1385 Tasting Notes

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
1385 tasting notes

Thanks MissB!
I had this a few days ago. Backlog.
SOoooooo peach?? Nu uh. I don’t get it.
Baked bread? Yes, that makes sense to me! A pleasant cuppa. On the mild side. I’d buy it, maybe

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Thanks MissB for the sample!
I enjoyed this cup, but found it quite astringent at first. As it cooled, the caramel note emerged more. I wish I had added a touch of milk now!
Not super memorable, but tasty :)

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81
drank Blackcurrant by Harrods
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Swooning for tea here! yep. call me a groupie.
I love black currant tea. And this one is no exception. It’s sweet and berry like with just a hint of tart and works well with the base black.
I didn’t add any sugar at all, and it was almost too sweet. I would have loved a smidge more tartness.
Now all of that aside, I’m starting to understand the Harrod’s line more. There is a background note I can’t quite identify that I remember from the chocolate Harrod’s tea. Definitely a “black tea” note, something almost hinting at bitterness but more in the way it hits the palate, as I don’t taste any bitter at all. I keep wanting to say its even a tad earthy but that doesn’t make any sense at all. Ah well, if I ever come across more I’ll be sure to play around with it!
So yum!! Thanks MissB!

Kirkoneill1988

i tried a blackcurrant tea before, didden’t like it

Indigobloom

To each their own right? Something for everyone :)

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drank Fortmason by Fortnum & Mason
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What a strange experience. While this steeped up, my nose kept telling me this was a bergamot infested tea. Uh oh. I did not want to end up going home early from work because I had some berg! (my allergy, makes me super queasy)
Anyhow, I looked up the ingredients and found that there was indeed no evil berg in the blend, but nevertheless every sip I took, my body protested. I suppose the scent was similar enough, being a citrus mixed with floral, that it set off my body’s natural defense mechanisms.
The funny part is that I didn’t hate the tea. It was… ok?! Sure, I wouldn’t go for something so floral on a regular basis but with a bit of milk to cut the floral, I could go for a cuppa every now and then.
It was a rather unique blend of floral and fresh orange zest that I’ve never encountered elsewhere.
Plus, this is what I imagine the infamous EG actually tastes like (hey it’s likely the closest I’ll ever get to knowing haha)
Thanks for sharing MissB!!

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Oh my I think this is my new fave Darj!! It has a very distinct Darjeeling taste to it, but with a slight oolong background. Not very floral or fruity, it has a rather strong basic astringency.
Very good. Not sure how it will resteep though, and its already too late so I won’t get to find out til next time. Ah well! Must try again to write an truly detailed note!

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79

What a relief! Sipdown hallelujah.
this tea does not age well. Not at all. I’m not a massive fan of the base either. Very hit and miss, as I do recall some cuppas were pretty amazing.
Today, I left this in the tumbler for who knows how long while I was filing documents (time tends to just fly away in the file room, I never know what time it will be when I return heh)

Of course I already had milk and sugar in the container at that point. No way was I going back to the other side of the building just to add milk after it had steeped.
Surprisingly, it was pretty ok this way. Not very strong, but a bit like milk chocolate. One of my better experiences from this particular tin.
Anyhow, I’m just glad it is over with and I can now move forwards to other sipdowns!

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I don’t know what made me pick up some more of this the other day when I was grabbing a bit of chamomile for my friend to try… it’s been a long time since I had this particular one and I gotta say, it is just the way I recall. Malty goodness!!
Yeah, I’m on hiatus, but… I did say that I would break it for two things! Assam, and maybe a puerh cake.
Also – note to self, buy more infusers!!! my main ones are in need of a burial in the bin.
oh!! I had two sipdowns today! herbals, but hey I’ll take it :P

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88
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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I only got a little bit of this in my order as it was an xmas gift for my friend. but I needed it today. Being able to drink only one cup of tea per day at work (resteeps possible) I feel like I’ve been deprived! So I wanted something sure to be good and boy was this ever. Just what I was looking for. Yum.

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77

Took this in my travel mug to see the boyfriend. I think I like it better this way.
More astringent, but it seems to suit the setting of a tumbler better than a mug somehow. Also, the yam note, and something molasses like really came out. Rating bump.

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75
drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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Soothing. Calming. Delish mint. I love you mint. Please don’t ever leave me.

TeaBrat

I am pretty sure they will make more ;)

Indigobloom

I hope so!! there was an article awhile back about how there might be a shortage of cocoa one day soon. I don’t want that to ever happen to mint either! :P

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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