457 Tasting Notes

90

Took another cup of this.

Today number is 3: 3 tea spoons of the blend, 3 minutes steeping, 300 ml of boiling water.

Turned out great again, base tea was very well present, it was quite vegetal – pumpkin like too. As it contains sprinkles and carrot it was quite on the sweet note as well, but it was no way too sweet. Then in aftertaste some spices appear, mostly cloves and cinnamon I think.

This blend, although I am not super fan of pumpkins, is well done. It is there, well present but not overpowering the base tea. Sweetened, but just little. As for flavoured black, really high rating. Keeping the 90 on this one.

Flavors: Carrot, Cinnamon, Clove, Pumpkin, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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64

Another old; as from huge bags section.

As I am trying to drink caffeine-free teas today (I want to have nice rest while sleeping in night), I took this one, decaffeinated tea. I was sceptical, as caffeine-free teas are usually quite tasteless. ButI have oped, as this is with spices, it won’t be that bad.

It is not so bad, but base tea is almost non-present and spices are just “something in aftertaste”. It is not spicy at all, I noticed cinnamon and bit of ginger; tea was just hay-like or grass seed-like. It was very weak in all means of flavours.

It is such a shame, but yeah – it is decaffeinated tea, so… maybe it is feature. (It’s not a bug, it is a feature).

Currently, I don’t want to try it again, but if it is fresh? Maybe I would gladly to try again

Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Grass Seed, Hay

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

Decaf teas really are weak in flavor, especially if they aren’t fresh. It’s always disappointing when you expect a nice, strong cup and end up with hot water that tastes vaguely of tea.

Martin Bednář

Yep, I hoped the spices would do the trick for me today. But even them were weak.

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drank Wild Berry by Teekanne
457 tasting notes

Generic fruit tea. Hints of strawberry and raspberry, tartness from hibiscus.

Yeah, I would like write more about this tea, but there is nothing to write about. Maybe it will be good iced or cold brewed.

Flavors: Raspberry, Strawberry, Tart

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

I thought I have rated this tea before! And telling it is like a tiramisu…

But apparently not. Or it is just another part of Steepster mess? I don’t know.

Anyway, this tea was prepared in thermos, I recall 5 grams per litre? Don’t know exactly; but I prepared it for my inventory check part-time job. But it was very busy and I did not had even time for drinking one cup. So yesterday tea-free day :/
I took energy drink instead. It tasted horrible, but made its job. On the other hand, I don’t know if it was some stronger one, I felt that my heart is beating much more often and I felt even bit weak after. Never buying that one again, though, I slept only 3 hours, as I wasn’t sleepy at all.

So, after one day I finally decided to taste the tea. As I said before, it reminds me bit tiramisu cake, so some coffee and cake flavours. As well vanilla, cream. I believe drinking hot is better than lukewarm, but it’s not bad. Overall, this blend is nicely balanced in taste, I don’t think it needs some tweaks. I would like to keep it like this. And I am not a coffee lover at all.

Flavors: Cake, Coffee, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Chai by Teekanne
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This one was resting in cupboard for long time and I wasn’t really sure if I want to try it.

But today… I just wanted something warm and bit energy boosting.

derk wrote exactly what is this about; it is strong in cinnamon, it works well with base tea, I noticed notes of cloves and little of allspice. It is overall enjoyable, but nothing really to return. Maybe prepared in milk it would be bit better? Who knows?

Flavors: Cinnamon

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

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70

Somehow, this tea rests in my cupboard and I haven’t touched it yet; just opened and I guess I prepared it once for my brother who wanted caffeine free alternative. He is like my guinea pig for some teas, I don’t really like.

But, this one I haven’t even touched. I haven’t got it yet. And the leaflet is buried somewhere in my tea related bag (full of empty pouches, empty tea bags and so on).

So, “wine” tea? Interesting… let’s try. 5 grams, 400 ml mug… and song with same name:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZCEBibnRM8 I guess Bird and Blend used it as a name on purpose.

How weird to listen Christmas song (carol?) in February.

To the tea: Brew itself reminds indeed a wine. Red mulled wine. Dark red, clear. Even aroma reminds it. I guess it was the goal of the mixologists there. Aroma and brew itself is winning; but the taste, for me one of the most important part – is okay only.

I mean, it is not bad at all! It is like mulled wine, but somehow, quite muted. Quite watery, tart… something is missing. I don’t really know what is it; but it is missing there. Maybe more cinnamon? Less hibiscus to be used? Some actuall wine flavours?

Flavors: Hibiscus, Red Wine, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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83

This is from huge bags section. It is in paper bags so… I wasn’t really sure if I want to try it.

But decided to brew it. Water was ready as others were drinking coffee, but it was quite close by, so I have decided to use that water as it was not boiling, but exact temperature I don’t know. I assume around 75-80°C; that said exact for green tea.

And I was steeping it for maybe 3 minutes and it actually turned out great. It was not good as fresh, I bet, but: It has got quality of decent green tea bag. It has got notes of grass, bit of hay (I expected other way, more hay), no grass seed notes, some refreshing notes and some umami was there too!

Considering unknown age and paper bag… well this is a surprise and I wonder how fresh tea is.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Umami

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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83

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90

Brewed one tea bag, left in a mug all time drinking… so actually grandpa of tea bag.

A tea bag from derk, thank you!

My tastes differ so muc recently. I was craving for blacks, then for something crazy, then just simple herbal.

Today is herbal day and pure peppermint sounds good.
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
— He is right, you know? (Quote on tag)

The tea is simple, refreshing. There is nothing much to write about that cuppa. It is peppermint, it is refreshing… simple as that. No off notes, pure peppermint. And apparently fresh one.

Flavors: Peppermint

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

You’re welcome

Martin Bednář

It is so enjoyable, easydrinking

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70
drank Lemon Original by Rioba
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I had somehow upset stomach, really bad feeling (it included more than just being sick)…
I don’t know, if the beer yesterday was bad (I feel like one wasn’t really fresh); if combination of beers and rum (mexican) made that mess? No, I don’t really think so. Kebab wasn’t to shame as well, it worked rather well as it something warm.

Maybe just nerves, because new semester just started. Maybe combination of lots of together. Maybe tiredness as well.

Anyway, I know that black tea works best when feeling like that. And with lemon, it sounds quite good. And it was so lemony… that it doesn’t want to brew at all. It was quite light base tea with hints of lemon. I know I said it was so lemony, I was exaggerating a bit. I blame lots of lemon in for not brewing much. As citric acid slows steeping.

The tea itself was…
Base was prominent, but nothing really strong. Lemon wasn’t much present, it made it bit pleasantly sour. But that was only note of lemons there, no juicyness, no lemon peels. Well, I have expected more.

Flavors: Pleasantly Sour, Tea

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

I hope you are feeling better now!

Martin Bednář

Indeed I feel :)

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