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drank Lemon and ginger by Teapigs
510 tasting notes

My partner has had a bad cold for the past few days. I’ve been playing nurse and now I am starting to feel unwell too. Time for some herbal tea and LOTS of honey. I downed this very quickly. The lemon tartness hits first, followed by a pleasantly lingering ginger burn which eventually fades back into lemon tartness. Good for a sore throat and generally tasty. Sipdown!

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drank Chilli Chai by Teapigs
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I really disliked this tea when I bought it. The flavor is dead-on but very strong and unpleasant. I ended up giving away the rest of it to my brother, who really likes liquorice and mint and has quite a sweet tooth. I’m regretting that decision now that allergy season is here in full force! I feel like this tea would have been good for soothing a sore throat.

Flavors: Licorice, Peppermint

Liquid Proust

Your favorite tea in your cupboard is good for a sore throat!
(Believe it wholeheartedly and tea can have a placebo effect, I swear)

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drank Chamomile Flowers by Teapigs
510 tasting notes

Sipdown! This was a sample that came with my purchase at the Coffee & Tea Festival. Frankly, I like this a whole lot better than my actual purchase. The roomy pyramid teabag contains whole chamomile flowers. Dry, the leaf smells like apples. Brewed, it smells like crisp golden apples. The flavor is very nice. It’s sweet and slightly savory. This actually reminds me of Bonomelli Camomile, although these flowers come from Croatia and those come from the Lombardy region of Italy. I would happily keep this on hand.

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My awesome husband gave me my birthday present today, and it was…drumroll, please…a Wagenfeld teapot! So exciting! It’s gorgeous! Nice, heavy glass, Bauhaus design, perfection! Cannot wait to try it! But…not with this tea, which is in it’s own bag, or tea temple, as the people at Teapigs like to call these things. I picked up a small sample at the NYC Coffee and Tea Festival last month, and thought today would be a good day to give it a shot, as I am a confirmed chocoholic. Not much in the way of scent, dry or brewed. It’s a nice, pleasant black with a subtle earthy chocolate flavor. This will absolutely NOT bowl you over with chocolatey goodness; it’s a lightly scented black, but the chocolate is there, albeit faintly there. Very nice with my breakfast. No sugar, a bit of milk, as always. I like it, but most likely won’t be getting more.

sren

What a thoughtful hubby you have!

Sakura Sushi

Yeah, he’s a keeper!

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drank Lemon and ginger by Teapigs
2369 tasting notes

Lemon? Check. Ginger? Check. Both flavors are present and accounted for and couldn’t be more true to their source than if I had cut up a lemon and a ginger root and steeped them in water myself. With that said, typically I reach for sweeter teas so this isn’t necessarily for me but for those who like this sort of thing, I can see this being a great option. Thank you MissB for sharing it with me! 200

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After my bad experience with the tung ting oolong this morning, I went back for a second pick from my TeaPigs sample pack. OH myyyyy this good. The recommendation says to drink it with milk but I didn’t add anything to my tea. The first sip was wonderfully creamy and delicious. The after taste of my first sip was as if I drank cream — my mouth felt a coating of fat. Sounds gross but it was rather nice. As I drink the tea the earthiness gently emerged — I’m new to this so I’m going to look at the suggestions for the flavour I’m tasting. I will definitely be ordering some of this wonderfully delicious tea.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Cream, Frosting

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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MY background and disclaimer: Brand new real tea drinker here, having just switched off coffee so I know very little about tea. I grew up drinking Tetley tea bags with milk and sugar so tea is indeed a comfort for me. I have gotten educated on how to make a proper cup of tea. I got a sample pack from Tea Pigs and this is the first one that I am reviewing.

tung ting oolong tea completed underwhelmed me. I’m going to give it another try but it seemed almost flavorless to me. It’s very subtle and perhaps that’s something I just haven’t learned to appreciate yet. It seems to have little of the earthiness of green tea and none of the flavour of black tea. It just didn’t do it for me. Many of the teapigs teas really DID and I’ll be posting more reviews.

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon and ginger by Teapigs
3 tasting notes

I bought this tea package at Whole Foods in NY. I didn’t knew this Tea Pigs and I really love the smell and taste of ginger, which is really strong. Too bad I can’t find in Brazil.

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drank Lemon and ginger by Teapigs
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As this box is quite old, I thought I’d start to get through it more quickly, particularly whilst I’m appreciating oolongs so much.

Nothing has really changed about my opinion of this tea – it’s genuinely really good! The infusions (I got ~10 in my 100-120 ml Gaiwan) were all buttery, sweet and floral, with just a hint of a delicate, vegetal flavour.

I have noticed, though, that this tea lacks some of the complexities of the best oolongs I’ve tried so far – even when prepared with lots of leaf and with short infusions, I get little variation. Each infusion is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but it pretty much remains the same throughout the session.

Admittedly, this might be a consequence of this bag’s age – I’ve had this tea opened for around 12 months.

Perhaps, once I work my way through my cupboard, I’ll order another box and test it again, when it’s “fresher”. Goodness knows it’s worth it, for the price – it’s an absolute bargain, compared to other such teas. Perhaps, though, it’s cheapness is a sign that it isn’t necessarily the finest quality oolong…

Either way, I really enjoy this tea – there’s nothing wrong with it and it helped keep my mood really high, despite my on-going toothache :P

adagio breeze

Oh no, that tooth is still acting up? Hope it feels better soon!

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh no! I was hoping your tooth was all fixed. :(

Red Fennekin

Thanks you two :-)

I was hoping it was fixed, too – it felt so much better on Friday that I was sure it was. But the pain returned with a vengeance, over the weekend, and the dentist is now telling me I need root canal… I’m extremely unimpressed – aside from the fact that this means I’ve paid £80 for a filling that essentially will last until I have the treatment (a week or two, then – tops), I now have to go through all of the unpleasantness of root canal surgery. Great T_T

DeliriumsFrogs

…. :( ….
I feel SO bad for you. I’ve had this happen before, and it’s horrible… Also, the pain from a tooth that needs a root canal quite far surpasses that of one that needs a filling. I can work with a tooth that needs a filling; one that needs a root canal is a whole other matter. I hope that your root canal procedure goes well (I’ve had one I was supposed to get taken care of, but the abscess went away, so I’ve kind of put it off…). Dental work is miserable.

Red Fennekin

Ugh, tell me about it – I’ve never really experienced any pain like this before (I know, I’ve been lucky in life!), so I’m finding it really tough. Ibuprofen has become my new best friend :P

Thanks for the well wishes! I’m gonna get a second (and third :P) opinion on it, but I certainly can’t pay the £375 that they’re asking – I don’t have nearly that kind of money. I’d have to see if I could get it done on the NHS (which, tbh, I’d probably prefer anyway – my experiences with private dentists have hardly filled me with confidence…)

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, it’s the worst! :(
And, I totally understand not being able to pay for the procedure. This last root canal, the dentist told me it would be $800 for the procedure and then even more than that for the crown. I just sort of looked at him and said, “I’ll get back to you on that.” Our dental insurance is really confusing, too, so it makes dealing with it a double pain. So, basically, I am SO sorry that you are dealing with this right now… I can sympathize fully. I really hope you get it all worked out soon.

Red Fennekin

Ugh, exactly – sounds like you had to pay even more than I might have to :\ I think the crown would be included in mine, though the idea of having to get a crown seems like payment enough T_T

But, again, thanks for your sympathy :-) I really appreciate your kindness and well-wishes!

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I seem to be swimming against the current of popular Steepster opinion on this one, but here goes…

When I first started to “get into tea”, per se, 18 months ago, this was one of the teas that I tried that really convinced me to branch out more. Teapigs have a great product on their site where you can order 12 lots of 2x tea bags, from across their range (and you can choose the samples). I picked this one because I’d never tried an oolong and was curious. I loved it in bag form, so bough a box of loose (it’s ~50 g, I think). I brewed it Western style, a number of times, over Summer and have always really liked it.

But I never finished it off and I still probably have a good 30 g of it left. And with my recent oolong kick, I thought I’d give it a try with fresh perspective and a new method – in my Gaiwan! So, I prepped it in much the same way that I usually do with greener oolongs – water that’s no hotter than 90 degrees, covered the bottom of the Gaiwan with the dry leaf, and then rinse and leave to steam for about a minute before the first infusion.

What a difference! It’s virtually unrecognisable from the tea in my (admittedly quite murky) memories. Drinking it like this really brings out the best in it – each infusion was floral/orchid-like, with that lovely buttery note and mild vegetal flavour.

I was worried that with its age (it’s probably been open around 10 months, though I do keep it sealed with a clip and well out of sunlight), it would have lost some of its flavour. But it seemed to have been totally unfounded – the leaves lasted excellently well through around 9 short steeps (the longest I needed to get to was around 10 seconds). The ninth was milder and I had to stop drinking for boring personal reasons*, but I have nothing majorly bad to say.

I think my only critique would be that, unlike Verdant’s TGY for example, it was slightly bitter in steeps 5-7 (or maybe 4-6. Or 6-8. Who knows XD). That may, though, have been me slightly oversteeping, overleafing or using water slightly too hot (I usually just eyeball it, so it may not be too precise).

I think tomorrow I’ll do a blind test to compare this Dung Ding with the one that I was sent by the London Tea Club. It’ll also help me to score them more ‘accurately’.

*I went to the dentist to get a small, usually painless cavity filled. But they messed up and, without me even eating on it, the filling came out a few hour later. I’m in absolute agony. I’ve never had toothache before, but I swear – this experience is enough to put me off chocolate/sugary food/drinks for life. T_T

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Orchid, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
DeliriumsFrogs

Oh no!!! That’s horrible about the filling! I hope that you can get in there ASAP to get it fixed. Can you put Anbesol on it, in the meantime? I’ve had to use that to get me through until I could make it to the dentist…
I just had one filled before Christmas, and I can tell it’s already falling apart in my mouth (I went to a cheaper dentist, trying to save money… gah!)… Man, I hate the dentist. :(

Red Fennekin

Awh, thanks! And ugh, tell me about it – I already didn’t really like (going to) the dentist, but this has put me off even more T_T I’m just taking ibuprofen for it, at the moment, in the hope it’ll kill the pain enough for me to sleep… But yeah, I’m gonna go back tomorrow and see if they can fix it. They should be able to, really – it was such a tiny cavity (like honestly – I had no real trouble from it, at all) and the filling was only small… The whole procedure, post-anaesthesia, only took five minutes. If they can’t fit that in, tomorrow, I’ll be most annoyed :P

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Well, I’m moved into my dorm (finally). It took way longer than I thought it would, and after all that stress I wish I had longer to relax before classes start tomorrow. As it is I’ve been drinking copious amounts of tea and catching up on comics. There are worse ways to spend a Sunday, I guess!

This is an interesting blend, and surprisingly I don’t mind it—usually I hate peppermint! It’s just minty enough to be minty, but for the most part this is a tea with a very strong licorice flavor. To me the licorice isn’t offensive, just strong, and it’s nice after dinner. I’d probably drink it again.

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drank Rooibos Creme Caramel by Teapigs
125 tasting notes

Sipdown! (20/287) still a long way to go.

Honestly I’ve had better. Not bad, but not great either. It’s a good quality rooibos, smooth and without that weird chemical taste you sometimes get from the poorer quality varieties. The flavour is sweet, and a little creamy, but I think I would sooner call this vanilla rooibos than creme caramel. It is good without sweetener or milk, though, which is a plus. In fact, when I did add both they did very little for the tea so I would probably recommend this one plain. The flavours blend together well, and it could almost pass as unflavoured.

Red Fennekin

I’ve had the same experience with that tea – it’s nice, but it doesn’t quite live up to its name…!

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drank Tung Ting Blue Tea by Teapigs
60 tasting notes

This tea, I believe, is another name for Dong Ding. Now that’s a tea I have tried, albeit, only once and really enjoyed it. It was in my favourite tea shop and was loose leaf, whereas this is in teabag form. I have already reviewed Whittards Tong Ting (a box of 15 tea bags) and found them pleasant enough. However, here I have only had one tea bag, and it was a couple of days ago now, so I only have a vague memory of the tea and no notes to aid this review.

Anyhow, I found the tea to be on the lighter side of flavour; it had a relatively short burst of fresh greenness, and was generally quite mild. I would say it’s not as good as the Whittards version, but who knows, my opinion of it may change if I ever decide to purchase a box of this.

Flavors: Floral, Green

Preparation
8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Mao Feng Green Tea by Teapigs
60 tasting notes

One pyramid teabag used.
I have been wanting to try this tea for some time, but either it never happened to be in a tea shop that sold it or they had another tea that I choose instead. Anyhow, having drunk several different green tea bags for years, mainly at work, I was pleasantly surprised at how good this tasted.
This tea has a fresh, mild, grassy, seaweed flavour early in the steep before becoming fuller and – pardon my only trying this tea once in another tea shop – similar to Dragonwell, which unlike any other green tea I have come across so far, has an unusual aniseed/metallic flavour. I also thought of a very light version of sencha, with only a bit of that seaweed taste.

Flavors: Grass, Metallic, Seaweed

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Lemon and ginger by Teapigs
6330 tasting notes

This is another tea that MIssB sent to the group – only about 6? more to go for me to try so that i can bundle the packages up. I would love this a lot more if it didn’t have licorice in it. I don’t actually mind licorice, but ever now and then i can’t take the sweetness that it add to things. the ginger is nice and i enjoy the lemon. with a little honey this is better, as it takes the edge off the licorice sweetness that i am not digging. thanks again MissB!

Final Count: 85

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drank Chilli Chai by Teapigs
125 tasting notes

Sipdown (18/254)! So my cupboard may have exploded again… and there’s more coming

I went home this weekend for my mam’s birthday and have been too busy to post anything for a few days. This is a backlog from Friday night. This sounded really warming, so I had it on a cold night waiting for my dad in the rain. It was nice enough, although I got absolutely no chilli whatsoever. I brewed it for ages, too, as I left it steeping while I was making sure I’d packed everything. The cardamom was pretty strong in both the initial sip and aftertaste, which is probably one of my least favourite chai ingredients. The other spices came through a little after the initial whoomf of cardamom, but the chilli itself was nowhere to be found. I would probably have been happier with it if the ‘chilli’ was omitted from the name.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Teapigs
125 tasting notes

Sipdown! (15/203)

Another one I forgot to remove from my cupboard a while ago. If I’m remembering right, this was the first time I tried a jasmine tea, a flavour which I still love. Despite my usual indifference to/slight dislike of green tea, I can drink it all day when paired with jasmine. For now, I have a few better loose jasmine greens, but when I first tried this, it was mind-blowing to me. The jasmine isn’t so subtle the green tea overpowers it, but it also isn’t too strong that it’s offputting or perfume-like. A delicate and tasty match, overall. Possibly my favourite of the Teapigs teas I have tried.

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drank Silver Tips White Tea by Teapigs
125 tasting notes

Sipdown! (13/203)

At some point, I really must pick up another bag of this to try again. I bought only one from a teashop nearby, and didn’t realise I hadn’t logged it until now.

This was very early on in my tea enthusiast days, and (I am ashamed to admit), I poured boiling water straight onto it, completely ruining the delicate tea. At the time I hated it, and wondered why anyone would enjoy drinking such a thing, but I now realise that I messed up and it had nothing (or very little) to do with the tea itself. A fair review is in order in the future. This cup just tasted bitter.

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Teapigs
92 tasting notes

I have a box of this, loose-leaf, and it really was the tea that turned me on to drinking leaf-tea.

I just love it. I’ve only had two other jasmine teas in my time, but this one is such an easy-brewing (and extremely forgiving), deliciously floral tea. It’s exactly what I want from a Jasmine Green.

It works well as a ‘mug’ tea with a basket (I tend to use a generous 1 – 1.5 tsp in ~300ml and brew it for two mins or so) or as a more refined, lots-of-short-steeps tea (again, I’ve used ~1 tsp in ~150ml and brewed for 30-45 s at a time). It does get very bitter if you oversteep, I should add, but this isn’t a problem I tend to encounter.

I love this as an everyday Jasmine tea. The jasmine is delicious and strong, without becoming cloying or excessive. And the green base that they use adds a really nice floral, fruity undertone that just rounds off this great, bargain tea.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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drank Peppermint Leaves by Teapigs
386 tasting notes

Super minty! Cooling aftertaste and definitely a good pairing with the chocolate cookie. I don’t think I’d like it to drink a lot all by itself.

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drank Chocolate Flake Tea by Teapigs
125 tasting notes

I have tried this tea so many times, always in single serving sachets, and never gotten around to reviewing it for reasons unknown. Now that I have an official sipdown box, and have put it in my kitchen right next to the kettle, I am far more inclined to go for the teas I need to get rid of over the favourites I seem to keep going back to. This was right on the top, and as it was my final serving (I don’t plan on buying more), I guess the time has come to review it!

I actually drank this a couple of days ago, so the note will probably not be too detailed. It wasn’t really that complex to begin with, though, so I don’t think it will be too affected.

Each time I try this tea, I convince myself that this time I will be able to taste the chocolate, and each time, I am wrong. I have tried different steeping times, different amounts of water, different additives and even used two bags on one occassion. I have had it prepared in-store and I still couldn’t taste any chocolate! The Tea Pigs black tea base is fairly pleasant, with little astringency, so I can drink the cup easily enough. It smells sweet when brewing, and actually reminds me of cocoa butter rather than cocoa itself. The taste also reminds me of cocoa butter, perhaps a little more vanilla than chocolate. I have found it to taste pretty similar no matter how I drink it, and the additives don’t really seem to alter the flavour much. A pretty average tea, disappointing if you are expecting chocolatey chocolate.

Sipdown! (2/174)
I have a long way to go…

EDIT: I’ve just realised that this is my 50th tasting note! Wooo! If only it were a more positive one ):

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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This is probably the best tea that i have EVER had. It is incredibly smooth. I am not a fan of liquorice, but this is pure perfection.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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