729 Tasting Notes

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Tea from White Antlers, now known as WE ARE CLOSED. As from her email, she is having some difficulties, but I won’t really write down what it is about as it is personal. She will come back later though, as she replied to me.

The tea I had today afternoon in our patio. Prepared grandpa, one teaspoon. I had all afternoon-evening a slight headache; I wonder why, but truth is that I wasn’t drinking much today.

That said, preparing myself a jasmine tea wasn’t the most clever thing probably. The aroma of dry tea was jasmine and bit some florals, orchids maybe. But honestly… everything was somehow mixed way too much together and I am not sure if I have noticed all those.

The brew was typical green oolong with floral notes and mostly jasmine (unexpected). But again, my headache is muting everything. Hopefully it isn’t caused by something terrible and it is only my fault drinking a little.

Overall it was nice, but I need to be ready for this tea.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Orchid

derk

Thanks for the small update about White Antlers and I hope you’re feeling better today!

ashmanra

I hope your head is feeling better!

Martin Bednář

Morning was kinda same, but prepared myself a cup and I feel much better :)

ashmanra

I’m glad it is better!

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drank Hello, Sofa! by Fredsted
729 tasting notes

A tea from dreamloomer, thank you a lot!

I took the bag out of foil wrapping and a cloud of spices appeared. At first I thought it was dust, but it wasn’t.

Hints of matcha should be in, but anyway, I brewed it with boiling water.
THIS IS HOT Chai!
It’s very spicy; flavours were mostly pepper and cloves… cinnamon was there as well. Base was probably from orange as it was bit sweet but still somehow tangy. Haven’t noticed the apples!

Whoo, it was maybe too much spicy for me. I am not sure if I will drink second bag or will send it to someone; as it could be lovely as Advent tea (if we decide to make advent teas for others, see discussions! )

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
dreamloomer

Yep, it’s really spicy. Maybe try to brew it the chai way, milk will make the spiciness more mellow.

derk

Sounds good. The name is funny.

Martin Bednář

dreamloomer: maybe; or I jsut will send it somewhere or I will drink it like that.
derk: for me it was bit annoying, but I overall tend to mild flavours :) Indeed I liked the name as well!

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drank Frutas Rojas by Taragui
729 tasting notes

Big bags section tea after long, long time.

I tried to find any information about this tea from Argentina, but no luck. I will let library ladies add more inforamtion if they will be lucky.

I took the bag out of foil wrapping and well, the aroma was very strong artificial strawberry and raspberry. It reminded me some soft drink powders (dunno how they are called elsewhere), especially the red berries flavours. Then it reminded me bit bubblegums with again, red fruits notes.

When brewed, it started to be cloudy and apparently black tea with fruit flavour. I was bit glad, as I wanted fruit black/green tea.

The taste wasn’t that artificial, rather not at all; strawberry was the one who won the most dominant fruit award. Somewhere in background there was raspberry. I don’t know if there are some other fruits; tea bag (and box) shows only those two. Base tea have seen better times, I blame the age for being it bland and bit rough in mouth.

Flavors: Raspberry, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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A sample of 7 grams I received from ashmanra. Thank you!
Yesterday I was playing in my thoughts all the day with my travel to US. When I decided to go sleep, I was sad it won’t happen anytime soon because it goes quite pricey. I would love to see you all in real life; but studies first and then I don’t know. We want to visit Balcans with my friends; but who knows how situation will look like. I went so obsessed with it, I thouht even for a moment it will be possible somehow soon (flight tickets to US are quite cheap nowdays, which makes sense as, who the hell would fly there, nowdays).

The tea I prepared is though, dismal. For some reason I thought it will be some high end black tea (no hurt feelings, ashmanra!), it even looked so nice! But the tea is, ehm, quite basic. The brewed tea after four minutes steeps is quite astringent, way too malty and very drying! I don’t think I have overbrewed it (suggested was 3-5 minutes), or overleafed, but… It just was so strong and quite one-dimensional. LuckyMe said that it reminds Lipton and I have to agree. It is bit like coated with some tea essence making it strong and malty, but that’s all.

Flavors: Drying, Earth, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I have no hurt feelings over your impressions of this tea! I also tried it (I had two sample packs) and I did not like it at all, so now I know it wasn’t just me.

tea-sipper

Yeah, this is one of my least favorite black teas from Teavivre too. Not sure why!

derk

Keep envisioning your trip and you’ll make it happen eventually. As for flying, you wouldn’t catch me on a plane going anywhere right now.

Martin Bednář

I think we all were thinking it is not a good tea. I was even trying to find other vendors, but only few are having it. Probably it don’t suit our western tastes. Who knows?

derk: true :). I am impatient person though. Especially when it comes to adventures. Hah!

White Antlers

I’m with derk! Keep dreaming of visiting the U.S. While it is neither safe nor practical right now, the future teams with limitless possibilities! : )

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A tea bag apparently from postcrossing, though I don’t know where exactly as I don’t have received anything from Albania so far.

Well, it is what it says it is. I have hoped for some orthodox tea base. No matter if green or black; but it seems it was lemongrass, lemon pieces and that’s it. It wasn’t sour; but nice lemon notes. Quite juicy; I have noticed as well lemongrass notes but what’s in the bag remains a mystery.

I was surprised that it wasn’t turning red while brewed, it rather kept water colour, maybe it get bit yellow, but after 5 minutes steeping time it was still very light.

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWIHvuABaFU (Today I found out it’s Scooter) For some reason I couldn’t find it in ages.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

Nice song! Singing in English but most comments are in Russian or German. I had not heard of this band.

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Quick note: This tea is going to be discontinued from tomorrow. Anyone who wants it… it’s time for last orders!

tea-sipper

I tried voting for this one for derk anyway… but nope, it didn’t win.

Martin Bednář

Same tea-sipper; completely same (and I liked it even more than the winner)

derk

Aw, thanks you two. After placing several unnecessary orders in the past month, I’m on a mission to clear my cupboard of anything that I’m not intentionally aging, otherwise I’d order this.

Mastress Alita

The tea I voted for won… sorry for my banana betrayal :-P Probably won’t be the last time.

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Tried, sipped down but won’t re-order I guess.

I don’t mean it is bad tea. It certainly isn’t. But probably I had different thoughts of non-smoky Lapsang Souchong. I had one before, I wonder what company it came from. I don’t really recall, but probably it was White2Tea. Oh, one order so far from them in my life. Should get Waffles again.

But back to this tea: It is nice, mostly malty, baked bread, sweet potatoes notes. Good for breakfast tea, although it is bit drying. Luckily less than last time; but overall, well… it was just very basic tea.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Drying, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
teaqueen

I just drank some White2Tea Waffles from 2018 last week! Something about autumn puts me in the mood for a good pu’erh. Maybe it’s the smell of the leaves.

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And another SIPDOWN goes to Puerh. Still lots of tea remains.

Made about 20 seconds rinse. Or — stove → my table rinse ? Haha. Yep, it was that “far”.

Rinse was fine. Bit bland and vegetal, but yes, there was some taste. Now I let the leaf absorb humidity, I think it is for 5 minutes (reading some not important things all over the internet), thinking about my cross-US trip that I want to make happen, but not anytime soon. Train stops in Elko, NV; but what to do there? There are amazing mountains, but not sure if I want hike there alone?! And where is any public transport (okay, to be honest I know I need car rental)

First steep is around 20 seconds as well. Apparently humidity entered the leaves well, as it is more flavourful, though not a big leap forward. It seems to me roasted which is weird for sheng and for that I noticed before. But pu-erhs have so weird paths sometimes. For example, wet leaf smells after jasmine, okay!

Second, I decided to make bit longer (30 seconds actually, if somebody even cares); and wet leaf aroma tends to be more malty-honey-black tea like. I feel like my nose is playing some game with me today because I couldn’t recognize twice the same stuff even it doesn’t changed since then (no additional steep or anything like that). Taste buds are feeling another vegetal notes with some menthol cooling effect. Interesting and very enjoyable.

Following steep was just a tiny bit longer. 10 seconds to be exact. Steeping slowly don’t kill the tea fast. It just keeps nice qualities and while I would say that vegetal notes aren’t great, they actually aren’t. But it suits the tea session today and yep, would like some fruits, but hey, there is nothing wrong with vegetals.

Another steep. I somehow lost myself in thoughts, and ideas and everything. Well, I actually indeed enjoy the free time and free mind I have now! And result is long, a minute long (maybe bit less) steep. Huh… Results are nice though and I got the wished fruit notes. Yes, it started getting a peach taste.

Uhh, now it is herbal. But like too much basil and nettle. Not very tasty. But it was shorter than last time.

I guess this is one of the last steeps. Little fruits and herbals. But it was at least smoother than last time.

Okay, last steep. I am steeping this tea for an hour, which isn’t a problem, but ran out of water in thermos. It was nice session, but it’s time to move on. The tea is past its best time as well. It reminds me now only a bitter water without much pleasing taste. Interesting how it can go so abruptly.

Preparation
3 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
Courtney

Love all the steeps here. Of course the most intriguing to me is the malty-honey black tea.

It will be exciting to hear more about your trip, whenever it will be able to happen!

ashmanra

We have to go to the beach, you need to stop in Branson, Missouri and then have tea GMathis on your to Cali to see derk!

mrmopar

Stop by in Virginia as well.

gmathis

(internal soundtrack playing "Get Your Kicks on Route 66…Start in St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri, Oklahoma City….)

derk

Depending on the time of year, Elko area is a stopover for migratory birds. Probably some good hikes around there. Ghost towns all along the I-80 corridor if you’re adventurous. Hell, I’d drive out to Elko, pick you up, go on some hikes so you’re not alone (you become isolated extremely quickly in NV) then chauffeur you out this way. But then I’d want to drive you to southern California for some amazing sights before bringing you here and then taking you waaaay up north where you’d see the biggest trees you might ever see in your life. Consider this a fair warning that I’ll be taking you hostage.

Mastress Alita

Martin, I live 2 hours and 31 minutes from Elko, NV. :-)

Martin Bednář

Courtney: We all have different likes. Why not the “boring” malty-honey black tea, right? I have no idea when my trip will happen though. Flying there and back is first step, but stopping by in the US is second step and so many things to do over there!

ashmanra: Yep! From beach to beach. How simple is that? But one is on Eastern coast, while second is on Western coast. Hopefully I will be able to manage it one day!
mrmopar: Okay, I will try my best :) It is by off California Zephyr and Palmetto routes. But certainly there would be a way. Maybe long, maybe would need a ride, but certainly there will be a way.
gmathis: Listened to it. It was familiar and… yes; why not listening to that while travel over the US :)
derk: I would be gladly your hostage. It seems I need a week for each state, ehm county, ehm… city/town? Yes, I know it is 15 hours from Elko by train and by car it is half; but finishing the route would be lovely (though the most interesting sites would be already behind my back). Ahh, I don’t know what to do! But as I said, being hostage will be a pleasure.
Mastress Alita: Great! Good to know. I found out that public transport around Elko is non-existent, so hitchhiking or… maybe I could rent a car. I don’t want you all being my drivers :) But automatic transmission would be tricky

ashmanra

Derk: I might have to tag along with Martin for the last half of that journey because I have wanted to see the California redwoods all my life. I think I would break down and cry uncontrollably if I stood beside one.

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SIPDOWN
A nice sencha in my opinion. I don’t have drank much of Japanese greens, or Japanase tea in general but considering it as “green tea” only it has got everything I would expect.

Grassy taste. As it is more than year old, it turned bit more to seaweed which isn’t much I would like, but it is that.

Finally today I did that supershort steeping time as it is suggested. 60-90 seconds, I went for two minutes but higher volume of the mug.

Turned out nice and worth 82/100

Flavors: Grass, Seaweed

Preparation
14 OZ / 400 ML

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Huh. Apparently I haven’t wrote about this tea although I had it before. The pouch was opened, but I haven’t wrote the tasting note. Weird… but probably I wasn’t in mood writing. I just hope it wasn’t deleted (accidentaly).

Anyway, prepared grandpa with two teaspoons of the blend.
It wasn’t easy to drink it as blueberries, some lemongrass was floating on top of the brew, but I took them out with a spoon and then it was nice.

Very nice actually. As I don’t know the difference between Key Limes and “normal” limes I just thought it is just lime-blueberry tea. It works well together! Blueberries were like fresh and full of taste — I just should smash them to relase all the flavour next time, and refreshing as it was indeed lime flavoured. And that citrusy feel from lemongrass was nice too today. We had quite high temperatures (around 26 °C) which is unusal for September here.

Flavors: Blueberry, Citrusy, Lime

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Courtney

This sounds great, especially for such a gorgeous day!

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