26 Tasting Notes

80

today´s morning cuppa : while writing a letter to a friend who lives at the other side of the world, I enjoyed Russian Morning No.24. Nothing spectacular on the taste buds which was a good thing when writing the letter ;-) Another good thing : no bitterness when forgetting about the mug for a while.

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75
drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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from yesterday afternoon :
This time I rate it a bit higher, because I enjoyed it as if it were a pure Marco Polo (caramel black tea). The citrus fruits once more get lost during the brewing process, which is a shame, according to me.

Flavors: Caramel, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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78
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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Had another cup of this one this afternoon. I might rate it a bit higher this time, as I enjoyed all of it, although I had it steep quite long before drinking it. A shame the bergamot doesn´t really end up in the final taste, but still OK.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80
drank Tibetan Secret by Teh Bar
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My summer iced tea this year, and I´m beginning to see the bottom of the packet, so I most likely will need to pick another tea I have in stock for future iced tea.
I like particularly that I can leave the tea in the pot for hours without it turning the iced tea bitter, so I can have the tea steeping overnight, put it in the fridge in the morning and have a batch ready for lunch.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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75

Just bought this tea today in a pop-up store in Madrid. I´ve longed to try Clipper tea for a while, and the raspberry – a wonderful fruit I cannot get enough of – decided! Made myself and my husband a cup, and the strong raspberry fragrance from the tea bag fades when the tea is steeping and in the final taste very little of the raspberry remains. It´s not bad, but I would ´ve preferred to get a bit of raspberry in the final taste. Enjoyable for the rest.
A funny thing I saw : the English label says to"pour water over the tea bag when it´s still boiling", while the added label in Spanish advices to boil the water, leave to cool for 1 minute and then add tea bag. Can someone please explain why there is this difference??? ;-)

Flavors: Raspberry

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Ilse Wouters

I wrote to Clipper Teas on Facebook, and they confirmed the instructions indicated on the box for this tea in question; the Spanish label seems to correspond to the instructions for the white tea w/o fruit additives.

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78

I´m not a fan of red fruits based infusions, but sometimes I somehow seem to put boxes like this Twinings Fruit Bliss Infusions in my shopping cart. A gentle infusion fur winter nights, I seem to think. Today I put a cup for my husband and another for me, and it´s a hot summer day afternoon! Smells very fruity, which is confirmed in the final brew, which tastes fruit and not sirop, so it scores points for me. Hibiscus based (this seems to put some people off, and although I prefer my own rosehip infusion, it´s not the case for me), but this doesn´t dominate the fruity taste. I guess it would make a nice iced tea as well.

Flavors: Berries, Raspberry, Rosehips

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

I think, but I might be mistaken, that this is the loose tea equivalent of the tinned China Rose Petal Leaf Tea by Taylors of Harrogate. When I was living in Yorkshire, this tea was one of my absolute favourite ones, because of its very floral fragrances, making it an easy-going afternoon tea. The leftovers of a packet I used today must have been forgotten about for some years, and this shows : it smells almost smoked now, although the rose fragrance is still present, and the taste is harder, more bitter than I remember. Still a nice cuppa though. Should get myself a new packet and compare ;-)

Flavors: Floral, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

Soft and very easy-going…perfect to wake up gently ;-)
This being said, although there´s nothing wrong with this tea, I don´t rate it higher than 80 because according to my taste buds, it lacks some punch. I should really try to brew it the Russian style, and see how it works out that way…one day!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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85

The thirst quenched with some iced tea, I put myself down to read a bit in my book, with a nice cuppa next to me…this tea is wonderful for all senses, starting with the lovely rather sweet smell of marzipan. A treat w/o gaining the pounds from eating marzipan ;-)

Flavors: Almond, Green, Marzipan

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Tibetan Secret by Teh Bar
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After returning home from the swimming pool, I craved for a cold drink, and had this tea iced in the fridge…very refreshing, nice taste of green tea without it being too grassy, or wooden…I immediately put another pot to cool down.

Flavors: Green

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 41 OZ / 1200 ML

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Introduced to tea by my sister-in-law in my country of birth = Belgium more than 30 years ago, I still love tea, mainly black, which I enjoy without sugar or milk. Having lived in UK, near good tea shops (e.g. Betty´s all over Yorkshire), I tend to buy most of my tea in bulk from tea shops (as such, most of these are not represented in my on-line cupboard). Nowadays, I live in Spain where tea gives me another sensatory bliss (as wine or beer or coffee can give me too).

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