274 Tasting Notes

Another tea from my Swiss friend. She knows I am easily stressed out (and now I am). Clear head. What a simple name. I wonder how it turns out.

Opaque golden (not really, yellow is more correct) colour. Maybe it will clear off. I notice cinnamon, pepper in. As well some weird mix of herbs. Ginger is in as well.

Licorice. Yep, by first sip it is in. It is that weird sweetness there. It stings a bit as well; I blame ginger and pepper maybe. By taste it won’t be my favourite tea. That is clear even after first sip. But maybe it will calm my mind? Who knows?

No rating.

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

I did second try (not worth a tasting note, as I was thinking about something else) today. Maybe the ratios were different and it was better. Not so sweet, rather spicy, and I think it is actually working (maybe just placebo effect).

ashmanra

That’s good!

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I found a single tea bag in my stash. Then I found whole box in cupboard. I completely forgot about this one. But it is still before BEST BEFORE date, so – I don’t mind.

Too bad, on box, on bag and not even on website is information what tea was used (yes, I mean regions). Just everything is unique, premium, ritual, whatever. On website I found out that Teekanne is responsible for content. And if you want to write the company, there is one, not very promising e-mail address. Or you can try to write them an snail mail – then it is a PO Box. Hmm.

I did just 2 and half minute steep (they suggest 3-5). I was afraid it will be too bitter, so I rather short the vrewing time and usually it is alright. The hue of colour is alright, dark copper, quite clear (I have seen cleaner from tea bags). Little oil flecks.

In aroma there is no malt, nothing what says I am strong tea. Nothing astingent, bitter, whatever. It smells after toffee, caramel cookies, maybe little chocolately.

In taste is is quite weak (I have to re-try with longer steeping time), and similar. Sweet, caramel notes with chocolate notes. I expected something more bitter from English Breakfast blend. It is quite easydrinking, but not really something I would drink on daily basis.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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80

SIPDOWN:
4.5 grams / 85 ml gaiwan.

Sad to see this tea gone. But it was 50 grams, lasted for quite long (order 18th August 2018). Gone!

Anyway – prepared in gaiwan, quite strong in my opinion. Preheated gaiwan brings floral notes, with hints of honey. 15 seconds – first steep, golden liquor. Velvety taste of floral and honey as well was aromas. I like the smoothness.

Second one was 5 seconds longer. LIquor still nicely golden.
Now little of bitterness comes up. But still very floral, little stonefruits, and little of something I know but can’t recall what is it. But still I am impressed.

3rd. 15 seconds again (previous was too astringent for my taste I guess)
I smelled the wet leaf and I noticed like a peppermint scents. In taste the stonefruits are getting stronger.

Those caramel cookies are bit too sweet.

4th, I think another 15 seconds.
Floral notes hits again. Smooth.

5th
Overleafed I think. No much space for water in my gaiwan. Decided to make long steep. 30+ seconds. And it is good! I was afraid of astringency. Nope. Actually it is maybe even better. I am noticing an energy boost. I don’t know if it si qi or how it is called. I don’t even want to know. It is energy – I do not care what is it called. But certainly I feel something what is going to keep me awake. And I need it.

6th
1 minute+. Last one. Water is gone. I do not care if I can do more. I am happy with this. After sipping, let´s go vote. Then some grocery shopping for lunch. Then studying. Means of transport or Algorithms? I can not decide.
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Peppermint aroma all from wet leaf. I like the wet leaf aroma so much, but none of it come to liquor. Interesting. Yep, as a tea it smells like stonefruits. In taste very mineral.

SIPDOWN! And now. This tea is gone. If you want something good and simple – this is worth. It is quite cheap. And you get 50 grams of tea which you can do in any way you want to. Gaiwan, western, grandpa. All goes well!

Have a nice day :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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40

A quote from backside of tea bag envelope:
“Use freshly boiled water, which has been left to cool for a few minutes and brew for four or five minutes using one bag per cup.”

Did it. I don’t know what they mean by few minutes, where is my thermometer again? Anyway, cup was cold, using boiling water, and by previous experience I think that water had about 80 degrees C. So tea bag in, let it there for suggested 5 minutes. I want something full of flavours.

I am brewing a white tea, right? So why after 4 minutes it smells like some herbal blend, where are strawberries? Maybe strawberry leaves, but not the fruits!

Cloudy golden colour.

Scents already described. Nope, not good again. I understand that natural flavours and few strawberry pieces (2 %, respectively 3 %) can’t change aroma much. But I really did not expect herbs as chamomile (yucky) in aroma. Maybe bit lime tree.

In taste it is similar. No fruits. Some basic herbal notes. At least it does not taste like a dirt. Rather mild black tea. But strawberries are gone too. No re-rate. Because it is better in taste. But aroma is worse. Because no aroma is better, than herbal when it should be fruity and juicy.

Flavors: Herbaceous

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I just took 2 tsp, strainer and hot water.

As you can see, I am somehow lazy with teas recently. And moreover I don’t drink orthodox teas recently. I blame the weather for it actually. It became warmer and I don’t really like idea drinking black strong teas. And I did not get any 1st Flush of Darjeeling this year as I am kind of broke again. My teas from Yunnan… last info I have is 30th April. So I stick to my B&B subscription.

Next week exams are going to be. In Monday: Means of Transport; Tuesday: Algorithms and programming. Then rest of week probably free. So far it looks like it.

Ah, tea, right?
Well, I don’t recall exact steeping time. I think it could be more than 6 minutes. It turned little brighter vivid red. Aroma was nice, mostly strawberries, without much of pomergranate. Different fruits, probably I noticed apples too.

Actually,
in taste it wasn’t bad. At least not so dissapointing. Yeah, mostly strawberries, apples, generic fruits (I assume rosehip and hibiscus are reason). Little tart as pomegranate there. Not very distinctive though. The aroma is nice though.

Better than previous, but still I expected more.

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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43

I was quite hyped to try a fruit tea from B&B Tea Co. But unortunately this wasn’ t so good as expected.

I used two tea spoons in strainer, about 5 minutes brewing. When dry it really smells nicely peachy, not any funky notes.

I put in water in my favourite glass. It started slowly fading to pink, orange. An that was it after 5 minutes. It was light, quite cloudy liquor with notes of beige, orange and pink. When noticing aromas, it was bit artifical peach flavour. In matter of taste it was weak peach, but more I noticed other fruits as apples and oranges. Not really peach.

I know it is a mix of peach & orange, but I expect it will have peach flavours. Unfortunately not so much. Maybe just unlucky teaspoons.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75

Good morning everyone. Today, we will start with green tea, which should be a good choice because based on the name. I was not able to find it on B&B website, so no picture of loose leaf.

I prepared a tea (two tsp), water, thermometer and a glass cup. Boiled water, spilled it into a a cup – thermometer in. Wait few minutes, water is 80 °C – tea in. And then the magic starts. Do you thought this is a green tea, so it should be green or yellow? Wrong! As I was!

I mean, the tea start turning blue, violet and those weird colours. Check a quick pic I did: https://ibb.co/6rwP6KL It is really interesting colour, when all dust settled down, it really looks like some magical potion. A mana potion maybe :D? Well, a blue pea flower is in (and not in ingredients here, because it is not in the list)

Weird, but colour should not change a taste or scents. It just looks like hypermangan.

Let´s smell. Yep, lemons. Little fruitiness, but I am not sure about raspberries. No green tea base in aroma.

Taste. Here it is said that you eat (drink) even with your eyes. Maybe something is true on this statement. I mean, it is really hard to don´t think about the visual. It is quite buttery, but not bitter. A lemon notes are there too, but I do not think they are so strong as I expected. And somewhere in background I feel a raspberry, but rather just a raspberry seeds. There are as well grassy notes of the green tea base.

In conclusion, it is very interesting tea and I think I can recomment it, maybe mostly because of the colour. I understand not everbody is fan of it but for me it makes me laugh, and tea itself is not really bad.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Lemon, Raspberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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88

I took a whole Flap Jack (about 7 grams). 10 seconds rinse. 20 seconds first steep.

It looks quite weak. But maybe it is because it is not broken yet, it reminds me bit wet soil. But in taste it is still smooth and nice. Let´s see in next ones.

Next steep was little longer. I think maybe, 25 seconds. Creamy, sweet, as well thick. How weird. But I like it. Apparently tea starts to break, so it is starts to be more full of flavour. I think I like the most on this tea is price point. It is quite cheap, while it is flavourful, creamy and thick. Even 3rd steep is like that. I thought it won´ t be so full of flavour, but it is. And it is towards of sweet notes. Which I like, because I don´t like much those earthy flavours.

I still think there is cocoa in taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 85 OZ / 2513 ML
ashmanra

Someone here (mrmopar, perhaps?) recommended rinsing and then letting the tuo rest for ten or more minutes to saturate, to get the flavor going faster, if you wish. But sometimes there isn’t time for that, or we want it to take a little longer!

mrmopar

Sometimes on highly compressed teas a wait time after the rinse seems to work. Up to 10 minutes sometimes.

Martin Bednář

thank you for idea mrmopar

mrmopar

Hopefully it will change the session.

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72

Okay, unexpectably gong-fu; 5 grams / 85 ml. A new tea cup used (thanks SaltyTeabag from r/tea IRC)!

The cup is maybe bit too big; but I do not mind actually.
It smells bit smoky with jam notes. As derk said; it is a red fruits jam. Little malty and woody. Maybe the tea as it is opened changed a flavour a little. I think it is bit tastier; it reminds me as well some English breakfast blends. I wanted something simple this morning (it is 8.25 am when writing this line).
1st steep was 15 seconds long and it was just perfect. No astringency but fruitiness, maltiness. As good black tea should be. I like it much more prepared this way.
2nd was 20 seconds. I think it does not change much, maybe it is just little less smoky. I just want to finish whole thermos of water. I feel it is bit drying now, but I don´t mind. I feel bit numb. Maybe because of morning?

Inched rating up. So far for 8 “points”.

3rd.
I noticed that I have not described colour. Well, unfortunately the cup is not glass, so it is bit hard to describe, but it looks like (when pouring) like a golden-copper colour. As expected from black tea I guess. Another 15 seconds. I think it is just allright; malty notes dominate the flavour, not much juicy.

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
derk

This reminds me, I need to send you a post-exams care package!

Martin Bednář

derk, my exams are going to start soon. I know I wrote a lot that I am taking exams, but now the real s..t starts.

derk

I understand :) You got this.

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Okay. First tea from my Swiss friend. Thank you Fabiana! Not just only for teas.

They suggest 5-8 minutes. I wonder how much I will actually do. I do not want to care about it :). Maybe I will let it steep all the time.

Maybe I overleafed it. It seems that my biggest strainer is full and there is no space for expanding the leaves. Nevermind. Dry leaf aroma was so nice. I can not make any notes of it, it was so herbal, but with sweet notes as well. I am not really sure what I was smelling.

It started to turn red. Deep, clear red colour. Really vibrant red colour. It started to be more strawberry based, I think about forest strawberries. But it smells weirdly a bit as well. I am not really sure if my nose is not making a fun of me. But I notice aroma like a Brie cheese. Completely odd! It is not a bad thing, but; you know, you do not expect it in herbal – fruit tea. But the base is forest. Forest strawberries. Those small, red things that you eat to make your stomach thing that you ate something.

Flavour profile.
Yep, strawberries again. But it is not artificial. It is also bit refreshing due to peppermint. Maybe when iced it will be nice. Actually I expected it more herbal, but it is more fruity. The herbal is such a nice blend as well. It is not overpowering the strawberries, but certainly not unnoticed.

PS: Rating can be biased now, because I am bit regretting that we had just so little time together and I already miss her.

Flavors: Herbs, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

Did the brie come through as taste or as aroma only? Interesting note!

Kittenna

Sounds like a really interesting tea. Strawberries and mint? I’m also curious about the brie aroma you picked up.

Martin Bednář

ashmanra – brie was only in aroma. I think it is kinda strange to smell something like that.
Kittena – well, mint and strawberries go together quite well. I like this combo.

ashmanra

I will have to buy some brie soon and pay special attention to the aroma so I can see if I have ever picked it up in a tea! That is a very neat aroma to find. I love cheese. I mean, I LOVE cheese.

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