771 Tasting Notes


I brewed up the last of my sample from Sandy’sCuppa with just hot water, the traditional way.

At first I thought I had added too much hot water because the french vanilla tasted quite watered down. However, after the tea cooled for a few minutes, it was delicious, sweet, warm, thick, french vanilla. For a moment I actually thought I was drinking hot chocolate.

I definitely prefer this one hot.


I’ve noticed that too! When the water is too hot I can’t taste much flavor, but when it cools, BAM, it comes out so nicely! :)

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I got a sample of this from Sandy’sCuppa.

The dry tea smelled almost identical to Earl Grey. Which, as everyone already knows, I love.

The tea brewed strong and dark, which is what I had expected from the assam base. The tea had a very subtle taste of bergamot, not as strong as I usually prefer. I did not taste any jasmine while drinking the tea, but it definitely is pronounced in the aftertaste. Because I was impatient, I also brewed up a cup of flavoured matcha at the same time as I was drinking this tea. The Buckingham palace tasted better with more pronounced bergamot after I had a sip of the matcha. I think because of the sweetness in the matcha. I did not add any sweetener to the Buckingham palace tea but I think I will try that next time I brew it.

I love that there is assam in the base of this tea. Assam is my most favourite black base. I think it works well with the other flavours in this tea.

I steeped for 3 min, but I think I will do less time for next brew.

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
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Free sample from Harney and Sons.

This is a bagged tea.

I LOVE bergamot. Pretty much all it takes to get me to like a tea, is to add bergamot. So naturally Earl Grey is my all time favorite tea. I was quite excited to receive this as a free sample. On opening the package and smelling the tea bag, it was strong, sweet, bergamot. I could hardly wait for the tea to steep.

Slight disappointment on the smell of the brewed tea because I could hardly smell any bergamot, but only smell the black tea. But it redeemed itself on the taste, it certainly is strong citrous bergamot. Delish.

Although this tea has a strong bergamot flavour, I don’t seem to be liking the black tea base. It just doesn’t taste quite right to me, not smooth. It seems to me that the black tea base would be bitter, the bergamot is supposed to balance that out, but its not quite the right balance. There is a weird aftertaste that is lingering for a long time.

Overall the tea is still good, but I think I prefer other brands.

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i think i got this sample also, will have to try!

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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This was a free sample from Harney and Sons.

It was a bagged tea.

I am not a big fan of breakfast teas, but I found Harneys version to be quite pleasant. I find a lot of breakfast teas can be very strong and quite bitter. I brewed this tea for a shorter period of time, just because I was scared it could get bitter. I prefer not to add any milk or sweetener to my black teas. Harney’s version of English Breakfast is a smooth tea, no bitterness noted. It is creamy with a very slight sweetness to it. I love that it is 100% keemun and not a blend. There is a very slight, kind of sweet aftertaste.
I would most likely not purchase this tea for drinking, but I am happy I had the chance to try it.

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Rachel J

I drank my free sample of this at breakfast this morning too! I agree with what you said. I steeped it in 190 degree water for 3 min.

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I find this tea interesting in that is has matcha powder. Presumably the matcha is mixed in with the tea in the tea bag. And presumably it dissovles while steeping.

The tea tastes like most other bagged mint green teas I have tried, with the addition of tart lime. The mint is subtle, with the lime flavour predominating. It does remind me of the flavour of a mojito. The tea is not bitter, but it is certainly not sweet like a real mojito.

I did not add any sweetener but next time I will. I think it would also make a refreshing iced tea.

I am unsure why there is the addition of matcha powder in the tea, but most likely for the health benefits. I do no think it adds much else to the tea.

This tea is ok, I think I prefer just plain mint green tea though.

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drank Pink Sonoma by Red Leaf Tea
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I have to preface this note by saying I love wine. I also love tea. So the fact that there is a tea that tastes like wine – right up my alley.

On first smell, the tea leaves smell like a sweet rose wine (not rose like the flower, rose the wine, with the little dash over the “e”, I don’t know how to do that on the keyboard).

The tea brews light yellow colour and smells of sweet white tea and roses (the flower this time). The tea tastes like a sweeter version of a Californian cabernet sauvignon. Delicious. I would love to try this tea iced.

There is a slight astringent aftertaste that I often get with flowery teas.

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Rosé? Option + e, on a Mac. :D


Unfortunately I am on a PC. But thanks.

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
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I am unsure…When I first opened the bag and took a sniff the only thing I could think of was dishsoap. To be fair, I was washing dishes while I was waiting for the water to heat up. The dry tea smelled very strong of sweet lemongrass and for some reason this made me think of soap.
The brewed tea is a bright yellow-green colour. You can smell strong lemon grass and coconut. The teas tastes strongly of coconut with hints of lemongrass. I do not smell or taste any ginger. The green tea base is very faint. I am unsure of the taste. Again it keeps reminding me of soap for some reason. I must has used a similar scented soap product at some point in time. To be fair to the taste of the tea, I am not a huge coconut fan. Now I love fresh coconut and coconut milk (ie. buying a coconut and cracking it at home). But for some reason I do not like any other coconut, I don’t like pre-shredded coconut, coconut water from a can, coconut flavouring, etc.- its just not the same as a real coconut).
The taste is not bad. It does not taste soapy, it just reminds me of soap, so that is turning me off of this tea. The strong coconut flavour is also not helping.
The tea leaves a clean, fresh, aftertaste.
I think I will have to leave this tea and come back to it later on and see what happens.

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
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The smell of the dry tea instantly transported me to a plantation garden in Hawaii. Smelled so good, tropical, fruity.
Brewed, this tea has a smell similar to pineapple, a sweet, tart, tropical fruity flavour. There is also a roasted smell, which I am wondering if that is the coconut.
The taste is delightful and delicious. I’m getting that slight roasted flavour, but also the guava and marigold. The mix of green and black tea base is very light. It is fruity and floral.
Next time I brew this I am going to brew it more like a green tea, and less like a black. I think it would make a delicous iced tea.
I bought this as a sample size and am a bit dissapointed I am soon going to run out.

Edit: I left the house to go and chip some ice so that the mail man would continue to deliver my tea packages(only when they don’t get lost in the mail, that is) and when I came back in the house has a wonderful pot pourri smell of this tea. Delicious. Just like luscious pineapple and tropical flowers. I’m just going to leave the used tea leaves sit out all day!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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This is going to be a cupboard staple for me. As soon as I read the description of the tea, I knew I would like it becuase it had begamot (apparently thats all I need I guess).
The dry tea smells like a strong black tea, a mild bergamot scent, and I think I am getting vanilla. There is also a sweet fruity smell to it.
The brewed tea is very dark, which scared me a bit to taste it, but it was not too strong. The black base of the tea is well defined but it balances nice with the bergamot. Very similar to Earl Grey. There is definitely a sweet fruity taste, I can’t quite place which fruit it is, I want to say apple, purple grape…?
I think this tea should have been names Earl Grey in Paris!

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drank Boysenberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Mmmmmm. I have been anticipating the arrival of my Red Leaf order just so I could try this matcha. I quite like the taste of Red Bull, and when I heard this matcha tastes like Red Bull I had to get some to try it.
The smell of the dry matcha is spot on Red Bull, the taste is the same as well. Now I don’t think the goal was to set out to create a Red Bull flavoured matcha, but I guess boysenberry is what Red Bull is flavoured with.
The matcha powder is fine and smooth. The boysenberry flavour is strong and mixes well with the matcha flavour. There is a boysenberry aftertaste but it is not unpleasant at all.
I made this tea iced and as a latte, both were delicious. I think I prefer it cold though.
I orderded robust flavour.
Quite impressed with the flavoured matchas from Red Leaf that I have tried so far. Will be making another order shortly.
You can find this matcha here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/boysenberry-matcha.html

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.


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