670 Tasting Notes

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Sad SIPDOWN
Great tea for cloudy day as today. It is nice blend of black tea with vegetable (pumpkin) notes. And… cloves, cinnamon. All together works brilliant.

But it’s gone.

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8XyIaHsZEc

Now about Steepster:
Yes, I am happy that it won’t die as Adagio decided to take part. Certainly a great news, but on the other hand… it is a vendor; so I hope they won’t benefit their products, it should stay ad-free and I would really enjoy if it stays like this all the time. Keep users adding teas(teaware) without review by some admin, easy-way to write tasting note.

Keep it similar/same. Don’t do big changes yet. Fix the troubles we experience now, then listen to us and in the end do new.

I can’t write to discussion board though, so I hope, they will read it anyway.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Pumpkin

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
tea-sipper

I had this tea the other day with some pumpkin scones.. in July. It’s rare I have pumpkin in July!

Martin Bednář

Yep. Pumpkin is certainly autumn flavour, not summer one. But why not, right? It was actually just right for today weather.

tea-sipper

Yeah, just as long as the tea is enjoyed no matter the season! :D

White Antlers

I don’t think it’s the pumpkin itself that’s autumnal; it’s the warming spices used with it that are. Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmag, mace and so on are traditionally thought of as cold weather spices. Ever had a Thai pumpkin curry? Mmmmm!

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I am still alive, just went for two days visit my friend in different region, we hiked about 20 km in the mountains (in one day). Pretty nice days.

I got this tea bag in “big bags section”, so it is probably quite old.

“Watte means Estate, Medameans Mid” — that’s what they claim on back side of tea bags.
Mid Grown (2000-3000 feet altitude)
Another statements: “Strong, pungent & full-bodied. In the style of a Shiraz!”

I don’t recall drinking Shiraz wine, but whatever. Tea brewws dark mahogany colour, celar and strong tannic aroma. Tea itself isn’t much different. It’s quite tannic, but as well nicely malty, strong taste and overall very “tea like”. Not very complex in taste, but caffeine booster for sure (I need it though). And overall nice and enjoyable. Fresh would be better.

Flavors: Malt, Tannic, Tea

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

I think Shiraz might be the name of a wine flavored iced cream Youngest had in…Poland? Somewhere? She loved it, whatever kind it was! Maybe Youngest will check in and let us know!

Good to see you back!

ashmanra

Oops. Nope. She says the ice cream was Malaga ice cream. I was wrong!

derk

Shiraz is called Syrah here in California. Maybe you’ve had Syrah? Also if you change the g to k in that ice cream, you get a fun Greek word.

White Antlers

@derk-The Brits would call that a ‘tosser.’ lol

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drank Darjeeling by Fairglobe
670 tasting notes

It is pretty much what others said. Pretty much generic, boring blaack tea. I add metallic. Yep, it was quite metallic to me, slightly malty.

I did not had big expectations and this is tea which exactly is like.

Basic black tea, without any super or nice moments, just generic. I would not be surprised if there is no darjeeling at all.

On the other hand; today we celebrated mine and two (of four) brothers birthdays. It was pretty much nice, parents baked a cake to us, we had nice BBQ, but now it is 8 pm and I feel completely tired. I received few gifts (but not so great as Nattie’s and it was less phenomenal too). I got some money vouchers for local sports shop (pretty nice, I need hiking trousers), Jack Daniels (well, it is always nice to have good liquor around, even it’s pretty much basic), Lindt Coconut dark chocolate (you can’t go wrong with chocolate) and biggest and heaviest gift: Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide and General Handbook, Illustrated with Local And Other Maps, Special Edition (it’s reprint, but whatever, it is super cool!). As I am railway buff, I prefer going everywhere by train, this book is like a railway Bible for us. It is not that actual (it is from 1913), but it is still very cool and it gives lots of ideas. And last one, and first one I actually received, was a digital copy of Mashinky PC game. If you know (heard about Transport Tycoon, it is very, very similar :) )

So, pretty nice gifts too :) I have hoped for some tea, but yeah, it is better that I don’t get any. They don’t know if it suits well my tastes…

Flavors: Malt, Metallic, Tea

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

Wow! You had a full day! I didn’t realize realize you are railroad buff! I know it isn’t really just for railroad lovers, but do you have the game Ticket to Ride? Youngest bought the Poland add-on while she was in Poland.

I loved the train ride from Derry to Belfast. The train was comfortable and the scenery was stunning. I have never ridden a train in America. I don’t know if our trains are very nice.

Happy birthday, again! I hope your tea gets there soon and that you will find some things you love!

Martin Bednář

Ashmanra: I don’t have the game, as it is quite pricey here, but heard about it! Maybe once I will have it. As well many other railroadiana.

And thank you for another birthday wishes :)

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SIPDOWN
Happy to finish all Christmas teas finally! ¨
This tea is certainly smoky in taste, it is like rauchbier a bit I guess, but there is a twist with peppermint — which makes it refreshing.

I am sipping it down and I have no idea what to write here. Probably a bland tasting note, but… whatever.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 11 OZ / 330 ML

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Found another tea bag of this blend in my huge bags section; and it is same as last time.

Nice blend, if you are looking for basic black tea. Robust, malty black tea, bit tannic, but without any moments that make it memorable and unique experience.

Good for mornings though :)

Flavors: Malt, Tannic, Tea

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Received one tea bag of this tea from postcrossing, from Chicago.

It is nothing much worth writing about. Cheap green tea with dirty taste, and mostly hay. Lemon, well, there are some sour notes, but it reminds me rather lemongrass only and ginseng? Not at all I guess.

I don’t know how old it is but I hope it is not terribly old, but it is pretty much boring.

Flavors: Dirt, Hay, Lemongrass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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A vending machine drink called “lemon tea based hot drink”

Haven’t expected much, but it counts as tea, does it, right?! I took a sip minute before midnight, so I actually had teas yesterday, right?! (It’s now 5.20 am, writing this while waiting for train home (20 minutes and then 35 mins by train and 20 on foot))

It was worse than expected. It was like highly overbrewed ctc tea with citric acid. There is no notes to note, it was just bad. But it was a tea.

Leafhopper

Ugh. Anything with “tea based” in the name is bound to be bad.

Martin Bednář

Exactly Leafhopper, it was far from tea I think.

gmathis

Sounds like something the crew of Deep Space Nine would get out of a broken replicator! (Seems to me there might have been an episode like that…)

Martin Bednář

No, from replicator can be bad tea, but better than this. For sure :D

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SIPDOWN together with my brother. I had two tea bags left, so one for me and one for him.

I needed something simple, yet flavourful and this tea delivers both very well. Base tea isn’t too strong but it is there. From fruits I notice strawberry, raspberry and red currants; all in some unique combination which I can’t describe well. It just works!

The last but not least flavour should be probably cranberry and it is there as a tart element. Good one!

If you want simple and flavored black tea, this I can suggest to everyone!

Flavors: Cranberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tea

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

Sharing with family is nice.

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Today morning tea was bit diffent than prepared last time.

I just put sime random amount of tea into tea bag and apparently it was more tea than peaches in. It was quite astringent, no vanilla notes but peaches were nicely present though.

It was nice combination of base tea, which was quite strong but I don’t mind as it is morning; and peaches. Ripe, fuzzy peaches.

Yummy

Flavors: Astringent, Peach, Tea

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

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SIPDOWN of tea sent by derk, thank you!

“Friendship is a sheltering tree.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nice quote!

It’s 9 pm, I am very tired after 7 hour long inventory check I did today. Went through 250 lady panties, same amount of bras, some socks and tights, lots of pillows and covers, some candles and some candleholders. Amost all the time wearing facemask and gloves. Gloves which we use when counting freezers!

So I am terribly tired (woke up in 5 am), pretty much everything hurts, some minor panic attacks as my nieces visit comes closer.

But to the tea, that is what matters here most I guess.
It’s nice. Refreshing, but as well calming down, it makes me bit sleepy which is good thing, there are some nice notes of passionflower reminding rather passionfruit in taste. Naturally it is quite herbal there as well. I think it is great tea for times like this one.

Thank you derk, once more :). And moreover I just love the wrapper too.

Flavors: Herbs, Mint, Passion Fruits

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

At least for me, I like to hear about people’s days as well as the tea. Sorry yours wasn’t so good. ):

ashmanra

Oh, I hope your mask is a good, comfortable one!

Martin Bednář

Nattie, it was only a tiring day :) There were certainly worse daays. I think I lost bit of “grip” in inventory checks; I wasn’t doing any for two months and this one was quite harder than usual, as we were in warehouses and not in a shop itself. That will come tomorrow night.

Ashmanra: it is comfortable, but wearing it for 6 hours straight isn’t comfy at all :)

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