648 Tasting Notes

99

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!

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML
amandastory516

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

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday!!!

ashmanra

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 :)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v6jgvrGJIUfdgQ0bfACzX7ReWiwl9hinXG4K2b03kDU/edit?usp=sharing

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

Leafhopper

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

Teatotaler

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

ashmanra

Wow! Happy birthday to you, also, Teatotaler!

ashmanra

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.

Nattie

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

mrmopar

Happy birthday Martin!

Martin Bednář

Thank you mrmopar!

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54

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

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

Happy birthday! :D

mrmopar

Birthday! Well Martin enjoy your special day!

gmathis

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

Nattie

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 :)

gmathis

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

ashmanra

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

Martin Bednář

I accept that gladly gmathis :)

Nattie

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

And thank you, ashmanra!

gmathis

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.

Nattie

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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66

I dunno if this blend needed to rest a bit, but tuerned out pretty nice and flavourful. Prepared remaining 7 grams grandpa in my 300 ml cup.

It was quite lemony, but as well somehow quite round taste, not artificial, or too sour. It would be bit tricky to try find pancake flavours, but it was quite sweet as well. I think hints of pancakes were there too, bit of pancake dough :).

But it was all so balanced, and unless it was sweet for me, it was nice. Not really sad to see it go, but at least it is another sipped down tea :)

Keeping the rating on 66.

Flavors: Lemon, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

I love ‘lemugar’ pancakes haha, so I was really tempted to pick up some of this tea. I think it’s gone now though.

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drank Youth Berry by McCoy Teas
648 tasting notes

Another chance (and pretty much random choice of flavoured blacks).

It is decent for sure, base tea is nice and aromas are pretty much cherry and pineapple, but flavour is lacking. It was slighly fruit and that’s all. The base dominates so much! Hints of florals now and then.

Life part: Still haven’t got any information about summer-job which is pretty much upsetting. Maybe I will do inventory checks even during summer? Argh! Maybe I will ask for first week in July for checking the premises for my Bachelor thesis. First week I have my nieces around so I need something “to do” — unless I want (I don’t at all) to spend time with them. Panic attack triggers.
Tomorrow I have exam from Algorithms and programming. It is maybe a month since I tried to write some program, so I am not really sure how much succesful I will be, moreover it really depends on the teacher as well and his mood. Time flies faster than I want (not only: to admit). It is two weeks-month since Covid started, right? :)

Flavors: Cherry, Pineapple, Tea

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

Good luck with your exam, your job and your nieces! (:

Martin Bednář

Thank you Nattie :)

Martin Bednář

Well, everything went wrong today. So, no summer-job like last summers (so I will do inventory checks, hopefully). Exam failed. It wasn’t hard. It just didn’t suited me. Happens. I am just tired of everything and nieces comming isn’t helping much. Of course it all together triggered pretty much several panic attack. But it is okay now I guess.

Nattie

I’m sorry to hear that ): panic attacks are awful. Have you spoken to anyone at your school about them? They might be able to help you out.

Martin Bednář

I go to therapist every 3 months, so they are pretty much okay usually. I take escilopram and its side effects aren’t great, but it is not so addictive — one of the reasons, why he decided to prescribed them to me. Sucks though.

Nattie

It definitely sucks, I’ve been there. Are your school aware? Maybe you could get a doctor’s note for extra time in exams or something?

Martin Bednář

It is not in the list for reasons having extra time. But usually they just go away in the time of exam. I am having them usually day before (or generally time before exam). I think it is quite normal, unless it is too much altogether.

Nattie

Oh man, that’s a shame ): Well, you seem to be coping quite well with them at least. Just know that we are all hear to listen if you want to talk or just rant in your tasting notes. (:

Martin Bednář

Nattie, I am really trying to cope with it. But sometimes it is overwhelming. It is indeed bad now or then. Now it is Saturday, in Wednesday I have exam (last chance); tomorrow night I am working, in the afternoon of Sunday my nieces will come; moreover I am going to check premises of bachelor thesis Monday morning… (I will arrive around 6 am home, in 10 am I have to be in that store)

Enough!!! I feel so tired of everything, but summer just come and I will work nights after nights; pretty much meh but I need money. I need to rest badly after 5 years of study!

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86

Another tea from June 2020 subscription.

Yesterday… a day without a tea. I wasn’t even in the mood for some!

But today my tastew buds were craving for some tea again, and this sounded pretty much what I wanted. Bold black tea with fruit notes.

Well, it is quite sweet based on dry aroma. If peachy, honestly I am not sure. Quite fine tea itself.
Two teaspoons per 300 ml, basic 3 minutes steeping time.
Well, pretty nice! Base tea is present well with nice peach-vanilla notes. Somehow sticky taste, but it worked well together!

TIL Peach Cobbler is a dessert, more over looks super tasty! I wonder how much similar is it to this tea!

Flavors: Peach, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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72
drank Berry Tea by Brewhaha
648 tasting notes

I wasn’t in a mood for a tea today.

But decided to brew something and this tea bag I got somewhere, I wonder where I got it. Company doesn’t exist from April 2018, last (working) website capture is from January 2016. So it is at least 4 and half years old tea. Sad to see companies go.

For some reason I thought it is berry tea with black tea base. It is not.

While steeping a weird medicinal aroma jumped out of mug. Honeslty I was afraid I will have to dump it, but then more fruity notes appear (although in artificial way). After 4 minutes of steeping the colour was pretty similar to colour on the box.

Taste wasn’t watery at all, it was pretty much fruity. Raspberries, hints of strawberry. Artifical though pretty much. Luckily everything as medicinal turned into artificial (a good change? Who knows.) I am surprised that spearmint is in, I haven’t noticed it at all. Nor rooibos. And it was actually pretty tart (I assume lots of hibiscus was in).

Oh well… why I am drinking old tea bags of companies which don’t exist anymore?

Flavors: Artificial, Medicinal, Raspberry, Tart

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

Sad so many companies are closing. This one had a great name.

Martin Bednář

Indeed. Great name and pretty nice visual. As I had only two of their teas, I don’t know much about teas.

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Mixed up “Klarer Kopf” and St. SebasTea Ceylon High Grown black tea in ratio roughly 1:1. I need to calm down because of exam today (I failed that one in Tuesday (next year!), yesterday I have passed International transport one) from Theory of Graphs. Honestly I wasn’t really able to focus on studies yesterday, so I went with some fast study in the morning (exam was from 10 am). So black tea for caffeine, herbals for calming down. Fuck you panic attacks and remorses.

So, if I have passed this one, one will remain. And that one is planned next Tuesday. Algorithms and programming. Something from last year. I have to pass it finally this year to have it done. It is really stressful stuff, because it mostly depends on teachers mood. If he wants you to fail, he will make you fail. He is programmer as a job, did some very improtant and nice programms, but he can’t explain it to people who don’t want/can’t do it. And he have got Rhotacism. I am not laughing on him, but maybe he is solving his issues with it in a way he let students fail? Hopefully not, but who knows.

As of today exam, well… I don’t know. It was too theory like, I would rather enjoy practial stuff there. But wasn’t it so bad. We will see. (If worst, I will go in September to resit)

mrmopar

Good luck on it Martin.

ashmanra

I had to look up rhotacism! I had never heard this term, although I am very familiar with this type of speech impediment. I just never knew it had a specific name! I hear children with it, but I thought speech therapy usually made it go away…but British comedian Jonathan Ross still has it.

Martin Bednář

Yay! I have passed today one and moreover the Tuesday failed one…I will have one more resit chance! What a great day.

By the way, I have rhoracism as well, I can’t pronounce “r” well and moreover for sure I have rhotacism bohemicus, which is kinda funny and sad in same time as I have the trouble letter in my surname!

ashmanra

Martin: Same with Jonathan Ross the comedian! Obviously, his last name is Ross and he can’t say the first letter, it sounds more like “Woss.” . He does some gags off it every now and then.

Hooray for the test! Almost done!

Nattie

Congrats on your tests!

Martin Bednář

Thanks. Two to go!

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82

June 2020 subscription

Interesting tea. Their small pouch for 20 grams, which is usually full to half, sometimes little bit more than half is now completely full.

So in my DIY tea bag is in: two rose buds, two big pieces of strawberry and raspberry, some raspberry leaf, lots of rose petals. Fuller than usual.

After 5 minutes of steeping it is bright and pink. Naturally it is very strong in rose aroma and beneath of it there are fruit notes, probably mosty strawberries. When sipped, it is actually rather fruity. There are raspberries and strawberries and in the background there are roses. Purpose of raspberry leaf is probably giving some “depth” of flavour.

I have to try this one iced, after all night steep. That would suit this tea better I think. But it is tasty nevertheless.

Flavors: Raspberry, Rose, Strawberry

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

Added to my wishlist! This sounds good for summer.

Martin Bednář

Yeah, I think same.

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78
drank Ten Ren oolong by Ten Ren
648 tasting notes

Is it this one? Who knows. It is 10 grams from derk, saying “Ten Ren oolong, 10 grams; how old ?” But thank you anyway!

I used 3 grams in my 300 ml glass cup, grandpa style. It seems it is more than enough. Leaves expanded and are half filliing the cup! Aroma – well, I think I note vegetal and mostly beans?

Taste is generic vegetal, but quite nice and mellow. Maybe bit buttery?

Anyway; probably quite cheap, but nice. Thank you derk!

Flavors: Butter, Green Beans, Vegetal

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

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83

Hah, it seems it could be quite new even it is from huge bags. Maybe it is indeed, I have faint memory that I bought this one while I was in Prague.

Anyway, haven’t expected much and it delivers exactly what I expected. Quite nice green tea flavours, it was grassy and mellow. Popped rice brought that popcorn expected flavour, bit roasted as well.

Nice genmaicha :)

Flavors: Grass, Roasted, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Nattie

There are tea shops in Prague? I’m going to drag my boyfriend to them! :D

Martin Bednář

You bet! Few really nice ones and I bet we could find Dobra Tea shops/rooms there as well.

Nattie

I’m going to have to do some research before I come over there (:

Martin Bednář

I am still waiting for e-mail from you to reply with lots of suggestions :)

Nattie

I’ve saved your email address to my phone for use when we book our holiday, I will for sure be sending you a message! We’re hoping to book in the next couple of months but we want to wait and see how the Coronavirus situation plays out first.

Martin Bednář

good, good :) Covid situation over here is quite okay, just few sources (Prague is one among them, honestly). Safety first!

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