200 Tasting Notes

drank Yellow Tea by Leaf
200 tasting notes

I finally did what the instructions said on the packet. I just didn’t believe that something that is so similar to a green tea could need the brewing instructions they gave it: boiling water (leave water to stand for 30 secs before pouring) and twenty minutes to brew. After all, I’m used to sencha, that often needs under a minute with 70-75 degC water.

But I have always found this tea very mild and pale, so I was curious what would happen when I actually followed the instructions. The instructions said that the tea tastes okay after 5 minutes but best after 20, so I put it in a pot with a tea cosy to keep it warm, and had a cup after 5 minutes and left the rest brewing for a bit longer.

The five-minute cup was still very pale, and mild tasting. It tasted no stronger than an unripe pear or melon. The taste that was there was nice, but it was so pale that I could easily taste the water it was brewed with rather than just the tea. Unfortunately, water in this area tastes pretty horrible, so it wasn’t pleasant.

After 20 minutes, it is much better, as the packet suggested. The tea never went bitter, it just tastes slightly grassy but with a flavour that I can only describe as being interesting. By which I mean that it’s not exactly the same as any green tea I have had, there’s something individual about it. And I like that.

The tea company was right and I have paid the price for being so stubborn and independent not to follow their advice. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had other good cups of this tea, but I was missing out a bit by not brewing it properly

Boiling 8 min or more

I’ve read that it’s similar to oolong as well. That’s why I’m so confused about it.

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drank Osmanthus by Birt & Tang
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It’s all gone, thank goodness. I’ve had it at work and had lots of comments about how it’s not very manly. They are right, but it wouldn’t bother me if the tea was worth it. After all, I eat lots of houmous at work and have loads of comments about that, but I still eat it because it’s delicious and morally good (I’m a bit of an environmentalist but not actually a vegan). I had it in work simply because it was in a teabag and therefore easy to make at work, but I think I’ll find something better.

I’ve actually just had an e-mail from Birt & Tang but I won’t be getting this again. If I have anything, it’ll be their Ginger one, which is quite nice


Who cares if it’s manly or not…if you like something like it! That’s what I say!!! :P Stereotypical/gender stuff annoys me LOL :) CHEERS!

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I don’t often drink darjeeling but as I have said before, I really love this blend. I am sitting down in the living room watching the final of the masters snooker tournament, and it’s lovely and homely. I have spent the weekend with friends from university, who I used to wach snooker with. I have had this type of tea for quite a few years and drinking it reminds me of late nights watching the snooker with a slight feeling of panic that exams were coming up and I couldn’t really afford to spend an evening until 12.30am watching wo middle-aged men puzzling over safety shots. Still, it was very absorbing and it still is.

This is one of my late-night teas, which means it’s black and I tend not to have milk. It tastes caffeine-licious so it shouldn’t be late-night tea. It just is.

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The leaves in this are enormous. I just threw a few into the bottom of a cup rather than using a strainer, and they have opened up fully. Leaves are several centimetres long and it looks like some weeds are growing in the bottom of my cup

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And that’s the end of it. It’s not the worst tea I’ve ever drunk but it’s probably not good enough to be worth the effort of making tea from loose leaves. So powdery that I always had powder at the bottom of the mug that came through the sieve. I won’t be buying it again

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A brilliant tea to help me forget the tetley earlier

Wiseman Tea Co.

Haha! Well put

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drank Tetley Tea Bag by Tetley
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I had to drink this all day at work today and I’m sick of it! We only had horrible UHT milk. You get hot water from a machine that only fills the cup just over half so you have to find a solution like getting a partner to join you. Then you can press the button to fill your cup, press it again and then transfer the second half of the water into the next cup so that both cups get 1 1/2 servings each. It wasn’t worth the effort, urgh


That rather sounds like mistreatment of tea drinkers. And of tea too.

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I can’t believe I have missed this out from all my notes. I got this at the same time as the other Lapin Yrtti Oy tea that I logged some time ago. A couple of my friends brought it back with them when they came back from holiday in Scandinavia in early 2008 and I have had it ever since. This is a nice mild green tea. It’s very mild in flavour and the cloudberry flavour is mild too. It recommends to steep for 10 mins but I am a bit flexible and rarely wait that long.


Lapin Yrtti Oy has to be one of the coolest looking tea vendor names I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t have anything to do with rabbits, does it?


Don’t know. I don’t know any finnish I’m afraid. I’ve always hoped so, although yrtti oy doesn’t have any connotations to me


‘Yrtti’ means ‘herb’

‘Lapin’ means ‘of Lapland’

‘Oy’ means ‘limited company’

I have a Finnish friend who likes lots of tea, although she’s never used this company before she has decided to try them!


Heya ellie! Glad you could make it. And thanks for the info, I never knew that! Did you have to ask your finnish friend to find out?


Oh sweet. Good to know!


Well, she didn’t so much have to find out what it meant, she just translated it for me. She translates short stories from Finnish into English too.
I personally introduced her to Cinnamon and Orange Rooibos and her tea related activities haven’t been the same since….

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I had it when I visited Ann Arbor in October and loved it then, but then the friend who I was visiting bought me some for Christmas and it was excellent. It’s a lovely strong tea, a bit like assam and I’d recommend it to anyone


Is it malty with notes of cocoa like many Assams?


I wish I could tell you. I’m really not good at recognising flavours or describing what I am drinking. But to me it tastes a lot like assam, so it must be malty – after all, everyone puts assam and maltiness together. As for the cocoa, I’ll have to try it again and let you know

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To use my word of the week, this tea is ACE. I’ll brew it again and again until I go home for Christmas tomorrow morning

200 °F / 93 °C

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I moved from the UK to Australia in 2015. I’ve had a fascination with tea since university, and like to try lots of different types. My preference is for real tea over other infusions: green tea, oolong and black, including flavoured varieties. I love encouraging people to try new teas. I also play the trombone.
>90: Some of the best I’ve had so far.
80-90: I love this tea, likely to buy again
70-80: Good tea. Most tea in my cupboard is in this category because it’s fine to drink it all day!
50-70: I’d drink it if it was offered to me, and I’ll drink what’s in the cupboard, but I’m unlikely to buy it again.
<50: Glad I tried it, but it’s not very nice.


Hobart, Australia



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