129 Tasting Notes

77

Gunpowder beads expand wonderfully, giving reddish hue.
Beautiful aroma, with plenty of jasmine and earthy notes.
Assertive, earthy taste, with distinct astringency and slight bitterness.
Really good tea. Too bad it’s probably very hard to find. Mine was brought to me as the gift from Taiwan.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Earth, Jasmine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 5 g 11 OZ / 330 ML

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75

The visual effect of a blooming flower is overwhelming, but the tea itself really takes time to brew and enjoy, because at first it’s very watery and disappointing.
It took about fifteen minutes for the strong aroma to develop. Nice sweetish strawberry and grassy notes of the base white tea, plus subtle flowery aromas from jasmine and rose..
The taste is slightly sour, very fresh, with strong strawberry notes and good-quality white tea in the background.
Probably the second steep, after unraveling all the threads, is going to be even more rewarding.

Flavors: Flowers, Freshly Cut Grass, Jasmine, Rose, Sour, Straw, Strawberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 11 OZ / 330 ML

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60

Murky gold, smells sweetish and very fruity, with plenty of mango and fig opuntia notes.
The base green tea dominates in taste, the fruits are subdued, in the background.
Not bad.

Flavors: Fruity, Mango

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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80
drank Kimberley by Mariage Frères
129 tasting notes

A lot of flower character that is well balanced with the base rooibos notes, plus a bit of caramel and strong fruity characteristics.
The taste is very rich, slightly sweetish, complex. Good alternative to my everyday theine teas.

Flavors: Caramel, Flowers, Jam, Rose

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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32
drank Green Tea Lemon by Teekanne
129 tasting notes

Very strong green tea aroma, refreshing and citrusy.
Unfortunately the taste is very watery and bland. There are slight citrusy, spicy and straw notes, but too scarce.

Flavors: Citrus, Lemon, Straw

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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80

Nicely balanced strawberry and lemongrass aroma, with slight grassy and straw green tea undertones.
And good taste, slightly tart, fruity.
Much better than majority of Pickwick teas.

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Lemongrass, Straw, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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73
drank Vanilla Tea by Twinings
129 tasting notes

The very first impression is great – the bag smells wonderful, like a freshly cut vanilla bean.
After brewing the vanilla component is still nice, but there are also some wet cardboard notes, rather unpleasant.
The taste is sweetish, a bit malty, with no bitterness nor astringency.
All in all it’s not bad.

Flavors: Cardboard, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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81

Refreshing lemon aroma over an earthy background.
Solid maltiness in taste, no bitterness, delicate lemon undertones, no tartness.
Really good lemon black tea.

Flavors: Earth, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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60

Smells perfect, like a hot apple pie.
The taste is sweetish, with strong apple notes and a bit of cinnamon and raisins in the background..
A bit too watery, but generally not bad.

Flavors: Apple, Cake, Cinnamon, Raisins, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 200 OZ / 5914 ML

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80
drank Darjeeling by Hampstead Tea
129 tasting notes

Nice malty, warming aroma, with slight fruity undertones.
And very good, rich taste, with some floral and fruity notes in the background.
A very pleasant surprise.

Flavors: Fruity, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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I drink tea almost constantly.

However, my tea drinking can be divided into two main categories.

1. I work a lot at my computer and when I work, I need to always have tea at hand. That’s when I drink bag varieties, mostly black blends, often corporate ones. They need to be at least drinkable, of course, but I don’t focus on the taste much, though I don’t go below a certain level…

2. When I read (and read a lot) or when I’m just relaxing, I savor tea. That’s when the better varieties come into play, that’s when I use leafs instead of bags, that’s when I really focus on what I’m drinking.

I’m Polish, temporarily living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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