779 Tasting Notes


Received four pearls from derk, thank you!
I took one, though there is written 2 pearls as good preparation, but as well 3-4 minutes steeping time.

I prepared grandpa. And I got baked bread, malt, and overral typical black tea notes. They were fine, it wasn’t bitter at all even it was steeping for 30 minutes or something. It has dissolved pretty well too. I have expected just more overall flavour, it was bit like washed out, but maybe because the age (spring 2016).

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 10 OZ / 300 ML

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While this pouch I have received is another same as derk had who have it from White Antlers I have to say again a thank you :)

The aroma of dry pouch is rather nutty. Suprisingly it is quite aromatic for the age (who knows, as there is nothing saying anything about the age). But it is handwritten label. Yep, same pouch as derk had. The pouch is quite full!

When brewed, with 75°C water; it was fine. Pretty much simple grassy, bit more on sweet side. Enjoayble, but unfortunately I think it seen better times. But won’t throw it away :)

Flavors: Grass

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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The loose leaf looks great, though it is 6 years old. As derk noticed, as it is from her, and actually from White Antlers (Thank you both!). The leaf looks pretty much as on photo, though bit darker.

I decided to brew 3 grams in my 300 ml glass cup. I broke my gaiwan today, so I have decided to order a new one! From Tangpin (someone suggested them and I kinda liked some stuff they had and this was the “last drip” to place an order)

Well, it wasn’t remarkable tea. It was green with mineral notes, quite dry. Overall somehow too much hay-like. This tea seems I will get rid off soon somehow. Not really impressed and having way more another greens which needs to be drank as well and they are better.

Flavors: Hay, Mineral

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

Sorry to hear you broke your gaiwan, though new teaware is always nice! I also have trouble getting through my green teas, to the point that I rarely buy them anymore.

Cameron B.

Ooh, they do have pretty gaiwan! Too bad I never use one… XD

White Antlers

I am not a gaiwan user, even though I have several. If we lived closer, Martin, I’d give you a few of them. Green tea is something I realized is not for me-so more of the good greens for everyone else! : )

Martin Bednář

https://ibb.co/28Hbvt0 This is what I have ordered! I hope it will come soon and in one piece :)

White Antlers

Oh, that’s beautiful! Happy brewing and drinking!

Mastress Alita

Oh, I think I was the one that mentioned Tangpin (unless someone else did as well). I ordered from them recently and have been very happy with my teaware so far!

Martin Bednář

I thought it was you Mastress Alita, but I wasn’t sure. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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Ehm. What to write; it’s common sencha with expected peachy flavour but nope. Rather earthy — not sure if sage or osmanthus.

Only once it was tasty and how I have expected it. Once in, at least, four times. That’s pretty much disappointment!

Cameron B.

I am not a fan of sage in tea, it just goes too savory for me. As far as Bird & Blend goes, I find them to be very hit-or-miss. But there are some blends of theirs that I adore and would (or already do) keep stocked in my cupboard!

Martin Bednář

I agree completely. I have their subscription and while I was really happy to try their teas, it is recently pretty much boring.

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Tea from postcrossing THANK YOU envelope 6/6. after 2 months and week

Perfectly Balanced Yup, that is right.
Brewing Instructions: Steep 2 minutes or to desired strength That’s good, I did 2 minutes and it was alright.

But how about not trying it again? It was smooth, hay, and totally forgettable. Mild and hay. Nothing more, nothing less. There are better teas in same price range.

Flavors: Hay

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

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drank Tilleul by Harney & Sons
779 tasting notes

I wonder why it has got so bad reviews. Thank you derk (White Antlers?) for this pleasant experience of tea bag.

Well, it is pure linden tea. I woke up feeling having little common cold and linden should help. Won’t rate the medical purposes, maybe I just warmed up and it’s better, maybe it’s Linden, maybe it’s hot drink, maybe it is just wamer enviroment.

Ehhm, okay the tea… it’s quite flavourful, honey and herbal; decently floral and sweet.

I DO like it! It’s better than chamomile. By the way, it’s Czech national tree :)

Flavors: Floral, Herbs, Honey, Sweet

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

Derk/White Antlers gave me a couple bags of this as well and I look forward to trying it. :) Glad you enjoyed it!

White Antlers

Martin, I think this one is from derk but who it’s from doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you’re enjoying it. Hope you don’t have a cold, just a case of snow/slush sniffles. Leafhopper our tea friend derk was lovely to pass on some of my Swedish Death Purge tea though I believe the linden is from her stash, as I have never tried Harney’s. As I said, no matter. Sharing and enjoying are the key things. : )


I think I will order some! You’ve sold me on it!

Martin Bednář

White Antlers: as I said, hard to find out :) But that last sentence is just 100 % correct. Just share and enjoy. And I feel better today!
Leafhopper and ashmanra: I hope you will enjoy this tea as well!

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The dry aroma of this tea is so strong, fresh and moslty of cashnew and chesnuts. I would not expect it is tea from April 2015; but it is and it’s Best Before date is April 2018. Though old… thank you White Antlers!

I was preparing it grandpa, but well… 5 grams were too much and while pouring (I thought it is for liquids only) it a big chunk just released and my cup of thermos I used instead of bowl, was full with tea. It was hard to spill it back to the pouch. So I think that about another 5 grams were dumped.

Anyway, back to the tea… 5 grams and 82°C water (I measured this time!), volume was 300 ml and well it was too strong, especially brewing grandpa. It turned out quite bitter with vegetal notes. Certainly past its prime time, moreover my preparation method wasn’t the most clever one. I have still lots of to try so won’t rate this time. I noticed as well the minerality, but hey so strong as those previous notes.

Need to re-try and with less leaf

180 °F / 82 °C 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

I think our thanks should really go to Alistair at What Cha for sourcing tea so good it withstands the test of time! : )

Martin Bednář

You are right White Antlers :)


I remember this one. It was still good when it was a year old but wow, I would not expect any green tea to be safe to drink let alone good 5 years later! Indeed a testament to its quality.

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I found out I put into my virtual cupboard wrong Phatty Cake, athough it was clearly labeled with II.
I am as well not fan of ripe pu-erhs; but I like drinking them during cold days as those hit my country and yes, we had the snow already. 90 km (56 mi) from my home: https://twitter.com/CT24zive/status/1315566575152500737

A tea, received in box from derk and again my assumption it’s from her. So thank you If it is from you, White Antlers, sorry and thank you for it :) — but it is hard to recognize, though there is WA mark on some.

Anyway I was drinking this tea during the lecture of “Statistics and Probability” and there is one task:
There are 5 white balls, 6 black ones, 2 blue ones.
If I take three of them, what is probability I took
A) all blacks
B) every one is different
C) two are blue and one is white?

Ah, tea, right?
As I said before, I never been fan of shu. They were quite all same for me, somehow dark, peat, fishy, smoky… But this one seems different. Although it was certainly peaty when dry, even in first steeps, it was as well quite pleasant. Leather notes, woody, forest floors, mushroomy (but in a good way), I enjoyed the thickness of this tea. There are some notes reminding me chocolate and petrichor (that could be outside though).

I am glad it wasn’t one of those teas which are full of that less favorite smells and flavors and rather those nice ones.

Flavors: Chocolate, Forest Floor, Leather, Peat, petrichor, Thick, Wood

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

Your instructors forgot one option: What is the probability that you will drop the container full of balls because you are clumsy, most of them will roll under your couch, and the cat will chase the rest noisily all over the house?


(That’s what would happen at my house, anyway!)

White Antlers

Ok. I AM jealous! Snow! Stay warm and awake through those lectures, which sound dreadful. : (

Martin Bednář

gmathis: Simple and easy answer. It is 100 per cent probability :D
White Antlers" I am not even look forward to snow. Usually it is just slush, which I really dislike.

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A sample from derk again and thank you (again).

As a novice in pu-erh drinking, I never much cared about the origin of those teas. I just was thinking — I like it, or I don’t like it. So, I don’t have any idea how different are teas from Lao Wu Shan and Jinggu for example. Or This and from Jingmai. Storage is another big difference and I just can’t tell you what is different. I should start making notes somewhere down about pu-erh, as it is like wine… different regions have different tastes. And yest that’s something I notice, but that’s all and I can’t remember it myself.

But to the tea, I have used 5 grams of loose I had in the pouch from California. I had add a little from the chunk, but 4 grams seemed too little for my 85 gaiwan.

I did quick rinse, but as a morning tea I haven’t wrote this tasting note while drinking, so no single steep notes.

It is nice, smooth tea, with just little astringency, mostly coming with bitterness in last steeps. Overall taste is grassy, bit vegetal, green beans, but as well sweet and little creamy (the smooth factor). The steeps were nice and there wasn’t single steep which told me it’s bad in some way.

The brew was light green with yellow notes, if clear or not I am not able to recognize as I don’t own glass tea cup for pu-erh brewing or at least I need to get cha hai.

Flavors: Creamy, Grass, Green Beans, Sweet, Vegetal

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

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Two tea bags I received from derk. Thank you!

In aroma it indeed reminds me maple syrup, at least that one I was lucky enough to try in Finland (cheap stuff, it was said it is from Canada, supermarket brand). It was my first and last experience with it, and it is actually 4 years old one. But when I smelled it, it was exactly that. Ah well Vaahterasiirappi .

Anyway back to Czech Republic. It’s quite cold, around 10°C only, cloudy and I need some tea which reminds me this! And this looks most promising.

The aroma, as I said, reminds me maple syrup. Little bit of ginger, but luckily not that much.

Taste is more watery than I thought. But it is maple-y for sure, little heat of ginger is there as well. Quite sweet, but somehow expected. Warming inside, smooth and coating the throat which is welcomed in this chilly weather. I feel quite chilly as well though we are heating up.

It is pleasant tea to these days.

Flavors: Ginger, Maple Syrup, Sweet

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

I have one box of this at home and one at work. It’s been so hot in Missouri, your weather sounds pretty delicious right now!

White Antlers

Martin, so glad lad derk sent you some of this tea! I had you in mind when I sent it to her. : )

White Antlers

Oops. Mis-type. I know that derk isn’t a lad.

Martin Bednář

I can imagine gmathis, I would do the same, if it was available here quite well. I can’t order several boxes from Amazon and keeping it all at home (as a student who don’t work yet).

White Antlers: ah, it’s from you then actually? Then thank you applies to you as well. It was written with derk’s handwriting, double wrapped so it won’t affect other teas with its aroma. I need to check out, if I want to travel to Vermont as well. Where is Vermont actually?

White Antlers

Yes, Martin, that was part of the big box of Sweish Death Purge teas I sent to derk. I asked her to make up a package for you, but I did not specify what she was to include. I assumed she knew your tastes better than I did. Vermont is on the East coast. It’s one of the New England states-the others being Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Coastal, lots of history and incredibly beautiful. Put it on your list! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_England

White Antlers

That was supposed to be Swedish Death Purge. I’m typing too fast today…


Haha, we had the same tea today :)

Martin Bednář

White Anters: as I said, thank you for that! I guess I never had chance to try it as ordering few boxes from Amazon is quite no for me, especially when it is something I never tried.
As of Vermont & New England, it was rather rhetorical question — I had some common thought where it could be, but not exactly. It certainly looks like nice place to visit (as lots of US and other countries as well); I wanted to see Maine mostly because The Fort by Bernard Cornwell I read in Finland.
derk: apparently so; but why not? I just expect you had warmer day though!


Growing up, I never knew of anything but maple syrup or brown sugar syrup my mom used to make for pancakes and waffles. She heated water, brown sugar, white sugar, and a touch of vanilla on the stove and once even bought maple flavoring for it. My father liked Dixie Dew syrup, which was a cane syrup and is sadly no longer available,

What do you put on waffles and pancakes there, Martin? Berry syrups? Sugar syrups?

Also, a big treat at night now and then was to mix a little hot maple syrup (or pancake syrup) with peanut butter, stir together well, and dip bread in it. A big glass of cold milk accompanied it!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: we don’t eat much of waffles here, so what I recall, mostly it’s only vanilla ice cream here. But I had waffles only once and that was in carnival park. And pancakes — well, we have them bit different. It is rather like French crêpes than thick American ones. And we fill them with jams, chocolate cremes or other cremes; berry syrups would be nice as well.

That peanut buter and maple syrup sounds great!

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