeping Method: Yixing Teapot 100ml
Leaf: 7g
Water: Boiling
Pre rinse – This was rinsed twice for 20 seconds each time

First Steep – 30 seconds

Colour is yellow with a gentle, creamy yet earthy scent. Flavour is soft and sweet with a creamy after taste. Some bitterness but it transfuses into sweet honey and floral peony like tones.

Second Steep – 40 seconds

Less bitter than the first steep though it is still present. Still plenty of sweet and creamy tones with some added soft smoke and damp wood and hay.

Third Steep – 45 seconds

No bitterness at all which makes it sweet and creamy. Heavenly! It coats the inside of my mouth and lingers in the after taste. Honey, honeysuckle, cream and gentle musk.

Fourth Steep – 55 seconds

Another beautiful steep, the flavour is perfect at this stage. So creamy and sweet but with depth and flavour. The bitterness has returned albeit subtle and short lasting.

Fifth Steep – 1 minute

Now the flavour is starting to reduce in strength. The creaminess dominates though it is not as sweet as the previous steeps. Also little to no bitterness is left, just the cream and a gentle floral after taste.

Sixth Steep – 1 minute 20 seconds

Slowly reduced though still creamy and pleasing. Still no bitterness to speak of, instead it’s very smooth and easy to drink. No smoke or earthy tones remain.

Seventh Steep – 2 minutes

Even lighter though still enough flavour to be pleasing. Cream and flowers is all that remains.

Eighth Steep – 3 minutes

This is certainly the final steep. Though there is still some soft cream notes there is nothing else present.

This was a very beautiful Sheng, with dominant cream tones, soft astringency and a delicate balance of flowers and earth.

Flavors: Cream, Earth, Flowers, Honey, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Christopher F.

That sounds nice, I was just thinking about placing a YS order, you may have well made up my mind on what to buy.

KittyLovesTea

I must say this truly was a delightful tea, honestly nicer than I expected. The price is rather reasonable as well! If you do go ahead and try this one I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)

Kirkoneill1988

AWESOME REVIEW! :D

KittyLovesTea

@Kirkoneil1988 Thank you! :D

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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.

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