1275 Tasting Notes

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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71

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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73
drank Toffee Dream by Tea Blendz
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Thank you Sil for this sample. In the mood for something sweet and toffee dream sounds mighty sweet to me. :)

The tea resembles toffee quite nicely. It’s not overly sweet but is still noticeable and the toffee tastes like actual toffee. The white tea also seems a little floral. As a whole it’s light, creamy, sweet, floral and smooth.

A nice little treat that was definitely worth trying. :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Wow this is tasting note number 621. I have been a busy girl this past year.

This tea smells like sweet vanilla, chocolate and maple syrup. If I close my eyes and sniff it smells so delicious I’m almost fooled into trying to eat it. Like a fresh piece of cooked maple syrup cake drools

Flavour is also maple syrup like with hints of chocolate that’s very sweet. It’s not red velvet cake as much as syrup cake in my opinion but non the less it’s artificially delicious. Definitely no sugar needed for this blend and though I only had one cups worth – would I drink more of this tea (if I had it)? Hells yes!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Tajiri by Lahloo Tea
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Thank you adagio breeze for this tea.

This tea is light, sweet, malty and smooth. One of the more delicate black teas that I have tried and very much on the sweeter honeyed side. The sort of black tea that does not require milk or sugar to be a pleasant drink.

Most days this would not appeal to me as I love strong black teas but on days like today where I long after greens and whites it’s a nice in between drink.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

What should I have for breakfast… some green tea would hit the spot.

The raw leaves are very long, thin and crisp with dark and medium green tones. Some leaves have criss cross patterns on them which must be from the drying basket/tray, how divine and special. There are no holes, marks or discolouration to mention. They have a strong scent of cucumber, seaweed, flowers and grass.

First steep – 1 minute – Tea soup is light yellow in colour with a gentle floral and grassy aroma. Flavour is a little dry and perfumed with notes of peony, sweet grass, white cabbage and crisp pear.

Second steep – 2 minutes – Smooth and buttery and with a little more depth than the first steep but keeping all of it’s flavour. The dryness is a little more perfumed but still on the delicate side which keeps this tea refreshing and pure.

Third steep – 3 minutes – Floral, sweet, smooth, buttery and very delicate in this steep.

Overall it was delicious throughout and on the perfumed yet delicate side which I found to be similar to Long Jing but this is more delicate and with much more flavour. It does leave your mouth a little dry but also with a wonderful perfumed after taste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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90

A smoky green tea… how intriguing! Thank you Canton Tea Club.

The raw leaves are thin, long and very curly with dark green and silver colours. The leaves look to be of good quality with no stems, holes or discolouration. They have a very thick smell of smoky wood, flowers, nutty and green.

First steep – 1 minute – Pale yellow in colour with a thick, earthy and vegetal. It smells very much like raw pu erh. Flavour is smoky, thick, green, astringent, sweet and vegetal. The strength mellows quickly which leaves a nice balance of smoke, sweet pea, grass and cabbage.

Second steep – 2 minutes – Sweeter and more vegetal but still with a light and smoky balance. It’s not as strong as I thought it was going to be after the amazing first steep. Also more grassy and what’s that… pistachio?

Third steep – 3 minutes – Very gentle now. All that is left is sweet, green cabbage and a hint of smoke.

It remained smooth and fresh throughout and echo’s many raw pu erhs that I have on my shelf. A very pleasant green tea and one that I will happily drink.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C

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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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