670 Tasting Notes

Yesterday, after long, long time I have received a package from lovely ashmanra! I hope mine will arrive soon. And today, I checked the Steepster and saw all the tastin notes that were hidden from my eyes and 150 notices! Oh, how glad I am that Steepster is back, at least in that what was left working.

So, let’s read all the tasting notes I missed; write (at least) one myself.

Unfortunately I wasn’t that much impressed of this one . I haven’t noticed any cherry notes, only nice green tea notes. I steeped it for around 3 or 4 minutes. Nevermind, it was gift (exchange, right), and hopefully there will be other which will be better. Noticed minty, or some cooling aspect drinking this tea.

So, thank you ashmanra for the tea, thank you all being patient, thank you Michael in background working on our favorite website! It was long 10 days, but hopefully it won’t return.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Nice to see you in print again, Martin! : )

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Drinking this often recently.

All I said before, not just mowed grass, rather grass seed, but it’snot bad; nice notes of rice there!

If I see it again, I will buy another box.

Flavors: Grass Seed, Toasted Rice

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Passion by Tazo
670 tasting notes

Tea from postcrossing THANK YOU envelope 4/6.

This tea sojunds amazing while you read
An exuberant herbal infusion of hibiscus, orange peel rose hips and passion fruit flavors

But I noticed that herbal part and not fruit one. Rose hips and hibiscus, combined with raspberry, blueberry and blackberry flavours? That’s this tea I think. Even when I knew it should have passion fruit flavour, I wasn’t feeling it at all!

Blah.

Flavors: Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

I think they lured you in with the word ‘exuberant’ (great word, no?!) and then they did not fulfill the promise of the word.

Martin Bednář

Probably… Certainly expected more passion fruit than berries.

Leafhopper

This isn’t the first tea that doesn’t deliver on its glowing marketing copy.

Martin Bednář

It indeed isn’t Leafhopper, but… but… I wanted passion fruit!

Leafhopper

LOL. I’d be disappointed, too.

Kawaii433

hehe Great marketing but poor tea ^^

White Antlers

I was curious about passion fruit in tea so I did a bit of Googling. At first I thought maybe they ‘cheaped out’and used powdered passion fruit-a very poor, sad substitue for the sliced, dried fruit. But no-here are the ingredients-‘tropical flavor’-whatever nonsense that is-and no passion fruit in any form to be found. Ingredients Hibiscus flowers, natural tropical flavors, citric acid, licorice root, orange peel, cinnamon, rose hips, lemongrass, fruit juice extract (color). Shame on Tazo! Passion-NOT!

Martin Bednář

Cinnamon? Where? :D

White Antlers

LOL! I know, right?!

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Upset stomach is not a fun at all. Decided to clear my pipes, as derk said in comments of previous tasting note.

I liked the flavour today. It was bit peachy and bit more mushroomy today, but still pretty nice (I shortened the steeping to half though). Then some herbal notes.

Overall, pretty nice — hopefully stomach will calm down a bit as well.

Thanks for letting me try this derk!

Flavors: Herbs, Mushrooms, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Reishi mushrooms are good for your immune system. Never heard of using them for an upset stomach, but can’t say they’d hurt. Peppermint and/or chamomile can be helpful, too. Hope you are feeling better soon, Martin.

derk

Not that I’m laughing at the expense of you or your upset stomach Martin… but I chuckled at the language barrier. In your last note, I meant there is nothing in this tea that will stimulate your bowels. Regardless, I hope you’re feeling better.

Martin Bednář

Oh derk… I just read it wrong. Indeed language barrier. But the tea helped (at least as a placebo). It was just fun to try tea with mushrooms.

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There are several entries of this tea, as well Twinings and Twinings of London are same company I assume, so this will be hard to set it right, but I am sure there are people who will do that with pleasure.

Tea itself is postcrossing THANK YOU envelope 3/6.

Experience the bold, rich taste of this hearty tea

And again it is pretty much right. They suggest 4 minutes at least for steeping, I was okay with only 3 mins.

Tea was okay. Nothing spectacular but better than previous teas. Nice bold taste, quite tannic, rich and hints of malts. It was bit biting, spicy when colder too, certainly not that much one-dimensional as previous. I would not drink it on daily basis, but when I crave for strong black tea (hangover cure), it could work pretty well I assume.

I just hope that US and UK version do not differ too much.

Flavors: Biting, Malt, Spicy, Tannic

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

I like having this one on hand for travel and office. It’s a good decent cuppa.

White Antlers

Twinings makes reliable tea. You can count on them for that. Glad you drink black tea and not raw eggs and tabasco sauce for hangovers. LOL

Martin Bednář

You are both right. Good and decent, ideal for travelling. But not for special occacions

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Postcrossing THANK YOU envelope 2/6

Well, this tea I drank today morning and wasn’t much impressed as well. It’s not terrible, but somehow it reminds me Lipton Yellow Label. Tannic juice of tea, without any off notes but as well without any notes on point. It was just tannic black tea, maybe hints of malt — but I am missing malt, raisins, earthy flavour profile.

Shortened steeping time to half (2.5 minute).

Not impressed.

Flavors: Tannic, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I have received this tea from postcrossing as thank you envelope from Florida, USA.

Ehhm, drank yesterday, but we had internet outage unfortunately, so I could not write anything down. Anyway, wasn’t much impressed.

First of all, there is almost no base (rooibos) in taste. I expected a tiny bit at least. Secondly, it is very, very aromatic of orange and cinnamon sweetness. And somehow herbal, my father picked up lavender, which is bit strange but okay. Thirdly, taste is full and round; but somehow “cinnamon spice” is overpowering, somehow unpleasant and not somthing I call enjoyable. It was just too strong and I wasn’t noticing oranges at all.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Herbs, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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SIPDOWN and honestly not even sad.

I was so much looking forward to this tea, I love nutty flavours with black teas, but this is only almonds black tea.

I don’t mind almonds, but expected other nuts as well present; but they aren’t there! I disagree with the name too. It is not totally nutty for sure.

Flavors: Almond, Marzipan

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

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This tea is from big bag section as well, but this time aged.

Das gesunde PLUS was a brand from dm drugstore chain, but they changed it recently to Mivolis or something like that. I don’t know if they still do this tea anyway. If you don’t know, it should be elderflower-ginger tea.

The tea, prepared for this afternoon was turning red which didn’t made me much happy as apparently it is again hibiscus/rosehip combo. I have expected some cloudy yellow or green colour. Nevermind, after 5 minutes I took bag off, took a sniff and noticed some old elderflowers, no ginger and overall pretty much meh.

The taste wasn’t that great as well, it was very straightforward with elderflowers, but they were pretty much weak and ginger was almost non-existent in flavour. Again, little bit of tartness by that red combo. Hmm. Not great this time, probably age related.

Flavors: Flowers

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

Sounds like a boiled sofa cushion!

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Big bag section, but certainly not that old tea. I remember when they started being sold here, so it could be around 2 years, maybe 3. At maximum!

Anyway, I just put it into hot water, haven’t checked much what is it and what it should be, so it was kind of blind tasting, although I saw the tea bag before preparing.

I saw it is berry flavoured, which sounded nice for the morning.

It was fine. I steeped it somewhere near to recommended 8 minutes in my 300 ml glass cup and was fine. Quite deep red says it includes hibiscus and indeed it does. It wasn’t much generic, I completely noticed raspberries in and indeed it should be raspberry flavoured. Then I noticed tartness which I thought because of hibiscus and rose hips, but apparently it should be with cranberries too, but when I know it now, I think I kinda noticed them, even I thought it is hibiscus.

Overall, it was nice tea for easydrinking. Nothing too fancy, to be honest it was even quite boring — but for restaurant tea, it could be very nice and even for the children. Maybe I am already too big tea snob to enjoy those simple teas?!

Flavors: Cranberry, Raspberry, Tart

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

You, a tea snob? Tea bags are good.

Martin Bednář

Not always! But yeah, they are sometimes good. I was just surprised I couldn’t enjoy it that much as, I would few years back, probably.

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