1281 Tasting Notes

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I have a few cups left of this but will be leaving it at work to finish off. Its a nice pick me up on my lunch break and shall be missed.

A spoon of sugar really brings out the chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon and dash of milk finish it perfectly. :)

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I got this tea today whilst out shopping with my mother. I’ve been after a nice Darjeeling suitable for everyday drinking and I really have my fingers crossed for this one.

It’s black, brown and golden in colour with finely chopped leaves and a wonderful strong and musky floral scent. It smells lovely :)

Once steeped this tea is brown in colour with a sweet, musky, floral and earthen aroma. I wish they made a Darjeeling perfume, it’s just such a wonderful smell.

Flavour is sweet, malted, wooden, floral, musk and strong. A wonderful array of everything Darjeeling that I look for in a second flush. I tend to prefer the second flush Darjeeling more than first flush primarily because I love black, malty teas the most and some second flush mimic them very well. But on top of those you also have a stronger muscatel flavour and it’s more floral so I feel I have a good treat for my taste buds that in it’s own way is unique.

This has the right balance for me. It becomes sweeter and more floral the more I drink and the muscatel flavour is left in the after taste. It’s so smooth and non astringent, quite light for being such bold flavours. Delicious.

My searching is over. I have found my new everyday second flush Darjeeling and the best news is that it’s locally bought. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

I also love 2nd flush for pretty much the same reasons :-)

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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
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My dad drinks this tea and while I’m here I thought I would try a cup to go with my spicy rice lunch.

I honestly don’t think its too bad. A little astringent and not as strongly jasmine as I’m used to but its still acceptable. Not as fresh as I’m used to either and the green tea in the bags was finely chopped and seemed a little dusty but again its serving its purpose for this moment in time and I cannot complain.

I would drink this again quite happily :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Jade Ring by Nothing But Tea
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These rings are so cute :) And they smell floral and gentle like a spring breeze.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with the same gentle floral and grassy scent as it’s raw form.

This tea is sweet, grassy, floral, vegetal and fresh. Flavour key words would be sweet pea, jasmine, grass, cabbage and peony.

It’s a nice novelty tea and the rings have fully opened up to show it’s long, needle pointed leaves.

A nice green tea with unique charm. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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70

Another tea that I purchased from momo

Just quick notes as I’m still playing Magic – The Gathering and having to multi task at the moment.

The tea in raw form looks magickal but it’s hard to explain why. The green tea is in large balls that are very pretty but I did not see any blueberries. It smells fruity sweet but not necessarily blue berry.

Once steeped it’s dark golden brown in colour with a sweet, fruity and slightly smoky aroma.

It’s astringent but sweet and fruity. Again not especially blueberry, more apple if I’m honest but it’s still a pleasant enough drink. Not sure it’s pie like either but there you go. So I’ve established it doesn’t taste like blueberry or pie so what does it taste like? Well like a strong black based apple tea.

It’s something I can finish but also happy to trade some of.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ozli

\\magic!// :D

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88

Last time I brewed this it was over three steeps. Now I’m trying it for 3 minutes in one long steep. Something I can easily drink whilst playing Magic – The Gathering on PS3.

sip Ahh lovely, that will do nicely. It’s rich and smoky but with a light floral side. It has translated very well do the one steep and it is certainly on par with the three steeps. Worth trying again :)

See other notes for a detailed review

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

More Darjeeling please :)

This tea is bright green and dark green in colour with a sweet and floral jasmine scent. The leaves are mostly finely chopped for the most part. I can see a little bit of twig but very little and no marks or discolouration on the leaves.

Once steeped this tea is dusky yellow in colour with a sweet yet soft jasmine aroma. Not as strong as say Jasmine Pearls but strong enough to be fresh.

Flavour is gentle and sweet with minor astringency. It’s sweet but also slightly musky and perfumey so it still has that true Darjeeling feel about it. Not as sweet as some Jasmine teas can be but it’s sweet enough for me.

Overall it’s a nice Darjeeling green and a nice jasmine green so as a Jasmine Darjeeling it’s pretty darn tasty! Two happiness meters for the price of one can be filled thanks to this beauty :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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100

Thank you Dag Wedin for this sample.

Warm day + long flowing summer dress = craving for Darjeeling.

The leaves are a beautiful combination of brown, dark green and silver with most being tight curls in shape. They have a dry, floral and musky scent.

Once steeped this tea is dark golden brown in colour with a sweet yet dry floral aroma.

Flavour is sweet, muscatel, floral, earthy dry and fruity. It has everything that I look for in a Darjeeling and more. I feel this is rather muscatel and dry but the sweet floral and fruity nature lightens it up wonderfully. I’m also getting a subtle toasted flavour amidst the dryness.

I’m so taken away with it, I think this is now my new favourite Darjeeling. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dag Wedin

Glad you liked it :)
Second flush harvest is in full spin over in darjeeling so the 2013 teas will be availible very soon :)

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Quick Notes – Very mild and inoffensive in flavour with little to no aroma. A little floral and sweet with not much else defining it.

Would be a nice in between tea drink or bed time tea but not something I would buy again.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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Carrying on down the sweet route …

I’m a little surprised that it smells like cinnamon and spice once it’s steeped, no chocolate nor apple but cinnamon of all things. I imagine the apple must be coated in cinnamon.

Flavour wise I can taste apple and cinnamon but no chocolate. It’s sweet as in fruity sweet and creamy. Maybe if I try really hard I can taste an echo of cocoa in the after taste but from a tea with chocolate in the name I really expected more. It’s a nice enough sweet and spicy apple tea but as far as chocolate is concerned I would not recommend it.

I can finish off this tea without any problem but I am left disappointed by empty promises. Will have to save this one for my husband to try, he loves apple tea and this may be something that he likes more than I do.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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.

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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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