1238 Tasting Notes

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My husband chose this as our last pot of tea for the night. It was a good call because I was hoping he would pick a nice Rooibos base.

It’s as beautiful as I remember. :) So creamy and sweet with pure vanilla and sugar notes. Shame my birthday has already come and gone, this would be a nice treat to sip on the day. Perhaps I will have to do so on my husbands birthday later in the year.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
JustJames

this describes something i would like…. yup, going to put it on my shopping list. i’ve heard good things about the company too!

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My work for today is done, I managed to get everything made and sent out which is a miracle and deserves a reward. That’s why I got my husband to cook dinner (for once lol). I prepared it all but told him how to cook it and made it easy so it was like he served me a very nice meal that he made himself. :)

Then I thought I would make myself pro active during the wait for dinner and have a quick clean up of my tea cupboard. I have a new spare tub for my Unbridled Love Fruit Tea which should help me remember it’s their and drink it more often. Which is then when I remembered I haven’t reviewed this tea despite having had it for almost a year.

The raw blends ingredients are rather large and if I’m honest they are duller than shown in the picture. It has a sweet yet sour fruity scent of orange but darker than expected. Perhaps the darkness is from the raisins. In a way it reminds me of a few Christmas based teas I sampled not so long ago.

Once steeped this tea is dark red/purple in colour and has a herbal and fruity aroma. It also smells a little tart and sour.

Flavour is strong and very tart but also with a light sweet and fruity taste. The orange is the most noticeable fruit but the rose hip dominates above all else. The flavours lighten quickly to leave a gentle sour and fruity after taste.

Overall it’s quite nice but perhaps a little too sour for my taste. It has to be something that I crave before I can drink it. A bit of sweetener can help.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I haven’t had any of these pearls in a while and my first sip is of nothing but regression. How could I ever forget my beloved Fengqing Dragon Pearls? Well I just finished off last nights Chinese dinner of noodles and mushrooms in Chinese curry sauce for lunch and this tea went amazingly well with it.

Now I have 24 orders to make and gather after the long weekend and bank holiday. Gives me time to catch up with Glee :)

Sil

woah 24 orders…

Terri HarpLady

That’s awesome Kitty! Glad to hear business is good!
I checked out your jewelry page, & although I don’t wear jewelry (due to my skin reacting to most metals, followed by my crazy long hair getting tangled in everything), it was fun to peek around at your stuff! You have some really cute things on there!

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Thank you Lala for this sample.

This tea has an interesting smell, sweet and fruity but also nutty..like almond. Much nicer than your average Rooibos. Personally I’m not a fan of pistachio but my husband is so it will be interesting to see if we both like it.

Once steeped this tea is red/brown in colour and has a sweet almond and gentle apple scent.

Flavour is very sweet and appley with a sweet but dry nut finish. It’s not overly sweet but on the brink of being so (for me at least). It’s more almond than pistachio which works in my favour so the taste is quite pleasant. Very creamy and delicious.

Two cups in and I still cannot taste much Rooibos at all which is a very nice surprise. Remains refreshing and light but with a large apple and nut explosion that can be enjoyed in the after taste.

My husband loves apple tea and this is one that he gulped down with delight…well, as much delight as he can muster. He is never enthusiastic about anything, he says ‘yeah it’s alright’ about every tea.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Lala

So happy you and your hubby liked it! This is one of the few rooibos blends I really like.

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I have been putting off reviewing this tea because I am in two minds about it. The banana is on the delicate side and I find that the black tea dominates it much more than I would like. On the other hand it’s still quite nice, more black tea with a hint of banana than banana that’s black tea based.

I don’t think it’s the sort of tea that I would re stock but perhaps I should try it iced before I make such a decision. After all I do adore strong black based iced teas.

Will have to decide at one time or another…for now I shall not rate this.

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1238 tasting notes

This was the first Yunnan that I had ever tasted and immediately became one of my favourites. I owe my love of Yunnan blacks to this tea. I still have a little bit of this to finish off and it’s been hard to re visit it incase it just isn’t what I remember it to be. I have tasted so many fine Yunnans that I’m afraid this will become meagre in comparison and I feel it still deserves a place in my heart.

A nice man called Philip is fixing my back gate after someone broke into my garden and completely busted the gate down in the process. Hopefully when I have enough money next year to buy a place it will be far away from this neighbourhood.

I’m pleased to say that this tea still holds up pretty well. It’s got the rich malt Yunnan taste but there is also a sweet, honeyed quality to this blend. Something that I could still drink every day. :)

Long live the Yunnan Jig.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lala

Sorry to hear about your gate. Is your garden ok?

KittyLovesTea

Thanks Lala The garden is alright, had a few things (sweeping brush for one) broken and a lot of rubbish dumped but it’s nothing my husband can’t fix. A few hours when we get the time and it will be as good as new.

We were in a nicer area a couple of years ago and when my husband had cancer our landlord wanted to rip us off and charge extortionate rates so we had to move into the first place we could. We just didn’t know how bad it would be here. Well this time next year my husband would have saved roughly £8000 and my mother said she will give us another £5000 so we have enough deposit for a nice house in a nice area. I can’t wait. No more broken gates, no more poop on my doorstep, no more drunken arguments outside my door, no more of everything.

ashmanra

Oh, Kitty! I am sorry you have had to endure all that! Here are my prayers that you get in a nice place with GREAT neighbors SOON!

KittyLovesTea

Thank you ashmanra It’s not something that I like to talk about but with everything that’s been going in for the last few weeks I just had to rant a little. Just found out that my aunty broke her wrist yesterday as well and in a seperate incide my cousin lost his job and got into a bad car crash. Hopefully the negativity around my family will be lifted. When it rains it pours.

Terri HarpLady

Wow! Sorry to hear about ALL that stuff Kitty.
Regarding the tea, I rather enjoyed this one, & the Yunnan Noir is also quite nice :)

KittyLovesTea

Thanks Terri HarpLady Yunnan Noir is on my wishlist but Adagio don’t sell it in the UK :(

Terri HarpLady

That’s no fun.
Next time I place an Adagio order (might be a little while, I just placed one), I’ll have to order a sample of it to send your way. :)

KittyLovesTea

That would be ever so kind of you Terri HarpLady I’m always happy to repay a favour. :)

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drank Shamrock Tea by 52teas
1238 tasting notes

I had a lovely day in Cromer yesterday. The weather was bright and hot, the people friendly and most cafe’s sold some sort of ‘speciality tea’. One place had a balcony hanging over the beach so I could sip on Twinings – Darjeeling whilst admiring the view. pic.twitter.com/VRCqSsNAgy

Back and relaxed today and thought I might as well go through more samples to clear out my cupboard a little. I have one pot of shamrock tea and something minty would be nice so this is my first post of tea this morning.

In raw form this blend looks like any other Sencha tea, it has dark green leaves that are crisp, long and thin but with this having the exception of smelling sweet and minty. I can notice both the sweet, creamy vanilla and the peppermint in the scent.

Once steeped the tea is golden in colour and has a fresh minty aroma.

Flavour is sweet, creamy, minty, refreshing and overall of medium strength. The vanilla is rather toned down in flavour with the mint dominating everything else but it does seem to help lighten the tea and keep it sweet if not much else. As for the Sencha I would not have known this contained green tea had I not seen/read it myself.

The only means for comparison that I have for this was drinking Butiki Teas – The Killers Vanilla which was much creamier, sweeter and vanilla. I think that tea is still my favourite mint/vanilla blend but having said that this would make for a great cold steep because it’s lighter in flavour.

Overall I would say this tea is perfect for those looking for a lightly minted but sweet tea. Something to settle the stomach with perfectly.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This was a gift from my mother last month, said she saw it whilst shopping online and thought of me. :)

The tin that it comes in is attractive and has a secure lid so it’s a gift that keeps on giving.

In raw form this tea is dark brown and finely chopped (for the most part) with a strong wooden and floral scent. I can also see some large pieces of stem/twig amongst the leaves, quite a bit in this batch to be honest.

Once steeped the tea is dark brown in colour with a rich malted and wooden aroma.

Flavour is thick with very rich malted highs and an undertone of flowers and perfume. Sweet yet dry and a little smoky. It’s a very deep black tea but it’s also somewhat lightened by the hint of flowers. A little longer in the steep and it becomes smokier and more roasted.

I’ve been trying to think of what it reminds me of in flavour and I just worked it out… a Darjeeling. It has the same sort of characteristics as a Darjeeling but in a perhaps slightly stronger version.

Overall it’s been a surprisingly tasty, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the highly stemmed tea but whatever it lacks in quality it doesn’t lack in taste.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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In raw form this tea is incredibly sticky and the honey glaze is very noticeable. The Oolong balls are dark and medium green in colour and they have a sweet and toasted but also floral scent.

Using my Gongfu teapot for this Tie Guan Yin with the hope to bring out the honey flavour in full.

Once steeped this tea is brown/yellow in colour and has a sweet and toasted honey aroma. Like a slice of honey loaf cake or honeyed cereal (been eating a lot of that recently and it reminds me very much of it).

Flavour is green and floral at first before the sweet honey melts everything into one super smooth and silky tone. It isn’t over the top sweet but compared to the average Tie Guan Yin it’s much sweeter and smoother and less thick and floral/woody. It’s honeyed without being pure honey is what I was trying to say. For a first steep it’s very nice.

The second steep shows a thicker toasted scent and more floral flavour. Honey is still present but not as sweet as the previous steep, partly because the thickness of the other Oolong flavours has grown. Still very nice, not sure if I prefer the first or second steep the most so far.

Side Note – The Oolong has now fully opened, from being what looked like a small 7g lot of balls to filling half my Gongfu teapot with large pieces of broken down leaves. The leaves themselves look very good quality ie no stems, discolouration.

My third steep is more floral then previously but less toasted so the sweetness is once again more noticeable. It still has a fair amount of flavour which is very pleasing and if you really wanted you could probably get another steep or two quite easily.

Overall I really enjoyed this tea, it was my first time trying any form of honey soaked tea and I can now say that in this case it worked very well. I browsed the Teavivre website in the interest of adding some to my ongoing cart but unfortunately it doesn’t look as if they sell this one any more. :(

Preparation
Boiling
CHAroma

That’s too bad. I remember these honey oolongs being really good.

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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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