272 Tasting Notes
I was at tea bag exchange meeting today and naturally I bought some teas as well. I was able to bring home about 350 tea bags and now it is worst part coming. To organise them in folders and files.
Anyway, this one is one of those I bought. Guy, who sold me it says it is from South Africa (and looks like it really is) and as it is 10 pm, what else I could drink if I do not want to be awake? Yep, rooibos (80 percent) + chamomile flowers and leaves (20 per cent).
Brews quite dark, but in taste it is like woody chamomile. Yep rooibos is quite woody this time and chamomile is quite present as well.Not a bad tea, but good as a evening/night tea only
Prepared. Sorting tea bags for tomorrow exchange meeting. Forgot that I kept a tea bag in all the time. Maybe 30, 45 minutes? Who knows? But now it is quite cold. So – I can it write a tasting note while sipping.
it is not great. Not terrible. Not even average. It tastes quite funky, it is cloudy! It is dusty!
I notice mostly cardamon and clove notes, all together is soothing my throat. But weird funky note of basil or something like that? Weird.
40. But thanks derk – I bet I will swap the tea bag at least and that is positive.
Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Herbs
I am making teas strong recently to get rid of them, as I am running out of space. So, 7 grams per 300 ml glass mug.
I kept the bag (I bought myself filling bags, so I do not have to use a strainer) in, all the time. Colour of the tea is now really nice, deep red. Taste is full, yet not my favourite. The combination of fruits and salty – roasted rice is not for me. Or at least not in this blend.
Upping a rating from 58 to 66
Heh. Another tea I got somewhere. But I did not bring it with me from Finland. Maybe some swap.
They suggest 1-2 minutes brewing so, I did it. No need to cut the time here.
They did not write much info on bag not even on the manufactuer website. So, I expect basic black tea. Smells quite malty and bit of chocolate notes. As I was quite thirsty, I prepared it in huge mug.
It tastes as black tea, as you can expect with strong malt notes. But with chocolate backbone and thus – not bad at all. I expected much worse, dull, bitter tea but this is not it!
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
I took this tea in my gaiwan today morning.
It was more vegetal than I remember from grandpa brewing. Grassy as well, little sweetness, bit of astringency. Brews easily, I did not care much about steeping times, just when I thought it will be ready, I spilled the tea into a cup. It was good. Nothing really fancy, or some scents or aromas development, just easydrinking tea with nice taste. Reminding me bit green teas, but that is probably bit expected.
Overall, it is nice tea (especially for the price).
Flavors: Astringent, Cut grass, Vegetal
Another tea that reached me by unknown way. ETS, I remember their teas are so-so.
This tea is exactly that. I notice cranberry and vanilla, as well some cocoa. Raspberries as their seeds in taste. I have expected more fruity taste. This is weak, although I steeped it even bit longer than written (4-5 min). And base made by hibiscus, rooibos and rosehip is very well noticeable too.
Flavors: Cocoa, Cranberry, Raspberry, Rooibos, Rosehips, Vanilla
I wonder why I waited so long for trying this. Derk, who sent me it, said that this package are summer brews and now there is an autumn outside and I am drinking this? Okay I guess.
Anyway, prepared grandpa with one tea spoon (about 2-3 grams). I was surprised how quickly it has changed the colour! And the aroma is so nice and strong. Now it does not change – so it is dark red-brown colour. Aroma, have no idea how to describe it. Strong, but not very floral (as I have expected), rather malty maybe? Roswell Strange mentioned
basil notes. Yep maybe some of it. Or herbal generally.
In taste, it is thick but as well somehow light. Herbal, but not annoying. Sweet, but not pollen sweet, nor sugary sweet. Good caffeine-free tea. Even in autumn.
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifXalt3MJtM
Flavors: Floral, Herbaceous, Sweet
Quite heavy leafed with my classical set up. 7 grams for my 300 ml glass cup.
And SIPDOWN! – That I guess is main reason why I have used so many. However, I am kind of disappointed. It was good tea, with nice feeling of peach with cream on top. As well some ice cream notes were there. Raspberries were bit bland though, but it is very probably badly mixed all together and I put lots of raspberries to others. Because my sister-in-law as well my brother were saying that it is amazing blend of peach and raspberries and it works quite well together. They also liked the idea it is caffeine-free peach tea.
It is note bad tea, just expecting bit more I guess.
Flavors: Creamy, Dried Fruit, Peach
Another tea from friend, who said me toss or keep.
How I can toss a Newby tea? I never should check company websites. They have wonderful teabags as well. This one is from tea bag too. But in old, golden design. Now it is even nicer I think.
The tea brews wonderful clear bronze – copper colour. Aroma is strong and floral. But the taste is so great. Floral, but as well some muscatel. Quite dry, but that is not annoying. I could not believe it is so full of flavour considering it was only tea bag and not even a pyramid one. Not even whole leaf in the bag, it was quite broken. Delicious!
Flavors: Floral, Muscatel
Yesteraday was another day tea-free. I was leaving quite early to logistics (and mechanical engineering) fair and returned so late I just showered and went to bed.
And today, is not much better at all. In the morning I had some unnamed pu-erh in small ball prepared grandpa. It was okay I think. And now this tea.
Yep, it is quite late (7.20 pm when writing this line). So caffeine-free. It smells quite strongly after blood oranges and bit of peach. But in taste is peach much more dominant. Really ripe peach flavours, with tartness of orange. The taste is full and in no way watery or something. Good!
Flavors: Fruity, Orange, Peach