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Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!
So, a pure black tea. It’s from Rwanda, a country I had never tea before. Or did I and just don’t recall?
Tea #7
Dry leaf is broken, but some bigger pieces are there now and then. I used one, a little more heaped teaspoon and I have used a big fillable tea bag. Steeped for suggested 3-3.5 minutes and I am pretty sure about the timing as I have been watching the biathlon in meantime. What a shame for my country.

The tea itself, when dry, have a quite uncommon bitterness. I am not sure what is the reason for that, but reminds me a cheap tobacco and partially Lipton Yellow Label (does it count as a tea?).

Brewed it tastes pretty much light, but the flavours are pretty much alright. Smooth, lightly roasty, autumn leaves. Nice amount of astringency/bitterness and level of malt is low as well, but clearly noticeable. Certainly far from finest teas I had before, but not the worst either. I think my expectations were maybe too high, but it is a great tea if you want a caffeine boost, but without much flavours to find. It is pretty much straight-forward cup.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Malt, Smooth, Tea, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This tea is from my Poland trip made in the end of 2021 and start of 2022. I bought it in “Pod Lampionami” tearoom in Poznan (search for pictures, it is super cute and cozy). Translated name means “From Persian Market”

However, this tea seems not being from them directly. I have found (and downloaded pic from) Herbatyczas.pl — seems they have more teas from them in Poznan tearoom. I have added it under “Pod Lampionami”, because bought there, however not sure if it’s correct at all.

I bought it on blind buy… I just saw the glass container and it was looking nice, but no ingredients were listed. So, that said, I am not even sure about ingredients. But if they really used Persian tea base, I think it’s amazing.

However…
let’s try the tea. First of all, I notice mostly mint. They say it is nana mint and I didn’t had that much, but seems to be indeed that, but my limited experience notices only mint.

Based on taste, it indeed contains stevia. Sadly, it is indeed very sweet. The mint is refreshing. But the base tea is muted from the stevia. Argh! Why to kill so great, Iranian, tea with sh*tload of stevia?

I am so disappointed. I will save a little, but the rest will go to the TTB for sure.

On the other news: my mother was tested positive for Covid. We made a little improvised quarantine at home, but it is only improvised :(

Flavors: Mint, Stevia, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

Praying for your mom ever since I saw your email! Looking likely my son has it for the second time.

Michelle

Hope you are spared from the Covid and that your mother recovers soon.

CrowKettle

Wishing your mom a speedy and easy recovery.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh dear, I hope your mom and your whole household stays safe and well.

Ftr, nana in Arabic means mint. Farsi has adopted some words from Arabic. Perhaps this is one of them. As far as I know, nana does not specify any particular type of mint, just mint.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, in both Morocco and Egypt, I remember nana referred to fresh spearmint. Whether that was specifying kind or that is the regional garden variety available, that I don’t know.

mrmopar

Speedy recovery to her I hope. Expect the first week to be rough. I am finally getting over my case of it.

Leafhopper

I hope that your mom has a fast and safe recovery and that you and your family are okay.

Martin Bednář

Thank you all! She is doing well, the symptoms are gone and she is just tired often. I am in quarantine till Sunday and I was supposed to be in since Wednesday, but no-one (from Public health offices) wrote me before.
I read the SMS today at work (where I have been tested yesterday — negative) that I am supposed to be in quarantine. Well, dang. Welcome to the Czech Republic

ashmanra

Glad she is feeling better! And my son’s test came back negative so that’s a relief.

Evol Ving Ness

Yay! Better late than never. Good opportunity to drink more tea. :)

Martin Bednář

Haha, indeed Evol Ving Ness. It’s time to have cup of tea next to me all the time.

Martin Bednář

ashmanra we are happy as well. And we get used to it pretty well I think. It’s not fun, but it is not that bad at all.

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drank Silky Rosehip by Assand
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A tea bag received with postcard from postcrossing community once again.

It’s always nice when they include a sample of a tea or, rather and often, just a tea bag. This is new one for my collection of outer tea wrappings and… sounded so good I decided to brew it instantly.

Rosehip and hibiscus, combined with black tea is indeed Russian traditional blending I think. I never saw it elsewhere.

But the tea, even though it was only a tea bag, was pretty good. It was fruity/punchy taste of rosehip and hibiscus wasn’t too tart at all. Sadly, those flavours overpowered “long leaf” black tea base. Maybe it was, afterall, mellowing the “fruit” flavours, but not a single note from the base is in the taste. If it was more present, I would be happier. But honestly, not sure about Russian market tastes…

EDIT: I see Cameron B. found a better pic than I. Thanks for changing it!

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Cameron B.

Ha ha, I tend to monitor the new teas because often there are spam ones for me to delete. :P

Martin Bednář

I am glad you haven’t removed this one before finishing the tasting note :D

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drank Lemontastic by Akova Tea
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Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!
Actually, today I didn ot wanted to reach the TTB and drink other teas instead. But in the end I had only morning cup and this time it is family pot tea.

Tea #6
Red rooibos combined with lemon and peppermint sounds intriguing. However, when I have opened the pouch, I just saw small pieces of rooibos and peppermint. Nothing much else. Later, some other flecks appeared and I dare to say they were black. Are those promised lemon pieces?

But I have decided to brew it anyway, as I wrote, in a family pot. I was asked for caffeine-free tea as it was already the evening and noone wants to stay awake till midnight as tomorrow is Monday. I get it… although I am not that much sensitive to caffeine at all.

The flavour is pretty good, as I hope a good rooibos base is used. I remember one tea bag with same flavour, minus the lemon and it was so bad. That one was very woody and peppermint was musty and overall it felt very old and dusty.

This one wasn’t like that. The base is almost sweet, and peppermint is very refreshing and fresh. It is not pure menthol as some mints are. Sadly, I do not notice much of lemons. No sourness. No lemon peel note. There is some flavour, that could be from the lemon. But not sure what is it and overall, it is almost non-present. It is noticeable only if I am thinking about it.

So, sadly, it does not live up to its name, The name suggests more lemon… this is not lemon rooibos. At least it isn’t musty and dusty…

Flavors: Peppermint, Rooibos

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!
A nepalase oolong sounds interesting. Prepared western, as I had no mood to gongfu. 1 heaped teaspoon in basket and 300 ml cup.

Tea #5

So yup. Finally I took out plain tea. And after drinking it, I need to re-visit this one.

The aroma of dry leaf is interesting. Very floral — rose, with its peppery note that it can have sometimes. I tried my best to match their steeping parameters saying 190°F, however, I haven’t measured it.

Steeped for rather short though, only about 3 minutes — they suggest 4-5.

In taste all the aroma disappeared into lightly vegetal, stonefruits aroma and taste and pretty mouthcoating feeling. It was somehow simple and maybe too much easydrinking considering oolongs. I have been hoping for more.

It was simple afternoon drink. I won’t rate so far.

Flavors: Rose, Stonefruit, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!

I generally don’t like Coke. I drink one can per year, if even that much. It is usually too sweet for me. But that doesn’t mean I don’t drink flavoured sodas. I do, and too much in my opinion. And not only mine, but also my dentist said that.

Tea #4
But I have decided to try this one, because it is black tea from Japan which is rare (and good as well) and ginger will tame the over-sweetness.

Actually, I really like it. Yes, the cola flavour is very present. But as I have hoped, ginger is present and it is not that sweet at all. Luckily, the ginger isn’t fiery at all and it is rather adding some extra flavour.

It’s fine. I think I will keep this small pouch when I will crave some sweet tea (there are those days) and there are two another pouches in the TTB.

Flavors: Cola, Ginger

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Skysamurai

I have trouble with this one. Maybe it’s because I don’t drink much flavored tea but I just couldn’t get a good take on thus one.

Martin Bednář

I prefer non-flavoured teas, but sometimes I crave something like this one.

Cameron B.

Ooh, excited to try this if there’s any left when the box gets to me! :D

Martin Bednář

You can only hope.
I haven’t decided who will be next, because it doesn’t matter to me actually. Maybe I will run random script and let decide force majeure, ha!

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drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
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Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!

Tea #3

I won’t lie, I picked this up mostly because the outer tea bag wrapper; which is new for my collection.

And it is plain tea, which is very welcomed in the afternoon, when I am all tired and I don’t want to discover depths of the teas.

This one is exactly that. Plain, Ceylon tea, not much to write home about. Two minutes steep are sufficient, even for larger cup than usual.

As I wrote, not much to write about. Basic, and luckily not bitter nor too astringent, so, in the end… pretty much decent plain black tea in tea bag.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank The PomPom by Akova Tea
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Skysamurai’s TTB
I just wanted to bring some TTB teas to work, and this is one of them. I didn’t had there much of flavoured black teas and this one sounded great.

TEA #2

As I said in preface, I brought this tea to work. I am after booster vaccine and this time I decided (as it was suggested by doctor) to change it. So, not a third Pfizer, but this time Moderna. Sadly, it hit me hard. Yesterday only sore arm, today I am all sore. Feeling sick. I had to leave work after three hours because feeling so bad. Now, at home, I feel a wee better.

But the tea I actually had at work, while having breakfast. I have noticed very robust base filled with caramel sweetness and decent vanilla notes! In flavour there were some fruitiness which can be mentioned pomergranate.

Honestly, it has remembered me Hunky Dory Breakfast I had actually yesterday at work! With extra fruitiness.

So, in the end I can tell, it is decent dessert tea, but nothing I will have again. Maaybe I like pure teas more. Thank you Skysamurai, though I am returning it to the TTB.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Shae

I hope you’re feeling better soon, Martin! The third shot was rough for me too, so you’re not alone.

Courtney

I hope you feel better soon! Ours our booked next week and I’m thinking I might get Moderna as well.

Evol Ving Ness

I had my booster yesterday too, also Moderna. (My first two were also Moderna. With the first one, I felt very flu-ey, but the second was fine.). Feel pretty poorly today. Stringing a sentence together is an effort, as is lifting the tea kettle. Going to stay in bed. Hope we both feel better soon.

Leafhopper

I hope you feel better soon! My second dose was Moderna and it made me feel bad, while my first and third doses were Pfizer.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Leafhopper. I think it’s the luck of the draw. Friends, some anyway, had wicked sideffects with Pfizer too.

Martin Bednář

Thank you all! Yesterday evening wasn’t good, everything was hurting badly. Muscles, headache… so I have decided to take pill of paracetamol and decided go to the bed early. Today I feel much better.

Evol Ving Ness

Glad to hear you are coming back to yourself, Martin. Much better here too.

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drank Aim Chai by Tease
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Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!
After long travels and even longer (feels like) customs clearance and then handing over back to the post, I have received my first ever TTB. I haven’t expected such filled up box. So many teas. And I have to decide which one I will drink? Oh well. But today, it has helped me out with afternoon cup.

Tea #1

Today ride home was good. Short as usual, no delay, just the weather stays same. As I was heading home, I stopped in for third Covid vaccine.So far I don’t feel any side effects. That’s good. I should rest till Monday, but tomorrow some “hard” work awaits. I have to move 3 bags (each 25 kg) to the drums as we need to ship them out. Easy peasy.

Oh, the tea. I feel similar as a Shae, who had it before. Mellow, subdued spices and I did not notice any chocolate either. The base was somehow bold… but flavourless - or just not that great quality to notice much from it. I wonder what was most prominent spice, again as Shae noticed, maybe it’s cinnamon and white pepper. Yep, it was a bit defferent than usual black pepper note, but I liked it.

Overall, quite basic chai. Maybe for many it’s even too weak. I have been expecting stronger spicy note as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
tea-sipper

I’m happy you finally get to try a TTB!

Martin Bednář

Thank you. I just wish it was in the less busy time! I am so tired after work, I just brew something so simple as a tea bag, and I don’t have mood for searching all the flavours and aromas.

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SIPDOWN 3

A pouch received from subscription; but I have no idea when. Who cares? But I had to cancel the subscription, as getting each envelope through customs is annyoing and slowing things down a lot.

And why this tea today? Well, my train home has broken down. And I had to wait about 20-30 minutes for another, which was fine in matter of time, but the weather outside was frightful. Around -4°C, drizzle, strong wind gusts. And no place to hide. Argh! So, I was craving something quite sweet, but strong, and if possible not fruity. This was a perfect hit. And moreover, sipdown!

I thought I have oversteeped it. I prepared it and went with cup of coffee (for my mum) to the living room. Spilled the coffee. The tea has survived. I put the tea on the coffee table, decided to clean up the floor. Brought coffee again, and spilled again. What? I had to clean the bottom of the glass this time. And during that I spilled it for third time… (and last time)

But back to the tea. This tea, steeped for longer than usual and in my previous attempts, was very dark when I finally reached my cup. I was afraid it went bitter and maybe even awful. I took the fill-your-own-bag out and sipped. It was strong, indeed. Quite bitter. But actually, I felt robust roasted dandelion root which was actually fairly similar to dark hot chocolate. And as there are some nibs and shells in, it was actually pretty good and those gave it some cocoa notes! The dandelion root added some bitterness which wouldn’t be case, if they used only cocoa nibs and shells I think.

The peppermint was fairly hidden in aroma, but present in taste as a refreshing, light menthol taste. As I was hoping for more dark chocolate, than mild one, I was glad it wasn’t too strong… but present.

In conclusion, it is a fine tea, nothing I would have to drink often, but stands up its name well. The dandelion root is interesting ingredient, indeed. But the flavour itself is something I don’t actually need to have recreated as a tea.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Martin, I don’t know if you like DakhaBrakha, but they are coming to Prague soon. Weird and wonderful. I would go if I were there (if it were COVId safe to do so). https://www.roxy.cz/events/detail/3031/dakhabrakha?fbclid=IwAR0h4p7zgmiJcgDRuNdJrNnFkLA1xV1wofZafXte88B3Z8w6zQZONBv-xHE

Leafhopper

I laughed at your coffee-spilling episode, only because it’s something I can see myself doing. :)

Martin Bednář

Evol Ving Ness: Thank you for showing me interesting music group and although their music sounds indeed interesting, tickets are reasonably priced, I wouldn’t go there just because Covid. I got third dose today, but numbers are on the rise now and I am afraid it will be on the top in next month. Hopefully, they aren’t here for the last time.

Leafhopper: I am glad you think it is funny. My hands were somehow too clumsy yesterday.

Evol Ving Ness

I’m glad you like them. Likely, there will be another opportunity when it is safer to be with people.

Martin Bednář

It’s interesting music and I think I may like whole concert :)

Evol Ving Ness

I find them to be quite mesmerizing. A good escape from daily life.

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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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