Blindfolded tea testing with teapigs


Disclaimer and all that Jazz: The people at teapigs sent me a sample box of tea to try, but they haven't paid me off, so all of the opinions  and ideas below are mine, and the people who I shared the tea with.  Cheers!

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I don't know if you've picked up on this, but I love tea.  I try to drop subtle hints, here and there, to share my passion for a good brew, but sometimes, I know these things can just fly over peoples heads. -wink-

The people at teapigs sent me a little box of tea samples to try, and I decided that the best way to try all 12 of the teas they sent me, was to do a blindfolded taste test with these fellow tea lovers and annoyingly photogenic bastards:


Damn we're cool.  Like the tea avengers.

You may remember James & Ayse from a previous Tea sampling.  If not, then here's the team:

JAMES:  Giant, band man, prefers a proper English brew, open to trying new things.
AYSE: Heart of gold, master of coffee, artist, helps me drink copious amounts of tea.
KRIS: Bearded, laid back, photographer, husband, lover of all tea and organisation.
ME:  You guys know me.  I'm cool.

We assembled at James & Ayses' brand new house, popped the kettle on and got tasting.




The first problem we encountered on my great tea-tasting idea, was that no one could find anything worthy of a blindfold.  Not even a scarf.  So we used hats.  Which meant we looked like this on one of the sunniest days of September.



We split into teams, boys vs girls because us girls are fab.  We each picked 6 teas, boiled a kettle and took it in turns to sample the teas.

You had to give your honest opinion on taste, what you thought it might be and your rating out of ten.  All without the stimuli of knowing what you were drinking, or it's colour.  All you had was taste and smell.




Another problem we encountered, was that it was pretty hard to pass a cup to someone who is blindfolded, whilst you are blindfolded yourself.  But you know, life is hard, it's about facing the challenges you are dealt with.

Also it's funny to watch.

Let's do this.





 
























Hate it when the string and tag falls in.



We had a great time and the tea was awesome, we all found at least 4 or 5 that we would buy again, and only a few that weren't to our tastes. 

Thanks to the awesome James, Ayse & Kris for the help and to the awesome teapigs for the tea, check them out here for more awesome stuff!  Maybe sign up to their newsletter, it's pretty banging.

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55 comments:

  1. I drink pure oolong tea every day :-) but it has to be from my home town. That chocolate one sounds amazing.

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  2. I ADORE their liquorice tea - sweet, yumminess x

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  3. The Chocolate flake tea sounds lovely!

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  4. Rubber chickens and finishable. Best review comments ever. Fi x

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  5. I would happiy have the chocolate one. Again. And the mint. I love mint tea. And the proper English brew. Ummm..... Fi x

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  6. Ohh that looked like fun! I have a list of new ones I want to try now, I've only ever had the Every Day brew - loved it though.

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  7. Sounds like a fun day of tasting tea. Blessings, Catherine

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  8. Might have to go buy the chocolate one!

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  9. Oh the vanilla roibosch and Chai sound great. Loving your work Cookie

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  10. They sounds lovely. I want your Peter Rabbit mug, love him still my fave story ever. Chai and Vanilla Roibosch sound delicious and the creme caramel one.

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  11. I love your tea tastings! What a great idea. I may have to try it over on this side of the pond.

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  12. Chocolate flake tea sounds interesting!!

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  13. I wana try the Every day Brew. Its not every day I get a great brew (not at my work place)

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  14. What some fab taste combinations, sound yummy. Another highly successful tea tasting I believe ;)

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  15. Would love to try Rooibos Creme Caramel :)

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  16. Chocolate flake Tea sounds lush!

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  17. Chocolate flake tea sounds delicious.

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  18. The chocolate flake tea sounds SO GOOD

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  19. want to try them all

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  20. I would like to try the chocolate flake tea as i cannot imagine chocolate in a tea!

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  21. The chocolate flake tea!! Looks so unique <3 The packaging is pretty too.

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  22. Chocolate Flake Tea sounds lovely.

    @rachiegr

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  23. chocolate flake.... Ive actually chocolate tea here but never tried it.. will do now

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  24. OMG the tea flavours are so exotic :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  25. I love Mint Tea

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  26. Green Tea with Mint - good for my digestion

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  27. The chilli chai - I hate chai, but want to try the chilli ; )

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  28. Chocolate Flake for me... Sounds yum!

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  29. My favourite teapigs is spiced winter! Oh boy it's good, need to branch out and try their chocolate flake and popcorn.

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  30. Chocolate Flake, doesn't seem a very tea-like flavour so I'd love to try it :) xx

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  31. Rooibos creme caramel sounds interesting and yummy! I'd love to try that one :)

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  32. I'd like to try the popcorn tea!

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  33. Chocolate Flake Tea sound delicious :)

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  34. Everyday drew ? X

    @jamiecomps

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  35. I love green tea so the green tea with mint flavour is the one I'd like to try

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  36. Creme caramel sounds lovely, really would love to try that one. x

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  37. I'd love to try the Popcorn tea

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