159 Tasting Notes

89
drank Assam by Custom
159 tasting notes

Note to self: Dopn’t add too much tea. Don’t let it steep too long. Don’t try adding more hot water to the cup make it better.
And don’t expect to be cheerful when it’s 4am and you can’t sleep.
Wrong tea, at the wrong time. Tastes like Mud. But all my own fault.
Wouldn’t be fair to re-rate this tea over this.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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88

My first ever commissioned blend, a few years ago now.
Dark, strong if you let it, yet light and refreshing with the right care.
Today, it’s a small amount and a quick steep as the weather is stinking hot.
Yes, it’s light, sweet and refined. The nilgiri in the blend really rounds it off, even in a light brew.
The only chance anyone probably has of getting some of this is to drop round to my house. Oh, well, I can always drink it all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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89

With cardamom!
I had to have one, as a mini-celebration for editing and posting my video blog on it.
http://www.robertgodden.com.au/id5.html
And it was great, went well with the baking heat of the day. really nice combination of tea and spice. 2 grams tea, three pods.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Jim's Caravan by Custom
159 tasting notes

My morning Pick-me-up. It’swas hot already at 6:30am when I had this.
Great tannin tones on an ultra-gentle smoky base.
Wobnderful start to the day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

At one o’clock this morning, before retiring, I had a cup of this. I was having trouble sleeping.
I can’t remember drinking more than one sip, but it clearly helped. The cup was empty when I woke up.
I remember how warm and gentle it was. Truly a great tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
159 tasting notes

Once more I am relying on this to help with a migraine. and it’s delicious gentleness has helped.
I must go and have another

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I hope you are feeling better today, Robert.

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79
drank China Gunpowder by Unknown
159 tasting notes

A nice way
to start the day;
I’m reflective
it adds perspective;
Today there’s no bitterness in this tea
And I’d hope, none in me

Last night I met a group of skilled migrants who were looking for jobs. I took them tea and hope, I hope.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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88

Great Summer Saturday Morning.
Trilok Gurtu on the Stereo
French Toast with tea salt on my plate.
And mmmmm blue mountain. Perfectly brewed, expertly blended* exquisite paragon of a cup of tea.
Ahhhhh. Floral notes that sing in the mouth, but quietly and angelically. Tea that is happy to hold up the stage without wanting to dominate it.
More, please.

(*yes, blended by me. Commercially, a while back)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Assam by Custom
159 tasting notes

After last night’s fiasco with appalling cardamom tea, I was enraged, so I made my own.
Made up some assam, cracked open three green cardamom pods and dropped them in the pot.
And it was a corker. It was as good as the pre-packaged garbage was bad.
Malty of course, but with a lovely overlay. Ahh, good tea with cardamom – simultaneously conjures up the hot dusty desert roads of its origin. and the decadence of the desserts it usually follows.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Liked the imagery in your post. Dislike bitting into a green cardamon pod at the Indian restaurant.

Robert Godden

I love cardamom, and will prove it in an hour or two by shooting a cardamom tea video. I love finding soggy whole pods in my indian food and chewing them into oblivion

Christeana

Glad I am not the only one deeply fond of these. Two pods in a cup of boring green tea make a world of difference.

Robert Godden

To me, cardamom and banana are exssential companions. Last night’s dessert was sliced dates, bananas and cashews, lightly coated with yoghurt and sprinkled with my chai sprinkle – powdered cinaamon, cardamom and sugar. Accompanied by a Blue Mountain tea

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drank Cardamon Tea by Mahmood Tea
159 tasting notes

After the launch party for our TV show, we hadn’t eaten much, so we stopped at a small afghan place. While waiting, I browsed the shelves and found this in half kilo packs.
The anticipation of the ride home turned to consternation as I opened the packet. It smelt of menthol.
I brewed a pot anyway.
The cardamom smell, previously absent, did come out as the water was poured on.
The first sip was nice, mildly cardamommy.
Then the mentholation hit.
I have no idea what is wrong and why it tastles like mothballs. I only know I have 498grams that I am never ever ever going to drink.
Selling this tea should be an indictable offence.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Jillian

More compost for the garden? I’ve got a couple of tea that are too old to drink or give away that are meeting that fate this spring. :D

Heyes

Drink it the next time you have a sore throat, you’ll appreciate the menthol more perhaps.

Robert Godden

That’s very practical advice, Heyes. I also thought of offering to people who roll their own cigarettes or who are plagues by moths.

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