1042 Tasting Notes

75

I wasn’t expecting this one to be so different from the Organic Breakfast that’s sold under the “Mighty Leaf” range, rather than this one from the ML Collection. It is, though, and I could tell immediately. I don’t think this one contains any darjeeling. it’s much sweeter and maltier, and it doesn’t have the metallic tang I associate with Mighty Leaf’s darjeelings. On this point alone, it’s a much more palatable breakfast tea for me. I feel it’s a more robust blend, as well. It definitely accepts milk more readily without becoming ridiculously weak, and it has more body. By that, I think I mean the “darker” notes are more pronounced, and it potentially has a heavier mouthfeel. I did detect a hint of chocolate while sipping on this one, and that complemented the malty flavour wonderfully.

On the whole, this struck me as a very pleasant breakfast tea. There are a good few bags in my ML Collection Master Sampler, so I can enjoy some more cups of this one and firm up my opinion. For a first impression in less than ideal brewing circumstances (process workshop away from the office), though, I think it stood up pretty well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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25

I used to love this tea, back when I first had a Mighty Leaf Master Sampler. That was about two years ago now, though, and today I realised that my tastes have changed fundementally. Either that, or the tea has changed. I think it’s safer to assume it’s me.

I used to think it was delicate, juicy, and wonderfully melony. I’ve been in a Processfix workshop for the last two days (last one tomorrow), so I took a small supply of tea bags knowing that loose tea wouldn’t be practical. This was one I pulled out this afternoon. I let my water cool first, added the bag, and gave it about two minutes. The liquor quickly turned a fairly deep yellow, so I was expecting at least some bitterness from the base. Fortunately it was smooth and relatively sweet tasting.

My problem with this tea is the flavouring. I got a lot of peach, but it was the kind of plasticy, artificial peach I can’t get along with. Sometimes it even gives me a headache. There was no melon to be found. The flavouring didn’t completely overpower the base, which was actually the nicest thing about this tea, although I would have preferred just white rather than a white/green blend. And some melon, obviously.

It’s not that this is a bad tea…I just can’t believe my recollection of it from two years ago was so vastly different to today’s experience. Unfortunately, once I’ve finished the bags in my sampler box, it won’t be one I come back to again.

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

I get the feeling I will have the same kind of experiences with tea. I can already tell my tastes are evolving and the green teas I used to adore just pale in comparison to the black and oolong teas I’ve been trying lately. Not that I don’t like greens any longer, but I think my preferences are changing sides. I wonder if I will find that I no longer enjoy individual teas that I once loved.

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80

I’m actually getting more from this today than I ever have before. I’m wondering whether it’s because I’m at the bottom of the bag, and all of the chocolate, coconut and assorted flavourings have accumulated here? After the cup I’m drinking now, I literally have two more teaspoons of leaf left. If they’re both as good as this, I’ll go away from this blend happy!

It tastes just like chocolate sponge cake. I wouldn’t say I’m getting “red velvet” cake particularly — certainly there’s no cream cheese icing to be found here — but I’m happy enough with cake. Why have I never tasted it before?! It even smells like cake, and where I usually get a whole lot of rooibos and nothing else, today the rooibos is actually farily tame.

Strange and stranger. I’m not complaining, though. Chocolate cake tea is fine with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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95

Enjoyed two delcious cups of this yesterday evening. It’s so much “darker” in flavour than the other two Chinese blacks I’ve sipped down over the last couple of days. I’m not usually a fan of smoky or leathery teas, but I did enjoy this one. It will make a return to my cupboard before long, I’m sure :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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60

After my success with S&V Candy Cane, I decided to cold-brew the last of my Carrot Cake Cupcake Green Rooibos for work today. I’m reasonably pleased with it — I think on balance I can taste more carrot cake, and certainly more cream cheese, than I could when drinking this hot. It’s still quite delicate, though. In the initial sip, it doesn’t seem like there’s much flavour to be had, but it does develop quite wonderfully in the aftertaste. There’s a delicate carroty freshness, a hint of spice, and a slightly tangy sweetness that really is reminiscent of cream cheese frosting. This will be an easy cold brew to sip on today, and it gets one of my languishing teas out of my cupboard. Not a restock, I don’t think, but enjoyable enough.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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95

Sipdown! I love this one…when I place an order with Teavivre next, this will definitely be on my list. It’ll probably be a little while, because I’ve just received my sampler of 2014 spring harvest green teas from them, but no doubt missing it will make it all the more desirable once it does make a return to my cupboard.

It’s deliciously malty, with grain and sweet potato notes…maybe a touch of honey at the very end of the sip. And soooo smooth! I’m on my third cup today, and I’ve loved every mouthful. Gorgeous!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
KittyLovesTea

This is one of my favourite black teas to date, such a beautiful quality and full of flavour. Always nice to see another golden tip fan :)

Ysaurella

agree girls this one is absolutely lovely even for me a non golden tip fan.

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45

My final cup last night was much better. I managed to replicate my first cup, which I enjoyed quite a lot. I’m still not enjoying the “base” flavour, or the oiliness, but the creamy vanilla mintiness almost makes it worthwhile. Still, I’m not too sad that it’s now left my cupboard. It was certainly an experience!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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95

Tea of the morning. It was as wonderfully malty and chocolatey as the first couple of cups I had. I’ll be drinking the last of my sample this evening, as an after dinner treat. Black tea perfection!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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45

I have to say that I enjoyed my second cup of this far less than my first one. I don’t know whether I overdid it or something, but it was bitter and quite drying — it kept catching the back of my throat. Sad to say, I dumped it after I drank about half.

It’s really strange, because the first cup I had was just lovely — creamy white chocolate, mint. Sure, it was oily, but I started to look past that because it tasted so good. Not so tonight. Where did the tea I liked go? I have enough to try once more — hopefully I can recover my mojo with this one before it’s too late!
Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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80

A sample from VariaTEA. I surprised myself with this one, because I’m not usually a decaf kind of girl. If I want caffiene free tea in the evening, I usually got for a herbal. Last night I really, really wanted black tea, but I knew it was a bad idea. Then I remembered this one!

The smell of the dry leaf is A-MA-ZING. It reminds me of Starbuck’s Vanilla Nut Latte! It’s scented strongly of vanilla, with a nutty background note. I gave it about three minutes in boiling water. It brewed up pretty dark, so I added a good slug of milk.

It tastes almost as wonderful as it smells. Not quite, because probably very few things actually do, particularly when it comes to flavoured black tea. It’s better than I thought it was going to be, though. There’s a nice, creamy vanilla flavour, not too overpoweringly sweet, and a toasty nuttiness…hazelnut, I think. It’s a really delicious and well balanced combination, and it stands up well against the black base. I can taste “tea” quite strongly, but as it mostly confines itself to the aftertaste, it doesn’t interfere too much with the initial flavour of the sip, which is all vanilla-nut loveliness. A really nice evening treat — just the thing! Many thanks to VariaTea for sharing this one with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 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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