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299 Tasting Notes

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Thanks my friend Ka Kui for this b-day gift! A very beautiful and sweet flowery tea. It has all the flowers I like (in terms of flavour): jasmine, rose, osmanthus. The flavour of rose is the most salient, followed by that of jasmine; osmanthus is least detectable but I am quite sure it is responsible for the honey-like sweetness in this tea. This is a great tea to start the morning – especially for people who live in a concrete jungle like I do – because it makes you feel being in a garden under soft sunlight. ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Supreme by Dilmah
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At first I was really glad that I started the morning with this tea because it’s aromatic and had the sweetness of fruits. But as I continued to drink, my mouth got increasingly dry, and I realized that it was a very astringent tea. There’s no bitterness though. It’s a tea of good quality, it’s just that I didn’t enjoy astringent tea much.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Chamomile Lemongrass by Silkenty
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I finally unwrapped the beautiful Silkenty Pyramid Gift Box that I bought for myself in Sri Lanka! I decided to start with this chamomile tea as I usually save the best thing for last (and herbal tea is hardly a favourite). ;) To my surprise, this turned out to be a really lovely chamomile tea, perhaps even the best I’ve ever had! It’s flowery rather than tasting grassy or bitter. I really enjoyed the fresh taste of lemongrass, which was in perfect harmony with chamomile and made this tea more memorable than generic chamomile tea. A soothing and refreshing tisane to be enjoyed after dinner :)

I am glad that there’s still another bag of this tisane in the Silkenty gift box, haha…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Afternoon Tea by Lupicia
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I probably have used more tea leaves than I should! This has brewed up to be a full-bodied, slightly bittersweet and astringent cup. The kind of tea that will carry milk really well. Love the intense aroma :)

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Not my favourite… though I like the bergamot fragrance, I am a bit bothered and puzzled by the faint vegetal taste in the Assam tea base. :0

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger & Honey by Dilmah
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I have become a fan of Dilmah since I tried their Exceptional series some years ago. But it seems that their line of cheaper bagged tea is not even half as amazing as the Exceptional series… this tea had a really lovely honey aroma when brewed, so I had high hope before tasting it. To my disappointment, there’s NO trace of honey in the tea and the tea was NOT sweet at all. It was quite spicy (and slightly bitter despite the short steeping time)- perhaps even too spicy given the total absence of honey. The spiciness did resemble that of ginger, but still it seemed unnatural to me because I couldn’t smell that spiciness. I couldn’t really enjoy this tea given the dissonances… I just think they should use higher-quality flavouring for the tea… :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Refreshing Mint by Ronnefeldt
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This was an okay mint tea. At first I couldn’t taste the lemongrass at all, but it became more noticeable as the tea cooled. It’s grassier and sweeter than pure peppermint… and I decided that I liked the latter better :P

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I don’t have much to say about this scented green tea. The jasmine scent is not bad but I’ve had better, more fragrant jasmine tea before. It’s one of those generic bagged jasmine teas that you will probably forget after a day.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tian Cha by Lupicia
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In my last review I said nothing could possibly be worse than rosehip + hibiscus. What an ignorant statement, and how wrong I was!!!! I have just found its rival – tian cha! I have never tasted anything as terrible as this before… it assaults my taste buds with its extreme sweetness and herbal bitterness. It tastes exactly like those Chinese herbal teas for medicating purpose. Sickening… it should not be marketed as a beverage!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Masculin by Lupicia
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Having been a tea drinker for some time, I am now fully aware of my love for oolong and aversion to herbal teas (except peppermint). Knowing that this tea is a blend of ginseng, ginger, cinnamon and mysterious maca, I prepared myself for the worst (it couldn’t be worst than rosehip and hibiscus, could it?) before taking a sip – and was pleasantly surprised. It’s rather hard to describe the taste but cinnamon was the more dominant flavour. Although many of the ingredients could taste quite strong, apparently they had neutralized one another. The result was a mellow, calming, warming potion that was slightly sweet. Nothing too grassy or spicy, and no weird sweetness (i.e. you know, the kind of sweetness imparted by licorice and marshmallow roots). Lupicia markets it as a “power booster” but I think it makes a great beverage before bedtime.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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A devilish girl who lives up to the post-80s youth stereotype – hedonistic, frivolous and rebellious – except I love traditional afternoon tea rather than a quick caffeine fix at Starbucks.

I make a living off others’ criminal activities. It’s a busy job and I really wish I could retire, so I can become a full-time afternoon tea connoisseur instead. :j

I love any tea that has nice scent, great flavour and lovely packaging. My current top favourite brands are Mariage Freres, Kusmi Tea, Lupicia, T2, and THE O DOR. ;)

Btw, check out my tea-themed board on Pinterest, if you like tea and pretty things!
http://pinterest.com/devilish_tea/death-by-afternoon-tea/

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Hong Kong

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http://devilish-tea.blogspot.com

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