1294 Tasting Notes

75
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
1294 tasting notes

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
1294 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
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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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90
drank MojiTEA by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Sipdown! Finished off the last of this one cold brewed at work. I love the combination of mint and line — it sums up the cocktail almost perfectly. I’ll definitely repurchase next summer, although I’ll probably stick to the loose blend for the full lime slice experience!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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65
drank Hunny by Empress Tea House
1294 tasting notes

Sipdown! This was a pleasant rooibos blend, with a very accurate, runny honey flavour. Bluebird’s Honey Bee Beautiful is similar, and easier for me to get hold of, so I’ll probably stick to that in future. It was nice to compare with another honey rooibos blend, though, and this was lovely while it lasted. Thanks again to ashleyelizabeth for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85

Sipdown! Finished this one off a few nights ago. It’ll be sadly missed from my cupboard — a great evening blend, with the sweet taste of vanilla sponge. One I’ll look to repurchase in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 27, 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’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s ny latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

In addition to Steepster, I also write for the SororiTea Sisters. My reviews there will typically be posted here also, although typically in a shorter format. Any teas I’m sent specifically for review will only appear in full on the SororiTea Sisters website, with only a short introduction and link to my review here.

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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