1088 Tasting Notes

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Another Mighty Leaf that I’m approaching for the second time. The first time I tried this one, I couldn’t finish the cup. Possibly I had the water too hot, or gave it too long. Either way, it was uck. I had a better time with it today — it’s quite a heavy, dark, earthy flavoured green. It’s not bitter or astringent, though, just strongly flavoured. It’s almost slightly salty, which is a little unexpected — it reminds me of seawater! Potentially that’s because I can also taste seaweed. That’s the closest descriptor I have for the flavour I’m getting from this one. It’s not sweet or vegetal like some greens, it’s slightly nutty, roasty, with a definite “green” flavour — seaweed is the closest I can come.

Not a favourite of mine, but then hojicha in general never has been. I appreciated the difference between this one and some of the other greens I’m drinking at the moment — it was a bit of a palate refresher if nothing else! I’ll happily drink up the rest of my bags, but it’s not one I’d seek our again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank SBT: Grape by 52teas
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Today’s iced tea of choice. I haven’t tried this one before, but the flavour appealed to me when I tipped out my selection of SBTs to sort through. Dry, it smells strongly of grape candy; sweet and slightly artificial. Since that’s actually what I was hoping for, I’m really rather pleased! I gave this one the usual SBT treatment — three minutes in 1/4 litre of boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold water and into the fridge overnight.

Brewed, this one retains the grape candy flavour, although it’s not quite as sweet as I was expecting. That’s a good thing, on balance, because I think it might have been too cloying if it were as sweet as it smelled — the grape flavour is quite strong and lingering enough without being uber sweet to boot. The black tea base seems a lot lighter in this one than it has been in the SBTs I tried last year. I’m not sure whether it’s been altered, or whether it’s just the flavouring here, but I can’t really taste it at all. The flavour actually reminds me of a grape lipgloss I had as a teenager — nice in an odd sort of way! It’s funny the memories tea recalls sometimes.

I’m enjoying this one a lot. It’s got a good, strong flavour, it’s not too sweet, and it’s pretty unique. I’ll come back to this one next year if it’s still available.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Another from the Mighty Leaf sampler. This is not how I expected it to be, surprisingly. I was anticipating something very much like Teapigs Lemon and Ginger, but this is quite different. The main flavour is lemongrass, which is generically citrussy and somewhat hay-like. There’s also a hint of tropical fruit, maybe mango or pineapple, and the slightest touch of mint. I don’t really get ginger at all, which is surprising in a tea called “Ginger Twist” I think. I get the twist, but no ginger other than perhaps the tiniest spicy warmth in the aftertaste. I might be imagining that, or at least wishing it into existence.

This means that my feelings about this one are mixed. I don’t always like ginger in tea, so part of me is a little relieved. I wasn’t expecting a lemongrass/fruit blend, though, which is what this essentially is. It’s pleasant, but nothing out of the ordinary. It also makes me wonder how I should rate this. As a ginger tea, I wouldn’t score it very highly at all, largely because there’s no ginger and it doesn’t live up to its promise. As a lemongrass/fruit blend, I’d rate it more highly. I’m going to go with an average and call it good, I think. I’ll have no problem finishing off my last few bags, but it’s not one I’d seek out again because overall it’s just a bit meh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I’ve brought the last of the teabags from my Mighty Leaf sampler to work this week to try and finish them off. They’re mostly green, and this is the one I felt more comfortable with for starters. It’s similar to other Green Dragon teas I’ve tried, although not as light as some. It has quite a heavy flavour that’s both savoury and nutty, and a little dank. It’s smooth, with not even the slightest hint of astringency, and that makes it more palatable than I think I’d find it otherwise. I’ve had Green Dragon teas I prefer, so this isn’t one I’d keep in my cupboard long term. I’m glad I had a second opportunity to try this one, though — my first experience back when I had just started drinking tea wasn’t overwhelmingly postive, but I feel better about this one now :)

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

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #14

So, here we are with the final sipdown of the weekend. I actually have another in the little box that I set aside, but I’m not sure I’ll have time to get to it today. Possibly I’ll save it for next week. At least I’m back under 300…staying there will be the biggest challenge!

As white peony teas go, this is one of my favourites. The leaves are actually green, and they look so fresh. They’re bigger than any white peony leaves I’ve seen previously, and not so broken up. I used about 1.5 tsp of leaf, and a slightly shorter brew time than I gave my last cup. This resulted in a lighter, less heavily floral flavour, which I like a lot. Sometimes on a hot day, a heavy floral is not what I’m looking for. Without the floral flavour, this could easily become sweet water. it doesn’t, though. There’s almost a creaminess about it that sets it apart from other white peony teas I’ve tried. It’s very smooth, naturally sweet, light, refreshing and delicious. When I get back to buying again, this could very well become my go-to white peony. Many thanks to Teavivre for this sample.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #13

This has to be one of the best herbal blends featuring chamomile that I’ve tried in a long time. Usually, chamomile kind of takes over the show, and it can be very sweet and cloying. I’d read good things about this one, though, which is why I requested a sample with my last Bukiti order.

First off, I can taste apple. It’s more like apple peel than acual apple, if that makes sense, like the very first taste of apple after biting through the skin. The chamomile is the second flavour, but it’s not too strong — just a gentle, sweet, honey-like flavour. It also adds a hint of floral edge. After these flavours comes a hint of orange, and the lemongrass. It’s a beautiful tea to sip on — very gentle and relaxing. I probably should have saved it for a pre-bedtime cup this evening, but I wanted to be sure I’d have time to write a note since it’s the first time I’ve tried this one. If I’m in the market for another chamomile based herbal, this is one that’ll be high on my list. I feel almost sleepy now!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #12

A sad farewell to this one. As mint chocolate blends go, it’s one of the tastiest I’ve tried so far! It does have a tendency to become a slight oil slick, although with all of the chocolate chips in here that’s kind of understandable. The balance of flavours is great, though, with both the mint and the chocolate sitting happily together, neither overpowering the other. The marshmallow root is a slightly odd note in the aftertaste, but nothing I can’t overlook. I know this is one I will miss.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #11

Really enjoyed both my cups of this one. The banana flavour is strong, if a little artificial, and pairs nicely with the chocolate. Add a splash of milk, and it becomes very creamy and dessert like, and the milk chocolate notes come more to the fore. I don’t get any coconut, but that’s a small complaint. Many thanks again to VariaTEA for this sample!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
VariaTEA

You’re welcome. I am glad you enjoyed it :)

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #10

I still didn’t get any pumpkin from this one, but it was a drinkable rooibos with a sweet edge, and made for a pleasant pre-bedtime cup. Maybe I’ve been spoilt with pumpkin teas , or maybe you just can’t win them all. Either way, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try. Many thanks again to VariaTEA!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
VariaTEA

I am sorry you didn’t like this that much though I definitely understand as I was very disappointed as well.

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown (Long) Weekend #9

I feel I’m beginning to understand unflavoured milk oolongs a little better now, after having sampled three or so different varieties. I can detect the buttery, creamy notes and appreciate them as a natural part of the tea. Of the milk oolongs I’ve tried recently, this is one of the nicest. The creaminess is even there in the scent as it brews, and it pairs nicely with the smooth, naturally green “oolong” flavour. A pleasant afternoon treat on a sticky day.

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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