1126 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Ceylon by Greenfield
1126 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

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

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drank Jin Mu Dan by Old Ways Tea
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I have thought I have drank this tea earlier, but there was written 6 grams from derk, and when I weighted it, it was exactly 6 grams from year 2018. So, no previous session. Thank you! And as I saw others making 6 grams per 100 ml approximately, I decided use all the tea in one session as well. So, technically not a sipdown for me, but one tea down anyway.

The leaves doesn’t need any rinse, but I made one mostly to let the humidity absorb to the leaves a bit and it woke up wonderful osmanthus aroma, combined with roasty notes and something reminiscent of dark chocolate. Quite interesting in my opinion, but truly wonderful.

First steep I made, as usual , 10 seconds long. Holy… this is mineral. But then roasty notes tame it down, with kind of creamy aftertaste with again, the osmanthus (and other) flowers? I still have some flowers of osmanthus somewhere buried, and I recall it being similar as this aftertaste. It is as well very smooth and indeed enjoyable cup, and I am already looking forward to next steeps.

Second, I did 5 seconds increment, so 15 seconds. Based on the colour of brew it seems it will be a thick one, smell going off the cup seems thick as well. It is! But the roasty notes started to be stronger, and there is some backbone I couldn’t put my finger on. Kind of refreshing… and floral/vegetal but not in green oolong/green tea style. The thickness of this tea is nice and interesting saying that with the second session. I feel a bit “tea high” — I can’t much express myself what it is like, just I want to write and dream.

As third steep, I have decided to keep same steeping parameters.
This time it is again 50/50 with mineral notes. That backbone is weaker, but still there. It is a bit stronger with osmanthus flavours; again a thick, full-bodied flavour. Not drying at all, though it sometimes seems like.

Another steep with 5 seconds increment. So.. 20 seconds.
It becomes lighter, more floral and maybe hints of fruity notes? It was drystored, in airproof pouch… more experienced personnel needed! It reminds me pears a wee bit. Sometimes they are a bit too mineral, and this tea isn’t that mineral, but that combination with roasty notes. Well… I am just confused about this tea. Why it is that complex? It is same plant as many teas I drank and… still learning how it can be different. Quite sweet as well.

Certainly it slowly goes towards sweet side of flavour spectrum. So, enjoy more vegetal (but still mineral) notes with sweet florals and somehow more easydrinking cups.

6th steep, no signs of this tea going bland. Oh, maybe this one is bland. As I am noticing just very sweet liquor of this tea, maybe I need to push it a bit than 30 seconds steep. The leaves aren’t that fragrant as wel. Maybe it is indeed time to call it done? I have water for one or two more steeps. While the latter => 8th will be with less water. But so good tea! Certainly a cultivar I need more experience with. An exceptional oolong. That’s for sure.

Let’s push it. I won’t count the time, but I will steep it for long. I think… it is around 2-3 minutes. Yep, it is over. Very similar to previous one, with more roasty base. And moreover I spilled it on myself. Ahh! Just a bit; but it always annoys me.

Flavors: Creamy, Dark Chocolate, Floral, Flowers, Mineral, Osmanthus, Roasted, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

Ah, so glad you enjoyed it :)

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Sad sipdown 71 of tea from derk again. And again, I assume it’s from our first swap ever.

This is one of the finest Earl Greys I ever had. Bergamot level just right, with very nice and bold base. The bergamot is tasty and certainly not artificial tasting, rather it seems it is like a fresh ones. The base is perfect tasting too.

Shame it’s gone for me.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey

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

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Well, I deserved a treat today. I have passed that awful Mathematics exam. What a close call! But nobody will ask me again. Now, let’s pass another Mathematics. We have two courses of them. Ah dang.

But to this tea. As pancakes are quite rare as breakfast here where I live… moreover maple bacon ones; I truly had no idea what to expect. But I had maple bacon before and I remember liking it very much!

First of all, this tea smells divine. Quite on sweet side — mostly the maple syrup and some salty-smokey note.

Brewed, with two teaspoons / 300 ml; it smells okay first, but after approx. 3 minutes of steep it was pretty nice. Quite rooibos forward, but there are some smokey notes again. But gentle. Certainly it’s not too smoky blend.

After steeping and during the sips I truly noticed the pancake flavour with sweet-meaty bacon flavours. A bit sweeter for me, but afterall, it’s maple bacon. I am used to enjoy salty bacon. I think it is pretty much a good example of promised tastes. I can understand it is not a cup for everyone, but I can imagine finishing it easily.

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Meat, Rooibos, Salty, Smoked, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Sounds like a great tea to celebrate your success. : )


Congrats on your exam! Such a great feeling to have that behind you!

Silent Kettle

This sounds like such an interesting flavour. I’ve never had meat flavoured tea before, lol! :) Loved your review!!

Martin Bednář

Thank you everyone!
Silent Kettle: Certainly an interesting blend; shame it’s gone now. Maybe I could send you a little bit to try :) Let me know if something else in my cupboard sparkled your interest.

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Need to calm down and sleep well. Tomorrow an exam from Mathematics. Again. Eight attempt. One more remaining. In end of April.

So I took this tea out, andd although an aroma from pouch isn’t great, rather quite uninviting, it tastes good.

Quite creamy and sweet, with nice cocoa hints; but as well turmeric is quite present.

Overall, a bit confused with rating. I like the sweet spot of it, but the turmeric is quite tamed here — but still gives unpleasant aftertaste. I think I could finish the pouch, but not worth buying new pouches.

Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Earth, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

To me, turmeric is a medicinal and it never tastes good in tea. If the blend calms you and affords a good, restful sleep, that’s all that really matters.


Hope all goes well tomorrow! May the fours (and fives and sixes and sevens) be with you!


Sleep well and all the best for your test!


Good luck on your exam tomorrow!


Good luck on your test, and I hope you’re able to sleep well!

Martin Bednář

Good news everyone! I have passed!

White Antlers

YAAAYY!! Not surprised to hear this great news!!


Congratulations!!! So happy for you!


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! Hooray! Thank you for letting us know! I was thinking about it last night and wondering how soon we would hear!


Congrats, Martin!

Martin Bednář

Thank you everyone!

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A tea from derk from our very first swap. Thank you. And SIPDOWN 69!

It’s quite sad one, because it is such unique herbal blend. Decided to brew it today morning as I was looking for something uncommon.

And although I don’t feel stuffed up and mucousy as derk suggests, I thought it couldn’t hurt with the similar feeling like yesterday. Cold symptoms. I feel much better today though.

I “grandpa” brewed it, keeping the bag in the mug all the time. I have to say, I have much better experience than in the first time! And I am able to describe it better as well. Resinous and sap like, but with honey base. It’s bitter somehow as well, somehow astringent.

Quite a weird and truly uncommon tea. Shame it’s gone. But well getting only two tea bags… I can consider lucky I even could paw them. Thank you derk for all Juniper Ridge teas!

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

I love this brand. To me, their best tea is the one made with fir tips.

Martin Bednář

I liked that one White Antlers too! And sage with mint was very nice as well! Too bad it’s pricey and shipping isn’t cheap as well.

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I bought this tea especially for derk, but I saved some funny amount (I think about 1 gram maybe?) to brew sometime. Tilia cordata, a Czech national tree, is about 30 meters (98 ft 5 inch) tall deciduous tree. And its flowers and leaf is used in traditional Slavic medicine against cold. And as I feel like having a cold today, I decided to brew it.

Those leaves (ehm, rather the flowers!) are super fluffy and best looking ones I ever saw for a linden! They are whole, and as they declare on their website, it’s from single tree on their farm which is 140 years old!

What I am to supposed to say about the tea? It’s linden. Tastes good. Kind of honey-ish. Fresh. Mouth coating and throat-coating. Warming.

ashmanra, I hope derk will send a little to you as well! It is so light yet so flavourful and strong!

The pictures are acurate.

Martin Bednář

I feel it is working. Feel much better afterwards!


Very cool! And from a single tree of such age…it is neat to know the background. Glad you feel better!


As you wish, Martin :)

Martin Bednář

Yes, I wish derk. Sharing is caring :)

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Well, this is not tasting like a blueberry pancake I suppose. Because I don’t notice any blueberries. And yes, I had two in my fill-your-own tea bag. But it weren’t blueberries. On my pouch is written “freeze dried blackcurrants”! And I took one dry and tasted. Yep, it is black currant and not a blueberry. Cameron I suppose that’s why you thought it’s medicinal! B&B for this you got a minus points from me. Are freeze-dried blueberries hard to get nowadays?

With that said, it really doesn’t remind me the blueberries in taste. Berry like for sure though. But again, no pancake flavour too. Very poorly executed Blueberry Pancakes. At least I don’t notice the rooibos being too woody. It is non-offensive base without any positives though.

What a shame.

Flavors: Berry, Black Currant

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

Whaaat?! No, freeze dried blueberries are not at all hard to get. A blackcurrant and a blueberry have about as much in common-tastwise-as chalk and cheese.

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Last tea bag sample from Dustin: thank you!

But unfortunately I have to agree with the only one tasting note, which is from Dustin as well. It’s a nice green tea base, with mellow and sweet spearmint. The base was quite average in my opinion. But it’s sweet, almost the buttery; and lacking the peppermint strong menthol note. Which makes sense there isn’t any in; but in my opinion that fresh punch is indeed missing here.

Flavors: Spearmint

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

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drank Winter Tea by Basilur
1126 tasting notes

Took again a tea bag from my big bags section and I haven’t took a bag from those for long. Mostly because most of the blends doesn’t sound good, or I would rather try something loose leaf than those old tea bags. But while searching for a needle in a haystack I found foilwrapped this tea bag, a tea I always wanted to try.

I steeped it for 3 minutes (there weren’t any steeping parameters on the wrapper), with boiling water.

Definitely a better base than MlesnA uses in their bags. Malty and lightly citrusy and certainly not bitter base. Combined with fruity and sweett cranberry flavour, just top-notch of those berries to keep it fruity but not tart.

In conclusion, a wonderful cup, but for calling it winter… I miss something. Probably some spice hints.

Flavors: Cranberry, Fruity, Malt

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

Last year, I bought a holiday assortment from Basilur with names like “Merry Christmas” and “Christmas Tree.” None of them tasted anything like their titles, but they were delicious anyway!

Martin Bednář

I consider Basilur as one of the brands with best price/value ratio!


Superanna bought me three of the Basilur love story “tea books.” They are metal tins shaped like a book and the tea is in a pouch inside. I finished all the tea but I kept the books and store samples in them!

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I am drinking almost everything. Tea bag collector who moved to wonderful world of loose leaf.

Trying to rate differently tea bags and loose leaf as tea bags have usually worse quality.

Photographer now and then. Postcrossing and geocaching member. Very curious person. Logistics student (should finish in June 2021).

Buried in tea right now. Is in my cupboard (trying to be updated) which sparkled your interest? Write me, I would gladly share with you. But I don’t want anything in return now :)


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