1125 Tasting Notes

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SIPDOWN 76

I have finally used the very last sachet I had of this tea. I had it almost for two years, but the age haven’t changed anything.

Rich, buttery, salted-caramel taste. Mineral, not sure as flavouring or the oolong itself. Creamy. Oh well… it will be missed.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Mineral, Salt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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SIPDOWN 75
Goodbye tasty tea! You will be missed. I am considering another order at Farmerleaf. Maybe one day… again.

But to the tea. Well, it is delicious black tea, with the notes that derk noticed. I am blaming myself not trying this tea in long time, and it seems it has changed its character a lot during two years I have it around. I completely get the malty base, but with citrus — grapefruit twist. Light astringency casued by the dust I had in. I have used slightly colder water as well.

I hope that it will return one day. They have autumn version available, maybe I should give it a try too. But once I will run out of the most teas in my cupoboard. Since New Year 75 sipdowns is quite impressive, but still there is lots of to drink.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrusy, Grapefruit, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Mastress Alita

I know those feels! I hit 80 sipdowns so far for the year and still feel like I’m not even making a dent!

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I bought 50 grams of this during Boxing day sale, as I really like it! And after a few preparations for family members I decided to brew it for myself today.

2 tsp, 300 ml.

Oh my… the lavender is so strong! And citruses! Lemons!
Brewed.. it’s truly very floral. Probably more than I remember. Very refreshing. I neeed to cod brew it. I got some rosheips in which produced some complexity. But haven’t overpowered the other ingredients.

Ohh great!

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Lavender, Lemon

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

I really like this one!

Martin Bednář

Glad I am not only one!

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Thank you Izzy for this tea, although it is 3 months past Christmas. Searching on Google brings not much results, and your website is first — and then I found an ingredients list on LastDodo website (formerly catawiki).

I steeped it for 5 minutes, as Izzy did, and well it wasn’t steeping much. Flavour is quite weak and honestly not even much interesting taste. It was very light black tea, with hints of almonds but that’s pretty much all noticeable. And yep, it’s quite sweet — however just right for my tastes.

As I have no idea how is Christmas cake in the UK, I can’t tell if it is correct name for this tea. But honestly I expected something more complex, more flavourful and overall a bolder cup.

Flavors: Almond

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

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75

I completely forgot I have this tea + I apparently removed it from my virtual cupboard thinking it’s gone. But, opened another drawer today and voilá it’s there.

I need a lots of positive energy. I feel completely miserable in half of semester and that’s why I became completely inactive here, writing only a few lines in comments, but never a full tasting note. You know I feel nothing had some value in life. I am thinking that being in some psychiatric ward would work better for me now than trying to finish the school.

Damn, maybe I am telling way too much about myself.

Anyway, this tea is tart. Cranberry flavoured tartness. As I wrote in very first tasting note. Herbal aftertaste. Honestly not bad. But nothing I would seek for when looking for a tea. But it gave me positive energy back then. Hopefully today as well.

Liebe lässt uns alles vergeben — Love makes us forgive everything. (Quote on tag)

Flavors: Cranberry, Fruity, Herbs, Tart

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

We’ve all had days/weeks/months like this. Hang in there, Martin! :)

White Antlers

Martin Good to see you here today. I think perhaps part of what is making you feel bad is pandemic burn out. That is very real and you are not alone in your feelings.

gmathis

Midterms are miserable! Praying that a little joy surprises you today.

ashmanra

My godson is miserable right now at school, too! Pandemic, work load, life…hang in there, it WILL get better! Praying for you!

Martin Bednář

Thank you everyone!

tea-sipper

You are working hard and almost done with school! We’re all thinking of you, Martin.

Martin Bednář

Thank you tea-sipper! I was to therapist today and I got even stronger (and thus worse) pills; but better safe than sorry. It’s better for everyone.

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This is some British stuff I am unaware of I guess. Sorry Izzy and otherr UK members.
It reminds me mostly, based on Google Images, Czech “mazanec” but smaller.

Anyway, it is a nice cup of tea. Pretty much rooibos in, with less than half mixed with black tea. The blend when dry smells mostly like candied oranges and spices. I guess mostly cinnamon.

And tastes likewise with added bready-buttery taste. Oh well. So tasty. Smells wonderful, tastes wonderful. Honestly I am impressed.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Fruity, Orange, Spices

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

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drank Rose Earl Grey by Tea Drops
1125 tasting notes

This tea is a big no for me. I blame the sugar — it is truly very sweet (8 grams of carbs, of which 7 grams are sugars) per one flower? Don’t get me wrong, but it is hardly drinkable when I have dissolved it in my 300 ml mug. And they wrote you can drink the dust on bottom. No, no thank you Tea Drops. Moreover, it looks like, as my brother suggested — only partially digested food. SIPDOWN 74

Luckily, he have no idea how sweet it is. But it is way too much. No base noticed and no rose. Artificial bergamot. But hardly to detect anything but sweet drink.

Finished it. But bleeeh. Shae, as it is from you, thank you I could try it. But I won’t try it again. And I wouldn’t seek for it when “shopping”.

Flavors: Bergamot, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 10 OZ / 300 ML
Shae

Oh gross, it looks like partially digested food?? I got a few of these in a Sips by box but I haven’t tried one myself yet. Can’t say I’m really looking forward to it now. :/

Martin Bednář

Sorry! But yup, it doesn’t dissolve competely and when you swirl it with a spoon it isn’t much pleasing.

White Antlers

I was given samples of Tea Drops teas and they were consistenly dreadful, so you are not alone, Martin. shudders

Lexie Aleah

I had the same issue very gritty since it doesn’t dissolve entirely and then accidentally drinking the dust if you are say working on a paper.

Cameron B.

I didn’t find the particles to bother me, I just let them settle to the bottom of the cup and then didn’t drink the very bottom.

The sugar on the other hand, is WAY too much. :X

Shae

Has anyone tried crushing the flower and mixing with a little water to form a paste first? I was thinking of trying that but wondering if the particles are even small enough to dissolve.

Cameron B.

@Shae – I doubt it, the particles are small pieces of tea leaf, sort of like fannings in a teabag.

Martin Bednář

I suppose that fannings in tea bags are sometimes even bigger! But yep, so much sugar! Lexie exactly! So awful drinking the bottom. I tried to don’t drink that, but of course, I wanted to drink the most I could.

Shae

Thanks, Cameron – that’s too bad, I was hoping it might work!

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drank Ceylon Emerald by teakruthi
1125 tasting notes

I have decided to brew this one on the gloomy morning.

It smells wonderful, very tropical, sweet and fresh.

I brewed two teaspoons in 300 ml and 80°C water and I have used ball strainer. That’s not the best as the pieces of tea are quite big and thus can’t grow completely.

But in taste it wasn’t that perfect. It has got a quite mineral and typical green Ceylon tea taste. As well quite drying unfortunately. On the other hand, the fruity notes are delightful and well present — mostly as an aroma: very tropical and I noticed mostly pineapple and strawberry. Hints of mango as well. In taste mostly pineapple and the base. Quite unimpressed overall, maybe the notes of base were too strong for me. But I can imagine drinking it iced or cold brewed! Maybe I had just unlucky spoons.

Flavors: Drying, Mango, Mineral, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tropical

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

Lucky Spoons would be a great name for a tea company! :P

Martin Bednář

Go and register it! I will take 5 per cent from profit as I came up with name :D

White Antlers

There’s a Lucky Spoon Bakery in Utah, so I think the name is taken already.

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Goodbye weird tea! SIPDOWN 72

I took the rest and just brewed it grandpa. And it is still same, refreshing, light, slightly creamy, fresh air, little remininding petrichor.

A wee of vegetal and green notes and lightly mineral. Good for evenings.

Flavors: Creamy, Green, Mineral, Petrichor, Vegetal

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

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drank Golden Ceylon by Greenfield
1125 tasting notes

Found foil wrapped in my big bags. And Ceylon isn’t a bad tea. Even in bagged form.

They recommend 3-5 minutes steep; I did 4 minutes and honestly, it’s a bit too much.

Quite simple cup, maybe way too much. Bold and fullflavoured, but 4 minutes steep caused typical black tea bitterness and astringency. I am pretty much sure that shorter steep woin’t help much. Don’t expect any complexity. It doesn’t deliver that. Way too simple and boring even for bag.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Tannic, Tea

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

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