1088 Tasting Notes

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Weekend Sipdown #8

This is a pleasant enough darjeeling, considering it’s bagged. There’s nothing too metallic in the flavour, which is what I’ve had the biggest problem with in Mighty Leaf’s darjeelings. Instead, it’s lightly floral, with a very slight muscatel/grapey flavour. Quite brisk. Pleasant enough, but not a repurchase.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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70

Weekend Sipdown #7

I am finding the strawberry here a little on the fake side for my liking, although its similarity to ice cream syrup is actually pretty nice in small doses. I like the strong “ice cream” flavour this one has to. On the whole, though, it’s not a tea I’d want to drink a lot of, or a lot of the time. I’m glad to have had the chance to try it, but it won’t be too sadly missed.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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75
drank Velvet Potion by Silk Road
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Weekend Sipdown #6

I do wish the chocolate was a smidgen stronger here, but I have no real complaints. It has a hot chocolate vibe going on, although it’s still obvious above all that this is tea. I like the dark, bittersweet cocoa note, and how smooth it is…a satisfying chilly day treat!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Peach Paradise by Silk Road
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Weekend Sipdown #5

This one was utterly delightful today. It’s not been a warm day, for summer, but the juicy, fresh scent and flavour of peach contributed some much-needed sunshine all by itself! Peach teas are usually hit and miss for me, particularly when the peach flavouring is artificial tasting and very strong. No worries here — it’s like drinking peach juice! The slightly citrussy base ceylon is perfect here, creating a fruity, satisfying cup! Very enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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100

I’m finding that the more I drink this one, the more I can taste the lavender. Familiarity, maybe? Ordinarily, floral teas aren’t my thing at all. I can make an exception for this one, though, because the vanilla and mint are such a wonderful combination, and because together they make lavender into something I find both palatable and delicious. I also like the caffeine boost I get from this one, particularly at work! My current favourite of the Butiki guayusa blends.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Memily

I’m a big fan of this one too. This and Good Morning Sunshine keep vying for the top spot for me!

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65

Weekend Sipdown #4

My current cup. Once again, I’m getting a lot of cream from this one. It even smells creamy! There’s a wisp of EG in the background, but it’s really not more than that. Tasty, but ultimately probably not the tea for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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Weekend Sipdown #3

While you’re on a roll…

I pair this one most commonly with Taiwanese Wild Mountain black, purely because I enjoy the contrasting (and yet sometimes similar) flavours. The differences are more obvious to me when I taste them together! This is the one I think of as the fruity apricot one, because to me the fruit notes are what makes this cup really shine. It’s so fresh tasting and juicy — a great spring/summer black. Another one I’d repurchase in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp

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95

Weekend Sipdown #2

Second cup of the day. This is the one I think of as the malty, chocolate, honey, bread one. It’s simply delicious. I’m pretty sure I’ve got the brewing of this one right for my own tastes over my last couple of cups, because I wasn’t getting all of these flavours originally. Based on the strength of this cup, though, this is one I’d definitely repurchase in future. Om nom nom.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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90

Weekend Sipdown #1

I decided to round off my week’s holiday with a few sipdowns, to make way for new incoming teas. Yes, I was baaaaad again! Also because there are many in my sipdown box that I’ve enjoyed a lot, and I want my final acquaintance with them to be a memorable one.

So, this morning’s obvious choice was this. It’s as lovely as I recall from previous cups — slightly sweet, malty, with a sweet potato note and a mild hint of cocoa. There’s a twist of smoke lurking around in the background, too, but it’s never overpowering. I’m just beginning my exploration of plain black teas, so it’s hard to say where this will eventually come in my ratings. For the moment, though, I love it. It tastes wonderful, and it’s the perfect comfort cup. Most definitely a tea I can see myself coming back to!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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85

I’ve just finished a cup of this, and I have to say I’m pretty much an instant fan! This reminds me a little of my much missed 52 Teas Raspberry Cream, except that it’s not raspberry, obviously! It has the same balance of fruit and cream flavouring, however, and it’s just reminiscent of my old favourite.

That aside, I used 1.5 tsp of leaf, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk. It smells delicious — creamy, fruity, sweetness. I’m pleased to report that it also tastes as good as it smells! There’s a slightly sharp tang from the blackberry, a hint of subtle tartness, and a quite intense fruity hit. This is complemented perfectly by the cream flavour, which is smooth, sweet, and adds a touch of dessert like wonderfulness to what would otherwise be quite a tart cup. I’ll certainly have no trouble finishing this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 26, and I live in Norfolk 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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