648 Tasting Notes

55

Prepared this one again and… well okay I guess?

Green tea is, as I said in previous tasting note, very stale, boring and hay like. Melissa made it it earthy and lemon peel bit refreshing.

Overall very average though.

Flavors: Earth, Hay, Lemon Zest

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Yata Watte by Dilmah
648 tasting notes

I got this tea bag in “big bags section”, so it is probably quite old.

“Watte means Estate, Yata means Low” — that’s what they claim on back side of tea bags.
Low Grown (upto 1000 feet altitude)
Another statements: “Heavy, robust & deep in colour. In the style of a Cabernet Sauvignon!”

I guess it is right again (see https://steepster.com/Martin-CZE/posts/401794 ). It is heavy and robust, and very deep brown colour. But something is missing in the flavour profile. It was nice, malty tea, but somehow too strong. I like really malty teas, but here were some metallic aftertaste as well and it was quite drying and astringent.

Maybe it is age, maybe it is tea-dust in a tea bag. If I don’t have lots of black teas in my cupboard (and actually lots of teas), I would look for some Ceylon teas. Teakruthi? Probably.

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Malt, Metallic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85

SIPDOWN

That was quite quick sipdown, as I think I had it once or twice? Anyway, there were 3 teaspoons left and I used all of them for my 300 ml cup.

It was certainly very chamomile in flavours today, but as well creamy and bit of citrus fruits, mostly I think of oranges.

It was more herbal than last time, but certainly not bad and I will keep 85, even it’s quite high rating. But it was nice and maybe iced it would be nice as well.

Flavors: Creamy, Herbs, Orange

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

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83

Although I am nonewhere near to Nirvana I decided to brew this one. For those who want to know results from my mathematics exam from Friday — I failed. I failed and I want to see my results because I just don’t believe it! I know I did not solved all the problems, but that amount of points is just… weird.

I don’t want to hear “I am sorry Martin, you did your best…” and similar. I did not. I was, ehm, lazy! This is not something I could learn in few days, moreover some days were really days I did nothing! I am always excusing myself this or that disturbed me, or I don’t have mood for that or … excuses, excuses, excuses!

Tea itself is pretty nice. Blend is made from nice-looking teas, jasmine is nice and present. Spearmint is adding little bit of cooling notes, which is nice in today hot day (in 10 am it reaches up to 25 °C, but it is sultry weather and I had problems to take groceries back home which was 400 metres away. During next week I have three another exams, in Tuesday — road transport technology and managment, Wednesday — International transport, Thursday — Theory of Graphs.

Tea itself… back to tasting note
is actually pretty nice. Jasmine and spearmint don’t work perfectly, but tea itself is nice and light, quite refreshing. Maybe it reminds me bit some cookies, but it is as well nicely grassy, though in aroma it is rather hay.
Nice thirst-quenching drink :)

Flavors: Dry Grass, Hay, Jasmine, Spearmint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

Some wise words I memorized a long time ago: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Waiting for “later on” can be tough, though! We’re still pulling for you.

VariaTEA

I am sorry to hear that you failed but I’ve been in this situation too. In my undergrad I didn’t go to class or do readings and I’d study the night before exams and get through maybe 1/2 (sometimes more and sometimes less of the material). I would feel like shit going into the exam because I knew it was just me being lazy. Often it turned out I retained more than I thought and was able to pass but there were times where I failed and it sucks. Hopefully in this case you can see the results and find out you didn’t but if you did, unfortunately there isn’t much you can do now. Every semester I’d promise myself I’d do better the next semester and it took basically all undergrad for me to listen and I completely tanked my GPA. So, just try not to do that and you’ll be alright…as shitty as you might feel now.

Nattie

I know you don’t want us to say sorry, but please don’t think of yourself as lazy. I know from reading how many exams you have and how much you’ve studied for them all that that’s not the case. I had bad anxiety at university and it caused me to drop out in my final year. I didn’t study as much as I should have, because I was overwhelmed. Sometimes when you’re overwhelmed studying is too difficult in the moment. It doesn’t make you lazy – it makes you human.

Martin Bednář

Thank you gmathis for your nice quote. I think it is just so right!

Exactly my problem VariaTEA, somehow I am more and more lazy to do all the stuff I need to. One half… okay there is 50 % chance that I will know. Hm, I guess it doensn’t work that way. But I am struggling with this as well. And… yeah, promises that next semester would be different — I am always saying that to myself but nope, I never did better. Rather worse.

Well, Nattie — I certainly could do more! That’s it. But yeah, I am feeling overwhelmed. But your comment made me almost cry. I don’t know why. Maybe it was because somebody who I don’t know in real life so cares about me? Yes, I am doing lots of exams. I am overwhelmed with them. There is no time to rest. At least one week; but it seems I will “rest” during summer. In a summer-job? Well, it is not that great way to rest :(. I am trying to work harder, especially this week will be so critical as I would like to pass at least two of them. But I have to start studying for tomorrow one at least. I did little yesterday, but still there is plenty to do!

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80

I needed to calm down nerves before tomorrow exam. I prepared less than I want to admit myself, moreover I am somehow sleepy.

And I did almost nothing today, which is bad… really bad. Now it is 5 pm, I went through that two chapters of 4, completely wasn’t focused, feel horrible.

Can’t even write down this tasting note in some timely manner.

Tea is quite boozy, but didn’t helped; bananas, bit spicy (cinnamon?)

Flavors: Alcohol, banana, Cinnamon, Rum

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

I’ve been in this situation and I know it feels terrible but usually you end up being more prepared than you think. Good luck tomorrow!

Martin Bednář

But I did just half of everything what could be in!

Nattie

Good luck Martin, sometimes in situations like this your mind just needs to rest so that it can properly take in the information and protect you from having an overload of stress/anxiety. I’m sure you will do great!

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88

I prepared this tea gong-fu today, but wasn’t doing tasting note while drinking.

4g/85 ml gaiwan, not preheated, rather long rinse, long steeps.

At first the bamboo were quite noticeable, adding quite a pleasant experience, not smoky! Bit woody, deciduous-tree forest. Yummy.

Then it goes through wet forest floor, thick, roasted, bit earthy notes. Honestly, I don’t remember too much, because I was doing lots of other things – mostly studying mathematics for Friday exam. I am not even close to I want to be, I am completely stuck in first two chapters and can’t go past them somehow. I feel bit “that stuff isn’t that necessary” but actually it is as well, of course!

There were some notes of stonefruits, but not in fruity way. Hopefully I will have chance to try this tea without any disturbance, because this tea is worth it.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bamboo, Forest Floor, Roasted, Stonefruits, Thick, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
gmathis

(a word from your cheerleading section)
May the exam questions all be from the section you were stuck in! We’re pulling for you!

mrmopar

Indeed, I concur. I think you said Friday Martin. Knock them out!

Nattie

Wishing you luck for your exam tomorrow Martin!

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55

Apparently I got this tea before. And not that distant past. Just a year back. Aroma is sitll banana like, but brewed and steeped tea is very different. I notice honey as well herbs, mainly chamomile.

In taste it is pretty medicore. Not terribly bad, but sweet and herbal; without much else to notice. No yuck notes, but not something I would drink on daily basis.

And another exam done. Accounting. Pretty meh honestly, but it is done, so it counts!

Flavors: Herbs, Honey, Sweet

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

Tulsi is my go-to when I need something medicinal to unwind, but I can’t see it blending well with either honey or chamomile. I prefer it straight or with mint.

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80

April 2020 subscription, but decided to cut open this tea today.

I needed a strong caffeine boost as I need to do lots of study. And I have slept badly. And I had a headache. Almost a migraine. But I hope it’s not that.

Worked well. Okay I took painkiller, but this tea was so caffeine strong! Yeah!!

And in taste? Well, it was mellow and creamy, with coffee notes and overall very enjoyable. Vanilla here as well, with bit juicy from currants and cranberries maybe? I noticed both of them there today. I wonder if they reblended it or I was just more lucky with ingredients in my DIY tea bag?

Flavors: Coffee, Cranberry, Creamy, Vanilla

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

I really want to try this one. I might place an order while it’s still available on the secret website…

Hope you’re feeling better!

Eelong

Sounds delicious, Martin! Wouldn’t expect a ceylon black with added tidbits of dried nuts, berries, and coffee beans to actually taste pleasant. B&B must know their stuff.

Martin Bednář

Nattie: Kind of. I was tired all day though. I can recommend it if you like Tiramisu or similar cakes. And if it is on Secret website, it will be gone soon? Maybe I am bit sad of it, it is very interesting blend.

Eelong: It is indeed better than expected! Especially if you need strong caffiene boost as I needed. But I understand you tht you don’t believe that almonds, berries and coffee beans + tea can work. I wasn’t believing that myself too (when I saw it for first time)!

Nattie

I actually don’t like tiramisu, but I have a tiramisu flavoured tea which I love! And I love affogato (: I actually finished the last of my Butiki Coffee and Ice Cream tea today and I need something to replace it.

It doesn’t always mean it will be gone soon, but this tea in particular has a little ‘last chance’ stamp on it.

Martin Bednář

If you want, I can save a bit from my sample pouch for you and we can swap. After you finish your cupboard of stale teas :)

Nattie

I would love that, but you might be waiting a while! I have another 180 teas to get through :o

Martin Bednář

I have no problem waiting :). Okay, I will get 10 grams off for you. You may get the pouch, if you lose your “no-buy ban” :)

Nattie

Thank you so much! :D I am so impatient to buy new teas haha, I’m getting through my cupboard as fast as I can! (:

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78

Tried it again; two teaspoons and not boiling, but close to boiling water Haven’t checked temperature, but I guess it was around 85°C.

This time it was much better, not that earthy, rather nice and grassy with fresh and juicy peaches! Today it was how I have expected it! Fresh, ripe peaches with grassy green tea notes and little earthy and herbal from sage. Nice, really interesting blend which isn’t boring at all!

Flavors: Earth, Freshly Cut Grass, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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