1200 Tasting Notes

drank Duchess Grey by Mystic Brew
1200 tasting notes

This only arrived today but it smells so delicious and I must have a taste. It’s very citrusy and strong and fresh. I can smell the orange and lime vividly. Lovely! Again it looks as shown in the picture.

Once steeped this tea is dark brown in colour and has the same strong, sweet and waxy citrus aroma. Flavour is strong but refreshing and the balance of waxy and sweet citrus fruit is perfect. Lemon, lime, orange…a mixture of everything is present. The strength is strong but still very nice without the aid of milk or sugar so it has some smoothness and without any bitterness.

It reminds me a little of Lemon and Lime Black Tea – Ahmad Tea but with more flavour and depth. Looks like I have found a winner, another new tea company to remember. :)

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Another find on eBay and yet another small company to try out. This was advertised as a valentines tea but it looked nice and I thought “What the hell” and bought it anyway. We all need love on more than one day a year.

It arrived this morning and will be the first tea I shall try. The tea is as shown in the picture and has a very sweet scent…strawberry? It’s nice but synthetic smelling. It has the little sweets in so I wouldn’t expect anything less for this blend.

Once steeped this tea is dark brown in colour with a sweet and strong mixture of fruit and earthiness. Not as sweet as it’s raw scent but still pleasant.

Flavour is thick and the black tea is rather strong but avoids becoming bitter or harsh. Still slightly sweet with fruity and floral tones. I still think it’s strawberry. It’s very delicate though and my husband is having a hard time finding any real flavours other than sweet black tea.

Overall I think it’s nice, worth the cheap price and a nice novelty…plus it’s something I could drink every day with ease.

Unrelated Side Note – I made some lip balms this morning using Boysenberry Matcha and natural vegan ingredients as gifts to send. So if anyone does any large tea trades with me then be aware that you may find one amongst your teas. Working on more scents too :)

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that sounds totally neat – matcha lip balm! I wish i was even sort of remotely creative in the way that a lot of steepsterites are. But hey, you want something organized i’m your girl! lol

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Just quick notes – This tea is not a strong Earl Grey in terms of bergamot but it does cure my fix for a strong black tea with a touch of sweetness. No bitterness and sweet enough to not require milk. It’s a cheap and cheerful cup of tea that is very well suited for all day, every day drinking.

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Thank you Angel for this sample.

In raw form this tea is a lovely blend of dark brown, light brown and silver green leaves. It has an earthy, wooden scent.

Once brewed the tea is brown in colour and has a slightly spicy and toasted, earthen scent.

My husband had a sip and said he could taste pasta and pizza in this tea. The most bizzare statement that he has ever made. I found this tea to be spicy and warming with a gentle toasted almost fruity and floral essence. Very beautiful and elegant. Each sip brings forward different flavours but each one is as tasty as the last.

Side Note – I don’t think I have ever had a spicy natural Oolong before.

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I was a huge fan of this tea a year ago and stumbled across a batch left in my cupboard and thought I would try to cold steep it. Most of the fruity teas I have cold steeped worked well, the hibiscus fruit teas however were undrinkable.

Scent is sweet and soft with noticeable pineapple tones and a generic fruit background. Taste is sweet with grassy tones and a light, refreshing fruity mist. Not overly strong but at a nice level, I steeped this slightly over what I intended to (7-8 hours) but it worked out nicely. Also slightly creamy and smooth. The more I drink the easier it is to detect a perfume, floral like taste.

All in all I’m glad I found this tea and will remember to keep it handy for my cold steeps. It’s cheap and delicious…couldn’t ask for more.


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Still trying to carry on as normal just to keep myself busy. I have done my house chores and worked from home and thought it would be nice to treat myself to another cold brew as my reward. I forgot all about this orange brulee but found it in the back of my cupboard.

I think this was the first Oolong that I have cold steeped and I did notice when separating the steeped leaves the Oolong balls had fully unravelled and resembles seaweed. It has been steeping in my fridge for roughly 5 hours.

It has a delicious caramelised, sweet orange scent. Very brulee like and delicious. The flavour is very creamy and sweetly orange with a slight toasty caramel and floral after taste. Very clean and silky smooth with lots of flavour.

So far it’s turned into one of my favourite cold brews and it would be interesting to see the difference of trying it hot. I may have to do a pot steep later today to see.


Hope you are feeling a bit better everyday :)

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I have had this blend for a while and only just noticed that I haven’t reviewed it…that may be because it has a very unique flavour and I’m just not sure whether I like it or not. It says on the ingredients list that it contains cranberry but I just can’t taste it, there is fruit there in a sweet and tart kinda way but it resembles more citrus fruit tones than anything else. Like a strong lemon or lime that has an edge of bubblegum about it.

Well I cold steeped it tonight and it’s much more refreshing and lighter than it’s heated form. Therefore I think cold steeping is the way forward with this tea for me, it still has that strange fruity taste but at a minimal level and it’s just enough to leave a tasty sweet taste in my mouth.

I should also mention it’s perfume like quality that is noticeable particularly in the smell. Perhaps also a little floral because of that too.

I shall not rate it because I am still just not sure but either way I recommend cold steeping this tea for any iced tea fans.


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I have been a little quiet on here in the last couple of days and may be for a while longer. On Thursday night my beautiful baby boy Ebony passed away, he was only 1 year 3 months old. He came to me for fuss so I stroked him and then he clawed the carpet and within a few seconds he fell down onto his side and he was gone. The vet said it sounds like he was born with a heart defect that wasn’t caught in his examinations.

He leaves behind his brother who needs extra love and support as he has never been on his own before. Both me and my husband have taken some time off, for us this death is personal…I am unable to have children so my cats literally are treated like my own babies. To lose one so young and without warning is beyond shocking.

I post this message on this tea because the first post I made for this tea was me mentioning that I bought it because I had a beautiful black cat called Ebony. This was the first thing my husband could get me to drink after his death. He will always be missed and was taken much too early.

I may be on, I may not be… I just don’t know. So just to let people know I’m here from afar but just not ready to review yet. I don’t know when I will be.



I am so sorry for your loss. No words can truly offer comfort, but I want you to know that I am with you. He was a beautiful kitty and sounded like a sweetie.

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I’m sorry Kayleigh. :( It’s never easy loosing a family member especially at only 15-months! You sound like a great Kitty Mommy! Now I understand why – KittyLovesTea – http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/about-2/

We lost our two cats (16 yr calico, 8 yr Maine Coon) only about a year apart. It took us a while before we were ready for a new cat. Early this year we found a beautiful 1 yr old Maine Coon female and she has brought so much joy & life back into our childless home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSs77SabFOE&feature=youtube_gdata_player We wish the same for you & your husband.


I am so sorry for your loss kitty. I echo mercuryhime’s sentiments. Thoughts and sympathies from afar.


I am so sorry for your loss. You gave Ebony all the love in a short time that most fur friends only get in a long lifetime. And he gave it back!


Sorry to hear about the loss of your kitty and family member. Please know that we are all here for you.


:| I’m so sorry to hear that. Take your time to grieve. We’ll be hear when you come back.


So sorry to hear. For such little beasts, they leave a big hole when they go. :(


I am so sorry! He looks just like my little Aggie (boy), who is almost the same age. We don’t have kids yet, and I definitely treat him like my baby. Hugs!

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I’m so sorry to hear of your heartbreak, kitty.


i’mso sorry for your loss.


So sorry to hear about your beautiful boy xx


I’m so sorry. You obviously loved him very much, and he sounds like he was wonderful.


Oh, so sorry! That is way too early to lose him.


So so sorry to hear that!


I am so sorry for you KittyLovesTea. I have a cat and I can understand how you feel.


I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.


I am so very sorry for your loss. It is difficult to lose someone so close to your heart.


Thank you everyone for your kind comments. My boys funeral was yesterday and I have been keeping his brother Ivory company while he’s getting used to being alone. My cold steeping mugs arrived so to keep me I have been using up a lot of tea samples to save me writing new reviews. Earl Black – 52 Teas and Rhubarb + Custard – Bluebird Teas were both exceptionally delicious!

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Thank you Sil for this sample. I love orange and nothing sounds yummier than orange Sencha.

The raw blend smells strongly of orange and citrus with thick waxy tones. Also sweet and perfumey. I can see why people say this smells like Pledge or any sort of orange furniture cleaner/dust spray, has the same almost chemical perfume like scent. I did notice on the ingredients list that it contains ‘tangerine orange flavor’ which based upon the smell I am lead to believe is artificial.

Once steeped the tea is orange in colour and has a waxy orange and tangerine aroma. Flavour is strong and dry with a sweet and sour citrus tang. Very perfume like and with real artificial elements in the citrus flavours.

I decided to steep this tea different to the recommendations made on the packaging. They suggested to use boiling water for 4-5 minutes which in my opinion would have made it too strong and bitter, perhaps even undrinkable.

It’s an ok tea but my tongue and the roof of my mouth feels dry and powdery which is very off putting. Sencha is sometimes powder like so perhaps I should have done a quick rinse before hand. Never mind, one pot sample and I’m not sad about it.

Thank you once again Sil.

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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.



Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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