1293 Tasting Notes

drank Yunnan by Fortnum & Mason
1293 tasting notes

Thank you adagio_breeze for this sample.

It’s 12:22am and I’m watching Street Trash on the Horror Channel. My dad showed this film to me around 13 years ago and I have loved it ever since. It’s just ridiculous in terms of gore and blood, think purple, blue and green with standard red. Like Play Doh horror lol.

Anyway this Yunnan is mostly dark brown but there are a few golden tips to liven it up. Scent is mild but sweet and malty.

Once steeped this tea is dark golden red/brown in colour and has a rich, sweet and malted aroma. Still on the subtle side really.

Very sweet and velvety smooth with dark fruited (like mature currants) and malty. It’s very sweet like dark treacle with a hint of smoke.

The overall blend is nice but shall never beat my beloved golden tip Yunnan. Still as an everyday tea it’s very tasty. Plus also suitable for re-steeping :)

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Thank you Lala for this sample. I’m towards the end of your samples now, only one or two Rooibos blends to try when I’m in the mood. :)

This has been steeping in my fridge for almost 2 days which is my mistake for putting it towards the back of the fridge to allocate space for food shopping. Whoops. But non the less it was just fruit so hopefully it wont be tart or sour…I hope.

Colour is light amber and the smell is gentle for such a long steep but smells generically fruity.

Flavour is very nice, strong but refreshing and still rather subtle really. Like a flavoured water strength which is strong but not as strong as it could be. I can taste more apple than peach. Still I think the extra long steep has done this tea wonders, it’s taken the juiciness out of the fruit and put it into the water. Yay for over steeping :)

Plus this is so refreshing that it goes very well with my salad for lunch.


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Thank you Lala for this sample. I felt majorly dehydrated this morning and thought I would have a large glass of iced tea. I brewed this one over night with high hopes.

I’ve been drinking it all morning and cannot get enough of the delicious ice cold peach flavour. It’s not very strong but is so fresh and clean thanks to the cold steep that the hint it leaves behind is amazing. It also offers a little sweetness and a wonderful fruity after taste. One of the nicest ice teas I have had the pleasure of steeping. :)

Shame I only had one large bag of this but certainly something I would buy if I ever got the chance to.


Happy you liked it. I have most of the flavours of Harney’s iced tea bags and they have all been good. They resteep well.


Wow this tea really does re steep very well. With such a large bag I thought I might as well get more from it and the re steep is just as good as the original. :) Looks like I woke up with a treat and now I shall end my day with one too.


lala – 52 teas or harney for the premade iced tea bags? in your opinion?


I like both, but I think Harneys are better. The Harneys are more of a classic flavoured iced tea and seem to be larger. Harney’s also seem to be cheaper (15 pouches for $18 vs 52 teas $2.99 per pouch).


Thanks! I was curious since I haven’t yet tried harney and only recently tried 52 teas

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drank Coffee Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
1293 tasting notes

Firstly let me start by saying that I dislike coffee. In the last few years I would have had maybe 2 or 3 cups of coffee and that was only because I was given it to drink, not because I chose it. So why on Earth do I want to try coffee Pu Erh? It’s a flavour that I have not (yet) tried and honestly that is the only thing that appeals itself to me. Mixing tea with coffee is madness!

I open the packet and take a sniff – my eyes just closed and I said ‘Yep…that’s coffee’. Bitter and sharp coffee. But there is also a tone of something else… chocolate? cocoa? Cappuccino like more than bog standard coffee.

Right lets just throw myself into the deep end and try it.

Once steeped this tea is brown in colour and has a strong cappuccino coffee scent. It’s sweeter than the raw form.

Well here goes nothing sip Huh… it’s not that bad. It’s smell is stronger than it’s bite. The coffee is bitter but the Pu Erh seems to lighten it enough. It’s the strangest thing I have ever tasted. It tastes like coffee but has the consistency of tea. A part of me wished I left this one for my husband to try as he is a huge coffee drinker. He drinks coffee like I drink tea.

Overall it’s not something I would buy and not sure I would try it again either but happy to say that it’s another Davids Tea and flavoured Pu Erh that I can cross of my list.

Also as a side note – This tea goes to show that you should never judge a tea before you try it. While I don’t love it nor do I hate it.

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I mentioned that I love reflective leaves in my previous post and I’m happy to say that this tea is also reflective with silver tones. :)

The raw leaves are thin, curly and long with reflective silver and a mixture of dark green and golden brown colours. The blend does contain some twigs/stem and the some leaves are also patchy in colour (from dark green to light golden brown almost yellow patches in colour).

The tea leaves have a subtle floral and grassy scent but it’s very mild.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a grassy and nutty aroma.

Flavour is sweet, grassy, nutty, floral and a little fruity. Crisp but mellows quickly, perhaps like peony and roast apple with grass and nuts. Fresh tasting but also a little dry in the after taste.

I might not have been impressed by it’s appearance in raw form but the flavour is making up for it.

A further steep reveals thicker grassy tones and a little astringency. Also more dryness and less of a nutty flavour. Not as nice as the first steep but still enough flavour to be pleasurable.

Overall I honestly didn’t think much to this tea. I had high hopes for it being from Yunnan and my love of their teas but unfortunately this one is just not for me. Again it’s not something I would buy but I would drink it again.

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I have bought over 1000g of Pu Erh in the last few days… it would seem my tea cravings are for ripe rather than my preferential raw. Well I have this sample with me and now is as good a time as any to indulge myself with some Pu Erh magic.

This Pu Erh has beautiful reflective golden tips with dark brown and mature green leaves all compacted into one chunky cake piece. I love reflective leaves, like cats eyes, just so beautiful. The Pu Erh has little hairs and looks to be wonderful quality.

Still raw it has a sweet earthen floral scent. Like dirt and flowers and wood all blended together. A tree would be perfect to use in my explanation as it has all three.

I have my Gongfu teapot with me so I shall use that to brew this tea. Using Teavivre guide here is my layout -

Tea :10g 5 steeps:30s,1m,2m,3m,4m 100ºC/212ºF

First Steep – 30 seconds

The tea soup is light yellow in colour with a gentle wooden yet grassy scent.

Flavour is sweet and a little smoky. Picking up wood, grass, flowers and dark honey. All in one gentle and mild package.

Second steep – 1 minutes

Much stronger with new sensations of musk and perfume. Less sweet and no longer honeyed and has been replaced with a slight dryness.

Third steep – 2 minutes

Side note – The cake piece has almost fully broken apart and expanded to reveal fresh, long, green leaves.

Flavour is thicker with more musk and wood but carrying on well in style. Only a little astringent towards the after taste but still very nice.

Fourth Steep – 3 minutes

Side note – Pu Erh is completely broken up now.

Mellowing a lot in flavour and the astringency has completely gone. The sweetness has still not quite returned but it is more noticeable than the previous steep. As to what is left I can taste clearly grass, flowers and musk.

Fifth steep – 4 minutes

Very little left at all in this now. Wood, grass and musk in a pinch can be tasted but personally for me it’s one steep too much.

Overall – It’s been a nice raw Pu Erh but it was not as special as some others I have had from Teavivre. I love raw Pu Erh (despite my recent cravings) and it’s such a shame that I didn’t love this one. I really liked it though and enjoyed drinking it. Would not buy it again in the future mainly because I prefer a few others but would drink it again very happily.


you bought a kilo puerth?! you got yourself a stash for ages lol

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This has been cold steeped in my fridge with ice cold filtered water for 3-4 hours now. It’s produced a dark red colour so I’m going to risk serving it. Usually for fruit teas I would steep them over night but it’s a hot day and I require iced tea. Now not later.

So yes it’s a dark red colour and has a slight fruity and spicy scent.

Alright it does taste synthetically strawberry, like gummy sweets, but with a spicy undercurrent (like cardamom pod) with a citrus kick. Not as tart as I was expecting thankfully.

Strawberry, cardamom, orange, cinnamon and sugar. That pretty much does the whole taste sensations that I experience with this iced tea, but even after all of those it’s still missing something. Real depth and fresh flavour could be it. Plus wtf is egg protein doing in this tea? A preservative of the fruit?

Overall it beats having a dry throat but is certainly not something I would buy again. Another tea I can tick off my list to try. :)


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Thank you Lala for this sample.

This is the first tea from Red Leaf that I have tried that was not a matcha. Champagne infused white raspberry tea could not sound fancier if it tried, I am very much looking forward to trying this. :)

The raw leaves have a very sweet and fresh, clear raspberry scent. Much stronger than I had expected. Perfect for this hot, sunny British day.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a subtle yet floral, sweet raspberry aroma. Very different from it’s raw form but just as pleasant.

Flavour is sweet, very fruity with a slight raspberry tartness and a hint of flowers. I’m not sure I can taste champagne but there is something I just can’t explain about it… a special flavour and quality about it.

As a whole it’s nice and light but rich with raspberry flavour. I also agree that it makes a perfect afternoon tea. The after taste is wonderfully fruity and sweet. Definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Happy to hear that you like it!


I have been looking at their wine infused teas to order along with some matcha. I am so glad to see that you like it!! :)

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A warm and muggy day leans me towards the fruity teas that I have with me. I’m not usually a fan of pineapple but I am a Butiki fan and I’m going to ignore the harsh, sharp pineapple teas I have had before and focus on what this tea could be like. Like the taste buds of the innocent, a complete un-expecting of what I’m about to experience. … I hope you understand my rambling.

A sniff of the raw blend reveals a sweet and fresh floral pineapple scent. Very delicious smelling and with a hint of cream. Stronger than I was expecting but it just smells so very nice.

The raw blend has a few small small pieces of pineapple amongst the leaves and just for the record there are also a few twig like pieces which I believe to be from the Bai Mu Dan.

So far it has exceeded my expectations in scent and appearance… so what about taste?

A few minutes later

The tea is golden yellow in colour with the same sweet and creamy floral pineapple scent as it’s raw form. Perhaps a little stronger once steeped.

Flavour is sweet, creamy, herby (cilantro?), floral and smooth. That herbal taste is growing stronger but it’s something I’m starting to like more and more. It’s very different as to how I thought it would taste. It’s pineapple but not pineapple, it’s not sharp, tart, sour and doesn’t make my lips tingle but in the after taste I would definitely say it’s pineapple. Perhaps a little soapy with the pineapple but minimally so.

It’s also very smooth like velvet and sweet like mild honey. The Bai Mu Dan adds a wonderful light floral balance to the blend of flavours.

Overall I like it. I would buy it and drink more of it. Honestly though it’s a hard tea for me to rate, I’m thinking there might be too much cilantro to be perfect for my taste but then I think other flavours would be lost without it. A nice little unique blend.

(My rough rating at this time would be 8/10. Shall rate another time, I have more at home).

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drank Zen by Tazo
1293 tasting notes

I’m house/dog sitting for my parents for the next week while they holiday in Whitby so that leaves me to finish some tea samples. I packed a large bag of random samples and it’s hopefully enough to last me a week. If not I will be popping home anyway to make my jewellery that has sold so I can always pick up more.

Plus I have an announcement to make which may not be huge to most of you but it’s big for me … at the grand old age of 25 I have finally sent off for my provisional driving license. I have never had any interest to drive and always put myself down saying that I could never learn but I decided to go for it anyway. Ideally I want a scooter (despite my mum saying they are dangerous and is even willing to buy me a brand new car) so I’m working towards it. :)

Right now down to the tea. Not a Tazo fan in honesty but I’m always willing to give their teas a try. The teabag has a lemon, spearmint scent that is not completely fresh but zesty enough to still be pleasing. The blend looks very finely chopped.

Once steeped this tea is gold in colour with a strong minty scent. Flavour is thick and sweet with both the lemon verbena and the spearmint being the two dominant flavours. They match quite well, better than I thought they would. It tastes fresher than it smells and it’s on the stronger side of mint teas that I have tried, especially for pre bagged.

The green tea is in the background but a little green astringency is noticeable. Also a little dry. I’m impressed, it’s not the worst mint tea I have had but is something I would drink again.

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I was also 25 when I got my liocense. I was pulled over by the police the day I got them. I pulled over in front of a doofus who was driving in my blind spot. Just got a warning but I learned very quickly others don’t think behind the wheel, so I had better. Best of luck!


It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one that left it late. I’m counting down the estimated two weeks until I receive my provisional :) Then the hard part begins and I need to do the CBT.


Good luck!


i was 16… my actual birthday i believe… but i’m also 12 years older than you and they weren’t doing the staged licenses then. best of luck! i’m sure you’ll sail through!


kitty – i promise you that you’re not the oldest person around here with no license lol i’m almost 34 and still don’t have one!


Good luck!

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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.


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