987 Tasting Notes

60

Sipdown! Not my favourite assam, but a good effort. It’s sweet and malty…I just know I’ve been spoilt by other varieties! A solid, everyday-style tea, but not a sock rocker sad to say.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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75
drank Vanilla Slice by T2
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Sipdown! This one will also be sadly missed. I’ve not come across another fruit blend that manages to taste so much like a decadent vanilla custard pastry. Absolute deliciousness!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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45

Sipdown! This one was finished off at work, and I think the difference in water made an impact on the final cup. I could taste both bergamot and lemon, and it really did put me in mind of a light, summery earl grey. I would have liked more creaminess, but I’m glad I managed to coax out some of the flavours for my final cup. I’ve bumped the rating a little to reflect that last hurrah!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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75
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! My last cup of this was deliciously creamy, with an authentic coconut flavour. A good way to say goodbye, but hopefully not forever!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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25

Sipdown! This should really be called coconut oolong, as there was no floral or orchid flavour that I could discern. Over sweet, a little chemically. Not a winner, unfortunately.

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

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100
drank Sunshine by Della Terra Teas
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A very, very sad sipdown. Of all the green teas I’ve tried so far, this is a favourite. It tastes just like freshly squeezed orange juice. Sunny, bright, cheering. One I’d definitely pick up again if I had the chance!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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70

Sipdown! I like the tropical flavour here, and the mild, sweet green tea base. This was a pleasant summer cup, but it’s probably not one I need to keep around full time.

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

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65

Sipdown! For some reason, raspberry rooibos blends are always a slight disappointment, in that I can never get much raspberry flavour from them at all. This one was no exception, really. There’s a hint of tart, juicy raspberry at times, but it’s so fleeting and mild that I fear I may just imagine it sometimes. Back to the drawing board again with raspberry rooibos, I think!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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45
drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
987 tasting notes

Sipdown! This one was finished off at work a couple of weeks back. It did make me reconsider jasmine teas, but on the whole it’s just not for me.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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85
drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
987 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished off the last of this a few evenings ago. I love how accurately this resembles a lassi — smooth, peppery mango and creamy yoghurt flavours abound. A delicious treat, hot or cold.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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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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