1379 Tasting Notes

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As it snowed (and rained) here last night and as I am nervously awaiting the arrival of my new sofa I felt that in order to cheer myself up I would try a new tea that I only had one bag of (as it was given to me by a friend from Finland).

The instructions on the back of the tea bags pouch say to steep for 2 minutes and use boiling water.

Colour: Very dark and coffee-like, or soy sauce if you prefer.
Smell: Floral and fragrant, the berries (which is strawberry and raspberry in this case) are very notable but to be honest hard to decipher as to which berries they are. Had I not known I would not have been able to tell you more. Very sweet smelling non the less and very fruity.

Taste: Very, very sweet on the tongue that continues with the after-taste. Pineapple is noticeable which gives sweetness but also a slight twangy bitterness which I suppose is to stop it from being altogether overly sweet. I do like that this tea uses some black tea as I think that without that slight darkness in taste it would be far too light and fruity. I cannot taste the cherry personally but that does not stop this tea from being as lovely as it is.

It really does have the feeling of being a happy and cheerful tea, it’s easy to drink and is a pleasure to smell. I may have to buy some of this in the future.

Thumbs up

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Premium Blend by Madura Tea
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I needed a tea to help the strain in my back after moving my old sofa’s out of the house to await collection and the arrival of my new sofa. My body feels like I have run a marathon :( So I chose this tea to help aid me today.

It’s nice, a hint of bitterness but not too much. Strong but balanced meaning that it’s very enjoyable without sugar and gives you the va va voom that you need when tired (was the right choice for me). My husband enjoys it too which says a lot for him as he prefers coffee (rolls eyes).

Overall: Thumbs up

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I need some energy after rushing around like a mad person making sure my house is fit for the arrival of my new sofa tomorrow. This tea looked like a good choice to do the job.

This tea does not have any sweetener for the clarity of the taste test. Also the preparation details are exactly as the boxes instructions indicate.

Colour: Dark honey colour with a slight dark red tinge
Smell: Very fresh and strong with a smell that reminds me of the end of autumn.

Taste: A mellow green tea that leaves a kick with the after taste. The instructions say to drink it hot (which

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
KittyLovesTea

Sorry it crashed as I was posting :(

…The instructions say to drink it hot (which is what I am doing) or to have it cold with a slice of lemon (which I imagine would be heavenly in summer).

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I am using this tea as a pick me up as I have a lot to do today. My new sofa is arriving tomorrow which is two weeks earlier than stated so I am running around like an idiot trying to get rid of my existing sofa’s and make space in the process.

As stated on the back of the packet it says to steep this tea for 3-5 minutes.

Colour: Caramel
Smell: Very zesty lemon

Taste: Although the tea smells quite strong the taste is much more mild. Very pleasant and refreshing, light with a touch of sourness. I would say it’s a good combination between the green tea and the lemon as you can taste both quite equally.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Bigelow Tea

What a wonderful review….thank you so much!
So happy you enjoyed this flavor,
Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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I used to drink this all of the time a few years ago as I was a huge herbal tea fan. After experiencing the finer (and the not so finer) tea’s of the world I wonder how this one will bear now.

Colour: Dark Red
Smell: Sweet strawberry with soothing vanilla.

Taste: The strawberry tastes somewhat synthetic..almost like a lollypop or some sort of cordial. The taste of the Rooibos is only very subtle in the background and is hard to distinguish between that and the vanilla. Altogether it’s quite a mild flavour but with a lasting after taste of vanilla.

Certainly like warm squash which I used to drink as a child when it became cold. I would say this is the sort of tea that beginners can enjoy and regular tea drinkers can enjoy as something different. Great for summer.
Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling Tea by Twinings
1379 tasting notes

This is one of the tea’s that I was given for my birthday. I am drinking this tea and eating some left over birthday cake (twas my birthday yesterday) . Such a nice way to end the day _

I do not have any sweetener or creamer for the analysis of this tea.

Colour: Soy sauce, a very dark brown.
Smell: The very floral and unmistakable fragrance of Darjeeling. It smells as fresh as a green tea but with much more floralness and yet slightly bitter.

Taste: A decent cup of tea overall, what I expected from Twinings. Quite fresh but not the best as it leaves a slight bitter after taste, a little too bitter considering the full flavour altogether. That could be taken away nicely with half a spoon of sugar (much more than that and you would miss the full flavour of the darjeeling). Perhaps a little milk instead of the sugar would suffice. I shall try that next time. A nice cup of darjeeling though for those of us who do not always have the time to brew from fresh leaves.

Overall I would say it’s very relaxing and so easy to make meaning that you could transport this everywhere (work, home, friends house etc). It also goes lovely with my birthday cake…I think this is a must have at work tomorrow towards the end of the day.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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This is one tea that I got for my birthday and as I have it in both loose leaf (two bags of) and ready made tea bags (one box of) I had might as well try this one today.

It states to steep this for 7 minutes using boiling water and for the purpose of this analysis I have not used any sweeteners or creamers.

Colour: Honeyed dark brown.
Smell: Cinnamon and chocolate

Taste: Surprisingly subtle in flavour considering the steeping time. It tastes like a very watery drinking chocolate with a few added spices, cinnamon being the most noted. I am not a great fan of chocolate so while I am happy the taste is not stronger I am also disappointed that there is not much of anything to taste. A bit more cinnamon or ginger would not go a miss. It also seems to be very gaseous and has filled my stomach making me feel lethargic and full.

After having so much of this tea left I might end up trading them for something more to my personal taste.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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I’m 30 years old from Leicester, England named Kayleigh. I have a wonderful husband called Richard whom I am very lucky to have in my life.

I started off many years ago drinking herbal and fruit teas which over time peaked my interest in trying new types. Eventually I began to import and sample many different teas and cultures which I still do today. My life goal is to try as many teas and ways of having tea as possible.

Tea wise my cravings change constantly from pu erh one month to jasmine green to the next and so on.

I adore cats and have six of my own called Cassie, Mr Sooty Pants,Ivory Ruby, Lady, Misty and Ollie.

I also have two fish tanks which thankfully my cats have no interest in. They house an array of tropical fish and shrimp.

I am a proud vegetarian and have been for the majority of my life. When I say vegetarian I mean just that as well, no fish or seafood, no chicken now and again, no animal products such as gelatine and cochineal.

I also enjoy watching Japanese Anime and horror films.

I am always up for tea swaps so if you see anything in my virtual cupboard then please contact me.

A short list to help swapping with me easier though honestly I am not fussy and am willing to try anything. Plus the notes below are usually, sometimes I love a tea that has an ingredient I tend to dislike and other times I hate a tea that I thought I would love.

Likes: Any fruit but especially melon and orange, vanilla, all tea types (black, green, white etc), nuts (any), flowers, ginger, chai.

Dislikes: Licorice, aniseed, clove, eucalyptus, lavender.

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I have my own way of rating teas that makes each one personal. I have different categories, I rate each tea depending on what it is made of. For example: I rate green teas in a different way to black teas or herbal teas. So black, white, green, Pu Erh, Rooibos, Oolong, blends and tisanes all have their own rating system. That way I can compare them with other teas of the same or similar type before for an adequate rating. And when I do give top marks which is very rare I am actually saying that I would love to drink that tea all day, every day if possible. It’s a tea that I would never turn down or not be in the mood for. So while I agree that no tea is 100% perfect (as nothing is) I am saying that it’s as close as it comes to it. After all, in my book the perfect teas (or close to perfect anyway) are ones that I could drink all the time. That is why you will find a high quality black or Oolong will not have as high a score as a cheap flavoured blend, they are simply not being compared in the same category.

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