646 Tasting Notes


Found another tea bag of this blend in my huge bags section; and it is same as last time.

Nice blend, if you are looking for basic black tea. Robust, malty black tea, bit tannic, but without any moments that make it memorable and unique experience.

Good for mornings though :)

Flavors: Malt, Tannic, Tea

2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Received one tea bag of this tea from postcrossing, from Chicago.

It is nothing much worth writing about. Cheap green tea with dirty taste, and mostly hay. Lemon, well, there are some sour notes, but it reminds me rather lemongrass only and ginseng? Not at all I guess.

I don’t know how old it is but I hope it is not terribly old, but it is pretty much boring.

Flavors: Dirt, Hay, Lemongrass

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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A vending machine drink called “lemon tea based hot drink”

Haven’t expected much, but it counts as tea, does it, right?! I took a sip minute before midnight, so I actually had teas yesterday, right?! (It’s now 5.20 am, writing this while waiting for train home (20 minutes and then 35 mins by train and 20 on foot))

It was worse than expected. It was like highly overbrewed ctc tea with citric acid. There is no notes to note, it was just bad. But it was a tea.


Ugh. Anything with “tea based” in the name is bound to be bad.

Martin Bednář

Exactly Leafhopper, it was far from tea I think.

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SIPDOWN together with my brother. I had two tea bags left, so one for me and one for him.

I needed something simple, yet flavourful and this tea delivers both very well. Base tea isn’t too strong but it is there. From fruits I notice strawberry, raspberry and red currants; all in some unique combination which I can’t describe well. It just works!

The last but not least flavour should be probably cranberry and it is there as a tart element. Good one!

If you want simple and flavored black tea, this I can suggest to everyone!

Flavors: Cranberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tea

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

Sharing with family is nice.

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Today morning tea was bit diffent than prepared last time.

I just put sime random amount of tea into tea bag and apparently it was more tea than peaches in. It was quite astringent, no vanilla notes but peaches were nicely present though.

It was nice combination of base tea, which was quite strong but I don’t mind as it is morning; and peaches. Ripe, fuzzy peaches.


Flavors: Astringent, Peach, Tea

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

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SIPDOWN of tea sent by derk, thank you!

“Friendship is a sheltering tree.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nice quote!

It’s 9 pm, I am very tired after 7 hour long inventory check I did today. Went through 250 lady panties, same amount of bras, some socks and tights, lots of pillows and covers, some candles and some candleholders. Amost all the time wearing facemask and gloves. Gloves which we use when counting freezers!

So I am terribly tired (woke up in 5 am), pretty much everything hurts, some minor panic attacks as my nieces visit comes closer.

But to the tea, that is what matters here most I guess.
It’s nice. Refreshing, but as well calming down, it makes me bit sleepy which is good thing, there are some nice notes of passionflower reminding rather passionfruit in taste. Naturally it is quite herbal there as well. I think it is great tea for times like this one.

Thank you derk, once more :). And moreover I just love the wrapper too.

Flavors: Herbs, Mint, Passion Fruits

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

At least for me, I like to hear about people’s days as well as the tea. Sorry yours wasn’t so good. ):


Oh, I hope your mask is a good, comfortable one!

Martin Bednář

Nattie, it was only a tiring day :) There were certainly worse daays. I think I lost bit of “grip” in inventory checks; I wasn’t doing any for two months and this one was quite harder than usual, as we were in warehouses and not in a shop itself. That will come tomorrow night.

Ashmanra: it is comfortable, but wearing it for 6 hours straight isn’t comfy at all :)

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Another sipdown of Dammann Freres.

Pretty long steep (5 minutes), boiling water brought visually and in aroma nice tea.

In taste bit smoky (but okay); and pretty much only lime I noticed this time. But somehow quite weak and not that really refreshing.

Gonna miss the wrapping (but I have it in my collection) and the aroma mostly. But not the tea itself I guess.

Flavors: Lime, Smoke

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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SAD SIPDOWN of a sachet.

Yup, I had it in sachet only, but nevertheless it was so great. Prepared quite precise – 80°C and 4 minutes of steep.

Turned out delicious. Very juicy and as well base tea was present with grassy notes. There are mostly passionfruit notes! Haven’t noticed much ginger, which is in, but it was nice. Hints of lime were there as well.

Aroma can be discouraging for some, but not for me :) it is very strongly floral and maybe too much for some.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Lime, Passion Fruits

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

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And another tasting note of this one. Raising the rating from 95 to 99 as it is my all time favourite I guess.

Yes, as you know, I have birthday today! And this day needs great tea. And that one from morning wasn’t it. But quarter of a century over here? To sum up… I had completely different thoughts about last 5 years. But it is like that and I don’t want to change it. If I decided otherwise I won’t met so perfect guys around me. Not only Steepster people, nor classamtes, nor co-workers. It’s not perfect life, but who needs a perfect life? It would be boring.

But this tea is close to perfect and no way boring. I won’t repeat myself, just read other notes :)

Yummy, malty jam. No bitterness even prepared grandpa as usual, full-bodied, just perfect for this day!

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEC4TZsy-Y
Although there could be many nice songs, for example this one helped to go through the panic attack yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHCV_ro2U_A (if you google translate lyrics, you will lose the play with words, but you will get basic thought of song)

Thank you all that I could be member of this community. I like it here because of you guys!

10 OZ / 300 ML

Happy birthday! I hope it’s filled with lots of beautiful tea.

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday!!!


Happy birthday, again, Martin! First song is one I knew well, and the second one is really awesome. I didn’t see a translation in the comments but listening to it was quite nice!

Martin Bednář

Managed to translate it a bit; check that out :)

Just don’t edit it. I want that you all can enjoy it :)


Happy birthday! Yes, Steepster is a great community. Wishing you more good tea in the year to come.


Happy birthday, Martin! 24 June is my birthday too. It seems that there are three of us here born on 24 June. :)


Wow! Happy birthday to you, also, Teatotaler!


Martin: Thank you for the translation! That was a lot of work!

Martin Bednář

Teatotaler: Happy birthday then for you as well! So, we are at least 3 on Steepster with same day. Oh, and it is just one of 365 days.

ashmanra: I just wanted you all to understand that song. It is easier to listening to English songs and then translating it for myself to Czech than vice versa. But I am happy that you liked it even without translation :)

Everyone: Thank you for being here, despite Steepster looks like in agony. I hope it will survive as long as possible. I am glad to have at least few people with other contacts. I was even thinking making some alternative for this page, but busy with school, so… it is still just in my head.


Happy birthday for yesterday Martin and teatotaler! What a coincidence that there are so many of us here on Steepster with the same birthday! (:


Happy birthday Martin!

Martin Bednář

Thank you mrmopar!

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Sparling Hour — interesting name for tea.

And it is from huge bags, in paper wrapping. So it will be probably quite meh.

Indeed it is. Pretty much herbal, not much spicy even tere should be mostly ginger in. It was just generic herbal with sweet licorice afterstaste and pepper in caused it tasted bit like those little red radish. Pretty unusual in a tea and honestly it is not what I was looking for there. Some lemongrass notes.

Could be better, but wasn’t bad :) just I am not pleased of this one.

Flavors: Herbs, Lemongrass, Licorice, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

Happy birthday! :D


Birthday! Well Martin enjoy your special day!


Birthday? You share the day with my son! May yours be a good one!


Haha it seems our birthday is a common one! (: Happy birthday to your son, gmathis!

Martin Bednář

Happy birthday Nattie and son of gmathis as well. Yep, I am here for one quarter of a century. Life is fast. Sometimes too much.

And thank you everyone :)


I’ll just honorarily adopt the two of you, then.


Happy birthday to Martin, Nattie, and son of gmathis! May it be blessed!

Martin Bednář

I accept that gladly gmathis :)


Haha, me too! Agreeable terms. Happy to be part of an online tea family (:

And thank you, ashmanra!


Tell the truth. Be kind. Be on time. Clean up your own mess. Do things without being asked. (Ha! The two of you didn’t know what you were getting yourselves into! ;)

Martin Bednář

The next-to-last rule is hard gmathis! Haha, I will try my best though.


Haha, I didn’t know there would be rules! I can deal with everything except being on time. My timekeeping is the worst! :P

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