452 Tasting Notes


I am treating myslef with meh teas recently.

But this one actually wasn’t that bad. This tea, apparently from Tunisian company, is pretty simple. And foil wrapped. I had no idea what to expect, their website did not show any ingredients, nor the wrapper. It was from “huge bags”.

Tea itself brew quite dark, so I let it steep rather short, I think 2, maybe 3 minutes maximum.

It was okay green tea with mint flavour. Nothing wow, but base tea was even bit grass seed like, mint was present as well. Only thing I didn’t liked much was bit waxy or oily mouthfeel, I blame the mint.

But certainly, it’s not that bad.

Flavors: Grass Seed, Mint

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drank Citrus by Regalo
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What was this “tea”?
Company motto is “Ceylon’s gift to the world”
I think they meant German word Gift, not English one. In German it means poison.

I have hoped it is black tea with citrus fruits. Their website: www.empireteas.com did not brought any results of this (or other teas). I have been warned by it, but still I wanted to try.

Oh, and I haven’t noticed the ingredients list on the backside. But it is there.

So, apparently it does not include any tea at all. But hey, it was so bad! Even smell of dry bag reminded me dish soap, artificial lemon, drying, medicinal. Taste, even brewed with almost boiling water… was disgusting! It was soooo artificial, sour and not even close to lemon. I would rather drink straight lemon juice than this tea again.

Yes, I finished my mug of tea… but luckily I was eating Scottish butter cookies along, otherwise I will throw up.

Bleh, never again. I have few more tea bags of this company, but now, I am not really sure if I want to try it.

Flavors: Artificial, Drying, Lemon, Lemon Zest, Medicinal, Sour

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

Yuck! Lemon teas can be awful. Maybe you could save it by making ice tea with it . . . or you could just throw it out!


Ewwwwww! Sorry you had a bad tea experience. Or in this case, a “not really tea” experience.

Martin Bednář

This was certainly the worst. I don’t know if in lifetime, but certainly in my Steepster time. Yuck.

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“A light, delicate and fragrant Fairtrade tea known as the “champagne” of the tea world"

Ehh, I don’t think so. It is quite robust black tea, but with watery aftertaste. Delicate? Nope, rather just drying and bit dirty in taste as well. It wasn’t nice floral taste I expect from Darjeeling. It was drying, dirty, robust tea. Weird and not pleasant watery aftertaste though. It is weird it can be ro strong on sip, but then… nothing.

Aromas weren’t present much too, t was rather some common, black CTC tea – not Darjeeling by scents at all. Sadly, one of the worse Darjeelings tea bag.

Flavors: Dirt, Drying, Tea

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

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This time I haven’t found ingredients, but this “Winter Bakery” tea is having little notes on the bag as well:Fruity-spicy apple-spicy-cake taste.

And it is quite exact. I noticed mostly roasted almonds when brewed and hot. It was pretty nice, easydrinking and mouth-watering. As it cools down more apple was prominent (mostly in taste), bit pleasantly sour; and that’s it. There is not much of different notes. It wasn’t even much wide in tastes, it was just easy tea with this taste. No wow moments, but certainly nice fruit tea.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Pleasantly Sour, Roasted nuts

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Chai Rooibos by Yogi Tea
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Received two tea bags from derk. Thank you!

Picked one and quote on tag is saying that I am equally beautful as the universe. If tea thinks so…

Anyway to the tea. Rather short :) this time.

It is quite woody, sweet, muted spices. Boring, missing the most important part. And that is some body. Body is too much rooibos and there is on notes of lingering spices or anything spicy at all. It is sweet rooibos blend.

10 OZ / 300 ML

I have one bag. Been putting off trying it because of assumed Yogi mediocrity. Motivation? It’s the last Yogi tea in my cupboard.

Martin Bednář

Well, I don’t know if I want to laugh on your statement or cry.
But yeah, unfortunately it is very medicore. And quite sweet :/


Laugh, please! Leave the crying to me!

Martin Bednář

Okay, I will. But don’t cry too much, please.

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drank Nervus by Žolynélis
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Tomorrow last subject exam. Tomorrow, or in Thursday or… maybe some other chance? During next semester?

Actually I really hope!

My nerves (Nervus in Lithuanian)… No, I really don’t feel prepared. I was trying to focus on it, but I am as well somehow sleepy. It is 6 pm… I think I will go to Uni earlier tomorrow to focus on studies. I really would like have it over. I just need to relax a bit today…

Tea itself I thought is camomile based, but apparently not. There are quite lots of lavender in, bit earthy because of lemon balm. Unfortunately, refreshing notes of peppermint is not there. But tea itself is nice and there are no off notes.

Flavors: Earth, Lavender

Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

Good luck on the exam Martin!


Yes, we will be thinking of you! Hope it goes great!

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drank Earl Grey by Taragui
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There is nothing to write about this Earl Grey. It tastes like plain black tea with little sweet notes and bit of citruses. Listen to this instead:
I was listening to it while drinking


Ah yes, New World Symphony brings me to tears. Bravo.

Martin Bednář

It is indeed lovely :)

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You probably heard that Sabine, how a nice name for bad weather, hit Europe. Maybe you are from Europe as well :) – there are few people from this part of World in my followers too.

And today it hit my country. It is lots of rain, very windy (so far no hurricane), but now I have noticed an electricity drop. And if that comes to my town, it is serious!

So far there aren’t in my town big issues, only one building lost roof, but no trees fell and so on.

And the tea? Well, it was actually very generic. It was hay in taste and bit of jasmine. Not lingering, rather watery and mostly weird was brown colour of brew. It’s such a shame, it was so boring tea.

Flavors: Hay, Jasmine

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

Hope you are safe and sound!

Martin Bednář

Yeah, my region was mostly okay, few minor damage only. There were regions (and villages) which are affected way more. In one of those this wind even moved old stone walls of barns.

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Another bag from huge bags section.

As I haven’t got good experiences with this company, I have to say I was kind of afraid how bad this one will be.

And it is not so bad. Maybe short steeping time helped actually more than I want to admit. Anyway to the tea. Although it wasn’t too aromatic, the taste wasn’t watery, weak or just bland. Yeah, I had better Assams, that’s for sure but this one was:
quite full-bodied, but one-dimensional; hints of wet wood, maybe wood wine kegs, as it reminded me bit of Port wine. But it was actually only flavour; it was bit lingering and bit boring. At least it wasn’t that bad as their Earl Grey.

Flavors: Red Wine

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

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This tea was exactly what I have expected from it.

Black tea with fruity taste. The base was mellow and nice, not very distinctive – but I knew it is a black tea base. Of course it is some cheap tea, CTC because of tea bag and so on. But the taste of red fruits (although not only them) was indeed strong and no way artificial. I noticed mostly strawberries and raspberries with tartness of blackberries.

Luckily, again, no hibiscus/rosehips added, so it was all fruity from fruits and not tart form hibiscus.

And considering it must be quite old bag; as it was from “huge bags section”… well, I am impressed!

Flavors: Raspberry, Strawberry

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

I had a mixed berry tea today and it resulted in ALL hibiscus. Your tea sounds better.

Martin Bednář

Yeah, I used to drink “fruit” teas, but I found out they are mostly filled with hibiscus and thus tart and not enjoyable. I was happy to see this wasn’t that case.

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