223 Tasting Notes

drank Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
223 tasting notes

My first pouchong. Upon opening the package, the tea smelt sweet and floral, like I would expect a normal green to smell like.

After steeping, the tea is a pale green and still smells floral, but also toasty. It tastes like a green, but without the grassiness I find in many normal greens. It is a lovely taste, but it is very astringent, to the point where it actually hurts my throat. Maybe if I used less leaf (I did use quite a lot, admittedly) this would get better. I will hold off rating this until I’ve had it again.

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I rediscovered this tea in the back of my cupboard and although I don’t remember it being fantastic, I thought I would try it again.

The song I have paired this with…..

This tea smells very fruity but I can’t smell much rose. The taste is pleasant, but I still don’t get much rose. The box lists mango as one of the flavourings – in my opinion, there is too much mango.

However, although it doesn’t taste much like rose, it is certainly a tasty tea. Not a go-to tea, but one I might reach for if I wanted something a bit different.


Thanks for playing along! Nice song choice!

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Scent of the dry leaves is lovely. Vegetal and slightly sweet. I’m not getting the ‘spicy’ scent the packaging describes, though.

After steeping, the leaves smell a little odd and more grassy than before steeping. The tea itself is smooth and buttery. I can’t taste the grassiness I smelt in the leaves, which is kind of a relief.

I haven’t tried many greens, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to. Although this is a pleasant tea, I don’t see it becoming a favourite.

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This bloom opened perfectly and it tasted really gorgeous. The silver needles were delicate and the globe amaranth and chrysanthemum added a beautiful floral taste. Stood up to three (fairly lengthy) steeps really well.

Very impressed!

185 °F / 85 °C

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I found this to be a pleasant-tasting tea. It was delicate and smooth, and I really liked the taste but I’m not really sure if the bloom opened properly. The silver needles opened up but the flower inside stayed tightly furled. I will have to try it again to see if I get a different result.

The second steep tasted lovely, but it didn’t have any effect on the peony.

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Just finished my package of this. I’m going to get some more :)

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drank Assam by Twinings
223 tasting notes

I had this with milk and a little sugar. It was a pleasant cup, but not something I wouold drink everyday. I have had better assams than than this (and also much worse). I don’t see myself buying more of this in the future.

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This is my first bagged white and, honestly? I wasn’t expecting much.

The scent af the the dry tea is of overpowering raspberry. I couldn’t detect the tea at all. I would say the steeping times on the box are a bit long – 45 seconds produced a cup that was on the way to being bitter.

The brewed tea smelled really, really nice. The raspberry had subsided and the tea was holding it’s own. The first sip tasted of plain white tea and the aftertaste was raspberry, but by the third sip the raspberry came through and I could taste it in the tea.

A really clean, refreshing cup. I will be buying more of this.

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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I have had this tea three times since that first disastrous brewing, and each time I’ve forgotten to put it on Steepster. So, finally…

It’s way better than the last time I had it. I have had a chance to experiment with the steeping times etc. It’s pleasant right around 1 and a half minutes of steeping with boiling water, which suprised me because I usually steep black teas for much longer. However, at this time, the taste was pleasant and ever-so-slightly malty. Still not getting much of an aroma though. I will raise the rating of this tea substantially – it’s a good cup, but not a go-to tea.

Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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My love of tea began when I walked into a shop one day and they were giving out samples of jasmine silver needles. It was absolutely gorgeous, and I have been addicted to tea ever since. Jasmine silver needles remains my favourite tea to this day.

I think my favourite types are white teas and oolongs, though I will pretty much drink anything.

Aside from tea, I’m into Star Wars, music, furniture, food, Lilly Dache hats and vintage clothing.


Bolton, UK

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