1449 Tasting Notes

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drank Irish Breakfast by DAVIDsTEA
1449 tasting notes

Free tea for me! Thank you Davids tea :)
Just for wearing green? you can dress me anytime…

anyhow, this is interesting. A little bland but still a good tea.
Breakfast blends have never been my thing. They somehow manage to reduce the complexity of a straight tea! Never figured that one out.
Who knows. Bah. Still, this was nice and malty but in a bready way that was devoid of astringency. Like a flatbread.
Unfortunately, it was somewhat of a deadened note, so nothing beyond that to report! Definitely requires milk and a bit of sugar

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83

So good! the first steep anyhow.
Slightly roasty and green all at once, and oh so smooth!
Secon steep was good too but a bit tart and metallic. Third steep was more floral. Jasmine floral (blech).
The last two were back to roasty goodness with a hint of floral. I’d buy some!
Thanks Sil for the sample :)

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drank Sweet Chili by Yogi Tea
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I’m with VariaTea on this one.
Yep, horribly sweet in a licorice way and not spicy at all. Actually, I had to double check it was herbal because the taste reminded me a bit of mate.
Definitely nothing spicy or chili here. Do not like.
I did manage to finish my cup so I bet it’d go over better if I was down with a head cold

Jillian

Yick, I’ll consider myself warned.

Indigobloom

It was truly overpowering! I have a feeling the ingredients were unevenly distributed among the bags

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84

What a lovely strawberry oolong! Thanks Sil for sharing, this one has been on my bucket list for awhile.
The oolong is very light and refreshing, pairing excellently with the fresh strawberry. Not really tart, but not too sweet either. One day, methinks this will be in my cupboard! I didn’t get to taste it hot so I’ll have to save the more extensive note for next time

Fjellrev

I am a fan of it too!

Cavocorax

Oooh! I forgot about this one. I can see how I’d totally crave it once things warm up a bit more!

Kaylee

I suspect it would be tasty cold brewed.

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, I had my doubts but now I understand! :)

Indigobloom

Cavo – Omg yes. In the summer this would be divine

Indigobloom

Kaylee, I need to try it that way when I grab more! :P

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76
drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
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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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73

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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90

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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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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