1037 Tasting Notes

75
drank Easter Tea by Dammann Freres
1037 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
1037 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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60
drank Bombay Chai by Mighty Leaf Tea
1037 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished off my last bag of this at work today. I didn’t have any milk, so I was initially a bit reluctant, but it turned out pretty okay black. I could taste more of the spices, and they left a pleasant warmth at the back of my (very sore) throat. First day back at work made more bearable by tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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60

Another strong flavour for a sad face sick with cold day. As far as I can determine, this one is just mint. I know what mint tastes like, so this is probably a safe one to go for when I’m not up to tasting anything really new. As might be expected, the mint flavour from this one is STRONG. It’s remarkably smooth, though, and not too toothpaste like. There’s a gentle sweetness, rather reminiscent of spearmint, and it doesn’t have too much of the coldness in the aftertaste that I often associate with mint teas. In fact, as bagged mint teas go, this is definitely one of the nicer ones I’ve tried. I don’t need plain mint tea in my life too often, but I’d not turn down a cup of this if it was offered. My dad is a mint tea fiend, and loves this one. I don’t often understand why, but today I got a glimpse of the attraction mint can hold. It’s pleasantly refreshing, and it doesn’t need any additions to taste like itself. Another pleasant cup on a blah day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Bombay Chai by Mighty Leaf Tea
1037 tasting notes

My cold suddenly got a lot worse overnight, so this morning I went rooting desparately through my stash looking for some chai. I came up with this one first, and I’ve had two cups so far today. There’s something about chai that I find soothing when I’m ill, especially when brewed at a latte. The spiciness is nice for a sore throat, and the milkiness makes me feel comforted, somehow.

This isn’t the most outstanding chai I’ve tried, but it’s passable. Certainly it’s made me feel better today, and that’s what’s important right now. I got a very strong floral note from this initally, but that seemed to fade as I took more sips. The two main flavours here, surprisingly, were pepper and orange, followed closely by cinnamon. The cardamon and clove were pretty lost, although I know my taste buds aren’t up to much at the moment. It was a pleasant change to taste a chai with a strong hit of fruit as one of the main flavours, though. That’s not something I’ve come across very often before. This probably isn’t one I’d stock all the time, but it’ll probably flit through my cupboard occasionally. A pleasant chai blend.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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85
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1037 tasting notes

Delicious, delicious, delicious. My scoop of this tea has a huge piece of strawberry in it, but as it’s my first cup I’m unable to say whether this enhanced the flavour more than would be normal, or not. I expect time will tell. As first impressions go, though, this made a good one on me. It has a juicy, refreshing, fresh strawberry flavour. It’s very natural tasting, just like you’d imagine freshly squeezed strawberries would taste. There’s a hint of ginger, mostly in the aftertaste, and the mild spiciness is a pleasant counterpoint to the sweet strawberry. The green tea base is perfect here — light, mildly grassy, refreshing. It adds the tiniest hint of “greenness”, a vegetal touch that suits the strawberry as well as the ginger.

The combination is truly pleasing — this is a green tea I could happily drink all day (and I don’t say that about greens very often!) I can see this being a brilliant spring tea — and it’s one I’ll definitely consider restocking once I finish my current bag. Beautiful!

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

I love this one too :D

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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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