1721 Tasting Notes

drank RhuBarbie by TakeT
1721 tasting notes

Advent Calendar from TakeT: Day 11

As I have no sisters, and my nieces doesn’t play with Barbies, it is hard to say if the hue of the tea is at least, similar. But it is nice color somehow, pinkish-red and clear. But funny name considering this year movie industry hit.

Based on the aroma I have been expecting tart tea, but it is not! Instead it is indeed nicely fruity tea where I do notice apples, beet root and hints of blackberries; but also sweet-sour rhubarb and I would bet there are some red fruits. But that’s maybe the hibiscus, which isn’t present in flavours too much (or if at all).

The mouthfeel sadly, doesn’t last long. It is strong, but it fades very quickly. That’s sadly a flaw for me in this cup. But probably only one and it is definitely interesting change of pace in all the black teas I had recent days. Actually, it surprises me a bit that it is very first fruit blend in my Advent and we are almost in the half of them.

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

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Advent Calendar from Nabo: Day 11

This smells so nice. Full, fresh and juicy clementine aroma. I have steeped it for maybe 5 mintues and think… I have oversteeped it? They suggest 5-8 minutes though!

The level of rooibos woodiness was fine. The level of tangerine… orange… clementine note was just right. But level of licorice root was too damn high! Cloying aftertaste of that ruined otherwise pretty nice experience of caffeine-free cup.

Funnily enough, I have returned late from work today so I wanted some caffeine-free teas. And both advents are!

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

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A sipdown! (M: 3, Y: 79) Alnatura — Green tea Sencha (from the office; pretty nice sencha from China, received as a gift.
A sipdown! (M: 4, Y: 80) Basilur — Raspberry & Rosehip — recently reviewed, nice fruity flavoured black tea; enjoyed as a family pot tea.

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Advent Calendar from Nabo: Day 10

This is supposed to be caramel-like? Cream caramel? Well, for me it was cocoa coconut balls as a Christmas cookies.

It was a bit bitter from the cocoa and not from black tea base, also I have noticed coconut and overall a bit pastry like.. but I would not expect caramel. I noticed nothing from that and also there was a weird floral-herbaceous aftertaste, luckily not much noticeable. To be honest, I haven’t noticed it; but my brother did and then I have as well.

The aroma is boozy, but that transferred into the flavour just a little bit.
Again, fine tea, but nothing I need to retry. Festive though!

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

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Advent Calendar from TakeT: Day 10

Well, and after 3 days we have here the black tea version.

I have been on a day-trip to local open-air folk museum, so I have prepared it in thermos and drank all day long. The thermos I got from derk holds the hot tea all day long. Thank you, it is indeed lovely gift from you (I have used it like this for very first time!)

Well, actually this tea flavour and aroma wise is very same as its green counterpart; just the base was, naturally more robust and almonds were weaker and vanilla was stronger. That could be because a bit different ratios as well, though.
It was nice, but not my preferred flavour profile.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Cool, glad you got to use the thermos. It’s big and bulky and looks unabashedly American in design but it’s the best for keeping beverages hothothot! How was the folk museum?

Martin Bednář

The folk museum was fine, but a bit crowdy for me. There was Christmas market, so it made sense. But from buildings and speeches of guides it was a bit annoying. Also, the paths turned into ice quite fast, so it was a bit tricky.

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Advent Calendar from TakeT: Day 9
Actually TakeT celebrates today 7 years of existence; so happy birthday. Their 7 Years tea seems to be a blend of black teas, lapsang souchong, whisky aroma and saffron.

But their 1 Year tea is a blend of green oolong, milky oolong and yellow rosebuds — I don’t count any other flowers that aren’t contributing to the flavours.

Well, it is quite mineral for me, sadly not much milky as I have hoped. The rose gives a peppery note a bit, but overall, it was like a quite normal and nice daily-drinking oolong. Not bad, but nothing I need to order.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Advent Calendar from Nabo: Day 9

Plums and cinnamon? That is indeed a wintery blend for me! Green tea base? That’s a bit strange… I would expect black tea. Or maybe even a rooibos.

Well, it’s full of cinnamon. It seems that Nabo overdo they cinnamon teas. This was so cinnamony I though I am sniffing a cinnamon-bun instead.

When I have brewed it, the aroma of cinnamon faded a bit and it was fruity (stonefruits) a bit more.
But when sipped, it was all cinnamon again sadly, with mineral and plum notes. But those plums were quite unripe and green… as the tea was. But that cinnamon flavoring Nabo uses covers everything and I am not such a fan, especially when it contains cinnamon itself.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Advent Calendar from Nabo: Day 8
When brewed, this tea smells like a mulled apple cider with the spices. When sipped, flavours changed a bit, it delivers mish-mash of spices, cinnamon being strongest, cloves and ginger being a bit behind. I assume it is because they have used also the cinnamon flavouring.

Actually, in this tea the black tea base isn’t noticeable at all. Instead I notice mentioned cinnamon and somehow, orange. That’s so strange after noticing apples in aroma, but none being there!

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

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Advent Calendar from TakeT: Day 8

Well, it is a good and nice EG, but on the other hand it doesn’t deliver any new impressions. The base was strong and robus, no cheap Ceylon tea definitely, as it was rather a bit bready and chocolate-ly. And bergamot and lemon oil didn’t made any offensive notes, moreless perfectly blended to make it drinkable by the crowd.

But for me… it was one of the many Earl Greys. Fine, but nothing special.

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

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Advent Calendar from Nabo: Day 7

I really like the name of this tea; it is kind of childlish, cute and cozy in one single Swedish word.

The tea is definitely childlish too. Very berry forward, there are lots of fruits; and some tartness from the hibiscus. The fruits are just some mix of berries; can’t point on the exact fruits. Definitely easydrinking and extinguishing the thirst well.

I get it, Christmas time is Fairytale time, isn’t it?

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity

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

Sounds like one to share with young nieces and nephews…still have some little ones?

Martin Bednář

Youngest one is 4 years old, so there is an opportunity :)

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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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