1186 Tasting Notes

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drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
1186 tasting notes

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #17

My teaspoon this morning contained a mulberry! At least now I know what they look like :) I used slightly hotter water than last time, and was rewarded with an even more flavourful cup. It was very juicy — primarily papaya with a hint of jasmine and apple. I’m guessing the “other flavour” is mulberry, and is what’s really giving this tea its sparkle. It’s certainly a lovely morning cup!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
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Sorry to keep on spamming your comments! I bought some of this a week ago, and I’ve realized that, (ahem), it’s not quite my cup of tea. I can mail you some if you want.

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I’m probably okay for now, although thanks for the offer! I’m trying to reduce the amount of tea I’m hoarding because my cupboard has got a bit crazy recently.

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I added a 1/4 tsp extra leaf, and left this one for an additional minute this morning. I came back to a kitchen that smelt of blueberries, which has never happened before. I added a splash of milk, and — lo and behold! — my first sip has blueberries, cream cheese, and pastry. NOW I get what this one is supposed to be. When it’s good, it’s gorgeous.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #16

Sparkly, hot chocolate awesomeness. I’ve really come to appreciate this one as my last black tea of the evening. With a splash of milk, this one develops a creamy milk chocolate flavour, with a faint touch of turkish delight. I know Enchanted Narnia is Bluebird’s proper turkish delight tea, but this one is so much better in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #15

This is the first tieguanyin I’ve tried, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. The mix of floral and green flavours is wonderful, and it’s nice to have an oolong you can’t ruin with boiling water!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #14

I like how unusual this one is. It brews up a treacle-y black, it taste of christmas, it’s a herbal, but like no herbal I’ve ever experienced before. I appreciate that I drank this one hopelessly out of its ideal season, but I still love it. One I’ll look to restock come winter, when I need a delicious, cinnamon warmer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #13

Last night’s final cup. I got a lot of lemongrass and a hint of tropical fruit, but (again) not much ginger. This one is a bit of a hit and miss.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Dragon Feelers by Butiki Teas
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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #12

Early evening cup yesterday. I really like how gentle this green is — it reminds me of a white tea more than anything, but with the mild taste of fresh green vegetables that I like so much in green tea. No heaviness, bitterness or astringency. A pretty perfect summer tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #11

Final cup made with crystal sugar and a splash of milk. Liquid gingerbread man!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Superstar by RiverTea
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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #10

I like the pairing of strawberry and grapefruit here. It’s unusual, but it actually seems to work pretty well. Bitter and sweet at the same time, with a pepperiness from the honeybush. It’s pleasantly juicy, very fruity…potentially one I’d pick up with a future RiverTea order.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #9

Last night’s pre-bedtime cup. Again, a decent earl grey. I like having the option of a non-caffiene black blend. Sometimes they’re just the thing! As with some of the other Mighty Leaf earl grey blends, I do find this one a little heavy on the bergamot for my tastes. I can’t fault its cirtussyness, though. That’s spot on, and it pairs well with the fairly robust black base this has going on. A decent cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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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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