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70
drank Apple Strudel by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

034/365

Day 16 of the PostTea advent. What I’ve learned from this, I think, is that PostTea do really good dessert blends, and that they absolutely nail butter/pastry flavours. This one reminds me a little of Christmas Cookies – also a green blend – because it has a very similar buttery/pastry/biscuit kind of vibe. As far as apple strudel goes, this is spot on. The apple itself is fairly sweet, more baked/floury in flavour than floral or sharp/sour, which seem to be the only three possible options as far as apple teas go. There’s also a dried fruit flavour in the background, that reminds me a little of mince pies or Christmas cake. The three aspects also work really well together!

My only complaint about this blend is that it verges on too sweet, and after half a cup or so it’s really quite cloying. It’s a great dessert tea, though. I can’t fault it for that.

I think perhaps green tea blends are what PostTea do best. Another blend I liked of theirs was a green – I think it was called Drink Me!, a limited edition Alice in Wonderland blend. Then with Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel, there’s a kind of pattern emerging. I guess I’ll see after a few more whether that’s further reinforced. Happy with this one, though.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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70
drank Formosa Fancy by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

033/365

Day 15 of the PostTea advent. Like the straight sencha the other day, today’s tea is a straight oolong. Although there have been a lot of flavoured blends included in the calendar, it’s nice to have a few more low-key teas in there too. It’s a nice change of pace. I’m also pleased with the variety there has been – it’s not all black or green teas.

Which brings me to today’s. I’m not the greatest oolong fan, although I’m always willing to try a new thing. I’ve had formosa oolong before from different companies, but it’s not a variety I drink regularly as I’m not over sold on roasted oolongs. I thought I’d prefer them, given that they’re more similar to black tea than green oolongs, but in general I prefer the green. Anyway, as roasted oolongs go, this is a palatable one. It’s fairly sweet, with an almost nutty flavour underlying – it’s putting me in mind of pecans! That brings with it a slight tail-end bitterness, like slightly burnt nut skin, but on the whole it’s sweetish, and ever so slightly malty.

I really quite like this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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85
drank Candy Cane Cup by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

032/365

I was looking forward to this one! Candy Cane tea is one of those things that just seems to appeal to me, for reasons I can’t really explain. Fortunately, it lives up to its name, being a pleasant blend of black tea, mint, and just a touch of vanilla creaminess. The pieces of candy cane in the blend aren’t just chunks of larger canes, either. They’re actually teeny-tiny whole mini canes, which is a very cute touch!

I’m drinking this one without milk today, but I can see it working well with milk (more creaminess?) as well, and I’ll probably try it like that next.

Happy with this one! It’s a simple idea, but well executed!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Fjellrev

For reasons being that it’s a fantastically delicious concept? Sounds like a winner!

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60
drank Sencha Green by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

031/365

Day 13 of the PostTea advent is plain ol’ sencha, which is fine as far as it goes. It’s smooth, buttery, slightly grassy – pretty much just your average sencha. There’s a slight dankness that emerges as the cup cools, and it begins to turn ever so slightly towards bitter, but that’s perhaps my fault for getting distracted. Should have drank it hot!

This isn’t the most exciting tea, but I’m appreciating it today as a refreshing change of pace. It’s a good palate cleanser after several days of heavily flavoured teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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65
drank Cherry Cobbler by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

030/365

Day 12 of the PostTea advent. This one is a cherry and rose blend with a green tea base, and so the name strikes me as a little odd. It’s right to, I think, because I don’t really get cobbler, or anything particularly dessert-like, from this tea. I get cherry and rose, and that’s fine, but why call it cobbler? I instantly feel like this is as much a miss in terms of name as christmas cookies was a hit.

That’s not to say that this is a bad blend, because it isn’t. It’s just badly named, and sets up expectations it can’t possibly meet. The cherry is nice – quite natural tasting, and not too reminiscent of cough syrup. The rose complements it well, adding just a touch of sweet floral that’s putting me in mind of blossom; flowering trees and spring. It’s a beautiful, ethereal blend, and should probably have been called sakura, or something along those lines.

It reminds me quite a lot of Pekoe’s Japanese Cherry Blossom, which I drank in quantity last summer. It has the same sencha base and cherry/rose flavour combination. The sencha here is smooth, sweet, a touch grassy, and perfectly enhances the “spring” vibe I’m getting from this one. It’s not cherry cobbler, though. That, to me, would be an altogether heavier, butterier kind of flavour. This is light and fresh-tasting. Name criticisms aside, it’s a good cup! I’d happily drink it again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Nattie

Maybe they ’re-named it to sound more festive?

Scheherazade

I don’t think they did, but maybe I’m just being uncharitable.

Nattie

No I’m the same, it always throws me off when teas are named poorly.

Scheherazade

There seems to be a lot of it going around!

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55
drank Aromatic Black Chai by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

029/365

Day 11 of the PostTea advent. This is a pretty basic chai blend, as far as I can tell. All the usual suspects are present and correct – ginger, clove, cardamon, cinnamon, black pepper. The black base is, I think, Assam – it’s smooth and malty, but otherwise unremarkable. I like Assam as a chai base, though, and it’s a good fit here. The spices don’t come out that well in the flavour, and my cup seems rather mild and muted, a little “flat” tasting. I’m wondering if this is a victim of age again, because some dried spices lose their intensity over time, in my experience. I can just about pick out clove, and there’s a background heat from the pepper or ginger, but it’s hard to be more specific because the flavour just isn’t there. I can certainly smell the spices, though, so the “aromatic” claim is spot-on.

I have mixed feelings about this one. I think it could be good, if a little ordinary, under better circumstances. As it stands, it’s probably not one I’d repurchase. It’s not bad, just thoroughly underwhelming.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90
drank Christmas Cookies by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

028/365

Day 10 of the PostTea advent. I was hoping to like this one, because the concept sounds excellent. It turns out I actually really do. This is a perfectly spot-on recreation of soft, spiced christmas cookies. There’s a buttery, biscuitty quality and a level of spicing that leaves a slightly tingly aftertaste. The two aspects work fabulously well together, creating a supremely dessert-like effect. I really like the use of red pepper, which sounds strange but adds a distinctive twist that comes over better than I thought. It’s not as in-your-face as black pepper, but I’m pretty sure it’s responsible for a lot of the warming heat, alongside the ginger and cinnamon. It’s a bit like chai…but the biscuit aspect takes it to another level.

This one is available to buy on PostTea’s website most of the time, from what I’ve seen, and it’s one I would consider buying in larger quantity. I’d quite like to try it as a latte, or maybe iced, but it’s so good as it is that it might not actually last that long…

I’m glad this calendar is picking up, after my initial concerns. It’s turning into a pretty good experience after all.

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

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65
drank Mayfair Blend by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

027/365

Day 9 of the PostTea advent. Mayfair Blend is a CTC Indian/Kenyan blend, which is fine with me (although not super unusual or interesting…) I think my conclusion so far is that this advent is a good way to try a decent chunk of PostTea’s range, which is partly what I was hoping, but I was also hoping for some new Christmas/festive blends that aren’t available to buy as part of the year-round main range. A balance of those two things would have been nice, but meh. There are a good few days left yet.

This blend is okay, as far as CTCs go. It’s strong (as you might expect), robust, malty, with a hint of baked potato and a background sweetness. It’s a little brisk, although I kind of expect that a little with a really strong black (and this is really strong). I think I might save the rest of this one for a day when I’m really worn out (like, wishing I was finished work but not quite there, or when I come back freezing from Christmas shopping. Something like that. That’s what it’s suited to, in my mind. I don’t know whether I’d drink it as a breakfast blend, which is the suggestion, because I don’t think it would sit well on an empty stomach. At least, not for me. It would certainly be a decent kick in the pants, though!

This is another I’d not buy more of, but it’s a decent blend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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75
drank Genmaicha by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

026/365

Day 8 of the PostTea advent. Genmaicha can be hit or miss for me, depending on the base and the overall level of toastiness. This one strikes a good balance. It’s probably one of the sweetest I’ve tried (at least, among those that are unflavoured), and it really does have the “sugar puffs” quality that so many promise and then don’t deliver. The base is smooth and buttery, with just a hint of pea, perfectly complemented by the toasted rice which is very reminiscent of sweet popcorn. It has a toastiness, but it’s fairly mild.

I like this one – it’s a genmaicha I’d be happy to keep around, largely because it strikes a decent balance between sweet and savoury. If I were to be a picky pain, I’d say I’d like the toasted rice to be a little more distinctively toasted, as that would give the overall flavour a bit more punch. It’s a small complaint, really, though. It tastes good as is.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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65

025/365

Day 7 of the PostTea advent calendar. This one isn’t super exciting, but I actually have a soft spot for a decent Earl Grey. There’s something about the scent of bergamot that I find intensely calming, even if I’m not over keen on the flavour. I’ve been so stressed and anxious recently that anything calming is welcome, although particularly if it comes in tea form (obviously!)

This is fine as EG goes. The base is perhaps a little brisk, more noticeable as it cools, but that’s not a huge problem. The bergamot is medium-strength, quite sharp and prominent, and orangey in a floral sort of way. All normal for bergamot, basically. I didn’t add any milk to today’s cup, largely because I don’t habitually keep milk at work, but I have a feeling that might help to smooth out and tone down, so I might try it with my second cup.

Three teas in, it’s become apparant that each envelope only holds enough tea for two cups. I’m sure I read on PostTea’s website that it was supposed to be four to five, so I’m feeling a little short-changed. Still, it’s a novelty.

I’d not buy more of this one, simply because it works out pretty expensive for what it is, and there are other EG blends I prefer. Always happy to drink a cup, though, and there’s nothing objectionable about this one. It’s a decent EG, but that’s as far as it goes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Peaches & Cream by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

I tried the last of my sample with milk yesterday evening, while I wrapped presents and treated myself to a re-watch of Pride and Prejudice. It still makes me cringe (the film, not the tea!), although there are things I like about it.

I worried initially that the milk would wash out the peach flavour, but that’s actually not the case. I gave it an extra minute or so of brew time just to be on the safe side, but it was still wonderfully peachy. The milk did amplify the creaminess a little, although perhaps not as much as I expected it would.

I like this one a lot.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Peaches & Cream by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

024/365

This is day 6 of the PostTea advent calender. I’ve been ill the last few days, so I’m behind already, but I felt well enough to give today’s blend a go. I’m much happier with this one – I get peach straight away, and it’s a delicious fresh, juicy peach. It’s more peach flesh than peach juice in terms of flavour, but it steers well away from artificial or chemical so it’s a win with me on that score. The cream is just about there – there’s a background smoothness and a muted dairy quality that really works well with the peach. I’m drinking this cup black, so it’s good to see it present as a flavour, but I’m hopeful that a splash of milk would bring out the “cream” element a little more.

The base of this one is black, which surprised me at first as I was expecting it to be either white or green. I’m happy with the black base, though. It’s smooth and unobtrusive, and the flavours come over well.

I’m glad to have tried this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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15
drank G + Tea by PostTea
1813 tasting notes

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The first from this year’s PostTea tea advent calendar – I say this year’s with a degree of uncertainty, because I think in actual fact it might be last year’s. It was packed in Summer 2016, if the box is anything to go by, and they’ve not exactly been very active on their blog, or other social media, since then. If I’m honest, I don’t get the impression that things are going all that well for PostTea. My order took ages to be dispatched, then took ages to arrive (parcel post), and wasn’t in the greatest condition once it did reach me. I’d ordered two new Timolinos from them, and one of them had definitely been used. There was leaf trapped in the infuser basket, and a red stain at the bottom of the flask itself. It was in a box, but with no inner packaging or instruction booklet (the other one I ordered had both of these). It had been shoved into the box upside down, which doesn’t particularly matter, but it’s hardly the best first impression. The box my order arrived in had been made from two smaller boxes stuck together, and was basically in half when it arrived. Only the address label was holding it together. The overall impression I got from my order was “we don’t give a shit”, and so I won’t be ordering from them again.

I’ve tried one PostTea blend in the past, which I got with a book subscription box. I placed this order on the strength of that blend, because it was so good. I was expecting great things from this particular tea, but unfortunately it’s not really there.

The flavour is Gin and Tonic, and while I appreciate that it’s hard to recreate in tea form, it should be possible to at least hint at that kind of flavour. There are loads of juniper berries in this blend, and I feel like those alone should have made it taste of something. I even crushed a few of them, but still nada. All I really get from this blend is sencha, which is nice enough but not exactly living up to any kind of promise. Even the orange – and there are a few pieces of peel kicking around – is strangely muted.

The bags that make up the advent calendar are paper, and foil lined, but I just have a feeling that any flavour there was in here has dried up. If it really is a year old, and hasn’t been stored in optimal conditions, then maybe it’s not a surprise. It’s a disappointment, though, because this is a blend that should be right up my street. Unfortunately, it’s fallen totally flat.

Not a great start. I only hope the rest of the calendar, or at least some of it, is more up to par.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
Sil

:( that’s sad

Evol Ving Ness

Oh boy. That series of missteps even tops Herbal Infusions. Hope the rest of the experience makes up for things.

Sil

teh more i think about this…the more i’m angry for you. I hope you at least reached out to them to see if they’d make it right…

Roswell Strange

That’s absolutely awful. 100% send them an email and see if they’ll do anything to fix the situation – it’s one thing for the tea to be somewhat ‘meh’ but the timolino situation is fucking RIDICULOUS.

Fjellrev

Wow, that’s sketchy. I was going to say that that reminds me of Herbal Infusions, but definitely takes the cake in terms of sketchiness. If they had a shred of integrity, they would try to make things right.

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90

This tea came as a sample with the last Illumicrate subscription box I received. I didn’t know about PostTea prior to this, so that’s another new discovery that’ll be bad for my bank account. This blend is inspired by a book (obviously, given that Illumicrate is primarily a book-focused subscription box…), in this case Alice In Wonderland. It’s supposed to be strawberry, raspberry, and papaya on a sencha base, but it also contains rose petals, pieces of vanilla pod, and hundreds and thousands. It’s pretty, to say the least! And it smells good.

I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees. One thing I did notice pretty quickly – it’s sparkly! I know it’s a gimmick, but I still love it. Fortunately, it tastes as good as it smells. Creamy strawberry, like a Campino sweet (which I wish they still made…). There’s a background sharpness from the raspberry, and a hint of tropical fruit-ish flavour, but the main player is candy strawberry and that’s more than okay with me. The green tea base is smooth, with no bitterness or astringency, and it allows the sweet, fruity flavours to shine.

This would have made an excellent summer tea (I’m thinking cold brew…), but it’s brightening up this wintery day just perfectly. I’ll definitely be taking a closer look at PostTea once my no-buy is over!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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