223 Tasting Notes


I really do like this one. It is easy to make, caffeine free and it tastes really good. I am raising the points on this one, I might have to make it a permanent in my cupboard.

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I was served this by a friend a while ago and was pleasantly suprised, so I tracked some down today in the local shop. I don’t actually like orange in tea, so this isn’t something I would have picked out for myself. Here, though, the orange just adds a nice juiciness to the strong cinnamon flavour while the mango adds sweetness. I was a little apprehensive to try this as the vivid pink fluid suggests the presence of hibiscus, which I rarely enjoy in teas, but it seems it is just there to add colour, because I can only detect the slightest note of it in the tea, and it contrasts nicely with the sweet mango.

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Thank you DJBooth!

I have tried a plethora of different caramel rooibos teas, but I have never found one that is jst right. They are either too synthetic, don’t have much flavour at all, or are just too sickly. It has become a bit of a quest, actually, to find the perfect one.

On opening the bag, this smells very sickly and synthetic. Hmmm. Not good.

The taste is something of a surprise, actually. It is very good! Not sickly or synthetic, but with just the right amount of flavour. It is lovely and sweet. The rooibos base doesn’t overpower the caramel, instead, it supports it very well. This was really a lovely suprise!

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drank Matcha by Vitalife Matcha
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I am nearly at the end of this tin, which is good. It is starting to go a bit stale and I have had my eye on other matchas for a while. I decided, since it is cold and rainy, that I will treat myself and have a matcha hot chocolate. Yummy! Used a little too much matcha, but the bitterness of the tea complements the sweet chocolate well.

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I finished the last of this up today. It is a very sad day. I decided to take it to the next level, and I had it with cream and a little vanlla sugar, and it was Heaven (with a capital H) in a cup. Especially since this is the first time I have had tea in a couple of weeks. I can’t believe it has been that long – I haven’t been well and I seemed to lose all interest in my tea! This was the perfect way to start back with the tea habit, though.


welcome back!! funny how a little break tends to rejuvenate the tea cravings :)

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I made another huge batch of snickerdoodle cookies yesterday – my sisters are visiting today and they all love them, so I served them with this tea. Both the tea and the cookies got rave reviews, yay! I will be drinking this one more frequently now that it is getting a little more wintry, methinks.


Yum… Snickerdoodle tea with Snickerdoodle cookies! Sounds amazing.

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drank Lychee (FS02) by Nothing But Tea
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I have had this for a while, but haven’t got round to trying it until now. I love lychees, so I was quite excited to try this. The steeping insructions to steep it for 2 minutes at boiling. I thought that was a little short, but I settled for it because I have some left to experiment with. The tea was a little thin, but the lychee flavour was good and fresh. I will steep it for longer next time to see if it gets any more flavourful.

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I resteeped the leaves I used earlier in a tea latte. SO good! The coconut really is quite strong but the tea really does remind me of rum.

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drank Holiday Tea by Caribou Coffee
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I had this last night, and it disappointed me. I could really only taste the black tea and a hint of cinnamon. I still have some bags left though, so I’m going to try again sometime soon. Maybe it was just a bad bag?

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drank S'mores Chai by 52teas
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I got this one when it came out but have been letting it sit for a while. I made this using the stovetop method (200ml water, 300ml milk, 2tsp chai, 1.5tsp palm sugar) and it tastes just right. Sweet yet earthy and I can definitely taste the laspsang souchong. The smoky aspect is perfect – not too strong, but just enough to give the tea a lovely ‘campfire’ type taste. The spices are balanced perfectly. I love to see black peppercorns in a chai blend, but they can be really overdone – I’m glad this isn’t the case here.

The tea is very, very finely ground, which usually, would get my goat a little but here (as long as I use T-sacs and not an ordinary strainer because I hate bits in my tea) it means that the brew is bold and well up to taking milk. I had high hopes for this, and I wasn’t let down.

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My love of tea began when I walked into a shop one day and they were giving out samples of jasmine silver needles. It was absolutely gorgeous, and I have been addicted to tea ever since. Jasmine silver needles remains my favourite tea to this day.

I think my favourite types are white teas and oolongs, though I will pretty much drink anything.

Aside from tea, I’m into Star Wars, music, furniture, food, Lilly Dache hats and vintage clothing.


Bolton, UK

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