403 Tasting Notes

88
Oh well…

I closed accidentaly window while writing this tasting note. After 3 steeps.

Okay, I made fast rinse, let the leaves absorb the humidity, and then following steeps I made (from memory)
1st, 7 seconds – it was very bamboo in aroma, lots of camphor aroma as well. In taste it was nice and mellow.

2nd, 15 seconds – bamboo slowly disappear, but camphor was there. Taste turns to chocolate notes a little bit, but wet forest and wet wood was still very prominent.

3rd, 20 seconds – even more wet forest is there, bamboo gone, camphor in aroma still there.

4t, 30 seconds – not a bad steep, although quite similar to previous one.

5th, about 45 seconds.
The camphor disappears, but still there is wet forest aroma/taste, it is still mellow as well. I thought I notice chocolate notes, but… I don’t think anymore.

6th, around one minute.
It is closer to some herbal? Maybe more mineral. Maybe roasted I noticed last time. But certainly less present.

7th,
I steeped for too short time probably. It’s just bit roasted taste, hot water.
8th
Last one. Quite long, maybe two and something minutes. I think this tea is over. But it was nice and pleasant.

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-YHU6BwPR0 – I found out that I really enjoy R. E. M. songs, even their lyrics are quite deep.

Flavors: Bamboo, Camphor, Chocolate, Forest Floor, Herbs, Mineral, Roasted, Wet Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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Thank you derk for this tea. Aged oolong? Well, I am interested in!

I made quite fast rinse, but not so fast to call it flash. Then I let the leaves rest, for maybe 5 minutes. And then first steeps. First one was 30 seconds long and… yeah it brought dark chocolate notes. And raspberry jam. Both pronounced in aroma as well in taste. There is as well roasted flavour, some sweet – almost sugary notes (but not white sugar), little bit of mollases. Smooth, no astringency there.

2nd steep was 45 seconds long. It was very similar, maybe the chocolate was bit stronger.
It is nice tea, although, probably, not my most favourite.

3rd, 50 seconds – roasted nuts aroma came. So does roasted taste. It’s nice!

I stopped counting time. But made several more steeps. Not a single one was bad. All of them. Wonderful experience. No rating so far.

Book pairing: Kalsarikärni: The Finnish path to relaxation. Here, a Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Pantsdrunk-Kalsarik%C3%A4nni-Finnish-Path-Relaxation/dp/1982528990

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dark Chocolate, Molasses, Raspberry, Roasted, Roasted nuts

Preparation
2 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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80

I have prepared this tea to calm my nerves before tomorrow exam. Linear programming. It’s not so hard, but again, procrastination won this round – so I have all my teas (as I said yesterday) in Excel file. I don’t know if I should feel happy about that, because it is really cool, but I spend whole morning doing it. Then, I was rather cleaning, washing up and.. now it is evening, I took a bath (I usually shower) and I was trying to study before.

Anyway to the tea. It’s from derk again, so again kudos to you. It is nice blend of herbs, based on passionflower and chamomile, but it is nice and mild tea. Because it contains lots of other herbs too, I was afraid it will be too herbal. But it isn’t. It was like honey with nice chamomile (what, me liking chamomile?) and sweet note of passionflower.

To be honest, I think it worked well to intended purpose (but bath was good idea too). I am not very sure about the exam, but I will wake up early tomorrow probably and do some last-minute study.

Flavors: Herbs, Passion Fruits, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
MadHatterTeaDrunk

Best of luck to you on your exam!

ashmanra

Saying a prayer for you! I hope your anxiety goes away. It’s no fun.

Martin Bednář

Unfortunately, I did not pass. But it was close! Next week another chance. I think, I can prepare more, although there are some other exams to do in same week. I knew that this time I wasn’t prepared enough.

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Tasting note NUMBER 400

Pure deliciousness! Thank you derk! I still have some, though just a little.

2.5 grams and boiling water. I am so hyped about this tea. Gaiwan, 85 ml.

I made several 30 seconds steeps. It was so great. Aroma was clearly autumn leaf pile, no florality, no funky notes, no… bold and strong aromas.
Taste: I could not explain it well I suppose. It is light, but full of taste. Refreshing, but bold. Woody, but as well mineral. Fruity, but not sweet or juicy. Hay, but not boring.

Caffeine boosting, but as well the mood boosting. Oh well.

Minute steeping was great too. Even two minutes – and nothing bad. I need to find another timing for this tea!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Fruity, Hay, Mineral, Stonefruits, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
gmathis

400 goes fast, doesn’t it?

Martin Bednář

Way too fast in my opinion. Maybe I am spending here too much time. But it makes me so happy to share with others. That’s bit weird, because – I am in real life rather introvert. But – my goal is to improve and keep my English.

gmathis

I think the overwhelming majority of Steepsters fit the introverted description—we’re a good fit for one another!

derk

Glad you liked it, Martin.

Martin Bednář

It’s amazing how different can be one plant. Sometimes it brings me nostalgic mood, sometimes hype, sometimes just good mood. So, indeed I liked it derk.

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60

This tea is going to be sour and tart. That was my first impressions when I took it from box from derk. Thank you. And as I had choice paralysis, I let choose tea my faithful friend – random.org

And it decided this one. I smelled the bag and yeah, it is going to be sour and tart.
Brewed for 4 minutes, it became deep red (as in the picture).

It is – sour and tart. But with some notes of raspberries or something? It should not be in, but tastes like raspberry jam or something. It is pleasantly sour. But yeah, it’s tart tea. It’s not bad, but nothing to really enjoy. At least for me.

Flavors: Pleasantly Sour, Raspberry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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50

This tea bag I have from last swap with derk, so I thank you, even… the tea is bit weird in my opinion.

I made an Excel file with teas; actually I used Oolongowl’s template (it is great, hoot, hoot!) and, although I don’t have everything there yet (last part of cupboard missing) it seems I have it about 50-50 ratio (tea bags – loose leaf) while I don’t count “Huge bags section” because, it is too many different tea bags and finding which ones are actually with tea in is way too time consuming.

So, it is evening, made a filter for caffeine-free teas and ran an randomiser on random.org. It picked number one, which was this one.

I steeped it for 5 minutes maybe and… it smells like a cinnamon bun or something.But with something extra herbal. Brews hazy yellow, but not so cloudy as last time. It is even, kind of, tasty. Yeah, I notice mostly cinnamon pastry, but there is no funky, musty or some other weird tastes. Upping a rate a bit.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries

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

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84

Prepraed western, 6 grams for 350-400 ml glass mug. I don’t know exact volume and somehow lazy to measure.

What to say about this tea? Well, it reminds me lavender lemonade. It is tasty, aroma strongly lavneder. But when sipped, it turns into floral notes and lemon aftertaste. As it cools down, lemon is more prominent and floral notes are weaker. It is as well somehow refreshing, easydrinking tea. Maybe bit creamy as well; rooibos base is not present in taste at all.

I wonder if it could be good iced?
And derk – I got box from you! Thank you! All already in cupboard (real as well virtual)

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Lavender, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 6 g 14 OZ / 400 ML
derk

Excellent! That had to be 5-7 days. Post office told me 10-15 days. I hope you enjoy at least a few of the teas. Sorry I haven’t replied by email. I have to find my password for that throwaway account :P

Martin Bednář

Hehe, I can’t wait to dig in. How funny to communicate, I can’t reply to Steepster messages, you can’t reply to ma email. But we made it!

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83

Steepster ate my review.

Prepared gong-fu as I had only 2 grams left.
It is nice, bready, malty tea. Not bad in matter of taste. It was very tasty tea, although first steeps were quite weak.

Comforting tea, with nice energy boosting character. I had better black teas, but this one is certainly good for sure too. Fourth steep is gonna be last one I think. It brews too light, although it was brewed for almost two minutes. It is not tea for gong-fu brewing heh.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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70

Another grandpa attempt. 2 tsp, 300 ml boiling water.

It was somehow similar like last time, where I was complaining it is too spicy (or rather hot). It wasn’t distinctive at all, as last time. It was somehow nicely spicy, cookie like. It was decent in manner of taste nad aroma. But it wasn’t something I would like to love. It was good, but only nothing wow to say. At least it was less spicy today.

But overall, I am somehow rather confused about this tea. It is not bad, but some more mellow flavour would make it better I think.

Flavors: Cookie, Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75

This tea reminds me bit all others Earl Greys from Twinings I had few days back.

It wasn’t bad but nothing extra. It had fresh flavour of bergamot, and jasmine was bit weaker. It was there. Base tea wasn’t great too. It was just black tea without any malt, or tannic flavours – it was just… okay. Not distinctive.

Overall the tea is – very strong as of bergamot, little of jasmine and no tea. Maybe fresher tea would do the trick.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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