399 Tasting Notes

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
399 tasting notes

This tin seems to be the new north american standard of being basically just fannings this has made the tea more bitter than it used to be and has diminished the sweetness.

After a short steep of under 2 minutes the tea is the colour of mahogany. It tastes of a hint of smoke, bitter artichoke, a hint of bisuit with a small hint of sweetness and malt underneath the bitter tones. As it cools the biscuit and sweeter tones come more to the

forefront and the bitterness receeds and a fruity citrus note appears. There is a bit of astringency but it is not overwhelming just enough to make the tea feel lively in the mouth. The tea does pack a good caffeine punch.

I decided to try again and reduced the steeping time to 1 minute and reduced the amount of leaf. The tea smells of biscuit, lemon and stonefruit. The bitter taste is now reduced to a pleasant level and the tea is smoother. The top note is a slight bittersweet flavour and slightly floral(rose) with fruity notes of lemon. This is underlayed by stonefruit, malt and biscuit. this was much better.

The tea is still decent but the local stores have been increasing the cost of the tin by $2-3 lately and I can get much better full leaf teas and bops for just a little more money than the cost of this tin and I will probably purchase them over this in the future.

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1 min, 0 sec

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drank Pansy Tea by Biofix
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Pansy’s are one of my favourite flowers so I was intrigued by this tea. After looking it up online I was surprised by its extensive history as a herbal medicinal, especially as a expectorant, a diuretic, and an anti-inflamatory agent used both internally and externally. As a child my mother worked for a rather famous, German trained Naturopath and she also would take me along to seminars and courses on medicinal plants so I thought I would be exposed to the medicinal uses of this plant before.

I am feeling the beginnings of a chest cold coming on so I thought why not try it. I love Ginger tea when I’m sick but it’s nice to have options!

Pansy tisanes may include just the flower or the flower or the whole plant. This tisane did not specify what it contained. The Tisane brews up to a nice rich yellow. It smells sweet, spicy, herbal, and slightly woody, with hints of ginseng. Tasting it brings back memories of some of the chinese herbal medicinal teas I had when

living near Dublin. It is sweet, slightly floral, with almost a taste of honey and grape, with slightly bitter woody, spicy, vegetal notes underneath. It seems to work I can feel it loosening in my chest.

**As with many herbal medecines it’s medicinal efficacy has not been studied or verified. It has been used historically to treat some cardiac ailments so consult your doctor before using.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle Premium by Rishi Tea
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This is quite a nice tea from which you can draw a lot of complex intricate flavours, over multiple steeps, from a small amount of leaf. Of my two Silver Needles that I own at the moment this is the one that I go to want something softer, and maybe more meditative. The other one I own is Zen Tea’s offering.

Dry, the tea smells of straw and hay mixed together with soft and slightly powdery, sweet and citrusy notes. The leaves are pale yellow to pale green with fine silvery downy pale hairs. The leaves are around one inch long.

The first steep of around 50 seconds resulted in pale beige with a grey tinged tea. it smelled faintly of buttered rice both slightly nutty and creamy, of faint citrus notes, of notes of straw and grain, and of a touch of smoke. It tasted sweet, with a smoky note, a hint of citrus/vitamin C and of straw, all underlain with a silky sweet note that hinted of a mildly flavoured bready fruit and a taste that reminds me of Choclo ( a corn staple in many countries in Latin America). The tea has a noticeable full and silky body. The sweet flavour intensify as it cools.

The 2nd steep had a scent that hints of citrus, with nutty sweet grains, and a faint combined floral/vegetal note like blooming alfalfa mixed with a note of jasmine. The smoke was gone leaving a hint of amber. It tasted of citrus notes, combined with wildflowers nectar (clover and someting spicier), with the straw receeding to the background. The tea remained sweet, but in a cooked fuit / squash or grain type of sweetness. Their was a faint taste of smoke. The aftertaste was mainly a mix of sweet, citrus and vegetal notes.

The 3rd steep was a silky straw, and grain flavour, followed by sweet floral nectar/citrus flavour with an aftertaste of stewed mild flavoured plums with a lingering sweetness.

In the 4th steep the sweet nectar references were more dominant with citrus, straw accents in the background

The remaining steeps required an increase in brewing temperature and maintained a sliky, warm sweetness over straw flavour.

I have steeped this tea up to 10 times before and it is a nice tea when you have some time to explore subtle nuances in flavour and scent. A nice example of this genre of tea. but I am going to hold off rating at this time until I have an opportunity to compare it to Zen Teas option.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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91
drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
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I’m not a huge fan of coconut but I do really like this tea. The dry leaves are long, deep green, and very fresh looking. They are covered with a generous scattering of small flakes of coconut that are absorbing the colour of the sencha. The tea smells strongly of fresh coconut.

The brewed tea smells of a less sweet version of coconut squares, both sweet and of cooked fresh coconut. It brews to a deep yellow. The first flavour notes are a top note of nutty coconut meat, followed by a sweetness that hints of marzipan.

The Tea base is at first silky, with a flavour that adds to the teas sweetness and which is followed by a refreshing aftertaste and a tingling on the tongue. The flavour of the tea blends with the
coconut leaving just a hint of something savory and vegetal. This tea has a strong sweet coconut flavour.

During the second steep the coconut flavour is unchanged and present but the sweet green tea base is more present and softens the coconut and there is a faint bitterness and a hint of fresh green leafy vegetables. This tea holds up to around 5 steeps if one is careful with steeping time and brewing temperature.

This is a great tea for those who enjoy coconut and who value a well presented simplicity in there blends.

Preparation
0 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Black Tea with Tips by HYLEYS
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After shopping Tea! With a shorter steep I am getting caramelized yams and stone fruit.

edit: I finally got the plum on the third steep this time, sweet and slightly spicy.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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drank Billberry by Biofix
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When I first bought this tea the box was labelled as blueberry tea. Ironically, it didn’t contain any blueberries but only the closely related billberries so I am glad they changed the name. To be honest the first thing I taste here is the elderberry, which has been sweetened by the other ingredients. The tea is not overly tart, but does have enough tartness to suggest a slightly sour fruit. As you continue to sip the flavours do mix and I can see why they used to call it blueberry. It is not exact but it is close to the flavour of blueberry juice. Does anyone know what billberries taste like? Anyways this is a pleasant fruit tea, and makes a nice caffeine free option.

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84
drank Buttered Rum (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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This is a pleasant warming cup and I totally get the warm rum notes. I get the taste of butter but not really the creamy feel of it. It smells and tastes like rum flavoured toffee. My only complaint is the tea underneath it seems to be kind of thin without much depth of flavour, but that could just be because I’ve had it in the cupboard for a while.

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Really nice when I’m craving something both fuity and floral. Very refreshing. It makes me think of spring!

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90
drank Black Tea with Tips by HYLEYS
399 tasting notes

This tea is a very nice Ceylon blend. It has a rich flavour, and resteeps well retaining a full flavour for at least three resteeps. I quite enjoyed it.

The dry leaves are small to medium full leaves with some silver buds. It smells of sweet potatoe and orange, with a note of burnt sugar.

It tastes of burnt sugar, a hint of blackberry and orange, with a hint of vegetal. It is slightly flowery almost like a note of rose. The tea company suggests that this should taste of plum. My first steep was longer than I normally use and perhaps I would have found this note if I had shortened the steep.

It brews to colour of mahogany, with a medium body and little to no astringency and a hint of bitterness. There is an aftertaste of homemade brown sugar pull toffee. It leaves me with a feeling of calm wakefulness and is very smooth.

The 2nd steep similar flavour wuth citrus notes coming more forward and a burnt sugar flavour present with sweet potatoe. The 3rd steep has sweet potatoe, vegetal notes, and indistinct fruit notes. It has a sweet, lightly tangy aftertaste like having eaten ripe berries.

A nice tea to drink all day.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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