1125 Tasting Notes

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drank Magic Aloe by Oxalis
1125 tasting notes

So yeah, I finally got to try this tea. Sending this blindly to AJRimmer and it was the winner of the Advent teas; so I was naturally very curious why it was so loved.

But days were flying by; they didn’t had it in stock, but in 1kg bulk; so I was still waiting and waiting and then ordered again from other company. I have 50 grams, so if anyone wants to try, I have quite a plenty left.

I must say it is delicious and unique blend. I think I notice that pineapple fruity flavour, somehow tropical; but aloe flavour is nice and present there as weell, but I am not able to describe it well. I agree with AJRimmer’s note saying almost fruity, almost minty, almost savoury

Although it is a bit weird blend, it works well and green rooibos is great base for it. It’s pretty much mouth-coating, but not in sticky way; and pineapple fruitiness is great. They say it is citrusy, but I don’t think so. Cold-brew, or iced-tea… I bet it can be a winner for the upcoming summer.

Flavors: Pineapple, Tropical

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Courtney

This one sounds unique! Now I’ve had to go and add to wishlist haha!

Martin Bednář

Well, we can make a swap and you could give it a try :) Aaaalthough, not sure when.

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Tired, with sore arm, both because of my first Covid-19 vaccine shot, but happy I got it. Unhappy about my exam from mathmatics I took yesterday, I will write the teacher, as I am a bit afraid they have not checked all the papers I retuned. If I truly failed, last attempt (ever!) will be 2nd July. So, there is hope. And well, time to focus on the problems and not the theory.

But after a few days hiatus, here I am again, drinking another cold-brew tea hot. I have to agree with Cameron B. in most of her tasting note. It is a bit flat, flavoured rooibos. I could notice a bit of strawberries, but coconut and creaminess nonewhere to be found. I have been expecting more jammy note as well. When I was adding a vanilla part of my vanilla-mango ice cream I had with it, it truly awakes the flavours, but I hadn’t got enough ice cream to add it completely to the hot cup. And mango would ruin it I am afraid; so I need to buy a bourbon vanilla ice cream soon.

While it wasn’t a bad tea, I have been expecting way more.

Flavors: Fruity, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
tea-sipper

Yeah for your vaccine! I hope you pass on July 2! I’m glad you are planning on trying this with ice cream. It’s the best. Because you mentioned not tasting coconut I had to check to see on their site if they are still using coconut to this blend and yes they are. I wouldn’t mind if they stopped using coconut and used something like marshmallow root… or anything else really. Hey, they changed the blend of their bonfire toffee, so maybe they will eventually change from the coconut.

ashmanra

Praying about exams!

Use your arm and hydrate! That was the advice we were given with our shot. Also, when you get the second shot, make sure you eat good, nutritious filling food each meal the day before and day of. That way if you start feeling bad you will not also be too hungry!

Martin Bednář

tea-sipper: I hope too. It’s not much time to prepare, especially when I had similar amount of time this time, but ces’t la vie. I am curious how this tea will work out with ice cream :)

ashmanra: Thank you! While I was getting my shot I was just said no alcohol for the weekend (I got it on Friday) and no hard work with my arm :) It still hurts now and then, and I feel rather the tiredness now than sore arm. Eating a good food seems like a good idea. I hope second shot wouldn’t make me feel bad though.

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Interesting to find this tea over here, but glad to find it :) At least I don’t have to add another tea, which would end with one single tasting note.

My soul is again a bit too crazy today. I am overthinking everything again and overall feel somehow miserable. In a week I will have an exam (if I won’t postpone it) and I need to study much much harder but I couldn’t find a way to do it.

Anyway this tea is from big bags section again and it seems it is not available anymore. It doesn’t taste anyhow special. It’s decent herbal tea, but somehow okay only and there isn’t some distinctive flavour at all.

Flavors: Herbs

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

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Prepared hot, although this tea should be cold-brewed. I shall try that preparation method once! Suggestions welcomed.

Honestly, again not much of pears here. A bit more than in Jasmine Poached Pears though and less bubblegummy for sure. If I would drinking it cold, I think I could manage to feel the cider-y flavour. Hot… not that much. I was able to notice the lime leaves though and overall, it was pretty okay. Nothing to have necessary right again, but as cold drink it will be good I am sure.

No news about my job application so far; I had an interview (rather replying on a video my replies only) back on Tuesday. But other great news is that I have registered for Covid-vaccine today (as it opened for my age group today midnight) and now I am waiting for a dates I could go there (you can choose). I have it about 10 minutes from my home by foot and I have been to that place countless times.

Flavors: Linden, Pear

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

Yay! I’m glad you’ll get your first dose soon! Even better that the location is nearby.

ashmanra

Hooray! Glad you are able to get your shot soon!

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This is one of those free tea bags I have received and quite a lots of them, as they have BB date on 12 June 2021. But I am prettyy sure they will be good even after that date and they won’t just go bad 13 June.

Anyway, I had a third cup of this tea already as I have tried it several times in May.
It is rather Turmeric & Lemon, I couldn’t notice much of ginger there. Mostly lemongrass is present in flavour. Turmeric is hadding a quite an interesting combination over there. Ginger is giving a bit of heat, but luckily not much and it rather brings some “density” and it is not flat in flavour. The rest of ingredients I couldn’t notice at all.

Overall, quite a nice caffeine-free cup. Nothing to keep as well, but drinking it now and then, why not, huh?

Flavors: Lemongrass, Turmeric

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

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drank Spirit Mate by Greenfield
1125 tasting notes

Yesterday afternoon tea. Maté with lime flavour sounds indeed very interesting!

And smells great! Lime aroma was quite genuine with some bitter and herbal undertone.

In taste it was quite bitter, but for me who isn’t much experienced with Maté… it was surprising. But not in a bad way. Lime juiciness and other citrus notes were complementing the flavour of maté well and it was nice experience. Nothing to have necessary in my cupboard as a must have tea, but keeping a few bags, why not?

And as we have a new month here again, stats time for May!

Tea types:
Black 25
Green 11
Herbal 10
Rooibos 6
Puerh 4
Fruit 4
White 3
Oolong 1
Total: 64 teas; that means roughly more than two teas per day. Well, busy month with many exams and working on thesis. And weather is warmer as well.

Average rating: 75.53
I have drank 41 loose leaf teas, the rest was bagged.

I wrote only 20 tasting notes here in May! And sipped down 4 teas.
Those numbers are interesting as I used to write here much more — but apparently I was
more purposive than usual I am. As of sipdowns, I blame that I wasn’t caring too much about the teas I have there and rather trying the new ones too.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Lime

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

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Prepared western, 3g for 300 ml.

Bingdao area. It says nothing to me. As always. So… need to study more puerhs and their location. Will it be better than my Jinggu experience? Will it be worse? It is sheng from 2014, so quite old. No idea if it is too old or aged well. This company is new for me, too. So kinda blind buy from me. Old trees. Does it change anything?

I took the leaves out of heat wrapped foil wrapping and… it was mineral. Like too much mineral. Then, some other notes. Is it peachy-fruity? Weird! Soft aroma then… maybe it needed to breath out a bit I guess.

Anyway, I took 3 grams of that loose part of this tea, haven’t took any chunks. I think I have steeped it for 4 minutes maybe? I am not really sure to be honest. Either way, it was just right as I got very nice fruity puerh with peach note and some kind of mineral aftertaste. It was smooth with little, but needed astringency. Long and nice mouthfeel. Can’t wait to gongfu it.

Flavors: Astringent, Mineral, Peach, Smooth, Stonefruit

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Decided to gongfu this tea today. 4 grams / 125 ml gaiwan.

I am not much able to tell the difference in flavour profile. Maybe it was a bit more chocolate-y, but as I have prepared 5 steps 20-45 seconds long as they suggest, it was fading quite quickly and overall it was quite woody, with typical shu profile. After fifth steep it was like a woody water.

While it wasn’t a bad tea, it wasn’t anything I would order in a cake profile or bigger quantity.

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet, Thick, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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A tea bag from Izzy. I should finish that box faster, but somehow… it goes slowly. Thank you anyway!

I actually thought that this tea have black tea base, but nope… happens, but whatever. The aroma from the foilwrapping is indeed reminding a sour peach and other fruit taste.

While steeping, I realised it is fruit tea and not black tea… and well I let it steep for almost five minutes as ETS teas needs longer steeping time.” and well the flavour wasn’t one of the strongest. It was indeed peachy, pleasantly sour (glad for that!) but hibiscus tartness in the background and then some other, let’s say tropical, fruits. The peach was dominant, but not much. Overall, it was quite okay. I have hopef for a bit more to be honest, but I can’t point out what I am lacking here.

Flavors: Peach, Pleasantly Sour, Tropical

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

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drank Berry Fusion by Eminent
1125 tasting notes

Another free tea bag included and again… a dismal.

First of fall, seeing ingredients where is Ceylon tea and “Berry flavor” — that should warn me before drinking.

It was even worse than Chai as it was indeed a pure black tea and there wasn’t anything that contrubutes in any way to flavour. The flavour was faded and flat. It wasn’t tasting artificial, but generic berry like.

Base tea? Well, it was that typical Ceylon flavour I have met so many times…nothing to write about. Very poor tea.

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

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