421 Tasting Notes


Brewed a batch of this at work yesterday.
“It tastes like vanilla! I can taste vanilla!” a coworker squealed in delight.
What more can I ask for?
Tea = happiness

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Yunnan Sourcing’s black teas are pretty terrific, and this one is no different. Apart from being an exceedingly attractive tea, of the kind you have no problem introducing to your posh great aunt Agatha, this tea is a devilishly nimble fellow. It’s really tough to ruin it by over-leafing or brewing.
I thought I’d put it through the Ice Bucket Challenge, and it took to it like a champ (donate at ALSA.ORG BTW, if you haven’t already. I’ll wait right here until you do). It nominated Fortnum and Mason’s Keemun (‘cause it’s so posh), Verdant’s Laoshan Black (‘cause it’s so popular) and any one of my Ceylons (‘cause nobody likes ’em anymore, and that’s the only thing they’re good for, right?).
They each have 24 hours….


I’d like a cool and posh Auntie. A mystery series I’m reading has elderly, energetic, wealthy, and astute Aunt Vespasia. She or Agatha would do just fine.


Nice to know you are still safe after the site glitch.


Vespasia is such a wonderful name!
mrmopar – thank you :)

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I used a little too much leaf and let it brew for a bit too long, so it came out quite aggressive. Regardless, there is a sweet maltiness to this tea even under unfavourable circumstances, so I look forward to brewing it again, properly next time.
I am very, very tired, and on the way to work today a siren blared while I was on a bus. The driver stopped the bus and we all alighted to find shelter nearby. Instead of running off in a “each man to himself” attitude, everyone kept their cool and helped each other find shelter. A nice twist to a very unpleasant experience.

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A nice golden monkey, with rich sweet flavors of sweet potatoes and chocolate.

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There is a refreshing tanginess to this tea, as well as some dryness and a pleasant sweetness. A great intro darjeelings.

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Cold brewed a large helping of this tonight, and it was delicious, as to be expected. Decided that I want to read more and watch less TV, so had this while reading Cuckoo’s Calling (by J.K. Rownling aka Robert Galbraith). Enjoyed the tea, and enjoyed the book.

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drank English Breakfast by Postcard Teas
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Had a delicious cup of this this morning. A sweet medium strength black tea, that can tolerate milk (and is recommended with milk), but is certainly in the “light” edge of the breakfast tea scale. Don’t come in expecting a “builder’s brew”, and you will enjoy this tea.

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This is supposed to be a black tea. It looks like a green tea, it smells like a green tea, and it comes from an estate that specializes in green tea. Does it taste like green tea?
It is very vegetal, with a strong perfume-y element as well, that makes it almost bitter. I brewed it as recommended and chucked the cup after three sips. This is not for me. It has all the elements of green tea that I tend to not enjoy, without the sweetness of green tea.
First true disappointment from Teabox.


Yes strange having the same experience right now

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drank Noix de Coco by Palais des Thes
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Drinking this while listening to this:
Mozart’s Symphony no. 40 in G minor played from memory by the Aurora Orchestra during the wonderful BBC proms season that is going on right now.
What more could a person want (except for peace, and a few more hours of sleep)?

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.


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