259 Tasting Notes

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A more traditional chai blend. There’s little else better than the sweet smell of chai spices in winter, and this is a blend with a scent that hits the spot! Although Debonair suggest serving this with milk, I found it wasn’t too bitter without, and allowed the spices to be tasted more clearly. Hello, warming notes of ginger.

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Flavors: Cardamon, Pepper, Spices

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Day 24 – As someone who isn’t a massive green tea fan, I was a little apprehensive about day 24. But, Westholme really did save the best till last! This mix of canadian grown tea leaves and twigs has been cold smoked over big leaf maple chips to create a strong punch of smoke, layer over a subtle toasty green tea.

For more on my tea advent journey: https://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2017/12/02/advent-westholme-tea-farm/

Flavors: Grass, Maple, Smoke, Smoked, Sweet, Toasted

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Day 23 – A twiggy green tea, made from a spring sencha harvest, offering toasted flavours of green tea.

Flavors: Roasted, Toasted

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Day 22 – Although this tea has the classic muscatel characteristics of darjeeling, they are much less refined. Instead this tea has adopted a more robust and astringent quality.

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Flavors: Astringent, Muscatel

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Day 21 – This is a matcha (tea leaves ground into a powder), made from white tea grown in Kenyan mountains. The aroma is much less grassy than the normal green tea matcha, with a delicate bouquet fragrance.

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Flavors: Floral, Grass

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Day 21 – Also known as “Nai Xiang”, which translates to milk fragrance, which is indeed reflected in the cup. The smooth creamy aroma and flavours, make it easy to see how this tea developed its name. Although, I once loved milk oolong, a string of fake (mainly flavoured) milk oolongs has ruined this wonderful liquid for me.

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Flavors: Cream, Milk

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Day 19 – A revitalising mix of lemon balm, hibiscus, licorice root. ginger and rosehips. The combination of powerful herbs is designed to uplift, soothe and restore. Before steeping the aroma is full of ginger. Disappointingly (for me at least), the flavour is less ginger filled, more licorice.
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Flavors: Earth, Hibiscus, Licorice, Pancake Syrup, Sweet

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Day 18 – I know I said I’m not the biggest fan of green tea, but there’s always an exception to the rule. Jasmine pearls are one of my ten. Anyone who follows the blog on the regular will know I had a slight obsession with jasmine in the summer of 2017 and just couldn’t stop writing about it. Anyway, these are very good. Perhaps not THE best I’ve had, but a close second with a succulent, dry, lasting flavour.

For more on my tea advent journey: https://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2017/12/02/advent-westholme-tea-farm/

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Jasmine

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drank Qu Hao by Westholme Tea Co
259 tasting notes

Day 17 – Moving on to bigger and better things! Today I got to experience Qu Hao, also known as Black Silk, a black tea from the Wuyi mountains. The flavour is delicious; nutty, cocoa flavours, that are almost creamy, and a thick mouth feel.

For more on my tea advent journey: https://www.tastethetea.co.uk/2017/12/02/advent-westholme-tea-farm/

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Nutty

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Day 16 – Sharp, grassy and pungent. I’m ok with sencha, but I’ve never warmed to it in the way some people do (Hey, I already said I wasn’t a green tea gal). It’s ok, but I wasn’t stoked to see it the morning of day 16. Can’t win em all.

Flavors: Citrus, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Lemon Zest

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Tea Blogger. Exploring tea. Love to help fellow tea lovers discover new flavours.

Tea in cupboard is all tea I’ve tried, not updated to what I actually have right now!

Love: Nearly all oolong, malty black tea, earl grey, most chai, mint leaves, jasmine pearls.
Meh: Green tea, puerh, matcha.

00-25 – Hated it. Would never buy.
25-50 – Disliked it, probably because I just don’t like that tea.
51-60 – Ok/neutral stance.
61-70 – Tasty. Wouldn’t buy
71-80 – Really enjoyed, could be improved.
81-90 – Really loved it, would consider repeat purchase.
91-100 – Fav. Will repeat purchase.

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