19 Tasting Notes

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drank Rose Wisdom by Rituals
19 tasting notes

I have a bit of trouble rating this tea, because on it’s own I find it just alright. Pleasant enough, gets a bit too gingery quite quickly. But then I had a cold one time… (funny how I keep discovering good tea stuff this way), and I ran out of lemon ginger tea, so I thought – this has ginger, what if I just add some lemon juice? So I added a splash of lemon juice from one of those plastic lemon-shaped thingies you get in the supermarket, and added some honey, and oh dear lord it was yummy! The honey and the lemon and the ginger blended amazingly well with the rose and it was just delightful. So, if you get your hands on this, I highly recommend trying it this way. It’s just too good – no cold required.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I love this tea. The name suits it very well – it’s a very relaxing, soothing tea. I almost group it with my herbal teas, because it just feels really mild in a very good way, but with the added ‘character’ of green tea. I will have to do a more proper review once I have actually made a cup, but I noticed that there weren’t any reviews on here yet and I wanted to give my thumbs up.

This also happens to be one of the teas I was going through quite quickly. I actually stopped drinking it much for a while because I was worried I’d run out, but then I moved to London where there is a Mariage Freres shop, so all is well again and I can safely sip away….

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I’m upping the rating on this one because it really is pretty much my favourite ‘simple’ black tea that I drink with no milk or sugar. I still can’t decide if there is added flavour in this tea or just incredibly aromatic black tea. I definitely can’t see any non-tea bits in it, so if there’s anything it’s one of those ‘added flavour’ things. Whatever it is, though, it’s a wonderfully smooth, not heavy yet very strong on character, black tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I still don’t know how I feel about this tea, so no rating yet. The first time I tried it I really liked it, then the next few times I was underwhelmed. I re-read the steepster reviews and that inspired me to steep it longer. I tend to get a bit nervous about steeping black tea for more than 3 minutes unless I plan to add sugar and/or milk, but this tea really benefits from it – and no bitterness at all. I steeped it for 3.5 min, but I think I might even go for 4 next time.

I don’t really taste the figs much. I wish I did, because I adore figs. In fact, the figgiest tea I’ve tried so far is Charlotte au Chocolat, and that doesn’t have any fig in it. Sigh. I think maybe my fig-tasting faculties are off with tea, which is too bad cause I adore figs.

I think mostly I taste the honey, and then there’s a strong liquor-ish aroma (I smell it more than I taste it, but it does affect the overall impact) which I presume is the fig. Maybe a bit of strawberry. No lavender, which I’m also kind of sad about because I love lavender in tea, unlike most people who reviewed this tea, it seems :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

Ha! I worked out what this tea reminds me of:
http://steepster.com/teas/geels-and-co/36586-oosterse-liefde

And quite a bit! Strange, considering that Impressionnistes isn’t supposed to contain lavender as far as I can tell and I always thought that lavender was what gave Oosterse liefde its top note. Also it’s spices vs. vanilla. It’s a bit of a mystery. I’ll have to do a sip-by-sip comparison soon.

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85
drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
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One of my two favourite rooiboses. I don’t actually seem to like rooibos much, but this one is utterly lovely as a latte, with a generous dose of milk and some sugar. Kind of like a cookie in a cup. It’s similar to Yumchaa’s red chai, but sweeter and less strongly anise-y. I like anise, but it can overpower other flavours. I think they should just re-name this tea and make it a year-long offering. It’s yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Regent's Park by Yumchaa
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Perfectly pleasant, but it just didn’t really do it for me. I don’t know if it’s the tropical thing… I love mango green tea, but I haven’t had much luck with pineapple. So, yeah, not really my cup of tea.

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drank Chelsea Chai by Yumchaa
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Somehow it took me ages to try this tea, and I finally did last week. I’ve pretty much been sipping it since. At first sip, I just tasted mint, but a more subtle, gentle mint than in a pure mint tea (I’m guessing that’s because of the green tea). And then the spices sort of come in ‘from the background’, almost like an aftertaste but not quite. It adds up to a very soothing yet rather subtly complex tea. Also – it’s a perfect cake tea, especially for non-chocolatey cake. The tea makes the cake better, and the cake makes the tea even more perfect than it already is. Yup, I like this one a lot.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea is pretty fantastic. It kind of tastes to me like what coffee would taste like if it weren’t bitter… or something. It’s a very satisfying, strong brew that you can nevertheless very easily drink without any milk or sugar. Actually, that’s when it does the coffee-ish thing. If you do add milk and sugar, it tastes wonderfully dessert-y. All around, a beautiful tea. Try it!

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90

I absolutely love this tea. I went on a mini tea shopping spree today and got this one at Selfridges and White White Cocoa at T2. A very good day.

This tea tastes really familiar to me, like I’ve been drinking this kind of tea for years now… only I can’t think of what tea it could possibly be of the ones I have. I think maybe it’s just my head playing tricks on me. Whatever it is, though, it is just a remarkably soothing, gently sweet tea without a trace of bitterness or anything else that’s not lovely. I don’t really know which notes and such I was tasting – will have to do round two for that. All I know is that it is utterly delicious. So there.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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