1039 Tasting Notes

Decided to brew this tea from derk, thank you!
And as I am curious person by nature I turned on VPN for my university and looked to the databases.

“The decoction of dried fruits of Ternstroemia pringlei (Rose) Standl. (Theaceae), commonly known as “Flor de Tila”, is used in the Mexican traditional medicine to diminish insomnia and fear.” (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2008.05.035, I have whole article available)

Enough of science, now to find out my own thoughts. I let it steep all time long, as there aren’t any steeping parameters. So, it could be around 25 minutes steep.

It brews lightly pink/red and thus certainly not similar to any Linden (Tilia sp.) tea! Tastes slightly berry like and quite pretty much nothing else. Quite drying aftertaste, I needed a gulp of fresh water afterwards.

Good to know it’s kosher, haha! I would rate after drinking the second bag.

Flavors: Berry, Drying

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 8 OZ / 250 ML

I can’t remember if I have ever had linden tea. Harney sells it as Tilluel and I have long meant to order some since I see it recommended for sweating out a cold. I didn’t know there was a separate tisane made from the flowers! Very interesting.

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drank Two Seasons by teakruthi
1039 tasting notes

Apparently they tweaked the recipe and it’s much less fiery than you guys noticed. I certainly received a pouch with peach (which isn’t that super fresh as on Izzy’s picture and some ginger, but much less of it than in pictures.

But in taste it isn’t a trouble! I notice both — a juicy peach with little fiery aftertaste of ginger. Bold and malty tea base. Well done! I can imagine being it blast for ice tea.

Again an example of well blended tea, because it delivers my favourite way of blending… there is the flavour expected, but as well the base tea. 4 minutes are a bit too much, I need to tweak it a bit. Not sure if I want to drink this tea in cold days (as today, it’s sunny, 11°C, spring-like) or prepare it cold-brewed and then drink it iced.

Flavors: Ginger, Malt, Peach

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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For some reason I never put this tea to my cupboard, or I have removed it accidentaly? Nevermind…

This tea is great, but somehow quite basic. Prepared western and all I got from derk, thank you a lot!

I noticed mostly tobacco notes with cocoa and leather notes. While tastes were complex, it was quite light and not much amusing. While drinking, there was one extra note — raisins; but not much present, just like a backbone.

I wonder what I am lacking today foggy morning?

Flavors: Cocoa, Leather, Raisins, Tobacco

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

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I decided to broke in this pouch as well. It’s from boxing day sale and I just couldn’t resist as it sounded so good. I had banana bread maaaaybe just once, and one day I will try to bake my own. Hopefully the University workload will be slowly decreasing: as today I spent all day listening to the lectures in front of screen and I have no power doing some other things I should work on (eg. thesis).

Anyway, I digress a lot again.
Steeped two teaspoons in 300 ml. I have expecting more banana flavour, but it’s there. But the ginger is quite ruining it for me. I get it, it’s chai. But I notice only ginger and not the other spices. Maybe more of the bread note… something is lacking for me.

Flavors: banana, Ginger

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Decided to gongfu my last ball I have received; thank you derk and White Antlers. SIPDOWN 62

Longer rinse; around 10 seconds, and first steep being 20 seconds long.

I have hoped the ball would dissolve; but it is still a chunk of tea — I guess I will need to make several long steeps and then make short ones.
First steep, with parameters above, is very sweet with apricot fruit line, autumn leaf pile… and overall quite weak. That makes sense as the ball is still compact.
Second steep, 30 seconds, spilling the water on the ball directly to dissolve it: worked well! Stronger apricots; kind of punchy or something. Quite sweet, surprising considering the age, easydrinking cup.
Another steep with same parameters, but flavours more prominent, mostly the woodsy and “autumn leaf pile”.
4th steep, 45 seconds
Tends to be more woody, with sweet aftertaste, but the apricot notes are gone.
5th steep, 60 seconds
Nectar sweetness; that’s interesting twist from the woody notes in previous one.
6th steep, 60 seconds
Another sweet notes, but much less prominent.
7th steep, 90 seconds
Goodbye steep. Nonprominent tastes, sweet notes, but without anything else.

Well, this was a fun gongfu session with tasty steeps. Honestly I liked it more grandpa brewed, probably for more robust and bolder flavour, but brewing it this way worked well as well. Certainly I like Jingmai whites, especially if they are a bit aged. I wrote a note for myself for future reference.

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Fruit Punch, Nectar, Sweet, Wood

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 OZ / 125 ML
White Antlers

Glad it went to a good home. : )

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Last tea in February 2021, so STATS time!. But first this tea. Another tea from postcrossing.

This tea have wonderful wrapper showing Rialto Bridge in Venice, wonderful glass of cherry-drink.

But this tea is awful.
Really. I think I get the cough syrup notes of you guys. It’s artificial cherry + medicinal background of aroma. Sweet on aroma as well!

And then there is a taste. So sweet. So much stevia in. Why Teekanne, why? Fake, artificial cherry. Hibiscus, written as first => means it should be most prominent ingredient. Maybe it is… but doesn’t deliver any tartness and that lacks here.

Finished half an cup. I don’t like being that negative about teas. But this one gets points only and only for wrapper design.

Let’s hope the stats will make you more happy.
STATISTICS for February 2021:
Tea types drank:
Black 32
Green 17
Herbal 14
Rooibos 9
Puerh 6
Oolong 6
Fruit 4
White 3

Of those were loose leaf:
Y 68
N 23

On Steepster I wrote tasting note:
Y 50
N 41

Number of sipdowns: 30, in total 61.

Teas drank in total: 91; from those average rating 75.21 while not counting teas I haven’t rated.

3rd week of semester starts tomorrow of 10 weeks in total. Not a bright outlook.

Flavors: Artificial, Cherry, Medicinal, Sweet

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

One day at a time, Martin. Stay in the moment.

Maddy Barone

I like the way you break down your tea statistics. That italian tea certainly does not soud like one I would enjoy. Although since my grandparents were born and grew up in Italy I am always anxious to try anything Italian. Still, this one sounds like a hard pass.


Very impressive records of your sip downs, Martin!

Every day you are a step closer to your goals! School and otherwise!

Martin Bednář

I know, I know White Antlers.
Maddy: Thank you. I like it being simple, but still interesting. Of course I could for example watch the changes between months, but why?
ashmanra: I was mostly finishing the small amount of teas I had saved for last sessions. It’s hard to say good bye to some teas, but it feels good to have it done and having less and less teas every single cup. “School and otherwise” is so right I am trying!

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I decided to gongfu this tea this time. 4 grams, 125 ml, rather on the weak side, but afterall, it’s almost 7 pm again.

No rinse, boiling water in thermos.
1st steep, 5 seconds
Instead of rinse I did very short first steep. It is apparent, that the tea is “waking up”, doesn’t deliver much of the flavour, but hints of it is there. Certainly the floral notes + some mellow astirngency.
2nd steep, 15 seconds
This steeping method completely ruled out the astringency. Yes, it’s there, but much less present, it is very floral but not over the top.
3rd steep, 10 seconds
Now it get the lemon zest note. Slightly drying. Again quite floral, I think I noticed apple tree flowers with lilacs, but it may be off.
4th steep, 25 seconds
Certainly citruses prevail this steep; can’t decide if I like it more prepared western with long mouthfeel of nice astringency or gongfu which isn’t same every steep. I think I will drink it both ways.
5th steep, 45 seconds
Yep, citrusy again. Haven’t noticed that in brewing western that much present. But it’s lovely.
6th steep, 60 seconds last one
I wonder where I noticed the oak; but well, it’s different steeping method. How often I noticed something in western brewing and not in gongfu and viceversa. Still a wonderful cup of tea. I feel sad saying good bye to this session; but it’s certainly worth more than 6 steeps. But… writing this tasting note for almost an hour, it’s almost 8 pm now and well, it’s black. Caffeine. Oh well. But needed badly some distinctive and pure not flavoured tea. A certainly good purchase. 228 CZK/100 g (if someone wonders)

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWvdFIU6hZg

I need to buy bigger thermos, as with this one I am able to make 6-7 steeps only and often teas are worth more.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Lemon Zest

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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1039 tasting notes

Thank you Dustin that I could try this French company, from which I wouldn’t order myself otherwise I guess!

I took two teaspoons and big strainer. Accidentaly, I overbrew the water, so I have used rather 90°C water instead of 80°C, and steeped for 3 minutes.

It was still great. I got a cup full of pineapple-yellow melon-peach green tea; which was delicious as well. It was mouthwatering cup and well, here’s regret I haven’t resteeped the leaves. Aroma was peachy, but lovely and not artificial. It wasn’t typical red peach aroma too, rather some lighter variety. In conclusion, it was great fruity green tea. Not overpowering fruits nor base tea. Certainly a tea to gladly have again!

Flavors: Fruity, Melon, Peach, Pineapple

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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SIPDOWN 61, National Strawberry Day!
Okay, all jokes aside. I am biased with this tea. It reminds me the time we spent together. I hope the situation allows us visit each other again soon! I have received it almost two years ago from my dear Swiss friend. Although great tea, I don’t need necessary to have it again.

Prepared the rest I had as a family tea. Okay, it was way more leaf than I have thought; but it’s gone.

It’s super thick, and I notice more of generic red fruits. But I notice red currants and the strawberries. And yep, orange peels is present well too.

But it’s great against thirst. Oh well, so tasty!

Flavors: Orange Zest, Red Fruits, Strawberry, Thick

Mastress Alita

I understand those feels, Martin. I’m drinking a chocolate strawberry pu’erh that I got from a teashop in my state’s capital one year when myself and my best friend, who lives in another state, were there for a Japanese animation convention. We used to go to that convention together every year. It has been so hard not being able to take a trip to see him for over a year now.

Martin Bednář

It’s so hard, especially the distance is the smallest problem of all of those. If I had enough money left, I can jump into train, one change in Prague and next day morning I will arrive to Switzerland! But tickets are quite expensive, being in Switzerland as well, and I not even speaking of the pandemic going on now.

I miss her so much.

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Another tea from derk; again used remaining 4 grams in my 125 ml gaiwan and here we go. No rinse, no smelling to dry leaf, just boiling water in thermos and steeping.

1st steep, 10 seconds
Very roasty in aroma, as well mineral. But in taste quite mild and round with both notes just right, thick and mineral note is lingering.
2nd steep, 5 seconds
Similar level of roastiness, but with sweet aftertaste, instead of mineral notes. A nice steep :)
3rd steep, 15 seconds
Now the mineral notes prevailed, still very thick liquor.
4th steep, about 7 seconds
Short steep, because I spilled half of gaiwan accidentaly. Not a bad steep though, mineral one again.
5th steep, 30 seconds
Based on the colour, the tea is past its best. The taste complies too, it’s much weaker and rather mineral.
6th steep, 60 seconds
Sweet mineral taste; but without any long aftertaste. Pretty much boring honestly.

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpdpW0z9xnQ

In the news here:
https://english.radio.cz/new-covid-restrictions-aimed-lowering-mobility-due-come-force-monday-8710589 I know, restrictions are necessary, but industry is still going on… and it’s known most people get sick there.

Flavors: Mineral, Roasted, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 125 ML
Martin Bednář

Hah, forgot to write in the note… sipdown 60!


Wow! Masks with nano filters required…so many masks I see here are not worn properly and many are just a scarf around the face. They are trying to open things up here now and we passed by a high school football game in a small town today and it was so so strange to see people gathered. It was nit a big crowd, though, and I expect the people were sitting in “pods”. Sounds like they are taking it seriously where you are.

All the best, and prayers!

White Antlers

Wow. That is harsh. Cases are dropping here so people are getting careless. Trying to get vaccinated in this city is an exercise in absurdity. Stay safe, Martin.

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: Unfortunately, it’s the case here too. People just wear it as a scarf, as you wrote. It is better with the respirators though now, but still the situation is bad here. And currently, there is no exception for going to another city to pick up technical books in university library. I think I will not obey the rules word-by-word and I will try to explain. And well, I have friends elsewhere than my region. Hard to live in this situation. And what grinds my gears the most… industry is still going on. Testing there won’t be mandatory, because state can’t get enough tests? But almost all small businesses are closed down, you can’t buy new shoes or clothes, because “it’s dangerous”.

White Antlers: Yes, it’s harsh. But probably somehow necessary. I am trying to get over it and think it’s the best. It’s hard, see reply to ashmanra above :( — getting vaccinatation here is hard here as well. If only I could register my grandma!

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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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