tea Tea reviews
Blindfolded tea testing with teapigs9/09/2014
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 t...
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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