904 Tasting Notes

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #6

This morning’s wake up tea. It’s a strong, bold breakfast blend if ever there was one, and a little fruity to boot. I picked up a slight metallic note this time, but nothing too much to worry about. I guess maybe there is some darjeeling in this after all, but if there is it’s clearly better blended than it is in the Mighty Leaf version of this tea. I’ve tried plain black teas I prefer over this one, so it won’t be a repurchase, but it’s an easy-drinking, pleasant morning tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #5

I’m glad I finally managed to work out how to get rhubarb and custard out of this one — it just needs a good long brew and a spalsh of milk. What comes with that is an almost excessive sweetness, which I’m not so fond of. I guess it’s very reminiscent of a boiled sweet, but it’s just not quite the tea for me. Good candy flavouring, though!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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904 tasting notes

Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #4

I used up the last of this sample yesterday evening. I like the mango and green banana notes, but on the whole it’s probably not for me. The base is a touch heavy, there maybe wasn’t quite enough vanilla, and I was really looking for more fruitiness. It’s not bad by any means, but I’ve definitely tried more successful tropical blacks. A pleasant cup nonetheless.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #3

Sunday morning’s tea, and a wonderful cup it was. Very creamy, light notes of bergamot, and a robust black base. A perfect wake-up tea! I did get a little bitterness as this one cooled, but I’m guessing that’s because of the higher proportion of broken leaves at the bottom of the bag. I’ve never had that problem with this one before, so I’m leaving the rating as is. This is one I’m sure will make a return to my cupboard when I’ve made more of a dent in it. It’s absolutely delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #2

Second sipdown! I’ve had a difficult relationship with this tea — sometimes it’s amazing, and sometimes all I get from it is rooibos. It’s never a patch on 52 Teas Raspberry Cream, which I’m sure I’m judging it against, so I’m probably being unfair anyway. This cup was an average one — I got a tiny hint of raspberry when I added some milk, but it was mostly overpowered by the heavy, woody taste of rooibis. I love the name, but this isn’t one I’d look to repurchase. Good to have tried, though.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Scheherazade’s Super Sipdown Week! #1

I’m off work this week (and glad for it, because I was so tired I honestly could not have gone back this morning). That being the case, I’m taking the opportunity to drink up the one-cup remainders I’ve been storing for just such an occasion. Hopefully finishing the box will make a decent dent in my cuboard, and I’ll get to say a fond farewell to some wonderful teas.

This is the first, and my last cup was really gorgeous. I actually drank it on Saturday night, while watching the final episode of Wallander (the ending of which actually made me pretty teary). The banana and coconut in this were just perfect, and together they helped to create a really lovely pudding flavour — the mouthfeel was thick and sort of pudding-like, as well. I’ve said pretty much everything I have to say about this one previously, but I’ve enjoyed this pouch so much. I’m not sure I’d buy a reblend — I actually tried the 12 Teas of Christmas pouch first, and I wasn’t keen on that version of this tea at all. The original is definitely where it’s at! Farewell, deliciousness :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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This is another Bluebird tea I have at work with me, and that I’ve been drinking a lot of over the last couple of days. It needs a good, long brew in order for the honey flavour to properly develop. A shorter brew time gives a more herbal, chamomile flavour, with a strong background of rooibos. Five minutes or more, though, and this becomes almost like drinking runny honey! I like teas that have a couple of “personalities” that can suit different moods. I went for the runny honey option today. It’s sweet, rich, and decadent, and also very soothing. It makes a great bedtime tea. Tomorrow is my last day at work before I’m on leave for a week, so I’m pretty tired already. No more of this for me just yet, I don’t think, or I might fall asleep for real! 6 day weeks are a real killer.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Second cup of the day. With sugar and milk, this is quite a different tea. It was fairly dessert-like anyway, although with an edge of spice and bitterness that pushed it away from that a little and more towards the realms of chai. With sugar and milk, the slight bitterness is completely gone, and the spice becomes a more integral part of an overall sweet, cookie-dough like flavour. It’s so desserty and rich — liquid gingerbread man!

I like this equally both with and without additions — each is a different experience. From my initial uncertainty, I’ve actually found a very versatile tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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A sample from VariaTEA, and another one I’ve been hankering to try for a while. There was no way I’d be able to keep them until next Christmas! I gave this 4 minutes in boiling water, and the resulting liquor is medium brown (almost like a black tea…), with a strong scent of freshly baked gingerbread. I’m not sure how the flavouring is achieved here, but it’s pretty much spot-on gingerbread man, or maybe ginger cake. There’s definitely a hint of sponginess here, as well as a biscuitty nuttiness! It’s mildly spicy, too, particularly at the end of the sip — it’s mostly ginger and cinnamon, but there’s a touch of chocolate, too. I wasn’t sure about this at first, but I’m on my second cup now and I like it quite a lot. I’m drinking it black at the moment, but I think I’ll try my next cup with a piece of crystal sugar and some milk. This tea almost makes it seem like a shame it’s not winter! A wonderful warming treat. Many thanks to VariaTEA for sharing this one with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This sample has come to work with me, because I seem to drink far less green teas at home in the evening than I do if I have them with me during the day. This one is just as good as the first time I tried it — very smooth, unobtrusive green tea base, wonderful spicing, and a strong baked apple flavour. One of my favourite Bluebirds!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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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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