987 Tasting Notes

100

This is my favourite pumpkin tea of those I’ve tried so far. It’s just unbelievably smooth and creamy, and it carries a thick, squash flavour along with mild spicing. I didn’t drink this one at Halloween, but I almost wish I had now. The smell of pumpkin and cinnamon is just so warm and comforting — beautiful!

I gave this one nearly four minutes in boiling water, and added a good splash of milk. The pumpkin is the first flavour to develop, and it tastes very fresh and vegetal. Not in a green tea way, just…like a fresh pumpkin, I guess. The spice complements the pumpkin flavour perfectly, and isn’t at all overwhelming. I can’t identify too much beyond cinnamon, but there are other spice flavours grouping together in the background that give this a mild chai-esque vibe.

The dry leaf is really pretty, too. The pumpkin sprinkles are the cutest thing, and a nice addition even if they don’t contribute anything in terms of taste. What I like most about this is how smooth it tastes. It’s insanely drinkable, and I can see myself coming back to this time and time again over the next few weeks. Truly gorgeous stuff!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I think this is what I hoped 52 Teas Mayan Chocolate Chai would taste like. There’s a good, strong hit of chilli here, but the dark chocolate is its equal contender. The rest of the spices are just about there, but they stay very much in the background. The real stars here are the chilli and the chocolate, which is just fine with me.

The strength of the chilli here did take me by surprise initially. I took a big gulp of tea, and then had to gasp for breath a bit as the chilli caught me right at the back of the throat. I think I forgot what I was drinking for a second! So, this is very much a sipping tea. Very small sips, so that the chilli doesn’t become overwhelming. If you stick to that, you get a good, strong, smooth dark chocolate taste, and then the chilli just at the back of the mouth. It does burn a bit, but…it’s chilli! The rest of the spices seem to develop after the chilli heat has faded, so it’s an interesting tea to drink slowly and contemplate. If you don’t leave a few minutes between mouthfuls, I’m not sure you’d ever really get chai, but it is there if you’re patient.

An interesting tea, and one of the best chocolate-chilli teas I’ve yet tried! I know I’m going to enjoy this one over the winter months, and I imagine it’ll be particularly good when I catch my ubiquitous cold. There’s nothing wishy-washy about this one! Great stuff, Bluebird!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60
drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
987 tasting notes

Sipdown! Also finished the last of this today. I brought it home from work with me, and it went down all the easier for the addition of milk. I don’t know why I waited so long to try that, but there you go. I finally found the chocolate, and the milk dulls the tulsi a little. The mint works perfectly with both, and its a little smoky to boot. Lovely, atmospheric stuff.

I’ve got two days off work, and my Yankee Candle delivery arrived this morning, so I’ve been burning my new Black Cherry candle with my new shade, and my thoughts are turning towards winter. Now that I’ve finished these couple of halloween teas, I can get started on some of the ones I bought for autumn and winter. I need to organise my stash a little so I can see what I’ve got, but I’m looking forward to trying some new teas over the weekend. That, and my candles, and my books. Yay for long weekends!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I could just eat that black cherry candle! Cherries On Snow is great, too.

Scheherazade

It’s not burning very evenly, but I love the scent. Other have said theirs tunnels a bit, but I guess I can sort it out as I go along. I’ve not tried Cherries on Snow…one for the wish list, maybe!

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75

Sipdown! Last cup of this today. It’s one of only a few flavoured blacks I’ve really enjoyed recently, maybe because it actually tastes like it smells (and thus lives up to its name), which seems to be such a rare thing. It’s also perfectly suited to this time of year, and it’s nice to drink something when its seasonal. I’ll miss this, but I’ve got plenty of other autumn teas to turn to now that Halloween is over.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Sipdown! Very sad farewell here. I think my previous notes say it all, really, but I’ve really enjoyed having this one in my cupboard. A definite repurchase for the future.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Sipdown! A sad one, because I’ve enjoyed having a cup of this tea in the afternoons. It’s probably one of the most unusual flavour combinations I’ve tried so far, but it works really well. The pineapple is sweet and juicy, it’s nicely offset by the corriander, and it’s beautifully creamy. I’ve been adding a couple of small pieces of crystal sugar to augment the creaminess, and it’s just wonderful. Lovely stuff, and definitely one I’d re-purchase in future!

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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

Yuuuuuuum! I brought this one to work with me as another black tea to have on hand. I’ve said it before, but this is my favourite of the Simposon and Vail teas I’ve tried so far. It taste just like its name leads you to imagine, and that’s what I really want from a flavoured tea.

The apple here is quite subtle, but the cinnamon and cake elements are really prominent. I added a small piece of crystal sugar and some milk, and that’s brought out a creaminess that’s making me think of buttercream frosting. The apple develops a little more in the aftertaste, leaving behind a flavour reminiscent of apple crumble. I love it when a flavoured tea lives up to its name and description, and it’s brightened my day to find one as good as this!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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First cup of this last night was a no-no. I admit that I felt a little trepidation before trying a sip, and I proved myself right because in the end it wasn’t a cup I could finish.

I love the secnt of this tea dry. The chocolate is the thing I can smell the most, so I was hoping that I’d get a strong chocolate taste accompanied by a very spicy chai blend. I like spicy things, so I was figuring this would be right up my street. I gave this about four minutes in boiling water, and added a fair splash of milk.

Unfortunately, that’s where things started to go wrong, because all I can taste is cayenne pepper. NOTHING else. There’s no chocolate, no other spices, not even any black tea. Just cayenne pepper. It’s not painful, but it’s the kind of spice that sticks at the back of the throat and makes you cough. Unpleasant. I would have put up with it if there’d been other flavours, but there weren’t. Down the sink it went.

So. Either I need to adjust the way I brew this, or it’s just really not the tea for me. I’m going to try again with a smaller cup, a shorter brew time, more milk, and maybe some sugar. I might even try putting it in a t-sac or something, to try and keep back some of the cayenne pepper. I really want to like this, but I want to taste chocolate and spice as well as the cayenne heat.

We’ll see how the next cup goes. For now, though…ugh. Sad face.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
MissB

Uh oh. I have some of this on the way, and I had high hopes for it. Let us know if your experiments change the sip for you! I really hope it does.

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5
drank S'mores Chai by 52teas
987 tasting notes

I actually tried my first cup of this on Saturday night, I think, although it looks like I didn’t get around to logging it. Anyway, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it, but I’ll have to try another cup to be sure. I brewed this as a latte, with a long brew for the leaves and plenty of milk. The spices are the first thing I could taste, followed by an intensely chocolatey taste (like a brownie…), a touch of smoke, and then the tiniest hint of creamy marshmallow. I was sort of expecting the spice to be one of the later flavours to develop, which is probably why I’m not 100% sure I like it. I do like the combination of fudgey chocolate, smoke, and sweet marshmallow, but the “chai” aspect really seems to dominate. Part of me wonders what I expected, because this is a chai blend…but another part of me insists that the flavour should present itself first, and then the chai as a base.

I’m going to have another cup of this before I rate it, just to clarify me feelings on the taste.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

I’ve had a few cups of this today. It’s my first day back on reception full-time, and one visitor has already been rude and threatened to report me. For…doing my job? I don’t know what she’s going to find to say about me, I only referred her query and then discovered there was no-one around to answer it. Since when was that my fault? Days like this make me glad I’m leaving.

Anyway, this tea is going some way towards alleviating my headache, and it’s at least nearly home time. The chocolate and cocoa notes here are delicious, and I just find the whole thing really soothing. I was actually drinking a cup of Pineapple Cilantro Cream when “The Incident” occured, but I had to set that aside and find some black tea to calm me down. I’ve told my manager about it, and she says not to worry, but I would have liked a more successful first day back. It’s only Monday, and it’s got the week off to a bad start.

Still. I have things to look forward to. Don’t I?

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Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Rosehips

I hate it when clients and customers are like that. I hope that the rest of today went smoothly.

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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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