1641 Tasting Notes

75
drank Tea Rex by Adagio Teas
1641 tasting notes

Finally making a start on these. I’ve three sets of these tins, and they’ve been sitting on top of my wardrobe for…bloody ages, frankly. I vaguely remembered hearing good things about this one, so I pulled it out to try first. It helped that I was looking for a caffeine free tea at the time, and these were closest to hand, otherwise I think they might still be sitting there. I really should make an effort to drink up my oldest teas, though, but it’s silly to say there’ll be no more new tea until I do because I simply KNOW that won’t be the case.

Anyway, the tea. I gave it 4 minutes in boiling water, no additions. Once brewed, it tastes really nicely of cherry with just a hint of chocolate. There’s also a slightly muddled fruity flavour in the background – I was thinking blueberry at one point, and then raspberry. I’d have to try another cup to be more certain about that, since I was half asleep and my memory of the flavour is a little hazy now. The rooibos was sweet and pretty unobtrusive – it’s not really possible to taste it much underneath the flavouring, which is only ever a good thing in my book. No woodiness, though.

I enjoyed this one. It’s a good pre-bedtime cup, and tasty to boot. I should have no trouble working my way through this tin, at least!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Sweet Nothings by Adagio Teas
1641 tasting notes

This is still my oldest tea, and it’s been kicking around for a good long time now. I took it to work in an effort to finish it off, but it wasn’t getting a whole lot of love brewed hot, so I brought it home again for cold brewing. As I suspected, it’s a lot better cold than it is hot (but it’s not bad hot, so I’m really not sure why this wasn’t finished up ages ago). I used 2 tbsp of leaf in 2 litres of water, and gave it around 12 hours in the fridge overnight.

Cold, the main flavour is apricot and fuzzy peach, mostly natural tasting so I’ve no real complaints. I’ve had better peach/apricot tea, but I’ve also had worse in terms of plastic/generally artificial flavour. The flavouring is clear and unmuddied by other influences, and the white base is pretty much totally unobtrusive. I’d happily drink this one cold again (doubtless I will be in an effort to finally say goodbye), but it wouldn’t be a repurchase simply because I’ve mostly moved on from Adagio and there are definitely better peach/apricot white teas out there. For today, though, this is fine.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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95

Sipdown! I’ve enjoyed this one a lot – it has a great juicy blueberry flavour, and the genmaicha is toasty without being overpowering. I wasn’t sure how blueberry and toasted rice would work together when I first tried this one – it turns out pretty well! I’m sad to see this one depart my cupboard.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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100
drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
1641 tasting notes

Of all the David’s Teas I’ve tried, I love this one the most. And it’s real, genuine love, let me tell you. I’d only had one cup in my life, and I thought we’d never be reunited, but thanks to Roswell Strange I now have a fresh sample pouch.

Its good getting reacquainted, and absence really has made the heart grow fonder in this case. I’m fully aware that there’s hardly any tea in this blend – I think my current cup has maybe three green tea leaves? – but I just don’t care. The wet leaf smells a lot like freshly baked apple pie – delicious in itself – but the flavour I get from the brewed cup is pure, buttery popcorn with just a touch of crisp green apple in the background. There’s also a maple-like flavour that’s adding a touch of sweetness, and the whole thing together – popcorn, butter, apple, maple – is pretty close to perfection in my book (as far as flavoured tea goes, anyway).

I’m so glad to have this one back in my cupboard – it’ll definitely be coming to the movies with me next time I go…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Fjellrev

Oh, I should get more of this! It is lovely, indeed.

Super Starling!

Eeep. This is going on my wish list for sure.

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100

I must be on a roll with 52 Teas at the moment, because I’ve had some truly amazing cups of this one in the last couple of days. I helped out our enquiries team yesterday afternoon, so I wasn’t paying close attention when I prepared this cup – it was a couple of minutes grabbed between calls. I know I used 1 tsp of leaf, and no milk or sugar, and I’m pretty sure it got less brew time than normal because I was in a hurry. Maybe 2 minutes tops? The candy floss flavour was light and almost fluffy tasting…very sweet and crystalline but not in any way artificial. The black tea base was fairly unobtrusive, and not at all astringent. The biggest struggle I’ve had with this one has been the fight between artificial sweetness and astringency, but here I somehow managed to avoid both.

I’ve also had a couple of cups with milk this week that were also seriously good, but I can’t remember anything now about how I prepared them. Middling brew time, 1 tsp leaf? So vague. Why is it that I only manage brilliance when I’m not concentrating?

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
1641 tasting notes

This morning’s cup of this one is really good, unexpectedly because I kind of threw it together without paying a great deal of attention as soon as I got to work. I think I underleafed at least a little, and added no milk or sugar. It got a reasonably long brew time – maybe 4 minutes? I went downstairs and back up before I returned to the kitchen, so probably at least that long. All I really know for sure is that the water was boiling.

Anyway, it’s great and now I’m kicking myself because I don’t really know how to recreate it. It’s so, so buttery with just an undertone of chicory and black liquorice. Delicious! If only ever cup of this was as good…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90

So I’ll admit straight off that I fully didn’t expect this one to work. I mean, there’s so much going on in the name, how could it? I was actually kind of wrong, in the best possible way. This one got the usual SBT treatment (3 minutes in 1/4 litre of boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold and into the fridge overnight). The initial flavour is pumpkin pie, with both the spices and a buttery pie crust note present and correct. The mid-sip contributes some chocolate, and it’s odd how well it resembles the chocolate sauce you can buy specifically for ice cream, kind of semi-artificial but wonderfully right when contrasted with cold, sweet ice cream. Vanilla ice cream, specifically, and that’s what I get right at the end of the sip – delicate vanilla notes, which contribute a smooth creaminess and somehow bring everything together. I don’t think I got crepe, but I can forgive that because it’s so spot-on otherwise.

Did I just drink pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce?

Yes I did.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Nice! Did you really enjoy these kinds of flavours cold, though? To me, pumpkin pie and chocolate sauce especially sound like flavours that would work great hot.

Scheherazade

I didn’t expect to, but it actually worked really well. The coldness really made me think “ice cream”, and was a large part of the effect in those terms. You’re right, though – it’d be great hot.

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85

This is the last of the Twinings Indulgence blends I picked up pretty much on a whim. I’d pretty much ruled out Twinings green blends a long time back, but the idea behind these, and favourable things friends had said about them, made me reconsider. I’m glad I did, because these are pretty amazing. I gave this bag 2 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees.

Straight off, Salted Caramel reminds me a lot of the Fudge Melts blend I tried last week (I think…), only with less vanilla. I wasn’t all that keen on Fudge Melts – it sounded great, but it was kind of cloying and over-sweet in a sickly sort of way. Salted Caramel, fortunately, isn’t like that. The initial taste is sweet, rich, soft caramel, but there’s a distinctive saltiness that keeps the sweetness at a manageable level. My head tells me I’d prefer this as a black tea, but I can’t actually taste the green tea at all so I think that’s just my own bias towards black tea rather than a substantial observation.

On the whole, I’ve been pretty impressed with how flavour accurate these blends are, and there are a few that I’d happily drink again (and maybe actively seek out once my cupboard is under control again). Salted Caramel is no exception, so if you’re looking for an accessible, strongly-flavoured caramel dessert tea this would be a good place to start. Yum!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
greenteafairy

I just picked up sample teabags of all the Indulgence blends at the Twinings shop in London today—I thought they sounded a little odd at first, but after all these rave reviews I can’t wait to try them.

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60

I thought for a moment that I’d started doing something wrong with these, after last week’s Candy Cane experience, but then I read a few of the other reviews and it turns out this one just doesn’t have a lot of flavour. It’s good to know I’m not the only one! This one got the usual SBT treatment (3 minutes in 1/4 litre of boiling water, topped up to 2 litres with cold water, and into the fridge overnight).

To taste, it’s lightly creamy, but I’m hardly getting any almond flavour at all – just the tiniest smidgen of nuttiness, and mostly in the aftertaste. The black tea base is smooth and refreshing, as always, so it’s pleasant to drink, but I was hoping for more flavour. Not loads – because almonds can be quite strong and overpowering and I’m not a huge marzipan fan, but a little more than I’m getting. Having said that, actual almond milk is a fairly mild thing, so maybe I’m being unfair. I’ll enjoy sipping on this one, nonetheless.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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90

I’d pretty much ruled out Twinings once I started drinking loose leaf tea, but I’d heard people say good things about this one (and the Indulgence range in general) so I finally caved in and bought a few to try. I wasn’t expecting a lot, so it was a complete surprise to find that these are actually…really good.

Caramelised Apple is the fourth I’ve tried from the range, and it’s probably my favourite so far. The initial flavour is very much caramel, but it tastes to me like the hard, transparent caramel you’d find on a fairground candy apple, rather than the softer opaque stuff. That probably only makes sense to me, but I know what I mean. The apple comes out mostly towards the end of the sip, and quite well in the aftertaste. It’s a slightly sharp, green apple flavour, and pretty true to life. The clean sharpness cuts through some of the caramel flavour, and it’s a brilliant combination just as it is in reality. It’s not artificial at all, to my tastes, and neither is it overdone or overpowering in terms of sweetness. I like this one a lot, and I don’t often say that about bagged tea.

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

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 28, and I live in Norfolk 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’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

In addition to Steepster, I also write for the SororiTea Sisters. My reviews there will typically be posted here also, although typically in a shorter format. Any teas I’m sent specifically for review will only appear in full on the SororiTea Sisters website, with only a short introduction and link to my review here.

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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