197 Tasting Notes


This is an incredibly tasty oolong, possibly the best oolong I’ve ever had. It’s lovely and subtle, reminds me a bit of a first flush darjeeling in its subtle sweet taste, but then it has the lovely characteristic smoky oolong flavour to it as well. It’s pretty expensive so I’ve only got a taster, but it is absolutely incredible and I will be rebrewing this pot for the rest of the day. What a wonderful day I have ahead!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Tea by El Gawhara
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It’s exactly what I needed this morning. Perfect

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I was told that this would be a suitable Earl Grey to have either with or without milk and they are quite right. The tea is strong and the bergamot is strong and fresh. It’s a lovely spicy blend that will keep you interested right through the cup. Recommended!


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drank Assam by Whittard of Chelsea
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I got through this entire box without ever feeling the need to blog it. So I guess it must be a bit non-descript. It’s fine for a teabag but nothing special

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For the first time in weeks I have got a few hours spare to tidy my room, listen to some music I have bought recently (ska music today) and drink my way through a pot or so of tea. You can’t go wrong with this tea. I left it brewing far longer than I normally would, and it still tastes wonderful. I love afternoons like this, in their understated way

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My first impression of this is actually quite good. It’s not really “tea” in my book. It’s an infusion or a tisane or whatever you want to call it and I don’t usually go for those. However, it’s quite pleasant, not disgustingly sweet, and has gone down very well with my housemates. Thanks Ellie!

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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


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
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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.


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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I moved from the UK to Australia in 2015. I’ve had a fascination with tea since university, and like to try lots of different types. My preference is for real tea over other infusions: green tea, oolong and black, including flavoured varieties. I love encouraging people to try new teas. I also play the trombone.
>90: Some of the best I’ve had so far.
80-90: I love this tea, likely to buy again
70-80: Good tea. Most tea in my cupboard is in this category because it’s fine to drink it all day!
50-70: I’d drink it if it was offered to me, and I’ll drink what’s in the cupboard, but I’m unlikely to buy it again.


Hobart, Australia



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