1079 Tasting Notes

drank Row Matcha by Elora Yard
1079 tasting notes

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Steep 1 – 15 seconds

Golden red brown in colour with a rich, sweet, malty scent. The first thing that strikes me is the smoothness that comes packed with a sweet malty mist of flavour. It’s mellow yet rich and very clean tasting. A touch of sweetness lay amongst the malt.

Steep 2 – 25 seconds

Maltier in flavour with a much richer and velvety after taste. The sweetness is better blended and does not stand out as much as the previous steep. It also remains fresh, misty and mellow.

Steep 3 – 40 seconds

There is a slight roasted flavour that mixed with the sweet and fruity malt not only makes it smell like malt loaf but also taste like it. Still remains rich, smooth and consistent to the previous steeps. When I say fruity I mean fermented like currants and raisins.

Steep 4 – 1 minute 10 seconds

Toning down now in it’s rich flavour. The sweetness is once again in front of the malt rather than being paired with it equally in the previous steep. Very light, a little smoky and still very smooth.

Steep 5 – 1 minute 30 seconds

Golden brown in colour. Not much left now beyond a dark fruity sweetness with only a slight malt touch. Perhaps also a slight floral touch is present now too mixed in with the fruit. Even though it’s very subtle it’s still a nice steep and very worth drinking.

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
canadianadia

I hope you had a nice birthday :D

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It’s been a while since I last had this tea but felt that after having a few cheeky ciders last night and madly craving pancakes this morning I would settle with a cup of tea. No idea why but I was up at 5:30am for no reason and it’s very unlike me so something has changed my sleeping pattern…. or maybe it’s just the coming of age. On a side note yesterday night I had a few pints of toffee apple cider which was delicious, it reminded me of the Della Terra – Caramel Candy Apple mixed with Cider Guayusa – Butiki. Scrumptious.

This tea is actually better than I remember it. Drinking this with one sugar and no milk, it’s pure maple syrup flavoured :) Very nice in the morning (even crazy hours in the morning).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Becky

You’ve made me want pancakes. /fistshake

KittyLovesTea

Lol sorry Becky. There really is nothing like pancakes in the morning :)

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I have had a nice birthday and an exhausting one at that so to end my night I’m having a cup of this camomile and lavender tea. Hopefully the lavender will aid in making me have a good nights sleep.

The colour once brewed is yellow and it has a floral and lemony scent. I brewed this hotter than I usually would for a green tea but I’m only following the instructions taken from the back of the tin.

Light, refreshing, floral, sweet, sour. The lavender starts off strongly and then lightens rapidly into a lemony sour fog. It’s not heavy or thick by any means which makes it easy to drink. I’m not a huge fan of lavender but when used in moderation like this blend it makes an enjoyable drink. I’m not a chamomile fan either but again this blend works well together.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

happy birthday !

Ninavampi

Happy Birthday! :)

Kasumi no Chajin

Always on a lookout for a new blend of this type!
happy Birthday!

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The first tea from my London Tea Company box sampler. Thank you mother for my gift, new tea is always welcome in this house :D

This tea has a nice caramel touch in sweetness and smoothness. Rich, light, refreshing, malty, clean. Very nice for a bagged tea and great for an everyday tea. One of the cleanest tasting breakfast teas I have tried.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Assam Superior by Tea Palace
1079 tasting notes

It’s naughty I know but even though it’s not my birthday yet (only a few hours to go) but I am trying this tea from my birthday stash. Thank you to my mum for this tea, she bought me a Tea Palace sampler with 8 different teas.

The tea in raw form consists of dark and golden brown leaves that are short and thin. They have an earthy, malty yet floral scent.

I am using my Gongfu with my usual 3 steeps. (1m,2m,3m) using two heaped spoons of tea.

Steep 1 – 1 minute
The tea is now dark red (Baltic Amber) in colour with a sweet malty scent. Strong, rich, smooth, malty, sweet, fresh, smoky, woody. The strength is strong (to my particular taste) and carries so bitterness. Malty with a smoky touch but quite light too, you simply sip, admire the flavour and then as though by magic it’s gone. It is very refreshing.

Steep 2 – 2 minutes
Orange in colour. Not as strong but still smooth and refreshing. I would even say this steep is sweeter than the first, honeyed almost. There is also a floral dryness that edges on becoming perfume like.

Steep 3 – 3 minutes
The malt has vanished and been replaced with a buttery floral very mellowness. A little on the dry side now.

Overall it was very enjoyable and showed great quality. I’m not a huge lover of Assam and I was not expecting much but this has made me realise that I do like Assam….good quality Assam. I’m going to treat myself to another pot of this before bed :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Veronica

Happy birthday!

ashmanra

Happy birthday! And what a nice mum! :)

Kittenna

Happy nearly-birthday!! :)

Tea Sipper

Happy birthday!

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Thanks to Alphakitty I have been craving this tea all day. I placed an order for 100g from Teavivre a couple of weeks ago and I’m still waiting for them to arrive. Thankfully I remembered to put a sampler aside for times like these.

It’s my birthday tomorrow and I hate getting older. Tomorrow I will be 25..me..an adult….I’m married to a man whose almost 30. I mean 30…seems so old.I don’t feel a day over 14. Maybe that’s the problem. Oh look I’ve gone and given myself a sour puss, grump face.

Oh well…tea time. Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea – Golden Tip Gongfu style. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Sil

Happy early bithday! 25 isn’t old! I hope you have a fabulous day tomorrow!

Starfevre

I’m 30! 30 isn’t old because I’m not old yet! Oh yeah, happy birthday young’un.

MissLena

Happy early bday! We are almost bday buddies, mine’s in 5 days :)

NofarS

Happy birthday! You are as young as you feel

Alphakitty

Happy Birthday~

TeaVivre

Happy Birthday^^

Indigobloom

Happy happy birthday!! hope there is plenty of tea :)

Terri HarpLady

Happy Birthday, Kitty! I turned 54 last week, although I’m only about 4 on the inside (her name is Little Terri, & she basically runs the show most of the time). I hope you have an awesome day.

KittyLovesTea

Thank you everyone :)

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Not a huge fan of anything milk related as I was allergic to it as a child but I get it in fresh for my husband and at the moment we have too much. I heard a great way of using up tea and milk was to make a tea latte so I searched through methods I found online I thought I would give it a go.

A huge vanilla fan I tried this tea, first of all the vanilla smells out of this world. Just simply amazing, any fan of vanilla would love this smell. So natural and fresh, strong, sweet…perfect. As for the taste the vanilla is the strongest flavour followed by a creamy element from the milk. I thought the black base would be stronger than it is but to be frank I like it’s behind the vanilla.

Well a creamy vanilla latte is my first home made latte and it will certainly not be the last. Wow… I cannot believe I have missed out on these. I will be browsing my cupboard in the morning to find suitable latte teas. :)

Sil

This sounds great!

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drank White Monkey by Tea Palace
1079 tasting notes

I remember trying this tea at the Tea Palace store in Covent Garden last year and being so impressed that I just had to buy some. They had a set Gongfu with a stand and small candle underneath to keep it warm, great idea.

I must admit that I am watching a documentary while typing this review so if what I say does not make sense then I apologize. Today we found out that King Richard III body has been found and it’s here in my home town of Leicester. It’s a huge historical moment! :) I’m overwhelmed.

The leaves are a mixture of silver and greeny brown that are squiggly, thin and long in appearance. They have a gentle floral and sweet scent.

Brewed in my Gongfu (3 steeps:1m,2m,3m) with 2 heaped teaspoons of tea.

1 minute – Pale yellow colour – Floral and sweet scent
Light, refreshing, floral, sweet, buttery, nutty. I remember this now :) The strength is good (for a white tea) and it’s sweetness resembles Peony. It’s completely light and buttery that make it just slip down so well. Wonderful quality.

2 minutes – More buttery and floral but at a perfect balance. Packed with flavour while still remaining light and very refreshing. Reminds me of a weak green tea.

3 minutes – Weaker now but still a good third steep. Very sweet and still no bitterness or impure flavours.

It carried itself on well through out all 3 steeps. Even though I am not a huge fan of white tea I think this is absolutely wonderful. Possibly my favourite white tea but too soon to tell. Great quality and taste that works well with re steeps. Plus this one comes with happy memories :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
Josie Jade

I read an article last night about King Rivhard III’s body, but hasn’t heard if it was for sure him. How neat!

KittyLovesTea

It was revealed today for the first time that “beyond reasonable doubt” it is the body of King Richard III. I remember being taught in school as a child about the magical King and the mystery of his bodies location. They said we would never find him and as a child I believed them….I guess it comes to show that miracles do happen.

Alphakitty

My mom is a Richard III fanatic, I think she’s probably read every book on him that’s ever been written so my arrival home was greeted with “DID YOU HEAR THEY FOUND RICHARD IIIs BODY?!?!” Such an exciting moment, amazing when something we thought was lost to history is discovered again.

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drank Toffee by Le Palais des Thes
1079 tasting notes

Thank you NofarS for this swap.

The tea whilst raw has a sweet yet dark vanilla essence that resembles vanilla toffee sweets.

Once brewed the tea has a delicious sweet toffee/fudge smell that makes me want to devour it. I adore fudge, it remembers me of childhood holidays in Cornwall and visiting handmade fudge shops.

A drop of milk has been added. A few sips reveal a smooth, dark liquid treacle affair that is not chemical in taste. Added a zero calorie sugar. The sugar has made it much more toffee like with it’s added sweetness and the vanilla appears to be stronger. The black tea is in the background and I cannot say much about it especially… it’s not malty or floral…perhaps the best I can say is that it’s rich.

A nice blend that is tasty enough to cure my fudge cravings. Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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I’m 26 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.

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