961 Tasting Notes

73

Finished this free sample as well; thank you Bird and Blend Tea Co. for including two tea bags in too.

But honestly, I am not that impressed about this blend. It’s not really bad, it’s just way too simple. The body is, somehow, boring. Very light and the rose included wasn’t helping. It wasn’t bad as soapy. But I would rather see a bold base with lightness of rose. I really liked the Twinings version (Rose Garden, in indivudally wrapped tea bags, probably discontinued ages ago).

Lots of to improve, I would start with stronger tea profile. But at least it wasn’t soapy.

Flavors: Floral, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

I thought I have rated higher the tea I have wrote about: https://steepster.com/Martin-CZE/posts/398486

But 73 or 77 isn’t that big difference!

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78

A tea bag from Izzy and I have tried long steeps as she have suggested me. I don’t know how long, it could be somewhere between 5-10 minutes; and I have used a boiling water, which is heresy for a whites, but whatever.

I haven’t found any information about this tea, but ingredients on one website, it’s transparent pouch with classic tea bag in. I don’t usually collect those, but when I have tag with it, it goes to my collection. I don’t like them too much though, but what I can do, right?

This tea I selected today, because it was wonderful sunny morning, and all the snow was shining, maybe even dazzling me; but I am spending time at home, studying for Forwarding exam on Wednesday, an oral one, no preparation time, just here is my question and you answer for 10-15 minutes.

The tea is interesting in terms of ingredients and not that bad in taste. The longer steep certainly helped, and the aroma going off the mug was honey-ish. The flavour was, hard to describe instead. I think I get a bit of that honey, then some common herbal, covered in honey => probably the chamomile in, and overall somehow; hard to describe as I wrote. It was pleasant and smooth, but not sure about the flavour profile. I just couldn’t point to anything. At least it was nice.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Honey, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

I love the look of the outdoors when it’s sunny the day after a big snow and the sky is a brilliant blue contrast to the white on the trees and the ground. Everything looks sparkling, clean and like it’s been touched with tiny diamonds. Me jealous?! Nooooooo. LOL

ashmanra

Dazzling white snow! What an image! Enjoy it.

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40

Happy to announce another SIPDOWN, no. 14

After ages this tea buried in my stash, received who knows when; I never looking forward to try it again, I took this one, to finish it. Received from postcrossing… I don’t really know how though. Was it with postcard, was it tea tag? Nevermind…

I know I don’t like this tea, but rating of 30? It’s harsh, but I will raise it a bit.
It’s very sweet as one fifth of contents is licorice. And it should be tongue-tingling and honestly it isn’t. My stir-fry meal I prepared today was more hot (and my family doesn’t like spicy food at all, nor myself!). 0,3 grams of chilli doesn’t make any tongue-tingling infusion!

It’s shame, as Roswell Strange wrote: “…like a cup of unsweetened cocoa.” It is. But there is that cloying licorice sweetness as aftertaste and it’s not that wonderful as I have hoped (again).

Still a dismal, calling it Cocoa & Chilli and the latter one non-present. And first one? It’s like that a bit, okay.

Flavors: Cocoa, Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85

Tried it again today, this time western with classic ball strainer.

Steep was 4 minutes long and honestly it was dismal. It wasn’t that flavourful at all, it was like understeeped. It was very light and only things I have noticed was kind of baked bread notes & malty. Sad about this session, because I still remember the goodness of gongfu brewing a month ago. Downrating, from 92 to 85.

I just wonder… are there teas which are prefered brewing in only one method?

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I think there are. I had a black tea from Teavivre that was magnificent gong fu and pretty boring Western.

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72

A tea bag from Izzy, thank you

Quite okay.
But I am not really fan of cream earl greys, so I am a bit affected. The base is decent, nice bergamot flavour and the creamy note is okay; smooth and a bit vanilla like.

I don’t know what to write more about this tea. Simple, creamy, citrusy… just not that great. Something is lacking. I don’t know what. Maybe a better, bolder base?

Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla

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

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99

SIPDOWN 14
Hard to say a good bye to this tea. And especially, it’s forever. This is acutally one of the greatest teas I ever had. Thank you derk for an experience.

I had remaining 2,6 grams, quite dusty actually; and decided for gongfu them.

Autumn leaves, no astringency, a bit of hay but not in boring way, super smooth, hints of nutty notes. Slighlty mineral, wet forest floor. Fruity, but not juicy. Peaches and/or apricots maybe?

YUMMY!!! Would you recommend this tea? YEEEEESSSS!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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78

A tea I have received from White Antlers. Thank you!

As I know from my last Yaupon experience, it is a caffeine booster. Lots of energy boost. And I was somehow tired when I was choosing today afternoon cuppa; probably due to morning cleaning up the car from snow (around 25 cm of snow, and it’s snowing again!) and overall I was cleaning up the footpath a bit as well our yard paths.

Anyway, as there is a lockdown, and I have lots of exams and everything, I do not do any inventory checks and I was saving the tea bag of this to some. I am afraid I won’t go there anymore — mostly because I just want to find a job right after finishing the university. We will see.

Anyway to this cup. Roasted yaupon sounded somehow a tiny bit better than a green variety, and Lost Maples Park is another place I have saved as would like to visit one day. I was expecting a bit of the maple flavour and I think it’s there actually. As well baked bread as others were writing about. That’s not all! It was kind of pleasantly sour and herbal, which was a bit confusing. It was enjoyable though and I liked it more than classical one.

I have tried to place an order and actually it would work for me! Shipping of their multipack of tea bags for almost same price as the mulitpack is a no for me right now though. Maybe one day!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Herbaceous, Maple, Pleasantly Sour

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

So very happy that this tea was a pleasant one, Martin. Sounds like a good treat after shoveling snow. : )

ashmanra

Snow! How fun! Just grey and dreary here all day. I am glad you are enjoying a great tea with your snow!

gmathis

This sounds delicious, snow or no snow.

Martin Bednář

Well, I couldn’t sleep till 11 pm maybe? It is indeed energy boosting.

They wrote me an email, saying, if I want to finish my order, they offer me a free shipping. If I have only spare 20 bucks :( !

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10

First of three tea bags I have received from Izzy

I am not a fan of licorice. And this is Egyptian one. That’s quite weird calling it Egyptian, it evokes some blend.

Kindness is the light of life says the quote on the tag.

I steeped for recommended 7 minutes; and after 20 minutes I was able to take first sip. That’s so sweeeeet. Let’s find out what is Egyptian Licorice. Google sent me directly to Yogi website. That makes sense actually. What, this is a blend of herbs? Oh man…

Nope. I notice only the sweetness. I will try to finish it. But what I will do with the rest? Probably dump. Because licorice isn’t for me.

Flavors: Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

See *Nik*’s tasting note-licorice is The Devil. Yuck.

Izzy

I have to confess, I sent you 3 of these teabags because I hate liquorice too! I’m still trying to gift away the rest of the box…

Martin Bednář

I have to admit Izzy,I have hoped for something similar to Higher Living. Not a fan, but not that bad.

Mastress Alita

Ha, and I love licorice so much I bought a sample of B&B’s licorice tea recently. (I like all the polarizing flavors, apparently…)

Martin Bednář

Mastress Alita: I would put the remaining two tea bags in a envelope and send them your way :D

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75

SIPDOWN 13
Slightly slowed the pace with my sipdowns, but it’s true that I had yesterday only 2 teas. There are days when I prepare myself even 5 cups, but not recently.

This tea is supposed to be creamy Earl Grey and I notice only lavender black tea. Not much of citrusy at all, especially no bergamot.

That said, it’s not that I have hoped, but it is tasty nevertheless. Just a bit bland. It was a nice full-bodied tea; with hints of light lavender. There wasn’t vanilla in my cup.

Not a bad tea… but leaves me wanting more. But this tea is for a good cause and I can see others liking it a bit more than I do.

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral, Lavender

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

Yesterday was a tea-mail for me! I have received my Boxing Day order (about week later than my Swiss friend tea-gift I sent her, though the latter was sent later!)

Anyway, I got myself those teas: Mint Pistachio, Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, Banana Bread Chai and Relax in 50 g pouches as a gift from B&B I got tea bags of Belle’s Breakfast and this!

This was a tea in one of the first subscription mail I have received. And really liked it!

Same today, a well presented digestives cookies in liquid form. The base was a bit hiding today, but it was present. Enjoyed this cup of exam morning.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cookie

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

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I am drinking almost everything. Tea bag collector who moved to wonderful world of loose leaf.

Trying to rate differently tea bags and loose leaf as tea bags have usually worse quality.

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