937 Tasting Notes

45

Sipdown! This one was really too sweet for me, in the end. It actually spoilt my enjoyment of the flavours, which otherwise I think I would have enjoyed. A nice winter tea, but probably not one I’d revisit often.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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80

Sipdown! Finished up the last of this yesterday evening. It’s the tea from last year’s Della Terra Christmas box that I kept returning to the most, so I think I can probaby say it was my surprise favourite. I love the creaminess, and the hint of eggnog. As winter teas go, it’s pretty perfect in my estimation. Definitely one I’d seek out again next year.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
937 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished off the last of this yesterday evening. I’m sad to see it disappear from my cupboard again. It’s been one of the most enjoyable caramel teas I’ve ever tried. Still, lots of new things to try!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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45

Drank another of these this evening. I’m still not overwhelmed, although the flavour appealed to me a little more than it did last time. Maybe because I have a cold? I’ve been drinking a lot of minty teas recently, in an effort to try and soothe my throat. Don’t ask me why mint — it just seems to work.

Anyway, I noticed today that there’s actually very little oolong in here. There’s the odd bit here and there, but it’s mostly mint leaves. There is a distinctive creaminess in the flavour, though, which combines with the mint to replicate a candy-like flavour fairly well. As it cools, it becomes fairly dead-on peppermint cream, so I’m not sure why I haven’t liked it all that much before. As flavours go, it’s pretty accurate, and I like that in a tea. I’ve increased the rating a little to reflect this. I’d still like to have been able to taste the milk oolong, though. It gets pretty lost here.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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100

Sipdown! Finished the last of this off at work over the last couple of days. It’s all that’s been keeping me going at some points, let me tell you. If I ever come across a strawberry tea as amazing as this one, I’ll be stunned. I think my previous tasting note says it all in that respect, though. It’s amazing stuff.

On a related note, I can’t work out how to “like” on here any more. Sad face.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
OMGsrsly

You need to click the teensy weensy heart. :) Requires more manual dexterity than I usually have before my first cup of tea!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it’s especially difficult to hit that little heart on my ipad!

Scheherazade

I’m not sure that I would have thought of that, although now it seems kind of obvious. Ah, well. At least I can like again!!

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80
drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
937 tasting notes

This was nice and warming for my throat today. It’s been neglected by me, too, so I figured it was about time it took a turn. The cinnamon is a little milder than I remember, but I think that’s at least partly because I can’t taste much at the moment. I must remember to pull this one out more — it’s sad that it languishes at the back of my work shelf.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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70

I’ve had a couple of cups of this one today, so it seems strange that I can’t quite define what I’ve tasted. Today was a fustrating day at work, so I guess I wasn’t really concentrating on what I was drinking that well. I’ll go with what I remember, though.

Mostly, this tasted like a gentle, vegetal green to me. Very light notes of asparagus, maybe? A little grassiness? I did find it very slightly astringent as it cooled, although I did check the water with a thermometer, so I’m not sure why that’s happening. A tad too much leaf, maybe? I’ll try and do better next time.

I enjoyed this as a refreshing green, but I can’t say it’s one that particularly stood out for me. Possibly I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to do it justice. One to reconsider, I think!

Flavors: Asparagus, Grass

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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65

This one has settled down since last time I drank it, which is a good thing. There was something chemically and odd about it before, but now I can actually taste cheesecake in the brewed tea. And chocolate. I’m not getting much in the way of peanut butter, though, or even nuttiness. The rooibos isn’t too prominent, so it scores points for that.

Ultimately, this isn’t quite the tea I’d hoped it was going to be. It would pass as a chocolate cheesecake tea now, and I have to say that the cream cheese note I’m picking up is really delicious and dead-on accurate. I just wish there was any kind of nuttiness here — that would really bring it home.

I’ve one cup’s worth left, so I’ll probably finish that off tonight. I’m glad I had the opportunity to try this, but it’s not one I’d pick up again based on this experience.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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60

I haven’t actually drank any of this in a long time, so I brought it out last night. Upon revisiting, I definitely prefer the black version. The rooibos is a little too prominent here, and I don’t get much in the way of strawberry. I’ve still got a lingering cold and sore throat, so I’m probably not tasting flavours as well as I usually do, but this seems fairly bland. On the other hand, the strawberry that is there tastes a lot more natural than the strawberry in the black version, which sometimes comes across quite strong and chemical in flavour. Still…I do prefer it on the whole, I think, though I’ve enjoyed being able to try both.

Today hasn’t been such a good day. I found mould in my room again, on the wooden slats under my bed. It was a problem I thought I’d solved when I moved from an old, damp house into this new one, so it made me sad to find the problem again. All of my tea is okay, which is good, but I lost a few bags and pairs of shoes I had stored under there. It made me clear stuff out, but I’d still rather not have the problem to start with sigh

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Ugh. Sorry about the mold!

VariaTEA

That really sucks to hear about the mold. I hope you are able to deal with it soon. It is definitely not a fun situation to be in.

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50

I know what it is about this one now. Hibiscus. I think my brain refused to believe it for a while. I mean, apple and cinnamon do not need hibiscus. So, yes, that’s why I spent ages puzzling at the taste. I only realised today when I left the bag in my cup at work and it eventually turned red. Then it clicked. At least that’s one mystery solved!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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Norwich, UK

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