1736 Tasting Notes

85

First cup of the afternoon – no additions. Today I’m getting primarily sweet potato and cinnamon notes, which are delicious. I don’t think there’s cinnamon in this blend, though? There is supposed to be vanilla, but I can’t taste that at all. Either way, I’m enjoying this one. Sweet potato is totally nommy, and the light cinnamon spice works really well with it. I should neglect this one less!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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85

Great cup of this one today! I used two generous teaspoons of leaf, and gave it a good three minutes in boiling water. It smells totally gorgeous – I think I made a few people in the office a bit jealous, to be honest. It tasted brilliant, too – strong, creamy butterscotch notes with a mind nuttiness in the mid sip, and undertones of coffee. The White Rhino base is the most amazing thing, though. It seems to combine the best things about both black and white teas, and tasted deliciously sweet and honey-like. So smooth, too! There’ll be much sadness when I’m finally finished.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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60
drank Darjeeling by Teapigs
1736 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished this box off at work over the last couple of weeks. It’s not my favourite darjeeling – it’s a bit metallic tasting for me – but it’s better than some. For a bagged tea, it’s really not half bad. I wouldn’t repurchase this one, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup if it was offered, either. A middle-of-the-road kind of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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30
drank Red Grey by Pipers
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I’m not sure that I’ve ever tried a rooibos earl grey before, so this is probably a first for me. The dry leaf looks pretty much like a standard rooibos, except with the addition of a few marigold petals that I assume are there to help carry the flavouring. There’s the definite scent of bergamot, so I’m curious to see how this one works out.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/27/red-grey-rooibos-pipers-loose-leaf/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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85

There aren’t many days in the year when I wake up and crave shu, but today is definitely one. My choice of tea this morning was completely obvious, but I decided to go for a new-to-me Pu-erh rather than an old familiar favourite.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/29/canton-mini-tuo-cha-cooked-pu-erh-canton-tea-co/

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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80

Rohini Emerald Green is a First Flush Darjeeling tea, a variety I’m particularly fond of. I’m intrigued by this one, though (more so than usual!) because the leaf is different from any I’ve seen before.

Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/11/01/rohini-emerald-green-first-flush-darjeeling-udyan-tea/

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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This one was really calling to me last night, so I made myself a pre-bedtime cup. It was totally delicious, as expected. I got a little more nutmeg than in my previous couple of cups, but with equally strong creamy notes. Just great for this time of year.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp
tea-sipper

I think I sipped this one the same day you did. :D

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70
drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
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This is good today. Lots of smooth, sweet caramel notes, with just a touch of burnt sugar. No apple this time, but I can live with that.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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Also finished this one off yesterday. It was another good cup – I think by the end of the bag I get pretty good at brewing each Butiki just how I like it. There were strong notes of both chocolate and orange here, with the underlying maltiness of the assam. This is a truly great tea, and it’ll be sadly missed from my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
ashmanra

I keep meaning to tell you that I stop short every time I see your name and smile. My daughter and I have been reading One Thousand and One Nights (or Arabian Nights as it is called in the UK) for school. We are nearly finished! I think we have forty pages to go.

Scheherazade

I adored the Arabian Nights when I was younger. I must make time to read them again someday :)

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90

Sipdown! Finished this one off last night, and I’m sad to see it go. It was a particularly good cup to say goodbye on, though. Coffee, cake, and a touch of syrupy strawberry. Lovely! I don’t think there’ll ever be another tea like this one, but at least I have my memories.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 28, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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