125 Tasting Notes
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A first one in their list. Aaand soo good.
I prepared it several times, almost same all the time. Once in pot for whole family and nobody complained. Open the sachet, you know this is good! Cinamon hits the nose, with wood notes of rooibos. Then another spices, nutmeg, vanilla. Hazelnuts. Carrot. Everything is there and noticable.
Strainer, 3 grams, keeping all the time, because it does not turn bitter. You turn your nose to cup, and it is carrot cake all around. Vanilla notes became stronger. How lovely. I thought I am not fan of rooibos blends or something. But this is really good. I appreciate that real carrot pieces are in.
The taste is velvety smooth and again I will repeat, it tastes like actual carrot cake. I had it just few times in my life, but I had. Vanilla, nutmeg, carrot. Dough base. I feel biased, but really, so high rating. Because this is probably one of the best loose leaf “fruit” teas. Okay, actually not fruit, rather spicy. But it is just great blend.
I know this tasting note is not up to my better notes, but I feel bit numb in English today, so I can´t rewrite my thoughts so well.
Exactly two months ago I have wrote a review for this one. Time flies.
Anyway, yesterday was my first day without tea (since New Year) – I was whole day in school and when arriving home I really didn´t wanted any.
Prepared western, I did not weigh (but I think about 3-5 grams) for my favourite glass mug of volume around 300 ml. Tea was in water for… maybe 3+ minutes.
Colour is clear yellow-green, little dusty. Aroma is kinda floral, creamy, little notes of sour, or it is rose soap?
Well, in hour and half I should be at dentist. I don´t really want go there, but what I can do? Liteally nothing. It may sound funny, but it is kind of big achievement for me. I was not there for 3 years and before that I was not there for 7 years. Probably avoiding the costs :D . And I forgot about exam today – from Algorithms, it is not really hard, but oh well, it is tiring having each week an exam and from something else.
Okay, first sip is again very floral. But quite sour as well. Not a bad thing though. Certainly interesting blend, not really my cup of tea though. Maybe too much rose soap I notice?
At least the panic attacks are somehow moreless gone. (This must be wrong in English, right?). Feeling tired all the week though. Not just week. I want the semester end and then I should study and study… during exam period. I guess – it is so much to handle. Or I need to stop stereotypic life-style.
Flavors: Floral, Pleasantly Sour, Rose, Soap
I have received a tea bag of this one via Postcrossing again. A tea from Azores, that sounds unique. Let´s try it. Green tea, 3 minutes steep, about 90 °C water I guess. But cold cup, so maybe in reality even less.
Anyway – the liquor was nicely green with yellow notes, bit opaque. In aroma it was bit boring, grassy notes, not very present.
While drinking, debating with family about our garden, I noticed grassy otes, with bit of vegetal. Unfortunately again, quite weak. But it was fresh as well, so in the end it was not bad. It was not great – I certainly had better green teas, but as it is a pure green tea. Okay – I expected more interesting flavour profile.
Certainly interesting tea to try, especially because of origin. Maybe loose leaf version can be better.
Flavors: Grass, Vegetal
A tea bag Pu-erh. I am always very, very sceptical. Moreover, this one was from Hong Kong. At least they say so. Steeped for 4 minutes (suggestion was 3-5 minutes).
fishy aroma. Wet and decaying wood. But weirdly, it is somehow pleasant. Or at least not making me sick. Colour turned to quite copper; dark, brown and clear. Hey, maybe it ´s not going to be bad. At least so bad as I had some tea bag pu-erhs in past.
In taste it is woody. But nothing much else. One-dimensional. So – in concusion, it is drinkable, but probably not worth another steepings, boring, tea. It even does not remain for long in mouth. Yep.
I do not recommend due to boring flavour profile. It is not super bad, I finished the cup and it is without any really bad flavours or aromas. But boooring.
From Derk, probably last one. Okay, a little of yellow tea I keeped for better time.
But last “first taste”
I put it into mug, took hot water, spilled it in. Keep it easy Martin, it is 7 pm, horribly tired.
Let´s see, they say “Especially suitable for relaxing in the evening” – which is what I need. Interesting, I never heard it should fight anxiety. It is known for mucus removal, which is in Czech (European) phytotherapy. Well, that is what Kawaii433 actually said :) Wonder how it changes my anxiety. I had maybe two small panic attacks today.
Anyway to the tea.
Light golden colour is there, with strong spring aroma. As a spring I mean the season and I mean flowers. Yeah, lots of flower aroma is there. Maybe honey with nectar. It makes sense actually as it is a flower pieces. I forgot about light dust on bottom, and it is clear.
Taste is quite smooth (even I have oversteeped it) very sweet with small tart aftertaste. It reminds me bit jasmine. But I like it and understand Derk that she wants to keep it in cupboard.
PS: Interesting, it is so famous using here – even my (grand)parents were picking it (not anymore). And I never had it. I can imagine it as everyday tea.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Nectar, Tart
I hate that…
Have to rewrite it completely.
my 100th tasting note here. I took same tea as my first one. Maybe my tea buds are much more prepared for it. And a SIPDOWN! My first pu-erh tea (sample though) and gone :/
I prepared it different. I took a strainer, made quick rinse with tea in big tea ball, and then I put it into a mug. I wonder how it is going to be. I think I had it in for 5 minutes maybe bit more. But big cuppa, I was keeping an eye on the colour and when it has got somehow similar as in gaiwan it used to have, I took the ball out. I know that are masters are closing this review in pure disbelief. I guess they won´t sell me anything because I am doing it plain wrong.
As for aromas – this is very interesting tea. I thought it is going to be very muddy, maybe earthy (it is my first pressed puerh). But nope, it is rather sweet. A cinnamony sugar sweet. As stroopwafels. The stroopwafels tea was more malty (and sweet). Maybe few other spices are there.
Colour – probably not very important thing. But I don´t know, I enjoy describing it even it is not important, it does not change anything. For this cup, it is really red copper colour, clear. Enjoyable colour. Makes me warm.
And probably most important – and what are people looking for. Taste, flavours, liking, cup of tea. I bet there are much more synonyms for it.
It is really sweet as the name suggests. Yup, raw, uncooked dough. With kind of pleasant sourness. But then comes the sweet part which consists of cinnamon sugar, stroopwafels, bit chai (bitterness and biting), spicy, caramel (maybe salty).
This is, as it was suggested for me (beginner when it comes to pu-erhs). It was great. I can suggest it to everybody who haven´t got pu-erhs much. It is great for easy drinking. Sweetness, no wet forest floors, no wet tastes. No funky notes! I want (and can imagine) to pair it with pecan pie or something. Certainly not best tea in the World. But for start, it was great suggestion.
Taste lingers for long, keeping in mouth some kind of film. But that is what is it about. Just enjoying the moment with tea, forgetting everything around. I like it. I really do!
Flavors: Biting, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon, Molasses, Spicy, Sweet
Huh, is this even tea? No tea in; more over lots of spices, turmeric.
But let´s try it out. They suggest 8 minutes steep, so I did.
Well, this is very interesting beverage.
After the tea bag hit the water it started to change colour to bright yellow. Which is expected, but still amazed me. Bag is whole yellow now, after the steep. Colour of brew, yellow, with yellow stains on mug. Cloudy liquor.
Oh aromas are some generic spices – probably it smells bit like chai. Wel, the ingredients says so.
Taste – it feels bit oily in mouth. Probably mostly turmeric, it reminds me bit curry risotto or something like that, just generic Indian food (never had it though). Really interesting tea, but I am considering using bag or two into rice in some kind of meal. It can be very interesting I think – and probably better than drinking it on its own. I have whole box from my Swiss friend, so it will keep me busy a little. No rating so far.
I put out a tea from my stash completely random and this is it. Why not. A black tea, perfect for cold morning.
It smells indeed like a Darjeeling, which is probably later date, not a first flush as I had few weeks back. Yup, indeed some orange notes are there. Maybe little of spicyness.
The visual is same as last time. Bright orange; rather bronze colour, clear. And tea is hot :/
Wanna drink it so badly. I haven´t got a proper cuppa for few last days; I was so busy, but still keeping a tea for a day. Yesterday it was some quite cheap green tea in café (they spend a lot on coffee, but getting a good tea is hard). Okay, Ahmad Tea – green tea. It wasn´t bad, but not really hurray tea.
And day before? Oh, that was that long day. I don´t even recall what tea I had. Ah, I know – a green tea from store, even worse; but with mandarin and orange. But it was bit plain. But I am making a TASTING NOTE of HIMALAYAN REPOSE. Soo,…
… it is same as last time. If you combine mine and derk´s reviews, you get a good idea what is this tea about. Easydrinking, bit orange and malt black tea. I was clearly affected that it was my third tea that day because I don´t think it is so great as it was back then. Still good tea to drink :) Lowering a rating just a nibble
Flavors: Malt, Orange Zest
“Love people the way they are.” quote from tag.
Caffeine free version of chai. So probably not very traditional, but at least I can drink it in the evening as this one.
Cinnamon is 53 per cent of this blend. Huh, quite a lot. But I like cinnamon, so not a big deal. In scent it is remarkable, followed with ginger.
They suggest 7 minutes brew; 400 ml of water. Interesting setup, I just made less water. So it should be stronger then.
Brew colour – bronze, quite cloudy.
Taste – cinnamon is really dominant, so kinda sweet, ginger is weak on the other hand. I expected it much spicy, but it is really overwhelmed with that cinnamony sweetness. I probably expected something stronger on flavour profile, but this is not it.
I know this review is rather short, but I am just writing it as I knew I added this tea and I don´t want left it blank. Moreover, trying to keep the log at least bit actual.
Even I have to write a tasting note to this “tea”. I have received an awesome care package from my friend (and penpal) in Switzerland. There were teas in (this one and 3 more) and three chocolate bars. Lindt chocolate bars! She spend so much just I felt weird (and bad) and she said it is nothing, just a care package. I was really crying because it is so nice from her. I can´t even thank her enough.
I had really crazy weekend. I wanted to study but my brain is telling me that I should not care. I should enjoy the moment. WTF brain? So, I did nothing. I even took today as a free day, as I need to finish something to school. I just don´t want to though. It is already 11 am and I did literally nothing. At least I have a pot of this tea. So, let´s describe it a bit.
It is called Glücksmomente, which means “happy moments”. Yeah, I just need that! What is in? Lemon balm, orange mint, nettle, some parts (can´t translate) from fir (maybe my favourite tips?), rose hips, marigold and “Monarda didyma”.
I even put it in tea pot, not just a cup, because I fell like I need a lots of it. And boy, it smells so wonderful! Firs and balm strongly hit my nose. Then something bit spicy and fresh citrus. I guess that is the nettle with orange mint.
I think the tea is calming me down a bit. Maybe I feel bit drowsy even. But that´s okay. I took a pink grapefruit chocolate I received as well. I can´t decide what smells better. If the tea or the chocolate. Chocolate is kind of bitter, but very nice. The fresh notes of grapefruits are very interesting when combined with chocolate. The tea on the other hand is bit spicy with orange notes. The citrusy flavours due to fir parts are there too.
Aww, so great herbal blend. Thank you Fabiana.