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691 Tasting Notes

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I was having a bit of a tea blah over the weekend, I think because my hayfever was so bad. My throat hurt so much all I really wanted to do was drink lemsip, and that’s when I know the situation is dire. Anyway, I finally got fed up of that last night (and started to feel a bit better, which helped…), and so I went for an all-time favourite to welcome my return to tea drinking.

I just love this tea so much, there aren’t words for the praise I want to heap on it. It really does taste like neapolitan ice cream; all three flavours are there, and it’s so creamy and delicious with a dash of milk. So yummy! When this is gone, I’ll be devastated. Just, sayin’.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank SBT: Pink Lemonade by 52teas
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Another awesome iced tea! I’ve said it before, but I’m really, really impressed with these. This one is no exception. As soon as I opened the packet, I could smell Pink Lemonade, just as I remember it from my childhood. From the first sip, this tastes almost exactly like Pink Lemonade too, only with less sugar and the bonus of being in tea form. I’m glad Frank pointed out that there’s cotton candy flavouring in the mix here, because I could taste that almost immediately and I probably would have been a bit confused! It’s the cotton candy that provides the “pink” here, I think (ooh, rhyme!!), which is them complimented beautifully by a relatively strong, but not bitter or overpowering, lemon taste.

This is another one of those flavours I would have thought it shouldn’t be possible to recreate as tea. Apparently it is, though! This is the perfect choice for the hot, summery day that today has become. It’s sweet, tasty, refreshing, and it’s one of the only cold drinks that keeps my caffiene cravings at bay! I don’t know how I managed before I found these. They’re simply amazing! Great work, Frank!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Another one I’ve brought to work to finish, before my Dad drinks it all for me. I think I’ve actually only tried one or two cups of this, and yet the pouch is almost empty. Strange, that! Now it’s properly summer, it’s high time I broke out some summery teas. If anything qualifies, this one does!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

This has been languishing in my stash, since I don’t seem to have the patience to let water cool down at home. I’ve brought it to work today to see if that helps things — it’s a lot easier to let water cool without being impatient about it when you’re rushed off your feet! I love this one, so it’ll be nice to have a few cups from time to time. Maybe this afternoon — it’s a warm day, and banana might be just the ticket!

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2 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Drank one of these at work this morning to try and get me going. I had a cold/hayfever most of the weekend, so I don’t feel at all rested. It’s only Tuesday, and I’m flagging already.

I love the deep, dark chocolatey taste this has. While mate isn’t my favourite thing in the world, the flavouring here certainly makes it palatable. More than that, really. Delicious is more accurate. I don’t get malt per se, but definitely chocolate, and something that reminds me a little of coffee. I’m still tired, but I’m perking up gradually. It’s just going to be a long process!

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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75

I’m actually nearly through my sample of this, and I haven’t yet managed to log it! Dry, it smells almost exactly like a box of After Eights just after opening; dark chocolate and mint in equal measure. It’s rich and ever so slightly bittersweet. I can see chopped mint leaves and chocolate chips among the black tea base, so it’s the real deal as far as flavouring goes.

To taste, this really lives up to its scent. The chocolate comes through first , darkly bittersweet and slightly creamy, swiftly followed by the cool sweetness of the mint. They combine beautifully in the aftertaste, to perfect effect. This is the kind of tea I could happily drink all day. The black base is unobtrusive, but it adds a slightly malty depth and helps the flavours to really shine. This is one I’ll definitely consider repurchasing in the future. As chocolate mint black teas go, it’s among the best I’ve tried so far. Tasty, refreshing, and moreish; in this heat, there isn’t much more I could want in a tea!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Another one I’ve had several cups of, but seem to have neglected to log. Strangely so, because I loved it from the first sip.

Dry, this smells quite strongly of cinnamon, with a definite hint of strawberry lurking in the background. I gave it 4 minutes in boiling water, and added a little milk. Brewed, the strawberry comes over much more clearly, as it does in the taste. The cinnamon is still a big part of the flavour, but it seems to mellow out a little and combine with the sweet, vanilla like aftertaste to create a flavour that really is reminiscent of pastry, or pie crust. It’s somehow buttery and bakey without being cloying, and the juicy, tart strawberry flavour finishes the whole thing off perfectly.

This is one I’m definitely going to enjoy drinking for many cups to come. It’s the perfect combination of fruit (that tastes surprisingly natural), spicing, and whatever magic it is that makes the pie crust taste emerge. A pleasure to drink!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Jewelled Apple by Tea Palace
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I don’t think I’ve once managed to log this since I joined Steepster, although I’ve been drinking it on and off for years. It was one of the first loose teas I tried after finding Teapigs, and it’s a favourite even now.

I’ve not tried all that many toffee apple teas as yet, but maybe I don’t need to. For my tastes, this one is perfect. The dry leaf smells mouthwatering. It’s sweet and delightfully rich. I can definitely pick out the apple and caramel, and something slightly fruity I’ve always classified as strawberry. No idea why, but there you go. I suppose it’s more a generic candy-like sweetness.

Anyway, to taste this is as close to a real toffee apple as tea can come. I’ve tried it both with and without milk in the past, and like both equally. The black base is the only thing that’s slightly odd. It’s a little heavy tasting without milk, but not quite strong enough to really need any. It’s a minor complaint, but probably why I’ve never settled on one or the other as my preferred way of drinking.

All told, I do like this and probably always will. I love that I can clearly taste both the caramel and the apple; there’s an initial rich sweetness, which gives way to a slightly tangy “green” flavour, before sweetening again towards the end of the sip. It’s like tasting the toffee, then the apple, then both melded together, just like eating the real thing.

Minor issues with the base aside, this is one tea I can always see myself coming back to. I guess sometimes first loves really do endure!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

Sipdown! Finished off the last of these, so there are officially no more in my stash. It’s a shame in one way, as this is a pretty tasty earl grey. I’m ready to try some different teas now, though, so it’s not too distressing for the moment. I’ll probably come back to these in the future, but I’ve had my fill for now!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! Finished the last of these this morning. I liked them more than the first time I tried them, which probably shows that my tastes have developed since I started drinking whole leaf tea in earnest. They’re never going to be my favourite, though. There’s too much of that slightly metallic taste I dislike most in oolongs about them for that.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 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 not 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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