948 Tasting Notes

70

I’ve been drinking this a lot more regularly since I brought the packet to work with me. I like the idea of this tea, but it doesn’t always work for me in practice. When I get it right, it’s gorgeous. Nice, robust black base, sweet raspberry, and a hint of creaminess (particularly enhanced with milk). I seem to get it wrong more often than not, though. Part of the issue is the strength of the black base — if the leaves are left in for even a few second more than they should be, the result is an astringent, almost raspberry-less brew. I like this, and I want to like it more than I do, but it’s just so hard to get right I sometimes wonder whether it’s worth the bother. It’s easy to say that it is when it’s perfect, but the bad times make me doubt. A lovely idea, I just wish the base tea was a bit more forgiving. I’ll drink the rest of my packet anyway, but it’s probably not one I’d buy again unless some alterations are made.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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15

I’ve had a couple of cups of this tea so far this week. I’m not 100% sure what I think of it as yet, though. I’ve tried Adagio’s Sarjeeling Sungma Summer separately, and it was okay — according to the packet, that’s the base for this blend. My issue is with the amount of peppermint, I think. For me, this might as well just be a peppermint tea, since I can’t taste anything of the darjeeling base. It smells of peppermint, tastes of peppermint, walks like peppermint, talks like peppermint. That’s fine, as far as it goes, but if I’d wanted that I would have chosen…peppermint. It’s drinkable, I’m just disappointed that the darjeeling is so lost. Less peppermint is required here.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Adventure by Yumchaa
948 tasting notes

As the mornings get colder, I’ve been turning to this one more than I have over the past few months. Its fruity caramel taste is just the thing when I arrive at work feeling cold and shivery. It’s not as good at waking me up as my normal morning mate, but it’s certainly a yummy tea. I’ve come to like this one a bit more as time has gone on. AAt first, it was just a confusing mess of flavours, but now I think I understand it better. Red fruit and caramel are a bit of an odd combination, but not terribly so. Somehow, the cinnamon helps to bring them together. Unusual, but I like it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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85

Sipdown! Finished this one at work a couple of days ago, but never seemed to get around to logging it. It’s been a lovely tea for summer, and I’ll miss it, but I guess it’s time to start thinking about autumn/winter teas now. Hopefully there are some equally nice teas ahead!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Sil

yay for sipdowns!

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85

Still really enjoying this one at work, especially since it’s been hot these past few days. Beautiful, creamy white tea base, and the sweet, delicate flavours of mango and cucumber. It’s wonderfully light, and just made for days like this. I can’t praise it enough!

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

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70
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
948 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished off the last of my sample. I liked this more than I was expecting to, and it’s still one of my favourite Adagio teas to date. Exceptionally pretty dry, and with a lovely chocolatey honey-malt taste brewed. I might actually miss this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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15

Sipdown! Used up the rest of my packet of this in cold brews over the last couple of weeks. I wasn’t over keen on it hot or cold, but my parents seemed to like it. It’s definitely more palatable cold, but there’s still something about the taste that just doesn’t agree with me. Still, I guess you can’t win them all!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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30

Not over keen on this one. Fortunately, I only have a sample sized bag from my last Della Terra order. I like apricot and peach ordinarily, but this is almost too sweet for me, and certainly a lot sweeter than I wanted right before I went to bed. I was so tired last night, I just kind of stuck my hand in and grabbed the first honeybush I came to. My main concern with this one is that the flavours seem pretty artificial, which is never a good thing with peach in my experience. It seemed kind of cloying and plastic-tasting, but possibly I just wasn’t in the mood for it. I was also hoping to taste more of the green honeybush, since I’ve not tried one before. I’ve tried a couple of green rooibos teas, and I really liked them, so I’m a bit sad the green honeybush is so overpowered here. Still, never mind. I probably just need to try this one again under better circumstances.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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60

I like cherry coke, so it’s probably not a big stretch to say that I like this tea. It makes a refreshing iced tea, and it’s certainly better for me than drinking the real thing would be. As with Cuba Libre, I think I underleafed, or didn’t leave it for long enough, as it’s a tad weak. That’s something I can maybe remedy with a bit of experimentation, though. It might just be that I’m expecting too much – I mean, it’s tea and not cola, and I guess I can’t expect it to be flavoured as strongly as I might want. It certainly smells spot on dry, though, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to squeeze a bit more out of it. I think I’m getting a cold, though, so that might have something to do with it.

Ultimately, I’m pretty happy with the way this tastes. I’m definitely getting cola and cherry, not so much vanilla. I can’t choose a favourite between this one and Cuba Libre – I like cola flavoured things, and they’re both pretty amazing. I need to experiment a bit more with both, so maybe that’ll make things clearer. For now, just yum, really.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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30

Disappointed. I brought this with me when I returned to work yesterday, as I got kind of used to my morning mate, but wanted to try another flavour before opening my second packet of Malted ChocoMate. Sadly, I can’t taste anything even vaguely reminiscent of cake, never mind specifically red velvet, here. I wanted this to be a cakey, cream cheesy, chocolatey wonder, but it’s just…not. I can taste chocolate, but it’s very mild and a bit lacking. Really speaking, this just tastes like slightly sweetened, roasted mate to me. It’s pleasant enough, but it’s not a patch on Malted ChocoMate either in terms of flavour, or in living up to its name. I’ll happily drink the rest of the packet, because it’s not bad, just a bit lacking. Meh.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Bleh, I had a feeling the mate would interfere with any potential Red Velvet flavours in this. Sorry it didn’t work out.

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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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