1293 Tasting Notes

80
drank RadioactiviTEA by Man Teas
1293 tasting notes

Sipdown! A lovely CTC tea — wonderfully strong and malty. I’m glad I picked up a pouch when I had the chance, because it’s got me through a good few difficult days at work! A very drinkable, everyday kind of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85
drank Morning Red by T2
1293 tasting notes

Sipdown! I needed a good, strong cup of tea to drink while working on my PhD proposal, and this fit the bill perfectly. There are other strong blacks that are just as good, so I won’t miss this one too much, but I’m glad to have had the chance to try it all the same. Many thanks to Memily for sharing with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Christina

Good luck on the proposal!

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100

Sipdown! Finishing off the last of this one at the moment. It’s probably my favourite of the guayusa blends I’ve tried so far — at least partly, I think, because I can’t taste the guayusa at all! The lavender/vanilla/mint combination is sweet, creamy and refreshing all at once, and it’s unmatched for providing the decent kick of caffeine I need to get me going on a morning! This will definitely be a repurchase in the near future.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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65

Sipdown! I think it’s fair to say that I’ve had my fill of this one, after a 100g tin of loose, and a box of 15 tea bags. I’ve been drinking them over the last couple of years, but I still feel like I’ve become over familiar with it now. I want to remember it for the things I liked about it, rather than for how I became bored with it!

Of all the Adagio teas I’ve tried, this is still one of those that I like most. The chocolate flavour is nice, and not too artificial, and there’s a pleasant raspberry note. It’s like drinking a raspberry ruffle! It’s not one I’d repurchase anytime soon for the reasons outlined above, but it’s one I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to try nonetheless.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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85
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
1293 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished this one off this morning. I’d been saving my last cup’s worth for a while, and decided today was the day! I love the smooth, rich caramel flavour this one has, with the underlying chocolate flavour. Delicious!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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65

Sipdown! I’m not over keen on this one at the moment. It smells delicious dry — very strongly of berries, but I find it overpoweringly toasty to taste. I think I ruined this one for myself when I tried it iced, somehow! I love the SBT version of this tea, so I think the Razzleberry black might have been better suited to my tastes. Sadly, I’ve not had the opportunity to try it so far. Green tea and genmaicha aren’t ordinarily for me anyway, so I’m not too surprised. I’m glad to have had the chance to try this one, but it wouldn’t be a restock.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85

Sipdown! Finished off the last of these bags in cold brews for work. This is a tea I continue to enjoy, and which I’ll likely repurchase if it’s still available next summer.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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65

Sipdown! I finshed this one off yesterday at work. I think there was a little additional leaf in my final cup, but it was nicely sweet with quite a thick mouthfeel. I found this one a little mild and flavourless for my tastes (it reminds me a lot of white tea), but it was interesting to try nonetheless. It’s definitely made me more open minded about oolong!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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85

Sipdown! This one was finished off earlier this week. It’s so, so creamy. I haven’t been drinking it with milk, but sometimes that’s hard to believe when taking a sip. It’s also very spicy, although both of these elements do overpower the pumpkin flavour a little. It’s undisputedly milkshakey, and will be sadly missed.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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80

Sipdown! Finished off the last of this pouch at work today. I find it a little less creamy than the original version, but it resteeps well. The spicing is pleasant, and I can taste pumpkin. It definitely puts me in mind of milkshake! I’ve been drinking the base tea — Doke Rolling Thunder — alongside, and I found it a very mild, vaguely sweet-ish tea. Although I find it a little tasteless alone, it works well with the flavouring here and allows that to shine.

I think I prefer Pumpkin Creme Brulee on the whole, but I’d have to go back and try that again to be sure. Easily done, as I have a pouch waiting for me in my stash! This could potentially be a restock this autumn. though — it’s certainly yummy stuff.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 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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