347 Tasting Notes

93
drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
347 tasting notes

Gah I love this tea so hard! It smells and tastes absolutely divine, even after two years. I walked past my mam carrying my mug of this and heard her murmur ‘ooh, something smells delicious. Can you smell cookies?’ in the distance as I walked off smugly. With milk and half a sugar this is a perfect desserty treat, and I swear it’s actually filling. I know I say it often, but I wish the adagio black teas were better – it’s not that it’s bad, in fact it’s really quite enjoyable, but I’ve spoiled myself with amazing teas and it’s the only thing holding this back from being perfect. I only have one teabag left now, courtesy of KittyLovesTea, and I’ll definitely be getting more (though probably in the Nine Doctor Who blend rather than on its own or maybe both) when I run out. This is a staple in my cupboard for sure.

Preparation
Boiling
mtchyg

I feel the same way about Adagio. I love their business model, allowing fan creations and earning points, but their black tea bases are seriously lacking.

Nattie

I totally agree! In theory they’re fantastic, they just lack a little in the tea quality department. If they changed their blacks I honestly think they’d be one of the best companies out there.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Connoisseur tea bags by Ringtons
347 tasting notes

This is my Old Reliable, my fail-safe, my Willow Rosenberg of teas. I drink it when I’m in a hurry, or when I can’t find any of my tea-brewing apparatus, or just when I can’t be bothered with the clean-up, and it never lets me down. These teabags have never left my cupboard in the almost three years that I’ve been on Steepster, because they’re always replaced before they run out. The fact that the company brings teas, coffees, biscuits and jams to your own front door does help, but I know I would actively seek these out even if they were less readily available. They’re strong and malty and perfect for breakfast time, and they take milk and sugar really well, though I prefer to drink mine with just a splash of skimmed milk. It would take something mighty special to replace this as the go-to tea in my household.

ETA: I just noticed there’s been a lot of geek references in my notes lately; if you get sick of them, I’m sorry. I’m probably not going to stop.

Preparation
Boiling 10 OZ / 295 ML
Memily

Whedon references are always acceptable references.

Nattie

I feel very strongly about that man.

Roswell Strange

@Memily Especially when they’re BTVS ones.

Dustin

BTVS… eh. Dr. Horrible… ALL MY LOVE FOREVER!!!

Nattie

I can honestly say I’ve loved everything in the Whedonverse, but Buffy has had my undying love since I was 7

Dustin

I think I was too nomadic when Buffy was on air to be able to watch it and get hooked. I did catch and thoroughly enjoy the musical episode tho!

Roswell Strange

I’ve got two BTVS tattoos, so I suppose you could say I’m a fan ;)

Nattie

@Dustin if you’re ever looking to have 100+ hours of your life sucked into the TV before you know they’re gone I highly recommend giving it a go!

@Roswell What are they?! I would love a Buffy tattoo… one day!

ohfancythat

@Roswell are there photos of these tattoos anywhere!? Would love to see them!!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

65

Still feeling meh so I’ll keep it brief. This smells and tastes really familiar – I think it reminds me of a Bluebird blend? That’s going to bug me for a while. Surprisingly tangy, but tasty. I can’t pick out individual notes right now but I’ve moved it into my focus box so will write up another review when I’m feeling better.

Preparation
Boiling

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

79

Ahh, that’s more like it! I think the flu might be helping to actually make this tea taste better than normal! I haven’t had a cup this good since I first received this tea, which was SUCH a long time ago that I really thought they would have no flavour left by now. This was a Christmas gift from my might-as-well-have-been-flatmate’s boyfriend when we did Secret Santa in my first year of uni (2012) which makes this tea almost exactly four years old and definitely the oldest in my cupboard. It’s a bagged tea rather than loose leaf, though I’m pretty sure it’s the same as the loose version, which might explain why it’s held onto its flavour so well. I used a small mug so the tea is fairly strong, and added a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of semi-skimmed milk and this is really tasty! The cinnamon and other spices are what I usually find most dominant in this tea, but today it’s super citrussy and the orange is definitely the stand-out note. I’m not sure what the base tea is in this blend but I suspect it might be something with natural citrus notes, as the flavour is more complex than just ‘orange’. The spices play around in the background, complimenting the orange and lingering after the sip. The cardamom is a little more dominant than I’d like, seeing as I’m not a fan, but I can live with it. I only have a couple of bags of this left now – I wish I’d figured out how to brew it like this sooner.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

72
drank Popcorn Tea by Teapigs
347 tasting notes

I decided to get a cup of this down while I’m still ill and can’t taste much, which speaks to how much I don’t love this tea (mainly due to personal preference rather than it being a bad genmaicha). I thought it would make it more palatable, but it turns out to have had the opposite effect. I can’t put my finger on what this tastes like, but it’s definitely something which Should Not Be Consumed. I’m going to dump this cup and make something else. Yuck.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Yesterday at work was the busiest shift I’ve ever done, and I came down with flu in the middle of it and had to work through until the early hours of this morning. So I’ve spent today curled up in bed watching Torchwood and feeling sorry for myself. I haven’t drank much tea because it hurts to swallow and the flu is making everything taste funny, but I just watched the saddest episode of Torchwood and needed some comfort. It’s not tasting as good as normal partly because I underleafed and partly because I’m ill, but it is making me feel a little better. I wish I had a Ianto tea, but this will do.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

68
drank Festivus by Pekoe Tea Lounge
347 tasting notes

Another from MissB that I’m trying to move out of my cupboard. I noticed that in her tasting note she mentioned that this had too much apple for her tastes; well, I guess the apple flavouring doesn’t age well, since I can’t taste it at all! What I do get though is a whole lot of cinnamon and chocolate. And a weird hint of… cola? I don’t know what it is with me and tasting cola in teas that have none! It happens way too often, but this is the first time I’ve noticed it outside of Frank’s 52teas blends. The scent of the dry leaf was intensely cinnamon, but as soon as the hot water was added it transformed into definite cola-smell. It’s a lot less present in the final cup (with milk and 3/4 sugar) but I can still detect it a little. I could see little pieces of cinnamon in the leaf as it was brewing, so I had an idea I was going to get the full whack of cinnamon in the flavour, but I didn’t expect the chocolate to come through quite as much as it does. It’s not exactly the most convincingly natural chocolate flavour I’ve ever had in a tea, but it’s certainly not the worst either. I’m usually not a fan of chocolate in teas but here I don’t mind it – it works well with the cinnamon and stops it being the only dominating flavour. I definitely feel festive drinking it. Thanks for the try, Bonny!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

66

I received a sample of this from MissB, and again it’s one I’ve drank a few times but never reviewed. I followed the brewing instructions and was surprised by how flavourful this was after just 2 minutes steeping. The black tea base is strong and not astringent – I’m drinking it without milk which is fairly rare for me with a black tea. Plain, I got black tea with a general ‘tropically fruity’ background, but with a little over half a teaspoon of sugar added the pineapple and mango flavours really become discernible, and even though it’s the base tea which is still prominent, I can taste both of the fruits distinctly. They meld together really well too, and every time I think I can pinpoint which one is more dominant I change my mind. It is a nice tea and I will enjoy my last cup, but it isn’t particularly memorable in the grand scheme of teas.

ETA: The more this cools, the less pineapple and mango I can taste, and it’s taking on a sort of sour note…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

54
drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
347 tasting notes

This one travelled to me via MissB ‘s Mystery Box a loooong time ago (verging on 3 years, I think). I have drank it before, I just haven’t gotten around to writing up any tasting notes on it yet.

I definitely think age has gotten the best of this tea, unfortunately, since I remember it tasting more strongly of root beer the last time I drank it. This time I got a lot of smokiness in the scent, so much so that I was starting to doubt my labelling and thought it was a lapsang. No smokiness in the flavour, though, and definitely root beer. It’s mild but definitely there. I actually prefer the root beer flavouring mild, since strong root beer always comes across as medicinal to me. It’s not something which is common here in the UK and I was probably 19 or 20 the first time I drank root beer, and the flavour is still kinda bizarre to me. Anyway, this comes across as more natural to me, which is probably at least partly down to the sarsaparilla root. Is root beer sarsaparilla flavoured? I’m not a big fan of root beer as a drink but I love sarsaparilla tablets (old-fashioned hard boiled sweets). When I tried this tea plain the black tea base was pretty astringent and strong, and pushed the root beer to the back of the sip. I added half a sugar and it brought out the root beer flavour some more, and this was how I liked the root beer flavour the best, but the tea was still too astringent for me to drink a whole mug of so I had to add milk, which helped a lot with the astringency but almost completely erased the root beer. Root beer is also not a flavour I particularly want to drink with milk. I have enough leaf left for one more mug of this tea, and I think I’ll use water below boiling to see if this improves the astringency enough that I can drink it without milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

67
drank Cantaloupe Watermelon by 52teas
347 tasting notes

I took this tea to work with me tonight, and sipped it while I poured pints for other people, which was weird but infinitely better than working without tea. I had been telling some of my coworkers about my tea habit during the week and they actually asked me to bring something in, so I opted for this since I had plenty to go around and the water from the espresso machine (the only source of hot water – no kettle) is around the right temperature for white teas. One coworker pronounced it ‘alright’ and the other ‘fruity’, so I’m not entirely sure it was a success, but I think it went better than they expected. I’ve been requested to bring in a chocolate tea next.

I think the water was a little on the hot side, but the tea did admirably considering the less than ideal brewing conditions. The base tea is strong for a white and only a little astringent, and the flavouring quite natural tasting. It’s very juicy and I can taste the cantaloupe clearly alongside the white tea, and the aroma is dead on too. It’s a shame I don’t like cantaloupe! I don’t get watermelon at all, in the scent or the flavour. I’ve thought this every time I drink this tea, but in my opinion watermelon just isn’t a strong enough flavour to translate to tea well. Maybe if it was paired with a more delicate base tea, and wasn’t competing with the cantaloupe flavouring, but it’s just overwhelmed and the name of the tea feels misleading. Butiki’s Watermelon Xylophone did it well, but other than that I really struggle to think of a good watermelon tea which has been strongly reminiscent of the flavour of a watermelon. All of this sounds really negative, but despite everything I’ve just said I always enjoy drinking this tea. It’s not overly complex and while it isn’t exactly mind-blowing it just goes down so easy. Not a bad choice for a workplace tea.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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.

Location

South Shields, UK

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer