401 Tasting Notes

drank Sakura Tea by Lipton
401 tasting notes

Traditional bag, not a pyramid one.

Well, another gift, another tea bag. But at least nice wrapping which is going to be awesome in my collection.

Aroma is really strong, it was like smelling bloom of sakura itself. Mug (about 300 ml), boiling water. There were no instructions. Or maybe in Japanese. Hmm. Let´s see.

Colour was turning quite quick to copper – apparently it is black tea with sakura flavouring / aroma. But it was smelling great, full blooming sakuras. No tea notes. I took bag out about two minutes of steeping.

Taste was smooth and flowery. Bit of cherries. But it was pleasant. I liked it more than expected.

Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Sakura

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Black Chai by Yogi Tee
401 tasting notes

I am going quite simple recently, so another tea bag.
On the tag there is a quote: “An attitude of gratitude brings opportunities”

Now to the tea:
Dry it was like mixture for mulled wine. Very spicy, not much distinctive aromas. They claim it has got Assam black tea, which I was not really sure.

They advise 7 minutes steeping time with boiling water. I had boiling water, but after 6 minutes I thought that it is enough so I guess it was around 6 and half minutes in the water. Aroma was mostly cinnamon, cloves and star anise.

It was dark brown, cloudy colour. It was not looking so bad.

Taste: quite complex and spicy, like all spices together. Quite acrid. Usually I am not really fan of these. But it was still quite drinkable – just not my cup of tea. Again cinnamony and star anise. I have finished it, but nope – as usually, chai (and Yogi brand in general) is not my cup.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Pepper, Spices, Spicy

Boiling 6 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I have received this tea (bag) as a gift; so I am looking forward for it. Probably my first pure Kenyan tea.

Mug 300 ml, 3+ minutes of steeping.

In aroma I was hit by malt, but also some fruit notes? But mostly strong malt or/and typical “black tea” aroma. Something like breakfast blend. As it cools down I noticed also freshly baked bread aroma.

Liquor is nice, clear dark copper colour. I am amazed how it´s clear – I am not really expecting it in tea bag.

Taste is smooth and malty. In fact something I expected something like that in black tea. And as it is pure black tea, without any additives – it is great! Yeah, it tastes really like a breakfast blend (too bad that I am drinking it in 7 pm :D ) If I have honey, I can imagine put some in. I prefer teas plain, but bit of honey taste can make it even bit better. It goes bit bitter – but still, quite good to drink. If I have another tea bag, I will shorten a steeping time a bit.

If you have a chance to get it – I recommend!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Bitter, Fruity, Malt, Tea

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I caught some common cold, so I took some fruity tea. This should increase my metabolism, but I don´t care. I just wanted something easy drinking.

Aroma is really blueberry and raspberry as on sample (actually coupon) bag written.

Colour – clear and deep red.

Taste is quite medicinal, hibiscus and rosehips and fruits. Probably mix of blue/raspberry. At least it is fruity and not artificial. Or well done artificial.

In conclusion, quite good, not so sweet, fruit blend.

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Medicinal, Raspberry

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I took this pu-erh while they offered free shipping above reasonable price and I could not resist. I think that price 4.50 USD for quite nice pack of tea.

I made first steep 15 seconds long and then each other 30 seconds.
First aroma I have noticed is cocoa which is not mentioned here at all! Then wet soil – but in pleasant way. In third steep I noticed bit mineral notes. Still bit creamy – sweet.

Colour has changed a lot – from light brown to really deep red-brown. And it looks bit oily.

Ah, I forgot one steeping in gaiwan. But it is forgiving – it is still very nice to drink. I like it very much. I have not counted number of steeps – I just really like this pu-erh; easy drinking for beginners as I am. Clearly recommended!

Flavors: Cocoa, Mineral, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wet Wood, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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Another cuppa, hotter water.

It changed quite a lot. It still smells like jasmine. But in taste there were some notes of stonefruits and now even bit of apricot and/or honey. It is smoother than last time, with little notes of jasmine as it colds down.

Colour of liquor is darker, rather orange, but tastes like green tea. Maybe better batch than last time? Or temperature of water changed it so much? Interesting though, better than last time!

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Jasmine, Stonefruits

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

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Another rating, higher one.

I didn´t measured the mass of dry leafs and used completely random mug that was at home.

Something has happened to this tea. It was much more delicate and better. Maybe colder water. Or hotter water? No measuring again; just first bubbles coming out of stovetop kettle. I think it was about three or four grams of tea.

Nevermind; the tea was amazing. Liquor hay green and clear; full of hay aroma with notes of jasmine. Not mentioning that it was like “full-bodied”. I don´t find that in green teas very often.

Taste was great too; more jasmine notes, but also lots of fresh hay. Leaves were really big and nice. That changes my opinion maybe too!

As I said, certainly higher rating than last time. 80/100, and I wonder if I get higher!

Flavors: Hay, Jasmine

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drank Forest Fruit by Basilur
401 tasting notes

TL,DR: Raspberry red liquor, ripe raspberries aroma and taste.

Honestly I like Basilur as a brand. Their teas are affordable and worth the price. I felt like having a fruit tea today and found this one in my stash. Raspberries were very dominant in dry tea bag aroma, but as I know – it can change rapidly when brewed. Not this time though. It was even more raspberry in aroma. But still it was quite nice. After about 6 minutes of brewing I removed the tea bag and it was still very raspberry. Liqour colour was raspberry red and clear. Taste was though bit bland, I have expected more sweetness and few other fruits in. But everything was raspberry.

Drinkable, fine, but bit boring tea.

Flavors: Raspberry

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Last few grams, about 2-3. Strainer, 300 ml of water. Unfortuntely quite tea dust, but there were bigger leaves before.

Quite good tea, liquor somewhere between gold and copper, cloudy. Aroma is mostly malty and bit of lemon zest, same with taste – where is lemon zest more dominant with slight afternote of malt. It´s quite bitter too, but not somehow awfully.

Overall, I think it´s quite above the average, especially when it was last cuppa with dusty, broken, tea. Good Ceylon after all.

Flavors: Bitter, Lemon Zest, Malt

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

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drank Earl Grey by Tazo®
401 tasting notes

Tea bag, boiling water and about 300 ml.

Dry smell is strong bergamot with little notes of lavender. But it smells quite good. I was afraid that one of that aromas will overpower second one, but it mixes quite good together.

Bit cloudy, red-brown liquor without oil spots. In aroma bit stronger lavender; with citrus notes of bergamot. Smooth taste where are bergamot notes stronger than lavender; but not overpowering the taste. I also think that 5 minutes steeping (as suggested) is bit too much, it become bit bitter for me. Not extra bitter though. Not so much tea taste there.

In conclusion I am rather surprised, because I expected awfully bitter black tea (as I know that from tea bags). But it isn´t and it is rather round and fresh taste. Nice work for tea-bag!

Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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