947 Tasting Notes

45

This blend is more herbal than Fairy Princess. The dry mix contains cornflowers, rose petals, blackberry leaves and what looks like lemongrass, as well as apple, hibi, rosehip, and orange. It smells distinctly more herbal, too. I gave it about 3.5 minutes in boiling water, and was rewarded with the normal dark red hibiscus colour.

According to the description, this one should taste very fruity, like a rocket blast, apparently. It doesn’t, really. There’s the normal over-tart, sour hibi-rosehip taste, but very little else reminds me of fruit. I can maybe find orange a tiny bit, if I’m really looking for it, but it’s not obvious. The main flavour, other than hibiscus, is more herbal than fruit. Rose comes through quite strongly, and something vaguely “green”, too. It’s not really a comfortable flavour combination. It’s not bad, though, and it’s certainly a more interesting fruit/herbal blend than some I’ve tried recently. I just wish it was a lot lighter on the hibiscus and rosehip – it would be so much better like that.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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70

First time trying this one today. It was probably more of a summer tea, but it’s always nice to be reminded of warmer days when it’s cold outside. The first thing that struck me about this one was the scent — it’s mouthwatering! Similarly with the taste. The strawberry is clear and strong, and reminds me a little of those red bootlace sweets you can sometimes get in pick n’ mix. It’s not exactly a natural flavour, but a candy strawberry flavour is good enough for me. I’m not getting much mint, even though there’s apparently both spearmint and peppermint in here. Maybe just a hint in the aftertaste. The white base is pretty perfect — it’s a little heavy as white teas go, but fresh and clean tasting, and somehow almost chewable. I’d like to taste a little more of the mint, so maybe I can work on that, but itherwise I think I’m going to really enjoy this one.

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

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15

Sipdown! This grew on me, and I actually rather like its minty freshness now. I’ve had two cups this afternoon, because my head feels like it’s full of cotton wool. It’s helping a little bit, probably more than a heavily flavoured or otherwise cloying tea would. I really just need to go home, though. That would probably sort me out.

Anyway, I’m sad that the darjeeling is completely lost here, but I like the mint. It’s doesn’t really taste any different from straight peppermint tea, but there you go. Right now, I don’t care anyway. It tastes nice, and I’ll drink it. Half an hour to go!

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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95

Sipdown! I only started this pouch last week, and it’s gone already. That might just be a record for me! I loved every sip of it, though, and that’s what counts. Very sad it’s gone.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Wow – that is fast!

Sil

take notes Kittenna… take notes.

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80
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
947 tasting notes

Started my second (and last) pouch of this today. The buses this morning were just…stupid. Seriously, the less said about them the better. Anyway, I was late, and didn’t have time to collect any tea on my way in to work. This was my first cup of the day, and thankfully helped to relieve the headache I’d developed while the bus company tried their best to irritate me to death. Ah, mate. How I’ve come to depend on you.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

I’m sitting on my bus now which running really late too! Grrrr to buses!

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90

Last Butiki sample for now, although I’ve got another order on the way…

I chose autumny teas with my last order, as that was basically my excuse for buying more tea when I still have…well, plenty. I added this as a sample, as I’m still not sold on pumpkin tea. I might have been, though, if this was the first one I’d tried. It’s gorgeous. I can immediately taste pumpkin, a hint of spice (mainly cinnamon, I think…), and CREAM. Even with no milk or sugar added, it really is reminiscent of creme brulee. The whole thing is perfectly balanced, with no one element overpowering the rest. How have I survived autumn without this tea? I know I won’t be able to now. I’ve got a packed of Pumpkin Milkshake coming, but I think I’m still going to have to grab a bag of this in the near future. The more Butiki teas I try, the more I love them. Amazing, amazing stuff.

Incidentally, today was my one year Steepster anniversiary. I’m quite surprised how far I’ve come in what seems like such a short space of time, tea wise particularly. I couldn’t have chosen a better tea to mark the day, I don’t think. Delicious and memorable. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I can’t wait to hear how this compares to the new Milkshake Oolong! Looking forward to your notes on it :) And happy anniversary! :D

Sil

congratulations darling! It’s wonderful to see so many of us celebrating this year heh

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70

This is an interesting one. The aroma while brewing reminds me a bit of an oolong, although I know it’s not. There’s also a sweet fruitiness from the peach, and a distinctive bakey-floral note from the hops. I gave it three minutes in boiling water, by which point the liquor has become medium brown in colour.

As it cools, I can smell more peach than I could initially. That’s a good thing, I think. First sip was still a little hot, but varied in taste between sweet and bitter. The peach adds a light sweetness, and a delicate, summery fruitiness, while the hops and base guranse add a slightly bitter, slightly floral note. I wasn’t sure at first, but on balance I think the combination is a good one. There’s a weight to it, a bit like beer, and an almost thick texture. It’s certainly unlike any tea I’ve tried before!

I’ve left it right until the end of summer to try this, but it’s a tea I could happily drink all year round. To me, it’s quite summery in terms of flavour, but it’s also substantial enough to make a really interesting autumn tea as well. Definitely one I’d buy more of in the future!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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95

I brewed this immediately after drinking my sample of Premium Taiwanese Assam, so that I’d be able to compare more effectively. The first thing that caught my attention was the difference in scent as this one brewed. The PTA was very malty and sweet, where here I could smell something more reminiscent of grapes. The liquor is slightly darker, so I felt safer adding a splash of milk to this one.

On tasting, I’d agree that these are two entirely separate teas. There’s no sweetness here, and no chocolate, but there’s no astringency either. It’s smooth and very delicate tasting (smoother than th PTA, I think), with clearly discernable citrus notes. I can’t taste grapes, but there is something raisin-like here, and a light maltiness.

On the whole, it’s hard to say which I prefer. They’re both wonderful, and I think they’d both suit different moods. I’ll probably start with a supply of both, and work out which I like best over future tastings. I’m really impressed with this one, though (and with myself, for being able to taste the difference!) Amazing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

YAY so glad you liked them

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drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
947 tasting notes

Sipdown! I’m working on finishing off my Adagio samples at the moment, of which this was one. It’s not bad as rooibos goes. I’ve enjoyed drinking it on busy work night evenings when I’ve wanted something simple and straightforward, but caffiene free. I probably wouldn’t buy it again, simple because plain rooibos isn’t really my thing. Another experience I’m glad to have had, though.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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60

Sipdown! Last cup’s worth of this yesterday evening. Bluebird’s taster packets really are generous — I feel like I’ve been drinking this one for ages! That’s a good thing, because now I’ve worked out how best to prepare this, I’ve come to really love it. My trouble at first was developing the strawberry flavour without over-steeping and getting an astringent base. I finally found an optimum point at around 3.5 minutes, and I didn’t look back from there. I know adding milk to earl grey is a little bit perverse, but I have been with this one. Somehow, it just seems to bring out the creamy strawberry-ness, which is otherwise more or less overpowered by bergamot. Definitely one I’d consider repurchasing, especially in the summer. Great work, Bluebird!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 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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