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drank Nepal Ilam Pathiwara by Dobra Cajovna
1241 tasting notes

April 2022 Sipdown Challenge – A woody tea

Olive green leaf is the majority here and it tastes so much more like a Darjeeling than a fully oxidized, cocoa-ish Nepali black tea. This tea lights me up in all the right ways. It is very easy to drink with its lemon-oak-dry grassy character and some light, fluffy date sweetness like oxidized white teas. It is a bright tea with enough astringency to make it interesting but not dry out the mouth. Very mineral, quartzlike and bright clean copper. Mouthwatering, tingly salted citrus rind feeling. Nuances of sunchokes, malt, muscatel, eggshell, dates, geranium, pungent dried herbs, spearmint, dry forest floor duff. It feels in a way like California, like summer.

Thank you, Martin :)

The steep time and temperature sliders don’t work on the phone sooo – 3g:300mL, 195F, 2 steeps at ?/?min

Flavors: Astringent, Citrusy, Cocoa, Dates, Dry Grass, Dry Leaves, Forest Floor, Geranium, Herbs, Juicy, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Malt, Metallic, Mineral, Muscatel, Nutty, Oak, Salt, Spearmint, Tangy, Viscous, White Wine, Woody

Martin Bednář

You are welcome! And I am so impressed with your flavour notes.

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TeaTiff TTB #12

This reminds me of a Darjeeling, which I know is supposed to be the “fine wine” of black tea, but which I personally don’t love. The flavor is light and floral with a lingering woody note. I find it slightly drying on the tongue. This one’s definitely not for me, but hopefully someone else will enjoy it!

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TeaTiff TTB #8

This one surprised me! It had a strong scent of brown sugar and I thought it might be a flavored tea, but it turned out to be just a straight black. The flavor was quite light and sweet. Honey smooth, but lacking in body…almost more like an oolong than a black tea. It was interesting to try, but probably not something I’d go for again.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Honey, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

It’s my daily-drinker at work and I feel very similar. Quite light, honey smooth (and taste) and brown sugar. Sadly, recently I didn’t had enough time at work to write down at least some notes to retry it.

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95
drank Guria Likhauri by Dobra Cajovna
825 tasting notes

TeaTiff TTB #2

Martin was kind enough to add a sample of his favorite black tea to the box and I can see why he likes it so much! This is one of the smoothest black teas I’ve ever tried, without even a hint of bitterness or astringency. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a lingering honey aftertaste. Delicious!

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

“Delicious!” … indeed it is!

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98
drank Wooricha by Dobra Cajovna
1277 tasting notes

There is one fellow Steepsterite who has asked me, if I can get this tea. I have been finally able to, so I bought a pouch, which was way more expensive than I thought (but I didn’t cared — 45 cents per gram) and decided to share with them a bit.

But of course, opened pouch needs to be drank quickly. Even though I did my best to pack it again, without air/humidity/etc. contaminations.

Imagine dark black leaves. Very wiry, but they look amazing in my opinion. Looks really hand-made as their hue tend to vary. Also the quality. Some are broken more, some are almost intact.

You take a sniff and you get certainly a cacao note. It brings childhood memories. Weird for tea. But it smells like a kindergarden cacao which I didn’t liked back then. But the aroma is magical and dreamy.

I have prepared this wonderful tea just two times so far, both prepared western. Once using big strainer, second time it was with fillable tea bags. Going to try it gongfu as well.

Even the parameters were same for both steepings. First steep with almost boiling (but not boiling) water, second was okay with boiling water. Two, three minutes steep are sufficient. But longer steep is okay as well. In both cases, I have used two teaspoons.

First steep is… how to describe it? Very flavourful and I have noticed indeed again cacao notes, but followed with hints of sesame and peanuts. Those flavours were followed with malty and some sweet… caramel I guess. Second steep is actually very similar, but it’s not anything against this beautiful tea.

Ilse Wouters had tea called Woori from Paper and Tea and I honestly think, it is very same tea. She said it is rather afternoon tea and I have to agree. It’s mild and smoth, good for calming down the nerves (Yes, I am stressed about the work and some other things (I think everyone understands what are they) ), and it somehow brings me into writing mode (as you can see here).

Yes, if I was about to write some flaw, it is rather thin aftertaste. The flavour does not last long in the mouth. But not all teas are perfect. Either way, it is time to rate it and it will be very high. Yes, there are some teas above, because I am biased still with the price level, as well the uniqueness affects me. However, Georgian tea is probably a bit more available than this gem.

If you got Dobra Tea nearby, it should be available unless it is sold out. It happens very often.

2021 batch

Flavors: Cacao, Caramel, Malt, Peanut, Sesame

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

This sounds lovely, and very much like the Jiri Horse from TeaBento I had many years ago. Looking forward to it!

Martin Bednář

I have tried to find TeaBento website and it seems they are closed down. What a shame, because I have Jiri Horse in the wish-list and I always loved their cute photos of the teas. Damn…

Leafhopper

Yes, that’s too bad. I always meant to order from them again. They had some nice tea.

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I find this tea very hard to describe. I know, after only one session it is always somehow hard, but this tea is one of the most difficult.

In aroma of my steeped three grams was baked bread, but as well roasty, leathery, a little smoky too?

In taste it was very and awesomely smooth. I don’t recall having that smooth black tea before. It was a bit on weaker side in taste, but it was good. Somehow sweet but not as sugar, lightly malty, and… I need to retry it to notice more of the flavours.

Certainly a good tea. At least its 2021 harvest. But as I wrote, I need to re-try it…

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

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I find with the rarer teas I review here, it’s fastest to just do a search for them, and Steepster is usually one of the top results!

This is a loose-leaf tea from Martin!

It’s kind of bright, with a good deal of astringency, and a mild citrus note. There’s a floral note too, and something vegetal at the end of the sip. The astringency is a bit much for me. I might enjoy it more as a latte. Thanks, Martin!

Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Todd

Oh yeah, I like it better with some oat milk!

Martin Bednář

You are welcome. Apparently, not are teas suits you. But that happens.

Todd

Indeed! It was still a good experience.

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92
drank Guria Likhauri by Dobra Cajovna
155 tasting notes

I got this today in a package from the Czech Republic. Thanks, Martin!

Mmm, the brewed cup smells malty. It tastes a little sweet with honey notes, and it’s quite malty. It’s not very astringent at all, and it’s very smooth. Delicious!

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Martin Bednář

I knew why I had to send you some of this. It’s just my all time favourite :)

Todd

I plan to steep it several times!

Martin Bednář

You can’t go wrong with it :)

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For long I am trying to write a tasting note about this tea.
But somehow… I always drink the tea and then I hope I will have another, better, session. And now, my 50 grams is almost finished. I have roughly about 15 grams left. And I still hope I will get a better session.

But even “bad” session isn’t bad enough to don’t write any tasting note. I generally like FF Darjeelings for it’s uncommon taste. Nothing is tasting, nor looking like black tea. For example, from this one I notice mostly floral and muscatel notes. And I was getting those notes every time I have prepared it — no matter if steeped in strainer or fill-your-own tea bag. No matter if I have overleafed it with two heaped teaspoons or used only one. Various steeping times. Glass cup, nordic mug, whatever… those two were there always.

Malty? No way, which is a bit dismal with upcoming fall. Bitter? Sometimes more than I would like to, but it was usually user fail.

But hey, it was generally so enjoyable cup of tea. I am not sure what I was always expecting more from it. I would love to find more descriptors though.

Flavors: Floral, Muscatel

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Shh… I bought this tea back in February and now we are close to July?

It flies and I have almost sipped down this tea.

And I just took two teaspoons, strained and steeped… while watching TV news about the tornado here, so I have no idea for how long. It can be around 4 minutes. Almost boiling water.

This note should be about the tea right? Can’t focus on that much, as my friend’s house lost the roof covering. But they are one of the luckier families there.
Light, almost lemony, with woody notes. Some floral backbone. Hints of astringency, I guess it has mellowed a bit during those 4 months. Still amazing though.

If you want to help with little money, you can do it safely here: https://www.darujme.cz/projekt/1204937

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Lemon, Oak

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I just read several articles on this and saw photos and video. So much destruction!

Martin Bednář

We aren’t used to have tornados here. And moreover it just directly hit those villages and small cities. The path of tornado is 26 km (16 mi) long and 500 metres (0.31 mi) wide. The meteorologist said he never saw anything like this. It was F3 tornado at least, possibly even F4.

gmathis

Been there, done that. It is terrifying, and for those who lose their homes, the grief and shock is overwhelming.

Martin Bednář

I have heard about your experience with tornado gmathis. I can imagine it is terrible experience. But you, at least, are somehow moreless prepared. You know that recording it isn’t the best thing to do.

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I decided to gongfu this tea this time. 4 grams, 125 ml, rather on the weak side, but afterall, it’s almost 7 pm again.

No rinse, boiling water in thermos.
1st steep, 5 seconds
Instead of rinse I did very short first steep. It is apparent, that the tea is “waking up”, doesn’t deliver much of the flavour, but hints of it is there. Certainly the floral notes + some mellow astirngency.
2nd steep, 15 seconds
This steeping method completely ruled out the astringency. Yes, it’s there, but much less present, it is very floral but not over the top.
3rd steep, 10 seconds
Now it get the lemon zest note. Slightly drying. Again quite floral, I think I noticed apple tree flowers with lilacs, but it may be off.
4th steep, 25 seconds
Certainly citruses prevail this steep; can’t decide if I like it more prepared western with long mouthfeel of nice astringency or gongfu which isn’t same every steep. I think I will drink it both ways.
5th steep, 45 seconds
Yep, citrusy again. Haven’t noticed that in brewing western that much present. But it’s lovely.
6th steep, 60 seconds last one
I wonder where I noticed the oak; but well, it’s different steeping method. How often I noticed something in western brewing and not in gongfu and viceversa. Still a wonderful cup of tea. I feel sad saying good bye to this session; but it’s certainly worth more than 6 steeps. But… writing this tasting note for almost an hour, it’s almost 8 pm now and well, it’s black. Caffeine. Oh well. But needed badly some distinctive and pure not flavoured tea. A certainly good purchase. 228 CZK/100 g (if someone wonders)

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWvdFIU6hZg

I need to buy bigger thermos, as with this one I am able to make 6-7 steeps only and often teas are worth more.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Lemon Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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I was in Pardubice to pick up a suit… and my favourite Guria Likhauri. Of course, I had that stupid question asking “What’s new?”

And the tea master answered. A First Flush, Nepal Ilam, delivered this week to the tearoom. “It is great tea, similar to first flush Darjeelings, quite floral and long-time mellow astringency. You should try it, it’s quite delicate and other part of spectrum compared to the Georgian tea you wished for.” So yup, I bought 50 grams. This is well-done marketing. Again, I was able to take a sniff, but with mask on… well, I must say it’s very potent in aroma!

Storytime over. Now to my own experience.
It looks rather like a green tea, I guess it’s part of the very fresh tea; and smells heavenly. Florals, somehow herbal, woody (oak maybe?). I took two teaspoons (well, I don’t have any steeping parameters) and used boiling water. Three minutes long steep, and well, steeped, it smells again great. It is really similar to FF Darjeelings somehow, but more floral with citruses present. Taste is citrusy, like a lemon rind; with some florals again. Some backbone as astringency which is in all the sips with really long duration of taste; it is maybe 15 minutes since I have finished the cup and still notice it. It’s indeed delicate, not too strong, yet very present.

Hold on rating, becasue I need to try this tea a bit more!

Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Herbs, Lemon Zest, Oak

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Guria Likhauri by Dobra Cajovna
2757 tasting notes

I had nightmares last night. I had a really, really bad morning. And I hurt my back and it has been getting steadily worse all day. Also, it has been raining for two days and it isn’t supposed to stop soon and I really, really need sunlight. It was just an all around bad day. Did I say bad day yet?

Until shortly after lunch.

The mail was delivered. And there was an unexpected envelope from overseas. The Czech Republic to be precise! It was tea and a postcard and a letter from Martin! Steepsterites to the rescue! Even though it was still raining outside, the sun came out in my kitchen! The teas were this one, two from Bird and Blend which is a company I have never tried before, and another called Kali Laska.

Well, it is New Year’s Eve so of course I am going to try Martin’s favorite black tea, Guria Likhauri! This will be my NYE celebration! Cuz I am wild like that.

Youngest gave me some Champignon cheese for Christmas – a delicious soft cheese with mushrooms, so I made a plate of that, crackers, Hickory Farms turkey summer sausage for Sam the King of Dogs, mozzarella which was pretty bland and hardly worth mentioning, and some Bon Maman cherry preserves to try to make the mozzarella interesting.

I measured the leaves and determined that there was enough here to make a small pot.

But oh those leaves! I rarely see black tea leaves that look like this. They are thick and twisted, sinewy, and so shiny – really glossy black and beautiful. They exude character – the life of the tea bush is almost palpable. I think I had a tea from Old Ways Tea that looked like this. Just looking at leaves like this makes me feel awestruck with the miracle of tea and the beauty of nature.

The aroma was complex and layered with a deep woodiness and fresh, sharp grapes, like muscatel. The muscatel aspect was like the scent in darjeeling but not as sharp and high as darjeeling. As I start to sip I inhale and the aroma floods my senses before I even get any tea and it is fruit – stewed, rich, dark. Stone fruit?

There is no bitterness and no astringency, and I can see why Martin says he drinks this grandpa style. You surely could. It’s that smooth. While the tea sits in your mouth, I would say it has medium body with a touch of creaminess or oiliness like the texture of some ripe puerh. After you swallow, woody notes linger. And something else….minerals! Definitely minerals.

My husband sips and says, “This is fruity.” Normally he says, “This is hot and has tea-like qualities” when I ask if he likes a tea, so the fact that he pointed out a specific impression from the tea means it made him take notice. (Maybe he can take review lessons from Kiki!) He drank A LOT of it.

There is no way I am wasting any of this, so I steeped it again. We finished our cheese and I am now sitting alone drinking the third steep as I type and while it is lighter than the first steep, it still has way more interest and flavor than many teas have on their first steep.

And wow, as it cools, it has different notes. Some teas get so astringent as they cool that you really have to reheat the cup to finish it, but not this one. The minerality is increased, the muscatel has decreased, and the stewed fruit – plums with a pinch of brown sugar maybe? – is still present but light. Mostly minerals and woody flavor here at the end.

Still good and I still want more, so fourth steep here we come. Paler now, minerals and a more noticeable sweetness. Well, that was unexpected. Almost like a licorice root sweetness so I guess this may be what they call hui gan? Was it there before and I missed it?

A delightful tea, and I see why it is Martin’s favorite.

Many thanks, Martin. It made my day.

Many thanks to the Steepster community for being who you are. May 2021 be blessed and filled with hope, joy, peace, fellowship, and good tea!

Courtney

All the best for 2021 and beyond, and I’m so glad your day turned around! :)

DrowningMySorrows

Hurray for tea and cheese saving a rotten day!

Martin Bednář

All the best for 2021 and I am super happy it has been delivered still “in time”! Your tasting note did same trick with my mood as the tea-mail :) I am glad I have measured enough even for sharing, and sharing is caring right?

I really need more of this tea. It is that great. And quite cheap one. I would love to visit Georgia (the country, of course) one day.

I am happy that I made you happy :)

ashmanra

Oh, Martin, the stamp was so pretty, too! And on Thursday afternoons I teach a family of young ladies and one of them does the most adorable whimsical art and she often uses postage stamps to add a collage effect. I was able to get the stamp off the envelope undamaged and give it to her to use. She likes it very much.

My Christmas gift from her was an illustration of Flavia de Luce, a character in some of my favorite novels. If I see the stamp pop up in any of her art work I will try to send you a photo!

White Antlers

Happy New year ashmanra. I hope this finds you feeling better in body and mind. <3

ashmanra

Thank you, White Antlers! May this year be awesome for you!

Martin Bednář

Ashmanra: I am happy that you liked the stamp too, and I am grateful that it comes to use and not only for postage! I really liked it too, quite unusual in my opinion.

mrmopar

Happy New Year to you too and all the people on here. Hoping 2021 will be a better year for all.

White Antlers

mrmopar A very happy New Year to you! I hope the welcome and kindness you showed me years ago when I was new on Steepster comes back to you this year a thousand times over.

mrmopar

@White Antlers, you too. You are a great friend and I am glad we met here. Your kindness brings joy on here everyday as well.

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90
drank Guria Likhauri by Dobra Cajovna
87 tasting notes

Thank you so much Martin for sending me this tea! I carefully measured out 2 teaspoons, then realised that left only a few leaves in the packet, so I dumped the whole lot into my teapot and brewed Western style over the afternoon. I love a good, malty black tea – and this is exactly that.

1st pot, 98c, 2m 30s – smells malty, rich and smooth. Lovely flavour! Malty and sweet. Notes of apricot jam and a silky smooth texture. No astringency or bitterness.

2nd pot, 98c, 8m 10s – richer aroma, more malty and less smooth. The malty flavour intensifies. It’s almost yeasty, but not unpleasantly – it’s like doughy, under-baked bread. Apricot jam is still present and nicely sweet.

3rd pot, 98c, 14m – malty and smooth but light. Honeyed apricot sweetness develops in the aftertaste. Still super pleasant.

Ah, this was an amazing tea, from the first cup to the twelfth. I’ve had a look for it online but it doesn’t seem to be available right now. Will definitely consider buying it when it’s available again. Thanks so much Martin!

Flavors: Apricot, Jam, Malt, Yeast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 600 ML
Martin Bednář

I guess I somehow missed this note from you? Anyway, I am happy it found another tea-drinker that likes this tea. I have chance to buy more, once I am back in my Uni city. Hopefully, if Covid won’t go mad here, I will go there on 4th of January. I can buy more, if they have it. I would share more, if I got more in my pouch. I just sent a lots of all around the world.

It is said, that this one is an extraspecial for that tea room. Maybe it’s not exactly that one, because they don’t have an online shop.

I will try to make a group buy after first days of Christmas, so keep eye on Discussions; I hope you will find something else from this tea room to keep them alive. :)

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95
drank Guria Likhauri by Dobra Cajovna
1533 tasting notes

Martin Advent Day 16
This tea is delicious! It’s a plain black tea, but I liked it so much I didn’t even add milk. It was so malty and full of flavor – thanks for sharing this one Martin!

Courtney

Malty is amazing!

Martin Bednář

I am super glad that you liked it! To be honest I was really nervous sending you this; as it is plain teas and you wrote me that you don’t like them much. I was a bit afraid you will skip it, as… “plain tea aren’t my thing” or something.

And apparently it’s great one, as you didn’t had to add any milk in!

derk

I’m so grateful Martin passed some of this around. It’s a special black tea :)

Martin Bednář

I wish I have more opportunity to have more. Last time I bought 100 grams and it’s all gone. And I wasn’t in my University city in ages. Hopefully will be 4th of January, so if anyone wants to; I can buy another pouch. Maybe I can go for group order while linking tea-room website? Their Tung Ting was great too! (But all the tea are subject to availability)

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drank Guria Likhauri by Dobra Cajovna
1241 tasting notes

Likely a different harvest than the tea Martin first shared with me 2 or 3 years ago: https://steepster.com/derk/posts/400663

No point in being stingy with my personal rating. This is probably the most refined yet accessible and flavorful black teas I’ve tried. An email to Dobrá is in order — please consider selling this on the US website!

Martin Bednář

Stop it, I am blushing :D
I am so glad you really like this one as I do!

Leafhopper

I hope I get to try this tea someday!

Martin Bednář

I hope that second attempt of delivery will be success!

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100
drank Guria Likhauri by Dobra Cajovna
1241 tasting notes

This is one of those teas where I ask myself: “Where do I start?”

A fine Georgian black tea complex enough to be satisfying but never pretentious. It feels like an accessible yet refined ‘peoples’ tea. Fruity, floral, woody, malty. Delicate, lightly stewed fruits and grape verging on muscatel with a touch of butter, leather, salt. Rosewater and cherrywood base. The malt never dominates. Balanced astringency. Some spiciness in feel but not in taste. Nice fruity, tangy aftertaste. The body is damn near perfect for a stands-on-its-own black tea.

Granted I only had enough of this from a swap with Martin to have 3 days of western prep, it seems like a versatile tea. It has that comforting sweater weather feeling that made the past few mornings’ cloudy cold snap more bearable, but it’s also light and bright enough to feel refreshing on this sunnier and warmer spring morning. It sits so right with me. Thanks, Martin :)

Flavors: Apricot, Bread Dough, Butter, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Dark Wood, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Leather, Malt, Mint, Muscatel, Peach, Plum, Rose, Rosehips, Salt, Spicy, Stewed Fruits, Tangy, Yeast

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Martin Bednář

You are welcome! I know I have to buy some more again. It is one of the finest black teas I had! As you said, good on its own.

ashmanra

That sounds wonderful! I have seen a Georgian tea for sale in Chapel Hill but never tried it. May need to have a look again.

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: I can get some, if you want to. Or O have something still in cupboard, but I don’t know how much. Feel free to write me an E-mail.

ashmanra

Thank you for the offer, Martin! I may take you up on that!

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And another tasting note of this one. Raising the rating from 95 to 99 as it is my all time favourite I guess.

Yes, as you know, I have birthday today! And this day needs great tea. And that one from morning wasn’t it. But quarter of a century over here? To sum up… I had completely different thoughts about last 5 years. But it is like that and I don’t want to change it. If I decided otherwise I won’t met so perfect guys around me. Not only Steepster people, nor classamtes, nor co-workers. It’s not perfect life, but who needs a perfect life? It would be boring.

But this tea is close to perfect and no way boring. I won’t repeat myself, just read other notes :)

Yummy, malty jam. No bitterness even prepared grandpa as usual, full-bodied, just perfect for this day!

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEC4TZsy-Y
Although there could be many nice songs, for example this one helped to go through the panic attack yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHCV_ro2U_A (if you google translate lyrics, you will lose the play with words, but you will get basic thought of song)

Thank you all that I could be member of this community. I like it here because of you guys!

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML
amandastory516

Happy birthday! I hope it’s filled with lots of beautiful tea.

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday!!!

ashmanra

Happy birthday, again, Martin! First song is one I knew well, and the second one is really awesome. I didn’t see a translation in the comments but listening to it was quite nice!

Martin Bednář

Managed to translate it a bit; check that out :)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v6jgvrGJIUfdgQ0bfACzX7ReWiwl9hinXG4K2b03kDU/edit?usp=sharing

Just don’t edit it. I want that you all can enjoy it :)

Leafhopper

Happy birthday! Yes, Steepster is a great community. Wishing you more good tea in the year to come.

Teatotaler

Happy birthday, Martin! 24 June is my birthday too. It seems that there are three of us here born on 24 June. :)

ashmanra

Wow! Happy birthday to you, also, Teatotaler!

ashmanra

Martin: Thank you for the translation! That was a lot of work!

Martin Bednář

Teatotaler: Happy birthday then for you as well! So, we are at least 3 on Steepster with same day. Oh, and it is just one of 365 days.

ashmanra: I just wanted you all to understand that song. It is easier to listening to English songs and then translating it for myself to Czech than vice versa. But I am happy that you liked it even without translation :)

Everyone: Thank you for being here, despite Steepster looks like in agony. I hope it will survive as long as possible. I am glad to have at least few people with other contacts. I was even thinking making some alternative for this page, but busy with school, so… it is still just in my head.

Nattie

Happy birthday for yesterday Martin and teatotaler! What a coincidence that there are so many of us here on Steepster with the same birthday! (:

mrmopar

Happy birthday Martin!

Martin Bednář

Thank you mrmopar!

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99

Now I am sad with this SIPDOWN.

It is truly amazing tea; with bold malty characher, but there are as well some fruit notes, mostly grapes. Grape, malty jam tea :) Even prepared grandpa — 6 grams per 300 ml.

I think I wrote enough about this tea already, derk wrote a lot of impressions as well…

Now it is time to buy new packet and send a sample to ashmanra to hear another tea lover thoughts about this tea. Same with dreamloomer.

I will able to get it next Thursday, so if anyone is interested in somehow small tea swap (as well across the ocean), I can put this one in as well :)

Flavors: Grapes, Malt, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Fourth tasting note, hehe.
I wanted to prepare it grandpa, but found out it is very dusty, so prepared grandpa and then strained into another mug.
Steeping time was around 3 minutes and it was just right.
Full of grape flavours, bit of florals. Even the woody flavours that derk noticed. Lightly stewed fruits? Maybe that as well! Lightly leather.
Anyway, this was one of the best preparation methods I used.
It was so refreshing and tasty, complex – but not too much that you don’t know what to focus on. Not drying even, it is bit tannic. I just must buy more of this one. Hopefully soon!

Flavors: Grapes, Jam, Leather, Malt, Tannic

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I took this one to find out how much I have rest. Unfortunately, just a little of some dust, only few big leaves. Ashmanra, if you want some – please wait till situation here will be little better; as I don’t go to Uni city at all and I am not really sure if they even can sell anything.

As for tea – it is how derk managed to write about. She is much better in desrcription than I. It’s simple tea, yet quite complex if you look closely on it. It’s woody today, but not in rooibos matter, rather like some heavy taste. It was indeed less malty – yet present well, notes of red grapes in as well.

As prepared quite weak, I suppose I do not notice everything; moreover it was grandpa brewing.

As for news here: all restaurants closed down, they can do drive-away (walk-away, swim-away… et cetera). All shops but selected fields (foodstuff, chemist’s, drugstores and few others) closed down. Big issue is that Ministry of Health admits that in hospitals are missing about one million respirators. Prime minister says that it is a lie and there are no problems. Also, there was a man, who had symptoms and they did not wanted to test him at all. One region received finally! (after 14 days) respirators. 50 per whole region! “It must be enough”. “We can’t give them to anybody who asks”

Flavors: Grapes, Malt, Wood

ashmanra

Martin – no worries at all! Please stay in and stay safe!

Martin Bednář

I am really afraid. Not because of family, but rather because our government creepy measures.

ashmanra

I mainly worry about the way people are hoarding things! I do not want my family to go hungry. But at least we have a very large amount of wheat that we can grind and have fresh bread for many months to come. Prayers for you and your family!

Martin Bednář

Same, same… people hoarding up. But kind of understand it, during communist regime here there was nothing available, or in so limited quantities. I really dislike staying home and going just to shops and back.

mrmopar

We just had a 2100 prayer time for finding a cure for the virus. Everyone please stay safe. Prayers for all.

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I have prepared this tea in gong-fu style. It is rather weird, but actually works quite well. I did several 30 seconds long steeps. All of them were very tasty, strongly malty with some velvet like aftertaste. It was smooth as velvet – not taste like velvet. Maybe some grapes were there, little of smokiness too. As well some florarity.

Overall, it is good tea. Maybe western style suits this tea best. Or brewing it in a large pot for sharing with everyone.

Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Malt

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

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Ordered at Dobrá čajovna tearoom in Pardubice, as I am waiting for bus. Yep, another inventory check. This time groceries in Prague. I don’t feel great – last one was poorly made (my part) and I will got less money because of mistakes

Ordered this one, as I never had tea from Georgia. Received a teapot of volume I guess around 250-300 ml, a tea cup and thermos of hot water to add it to the pot.

Tea itself is quite sweet. But delighful sweetness. Bit like oolong sweetness. Roasted sweetness. I don’t know how to describe it better.

It tastes bit like jam. Malty jam. There are no citrus/lemon notes. Full of malt. But in no way drying.

Wonderful tea.

Leafhopper

I had a Georgian tea from What-Cha and “malty jam” describes it perfectly. :)

Martin Bednář

Haha :)
I could not resist and bought 50 grams of it. Lots of to find all the secrets of this tea.

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Another tea room Thursday. Well, I need to boost myself because of Thursday nights part-time job. This one was delivered day before I ordered it, so apparently really fresh! Let´s see.

Gaiwan, approx. 100-120 ml. I should ask. I don´t know how much leaves in, but it was quite a lot in my opinion. I have not counted steeps, but 1 liter thermos was gone. Each steep about 15-30 seconds.

Okay, now to the tea:
Aroma was storng orchid garden, floral, with little notes of smoke.
Colour of brew was light golden which was turning to darker and darker. Leaves went through the strainer of gaiwan. Not much of them though.
Taste was wonderful, floral, with little astrigency. But still smooth, mellow. Energy boosting.

I stayed awake till 6 am without any troubles with short, about few 15 minutes naps in bus back home. So apparently wake up call. The tea was wonderful, for great price / value ratio. I paid 108 CZK for whole thermos and I can make it as I wanted. Really, 20 seconds was average steep and I am surprised how bold it was.

Flavors: Floral, Orchid, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 OZ / 110 ML

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