965 Tasting Notes

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A sample from KittyLovesTea! My first sip of this reminded me of 52Teas Neopolitan Honeybush, which I absolutely adored back when I had some pouts. I think it’s the chocolate/honeybush combination — especially as it’s done here. Somehow, it tastes wonderfully creamy and delicious, and it got me thinking of ice cream almost straightaway. The mint is fairly subtle, but well done. There’s not a hint of toothpaste about this, just the faint flavour and a cooling sensation. The combination is a wonderful one — creamy chocolate, refereshing mint. It would be great in summer, but I don’t think my sample will last that long! Many thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing this one with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Popcorn Tea by Teapigs
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Also managed to fit in one of these at work. I’m not sure what the base tea is here, although it’s fairly similar in taste to the Mao Feng I also drank today. I don’t think I’ve ever tried them side by side before, so maybe that’s why I’ve never noticed the similarity. Anyway, the rice here adds a delicious nutty, toasted note. It can verge on the astringent, burnt tasting side if overbrewed, so I was careful to pay attention and was rewarded with a pretty perfect cup of genmaicha. Not something I’d keep around all the time, but definitely nice to revisit!

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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25

Drank my two teabags of this at work today. It’s been a busy and fustrating day pretty much in equal measure, so I didn’t get chance to drink a lot. I’m trying to change that — I don’t do myself any favours by becoming dehydrated and headachey — but it all went out of the window with my plans today. Still, I managed two cups of this, so things could be worse. It’s a fairly pleasant green, smooth and very grassy. It’s not the tea I remember from the first time I tried it, but it’s pretty good all the same. Easy to drink, refreshing, and fuss-free because it’s bagged. Just the thing today.

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

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75

Finished off my two sample bags this morning. I still like this, as white teas go. The quality is definitely there, and it has a wonderfully buttery, slightly floral flavour to match. One I’d consider restocking from time to time.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Wild Berry by Clipper
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Yesterday and today were days of fairly crappy bagged teas, courtesy of hosting nursing interviews. I’m definitely looking forward to being back at my desk tomorrow. Lipton is the standard fare, and they’re okay, but I was getting a bit tired of those. I tried this one today, but sadly wasn’t all that impressed. It smells gorgeous — a really lovely, fairly accurate berry scent, reminiscent of blackcurrant and maybe raspberry. Brewed, it just tastes like hibiscus, more or less. I wasn’t really expecting anything else, and it’s by no means a bad tea. The flavouring isn’t hopelessly tart, and it’s definitely drinkable. It was a hot drink, at the end of the day, and that’s what I needed more than anything. It gets points for that.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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10

Still no blueberry or cheesecake to declare here, even with more leaf and a longer brew time. Sad face.

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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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10

Tried again with this tonight, using slightly more leaf and a slightly longer brew time. I got some flavour this time, although it’s more sour red fruit than cherry. There’s no almond, either. It reminds me a little of Adagio Cranberry, actually, although the base tea is a little less astringent. I’m glad I managed to coax some flavour out, even if it wasn’t what I was hoping. Still, you can’t win them all.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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10

A sample from KittyLovesTea. This is another one I had high hopes for, because I like blueberries, and I like cheesecake. It’s also a rooibos, and I’m usually on the look out for some kind of evening caffiene free option. Unfortunately, this is another miss for me. I can’t actually taste anything other than rooibos, and certainly no blueberry or cheesecake. Woody, sweet rooibos is front and centre, and dominates the whole cup. As it cools, a very slight fruitiness does start to come out, but not nearly soon enough for me to say I enjoyed the whole experience. I’ll fiddle with the brew time, temp and leaf a little, but I fear based on other notes that I’m not going to have much joy here. Another one to chalk up to experience!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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10

A sample from KittyLovesTea. I actually wasn’t sure whether this was black or green tea at first — I initially thought black, but the leaves do have a greenish tinge to them that had me fooled for a few minutes. Upon brewing, I can see that it’s definitely a black. The dry mix has slivers of almond and large whole cherries among the tea leaves. At least, I assumed they were cherries. Now I’m thinking they might have been cranberries. This tea has me completely foxed.

Unfortunately, so does the tasting. I’m not getting cherry or almond, or, in fact, anything much from this tea at all. Pleasant black tea, yes. Fruit or nuts? Not really. Maybe very, very vaguely in the background, but that could be wishful thinking on my part.

Hmm. I wanted to like this one, as cherry is a favourite flavour of mine. I’m not getting anything from this at the moment, though, so I’m a tad disappointed. Back to the drawing board with this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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75

A sample from KittyLovesTea. On first sip, this one reminded me a little of 52 Teas Rainbow Sherbet. I’m guessing it’s the fruit flavours and almost-acidity, but there’s something of the same “fizziness” about them, paired with the black tea base. The lemon comes over most clearly here, perhaps understandably, but is followed by a slightly bittersweet, tart raspberry flavour. Both come across very naturally — nothing artificial or fake tasting here! I’ve enjoyed three cups of this from my sample over the past few days, and like it equally well with or without milk. It’s a fruity, slightly acidic tasting black tea, clearly flavoured and very enjoyable. Thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing this with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 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 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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