1297 Tasting Notes


This has been cold steeped in my fridge with ice cold filtered water for 3-4 hours now. It’s produced a dark red colour so I’m going to risk serving it. Usually for fruit teas I would steep them over night but it’s a hot day and I require iced tea. Now not later.

So yes it’s a dark red colour and has a slight fruity and spicy scent.

Alright it does taste synthetically strawberry, like gummy sweets, but with a spicy undercurrent (like cardamom pod) with a citrus kick. Not as tart as I was expecting thankfully.

Strawberry, cardamom, orange, cinnamon and sugar. That pretty much does the whole taste sensations that I experience with this iced tea, but even after all of those it’s still missing something. Real depth and fresh flavour could be it. Plus wtf is egg protein doing in this tea? A preservative of the fruit?

Overall it beats having a dry throat but is certainly not something I would buy again. Another tea I can tick off my list to try. :)


Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Thank you Lala for this sample.

This is the first tea from Red Leaf that I have tried that was not a matcha. Champagne infused white raspberry tea could not sound fancier if it tried, I am very much looking forward to trying this. :)

The raw leaves have a very sweet and fresh, clear raspberry scent. Much stronger than I had expected. Perfect for this hot, sunny British day.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with a subtle yet floral, sweet raspberry aroma. Very different from it’s raw form but just as pleasant.

Flavour is sweet, very fruity with a slight raspberry tartness and a hint of flowers. I’m not sure I can taste champagne but there is something I just can’t explain about it… a special flavour and quality about it.

As a whole it’s nice and light but rich with raspberry flavour. I also agree that it makes a perfect afternoon tea. The after taste is wonderfully fruity and sweet. Definitely exceeded my expectations.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Happy to hear that you like it!


I have been looking at their wine infused teas to order along with some matcha. I am so glad to see that you like it!! :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

A warm and muggy day leans me towards the fruity teas that I have with me. I’m not usually a fan of pineapple but I am a Butiki fan and I’m going to ignore the harsh, sharp pineapple teas I have had before and focus on what this tea could be like. Like the taste buds of the innocent, a complete un-expecting of what I’m about to experience. … I hope you understand my rambling.

A sniff of the raw blend reveals a sweet and fresh floral pineapple scent. Very delicious smelling and with a hint of cream. Stronger than I was expecting but it just smells so very nice.

The raw blend has a few small small pieces of pineapple amongst the leaves and just for the record there are also a few twig like pieces which I believe to be from the Bai Mu Dan.

So far it has exceeded my expectations in scent and appearance… so what about taste?

A few minutes later

The tea is golden yellow in colour with the same sweet and creamy floral pineapple scent as it’s raw form. Perhaps a little stronger once steeped.

Flavour is sweet, creamy, herby (cilantro?), floral and smooth. That herbal taste is growing stronger but it’s something I’m starting to like more and more. It’s very different as to how I thought it would taste. It’s pineapple but not pineapple, it’s not sharp, tart, sour and doesn’t make my lips tingle but in the after taste I would definitely say it’s pineapple. Perhaps a little soapy with the pineapple but minimally so.

It’s also very smooth like velvet and sweet like mild honey. The Bai Mu Dan adds a wonderful light floral balance to the blend of flavours.

Overall I like it. I would buy it and drink more of it. Honestly though it’s a hard tea for me to rate, I’m thinking there might be too much cilantro to be perfect for my taste but then I think other flavours would be lost without it. A nice little unique blend.

(My rough rating at this time would be 8/10. Shall rate another time, I have more at home).

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Zen by Tazo
1297 tasting notes

I’m house/dog sitting for my parents for the next week while they holiday in Whitby so that leaves me to finish some tea samples. I packed a large bag of random samples and it’s hopefully enough to last me a week. If not I will be popping home anyway to make my jewellery that has sold so I can always pick up more.

Plus I have an announcement to make which may not be huge to most of you but it’s big for me … at the grand old age of 25 I have finally sent off for my provisional driving license. I have never had any interest to drive and always put myself down saying that I could never learn but I decided to go for it anyway. Ideally I want a scooter (despite my mum saying they are dangerous and is even willing to buy me a brand new car) so I’m working towards it. :)

Right now down to the tea. Not a Tazo fan in honesty but I’m always willing to give their teas a try. The teabag has a lemon, spearmint scent that is not completely fresh but zesty enough to still be pleasing. The blend looks very finely chopped.

Once steeped this tea is gold in colour with a strong minty scent. Flavour is thick and sweet with both the lemon verbena and the spearmint being the two dominant flavours. They match quite well, better than I thought they would. It tastes fresher than it smells and it’s on the stronger side of mint teas that I have tried, especially for pre bagged.

The green tea is in the background but a little green astringency is noticeable. Also a little dry. I’m impressed, it’s not the worst mint tea I have had but is something I would drink again.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

I was also 25 when I got my liocense. I was pulled over by the police the day I got them. I pulled over in front of a doofus who was driving in my blind spot. Just got a warning but I learned very quickly others don’t think behind the wheel, so I had better. Best of luck!


It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one that left it late. I’m counting down the estimated two weeks until I receive my provisional :) Then the hard part begins and I need to do the CBT.


Good luck!


i was 16… my actual birthday i believe… but i’m also 12 years older than you and they weren’t doing the staged licenses then. best of luck! i’m sure you’ll sail through!


kitty – i promise you that you’re not the oldest person around here with no license lol i’m almost 34 and still don’t have one!


Good luck!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


Such a lovely warm summers day here today. I’ve had a soak in the bath and put on my black and white polkodot summer dress. Been sipping on Liptons instant lemon iced tea but thought a pot of tea would end my day nicely.

This tea smells very sweet and berry fruity in raw form. Also a little hibiscus tart but very fresh. My husband even gave a MMMMMMMM when he had a sniff. :)

Flavour is sweet and fruity but with a slight fresh tartness. It’s hibiscus heavy but on a manageable basis possibly because it’s fairly fresh. Berry is very cranberry like.

Overall it’s a nice drink and would make a nice summer iced tea but I’m not sure if I would buy it again. Thank you anyway Canton for the sample.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


I have a few cups left of this but will be leaving it at work to finish off. Its a nice pick me up on my lunch break and shall be missed.

A spoon of sugar really brings out the chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon and dash of milk finish it perfectly. :)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.


I got this tea today whilst out shopping with my mother. I’ve been after a nice Darjeeling suitable for everyday drinking and I really have my fingers crossed for this one.

It’s black, brown and golden in colour with finely chopped leaves and a wonderful strong and musky floral scent. It smells lovely :)

Once steeped this tea is brown in colour with a sweet, musky, floral and earthen aroma. I wish they made a Darjeeling perfume, it’s just such a wonderful smell.

Flavour is sweet, malted, wooden, floral, musk and strong. A wonderful array of everything Darjeeling that I look for in a second flush. I tend to prefer the second flush Darjeeling more than first flush primarily because I love black, malty teas the most and some second flush mimic them very well. But on top of those you also have a stronger muscatel flavour and it’s more floral so I feel I have a good treat for my taste buds that in it’s own way is unique.

This has the right balance for me. It becomes sweeter and more floral the more I drink and the muscatel flavour is left in the after taste. It’s so smooth and non astringent, quite light for being such bold flavours. Delicious.

My searching is over. I have found my new everyday second flush Darjeeling and the best news is that it’s locally bought. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

I also love 2nd flush for pretty much the same reasons :-)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Jasmine Green Tea by Twinings
1297 tasting notes

My dad drinks this tea and while I’m here I thought I would try a cup to go with my spicy rice lunch.

I honestly don’t think its too bad. A little astringent and not as strongly jasmine as I’m used to but its still acceptable. Not as fresh as I’m used to either and the green tea in the bags was finely chopped and seemed a little dusty but again its serving its purpose for this moment in time and I cannot complain.

I would drink this again quite happily :)

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Jade Ring by Nothing But Tea
1297 tasting notes

These rings are so cute :) And they smell floral and gentle like a spring breeze.

Once steeped this tea is yellow in colour with the same gentle floral and grassy scent as it’s raw form.

This tea is sweet, grassy, floral, vegetal and fresh. Flavour key words would be sweet pea, jasmine, grass, cabbage and peony.

It’s a nice novelty tea and the rings have fully opened up to show it’s long, needle pointed leaves.

A nice green tea with unique charm. :)

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.



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.


Also a proud SororiTea Sister


Leicester, England, United Kingdom



Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer