1330 Tasting Notes

drank Grand Cru Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1330 tasting notes

I had this as part of a cold matcha late with soy milk before bed time. Late cravings for it after polishing off two naughty slices of triple chocolate shortbread (which was amazing, best I have tasted). I only usually have shortbread at Christmas as I make it for friends and family as a little gift to say ‘thank you for helping me throughout the year’.

The matcha is not as strong as I was expecting, nor does it have any harsh sort of after tastes like I have experienced with a few other matcha. That makes it very fresh and grassy with beautiful smooth, green and spring like combination of flavours. I only had enough for two cups of this :( I could drink this every day.


I’m jealous. If I have the tiniest bit of caffeine after 1pm I am up all night. I have to drink most of my caffeinated teas in the morning.

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My tasting notes say I last had this 4 months ago and that is just too long. Though I have been put off by flavoured teas I find matcha to be different. Or at least today I do.

My husband arrived home from work and went straight upstairs to clean the bathroom. No nagging or hinting necessary…it’s like he’s been replaced by an alien. Completely blown me away. I don’t mean to make him sound like he doesn’t help me or around the house, it’s just that he works very long hours and travels a lot so he doesn’t get time to do most things.

As a treat I whipped us up a cookies and cream matcha iced milkshake. Him for being a wonderful husband and helping while I have my bad back and me for doing my orders today and managing to struggle to the post office to send them. :)

It also reminds me to make some cookies and cream matcha lip balms.


good hubby. :)


less than a minute ago

Hooray for nice hubbys doing nice things :) I hope your back feels better soon.

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I received my new Pu Erh bowl from Dragon Tea House today (no Sunday shipping, it arrived yesterday at my parents address and they came by today). It’s so beautiful! http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/lotus-fish-handpainted-porcelain-teacup-110ml-3-7oz.html

I haven’t been able to walk for more than 5 minutes now for 9 days and have gone a little mad with internet shopping to make up for it. Why is my back out? Truth be told I believe it to be a bad water infection, that’s what the hospital said it was two years ago when I visited. So I suppose I will just ride it out and keep my fluids up.


This tea was part of my previous Dragon Tea House order but I haven’t got around to sampling it until today. It says this is made using wild leaves, that just sounds magical. Imagine living local and being able to pick them up for yourself to prepare for your family. :)

In colour this is dark brown and light brown mixed with some golden shimmery pieces. It almost looks like it’s glowing… There are some stems/sticks in the compressed cake piece too.

It has a strong, dark, soil scent with a hint of lightly smoked wood. A little stronger and darker than I expected of a raw Pu Erh.

Using my Gongfu teapot which holds 8oz/220ml ish it is recommended to use 10g of tea. My husband has beer tonight so the full amount is not needed, instead I shall only half fill my Gongfu which quite nicely fills my new Pu Erh bowl and use 5g of tea per 110ml. This shall be done across 5 steeps with boiling water.

Steep One – 30 seconds – Once steeped this tea is light golden brown in colour and has a strong, damp and muddy wooden aroma. Like a forest after torrential rain. The taste is much subtler than it’s scent. It has a gentle musky quality mixed with smoky earth and a touch of sweetness.

Steep Two – 1 Minute – Golden in colour now. It’s sweetness has been increased slightly and it has more of a wooden feel about it. Still on the musky side and very subtle with both soil and smoke still being present.

Side Note – The Pu Erh itself has dramatically lightened in colour after the first two steeps. It’s now a mixture of green, dark green and brown leaves.

Steep Three – 2 Minutes – The musky quality has grown to match its sweetness which gives this a more leathery effect in comparison to the previous steeps. Being vegetarian it’s strange to say something is leathery and mean it in a positive way but there is just no other way of explaining it. Roughly double the strength of the previous steep but it’s still light and very easy to drink.

Steep Four – 3 minutes – Not as strong, musky, smoky or sweet now but it is certainly more wooden. Perhaps also a touch floral in a dark sort of way. Still on the leathery side.

Steep Five – 4 Minutes – Back to it’s original steeps light colour. All that is left is a mellow, sweet, wooden hue that has a faint hint of musk in the after taste.

Overall – It’s a nice Pu Erh that was pleasing throughout but I must admit that it just doesn’t feel like a raw Pu Erh. I’m not saying it tasted ripe either but rather something in the middle of both which I cannot recall experiencing before.

It’s scent offered a strong tea but it’s flavour gave you a range of sensations which was enough to please just about any tea drinker.

I have roughly 25g left of which I will be able to drink with ease and much delight. Would I buy this again? Definitely.

Oolong Owl

I love that tea cup!


the cup is so lovely, delicate and refined, sure you’ll enjoy more your teas with that cup :) hope you’ll getting better soon

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Thank you very much for this sample Wan Ling Tea House. Another generous 5g sample for me to try. :)

The Oolong leaves are thin, long (roughly 3-4cm) and a little curly. The colour is dark brown almost black and they have a strong smoky wood and leather scent with hints of currant. Heavily oxidized and mature.

Brewing all 5g in my Gongfu teapot (just over 200ml) for three steeps.

First Steep – One Minute – The tea is golden brown in colour with a thick and toasted wooden and ricey aroma. Reminds me a little of toasted rice but much stronger. The first few sips reveal a deep toasted and smoky combination with hints of forest trees (wood and a very dark green flavour), mature currants and dry nuts. Also on the sweet side. For a quick 1 minute steep it’s delicious and full of flavour.

Second Steep – Two Minutes – A little richer in both scent and flavour now but the overall effect is the same as the first steep. Still with hints of smoke, toasted wood, a dark green leafy essence and a finish of dry nuts. It’s not as mature as some other Oolongs that I have in my collection but it’s still a very pleasing heavy roasted tea.

Third Steep – Three Minutes – Lighter in colour than the previous steep, resembling the first steep very much in colour and aroma. Flavour is much milder now however and unfortunately some characteristics have been lost. All that remains is the toasted wooden remains of a fine Oolong.

Overall – This is a very nice Oolong that offers the multitude of flavours that a mature, heavily roasted Oolong has but without the heaviness. It’s on the lighter side of being heavily roasted I should say. I really like that though, sometimes a full on heavy roast is just too much. The flavours remained consistent and I’m very happy with the quality and drinking experience.

This is something I would seriously consider purchasing when I finish my other heavily oxidized Oolongs.


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Thank you very much Wan Ling Tea House for this sample.

The leaves are (mostly) very long being roughly 6cm on average with only a few that have broken into smaller pieces. They are a mixture of dark green, medium green and hints of brown in appearance. Closer observation reveal fine hairs that shimmer silver. They have a sweet and vegetal scent, similar to kale, sweet pea and peony all mixed into one. Very nice and spring like.

My sample was a generous 5g and for the sake of this review I will be using my large teapot which holds roughly 6-7 cups worth of tea.

First Steep – One Minute – Colour is light yellow with a subtle green tint. Aroma is very subtle but there are hints of sweet flowers. Flavour is very gentle and sweet with highlights of sweet pea and fresh grass. The light flavour makes it a very refreshing first steep.

Second Steep – Two Minutes – Darker yellow in colour this time with a stronger aroma that resembles spinach, kale and sweet pea. Very green and sweet. Flavour is still on the delicate and sweet side despite having a much more robust aroma. It keeps it nice and refreshing. It’s a nice sweetness level, not too much but enough. Also a little dry in the after taste.

Third Steep – Three Minutes – Grassier now in flavour but still sweet and floral with only a hint of astringency. Much smoother than I was expecting for the final steep. Stronger kale tasting now too with a mature, dark green vegetal essence.

Overall – This Tai Ping Hou Kui is a delicious and sweet green tea that contains joyful essences of flowers, vegetables and grass which make this a pleasure to drink. Very smooth and refreshing throughout.

175 °F / 79 °C

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In appearance the small Oolong balls consist of both dark green, light green and brown coloured leaves and measure roughly 3-4mm. The balls look shiny and fresh.

They have a strong floral scent similar to Lily of the Valley. Imagine sitting in a field full of flowers on a warm Spring day and taking in deep breaths. That’s what I think of when I smell this tea.

Tea Horse Brewing Suggestions – 2tsp of tea 90°C 3min

I shall be using my Gongfu teapot for this steep which holds 200ml (aprox an average cup size worth). Re steeping is encouraged for this tea so I shall do three steeps.

First Steep – 3 mins – Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a buttery, sweet, floral and lightly toasted aroma. In flavour this tea is very similar to it’s beautiful aroma. It has a gentle buttery taste with hints of toasted flowers (honeysuckle and lily), grass and kale. A very refreshing and delicious start.

Second Steep – 3 mins – Tea tea remains yellow in colour but smells a little sweeter than the previous steep. It tastes that way too, definitely a touch sweeter and grassier. It’s lost some of it’s buttery and toasted charms but picking up with the touch of spring feel. Lighter than the first steep but still with lots of flavour.

Third Steep – 3 mins – It’s the last steep and I’m sad that the end is near. On the plus side the sun has come out to perfect my drinking experience. In flavour this is very subtle and all that I can taste are fragments of sweet grass and flowers with hint of butter. A very nice, refreshing steep that cleanses the pallet wonderfully.

After the steeps the balls heave been fully expanded to leave behind dark green leaves with a slight red edge. For the most part the leaves remain whole but some have broken into smaller pieces.

Overall this has had flavour and freshness which has made it very pleasurable to drink. I would recommend this tea for Oolong lovers everywhere.

For more information and pictures please visit my blog. http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2013/08/08/having-an-oohh-moment-with-four-seasons-oolong/

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Lets give this tea a go, it’s about time I used this sample. Lunch time here after a busy morning of making jewellery for roughly 30 orders. A slice of toast and cup of tea is definitely in order.

It just looks like sugar with a slight spicy kick of ginger. Not as strongly ginger as I was hoping for but it may pick up in the steep. I have always found instant drinks to be strange.

Colour is cloudy burnt yellow and has a soft but sweet smell of ginger. Flavour is fiery but sweet and stronger than it’s scent. Like a nice strong ginger ale that’s been warmed by the sun.

Nice and pleasant considering it’s an instant drink. Would drink more of this if I had it. Would consider buying it in small amounts as it would make a great winter drink.

Terri HarpLady

Glad to hear that biz is going good!


Where can you buy this in the UK ?
tried looking every where and cant get it


Sorry Sammy but I believe this was a sample someone included into a tea swap, so I didn’t actually buy it. If I see it for sale in UK I will let you know but for now I’m afraid that I cannot help you.


@Sammy2406 I found a place online in UK that sells them though they are somewhat expensive. http://javanesetaste.ecrater.co.uk/p/19479745/intra-ginger-drink-jahe-wangi

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This morning I was woken by the sound of my husband shouting “Oh my God!”. Immediately I woke up and was rushing out of bed when he came in and told me that he saw a Red Platty fish baby in our small upstairs tank. They used to have babies a lot (and I mean a lot) but for the better part of a year it stopped but it would seem the change into a smaller tank while our large one is on the mend is all they needed. It’s nice to get some good news for a change :) Though in reality I know it doesn’t mean the fry shall survive, but I’m really hoping.

In raw form this tea smells like fresh apple with a slight citrus kick. Very sweet and juicy. Not really getting the Kiwi come through but I only have enough tea for one pot so maybe this sample just doesn’t have much Kiwi in it…just a thought.

Once steeped this tea is dark yellow in colour with a slightly sweet apple and kiwi. By kiwi I mean it smells fruity and sour that resembles kiwi but I would not know if I hadn’t read it.

In flavour this is gentle in depth with a sweet grassy apple flavour and an after taste of lemongrass. There is also the same slightly sour fruity taste that’s in the smell which I’m calling kiwi like.

Very fresh and light, perfect for my first drink this morning.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

Yay baby fish! Tony’s (the boyfriend) has a 120 Gallon tank & I love it when there are babies, although it can get kind of crazy. We started out with a pair of bristle nose plekos (among other fish), & now the tank is swarming with them. We used to trade them to the guy at our fav fish store, but he retired & the store closed. Petsmart won’t take them, so Tony gave away one of the parents. Now some of the young are getting big enough to reproduce, so I’m not sure what his plan is, LOL. We also had a very lively reproducing group of platies that Tony’s sister gave him. After awhile he gave them back, LOL. They were just too prolific!


It’s amazing how small the babies are. They just look like a see through blob with huge eyes :) Our big tank is 160 litre but we still have to wait and see if the repair has taken. If not we are going bigger. Rather than fish babies we have hundreds of cherry shrimp babies. They just breed like crazy but I love watching them swim around.

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Ok I had a few hours sleep after my tank fiasco which was not an awful lot to run on today. Needless to say I have been sluggish and tired all day, sort of a lazy day but making up for it tonight.

My husband is now home after work with some sealant that says it repairs a tank within 48 hours. Last night we emptied half the water out and left it to drip over night. All our fish have been saved along with the majority of our shrimps and some snails. Our job tonight is to completely empty the tank and let it dry so we can find out where the leak is. That means sifting through the sand to find our assassin snails and my husband is just catching the last of the shrimp now. Shrimp are very fast!

We both have tomorrow off work so we should start the repair then. For now tonight we still have a looong night ahead of us. I’m going to try my best again to save what remains in the ruins of the tank.

To start us off we have a pot of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. I have enough for one more pot too so I may take the rest to work as a treat.


so glad everything worked out and there was no undue sashimi!

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drank Vanilla Mint Mate by 52teas
1330 tasting notes

Crisis. I am in a crisis. The problem? My large fish tank has a leak that is only small but large enough to be a major issue for the here and now. It’s 12:30am…no shops are open for help. I’ve had to take out all of my fish and put them into a small tank with water colder than they and I would prefer.

Probable outcome – Some fish are going to die.

The tank that is leaking has many snails and shrimps, they are simply too small to catch and it will be impossible to find them all once the water is drained as they bury and hide.

Probable outcome – Some snails and shrimps will die.

My aquarium is heavily planted with various kinds of plants. Most started out as a small bulb or patch but has spread. There is no room in my other tanks for any more plants.

Probable outcome – My plants will die.

Repair kits take a week to become safe before water can be introduced so I wont know if my tank can be repaired yet. I wouldn’t mind spending another £300 on one but the thought of losing my pets is painful.

Only thing I can do – Make a pot of tea and sit down. Try to relax and take things in their stride. I keep getting a lot of bad luck coming my way recently and it’s hard to take it all.

I chose this tea to help with my stress stomach ache and the mate should keep me awake for the next hour or two so I can continue to drain the tank and try my very best to save my aquarium friends, or as many of them as I can.


okay, i have had fish tanks and i’ve had all sorts of this tank (pardon the irresistible pun. saran wrap pressed against the leak from the inside will hold it for a wee bit…. give me a second to double check something… the trick is to find something that works with water IN the tank, but is not toxic to your buddies….BRB.


HERE IT IS! http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080923084415AAKF087 i have no clue how much it costs, but if you need it you need it.

good luck!


BTW my first post should read ’i’ve had all sorts of THINGS tank and there is supposed to be a closing parentheses… we have a new puppy and i haven’t slept much!


Hope everything works out!


Let us know how it goes!


oh poor fishies! I hope you can save most of them!


Oh no!!! That is a crisis!! I wish I was there to help you. :( I’d stay up all night with you trying to save those poor helpless animals.

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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.


Also a proud SororiTea Sister


Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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