448 Tasting Notes

drank Lemon Original by Rioba
448 tasting notes

I had somehow upset stomach, really bad feeling (it included more than just being sick)…
I don’t know, if the beer yesterday was bad (I feel like one wasn’t really fresh); if combination of beers and rum (mexican) made that mess? No, I don’t really think so. Kebab wasn’t to shame as well, it worked rather well as it something warm.

Maybe just nerves, because new semester just started. Maybe combination of lots of together. Maybe tiredness as well.

Anyway, I know that black tea works best when feeling like that. And with lemon, it sounds quite good. And it was so lemony… that it doesn’t want to brew at all. It was quite light base tea with hints of lemon. I know I said it was so lemony, I was exaggerating a bit. I blame lots of lemon in for not brewing much. As citric acid slows steeping.

The tea itself was…
Base was prominent, but nothing really strong. Lemon wasn’t much present, it made it bit pleasantly sour. But that was only note of lemons there, no juicyness, no lemon peels. Well, I have expected more.

Flavors: Pleasantly Sour, Tea

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

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I prepared it today and… it doesn’t turn out so good.

Two teaspoons; four (recommended) minutes of steeping, 300 ml boiling water.

I don’t know why, but I don’t really enjoy this one. It is bold balck tea, but not much present in taste. Aroma is perfect though, very pastry like, cookies, almonds, little bit of marzipan and fruits. But in taste all I got was bitter tea with hints of sweet notes, bit of almonds, but overall pretty untasty. It was too bitter, somehow muted taste of everything. I blame that the almonds went rancid probably.

I don’t know, but I just don’t think it is so appealing as others noticed.

Flavors: Almond, Bitter, Cookie, Fruity, Marzipan, Pastries

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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It seems I had this tea exactly 3 weeks ago. Now I prepared it again, as I have heard that coconut go bad quite fast, especially when the flakes are very small and here they are.

I also bought empty tea bags, but they are maybe too big for me, but at least, tea have some space to expand. They are 8,5 × 18,5 (in cm). Yes, they claim they are good for teapots of volume 1-1.6 litre. But what I can do? They did not have smaller ones.

Tea itself was today quite strong. It was, like Cameron B. noticed, quite buttery and, for me, bit vegetal. Then jasmine hit the taste and honestly it wasn’t that coconut heavy as last time. It turned out quite well; base tea was present well, then the coconut and jasmine. The jasmine sooths the “too much” cookie flavour that would be there if it wasn’t there. That was good idea from B&B.

But overall, I am not really sure, if I like coocnut in teas. It feels bit wrong for me, but maybe I just need to used to.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Cookie, Jasmine, Vegetal

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Finally! Some decent tea bag.

I was in mood for black tea, but somehow lazy to brew loose leaf. So I picked this one, although bit nervous because their teas were okay mostly.

This one is not great either, to be honest, but certainly one of the best from Ridgways I had. Dry bag aroma is okay mostly, nothing distinctive, but nothing worrysome.

When brewed and steeped, some notes started to appear. I guess it is mostly malt, bit of stonefruits and mostly – and appeared in taste, cherry wood (and general wood) flavour. It was, honestly, surprising to notice cherries in my cup. As it cools down more generic wood was present, but it wasn’t something to avoid. Maybe I would not call it English Breakfast, but overall, it is interesting – and nice, blend.

Flavors: Cherry Wood, Malt, Stonefruits, Wood

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

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Decided to try it again, as I sent sample to derk and… need to get rid of lots of small samples of teas, but usually I find out I am lazy to prepare it, because my ball strainer is affected by black tea strongly and I can’t wash it properly; and I ran out of empty tea bags (I used last one!) and… preparing grandpa is not always great idea.

Food pairing: Lemon pie flavoured yogurt. Actually pretty delicious, but bit starch I noticed. I hate starch in flavoured yogurts.

To the tea: 2 tea spoons, as I said, empty paper bag, boiling water, 4 minutes steep.
Brew is light yellow and clear; very aromatic of lime and again some medicinal notes.

And now taste? The most afraid part for me. And it is… actually, very tasty! Lime is quite decent and certainly in taste, it is even quite tart – but it is what I expect from lime tea. As well some earthy tea base, probably by linden and cola nuts. Although I can’t recall I have some in bag, but maybe it is just some pieces and it makes it certainly present in taste. I do not notice Yerba Mate at all, maybe again, just a part of that earthy taste.

I have to up the rating! From 58 to… 70?

NHL Match pairing: DET @ BOS. Go Bruins!

Flavors: Earth, Lime, Medicinal

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

I don’t know about CZ, but here pretty much all flavored yogurt is made with starch and too much sugar. Being Greek, we buy Greek yogurt; the real ones don’t use any starch and are just strained. Have you or your family ever made yogurt?

Martin Bednář

Well, we haven’t tried it. Here is (at least) one dairy, who makes yogurts without starch, but getting their products is harder than before. And that dairy is only 25 km (16 mi) far! But big stores do not stock them, because they are, naturally, quite expensive. But their cream yogurts are more than just delicious. (and they have small range of products)

Shanie O Maniac

I actually know someone who self identifies as a “Supertaster” and as such, can’t stand Greek yogurt (or many other foods) because the flavor is too strong for her. Basically, if you cook for her, you can’t use any spices or seasonings because even a little bit makes her… how does she describe it… “It’s like eating perfume.”

Martin Bednář

Shanie: I notice more than other family members, but not that much. It must be kind of nightmare to taste everything.

Shanie O Maniac

If you think that’s bad, imagine being the only person in your immediate family who can smell. It leads to… issues.

Martin Bednář

Shanie: Oh, rather don’t want to :)
But I can understand it is not good at all. But we all are somehow unique. As for me, I have sense of detail when taking photos. But overall, I am rather messy person.

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The base tea is same, by taste as “green tea” from this company. All together it is way similar, but this time – it should be with cardamom.

To be honest, I am not really sure if I notice it at all. Probably I do, as some lingering taste, bit sweet, bit spicy, but… nothing distinctive or something to say: “Oh this is cardamom like”.

It’s such shame, but honestly it is one of the best tea from those I had in previous two days, probably.

Flavors: Cardamon, Hay, Spicy, Sweet

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I am treating myslef with meh teas recently.

But this one actually wasn’t that bad. This tea, apparently from Tunisian company, is pretty simple. And foil wrapped. I had no idea what to expect, their website did not show any ingredients, nor the wrapper. It was from “huge bags”.

Tea itself brew quite dark, so I let it steep rather short, I think 2, maybe 3 minutes maximum.

It was okay green tea with mint flavour. Nothing wow, but base tea was even bit grass seed like, mint was present as well. Only thing I didn’t liked much was bit waxy or oily mouthfeel, I blame the mint.

But certainly, it’s not that bad.

Flavors: Grass Seed, Mint

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drank Citrus by Regalo
448 tasting notes

What was this “tea”?
Company motto is “Ceylon’s gift to the world”
I think they meant German word Gift, not English one. In German it means poison.

I have hoped it is black tea with citrus fruits. Their website: www.empireteas.com did not brought any results of this (or other teas). I have been warned by it, but still I wanted to try.

Oh, and I haven’t noticed the ingredients list on the backside. But it is there.

So, apparently it does not include any tea at all. But hey, it was so bad! Even smell of dry bag reminded me dish soap, artificial lemon, drying, medicinal. Taste, even brewed with almost boiling water… was disgusting! It was soooo artificial, sour and not even close to lemon. I would rather drink straight lemon juice than this tea again.

Yes, I finished my mug of tea… but luckily I was eating Scottish butter cookies along, otherwise I will throw up.

Bleh, never again. I have few more tea bags of this company, but now, I am not really sure if I want to try it.

Flavors: Artificial, Drying, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Medicinal, Sour

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

Yuck! Lemon teas can be awful. Maybe you could save it by making ice tea with it . . . or you could just throw it out!


Ewwwwww! Sorry you had a bad tea experience. Or in this case, a “not really tea” experience.

Martin Bednář

This was certainly the worst. I don’t know if in lifetime, but certainly in my Steepster time. Yuck.

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“A light, delicate and fragrant Fairtrade tea known as the “champagne” of the tea world"

Ehh, I don’t think so. It is quite robust black tea, but with watery aftertaste. Delicate? Nope, rather just drying and bit dirty in taste as well. It wasn’t nice floral taste I expect from Darjeeling. It was drying, dirty, robust tea. Weird and not pleasant watery aftertaste though. It is weird it can be ro strong on sip, but then… nothing.

Aromas weren’t present much too, t was rather some common, black CTC tea – not Darjeeling by scents at all. Sadly, one of the worse Darjeelings tea bag.

Flavors: Dirt, Drying, Tea

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

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This time I haven’t found ingredients, but this “Winter Bakery” tea is having little notes on the bag as well:Fruity-spicy apple-spicy-cake taste.

And it is quite exact. I noticed mostly roasted almonds when brewed and hot. It was pretty nice, easydrinking and mouth-watering. As it cools down more apple was prominent (mostly in taste), bit pleasantly sour; and that’s it. There is not much of different notes. It wasn’t even much wide in tastes, it was just easy tea with this taste. No wow moments, but certainly nice fruit tea.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Pleasantly Sour, Roasted nuts

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 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.


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