335 Tasting Notes


Attempting to get rid of a few ravaged-by-time teas today while I do a giant pile of ironing, and this tea from Kittylovestea is far too old to hang onto any longer. The flavours have faded to ‘pleasant green tea creaminess’ at this point, with some bonus weird fruitiness which I think is the result of cross-contamination. It’s okay, but I remember it being sooo much better. My ranking is based on how I remember this tea, creamy and nutty and delicious. I’m not going to mark it down because I let it hang around getting old in my cupboard.

Sipdown! 101/395

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Wow, kudos to you…I can’t remember the last time I ironed anything =)

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Sipdown 100/395!! Triple digits y’all!!

I finished this off dumping the rest of the leaf from my sample into my ingenuiTEA, and I only gravitated towards this tea as a sort of stomach settler, as my boyfriend had been up through the night ill and I wasn’t feeling so great myself when I got home from work. I drank it in bed catching up on Strictly and was super surprised by how delicious it was. I expected to like it, since I am a fan of jasmine teas, but I was not prepared for how natural and delicate the jasmine flavour was, or how juicy and almost fruity the white tea was. It’s super flavourful, and I managed three steeps Western style without the flavour profile changing too much. I think it would last even longer if I’d treated it better, too. Definitely going on my repurchase list for when I’m finally done this no-buy. But, still, 100 down, I guess?

170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

go you!


BIG sipdown!


Great Job!!!!

Evol Ving Ness

I love that we celebrate buying and no-buying here! :)


This sounds really delicious! Onto the list it goes!


Thanks, everyone! ^^

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
335 tasting notes

Sipdown 99/395! Sipdown 100 here we come!!

Thank you to VariaTEA and Janelle who both sent me samples of this tea. I’m actually mixing the scraps of both to eke out one last cup today. It’s a little underleafed, but hey. I don’t know why I’m gravitating so much towards cinnamon-heavy teas at the moment, maybe it’s the snow making me want a warming tea, but I’m just going to roll with it. Sorry if everything I’m posting is the same. Anyway, I get a lot of the cinnamon in this, with a kind of brown sugar cakey aftertaste. Plain, the cinnamon is definitely the most prominent flavour, but I added a little sugar and the ‘roll’ notes of butter and Brown sugar came through a lot more. Cinnamon rolls are some of my favourite things in the world, so maybe I’m biased in saying that it doesn’t really totally convey all the flavours, but it’s still pretty nice.

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Sipdown! #98/395

I really have trouble letting go of Butiki blends, even ones like this that were never really my favourites in the first place. So I added this into my focus box almost a year ago, and I’m only just sipping it down now because I held onto it way too long. Totally my own fault, of course, but now I’m having my final pot and 90% of the magic is gone. The yummy bready, cakey base is still yummy, and the vanilla cream cheese frosting flavour is still discernable, but most of the carrot cake spices have faded completely and the tea is just feeling more flat than it used to. Still, I am enjoying it. It’s a nice quiet tea for a nice quiet afternoon.

ETA: playing around with additives, and a pinch of sugar does amp up the ‘frosting’ element of this tea, but milk is a hard no. I added some to one of my cups of this and it just mutes all of the yumminess and really highlights the staleness of my tea. Oh, well.

Boiling 3 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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I tend to gravitate towards this tea quite often on a night time, or through the day when I want something decaf or sweet and fruity without being too much. I will write a more detailed note for this tea another time when I’m not so inexplicably tired, but it is a surprisingly tasty tea, and one which I would probably repurchase if I ever get my stash down enough to do so.

Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
335 tasting notes

Sipdown! (97/395)

Okay don’t judge me guys, but I may have had this sample in my cupboard from my swap with VariaTEA for around 4 years before finally sipping it down… My cupboard is just so huge that little baby samples like this often get lost amongst the others and I forget I have them for a while before they finally resurface. I’m fairly sure I had a cup of this when I first got it in the post, but that was so long ago now that I honestly don’t remember. There was just enough left for a big mug so that’s what I’m having this afternoon as I begin Mission Positivity. My wonderful boyfriend (his name is Ryan and we met the day before my birthday earlier in the year) has inspired me to take more control of my life and happiness, and drinking more tea and journaling it along with my life is just one of the ways I’m doing this. Anyway, please bear with me as I find my feet again and drink a lot of tea which has seen better days.

Luckily, this tea has held up amazingly well since I didn’t store it the best and have kept a hold of it for so long. I don’t remember what it was like when it was fresher, but the flavours are still present and I can’t imagine that much has been lost. Immediately when I poured the water over the tea, I got an incredible waft of vanilla cream cheese frosting, and knew that this was going to be delicious. There’s a back note of cinnamon to the scent, which becomes stronger and more cake-like the longer the tea is brewing. I left it brewing as I did laundry in the next room and several times had to stop what I was doing to take a big sniff because it smelled so good. The flavour is just as delicious. It’s sweet without being too much, bready and comforting. I feel like adding a pinch of sugar would have enhanced the dessert quality of the tea, but I’m drinking all my tea plain at the moment as I’ve just recommitted to Weight Watchers (another part of Mission Positivity). I don’t think the sugar is necessary, though – I definitely don’t feel like I’m missing out! The main body of the tea is rooibos-heavy, though not in an unpleasant way, with a touch of warming cinnamon and hint of vanilla. I actually think the rooibos is a very good choice for the base in this blend, as it adds a lovely honey note which meshes really nicely with the additional flavours. It feels thick and unctuous as a carrot cake should. The carrot cake spices and vanilla cream cheese flavours come out even more in the aftertaste, and it really does taste as though you’ve just eaten a piece of carrot cake! It’s one of my favourite desserts, and as a fan I have to say I’m very impressed with this tea.

It’s a shame that DT went out of business, because this tea could definitely replace dessert for me, especially with a touch of sugar, and that’s something I’m looking for at the moment especially as I’m trying to get to my goal weight and just be healthier in general. Still, it’s not like I’ll be off my no-buy any time soon, so at least I’m avoiding temptation…?

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Coffee & Cigarettes by Butiki Teas
335 tasting notes

This is starting to lose some of its flavour. Weirdly, the added flavours seem to be what’s sticking around the longest, and the base tea is what is losing its complexities. The result is a still tasty, less robust tea which for most tea companies would be pretty decent but when I remember how amazing this used to be it makes me want to cry a little.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Would it help to add a bit of a plain tea that you like to boost the base flavor without it overcoming the added flavors?

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drank Popcorn Tea by Teapigs
335 tasting notes

Drinking this to combat the super rich lunch I ate and enjoying it more than usual. Mild and nutty and I can live with that.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Chilli Chai by Teapigs
335 tasting notes

Drinking this while listening to The Rolling Stones and revising for my driving theory test tomorrow, which I am dreading…

I think the individual teabag I purchased for a single cup a while back must have been pretty old, because from my review I wasn’t very impressed. Since then I’ve been given a whole box of these teabags for Christmas and having drank most of them by now I can safely say that the chilli kick does come through! It’s not as strong as some chilli teas I’ve tried (Winter Fire I’m looking at you) but it’s got a decent burn. The level of spice is actually pretty perfect for me. It’s a nice twist on a chai, and I might eventually pick up some more.

I don’t have time to write a long review now because I’m cramming for my test, but I’m going to start getting back into writing tasting notes.

Upping my rating from 63.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

Good luck!


Good luck! I really struggled with my tests, and I was so nervous, but a lot of people do way better than they expect. I wish you the best of luck. :)


Thank you! I passed! Just dreading the practical now…

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drank Pitta Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
335 tasting notes

Sipdown! (96/395)

Another one of my oldest teas that I should be moving out of my cupboard. It probably sat in there way too long, but I don’t think it affected the flavour too much. Sadly, I didn’t get any peach from this, like I was hoping – it was mainly a peppery holy basil drink with some lemon undertones. Drinkable, but not memorable, and I did notice a slightly scratchy throat after I’d finished the mug. I wish I had more to say about it but it really wasn’t all that memorable.

Thank you Miss B for my sample!

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years.

Black teas make up the majority of my collection, but I am expanding my horizons and trying to include a variety of other teas, too. Flavoured blacks are my favourites, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 22 year old English Literature sort-of-graduate and temporary bartender. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching (self-diagnosed geek and Netflix addict), football/soccer (I am a lifelong supporter of Sunderland AFC) and listening to classic rock.

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.

I also tend to ramble on a bit.


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