1276 Tasting Notes

My first take of kombucha, or at least the bottled one… but I really think I haven’t got any before.

I saw the bottles, and I knew right away I need to bring some home to try it. I wasn’t paying much attention to the ingredients, just picked original flavour and raspberry one. The last one was ginger/lemon which I wasn’t looking forward as it’s quite hot today and I prefer refreshing flavours.

When I arrived home with those two bottles (0.4 L each) I put them in fridge to cool them down a bit. They weren’t in fridges in the store!

When I have opened the bottle not so long ago, a strong vinegar aroma popped out. I spilled it to my favourite glass cup and I got nice golden fizzy drink. I started to read the ingredients, where among tea stuff were bacteria listed and cane sugar. And sadly, stevia! However, I took a sip, because I never spill the tea based on the ingredients only and I have to say it is quite pleasant. Sweet? Yes, quite a lot. Floral somehow. Stevia isn’t noticeable in taste. And in the end there is some flavour which I know, but can’t put my finger on. Something that reminds me Villa drink from Norway?

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drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
1276 tasting notes

I am puzzled about this tea. But thanks to Amy again.

I saw it is white, but apparently with hints of darjeeling. I have steeped it for suggested 3 minutes and it turned out quite floral, smooth and mouthcoating, but I haven’t noticed any fruits! Not even in aroma. Just light, floral tea. Interesting…

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drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
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Another tea from Amy, a little bit a celebration tea (I have “celebrated” with Classic Black by Battler) Thank you! And now I bet you are wondering why I am celebratin. No, it’s not birthday… that’s in 10 days. But I am celebrating that I have passed last course and now only finals are remaining! They will be held in February 2023, a little postponed from June 2021, I know, but I am glad I can go there. Postponed because my unsucessful exams before… but now I have everything done, but defending the thesis (it seems its ages since I wrote it) and the oral finals.

But back to this tea… I am puzzled to read such a negative tasting notes. Yes, when dry the bag smells bad. Indeed artificial, medicinal, “tang” like, and overall not so pleasant. But when brewed, and I think I did longer than 5 minutes as on the outer wrapping, it delivered pretty nice hot orange drink. I never had orange from wild, so not sure if they (but surely they do) do taste different than store-bought oranges. It was quite mouthcoating and mouthwatering taste. If I could reproduce this tea with its flavours as ice tea, it would be great (although today we had only around 22°C (72°F) with strong wind gusts). I am quite happy with this tea…maybe they tweaked the recipe?

205 °F / 96 °C 10 OZ / 300 ML

That is something worth celebrating! Congratulations. You’re almost at the end of your academic adventures!


That is soooooo exciting! Where is my party hat and confetti? CONGRATULATIONS!


Congratulations! That’s a big achievement! :)


Congrats Martin!

Martin Bednář

Thank you all!



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Another tea from Amy. Thank you!
Honestly I was afraid of this combo, green tea, matcha, both quite delicate flavours. Maté, quite on the other side of the spectrum and grapefruit is somewhere in the middle. When I took the bag off, there was a pithy aroma of grapfruit peel and honestly I thought it was quite genuine and real aroma, however weaker than I have been expecting.

Brewed and used colder water (I assume around 80°C, maybe even less) than their recommended 100°C (212°F)! gave me bright green-yellow tea. It is quite similar to the hue on the outer wrapping of tea bags.

It has smelled wonderfully after grapefruit and in taste it was nice level of flavour of citruses. The maté was almost unnoticeable and sadly, the green tea was quite flat — which was expecting as it is a tea bag.

Now, I am craving grapefruit tea… any opinions?

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

I like grapefruit. I might like this tea!

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An afternoon cuppa for me, but enjoyed with family around. After draining studying session.

Dry tea bag aroma was very familiar, but I couldn’t find anything to point on! Maybe it is similar to “Old Times Baked Apple” by Nordqvist? Does my smell memory picked this up, even it was 5 years ago since I had it?

Anyway, brewed it has got a wonderful aroma as well. Very genuine, apple with cinnamon. My mother, who adores teas with this flavour (and aromas) noticed it very soon as it was filling the living room.

Brewed, maye for more than intended 5 minutes, it has got also a very good flavour. Apples were pretty nice, cinnamon as well. The rooibos was good se well, adding its honeyish taste, however I think that black tea base would suit this tea much better. Why so? It was a little drying and a bit kind of flat. The mouthfeel wasn’t for the flavours long either and I think it is the biggest flaw.

Camomile is supposed to be in… but although I am quite sensitive to it, I haven’t noticed it at all in flavour, nor in aroma. Maybe because it complemented with the rooibos? I don’t know.

10 OZ / 300 ML

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I feel that I will write (in near future) mostly about the teas I received from Amy, because we swapped a several teas and those teas are US based and thus not available for me at all.

And because they are available to you, it is better than write about those teas, but I am sure you are enjoying “my region” teas. too.

However, decided for this one in the morning, mostly because I was craving something sweet actually, but I didn’t wanted to eat anything sweet, because it could cause heartburns to me, if I start the day with those.

Apricots. Vanilla. Créme. All is saying it is going to be quite sweet. White tea base in tea bag is expected to be a bit more on rough spectrum, but it’s fine.

And it is pretty tasty. Smells wonderfully after dried apricots with vanilla undertone, and tastes good. Fresh white tea, a little more on hay note, but not rough as expected.Vanilla was mildly present and apricots, sadly, weren’t much in taste, but it is in aroma… I was hoping more for fruity and apricot taste. Shame, really. And yep, it is creamy, but again, I was hoping for more.


I think I am about ten minutes away from a box of this! It sounds very nice and summery.

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20 days since my last tasting note. I guess my life is too busy! I need to slow down and I need to take a little break from all the work stuff (even though I am home already), so I am writing this note.

Received from Amy, from tea swap elsewhere; and tea-mail is always a happy mail, so… decided to dig in, though I have so many other teas to drink / finish than opening single little packages.

But anyway, I have decided for this one. I recall seeing it when I was in Finland (oh, it was 6 years ago already. Or to be more precise 5 and half?). I don’t know why I haven’t tried it there, maybe the word “aged” scared me more than it should?

This is very fine EG with nice bergamot level when brewed. I did suggested steeping time (it was supposed to be 30 seconds shorter); and I got a very strong black tea base, quite robust IMO, and the bergamot level was just right with nice flavour and tends to be a bit more sour than I am used to. But it is fine and it was refreshing. And more importantly, it was natural and not artificial-flavouring like.

In conclusion: pretty much fine tea bag! I would kindly drink it if offered.

PS: I was waiting for today that Bruce Springsteen concert in Germany tickets were on sale from today. I already planned all the trip around Germany, booked the hotels and I feel that what should be planned in advance, that it is planned well. So, I have decided to buy the tickets, to find out it is indeed 15th July… but in 2023! I bought the tickets anyway, because the other dates aren’t that suitable. Yes, it was pricey, but I can’t wait already!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

I am glad you have the trip and concert to look forward to! I hope it brightens these tough days!


Springsteen…there’s a trip back to the 80’s for ashmanra and me!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: it’s something that I am indeed looking forward! The trip is just around the corner and concert? Fine, I will wait another year. Maybe it is indeed once in lifetime experience.
gmathis: well, it is a little uncommon that I listen to him, I know. I haven’t lived in his greatest fame era.


Good music is good music, regardless of era!


Fun note: new neighbors moved in behind us during Covid and we only met talking over the fence. They occasionally BLAST 80’s music, and I do mean BLAST, and for the longest time I called them Jack and Diane. Their names are very similar to that, but alas, not that. Ashman had to keep reminding me of their actual names but I still mentally call them that. Fortunately, I have not called them the wrong names to their faces!

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I have tried this again (first attempt wasn’t good) with a shake of the bag beforehand. I also used a bit of colder water, I haven’t measured it but I think it was closer to recommended 70°. It is indeed temperature sensitive tea, which makes sense as there is matcha and kukicha. I prepared it in western style, however with a strainer for herbals or oolongs, as matcha just went through.

Also, it needs indeed short steeping. I did around 1 minute, maybe 75 seconds; and it was just right. Do not expect yuzu going strong, it is… but in aroma of the dry tea. Brewed, it isn’t much strong, however it’s fine level for me. It was somehow citrusy, a little bitter, a little pine-y, so I assume it is yuzu profile. I never had it (only once as a Berliner weisse beer), never on its own.
The base tea plays major role here. It is smooth, grassy, tea with little bit of vegetal and buttery notes. Very rich and bold taste. Perfect for, a kind of hot, morning. A caffeine booster.

Used one very heaped teaspoon.

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

Sounds unique and tasty. :)

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drank Mango & Strawberry by Hyson
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Uh, so high “highs” here. During the day it hits 25-30 centigrade. In May? Are they crazy up there?
Anyway, I am so busy at work, and my exam is coming up (18th May), so I have decided to take week off, however I am not really sure if I will be able to be out of thoughts completely. I am afraid I will check the emails at least now and then.

The tea I have prepared yesterday and I found out they have it in the Gourment series as well, so it is available as loose leaf too. However, I had “just a tea bag”. A fine one, but well, there are some flaws.

First of all, the flavour is weak and somehow generic tropical instead of mangoes. Strawberries aren’t much present at all. The base is quite basic, somehow mineral and hay, instead of fresh grassy green tea.

So, in conclusion, do not expect flavour bursts of mango nor strawberry, base is basic, but fine drink.

10 OZ / 300 ML

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Ouch. A tea without my note.
And I have it at work for… quite a long time. It was in the first batch I took with me to the office and I am drinking it very slowly, though it is opened bag… so maybe my notes are affected with age, not a good store (it should be at least in some air-tight container, instead the original opened bag).

Well, happens. This tea I had today at work, while having my head buried in material inventories, which must be exactly down to gram. Checking it each month is stressful job, but luckily it was correct.

I am not sure about used tea — two pinches are…?
This tea was today mild, grassy, when warmer it was buttery with umami, but as it cools down it became rather freshly cut grass, a bit seaweedy and smooth. Umami was in the same level as in hot cup.

As I do not have much (if any) experience with Japanese sencha, I can not compare it. Nor with senchas from other terroirs. However it was fine and quite easydrinking cup. Shame, I let it opened for so long. It is mostly because I do not have kettle with temperature control at work; and using too hot water doesn’t suit this tea well. Tested!
I am not sure about the harvest either. I have original label there… but of course I haven’t checked it. I assume it could be from 2020, because it was one of the teas I have received from White Antlers.

1 min, 30 sec 17 OZ / 500 ML
Martin Bednář

Update, it is indeed from 2020. Prepared it today again and it was more towards mineral notes, but still pleasant.


I miss White Antlers. Hope she is okay. No way to contact her.


I also hope White Antlers is okay.

Martin Bednář

We all hope… I haven’t heard from her either.

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I am drinking almost everything. Tea bag collector who moved to wonderful world of loose leaf.

Trying to rate differently tea bags and loose leaf as tea bags have usually worse quality.

Photographer now and then. Postcrossing and geocaching member. Very curious person. Logistics student (should finish in June 2021).

Buried in tea right now. Is in my cupboard (trying to be updated) which sparkled your interest? Write me, I would gladly share with you. But I don’t want anything in return now :)


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