1026 Tasting Notes

65
drank Jasmine Pearls by Teapigs
1026 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
1026 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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80

I haven’t had a cup of this in far too long. Put an end to that at work today with a cup in the afternoon. I remembered finding the flavour a little muted last time, so I added a couple of small pieces of crystal sugar. It’s much improved. The apple and cinnamon come out clearly, and there’s a sweet, almost spongy aftertaste. Definitely one to remember more often!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Rooibos by Teapigs
1026 tasting notes

Another sample box that came to work with me today. I was making an effort to drink more after yerterday’s headache, and this was part of that plan. Caffiene free, but very reminiscent of black tea with a bit of milk added. Not bad, as far as plain rooibos goes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
1026 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished off the two sample bags I got in my Teapigs pick n’ mix box at work today. Not bad flavour at first, but by the end all I could really taste was screamingly tart hibiscus. This is much better with a spoonful of honey.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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100

First full week back at work, first tea of the day. And boy, did I need it this morning. I was sooo sleepy I nearly missed my bus stop, and I’m sure I wasn’t all that productive until at least lunch time. Having a long Christmas break makes work feel very strange. Anyway, a cup of this helped to sort me out. While brewing, I was struck by the smell. It’s gorgeous. Creamy, zesty, fresh, zingy lemon awesomeness. I gave it about 3.5 minutes in boiling water, and then removed my infuser. The liquor is a lovely green tinged golden brown, and I can smell…lemon!

To taste, this is just as fabulous as I hoped it would be. It’s lemon all the way, flavour-wise, but I really do like the creaminess I can taste here. It was slightly unexpected, in a way…for some reason I just didn’t think of guayusa and creamy as two things which could go together. I’m pleased that they do, though. Underneath the creaminess is a bold, tart, zesty lemon flavour. This comes out more in the aftertaste, when the creaminess has worn off, but it’s just as welcome. The guayusa is pretty much completely undetectable under all the lemon.

I’m so glad I picked up a bag of this — it’s a really great wake-up tea, and one I’m going to be revisiting a lot this week, I know. It makes getting up worthwhile.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I brought some of this one to work with me for the afternoon slump! My fave guayusa so far! :D

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60

500th tasting note!

This is also my last Butiki sample, although I’ve no shortage of Butiki teas to be trying so it’s not too sad. This is probably one of the most distinctive white teas I’ve tried. I definitely get green bean in the initial sip, and then quite a heavy floral. There’s something slightly nutty in the aftertaste, too. It’s very smooth, for all that, and has a very light liquor colour, but the tea itself tastes weighty and substantial. That’s not something I’m really used to encountering in a white tea.

I’m not sure that this is one I’d want to keep around all the time — the combination of flavours is just a little too odd for that. It has shown me how unique and varied white teas can be, though. I’m really looking forward to trying some of the others in my cupboard, now!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Sil

grats on hitting 500!!

tigress_al

Congrats on 500 notes!
Personally, I love white teas!!

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85

Sipdown! Another sample from the Teapigs box I was given when I left my last job. I’ve had this one before and really enjoyed it, but it works better in a smaller cup than the one I had to hand. Relatively sweet, caramel flavoured loveliness. The rooibos is quite woody, but tones down well with some milk. I can’t believe this weekend is almost over, but there you go! Sherlock tonight!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

You Steepsterites makes me want to get into Sherlock…hummmm, it is on Netflix, is it not? Something to think about :-)

Sil

Tea fairy- it is WELL worth the time spent watching. And each season only has 3 episodes of 1.5 hours. So they’re like mini movies :)

TheTeaFairy

Ok, you sold me…I think I will start tonight :-)

Sil

yay!!! let us know if you like it or not haha

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80

One cup of this today. I forgot about it while I answered the phone, so it was relatively bitter by the time I fished the leaves out. Not terribly so, but…you know. I promptly returned to Mariage Freres Earl Grey French Blue. It’s more forgiving of my sluggish back-to-work brain. Maybe next week I can go back to green teas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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75

First two days back at work, and I have mostly been drinking this. Largely because I forgot to buy any milk, but also because it’s a relatively easy going tea. If I forget about it for a few minutes, it won’t come to harm. This is probably my favourite earl grey at the moment.

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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