166 Tasting Notes

74

I guess this would not be my favourite blend.

I never had a pecan pie. I think it is because pecans are expensive here.

When I took out the bag it was very sweet in aroma with roasted almonds. Not much pecans. And certainly marzipan.

I brewed it for 4+ minutes, with, I guess, 93 °C water.
It was mostly marzipan scent again, bit of almonds. When sipped it was really marzipan sweet and roasted nuts and finally bit of pecans. But unfortunately, the sweetness was bit too much for me. The black tea base did nothing in matter of taste in my opinion.

I understand it can be lovely tea for somebody, but certainly not my cup of tea.

Snack pairing with pecan (I bought it because of this tea) whirl pastry.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Pecan, Roast nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

Never had a pecan pie? Mercy! You do need to visit :)

Martin Bednář

I know I need to :D

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95

Preheated gaiwan 85 ml, boiling water in thermos. 4 grams. Rather loose than packed piece of tea. From Donatzsky.

Aroma of flowers hit my nose even I have not used any water yet. Seems it will be lovely.
When added water to do quick rinse (10 seconds) it became even more floral with notes of baked sweets. The rinse in taste is very sweet, floral and full of taste. In last sips bit of black tea taste.

The brew is really light in colour. Light green with yellow notes.
1st brew is about 12-13 seconds long, very floral in aroma as well in taste. Little fruity notes appear.

2nd 15 seconds
It turns out to bit vegetal, floral and not much fruity. Or maybe more stone fruits and less vegetal? My tastebuds are confused. Anyway really good and I start to feel cha qi – if it is that.

3rd 18 seconds
Scent of wet leaf is cherry wood. Taste of tea is much more fruitier than previous one. Tasty. Sweet. No bitterness or astringency.

4th 25 seconds
Indeed stonefruits. With floral notes. Good!

5th 45 seconds
Fruity with floral notes.

6th 60 seconds
Smooth floral tea. Maybe almost gone. It is nice, but bit bland. Not a long mouthfeel.

7th 75 seconds
Yep, it is done. Little floral notes and that is all.

Flavors: Cherry Wood, Floral, Fruity, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tea, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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drank Touareg by Dammann Freres
166 tasting notes

I wanted something kind of refreshing.
Green tea sounds quite good, with mint even more.

I do not know how hot water was – my brother just filled my cup after he filled his coffee. So I guess something above 90°C. But actually I do not think it has some negative effect.

Tea liquor is golden and clear. Tea itself is very tasty, refreshing and smooth. I think I had tea bag in maybe even for little longer time than 3 minutes but I can´t tell because I was preparing ice cream.

But overall, it is nice tea and refreshing in this hot afternoon. I won´t rate, as I do not have steeping parameters. No additives (it is supposed to be great with lots of sugar).
3 sachets remaining.

Flavors: Mint, Smooth

Preparation
12 OZ / 350 ML

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85

Blue garden.
Jardin bleu.
But why when strawberry tea?

Yep, there are blue notes in black tea sea in sachet.
Strongly aromatic. Rhubarb mostly. Wild strawberries too. Aromas are great.

This is so strawberry in taste. I not biting one, right? Strawberries with cream. That’s it. Little rhubarb tartness. Great morning tea.

Flavors: Cream, Rhubarb, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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Let’s try another tea. I just randomly picked this one. I wanted something light and fresh and this looks pretty much like that.

Boiling water, 85 ml gaiwan, 7 and something grams. Preheated gaiwan but no actual notes – it was just tea. I like it is not single coloured tea.

10 seconds rinse, I drank it. I notice pine and lemon zest? Weird combo. Smooth in taste though.

1st steep, 15 seconds.
The aroma of pine is stronger. I mean, it is like forest floor now. Taste is so smooth. I like it.

2nd steep, 15 seconds again.
It tastes pretty similar as first steep. Maybe a little stronger. Still pretty nice.

3rd, 30 seconds.
I don’t know why I decided for longer brew. But piney flavours and aromas are dominating. I took caramel cookies to bit something.

4th, 30 seconds
It is slowly turning to vegetal notes. Maybe bit of bitterness.

5th, 45 seconds.
I think I will do it this way. Each two steepings with same steeping time.
Then change. Vegetal. Certainly vegetal notes. Bitterness gone again.

6th, 45 seconds
Yep vegetal.

7th and following ones.
Minute and longer.
Still nice and smooth. Enjoyable.

Conclusion:
It is nice tea, but bit different than I expected. Quite vegetal, pine. I expected bit more fresh taste. Honestly I expected bit more. I won’t rate so far.

Preparation
7 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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84

Muslin sachet, 75 degrees, 90+ seconds.

I unpacked it from foil wrapping expexting at most pyramid sachet. But It was muslin one. At least I think it is a muslin one. That was nice surprise. I boiled the water and let it cool down on its own. No fridge, no ice – just slowly cooling down. Then it hit 75 °C mark and I put the bag in.

After recommended (half between Cameron B’s and half what is written) I took from yellowish-green liquor sachet out. It is clear, nice colour.

In taste it is nice grassy tea with notes of spinach I think. Quite unexpected – sweet.

Pretty easydrinking sencha – with not so complex flavours. But I understand it is nice for morning – they even suggest it. Let’s see how it will wake me up :)

Flavors: Grass, Spinach, Sweet

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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93

And SIPDOWN!
Haha, I had just one sachet of it. It was a sample in package of two boxes I received from Swiss friend Fabiana. Thank you!

Dry leaf aroma was soo great. Orange, grapefruits, maybe some other citrus fruits too. And then! Spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, orange zest, lemon zest.

Used 85 °C hot water, steeping for 4 and half minutes with quick rinse afterwards.
Wonderful clear, golden-copper colour. Shiny.

Wet aroma is full of spices, mainly cloves and cinnamon combined with oranges. Ripe sweet oranges.

And in taste? Yep, oranges again with spicy aftertaste. Hmm, so good. Tea base is nice, not overpowering the fruity taste of this tea. I am not sure if it is not freshly squeezed hot orange juice combined with spices. No tartness, no astringency. It even reminds me maybe some kind of cake?

LOVELY!

Flavors: Orange, Spices

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

Oh, and it is my #150 tasting note. Woohoo!

Kawaii433

Congratz Martin :D

Kittenna

Hey, a sipdown’s a sipdown! Congrats on 150 :)

Martin Bednář

Thank you Kawaii433 and Kittenna :)

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97

I have received a lots of tea today. As you can see in my cupboard. Dammann from my Swiss friend (as birthday gift). And for postage all others. From IRC #tea guy. Thanks Donatzsky!

And this is one from him.

Rinse smelled after leather. I don’t recall if I noticed it earlier in tea.
In taste of course weak (was 10 seconds long)

1st steep
15 seconds. Camphor notes. And floral. Thick. In taste not so intense, but still very nice. Golden liquor.
2nd steep
15 seconds too. Strong aromas of above. Still very thick.
3rd
15 seconds. More floral notes. Less thick I think.
4th
20 seconds. Maybe bit of corniferous forest? Floral taste weaker. Wet forest floor.
5th
20 seconds again. Camphor maybe waking up a bit. Sweeter aftertaste.
6th
30 seconds. I think it is not so full of flavours anymore. Still sweet aftertaste. As I was writing with sender, he came up with licorice. I agree, but it is not so astrigent.
7th
looong – one minute.
Still so great. I was afraid it will be too much.
It is not. Now it is great in terms of flavours. Great combination of both. Still same, but still tasty.

8th
Last one. Again one minute long. My thermos is empty. So it means one full liter of it. Whoa. And not a single one steep was boring.
From leather notes through floral and needles to licorice. I guess that means full of flavour. I liked this session. And I hope you liked this tasting note. It is over now.

Flavors: Camphor, Floral, Leather, Licorice, Wet Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
gmathis

Birthday today? Can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with new tea! Hope it was full of joy and other good surprises.

Martin Bednář

Not today, 24th. She wasn´t sure if it can make it before it, so she ordered it before. Way too early!

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drank Forest Fruit by Loyd Tea
166 tasting notes

I don´t expect much at all. I think they used pyramid sachet just because it is cool now. It rather looks they use same mix even for classical tea bags.

I woke up quite early today; and as there was a storm in night everything was wet. Including grass! So I took my scythe and started to mow the grass. After one hour I returned back home and had tooth for fruit tea. Weird.

Well; opened the box and it is strongly aromatic. Put it into hot water and all room is filled with forest fruit aroma. I do not think it is natural. Otherwise I prepared it as written. 5 minutes steep of boiling water.

Liquor turned into raspberry red and so does smell after raspberries and blackberries. The liquor is clear though. Aroma is quite nice, but artificial.

Taste is watery and very tart, with little notes of blackberries. Raspberry only as raspberry seeds. I can not recommend this tea. Well what I have expected?

Drank plain (as always), no additives added.

Flavors: Blackberry, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
haptiK

i have some licorice & ginger root tea from harney and sons that comes in a triangular sachet. my understanding of the triangular design is that they allow for more water to contact tea and as well as allow for a higher quality tea then their bag counterparts which is typically just tea dust. so i guess it means if it comes in a triangle, it’s a better quality tea.

now my retort to that would be that if the industry can shape you into that thought process then they can go back to stuffing low grade tea into triangles and the consumer will think it’s a higher grade. so my mantra is loose leaf and if i want it in a bag i’ll bag it myself.

of course that’s not always possible since some teas will just come prepared in a bag and thats the only way you can get it. meh.

gmathis

I have this one — it’s labeled Raspberry/Blackberry here, but it is the same stuff. I didn’t care for it hot, either, but it’s OK for an iced tea if you steep it strong in the fridge.

gmathis

(Just OK. Not spectacular.)

Kittenna

You mow grass with a scythe?!

Martin Bednář

haptiK – yep, usually it is like you wrote. Using triangle (pyramid) sachet for better teas. You don´t have to make it so dusty. But No, this one was dusty even in pyramid one.

gmathis – yep, for iced tea it can be okay I think. Maybe I will try it.

Kittenna – yup. I do. We don’t have a mower which is also not very good opinion when it is rather like an orchard. More over, it looks bit like meadow – much better for enviroment and mowing with scythe is way more ecofriendly too. And relaxing!

gmathis

Are Loyd brand teas readily available where you are, Martin? They have a cranberry/ginger with manuka honey that is delicious!

Martin Bednář

They are quite available there, but I am trying to avoid them because in independent tests they found out lots of pesticides and other awful stuff in.

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85

Outside in shadow 25 degrees centigrade.

And I am drinking hot tea. I need to find out how to make iced teas.

But at least I took refreshing tea. At least I remember it was refreshing.
Red colour of tea, which should be green tea. I finally found out what the dry aroma reminds me! It is PEZ candy.

In taste it is not so great. It turned quite buttery, tart from grapefruit. But not much of grapefruit taste. Not even other citrus fruits.

Maybe bad ratio of tea/other ingredients? Dunno.

It does not taste so refreshing as two months back. Bit weird, I expected in hot water it would be better.

Maybe just too hot and I am drinking it hot.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 12 OZ / 350 ML

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