1355 Tasting Notes

drank White Ice Tea by Tea Moments
1355 tasting notes

I found a sealed 25g pack of this in my cupboard so I decided to finish it off. My rating was disappointed taken from the last time I tried it, some 2 years ago. I previously made this iced via standard method ie warming and then cooling. This time I cold steeped it to see if it tasted any better than previously.

Well it’s somewhat perfumed and dry with a mild sweetness and mixed tropical fruity after taste. Cleaner tasting than I remember though it’s still only a little improvement overall. At least that was the last of it! After 2 years you have been eliminated.

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Quick review as I’m playing Pokemon Sapphire while I try this tea. This was a random tea purchase from AliExpress, I don’t remember trying this tea before as white is not a favourite of mine, but it was cheap enough for me to give it a go. £2.34 for 50g – roughly 10 balls.

I used 2 balls which are large and made of dark brown and silver tipped leaves. They have a sweet yet wooden scent. I used 2 balls as the instructions says to try 3 or 4 in a gaiwan, that would fill my gaiwan with no room to expand so 2 balls roughly 10g should suffice.

Flavour has mild sweetness with a touch of malt and wood. The balls are not breaking down easy, even after a two minute steep. But the flavour does get a little stronger over time. It’s like a black tea, it’s super sweet and malty…I didn’t think this was possible for a white tea.

It’s pretty nice but I just wish the balls would break down a bit…perhaps a few steeps should sort this out. Otherwise the flavour is very pleasant and to my taste. So far, so good.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet, Wood

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This tea arrived this morning after a string of recent purchases on AliExpress. I’ve wanted some Meng Shan Yun Wu – Cloud Mist for a while and finally decided to give this one a try. It was organic and moderately priced so I though it was worth the risk.

It was packed in a vacuum sealed foil pack and had a sticker on the front with it’s name and date. Something I don’t take for granted as some I’ve received before from other orders didn’t say which tea was which!

I opened the pack and was overwhelmed by an amazing sweet grass scent. Very thick and honeyed. So beautiful! Very fresh smelling and much nicer than I had hoped for.

Tea liquid is misty yellow. Flavour is thick, sweet, grassy, floral and mineral. Reminds me of kale and broccoli with sweet grass and gladiola. There is some bitterness and dryness in the after taste.

Despite it’s bitterness it actually tastes more mineral like, broccoli to me has a natural bitterness and this tea acts in a similar way. In other words it’s not bad bitterness. It’s thickness however is a bit much, but it just means I should have perhaps done a shorter steep, the second steep was almost perfect. (My first steep was around 40 seconds and second steep around 10 seconds). First steep was so long because I forgot about my tea thanks to Pokemon being on tv and I got excited because Togepi was on it.

Anyway this is a very nice, strong green tea and it’s fresh. My risk purchase paid off it would seem. 50g was only £3.46 including delivery. For £6 I can get 250g :) Will do that when I run out.

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drank Teatoxy Energize by Teatoxy
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My Teatoxy order arrived this morning :D It was packed beautifully and presented well.

The leaves are a large and rough blend, looking very floral and firm though also natural and good quality. They smell lightly herbal, nothing specific standing out though, perhaps the lemongrass if any.

I steeped a large pot of this and watched the liquid diffuse into gorgeous blue liquid. My husband had a wtf? reaction to it’s colour as I hadn’t told him about bluechai flowers before. I had to take a picture, because when I say it’s blue I literally mean it. Unfortunately I don’t have any lemon in the house to turn it purple. It was a long 8 minute steep though I expected as much from a herbal tea anyway.


Tasting time. I took a large sip without knowing what to expect. It’s thickly lemongrass though there is a toasted element to it also. So toasted lemongrass, unusual yet very nice at the same time, and it lingers sweetly in the after taste. There is also a mixed herbal thickness though it is blended in well enough to not be a negative factor, and it tastes fairly fresh.

I’ve had a few cups of this now from my large pot and I really like it. I love lemongrass tea in general but this blend gives it another depth that I haven’t really tried before. It’s still a lemongrass tea but with the toasty and sweet herby elements it becomes something else! An excellent introduction to this company so far. And as far as my energy level goes this has picked me up somewhat.

Flavors: Herbs, Lemongrass, Toasty

Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Yanagi Bancha by Obubu Tea
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My husband chose this tea after our recent Japanese tea binge over the last few days.

This tea is rather finely chopped with some largish stem pieces present amongst the dark/medium green shiny leaves. It has a sweet grass scent with a dry, perfume finish.

Yellow tea liquid is produced with a toasted grass scent, mild but still with some sweetness.

Strength is mild with toasted rice and grass flavours. There is a slight bitterness but nothing major. Also a dominant grassy after taste which sweetens and becomes dry.

A further steep reveals more grass notes with bitterness though it remains mild. Still plenty of flavour for a second steep.

Overall it’s a nice Bancha, the sort that would suit every day drinking. Yes it’s considered low grade in terms of quality but it doesn’t taste nor feel that way at all.

Flavors: Sweet, warm grass, Toasted Rice

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

Sometimes I prefer the “lower quality” tea – it has a different flavour profile to the high-grade stuff, and sometimes that’s what you want! (Also, often less bitterness, and easier to brew. Win.)


I meant, of course, lower GRADE. Lower quality tea is… not usually as good, consisting of broken leaf, etc.

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After watching my husband play Blitzball (the side game for Final Fantasy X) for the best part of two hours I decided he can actually do something today and it was his turn to make the tea. In fairness I also let him pick which tea to try and this was what he chose. That doesn’t surprise me, he tends to like blackberry flavoured teas.

The tea smells a little like blackberry but more leaf than fruit, lightly sweet though mostly malty and smoky from the black base.

Flavour is rather nice actually, sweet and creamy vanilla dominates a malt and light blackberry after taste. Perhaps too ‘creamy’ or vanilla based for this blend, or not enough blackberry, which ruins expectations but even after that I’m enjoying it. I think that’s only because I love vanilla otherwise this would be extremely disappointing.

It’s nice but just not well balanced and as such I wouldn’t order this. While I like vanilla teas this is nothing better than an average vanilla blend.

Flavors: Vanilla


Haha, my husband and I played the hell out of some Blitzball back in high school.


I just couldn’t get into it. My problem is that I fell in love with the card side game in FF8 and nothing compares to that for me.

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My husband always enjoys drinking tea with me though he doesn’t share my special fondness of it. When I first gave him Matcha and mentioned it’s amazing health properties he waned in disbelief and left it at that. Months down the line he read an article about Matcha tea in a Men’s Health magazine and how it is beneficial to have before and after a work out. My husband being a gym type (well, he likes to think so anyway) asked me to get some Matcha to blend into his protein shake. Well after a week or so of searching I settled on this brand and purchased three packets, it was amazing value of only around $18 for 100g and on top of that I had a coupon.

That was a good five or so months ago, now this is my go to every day Matcha. Yes it’s kitchen grade but it’s an amazing kitchen grade. It’s not bitter, nor fishy, nor chemical like or anything else which is unlike some of the others I have tried in the past. This is a lovely medium greenish colour that steeps dark with water and tastes light, grassy and sweet. It may have a slight touch of bitterness but I find Matcha does in general anyway, including ceremonial.

So for an everyday Matcha I highly recommend this, it’s the best I have found in terms of flavour, quality and price. My husband is also smitten with it, and while he may not go to the gym often he still drinks his Matcha.

Flavors: Grass

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I brewed a large pot of this to try tonight, after loving ESP’s Lime Deluxe earlier (which my husband also agreed was delicious) earlier in the day.

This smells overly sweet and like chemical apple, sort of grassy too. Not horrible but not amazing either.

Flavour is sweet, the apple tasting artificial but that could be down the Sencha base which is grassy, perfumed and dry. I can’t taste any kiwi, though the after taste has a touch of tartness which I find with kiwi fruit.

All in all it’s a nice tea, out of the two I still prefer the Lime Deluxe (which is the only other ESP tea I have tried). My husband however really likes this one, he is apple tea mad. He says “If I like something it’s a 10 and if I don’t it’s a 1, there is nothing in-between”. So I asked him how he would rate this tea (out of curiosity) and he replied “It’s above average I think, so maybe 6 or 7 / 10”. I have to agree, it’s nice but not special and it is on the top end of average, so I rate 7.6 for this blend. Nice but I am not going to mourn it once it’s gone.

Flavors: Apple, Grass, Sour, Sweet

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This tea is dark brown, a little curly, rather long and smells like sweet wood. Light but with an air of dark caramel.

Flavour is medium strength with wood, malt, caramel, cocoa and sugar cane flavours. Further steeps remain smooth and soft. Also has some prune and date fruit tones.

It’s a nice tea, I like it’s sweetness and complex flavours though it is something I am not likely to crave all the time. It’s medium to mild strength makes it very easy to drink.

Flavors: Caramel, Dates, Malt, Sugarcane

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I’m 28 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have four of my own called Cassie, Mr Sooty Pants,Ivory and Ollie.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

My rating system
I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.


Also a proud SororiTea Sister


Leicester, England, United Kingdom



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