100 Tasting Notes


How i got it: Tried it in “La Teteria” Tea Room (later, I got some in a trade with my sister)

Experience: This tea stands to its fame. Intense aroma of solid dark chocolate, while the flavor is very similar to a cocoa liquor. The taste of the base tea is present too, but isn’t very evident. A little bit bitter and astringent in the end, but nothing unpleasant at all. Really good.

Would i buy it?: Sure thing. It has earned a place in my cupboard.


I’m really impressed by the rating you gave it. It seems you really liked it. I’m glad :D

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drank Indian Chai by Twinings
100 tasting notes

How i got it: Bought it

Experience: This tea is curious. In itself, it doesn’t have a clear flavor, because of the strength of the ginger and cinnamon added, both of which overlap tea’s taste. Nonetheless, the spiced touch is enough to enjoy the blend. Good overall.

Would i buy it again?: I’d like to try other Chai’s, but for now, i would say yes

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drank Royal Ceylon by Lipton
100 tasting notes

How i got it: My workplace’s current tea of choice

Experience: This is one tea i drink when i want something a bit stronger than the usual black. Clear, intense, and the typical malty taste of Ceylon teas. Slightly bitter in the end (maybe due to oversteeping, though i only brew it for a bit more than 2 min.). Quite aromatic. Very good.

Would i buy it?: I’d say yes. Actually, i’m thinking about changing the default Lipton Yellow Label for this one, although i’m not sure if i will like strong tea every night

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: At first, i was a little disappointed, because i didn’t expect the smokey touch in this tea (i even questioned if that was supposed to happen in a Yunnan tea). However, after drinking it more consciously, i’ve come to appreciate it. It has a medium intensity but very clear flavor, with a balanced mix of malty and peppery notes (I sense a bit of dried fruits too), and a little spiciness at the end. Its aroma has a smoked touch that, though i’m still getting used to it, goes fine with the tea. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: After some thought, i’d say it’s a real possibility.

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How i got it: Free sample from a shop i visited

Experience: It has a clear and light taste. I would say it’s a bit sweeter and less aromatic than my current green (though more floral). It’s quite good.

Would i buy it?: I don’t know… i think my loose leaf still does a bit better, hehe.

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: My first loose leaf black tea (though it really is a mix of black and green), and one of my options for evenings. By far the most aromatic i own, its distinctive jasmine touch dominates both smell and flavor. Light, clear and almost sweet taste. Quite good.

Would i buy it again?: Maybe yes… i guess i would miss it if i don’t have it as an alternative to my green tea some evenings hehe

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: This is a interesting tea. While it has a smooth and light flavor, it’s not clear and evident; i would say it goes more on the nutty and malty side, with a hint of acidic. At the other hand, in addition to the tea’s own aroma, i can sense a very slight touch of smokiness. The resulting bouquet is notable and adds a special touch to the blend. Really good.

Would i buy it again?: Sure, it’s a good addition to the mix

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drank Yellow Label by Lipton
100 tasting notes

How i got it: Bought it

Experience: My everyday black tea, but i have to say, it’s a bit tricky. Under the right conditions, it can turn out pretty good, with a very balanced, well defined and rich flavor. On the other hand, it has the potential to be disappointing, leaving you with kind of a watery taste. In the end, i would stick with the ‘good’ rating.

Would i buy it again?: It has stayed as my evening tea for long, so the answer will be’ yes’ until i find something better for the same price.

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: My everyday cup of green tea. It’s nothing special, but i can always count with its clear and enjoyable flavor. Very good.

Would i buy it again?: Yes, i think so

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How i got it: Bought it

Experience: The base mix of Ceylon, Assam and Kenyan teas results in a strong, rich, complex taste that i find a bit difficult to describe. Its flavor is very lasting, and goes more on the malty side, but with the characteristic soft bitter notes of the “breakfast” blends. What i’m most grateful for is that the touch of bergamot is not too intense, but just the right amount to complement the tea. This blend surely stands out compared to the regular Earl Grey. Really good.

Would i buy it again? : You can bet. This one is a must-have for me.

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I’m from Chile, so that’s the reason of the weird english you’ll see in my comments from time to time hehehe…

I usually don’t include the details about brewing, but in case you wonder, i use the most common parameters (2g (~0.07oz) tea, 3 mins average, 100-80°C (212-176°F) depending of the type of tea). I also must confess, I’m not a full-blown purist: I like to drink my teas sweetened with sugar.

Black teas are my favorite (pure and scented), but i also enjoy greens from time to time.

Here in Santiago de Chile, i have access to tea by companies like Adagio, Whittard, Zoe!, Lipton, Twinings, Dilmah and Basilur, in addition to national companies like Te Club, La Teteria or Te Supremo, so i’ll be writing mainly about these. In practice, however, i’ll register every new experience with the less known teas i’m finding from time to time, too.

Note: I just write one tealog by tea, so i try to keep them always updated as i drink to get a more accurate description.

Tea Rating Categories
(Updated 22 Feb 2016):
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90-100: Excepcional tea. I enjoyed every sip of this class of tea and very much recommend it. This cup is unique both in flavor and quality, even to the grade to be almost required in my cupboard.

80-89: Outstanding tea. I enjoyed greatly this tea, and can recommend it. It has impressed me, and it’s very welcome in my cupboard

70-79: Very good tea. Maybe not impressive, but i still liked a great deal this tea. I keep a very good memory from it, and could have it from time to time.

60-69: Over average tea. An overall good cup that has a “something special” about it. Could get it depending on the situation

50-59: Average tea. I enjoy these teas enough to have one on an everyday setting, where the taste is not that important.

40-49: Under average tea. This class still taste like tea, but doesn’t have much merit. Not terrible, but wouldn’t recommend it

30-39: Watery tea. This cup is mostly plain, and lacks the distinctive flavor of tea. Didn’t get to affect me, but i’ll pass from it in the future.

20-29: Bad tea. I sincerely dislike this tea. I’d only finish the cup due to courtesy or respect, if i’m a guest.

10-19: Very bad “tea”. This cup tastes just horrible. Not finishing this even if i’m a guest.

0-10: Undrinkable liquid: Now I’m worried about my health. Wouldn’t have a sip of this ever again.


Santiago, Chile



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