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181 Tasting Notes

That’s the last of it. So I’m going to brew the leaves again and again unil I can’t taste it an more (or forget and let the leaves go mouldy). One of my housemates is actually leaving soon to move to The South, and he loves it so it’s good that it has not run out until now. Pretty delicious – a really good Ti Kuan Yin… not that I have tried hundreds, but it’s the best one I’ve had

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I can’t bring myself to carry on after the fourth steep. The first two tasted the same almost, the fourth and final one was more than water, but not a whole lot more, and I’m happy to throw it away after that. I suppose I could have brewed it more if I had not left almost a day between each brew. I don’t know how these things work though. Does a second steep taste any different if it is made an hour after the first steep compare to a second steep that is made after 12 hours?

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drank Yellow Tea by Leaf
181 tasting notes

All gone! This was a really nice tea and I’m glad I had it. It was a wonderful present from my friend. I saved her the last bit and showed her why it was worth waiting 20 minutes. Such a strange type of tea, but it was a good addition to my cupboard while it was there

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drank Amber Keemun by Twinings
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I haven’t had a keemun for ages, possibly as long as a couple of years, so it’s hard for me to compare it to other keemun. But it is a really nice change to have it at work and I’m really enjoying it. I’ll write again once I have got used to it a bit more but for the time being all I can say is that I like it very much compared to most other Twinings blends

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I was in a restaurant today and was excited to see that they had a range of Teapigs tea on offer. I was excited and told my friends what a special occasion it was. So I was a little disappointed that the Teapigs range on offer was all tisanes rather than any real tea. The best I could find was this, because rooibos is almost real tea. Almost. But I wasn’t so enthusiastic. I had to get it after showing my initial enthusiasm to my friends, but my expecations were quite low.

And…

I’m impressed! I have had similar drinks before and found one flavour to be dominating. Sometimes you get very creamy textures, sometimes you get rooibos overpowering everything, and sometimes you get something that is so sweet that is horrible.

The flavours are balanced very well, the caramel dominates the smell of it, but I’d prefer that to the smell of rooibos, which I don’t like especially. When you drink it you can taste it all an it is actually very pleasant.

Even more surprising is that this come in a teabag as well as loose leaf. I had mine from a teabag, but it really shouldn’t make much difference because they use whole leaves in both, without costing a fortune like MightyLeaf teabags.

It’s not getting an incredibly high rating, because it’s not my kind of tea, but otherwise it’s great

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drank Japanese Mu Tea by Clearspring
181 tasting notes

I grew quite attached to this as a caffeine-free tea for bedtime but it’s all gone for now. It is a tea that grew on me over a period of months. It would never be a favourite but it’s perfectly satisfactory

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On a good day, it tastes like an Earl Grey with a twist – something with Bergamot will always be Earl Grey in my eyes. The jasmine makes it taste quite civilised and regal somehow. I think it’s probably the perfect Afternoon drink with scones or something like that.
On a bad day the flavours seem to be battling each other rather than harmonising. Not sure whether it’s how I brewed it or the mood I was in. So in short, it’s quite a mixed review going on here…

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My standard green tea. It’s hard for me to write a note about it because I compare all other green teas to gunpowder. This has slightly more tightly wrapped gunpowder balls than the last gunpowder I had. It’s still delicious though. I expect that when I’m old and grey, I will have some gunpowder tea sitting in my cupboard, it just wouldn’t be the same without it.

This time I might have made it with the water a little bit too hot. I am feeling impatient but the more I sip at a cup when it’s this hot, the more I am going to burn myself, and I’ll regret it in the morning (they always say that “you’ll regret it in the morning” about drinking too quickly, not usually about tea…)

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I got this in a pack that also contained the ‘Whittard Original’ blend. I prefer the other one because there is more flavour to it, and I think more assam, which is a sure-fire way of keeping it interesting.

So this is a bit of a disappointment really. Maybe I just set my hopes too high

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I had it with honey as wombatgirl suggested. About a teaspoonful of it. It certainly added something, and it was very tasty. But it didn’t taste anywhere near as spicy. I will have to brew it a little longer and use maybe half a teaspoon of honey to get it right, I reckon. I’m getting there though, and it’s tasting good

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I really have to be in the right mood for darjeeling, especially a poor quality teabag one like this. I’m not often in the right mood for this tea, but I’ve had it at work a bit, and that’s ok. I can’t really complain, because it’s teabag darjeeling and it’s not meant to be top of the range. So by that score it’s not at all bad. Just don’t expect a MightyLeaf taste or anything like that

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I finished being a student in 2008 and began working in The North, where “tea” means “evening meal” which confuses me regularly. I love encouraging people to try new teas, but when I’m not doing that, I play the trombone, play some sport (badly) and socialise

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