1031 Tasting Notes

100
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
1031 tasting notes

I love Premium Taiwanese Assam, and so I was really, really eager to try this one. I got it as a sample with my latest Butiki order, and as soon as I opened the box I could smell it — wonderful coconut banana creaminess! To taste, it’s just as fabulous as I’d hoped it would be. The coconut is beautifully toasty, and adds a slight nuttiness. The banana tastes natural (rather than artificial like those banana foam sweets…), and adds a creaminess and subtle flavour that really helps to round this out. The PTA is probably the perfect base — sweet, malty deliciousness. I added milk to this cup, and the whole thing is just a dream. I have enough left for another cup, but this is definitely one I will order more of!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp
whatshesaid

Want this so bad!

TastyBrew

Yeah, me too. The banana scares me a bi, but the banana flavor in the walnut one stacy does is really yummy, so I’m sure it’s ok. But I seriously HATE fakey banana flavor!

Sil

it’s not fakey TB…it’s like the banana in foxy roxy :)

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55

Sipdown! Finished off the last couple of these bags at work today. I was thinking this morning that I couldn’t really smell or taste much mate, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A closer inspection of the bag revealed that there actually isn’t very much actual mate to be found in this blend, so that explains that. There’s a lot of fruit and spice, however, and it produces quite a strong, heady scent while brewing. The taste is less pungent, but quite tart. I guess there’s a lot of hibiscus and rosehip in here, because that’s the main flavour I can detect. Clove is probably the second strongest flavour, with a touch of liquorice and mint to finish. It’s a slightly odd combination, but it more or less works. Not one I’d keep on hand all the time, but nice to have tried.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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55

Sipdown! Finished off my last couple of bags at work today. I drank them with milk added, and found I liked it much better this way. The milk tones down the rooibos, and helps the chocolate and mint to shine, as well as adding a pleasant creaminess. Milk is the way forward here.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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80

A sample from Shmiracles. This has got to be one of the nicer herbal/fruit blends I’ve tried in a while. It’s not ref fruit, for starters, and there’s no hibiscus — the difference! Dry, it smells delicious. Citrussy and slightly sharp — it makes me think of grapefruit. It’s equally nice to taste — spearmint and orange are the main flavours I can pick out, with gooseberry hanging around in the background. It’s a delicious combination, and very refreshing. I can only imagine how fabulous this would be iced on a hot day! This is a sample I will very much enjoy finishing, and one whose absence from my cupboard I know I’ll come to lament.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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75
drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
1031 tasting notes

A sample from Shmiracles. This is a very pleasant evening cup. It’s delicately flavoured, with a medium strength base. I added milk to this, which is just about stands, but I imagine it’d be just as palatable without. The flavouring here is subtle, but all of the different elements are there. Vanilla is probably the strongest flavour, followed by cherry, and then chocolate. It’s beautifully spring-like, both in flavour combination and appearance. The red and blue flowers scattered through the dry mix remind me of the foil wrapping on an easter egg. So pretty!

This is a welcome change from the more heavily flavoured teas I’ve been drinking recently. Sophisticated and satisfying! A positive first experience with Dammann Freres.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Genmaicha by Kusmi Tea
1031 tasting notes

A sample from Shmiracles. Plain genmaicha isn’t something I’d usually seek out, but it appealed to me tonight as I finally start to shake off my cold. For some reason, I was expecting this to be quite a pungent genmaicha, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s actually beautifully delicate — mild, grassy green tea, with a touch of toastiness running over the top. It’s delicious, and very easy to drink. It’s one of the more well balanced genmaicha blends to look at, also, appearing to be equal parts popped rice, toasted rice, and green tea. Pretty AND tasty — a rare treat!

It’s teas like this one that make me appreciate just how pleasing a plain tea can be. There’ll always be a place in my cupboard for zany, outrageous tea in kooky flavours, but from time to time something like this is far more satisfying. Plain, straightforward, fabulous tasting TEA!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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60

A sample from Shmiracles. This is an interesting one. I was expecting something thoroughly minty, but that’s not this tea at all. The mint is actually the most subtle flavour, bar the green tea base. The main flavour here is a mixture of chai-like spices — drinking this actually reminds me quite strongly of 52 Teas GenmaiCHAI. My tastebuds are still a little off after my cold, but I’m pretty sure I can taste ginger, cardamon, and clove. I expected the mint to add a fresh edge to the flavour, but it actually adds a murky swampiness all its own, although probably assisted by the hojicha. This isn’t what I was expecting, but it’s uniquely pleasant. It’s probably not something I’d want on hand all the time, but I’ll enjoy finishing off this sample and trying to identify some more of the flavours. Different and intriguing!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Stephanie

This one is nice to get rid of food tastes after a spicy meal :)

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85

2nd cup from my freshly opened pouch. I still can’t believe how different this is from the 12 Teas of Christmas version…it’s got more banana, it’s creamier…there’s nothing not to love here. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90

Sipdown! Finished off the last of this one last night. It’ll be sadly missed — the blueberry flavour here is pretty great, even if I don’t get much in the way of chocolate from it any more. The ghost sprinkles are cute, too — fortunately, they seem to melt pretty easily, so I don’t find them stuck to the bottom of my infuser. I’m pretty sure that helped it score points with me. I wouldn’t mind drinking this one again, if the opportunity arose. I’ve got 52 Teas Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish to satisfy my blueberry cravings for now, though, so I can’t be too sad.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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90

Second sipdown of the day! I don’t have much to add to my previous tasting note, except to say that I was surprised how much I liked this one. Chocolate and pumpkin don’t make the most natural of combinations in my head, but this tastes soooo good. Definitely one I’d look to restock next autumn.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
whatshesaid

Sounds tasty!

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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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