1251 Tasting Notes


This is one of my favourite pu erhs to date. I have never had a ripe pu erh that is smooth and delicate. Don’t get me wrong it has a lot of flavour and it’s very deep and rich but it’s also refreshing and honeyed beautifully.

I need to order some more :) Check my previous steeping notes for a detailed review.

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Trying my best to have a lazy day as I’m just not feeling tip top today. While packing some tea swaps today I got the craving for some puerh and chose one on my shelf at random. Dragon Tea House have a wide range of pu erh and I make it my mission to try them all.

This puerh cake is dark brown and golden brown in colour with a sweet earthy and floral scent.

Steeping with the following times in my Gongfu Teapot -
5 steeps:30s,1m,2m,3m,4m 100ºC/212ºF

Steep one – 30 seconds – Colour is yellow/green with a thick earthen clay aroma. Flavour is subtle and floral with a hint of sweetness and dryness. Also a little muddy and wooden.

Steep two – 1 minute – Sweeter in flavour and more floral. Also more honeyed and wooden. Lost some of it’s earthy clay taste and is smoothing out very nicely.

Steep three – 2 minutes – Even less earthy and more floral, almost perfumey and musky. Also sort of ricey and gluttonous but mildly.

Steep four – 3 minutes – Light red/brown now in colour. Quite astringent and musky with a dry, floral after taste. Still has some wooden sweetness but not as much in comparison to the first few steeps.

Steep five – 4 minutes – Smoother than the previous steep and once again very mellow overall. All that is really left is a wooden musk and sweet floral hue that become dry in the after taste.

Overall this tea is very pleasant and is suitable for multiple steeps without becoming too harsh and bitter. It’s a very musky puerh but I think it has real charm. Not one of my favourites but definitely something I would be happy to share with friends and family. Plus I have a warm glow after drinking this tea and a bit of a buzz :)


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It’s still way too hot today for me so it’s definitely time to bring out the fruit teas and go crazy.

In raw form this tea has large, whole blueberries and it smells so juicy and delicious. Just like blueberry jelly sweets. :)

Once steeped the tea is dark red/purple in colour with a sweet and juicy blueberry aroma.

Flavour is spicy and fruity but no so much blueberry as it’s scent suggested. There is little sweetness which again is not as much as in the scent. Still putting those aside it’s light and quite juicy and refreshing. For being blueberry there is little to no tartness which is surprising. Overall I think this is a pleasant light fruit tea, more blueberry mist than blueberry bliss but never mind.

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Thank you Lala for this tea. It’s another unbelievably hot day and after making 8 new pendants I have decided to call it a day. The problem with making wire necklaces is the smell your fingers have after a couple of hours of working with various metals. :( Copper is particularly bad.

A quick scrub of my hands while I prepare this tea. A quick note of the tea bag, it smells herbal and sweet but not lemon per say. Citrus/fruit yes but lemon no.

Once steeped it smells lemony and very sweet, like a lemon flavour and scented hard boiled sweet.

Flavour is not as thick as I was expecting which is a nice surprise. As well as the lemon I’m sure there is a hint of orange in there too and it’s more sweet than sour. It tastes a little artificial but overall I don’#t think it’s bad at all. Will try this iced soon.

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I was lucky enough to find this and two other Le Palais Des Thes on eBay UK. All three brand new and 100g packs and I couldn’t be happier with the find. :)

I plan on making wire wrapped gemstones today and watching films so I might as well start my day off with a black tea. As I was about to boil the kettle my new teas arrived and there is no time like the present so Saint James will be the first one I will try.

In raw form this tea is thinly rolled, curly and for the most part finely chopped into 1-2cm long pieces. The leaves are dark brown with a few flashes of burgandy wood coloured leaves mixed amongst them. It has a strong wooden, musky yet floral scent.

The tea is dark brown/black in colour once steeped and has a rich, malted aroma.

The tea has characteristics of malt, wood, flowers, cocoa and musk. It’s a little strange…it tastes like a normal black tea and then it changes to become thickly floral and cocoa like….I’m not so sure of what I make of it. I will have to have another pot of this and re-evaluate. I could just be having an off day with black teas.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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It takes something special for me to willingly drink pure herbal teas and tonight I’m going to give this a go. I really need some sleep, just one night of pure, solid sleep. At this point I will try anything.

This blend claims to contain: Chamomile flowers, lemon balm, rose petals and lavender. I can see in the mixture that the ingredients range from being herbal crumbs to large rose and chamomile flowers. The blend as a whole smells strongly of lavender and lemon with the other ingredients blending in too much to define.

Once steeped this tea is golden brown in colour and has a strong and sweet lavender aroma.

Flavour is sweet and rather delicate with dominant lavender and lemon balm tones. I believe the rose and chamomile keep this blend sweet and light sp while I cannot taste them per say I still know they are there. It’s also fresher than I was expecting. As it cools it also becomes creamy and more honeyed.

Overall it’s a nice blend, very inoffensive and definitely a suitable night time drink. I think I have another pot or two worth of this tea so I may also try this tomorrow night. Hopefully this will send me to sleep and cure my insomnia. I can dream…..oh wait…….

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In raw form this tea is thin, long, black with some golden tips and curly. They have a dry and crisp to the touch with a smoky and leathery, malted scent.

Once steeped this tea is dark brown in colour with mature yet sweet wooden and floral aroma.

Flavour is delicate in comparison to it’s deep aroma. It’s sweet, smoky, slightly malted and mature but also with a delicate and fresh floral finish. Very different to the average black tea and I think it’s in a good way. You have the essence of black tea and 2nd flush Darjeeling in one delicious cup.

I will have to keep trying this one and experiment with stronger and lighter steeps, may also drop the temperature a little. So far it’s very nice and I’m happy that Canton supplied this. :)


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I bought this from momo as another rooibos blend to try. Sometimes there is nothing better than a pot of rooibos tea, especially something sweet and almondy like marzipan. :)

This raw blend has large almond slices and what looks like apple chunks? The rooibos is fine as you would expect and it also has a few sunflower petals among the mixture.

It has a sweet, dry and nutty fragrance. Not quite marzipan yet but it has promise.

Once steeped this tea is golden brown in colour and has a thick, marzipan fragrance. There would be no mistaking it, it’s definitely pure marzipan.

Flavour is sweet and the rooibos is present but toned down. It smells more like marzipan than it tastes but if you take a large sniff before you sip it’s almost like your drinking liquidized marzipan. Almost.

Overall it’s a nice achievement, not too thick or too sweet, not too much rooibos and nothing offensive flavoured (sharp, bitter etc). Glad I gave this one a try.


Side Note – This tastes much better as it cools. The rooibos lightens with the temperature and the almond is stronger.

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My two brothers in law are still at my house so I thought I would try them with this tea. They are the kind of no nonsense tea drinkers that want something basic, similar to my husband really. Must be a Davies gene. Well so far so good, they really liked this tea. I said before that this tea tastes like a strong English breakfast tea and that’s what they thought of it too. They had no idea its Chinese. Its nice to share one of my favourite teas with my family :)


I love sharing teas too! I just recently found out my little bro likes tea, so I mailed him off samples of my favorites yesterday. Can’t wait to hear what he thinks!!

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drank Butter Brandy Cake by 52teas
1251 tasting notes

It was my youngest brother in laws 18th birthday yesterday so we went out to celebrate by taking him for his first drinking session and clubs. We all enjoyed ourself but this morning its safe to say my house has 4 very hungover people. So I volunteered to cook breakfast and thought it would be nice to serve one of my ‘fancy’ teas.

This doesn’t have a brandy or alcohol scent or taste in my opinion but it is sweet, strong and creamy. Not quite cake like either, it reminds me very much of the pancake blend.

Still its done the job with 3 out of 4 saying its nice. The 1 that didn’t agree said it was too sweet for him.

Will have to give this another go but honestly I find most black based 52teas blends to taste very similar.

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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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