943 Tasting Notes

90

Sipdown! Finally gave in and finished off my tin of this one. It’s a finicky tea…when it’s good, it’s fabulous. When it’s bad, it can be awful. I struck lucky today, and got the strawberry syrup flavour I enjoy so much. I’ve been plumping for a shorter brew time lately, just to make sure I avoid any astringency and bitterness. It seems to work pretty well. I liked this one while it lasted, but I think I’ve had my fill for now. It won’t be an immediate repurchase, but I can see myself returning to it at some point in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85

I’ve been drinking this one at work recently, and I still love it as much as I did the first time I tried it. Perhaps even a bit more. I’ve oversteeped it a little by accident a couple of times, but it’s surprisingly forgiving. It just seems to get creamier and creamier! This one has a nice spicy kick to it, and a good, solid pumpkin flavour. It really does taste like milkshake, which is all the more surprising given that I’ve been drinking this one hot. Butiki magic at its best!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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60

I’ve been drinking this fairly regularly lately, but I’ve not had time to log it. It’s a nice assam, but for some reason it’s just not really doing it for me. It’s sweet, lightly malty, and it has good body and depth of flavour. Kudos for the name, too. It works equally well with milk or without, and it’s smooth with no astringency. Sometimes I get mild honey notes, other times I get more grain. On the whole, though, it leaves me fairly uninspired and I’m not sure why. I’ve had assams I like more, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this one. It makes for a strong, reliable, every day tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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45

Another sipdown! This one wasn’t a favourite. Not because it’s an oolong, for a change, but because it tasted of so little. I had high hopes for this one, so I’m a little sad. I love the name, and it’s nice to look at, but sadly it just wasn’t to be.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

So I came into work today with this as my cold brew, thinking I’d made a mess of it. Turns out, it’s actually a surprise success. I was tired last night, so I filled up my iced tea jug on auto pilot with 2 litres of water, and dropped in three bags of this tea. It wasn’t until this morning that I realised I usually use three bags to one litre. It was such a pale pinky red, I was convinced it was going to be a watery disaster. I couldn’t have been more wrong! If anything, it tastes more like strawberry lemonade that when brewed stronger — the hibiscus is less tart and sour, and there’s a beautiful candy strawberry flavour that’s very prominent and distinctive. A light tang of lemon is just lurking in the background. I think I have a new favourite way to brew this tea! Yum!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Sil

awesome! sounds tasty!

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65

Sipdown! Another one finished off at work today. I’ve enjoyed this one a lot — it strikes a nice balance between chocolate, mint and vanilla. There are other very similar teas that I like just as much, so it’s probably not one I’d seek out again specifically. It’s just not unique enough for that. I did enjoy the bat sprinkles that added a green tinge to the liquor, though — that was a nice halloween touch!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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75
drank SBT: Lime Jello by 52teas
943 tasting notes

This was today’s iced tea for work. It got the usual SBT treatment.

It’s one I’ve tried before, so I wasn’t too concerned about being too busy to note my impressions. What I noticed immediately, though, was that this one hardly has any flavour at all. No lime, certainly. Weirdly, I could taste ginger a little…and black tea.

I’m going to leave my rating for this one as it is, because this wasn’t the experience I had last time I tried it. Very odd.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

Sipdown! Another one I finished off at work today, instead of adding to my sipdown pile. We’re still manically busy, and I wanted a tea I was familiar with since I wasn’t going to be paying much attention. This one is a great choice for a warm day. Peppery, with distinctive cherry and almond notes, and a light “white tea” floral fluffiness. This one will be missed.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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70

Sipdown! Finished this one off at work today, since it was calling to me all afternoon. I have been storing up one cup samples for a big sipdown session when I’m next off work, but this one will just have to be the exception that proves the rule!

It was a fully enjoyable final cup. Probably not a restock, but very pleasant to have tried. Teas like this are what encourage me to keep going with oolongs, even when I’m convinced they’ll never really be my thing.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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45

This is such a pretty tea. The spears are made up of what look like mulitcoloured strands — I can pick out light and dark green, mid brown, and a creamy yellow. I followed the recommended parameters and gave two large-ish spears 4 minutes in water cooled to around 180. The resulting liquor is pale yellow-green. The leaves have a mild grapey scent.

To taste, this is really fairly mild. It’s the second mild oolong I’ve tried so far today, so it just goes to show that not all oolongs are overpoweringly awful. I’m reminded most of all of champagne — there’s a deep grape-like flavour with a mild fruity/floral edge. It’s very easy to drink, although it’s another one that’s reminding me more of a white tea than anything else. I feel odd saying this about an oolong, but I’d really like a stronger flavour. Clearly my tastes are changing!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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