302 Tasting Notes

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I have never tried real buttered rum, but this tea is buttery for sure! You know, just the same buttery aroma when you buy popcorn at the cinema. :) I can’t really taste anything like rum in the tea, but this is a sweet-smelling tea and I think rum is on the sweet side too? The tea actually can appear a bit oily because savoury butter and fatty coconut dominate the cup! (And you can clearly see oil droplets floating in the cup :P) But you’ve got to admit that it tastes pretty nice and is a warming winter drink!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Crimson Nights by Silkenty
302 tasting notes

Something is wrong with this tea… it contains hibiscus but I DON’T hate it!!! It is tart but the level of tartness seems to be right. It tastes like sour cherries instead of tomato pasta sauce, so it’s drinkable. In fact, I kinda enjoy it… I can’t even believe this myself!!!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tranquility by Silkenty
302 tasting notes

Drank this because it’s in the Silkenty Gift Box, and I was looking for something sans caffeine. Tasted predominantly of chamomile. Flowery and calming. I thought I detected a faint hint of tartness but I had no idea where it came from. I was not sure about the contribution of valerian root either – it’s my first tea with this ingredient. I heard that it tasted awful, but there was nothing too weird about this tea (in fact apart from chamomile, the other flavours were all quite mild) so perhaps it’s not so bad after all.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
302 tasting notes

My very first Korean tea, and I am loving it!! :)It is not much different from Japanese sencha actually. Very light, a bit grassy, with a savoury/umami finish – exactly the kind of green tea I like. It makes me want to eat sushi and sashimi right now!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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I was attacked by the strong aroma of coconut when I opened the packet, which surprised me because I thought it was a pure Ceylon tea! And I was even more surprised to know that the “star” in its name came from one of its ingredients, star anise!!

I didn’t know what to expect as the combination of ingredients was rather unusual to me. The tea didn’t look too appetizing when brewed because there were oil droplets floating around… I guess the culprit was white chocolate? The tea was sweet and strongly coco-nutty. Too bad I am not a fan of coconut (but seems many blends from DAVIDsTEA contain it?). Then after a few sips, I realized that black tea + mild cocoa flavour + licorice-like flavour of star anise gave a taste that strangely resembled tie guan yin!! Indeed, this tea was so light that it’s more like an oolong than black tea. Overall, an interesting tea that’s worth trying at least once.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Pure Chamomile Flowers by Dilmah
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I don’t think this tea is as wonderful as the above description… it’s just an ordinary chamomile infusion. I will be happy to drink it if it is available in my hotel room (which was where I got this tea bag) but I won’t buy it. It is less flowery than most chamomile tisanes. The only thing great is that there’s no bitter herbal flavour.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Silkenty
302 tasting notes

Wow I love this!! The black teas from Silkenty seem to have a unique nectarous fragrance. This tea smelled a bit like chocolate (and it’s the kind of chocolate with tiny bits of rose petals!) to me. When brewed the soft aroma was dreamy. Delicate bergamot flavour, hint of chocolate flavour, and fruity Ceylon tea base – what’s not to love? ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel by Dilmah
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This is of course, no match to Lupicia’s caramel-flavoured tea… but it is decent enough. The caramel flavour is not that strong yet recognizable. While flavouring may not be Dilmah’s strength, their lovely Ceylon tea base never goes wrong. I usually drink this after I’ve made dinner at home, i.e. when I am too tired to brew loose tea leaves after all the dinner preparation, and want something sweet to pamper myself. :P

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
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I like DAVIDsTEA for their fun teas and cute tea names! Cookie Dough is surely a tea that will catch your attention. I mean, who doesn’t like cookies?? ;)

Opening the small packet of tea sample was like opening a jar of chocolate chip cookies. The rich aroma of cocoa raised my expectation for this tea – though I was sure that it would taste more like dessert than tea, just like most of the blends from DAVIDsTEA. And I saw a pretty large piece of walnut (would it release flavour when infused!?) in the sample!! I almost ate that right away!

As expected, I couldn’t really taste the tea base… I guess it wouldn’t make much difference to use white tea or oolong because the cup was completely dominated by flavours of cocoa, caramel and nuts. I might not know it contained tea if I didn’t brew it myself :P It’s sweet on the whole, though a few sips tasted bittersweet like coffee with milk and sugar. Wow… a great guilt-free teatime treat! Anyone has tried this with milk? I reckon that it will be magic!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Moroccan Mint by Dilmah
302 tasting notes

As the other reviewer has rightly pointed out, this isn’t Moroccan mint tea, which is supposed to be (heavily) sweetened! This is just a green tea with peppermint, and it is not sweetened. BUT I do like it more than traditional Moroccan mint tea. :P The refreshing mint flavour goes pretty well with the light green tea base.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Tabby

I think they have this at my local Big Lots. Maybe I should try it…

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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. ;)

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