940 Tasting Notes

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #21

Another sad sipdown, as this became one of my favoured bedtime blends for a while. I can often taste more rooibos than anything in this kind of blend, but the honey here was very prominent, and very accurate in terms of taste. A possible repurchase, when I’ve got to grips with my stash a little more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Christina

Wow! You’re really on a roll.

Scheherazade

I saved them up for ages :)

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #20

Sadness. I love elderflower, and yet it’s fairly hard to come by in tea, at least in the UK. That’s how it seems to me, anyway. The only thing I wish this had more of is “champagne”. I think that was probably a reference to the oolong more than any specific flavouring, but the name conjured up wonderful things. It’s light-tasting, fruity, it’s the colour of champagne…it’s so close, but I did find myself wishing there was a little more depth. Maybe iced with some sparkling water? Next time I buy a bag, that’ll be something to try.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Christina

Do you often order from abroad? There’s a tea shop in London (Ontario, not the UK) that sells straight elder flowers for tea. However, the minimum is $50 for free shipping.

Scheherazade

I do order from abroad often — that’s where all the best teas are! There are a few UK suppliers I don’t mind, but my favourites are mostly American.

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #19

This morning’s second cup. I’m not a fan of overly floral teas, so this isn’t one I particularly like. As jasmine tea goes, it’s at least fairly subtle. There are so many teas I like better, though, so I’m not too sad to see this one go.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #18

Yesterday’s mid-afternoon cup. I made this with slightly hotter water than usual (largely because I’m impatient), and was expecting some bitterness. I didn’t get any, though. If anything, the spearminty sweetness was actually more prominent, and the green base more in the background. This might actually have become one of my favourite green tea and mint blends. I like the spearmint much better than peppermint, and the balance of mint/green tea is spot on. A delightful sweet treat, and one of the only Mighty Leaf teas that I’d consider reordering.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Christina

I’m the same way when it comes to spearmint vs peppermint. Was this a gunpowder green base, or something else?

Scheherazade

I’m pretty sure it’s gunpowder, which is why I’m careful with the brew time :) Green tea can be hit and miss for me! Spearmint is lovely, though, and under reprsented when it comes to mint, I think.

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #17

My teaspoon this morning contained a mulberry! At least now I know what they look like :) I used slightly hotter water than last time, and was rewarded with an even more flavourful cup. It was very juicy — primarily papaya with a hint of jasmine and apple. I’m guessing the “other flavour” is mulberry, and is what’s really giving this tea its sparkle. It’s certainly a lovely morning cup!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Christina

Sorry to keep on spamming your comments! I bought some of this a week ago, and I’ve realized that, (ahem), it’s not quite my cup of tea. I can mail you some if you want.

Scheherazade

I’m probably okay for now, although thanks for the offer! I’m trying to reduce the amount of tea I’m hoarding because my cupboard has got a bit crazy recently.

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I added a 1/4 tsp extra leaf, and left this one for an additional minute this morning. I came back to a kitchen that smelt of blueberries, which has never happened before. I added a splash of milk, and — lo and behold! — my first sip has blueberries, cream cheese, and pastry. NOW I get what this one is supposed to be. When it’s good, it’s gorgeous.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #16

Sparkly, hot chocolate awesomeness. I’ve really come to appreciate this one as my last black tea of the evening. With a splash of milk, this one develops a creamy milk chocolate flavour, with a faint touch of turkish delight. I know Enchanted Narnia is Bluebird’s proper turkish delight tea, but this one is so much better in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #15

This is the first tieguanyin I’ve tried, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. The mix of floral and green flavours is wonderful, and it’s nice to have an oolong you can’t ruin with boiling water!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #14

I like how unusual this one is. It brews up a treacle-y black, it taste of christmas, it’s a herbal, but like no herbal I’ve ever experienced before. I appreciate that I drank this one hopelessly out of its ideal season, but I still love it. One I’ll look to restock come winter, when I need a delicious, cinnamon warmer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #13

Last night’s final cup. I got a lot of lemongrass and a hint of tropical fruit, but (again) not much ginger. This one is a bit of a hit and miss.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 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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