904 Tasting Notes

65

Dug out my tin of this the other day. It’s been a good year or so since I last drank any, and I still like it as much today as I did then. Obviously it’s a fresh tin — I’m not that bad yet! The chocolate comes out clearly, as does the raspberry, making the whole thing rather reminiscent of a raspberry truffle. The base is so-so. A little astringent, a little bitter. This is a pretty good tea with a robust flavour, though. I can enjoy it from time to time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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55

Drank this after Bats in the Belfry a couple of nights ago. It’s a pretty solid vanilla rooibos. Not too woody, wonderful creaminess from the vanilla. The “cream” flavouring comes out more as a thickness in the mouthfeel rather than a fakey flavour, which I find cheering. Another great caffiene free option I really must try not to forget about.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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50

Revisited this a couple of nights ago, and was reminded of how good it actually is. I think it’s basically Swiss Mountain with bat sprinkles, but I can live with that. I like chocolate mint teas any day of the week, and this is a good one. Not overpowering on the mint, sweet creamy chocolate…I’m glad I have a 2oz bag of this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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80

Rounded off last night with a second S+V tea. I had a better time with this one — it’s mildly chocolatey, and, with milk, creamy. There’s something vaguely cake-like here, although it’s not strong. Yesterday was a long day, though, and I appreciated this as a tasty caffiene-free option. Musn’t let my S+V’s languish any more!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60

Had a cup last night, but I can’t actually taste anything remotely carrot cake like here. That’s odd, because I could last time I had it. Maybe I’ve neglected it too long? I do worry about S+V’s paper packaging. I’ll give this another go tonight, because I really want to taste whatever it was the made me think of carrot cake last time. All I got today was green rooibos, unfortunately. Not that it’s bad, but I wanted cake small tantrum

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Yes to the packaging! I swear a couple of mine are starting to taste like paper.

OMGsrsly

Their packaging is terrible. I transferred into tins ASAP, and am getting quite good at making foil bags to contain some teas. :)

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80

A sad sipdown from Wednesday. I’ve enjoyed every cup of this tea, and it’s got me through many difficult and stressful days. I love the strong, sweet maple flavour, all the more so given that it’s paired with a base that stands up to milk. It’s another one where I’ve said pretty much all I have to say in previous notes, but it will be sadly missed. I’d definitely pick up another bag if the chance arose in the future. I don’t get much “pancake”, but the maple is enough for me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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35

Sipdown! From yesterday, this time. Another duo of bags from the pick n’ mix box polished off. I’m getting along with oolong a lot better than I have been in the past. I remember when I actually couldn’t drink this, but not I can quaff it happily and appreciate the flavour. It’s a touch on the mineral side for me, but tolerable. Not my favourite oolong, but then there are very few that have ever made it into the class. A reasonable effort from Teapigs.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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35
drank Yerba Mate by Teapigs
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Drank up two bags of this at the start of the week. I’ll never really like unflavoured Yerba Mate, I don’t think, but I do appreciate its energy giving properties. I’ve said it before, but flavoured is the way forward for me here.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Jasmine Pearls by Teapigs
904 tasting notes

Sipdown! Another one from the selection box done and dusted. I’ve reviewed this before, and I don’t really have anything earth shattering to add this time. It’s a nice, fragrant, delicate tea, perfect for afternoon sipping and frazzled nerves. Not one I’d keep around all the time, but nice to come back to every now and then.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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70
drank French Toast by 52teas
904 tasting notes

Had a really great cup of this today. For some reason, all of the flavours just seemed to come over really well, and it really did make me think of French Toast. Maybe because I hadn’t had a cup in a few days? Because I’m not drinking it alongside Pancake Breakfast? I don’t know why it was so great today, but I’m pleased it was. Long may this continue.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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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