1362 Tasting Notes

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drank GlücksTee by Sonnentor
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I will repeat myself with this note, but as it was 3 years ago since I wrote that one…

It is nicely refreshing cup of tea, mostly of peppermint (not sure if I am able to notice applemint as it does not contain menthol), somehow rough herbal notes, I thought it was thyme or something… but it seems it was long-steeped lemon balm.

Enjoyable herbal tea. Maybe a bit better than last time. And again, available in 1 kg bulk package :)

Flavors: Herbs, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I had this one in the afternoon and just added it (and somehow the picture is very same as Italian Sponge Cake (an error from Nabo maybe?)

Anyway, the tea. Well, I was expecting more spicy ginger and less coconut. Overall quite sweet and again somehow pastry with warming ginger but certainly not overpowered with the flavours. Somhow it was not very memorable for me; though it wwas somehow nicely flavoured of coconut, but if you tell me it is black tea with coconut only — I would believe you. The ingredients list is quite extensive, but I don’t think I have noticed it, for example the vanilla flavour. Maybe it is that pastry note I mentioned above?

Anyway, it is nice tea, but for me somehow not memorable.

Flavors: Coconut, Pastries

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

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Okay, I have ordered 20 grams of this tea. First 4 grams I had to toss out as my mother decided to descale the kettle, told no-one and I just filled my mug with vinegar instead of water. That was a few months back, but since then I had no mood to brew this again.

Until today. I heard they prepared coffee in the next room, but I didn’t want to get out of the bed (I slept like a baby today), but when I did, I chose green tea for today morning. I haven’t checked temperature beforehand, but I measured it afterwards and it has got lovely 70°C, so great for green tea.

First steep was subtle vegetal and mineral, with floral notes, smooth and round. It was sweet, I also noticed the peas a little and overall nice cup of tea.

Second steep I prepared about 30 minutes later, after finishing first cup, was fairly same, but with higher intensity of all flavours and scents, which was caused by two reasons I assume. First of all, the tea leaves were already wet and expanded a bit, but they haven’t relased all their flavorus yet. And second reason was I used a wee warmer water, but still not boiling one. I used my ear-thermometer, so I just listened to the water and when I heard first bubbles, I stopped the gas. This way I got usually water with temperature around 80°C, but I haven’t measured it this time. As I am writing those lines, I have a little left and the floral notes I am able to recognize — it reminds me gardenia.

Well, this is highly enjoyable green tea. Interesting how different are green teas from tea bags and loose leaf. Especialy in green tea I notice it the most.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

Lol, mothers are a menace. Mine is always throwing out my tea when I’m between steeps.
My temperature-variable kettle is currently packed away in the garage from the move, so I appreciate the tip about listening for bubbles! I will have to give that a try.

Martin Bednář

It is actually something I have learned from fiction book called Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta. It’s not much tea-related, but certainly a very interesting and nice read.

Nattie

I’ve just looked it up, added to my Goodreads list!

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84
drank Rummaren (Rommaren) by Nabo
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This again was more festive tea and it was delicious. At least in my opinion, but my mother smelled it and hated it because boozy aroma.

For me it was a very nice cup of tea with indeed boozy, rum-like aroma and flavour; but without alcohol heat in the throat, also I have noticed some coconut and certainly cocoa, though the last was in very mild level. Somehow, it reminded me some Christmas cookies, but I can’t recall which ones. It was pastry-like as well.

The rooibos base was very nice and slightly woody, but complements the flavour very well (but I can imagine it with black base too); and it was great tea to drink while eating birthday cake (we are celebrating my brother’s birthday (36)).

As I am writing this note, I have slight headache and not sure if because the event (my 3 years old niece is running around); or too much rosé wine, or all together as I am under pressure everywhere (work and at home as well) — and I just need a long rest (and preparing for finals).

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

Thinking of you, hope all goes well. Just added this to my wishlist!

PS – Happy birthday to your brother!

ashmanra

Preparing for finals – what an exciting sentence! Hope you feel lots better!

Michelle

I hope you can take some time for yourself, even a few minutes and that a nice long rest is in your future.

Martin Bednář

Thank you everyone! It is hard time for me nowadays and only thing I can rely on, is my afternoon cup of tea.
I slept like a baby though today and feel quite refreshed and with no headache at all. The rest is still somehow needed.

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drank Ingwer Zitrone by Sonnentor
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A funny story behind this tea. I had same named tea yesterday in the office; it has been Sogni d’oro Limone e Zenzero. That one was much more into lemon and somehow juicy, but very warming body up. And that was necessary, as our office is heated to lower temperatures than last winter, because expenses cuts.

This one is more towards ginger — but actually ingredients are very same, but in different ratios!

It is much more warming from ginger, even a bit tingling and instead of lemon I notice more lemongrass. The licorice root is making it a bit sweeter, but it’s tamed and not overpowering the cup. Enjoyable if you think it is flavour profile for you. I understand that ginger is not for everyone, especially when it is 1/4 of all ingredients. I can imagine it as a cold (flu) battler as well.

Flavors: Ginger, Lemongrass, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This was tea for today from Sonnentor and I decided to brew it right after drinking first one.

Well, I see it hasn’t changed much either. Fruity tea, a little tart, nice spices — cinnamon and little bit of cloves.

Enjoyable cup.

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drank Gute Laune by Sonnentor
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It has been again No. 1 in Sonnentor Advent Calendar, as 3 years ago. This time there are a little poems on each tea bag wrapper, but they are in Czech and honestly I don’t feel I can translate them well (and certainly I would lose the rhytm and rhymes). So I won’t add them this year.

As I have arrived late yesterday, I had no mood to drink herbal tea just after interesting tea from Nabo.

This one, honestly, is the same. Very herbal, without much distinctive notes, mild and nothing off-putting. On their English website under Cheery name; I am keeping original German names (though it is made in Czech Republic, as they have two factories). Anyone wants to have 1 kg (1000 gr) bag? Yep, that’s bulk version they have available of this.

Nattie

There’s bulk, and then there’s that! There aren’t many teas I could go through a kg of!

Martin Bednář

True, same for me! One kilo is… a shitload of tea.

Nattie

Lmao, a very technical shitload.

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drank Grynet by Nabo
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I have absolutely no idea what this should be like. The ingredients sounded like a weird mix.
And somehow… it is weird even when sipping. A little sweet tea, strong genmaicha, base somehow mineral and seaweed for me.
Cardamom was strong as well, adding another strange element to this tea.

I will keep this one without rating. Because it’s somehow too strange to me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

It does sound very strange! Could give the garlic tea I had the other day a run for its money XD

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It’s the time! Advent season! Yay!

If only I did not had so busy day. From work directly I went to my friend’s and we were talking about ADR exam I have next week (he is already DGSA) and it was helpful, but it was 90 minutes drive there and back and I have been there for two hours.

So, I have returned back home at 7.30 pm approx., realising it is December 1 and I need to drink two Advent teas (this one and Sonnentor) — 2 other advent calendars are somewhere in transit. I will drink them on January, or in June as countdown to my birthday.

Either way… what a start! Gingerbread house. So festive! The tea smells wonderful. Full of spices and flavour.

What comes first to the mind after sipping is orange peel. Very distinctly, and it is not very common here (nor in Poland) in gingerbread. Maybe it is Swedish version of it. Then the base, which is, somehow metallic for me? And then the warm spices, from ginger, cinnamon, cardamom… somehow mixed together. I believe a hint of sugar could make the flavour more round, but I never sweeten my teas.

Great start from Nabo, indeed. Looking forward to next days.

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

Oh hey, since most advent calendars have 24 slots you totally could use it as a countdown! I have a reuseable advent calendar I’m gonna try to convince my boyfriend to fill with gifts for the whole of June now XD haha.

Martin Bednář

Exactly! That was my idea about that. Well, I think I will see when they will arrive after all!

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drank Earl Grey Tea by Birchall
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Martin just can’t go through the mall without checking shops with tea. That’s how I ended up getting two Birchall teas. I bought it last week during stay in Prague for training. A bit more expensive, but Rwandan tea base sold it to me.

And moreover I ran out of flavoured black teas in the office. And I want to bring this one there. But… it is still at home and I am drinking it quite often. It’s quite simple, but well done EG. Robust tea base, but somehow refreshing and well done bergamot flavour. It is not too strong, nor too weak. As I never had bergamot itself, it is hard to find out if it is genuine; but well, it is how I expect EG to be like. Little citrusy, little pine-y.

Good one and affordable. But a bit harder to get for me.

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

Ooh, not sure I’ve ever had tea from Rwanda before! Good to know there are tea shops in Prague I need to look out for if I ever get there!

Martin Bednář

There certainly are many… but this is from Delmart, something like M&S. And actually this brand is British :)

Nattie

Ah no way! I can probably pick it up locally then!

Martin Bednář

Good luck hunting it down!

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