620 Tasting Notes

80
drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
620 tasting notes

Sipdown 116/395

Chosen by the boyfriend, who raved about it and said that it tasted chocolatey (??). I remember getting this a couple of years ago and really enjoying it, then saving the last of my sample to savour it, and we all know that that means leaving it for two or three years while I acquire hundreds of other teas and it loses flavour. It also didn’t help that I didn’t really have enough leaf left for a pot for two, but I’m encouraging Ryan to get more into tea so I wasn’t going to say no. What kind of monster would do that to a fledgling tea enthusiast? I was disappointed that it was a shadow of the tea I remembered, but enjoyed the pot nonetheless. I do love chestnut teas, it’s one of my favourite flavours.

Sample from my swap with WhatSheSaid.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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66
drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
620 tasting notes

Sipdown 115/395

Drank as a travel tea, black with a little bit of honey, a couple of days back. It was pleasant with mild cinnamon and orange flavours, and I really enjoy Harney’s black teas, but I preferred Cranberry Autumn to this one. Gave the boyfriend a sip and he really liked it, to the point where he asked if we could start drinking pots of tea together. Score.

Thanks go again to Marzipan for this one.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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89
drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
620 tasting notes

Sipdown 114/395!!

Gosh I’ve been gone a while. I don’t know what it is about today that’s making me want to just curl up in a ball with a book and a pot of tea, but I am going with it. Since today was feeling so autumnal I had to go with this tea, it just encapsulates the season and my current mood so well. From the second it started brewing it was everything I’d hoped it would be; rich and fruity, warm, cosy and inviting. The scent drew me in immediately. I’m not a big fan of cranberries or cranberry juice so I wasn’t sure what I would make of it, but they actually pair really really nicely with the citrus, adding a lovely berry-type fruitiness to the orangey notes I’m getting. It could be summery with such bright fruity notes, but instead it’s a perfect autumn symphony in a cup. Absolutely no additives necessary, it is sweet and strong and full-bodied without being remotely astringent. I am enjoying every cup of this pot of tea and will be sad when it’s gone. Thank you Marzipan for sending me such an elegant hug in a cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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75
drank Tango Roybos by Busch Tea Company
620 tasting notes

Quick sipdown (113/395) before work.

Today is the first day of my new diet, so I’m trying to drink a lot of my teas with no additives, particularly ones I think will make a good dessert replacement. This falls into that bracket and also happens to be one of the oldest in my cupboard, acquired in the early days from my mystery box from MissB . So last summer I was doing really well on Weight Watchers, and had lost almost 3 stone which was my goal. I was 36 lbs down with only 6 to go (though it had slowed down significantly) when I met my wonderful boyfriend. Since then, 10 months have passed and I’ve gained back 18 lb through a mix of a more active job (I’ve gained significant muscle mass in my calves), takeaways, restaurant dates and happiness. Even though I’m happier than I’ve ever been, I would like to get back to the weight I was last summer, as I was a lot healthier then and had worked so hard for it. It’s two months until my birthday now, and I’m aiming to lose 12 lbs by then. Hopefully by documenting that here I will hold myself more accountable!

Anyway, all of that to say that I’m really enjoying this more than I had on previous occasions. The flavour has held up well over time, and the rooibos base adds a kind of burnt caramel note to the orange which makes me think of marmalade. It is fulfilling its role of desert substitute nicely.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

You go girl! Well done! Delighted for present happiness—-yay! And hurray for future successes too!

Nattie

Thank you so much!! ^^

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Sipdown! 112/395.

Thanks so much for sharing your creation, KittyLovesTea ! As a rule green tea isn’t really my favourite, and genmaicha has always kinda confused me, but this is one that I really enjoyed to the end! Including this last cup, which I have been hoarding for the best part of four years… It’s finally time to let go of that one last cup I’ve hoarded of all my teas since my interest began. I have far too many of them and a good few are 4 years old (yikes!) so to say they’ve seen better days is an understatement. I can happily say, though, that this tea was deliciously nutty to the end! A lovely tea to warm up with at work in the rotten weather. The water in the boiler at work is roughly 90 degrees, but there was no astringency to suggest the tea was burnt, and the flavour was not too savoury, which is something that I’ve found with other genmaichas. I don’t think a genmaicha is something I’m ever going to gravitate towards on a regular basis, but even as someone who doesn’t often drink these teas, I happily drank each and every cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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40
drank Super Fruit by Teapigs
620 tasting notes

Sipdown 111/395

Metallic. Musty metallic grossness. Nope. There is a pretty decent fruitiness which comes out more with sugar, but the weird metallic note – which I think probably comes from hibiscus – it the first and last thing I taste.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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41
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
620 tasting notes

Sipdown! 110/395

Another tea I put off drinking because I remembered not liking it. I thought I’d already wrote a note for this tea the first time, saying as much, but I can’t find it anywhere. I remember it tasting and smelling a bit sicky (sorry), and this tea was in fact the first step in my discovery that I don’t usually like pineapple teas. I decided to bite the bullet and drink it now before my taste comes back, and I must say that it is a lot better than I remembered it. Still has a faint sicky aroma while brewing, but no sour sick taste, just a sweet candied pineapple fruitiness. I suspect the ‘candied’ aspect comes from the little candy heart pieces, which I must admit are very pretty. It is rather a nondescript kind of flavour, but ‘nondescript’ is much better than ‘sicky’ in my book.

Thank you Hapatite for sending this to me in my first ever tea swap! It started something pretty huge.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90
drank Connoisseur tea bags by Ringtons
620 tasting notes

Sipdown 109/395

Cheating again, but I haven’t actually owned these teabags personally in a really long time. I’ve gone through hundreds and hundreds of teabags, but I haven’t bought them for a while now. I always left them in my cupboard because they’re never out of my house for long – my parents or myself usually buy more whenever we’re out. However, since I don’t really drink them any more it’s more my parents’ tea than mine, so I am removing it from my cupboard, though I might still have a cup once or twice a month. Still my favourite plain bagged black tea, and probably always will be. I’ve gotten my boyfriend into drinking these, too.

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59
drank Revitealise by We Are Tea
620 tasting notes

Sipdown 108/395

I’m cheating a bit since I didn’t actually drink this recently, but I did go through the entire pack of teabags and I have no idea where my last one went. Maybe I drank it and forgot to say, or maybe it’ll turn up one day and then I’ll give it a proper write up. For now I’m just updating my cupboard to say I don’t have this any more. My dad bought me these for Christmas back when I was first getting into tea, and it was probably one of the first of these types of herbals I tried. I remember it being fairly heavy on the lemongrass and pepper, with some sweetness from the liquorice. It would probably be great for me right now getting over this cold…

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Sipdown 107/395

Sample from Janelle ‘s mystery box. Not my favourite almond green tea. It’s not bad, but the green base is a little more astringent than I’d like, the almond isn’t the most authentic nor is it particularly biscotti-like, and I get no coconut at all. Perhaps the coconut pieces are just for aesthetics, but I was expecting coconut flavour and as a coconut lover I was disappointed. Oh, well. Another one down! Thanks Janelle for letting me try this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

Wow, that tea would be pretty old by now! I’d be surprised if the coconut hadn’t gone rancid and ended up as more of a soapy taste. Tea Embassy has the same tea under the name Almond Cookies and I find the coconut adds a creamy rich flavor more than a burst of coconut flavor.

Nattie

Thanks for the info!! I knew DT teas were outsourced but didn’t know from where or who else sold the same ones. Yup, super old tea! I have a little box of samples I’ve had for like 4 years because when I first started drinking tea I didn’t want to finish anything off, lol. I’ve heard a few people mention coconut turning soapy after a while, but I’ve never noticed that myself!

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara McGee’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 (and have purchased several fandom tea sets including the Sherlock one I lusted over for so long).

Flavoured teas make up the majority of my collection, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I usually reach for a black, oolong or white tea base over a pu’erh or green tea, though I do have my exceptions. 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/cilantro, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 25 year old bartender, English Literature sort-of-graduate and current student working towards finishing my degree. I am hoping to one day complete a masters degree in Mental Health Social Work and get a job working in care. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching, football/soccer (Sunderland AFC supporter and employee of my local football club), music, artsy weird makeup, and learning new things (currently British Sign Language).

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.
Currently unable to swap as I’ve returned after a long hiatus to a cupboard of mostly-stale teas I’m trying to work through before I let myself purchase anything fresh

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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