1031 Tasting Notes

55

Gave this a much longer brew time, and was rewarded with a much more cohesive “aniseed balls” flavour. Previously, I’ve felt that the different elements haven’t quite come together — this time, everything just worked! An almost perfect replica of a favourite childhood sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 4 tsp

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65

I was reasonably impressed with my first cup of this. The raspberry/blackberry flavours are clear and well defined…juicy, slightly tart, although decidedly candy like to taste. The genmaicha is toasty with a hint of grassiness, but nicely balanced overall. My concern is that the two flavours don’t go together particularly…they seem to remain separate and don’t really complement each other. I have a feeling I’ll need to try a couple more cups before I can really work out what I think of this one, but the overall impression I gained was positive for a first cup.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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100

I’ve increased my rating on this one, because the more I drink it, the more I love it. It’s the most perfect pumpkin tea I’ve come across so far…smooth, lovely squash flavour, savoury, with a hint of creaminess and light spicing. There’s even a buttery pastry note, although it’s sometimes a little difficult to coax out. Even so, this is pretty close to my idea of tea heaven. I enjoy every cup!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
Courtney

This one is awesome! I hope they bring it back next year.

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55
drank Rum Raisin Ice Cream by 52teas
1031 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this one quite a lot over the last couple of days, and I’m getting a little more from it than I did previously. It certainly smells delicious while brewing, although the flavour doesn’t quite live up to the expectation that produces.

The first thing to say is that it’s deliciously creamy. More so with milk. The ice cream aspect of this is close to perfect in my estimation. It’s the rest of it that falls a little flat. I’m getting slightly more in the way of rum than I did the first couple of times I brewed this one, but not loads. There’s no raisin to be had. A colleague actually suggested that I try and improve it myself by adding some actual rum. Not a bad idea, although maybe not at work!

I’ll enjoy the rest of my pouch, even if just for that delicious creaminess, but it’s not quite what I was hoping it would be.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
Anna

Mmm, rum.

Maybe not at work.

Maybe.

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75

Had a really nice cup of this as a mid-morning treat. I like it better than I did last time – the caramel was less artificial tasting, and not as strong, allowing the base oolong to shine through. At points, it actually reminded me fairly strongly of Butiki’s Maple Pecan Oolong. It’s not quite as good, but it makes a reasonable substitute. Maybe my parameters were better today, or maybe I was just in the mood for it, but I enjoyed this immensely.

Speaking of Maple Pecan Oolong, I must add it to my Butiki shopping list. I’ve started to put together a list of teas I want to restock in the near future, now I’ve had some time to work out my likes and dislikes, and Maple Pecan Oolong is absolutely one of them.

I’m upping my rating on this one, simply out of sheer enjoyment. Today is being a good tea day so far.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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70
drank French Toast by 52teas
1031 tasting notes

First cup of the morning, from my freshly opened sachet from the 12 Teas of Christmas box. I finished off my full pouch not so long ago, so I can safely say that this is as good as I remember it. Maybe slightly better. Today I got a slightly toasty, bready note that I’m not sure I’ve picked up previously. It sits beautifully alongside the cinnamon, and puts me in mind of actual French toast. I think this one might always be a winner with me. It’s just spectacular.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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55
drank Rum Raisin Ice Cream by 52teas
1031 tasting notes

First cup this morning. I won’t say I got rum raisin from it, per se, but I did get a wonderful creaminess that put me in mind of ice cream. The rest of the flavour was a little indeterminate, so possibly I need to work on my method here. One to try again soon, but an encouraging first cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
VariaTEA

I used 90C water for 2.5 minutes and it was fairly rum raisinish

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65

Reached for this last night, and managed to get a really nice chocolate flavour from it. No raspberry to speak of, but the chocolate was awesome.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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60

A sample from KittyLovesTea. I brewed up a cup of this last night, since I fancied a change from black or rooibos teas, which are my usual go-to varieties. I think I overdid the steep a little on this, as it was faintly astringent. Not awfully so, but just a bit drying at the back of the throat. The flavour was good, though. The green tea leaves are rolled and quite dark, so I was half expecting quite a bitter tea. It wasn’t at all, though. It was light, fresh and a touch vegetal, and matched the sweetness of the blueberry really well. I won’t say I got pie from this on the whole, except during one sip when I was convinced I could taste buttery, baked pastry. I guess it all came together in that one moment! Anyway, I have enough left for a couple more cups, so I can try and improve on my experience this time. It certainly made for a nice treat!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90

I’ve drank this a few times at work over the last week, and it’s become one of my go-to blacks when I’m looking for a good, strong flavour. Brewed, this smells so much like actual christmas pudding that it’s almost hard to believe. The flavour carries through well into the taste, with rich fruit notes and a hint of burnt sugar. It’s a delicious treat, and one of the Della Terra teas I’ll miss most once last year’s advent box is finally gone.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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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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