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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
984 tasting notes

My one and only bag of this and I have no idea where it came from. I’m not expecting much since it’s a Tazo tea but it could be surprisingly tasty. I imagine this is mostly for iced tea but with it being so cold here in England there is no point in me drinking it iced.

The bag looked like your standard dusty teabag with little to no fragrance. Once brewed the tea is a honey colour with with a slight berry aroma, almost like a mist.

Well it tastes better than I thought but not by much. Berry wise it tastes a little like cranberry with some vegetal floral after taste. It would be the sort of generic tea you would expect from a large chain that is served in their stores. I’m not meaning to sound stuck up or too good for bagged tea but in most cases I find they contain cheap ingredients and are often the same price as fresher loose tea.

Am I happy I only had one bag? Yes
Would I buy this? No
If this was on the menu in a restaurant would I order it? Yes if the other tea’s did not take my fancy

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75

I have finally used the last of this sample in a bog standard tea bag way. The rest I tried in my gaiwan but I was not left with enough tea for another gaiwan steep. :(

Fairwell Green Twirl.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

I’m in another fruity mood and dug deep into my cupboard to find something appealing when I remembered my Simpli-Special order a few months ago. Cherry is another one of my top favourite flavours and I am digging black tea at the moment so with this being fruity and black based it makes it perfect for my current needs.

The raw mixture looks like your standard loose leaf black tea but the smell is like those sour cherry penny sweets cut into lip shapes. Very nice.

Once steeped the tea soup forms a reddy brown liquid that smells of fresh maraschino cherries (cocktail cherries) and strongly so.

Taken without milk or sugar though the website states the cherries can be uplifted by a little sugar. I like trying things without sugar wherever possible.

The taste is not as strong as the smell but the cherry flavour is certainly prominent. I cannot really taste the black tea much at all, just sweet and sour cherries that still remind me of gummy sweets…well what I can remember of them. They don’t make vegetarian cherry gummy sweets here :(

The more I sip the more black tea I can taste but it’s a nice strength and balance, no bitterness or astringency and not so much cherry that you think your drinking juice. Another tea I bet would taste amazing iced.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Lady 0f Spaydes

That blows that your can’t find vegetarian gummy sweets! I’m sure you could order the supplies to make them though! Where I am, they are almost never made with gelatin. Vegetarian gummy sweets are made with agar agar usually, just double check the ingredients, so long as it doesn’t say gelatin its normally vegetarian. I’m sure you could find agar agar and cherry extract and make treats as yummy as from your childhood!

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63
drank Sangria by Teaopia
984 tasting notes

Thank you Kittenna for this sample. :)

It’s feeding time in my household and all 4 of my kitties are letting me know how hungry they are. They have that ‘I haven’t eaten in days and I’m wasting away’ look on their little fluffy faces which any pet owner can relate with. I’m on the sofa not feeling well still so it’s about time I got up and killed two birds with one stone…so to horribly speak… by feeding my angels and making a cuppa at the same time. The Sangria was sent from Kittenna as part of a trade and it was the first one I pulled out of the bag to try.

It smells a little fruity raw but without much of anything else to really say about it other than it looks like dried fruit bits. A long steep of 6 mins as advised and I can note it forms a strong red colour with a slight fruity and somewhat winey fragrance.

First sip in and I can taste hibiscus…not exactly what I was hoping for. Beyond the hibiscus there is a fruity element that reminds me of grapes and apple so we have sour from hibiscus, sweet from the fruit and also a herbal touch which I can assume may be from the lemongrass.

It’s not sangria as such but I wouldn’t say it was a bad try. Definitely a summer time tea and it may even be better iced. The balance is mostly what ruins the tea as it’s very hibiscus heavy but it’s not the worst hibiscus tea I have tried. It’s at least manageable.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I got this tea for one reason… I have a pure black cat called Ebony. http://tinypic.com/r/otq1hd/6

Again I’m not a huge fan of rooibos but I do love fruit. I’m not sure if Ebony knows I am talking about him but he just awoke from his bed and is meowing at me. Bless him, he is very intuitive. Now he is attacking my stairs lol.

The tea smells of a fruit cocktail with a little sweetness. The colour once brewed is misty brown with an orange glow.

The taste is interesting, it’s noticeably rooibos but flavoured with enough fruit to make it drinkable. Pineapple is definitely the strongest fruit I can taste but overall it’s fairly mellow with orange protruding not far behind. It’s a little sweet but could be enhanced nicely with a little sugar.

Overall it’s a nice blend that is suitable for non rooibos fans such as myself. The only downside is that it leaves me with a bit of a dry mouth.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Tabby

Awww, your kitty looks guilty. :3

darky

have to say these reviews are always nice to read !

KittyLovesTea

Tabby – Ebony is a very cheeky boy, his look of guilt is not surprising :)

darky – Thank you. That is very kind of you to say. :)

canadianadia

The thought of your cat attacking your stairs made me laugh. Cats are so entertaining.

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90

Thank you Kittenna for this sample. :)

It’s just after 1am at the start of the new year here in the UK so Happy New Year everyone!

Watermelon is my second favourite food ever (after cookie dough) so I am very excited in trying this blend. I’m still waiting for it’s long 7 minute steep (taken from Davids Tea website) but so far it has taken a lovely pink tone that does look like watermelon juice.

The raw tea mix has a somewhat appley fragrance which was unexpected. Once brewed it smells like watermelon…as if by magic it truly does. It has the same watery, weak yet sweet fragrance that watermelon has.

Wowsers! WATERMELON!!! It tastes like warm watermelon juice. It’s mild and weak and I wish it was a little stronger but it has the same fresh juiciness you would expect from watermelon. It does have an edge of fruitiness behind it..a sort of sweet and sour apple cocktail. Reading the ingredients list I would never guess it contained carrot or beetroot but I suppose they help to keep it sweet.

It’s a very nice blend and it is watermelon like but I was hoping it would be a little stronger. I think this would be tastier as an iced tea with lots of crushed ice and small watermelon pieces for extra flavour. A good effort though :)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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Over the last few days I have been drinking a lot of this tea and it’s reminded me how much I adore it. My Teavivre tins arrived the other day and so now my pearls are stored in one of them and in my kitchen which makes for easier brewing access.

More than ever I am craving malty Yunnan tea so I suppose it was handy to have hidden a bag of these pearls for when I truly wanted them.

I have been adding new jewellery ranges on my eBay shop all day and I’m tired so the balls are great for a quick brew. I pop 4 balls (5 balls if I want extra strength) in an empty tea bag/sac and once water is added they work their magic to taint my water. Easy, quick to measure and so tasty.

It’s very malty with a smooth and sweet cocoa finish. Deep brown in colour with a sweet malty smell. Perfect!

Preparation
Boiling 3 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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