1042 Tasting Notes

35
drank Tung Ting Blue Tea by Teapigs
1042 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished the last of these this morning. I liked them more than the first time I tried them, which probably shows that my tastes have developed since I started drinking whole leaf tea in earnest. They’re never going to be my favourite, though. There’s too much of that slightly metallic taste I dislike most in oolongs about them for that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Sipdown! My last cup of this didn’t go unnoticed at work this morning. Almost as soon as I added the tea to the water, people were commenting on the sugary, caramelly scent it gives off. It does smell wonderful, it has to be said. The bad news is that I’m getting a cold just in time for the weekend, and this tastes rather inexplicably of coffee cake to me this morning. I think my tastebuds have already packed up in protest!
This makes for a delicious tea, but it doesn’t taste quite as much of pineapple as I’d hoped. A definite contender for future Della Terra orders, though!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Sipdown! Finished the last of this off at work today. It’s one of those rare teas that fills the whole room with its scent. In a way, it’s a good thing I’m out on my own, because I think I’d have other people sniffing around my tea stash if they knew where the delicious smell was coming from! Amazing sweet, bakey, blueberry-ness. Just the thing for a dull and uninspiring day!

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100
drank SBT: Monkey Fart by 52teas
1042 tasting notes

Today’s iced tea of choice. I’m sad that I didn’t get chance to try the honeybush version of this tea, but there you go. If this is anything to go by, it would have been amazing. You can probably already tell this this is a winner with me. It tastes exactly like fresh banana, none of this fakey artificial stuff here. There’s even something a little “green” about it, the taste that banana has when it’s not brown and over-ripe, but just approaching perfection. I think it’s pretty amazing how Frank manages to recreate flavours like this in tea form. No other brand I’ve tried has ever really managed to equal these iced teas.

As ever, the black base here is smooth and unobtrusive. It just supports the flavour perfectly, and adds a little bit of depth to the taste. It’s not too strong, it’s not at all astringent. For me at least, it’s just right. It’s a good thing no-one’s asked me what I’m drinking today. I rave about tea a little bit, if I’m given the chance, but I couldn’t tell the humourless people I work with that I’m drinking Monkey Fart. Such is life. Have to say, though – this is ace tea! I love banana almost unreservedly, from those foam banana sweets to banana milkshake, via all manner of desserts, right along with the real thing. Knowing this, it’s probably not surprising that I like this so much! It’s good, though. Really good. As a bit of a banana maniac, you can take that from me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
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Gotta lice the name…I would order it just because of that! :D

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I meant LOVE not lice!!!

Nxtdoor

This is coming for me hopefully tomorrow. I cannot wait. I swear, if it’s good, I’m going to turn around and order all they have (ok, maybe not ALL) before it is all gone. Bwahahaha

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80

Another one I wasn’t sure about at first, and another one I think has benefitted from being opened a few days. When I smell this now, I immediately get pineapple and cake. It’s sweet, pineapple-y, with a hint of glace cherry and the unmistakable scent of cake. My brain is having trouble processing the fact that this is tea, and I’m actually quite tempted just to munch on the leaves. Self-control wins out, though!

I gave this three minutes in boiling water. It smells just as it does dry — fruity, cakey, amazing! To taste, I definitely get cake. There’s something spongy and vanilla-like floating around. I also get cherry in the aftertaste. Pineapple, not so much — it’s there, but it’s not as clear as I’d like it to be. Maybe I need to experiment with my brew times a little more. This is another great dessert tea, though. I love how much it tastes like cake — I’d never have believed it if I hadn’t tried it for myself. Liquid deliciousness indeed!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

I wasn’t sure about this at all the first time I tried it, which is why I’ve waited until my second cup to rate it. I think the packet has benefitted from being open a couple of days, because I can smell blueberries when I open it now. Fresh, juicy blueberries, and a scent that is remarkably like crumble topping…sort of buttery and baked. I wouldn’t have thought it possible in a tea, but there you go.

This is only the second green/black blend I’ve tried. The first was a Bluebird Tea, and I was pleasantly surprised with that one. Brewed, this smells, if anything, even more like freshly baked blueberry crumble. It’s got the same buttery-bakey blueberry scent it has dry, and it’s absolutely mouthwatering! The glitter swirling around from the sugar sprinkles is so cute!

It’s just as wonderful to taste. The blueberry comes out first, followed by the crumble notes. The green/black base is perfectly balanced, with just enough depth and sweetness from the black tea, and a grassy, slightly vegetal note from the green that brings out the blueberry beautifully. One of the best dessert teas I’ve had in a long time! Magical!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

I removed this from my shopping list just so I could add it again! ;) Great note!

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60
drank The Witching Hour by 52teas
1042 tasting notes

Just got around to trying this one, on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Not exactly fitting, but there you go. It’s actually a lot more complex than I was expecting. Dry, I could smell mostly mint. It’s pleasant, but nothing world changing. Brewed and slightly cooled, however, this really becomes an interesting tea. The peppermint is still very prominent, but the tulsi adds a really complementary earthy or maybe slightly woodsy note which works perfectly with the rooibos. I wouldn’t actually have known I was drinking rooibos at all if I hadn’t read the label. Its characteristic taste is almost completely absent, perhaps because the tulsi is the more potent of the two? I’ve never had tulsi before, as far as I’m aware, so its been an interesting experience from that perspective. I’d definitely be interested in trying more, because it’s really added something here. Today doesn’t exactly have the right atmospheric for this tea, but the background note here almost gives the impression of fog, or of a dark, misty forest. The chocolate adds beautifully to the overall effect, being deep, dark, and ever so slightly bitter. I’m going to keep some of this back for autumn/winter so I can drink it when it fits the season better. Great first impression, though. A really enjoyable, unique tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

Sipdown! Really enjoyed this one. I haven’t tried all that many chocolate orange teas so far, but this is the best of those I have. Amazing flavour, and a lovely, mellow tea base. Definitely one I’ll be repurchasing!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank SBT: Rainbow Sherbet by 52teas
1042 tasting notes

Another amazing iced tea. I’m really on a roll with these, I think! I’m definitely glad I decided to give them a chance, anyway, because they’re going to make my summer.

Thanks to Sil, I tried a sample of the original Rainbow Sherbet black tea a little while back. Needless to say, I loved it. Sherbet is a favourite of mine, and it actually tasted just like sherbet. So does this.

It’s maybe not quite as sherbet-y as I was hoping, but the flavour is still definitely there. As with some of the other SBTs, the beautifully smooth black tea base comes through first, with sherbet emerging more towards the end of the sip. I can pick out the orange, lime and raspberry individually, and then they seem to merge together into a generically sherbet-y taste. There’s something here that makes this taste specifically sherbet-like, and I can’t quite pinpoint what it is. It has a sort of creamy, almost fizzy taste, without actually being either. However it’s done, it’s truly amazing.

I was a bit of a doubter at first, because I didn’t see how tea could taste of ice cream or sherbet, jello or bubblegum. Somehow, though, they do. This one is no exception, and it’s another all-round great taste experience. I will definitely, definitely be buying more or these. They’re just too good to miss!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Sipdown! The last of my 2012 first flush darjeeling samples, all gone. These made for a good introduction, and I know now that I actually quite like darjeeling. Once upon a time, I would have said I didn’t, but these four taken together have managed to change my mind. Of the four, this one was also the stand out for me. Another fond farewell.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 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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