1275 Tasting Notes

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My mind keeps chanting ‘Bi Luo Chun, Bi Luo Chun, Bi Luo Chun’ and it’s driving me insane! I have to give in to my urges and drink it’s delicious nectar.

This tea is has a sweet and floral (peony, jasmine combo) scent. The leaves are small and very curly with green and shiny silver colours.

First steep – 1 minute – Tea is pale yellow in colour and has a light but sweet vegetal/cabbage aroma. Flavour is subtle but matches the cabbage smell. Very delicious. Smooth, green, cabbage, sweet and buttery.

Second steep – 2 minutes – Flavour is thicker and more vegetal but still fairly smooth and very fresh. Also still very sweet and a little astringent.

Third steep – 3 minutes – Back to light again but still deliciously cabbagey and with a touch of dry, floral perfume.

As far as Bi Luo Chun goes I’m really digging this white version over the green. It’s much lighter but still has the same characteristics and flavours with a lot less astringency.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C
Dag Wedin

I tried this again tonight. and found that its very sensitive to temperature. as soon as i do it above 80C all the fruity vegal goodness is gone. Turns astringent at the tip of a hat.
I will do this at 75C from now on.

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Time for something fruity. I know there are some horror film fans here so hopefully someone will know what I’m talking about…but tutti fruity is always going to be called tutti f***ing fruity thanks to The Devils Rejects. I was sat here thinking ‘hmm…what should I drink’ and then bam I saw it in my fruit drawer and said ‘I will drink some tutti f***ing fruity*. I can’t help it. It’s all I can think about. Damn you Rob Zombie!

Well this blend has mostly small/average sized ingredients and has a sweet and very herbal scent. Not quite tutti f***ing fruity but more curranty and dark.

Once steeped this tea is deep red in colour with a thick, tart hibiscus aroma. Not quite the tutti f***ing fruity I was expecting…

Flavour is hibiscus heavy and I can’t detect any fruit at all. It’s just a sweet, tart, floral, herby, hibiscus tea. I can maybe taste currants amongst the hibiscus but that’s it.

The positive side is that as far as hibiscus goes this is not undrinkable, just very disappointing. :(

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lala

Ha ha. I will never think of tutti fruity the same again.

KittyLovesTea

I have a clip if no one knows what I’m on about. Warning – There is a lot of swearing so if your sensitive to the f word please don’t view.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKt4loXpVZ0

chavena1

LOL I’m glad I’m not the only one who always adds the f’in between tutti and frutti.

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Boredom is setting in now and I just don’t know what to do with myself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_RZAGnFcI4
Had to listen to that after I typed that first sentence. :)

I’m not up for anything thick or rich at the moment and thought a herbal tea blend would be great. So through my drawer I route and pull this one out. Not usually a fan of chamomile but love lemongrass and mint and orange so it could go either way. Still I have to try this at some point.

The raw blend consists of large ingredients for the most part with some finely chopped/dust looking herbal pieces too at the bottom.

It smells like sweet orange with a hint of mint. Very citrusy, waxy, sweet and delicious. Totally not what I was expecting but delighted by it.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with fresh and very minty with a hint of lemongrass citrus.

Flavour is strong but smooth and the first flavours I can taste are mint and lemongrass. It has a little sweetness and floralness to it in the after taste. Not as much orange as I was hoping for, like the raw blends smell promised, but non the less it’s a pleasant drink. Very relaxing and calming.

I have another pots worth of this blend that I will save as my bedtime tea. I could do with the help sleeping this week.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cavocorax

:) Thanks for the vid!

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Thank you Sil for this sample.

Night one of being alone is going well so far. I watched a few films to pass the time whilst drinking my milky, sweet teas for comfort and I’m now at the point where the last thing I want to drink is milk. My stomach agrees with me. So for the last hour now I have been thinking of having a pot of fruity green tea, something light and maybe sweet but something I will overall enjoy. So to my tea drawers I go and open my green tea drawer and with a little routing around I came upon this sample. I remember having a sample of this this tea as a gift from Butiki when I placed my first order with them but gave it away instead of trying it myself. Reason being that grapefruit is not one of my favourite fruits.

Well this review is long over due and I regret giving the sample away. At least now I can have some tea closure and see what I have been missing.

In raw form it sweet and citrus (waxy citrus) with grassy notes. Very pleasant and it reminds me of my Grapefruit Body Butter from The Body Shop.

Once steeped the tea liquid is yellow in colour with a sour and very sharp grapefruit aroma. Very natural and pure.

Sweet, buttery, sour, perfumey, green and refreshing. Those are my first things I noticed about this tea as I drink the first small cup of this down. It also starts off quite strong but quickly softens to create a delicate and beautiful array of flavours in the after taste.

Cup two reveals a more grassy taste over time and softens the grapefruit even more. And despite being perfumey it’s not dry or harsh in any way, in fact it’s the exact opposite.

After a while the flavours blend together and it’s hard to differentiate them but you are left with one beautiful cup of tea.

So this is what I missed by giving away that sample. A huge mistake on my part, I just hope whoever received it likes it as much as I do (sorry cannot remember whom I sent this to).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

Well glad you got te chance to try it after all!

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84

I think this is turning into one of my favourite vanilla teas. It makes the perfect latte and sweet, milky tea and is one of my ultimate pick me ups. It does taste very much like vanilla pod and a touch of sugar brings out that delicious vanilla sugar sweetness and it’s almost like I’m drinking liquid frosting.

Starfevre

You’ve made me very curious about this tea. Your profile says you’re up for swaps, would you like to do one with me? I’m located in the US.

KittyLovesTea

Sure, I’m always happy to swap :) Was there anything else on my shelf that you would like to try? I have a fair bit of this left so should be able to offer you around 20-30g if you wanted that much :)

Starfevre

Let me check a bit later, having a busy day today.

KittyLovesTea

Sure there is no rush. I will always have this in stock. The shop is local so if by chance I have run out it will only be a 10 minute bus ride for some more :)

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My first cup of tea today and it’s already dinner time. I’ve just had one of those days where I just haven’t been able to stop and relax with a cup of tea.. until now that is. And I chose this Cinnamon Roll Honeybush as my first well needed drink of the day and in latte form. It’s delicious! Much more cinnamon roll like and much sweeter and creamier. I might have to have more than one latte tonight, I need the comfort since I’m by myself for the next five nights. :(

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Thank you Sil for this tea.

From the reviews I have read for this one I must say I am looking forward to trying it. What a unique little tea this appears to be :)

The smell is similar to my husbands organic, no salt peanut butter from Good Earth that he buys. Sort of like toasted sesame seeds too. The taste is similar to the smell, it’s sweet, dry, nutty, baked and bready.

Much nicer than I was expecting, although I am now craving peanut butter on toast. Might have to get myself some in a minute.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1275 tasting notes

A black based cranberry tea with almond…sounds delicious. Making this my last pot of tea before bed.

I can note a sweet and fruity scent from the blend whilst raw but it’s somewhat artificial.

There is a definite nuttiness in the aroma once it’s steeped with a hint of cocoa. Flavour is sweet and slightly tart with a medium thickness overall. It also tastes a little cocoa like too. The more I drink the richer it becomes and less fruity.

I think it was a nice pot of tea but not sure it would be something I would like to frequent.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmint by Della Terra Teas
1275 tasting notes

Thank you Cavocorax for this sample.

I know I commented earlier expressing my need for ‘black tea’ but now I have a need for mint tea and this was the first one I could find. Also one of my most recently received samples.

The raw blend does have a refreshing minty smell but very mildly, but so is the sweet jasmine so it seems a fair balance.

Once steeped this tea is light yellow and has a gentle floral aroma.

Flavour is gentle and a little sweet with both ultra subtle hints of jasmine and mint. It’s very refreshing and much lighter than I expected but I think that works well in it’s favour. Also a little creamy and smooth.

All in all I think this is a success, a great palate cleanser and I bet it would make for an interesting iced tea. Thanks for sharing this with me Cavocorax :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 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.

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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