1276 Tasting Notes

drank Mandalay Spring by Nous Tea
1276 tasting notes

Another cuppa, hotter water.

It changed quite a lot. It still smells like jasmine. But in taste there were some notes of stonefruits and now even bit of apricot and/or honey. It is smoother than last time, with little notes of jasmine as it colds down.

Colour of liquor is darker, rather orange, but tastes like green tea. Maybe better batch than last time? Or temperature of water changed it so much? Interesting though, better than last time!

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Jasmine, Stonefruit

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Another rating, higher one.

I didn´t measured the mass of dry leafs and used completely random mug that was at home.

Something has happened to this tea. It was much more delicate and better. Maybe colder water. Or hotter water? No measuring again; just first bubbles coming out of stovetop kettle. I think it was about three or four grams of tea.

Nevermind; the tea was amazing. Liquor hay green and clear; full of hay aroma with notes of jasmine. Not mentioning that it was like “full-bodied”. I don´t find that in green teas very often.

Taste was great too; more jasmine notes, but also lots of fresh hay. Leaves were really big and nice. That changes my opinion maybe too!

As I said, certainly higher rating than last time. 80/100, and I wonder if I get higher!

Flavors: Hay, Jasmine

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drank Forest Fruit by Basilur
1276 tasting notes

TL,DR: Raspberry red liquor, ripe raspberries aroma and taste.

Honestly I like Basilur as a brand. Their teas are affordable and worth the price. I felt like having a fruit tea today and found this one in my stash. Raspberries were very dominant in dry tea bag aroma, but as I know – it can change rapidly when brewed. Not this time though. It was even more raspberry in aroma. But still it was quite nice. After about 6 minutes of brewing I removed the tea bag and it was still very raspberry. Liqour colour was raspberry red and clear. Taste was though bit bland, I have expected more sweetness and few other fruits in. But everything was raspberry.

Drinkable, fine, but bit boring tea.

Flavors: Raspberry

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Last few grams, about 2-3. Strainer, 300 ml of water. Unfortuntely quite tea dust, but there were bigger leaves before.

Quite good tea, liquor somewhere between gold and copper, cloudy. Aroma is mostly malty and bit of lemon zest, same with taste – where is lemon zest more dominant with slight afternote of malt. It´s quite bitter too, but not somehow awfully.

Overall, I think it´s quite above the average, especially when it was last cuppa with dusty, broken, tea. Good Ceylon after all.

Flavors: Bitter, Lemon Zest, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Tea bag, boiling water and about 300 ml.

Dry smell is strong bergamot with little notes of lavender. But it smells quite good. I was afraid that one of that aromas will overpower second one, but it mixes quite good together.

Bit cloudy, red-brown liquor without oil spots. In aroma bit stronger lavender; with citrus notes of bergamot. Smooth taste where are bergamot notes stronger than lavender; but not overpowering the taste. I also think that 5 minutes steeping (as suggested) is bit too much, it become bit bitter for me. Not extra bitter though. Not so much tea taste there.

In conclusion I am rather surprised, because I expected awfully bitter black tea (as I know that from tea bags). But it isn´t and it is rather round and fresh taste. Nice work for tea-bag!

Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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I prepared it today in a gaiwan.
3 grams of tea, 85 ml vessel, 30 seconds rinse, steeps: 30 s, 30 s, 40 s, 30 s(first noticed slowly going bland), 40 s, 50 s, 60 s (7 steeps total)

I must rate this tea higher than last time.

Strong roasted pear flavour with first steeps. Liquor clear and golden. Taste roasted fruits (pear) and lingering. Little notes of hay though, bit caramel flavours. But I like it, it´s quite complex taste.

Flavors: Caramel, Hay, Pear, Roasted

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

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drank Vrtna sliva by 1001 CVET
1276 tasting notes

Fruit tea – so I don´t expect much.

When I took bag from foil wrapping aroma punched me into nose. Plums, plums everywhere. After adding boiling water it immediately started turning red (thanks to hibiscus and rosehips) and after 8 minutes of steeping (recommended) mug is filled with dark and deep red liquor. Now it smells like artificial plum cake with lots of cinnamon.

In taste it is rather bland and not very plum taste. Bit sour, bit sweet, bit cinnamon. Not much plums – but it´s quite good. Even bit bland. Just common fruit tea which is supposed to be plum one.

I haven´t got big expectations, so it´s quite good anyway. Nothing extra though. A little bit more than 50

Flavors: Artificial, Cinnamon, Plum

Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Mandalay Spring by Nous Tea
1276 tasting notes

Last one from them and unfortunately worst one. The only one green, from Myanmar.

Hay colour. In tea bag mixture of bigger leaves and grain sized leaves.

Taste is bit hay, nothing very distinctive. Then I thought it is with jasmine but apparently it isn´t; but certainly it smells like jasmine one. But also it´s bitter and astringent which made me unhappy. I am dissapointed with this one. But this was really nice series of teas.

Unfortunately, I didn´t noticed any of advertised tastes – no honey smooth, no apricot sweetness. At least now. I have three bags left, so we will see.

5/5 of their Discovery colleciton from Etsy

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Hay, Jasmine

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Black tea with mint sounds interesting, so let´s try it.

Colour is bit cloudy gold; but without dust. tea itself in bag is mostly mint dust and lemongrass pieces, not so much tea in. Similiar in aroma, bit overpowering mint and lemon notes.

The taste is though very nice, mostly minty with lemon aftertaste. Of course a little of “tea” taste is there and it´s again some good blend on itself, because it´s nicely smooth and bit of honey.

I have enjoyed it, but mint is bit too storng for my taste. Or are my tea buds ready for just plain black teas? I don´t know :)

4/5 of their Discovery colleciton from Etsy

Flavors: Honey, Lemongrass, Mint

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

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Prepared in thermos as I was in hurry and I had to leave. So bit unusal review.

Basic green tea, which is almost unnoticable, followed by fresh orange flavour and and little bit of spicy – probably ginger.

For the price it certainly makes the job, warms inside – as there is ginger, but dominant orange flavours which made this tea nice and mellow. Nothing extra, but better than expected.

Flavors: Ginger, Orange

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