1330 Tasting Notes

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Continuing down my Japanese tea route I will be drinking this tea next. My husband prefers black tea or heavily oxidized Oolong but I am hoping he will eventually learn to appreciate green tea as much as I do. Hopefully his new tea bowl will help him to do so.

I didn’t like Adagios description of spider legs cringes but I can understand why they used it. In appearance the leaves are thin, crisp, fairly long and pointy with dark green and green/yellow colours. They have a strong and sweet grassy yet perfumed scent.

Once steeped it has a very mild aroma but the grassy tones are still noticeable. Flavour is sweet and grassy with a light floral finish, smoother than I was expecting and fresher too. It has a dry after taste that remains sweet and perfumed. If I was to compare the sweetness to the likeness of anything it would be sweetpea partially because of it’s rich green and grassy nature matching the sweetness.

Additional steeps bring out more sweetness and thicker grassy tones whilst the dry perfumed after taste reduces.

I wasn’t expecting much from this but it really is pleasant. A good all around every day Sencha.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Oolong Owl

Ewww yeah, the spider leg description is very unappealing.

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drank Fukujyu by Pekko Teas
1330 tasting notes

I’ve had a lovely day and things just keep getting better. I had lunch with my parents at Bradgate Park (birthplace of Lady Jane Grey and renowned wild deer park) and a small walk. Then I visited a local aquarium centre to get some natural wood for my new fish tank and they had some amazing pieces in stock, I love natural wood. Then as I got home and got the urge to drink some Japanese tea my husband said he would treat me to Yunomi Tea Club for 12 months. :) So to treat him in return I have my new stone and ceramic tea set out and I brewed up some Fukujyu. He likes it but I feel if anything this one is lacking strength…this is a strong tea and I chickened out and brewed it a little weak. Oh well I still have enough left to drink myself into Japanese bliss and prepare the arrival of my new teas.

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So my chocolate cravings didn’t work out this morning and now my cravings are leading me towards having Indian curry for dinner. Whenever I eat Indian food in a restaurant I always have Chai because they match so perfectly in flavour.

Well I’m not eating yet but I need tea now and I cannot wait the hour or so to pair this with my food. In scent it’s very strong with highs of clove and cinnamon with hints of fiery ginger. It smells nice and strong and fresh.

I will be serving this with a little splash of soy milk. Also thinking about it I cannot remember ever trying a Chai blend with Oolong before.

Once steeped its aroma is very strongly cinnamon and clove much like its raw form. It reminds me a little of some chewing gum I once had from USA that was cinnamon flavour, can’t remember the brand or name though. I loved that gum.

This teas flavour matches its scent. It’s a little on the dry side but I can note clove, cinnamon and pepper. A little like atomic fireball sweets in liquid tea form.

Such a simple yet beautiful blend. Not quite as authentic as I am used to but it still fills the craving. Shame I only had one pot of this tea :( If anyone has any available to swap then please let me know.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I could eat some chocolate right about now and it’s unusual I would crave it to begin with, I’m a savoury person over sweet most of the time.

In raw form it has a soured cocoa scent that is quite heavy on the rosehip. Hopefully it will taste nicer than it smells.

Once steeped it smells more chocolatey than before but it’s still missing the orange. Instead it smells sort of…musty and sour and old. I think it’s just the rosehip and cocoa combination but honestly it isn’t that pleasant.

Flavour is dark and rich with heavy tones from both the ceylon and chocolate but similar to it’s smell it also tastes sour. I’m struggling to find anything nice about a tea that’s dark rich and sour. It’s far from the chocolate orange drink I had imagined.

I’m stopping the review, this one is just not for me. I don’t even think I can finish it. Bleugh. Sorry Bluebird Tea Co, no rating for this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you Dexter3657 for this sample.

The raw leaves are long, thin and dark brown with slight curl to them. They have a deep and dark roasted scent with hints of smoke and sweet flowers. A mixture of orchid and peony to be precise.

I’m brewing 8g in my 8oz gongfu teapot over three steeps.

First Steep – 1 minute – Colour is light tan with a sweet somewhat leathery yet floral scent. Flavour is light, smoky, toasty and sweet. It starts light and sweet which then grows darker and toasty with a hint of smoke before mellowing out into a dark green floral after taste. Very nice flavours overall considering it’s short steep time.

Second steep – 2 minutes – This steep is less toasty and smoky and much more sweet and honeyed. If anything it’s lighter than the first steep as there is less depth but the sweetness is rather rich and floral.

Third steep – 3 minutes – Not much left in this steep flavour wise other than sweet and very light floral tones. No flower specifically but perhaps something green…not quite grassy but almost.

Overall it’s a nice Oolong with medium levels of oxidisation but personally I prefer it either lighter or stronger instead of in the middle. It changed dramatically through each steep and it just lost more and more flavour which I have not experienced before. It was a nice sample and I would drink it again but it’s not something I would order.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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Thank you Teavivre for this sample. One of my favourite teas is your Dian Hong Golden Tip and I couldn’t imagine it being any more perfect…then you released Dian Hong with rose and the sheer thought has blown my mind. I love rose teas that are done well and are natural.

This loose tea does not have full roses as in the picture shown, or at least my sample bag didn’t have any. I do see one or two pieces of yellow/pink petals and it certainly has that sweet rose scent. The Dian Hong gives the rose a musk like quality and depth, it smells super delicious.

Once steeped this tea is golden brown in colour with a sweet and earthy rose scent. So very fresh and soft, it’s similar to pure rose oil.

Flavour is light and malty with fruity tones to begin with and then it transforms into a sweet and delicate rose flavour that carries on throughout the after taste. It is exactly as I imagined Dian Hong and roses would taste like together and it truly did not disappoint.

I will be adding this to my must buy list to alternate with original Dian Hong. Great for those pick me up moments :)

Update: I just visited Teavivre to add this to my shopping list and it appears that they are either out of stock or no longer sell this any more :( Super Sad Kitty.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Sounds lovely. :)

Terri HarpLady

What? Hopefully just out of stock! You made it sounds so awesome, plus I occasionally enjoy some roses in my tea (sorry sil, I really do ;)

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Another flavoured tea sample, another morning. My back had been feeling much better until yesterday when I’m back to barely being able to walk and it’s carried itself on to this morning. Luckily it’s bank holiday Monday today so my husband is at home to help. My beautiful boy Ivory keeps giving me his mouse to play with him with but I just can’t get on the floor and play :( So hubby is here for that today too. So cute to watch Ivy run around the house with his toy mice in his mouth :)

Well as far as appearance goes this looks like your standard rooibos tea with a few flowers and herbs added but once you open the beg you can smell strong vanilla/cream and sweet rooibos. Not as strongly orange as I would have liked being an orange lover but it still smells very nice.

Once steeped this tea tastes very sweet and creamy with hints of orange in the after taste. It’s delicious, reminds me of the Leo blend by Adgio. The rooibos is very light so it’s suitable for non rooibos fans. Hit with the hubby too, he said he could taste cream. :)

I would buy this one for my rooibos caffeine free moods.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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It’s 9:43pm and I’m sat listening to awful karaoke from the pub next door, even my cat can’t sleep through it! Playing Skyrim is taking my mind off it a little though so all is well. I’ve had to buy a new fish tank as the repairs we did only lasted for a few days. So me and my husband both chipped in almost £400 for a new tank and stand, changing from a 160 litre tank to a 250 litre tank. In a week or so I will try to post pictures of it with it’s new decorations, going for a natural and heavily planted theme. :)

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Thank you jessiwrites for this tea.

This sample smells sweet but also spicy and thick, like strawberry licorice but sweeter and with a hint of cinnamon. Very unusual and not like strawberry or rhubarb as such but it still smells nice on any account.

Once steeped and with a little rock sugar added this tea tastes like sweet but mild strawberry with hints of cinnamon and non specific fruit. No rhubarb or crumble as the name would suggest. It’s more like a spicy berry punch very similar to warm cider than strawberry rhubarb crumble. It’s fairly nice but just not what I was expecting. My husband isn’t a fan either, he thought I got the packets mixed up until I showed him.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

good luck with this Karaoke “music”…

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
1330 tasting notes

I haven’t been in the mood for anything flavoured in a long time and truth be told I’m still not but I have so many samples that my shelves are overwhelmed. I have no other option but to drink my flavoured samples to make room for tea that is currently residing in a cardboard box. I might find that some of the flavoured teas surprise me.

So I’m starting with randomly chosen Lime Gelato which is actually something I have never tried before. I know what gelato is but it’s not something that we really have in the UK, and as far as a lime ice cream goes I cannot say I have tried such a thing. All in all I’m expecting perhaps a sweet, lime, citrus flavour with an edge of being creamy. Well that’s my guess, now to find out.

The raw blend has a sweet, citrus scent that is more lemongrass than lime along with a creamy undertone. Similar to sherbet.

Once steeped this has a sweet lemongrass scent that is subtle and creamy. Flavour is mellow, citrusy, sweet, creamy and slightly tart. I still think it’s more lemongrass than lime but I don’t think it matters too much. For a tea that smells like sherbet it’s not as sweet as I expected or as thick in flavour but my husband likes it so perhaps I’m just being unfair.

Overall I would drink it again but wouldn’t buy it.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Nxtdoor

Am drinking this right now. We like it. It’s one I keep refilling, I like it a lot. I find it hard to find good fruit flavoured green teas and when I find a good one I practically OD on it.

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I’m 28 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 Cassie, Mr Sooty Pants,Ivory and Ollie.

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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