72 Tasting Notes

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I’m not a huge fan of chamomile tea in general, I find it’s often too bland and tastes too much like hot water. But, I did like this one. While it will never be my favourite I did find some notes of rose petals and lemon that added more depth to this tea.

I think it’s a really nice gentle tea to have at night when you need something calming to help you relax, but at the same time that gentleness can sometimes be a little flat. I think if I let it brew for a little longer some of the more subtler flavours will come through (like fennel and lemongrass), and I’m looking forward to that when I next drink it.
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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Blue Mountain by T2
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I tried this tea for the first time today, and my tasting note follows on with the rest – do not sweeten this tea, it is very sweet on its own. While I found it passable, with the vanilla adding a smooth, creamy texture, the artificial flavours were unpleasantly noticeable in this tea.

The body of the tea was fine, the cornflowers added a nice minty acidity to balance out all the flavouring, but I feel this is a poorly constructed tea. With more herbs, spices or flowers this easily be a favourite of mine. However, it will probably not be a regular tea and end up drifting to the back of my cupboard. I liked this tea, it was drinkable, and I might have it again, but I might not.

This tea should be brewed for no longer than three minutes, and now after tasting I see why – the artificial flavours would become too strong and totally overpower the tea. This tea is definitely not for everyone, I’m not saying don’t try it, I’ve certainly had worse, but I’ve certainly had better, too.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Cool Mint Chai by T2
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I was very intrigued by the description of this tea. A chai with mint, green tea and spearmint? I was curious to see how it would work, how the flavours would balance out and I was glad I did.

I feel this tea certainly suits the description of being modern, bright and fresh. The classic chai flavours like cardamom, ginger and spices were there but they were matched well to the smooth, silky green tea and mint base. I had it on its own and thought it was lovely, it certainly tastes like a chai but it has a wonderful herbal base as well. This tea is certainly interesting and I enjoy drinking it, but I do have to be in the mood.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This is a wonderful blend of white Assam and Indian green tea. It’s very sweet, very refreshing and for me it was one of my first white teas that was memorable.

I found this tea really aromatic and evocative, and the strawberry leaves lift up its flavour and makes it noticeably fruity. I liked this tea because it was so light and not heavy like some teas can be. I also love the rose and liquorice notes in this blend, and I appreciate that this brand is certified and organic.

Ambrosia Plum feels to me like a spring-time, afternoon tea – a perfect addition to a picnic or tea party.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I love this Coconut chai. I tried it the other day and absolutely adored it.

I love the ritual of making chai, adding the honey and the milk. This was warm, spicy, rich and tasted like coconut. This blend smells heavily of ginger and cloves but the texture and taste makes this tea a smooth, bold blend. I could taste vanilla and this added another layer of creaminess to this chai.

This chai is in no way basic and is complex and multi-layered with a full, definite flavour.

EDIT: I tried this tea black with honey today, and the colour is quite murky and off-putting, but perserve, it’s a delicious tea.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I like this tea, I think it’s a very strong mint, herbal tea. I really appreciate the fact that it’s in a tin in lovely little tea bags so you can definitely keep the tea fresh.

The Assam green tea means that it has a very soft steep and overall flavour. I find this tea very relaxing, calming and it has low caffeine. The peppermint gives it a strong scent but the flavour is quite mild and gentle. It is in no way bitter and difficult to stew. I like this tea, and I’m generally not a fan of green teas.

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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Peach Melba by Tlicious
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I had this tea as an iced tea on a very warm summer’s day and it was brilliant. Tlicious is one of the places that does a wonderful traditional, fresh-brewed iced tea with sugar syrup in a large glass.

When I poured this tea it was a bright magenta colour and I could definitely taste the peach, the blackberry leaves and the apple. While it is a very sweet tea it has a natural sweetness and the tea is well-balanced. I’m not sure if I would enjoy this tea hot, it seems to be a very summery, sweet tea but I love this tea iced – it’s a classic.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Hot Chai by Tlicious
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This chai tastes sublime. It has a classic bold, black tea base with the traditional chai tea flavours. However, the added spice and pepper kick is a wonderful surprise and makes for a fantastic winter tea.

The heat given by the pepper and ginger means this tea has its own distinctive taste and makes it one of my favourite chai teas for this reason. I always like something with a little bit of chilli or heat and this is no exception. I had this tea with soy milk and honey and it was just gorgeous.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Mystic Chai by Tlicious
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The first time I tried this tea, I purchased a 100g bag afterwards. It was a beautiful chai. Spicy, peppery, warm and very drinkable. I think it’s probably one of my favourite chais I have ever tried.

I can definitely taste the cinnamon and smell the cardamom when its brewing. The ginger adds a lovely central note that is almost like Christmas. The flavours are very well-balanced and as always, the quality of the tea is exceptional. It lasts a long time and because it’s kept in a foil bag it means you can store your tea worry-free. Tlicious has wonderful quality tea and I love their range.

I brewed this tea for five minutes and tried it with soy milk and honey, and absolutely adored it.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This tea seemed really exciting on paper – Siberian ginseng, liquorice, peppermint and spearmint (I love those herbs) rose petals, and some other things I had never heard of before. The rose petals added hints of pink that made it look lovely while it was brewing, and it smelled delicious, but on trying it I was sorely disappointed.

It had an odd twang to it and an even stranger aftertaste. It tasted almost like steeped dishwater, and while it was drinkable I didn’t enjoy it. Perhaps it was because my friend and didn’t brew it for as long as we should have (it does have a longer brewing time) but I was sad that I really couldn’t taste the peppermint or spearmint, and those are two of my favourite ingredients to any herbal tea.

Looking at other reviews on the company website, I can tell you that this is purely just a matter of personal taste, but on top of that I didn’t feel any of the benefits the tea promised. I didn’t quite understand the tea, I couldn’t quite follow its notes and flavours and I felt no better for having tried it.

When you try it make sure you have it without milk, and I wish you the best of luck when you do!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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