650 Tasting Notes

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drank Magic Apple by Teekanne
650 tasting notes

I expected more when I got Fresh Orange from same series. But apparently Fresh Orange is much better and stands off all other teas. This one, is apparently apple flavourred and yes, I have noticed it as pleasantly sour apple pieces, while I rather expected sweet notes of apples. And cinnamon? It is there in flavours as well, but rather like a warming element than anything else. Pretty boring, one-dimensional.

Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Flavors: Apple Skins, Cinnamon, Pleasantly Sour

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

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43

Right after I finished my Ceylon tea, my father (who went retired today!) come and said he wants a coffee. Well, and he don’t want to drink it alone, so I have picked another tea, this time something caffeine-free as that tea was very caffeine strong.

I apparently picked wrong tea. Rooibos was well present, but “madam Grey” flavour — that citrusy aroma and taste was incredlibly strong, reminding me rather dish soap, noticed only lemon notes. It was indeed very strong, making aroma and taste quite unbearable. Well in ingredients is listed: rooibos 90 %, aroma. So 10 % of that tea bag (2 g) is full of aroma/flavours, or I don’t know what?

It was way too strong! That’s what I disliked on this tea.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Lemon

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

Congrats to your father! That’s a big step! (:

mrmopar

Indeed, a lifetime of work and now some time to enjoy.

ashmanra

Congrats to your father! I hope he has a wonderfully happy retirement!

derk

I was permanently scarred by a rooibos Earl Grey. I hope your father finds great pleasure in retirement!

Martin Bednář

Haha, thank you teafriends! He said to me it is so strange to wake up and in mind “I don’t have to do anything, and I will get money.” Haha.

derk: yep, decent rooibos earl grey will be pretty hard to find I guess. This one was just bad. Too citrusy. But rooibos base wasn’t bad!

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86

Apparently it’s few days only since I drank this one for first time and now it is sipdown as well. Well, thanks for sample derk!

Prepared same as 9 days ago — 3 grams of tea, western. 4 minutes steeping.

Aroma is storngly toffee! Then honey, stewed fruits. Oh wow, such different!
Taste is different too… do I steeped it longer today? It is stewed fruits, malts, little but noticeable astringency. Certainly this tea feels heavier today, I don’t notice any roasted nuts today. Not even that citrus zest. I am not that sure about easy-drinking tea too.

Whoa, 9 days difference, so big difference in tea as well. There is only one same thing. I am tired. I woke up about 3.30 am (after going to bed in 10 pm) and haven’t slept since. I don’t know why.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Stewed Fruits, Toffee

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

Martin, the dog woke me up at 3:30 am so he could go pee and I could not go back to sleep either! There was a curfew last night and some looting but not too near me, a few miles away. If he doesn’t get an evening walkie, he always has to be let out around 3:30. Curfew again tonight, but my husband walked him already so hopefully I will get some sleep! I hope you do, too.

Martin Bednář

I never understood the looting related to every riot. Of course there will be better negotiating position if there is no rooting. I am sad it is in your city as well ashmanra! Curfews are always the last solution. I understand riots, but not loots.

I slept much better today :) I hope you as well.

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81

Decided to brew pu-erh in gaiwan again, I need to calm down and this somehow works well to me. Not just tea, but sitting and enjoying the cuppa.

I prepared 5 grams in 85 ml gaiwan, boiling water in thermos. Quick rinse (10 seconds), letting humidity for 5 minutes to entry the chunk of tea.

First steep was ten seconds long and it brewed so dark… bit oily brew. The taste was quite boring, typical shu flavour, woody, no notes of chocolate I noticed last time.
Second one was with 5 seconds extra, brewed even darker, the taste is nice and mellow, but again that typical shu, without any complexity. I haven’t reached that soup is ultra thick and will coat your mouth throughout the session, just like a good old Irish stout! yet too. But it looks like that for sure. Some sweet notes bit reminding vanilla appears.

Third one, 25 seconds. It’s not that dark! Dark mahogany colour right now, clear.
Indeed some sweet notes are there. Not sure about the vanilla, but sweet. What is sweet, but somehow mild? Not sugary sweet? Is it that notes of chocolates I noticed other day?

Another. 30 seconds.
Smooth shu. There are no rough notes. Decent.

45 seconds. I am drinking it somehow fast. Do I hurry? Noo! Why then? Anyway, it’s so nice, mellow, easydrinking.

Another 45 seconds long steep. Did I bite dark chocolate? No, it is just a tea.

Praying for justice and calm heads in US, I hope that methods of police will change too. I don’t consider normal kneeing on someone’s neck. Moreover when he was trying to breath. I don’t say that riots will solve anything, but honestly I am not surprised. What else they can do? Should they remain silent? I am afraid that is what they want.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
Nattie

What happened to George Floyd was unforgiveable. My heart breaks for everyone affected. ):

ashmanra

You are right, Martin, that was not normal or just. It is so, so sad. As Nattie said, heartbreaking.

Martin Bednář

There are reasons to riot, for sure. It is not first, nor last (I am afraid) of those situations. As I said, I don’t understand that method at all. Kneeing on the neck sounds pretty brutal to me.

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88

Hmm. Received two tea bags from derk, but for some reason it was forgotten. And moreover not even in my virtual cupboard. I decided to brew it 5 minutes in freshly boiled water, without any checking how I should make it. And by coincidence I prepare it fairly similar to derk. THANK YOU to California.

Anyway to the tea; I needed something to calm nerves a bit, and this worked beautifully. I did not passed mathematics exam I took today (yes, in Saturday), which indeed made me sad. I had so high hopes. So next week re-sit.

This tea struck my nose with its spearmint notes. Refreshing, fresh; then hints of flowers and in background hints of vanilla. Brewed, vanilla notes with flower notes are there in aroma, but in taste it is mellow vanilla flower tea. With cooling aftertaste of spearmint. It is bit sweet for my tooth, but basically I can’t say any disparaging word.

No song pairing, okay, let’s make one (cover from Bob Dylan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMurtgI1CTI
Food pairing: store-bought chocolate mousse
Photo pairing:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/15241033[email protected]/49952614157 — taken today after I went to our garden to mow grass (with scythe), but as it was dry, it was too hard to mow. I gave up pretty quickly, but honestly I wanted to take few pictures…

Flavors: Flowers, Spearmint, Sweet, Vanilla

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

Sorry about your exam, Martin. I hope the resit goes well (:

Shae

So sorry, Martin. Exams can be so stressful and I know it’s disappointing when you’ve spent so much time studying for them. On another note, your photo is gorgeous. I’m also quite impressed that you mow your grass with a scythe!!

ashmanra

Oh, I love your bee beetle! And such a pretty daisy!

I hope the resit goes well! Meanwhile, relax and breathe, and enjoy the beauty of nature around you.

The Bob Dylan cover is good, his voice is well suited to it.

Martin Bednář

Nattie: I hope as well. I felt really miserable after I found out that I failed.
Shae: Exactly said! I don’t want to have it easy, but little lowering standards or… I don’t know, but I am feeling enough of this. It’s like some line I can’t cross somehow. My mind is stuck in the middle to pass/fail. Mowing grass with scythe is relaxing :) and thank you for noticing my photo.

ashmanra: thank you! I hope too, today I enjoyed free day, but tomorrow studies start again. Not only this subject but two others I will have in Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Today is not that wonderful day, but still nice to sit down, watch Crew Dragon travel to ISS. I am also glad that you liked the cover of Bob Dylan.

Nattie

Try not to be hard on yourself, you’ve had a lot of exams and it’s even more stressful than usual right now. You’re doing really well.

mrmopar

That butterfly is a good picture too. Good luck on the next round. Never Surrender!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X5SBVW5hzI

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73
drank Mint by St. Clair's
650 tasting notes

Big bags series tea.

Well, it’s not bad; actually, quite tasty.

The mint is very nice and pleasant, refreshing and smooth. But it is that strong that base tea is overpowered and not noticeable. Probably the base is as well good, just weak in flavours. No malty notes; almost nothing as I wrote before. I would like base stronger, or weaker mint.

Flavors: Mint

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

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70

Certainly it has got peachy flavour. And rose flavour.

But it was quite weak in flavour. Maybe cold-brewing as suggested would be great idea.

But I am glad that I noticed both flavours; and it worked quite well. But only so light!

Flavors: Peach, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

I have to downrate this one a bit (84 → 80), I brewed completely same as last time.

It tasted pretty generic green tea with no grassy notes, rather just mineral and little seaweed. Little bit it reminded me ocean air in aroma.

Probably old, I know…

Flavors: Mineral, Ocean Air, Seaweed

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

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72

Another attempt with this one.

Unfortunately, kind of sad one. I am really not fan of this one.
It’s really not nutty, but this time I noticed almonds and marzipan. Unfortunately, with hojicha it don’t work well, as hojicha is quite strong moreover combined with black tea. The base is bit overpowering. I expected more nutty flavour than almonds/marzipan. One last tea for this one in the pouch.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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83

SIPDOWN

That was quick! And I should order more. For mornings it is great tea – it has caffeine boost from black tea base, but it is sweet and fruity from raspberries, bit tart from herbal part of the and everything coated with cake flavour.

I will order more when I will place another order at Bird and Blend!

Flavors: Cake, Fruity, Raspberry, Tart

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

I used to love this one but it’s been ages since I’ve ordered any. I think I will have to fix that and order some too :)

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