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drank Chai Rooibos by Yogi Tea
458 tasting notes

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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It is a while since I had only fruit tea I guess. This one did not include rosehips nor hibiscus. And it is called baked apple actually.

It was nice apple tea, pleasantly sour with mostly cinnamon aftertaste. But it was indeed little smoky in taste, don’t know how they made it, but indeed it was like that. It is not too sweet too and it was actually nice and mouthwatering :)

Completely different story than morning tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pleasantly Sour

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

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Apparently ages since last reviews here and I think it could be that old. It seems they do not make it anymore as well.

Apparently another CTC black tea, but what to expected from tea bag. Smells quite fruity but then some earthiness is there. Or maybe barn floor? It doesn’t stink, but – it is somehow quite strong. Mango? Where is my mango? No mango aroma.

Ingredients says it contains black tea (98%) and mango flavour oil (2%), but it doesn’t leave any oil marks.

The taste is far from mango sweet notes as well. It tastes rather like sweetened black tea, no mango taste there.

205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

As it cools down it goes really weird in taste. Hard to swallow. Very artificial, but more mango like. Still, expected more mango scent/taste.

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drank Ginkgo by Yogi Tea
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Prepared this tea, because I need ssome brain work to do. And I feel bit meh as for thinking today. Maybe just a bad day.

But, whatever, it is time for tea!
It seems it is only Ginkgo in, so – it is naturally herbal. Little musty as well. But it smells pretty and okay.

When drinking – it is again herbal, but as I let it steep all the time I had it in the mug it became spicy in the ned. That’s kind of weird.

Flavors: Herbs, Spicy

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

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I brewed this tea western. 2 tsp / 300 ml. Ball strainer. 4 minutes.

A tea from derk. Highly rated here, but I will go lower a bit. It is a decent EG for sure, but there is something I miss. More below.

I slept finally fairly well, but not much. Waking up in 8 am sounds much better than 5 though. I wasn!t really sure which tea I wanted, but I wanted something good, if possible black or green. I did not want to make an oolong, which is kind of strange, because I really started to like oolongs recently. Maybe that bad experience with last one changed my mind somehow? I don’t know.

Anyway, I took two teaspoons of this very aromatic tea into my ball strainer. It is very dirty as I was using it very often, so tea stains everywhere, even I washed it in hand and throughly. I should buy a new strainer, maybe some big one, instead of those ball ones. The tea looks pretty! It is indeed with long leaves, no BOP or just some dust. It is full leaves, just curled. That is always a good sign, and honestly, I am not sure if I saw something like that for Earl Grey before.

As I said, it is indeed very aromatic, even derk packed it twice in airtight packs. If she didn’t made it, I think all teas would get slightly EG aroma.

After four minutes of steeping I took the strainer out, and result was copper oclour brew. It was really nice to watch, although it is “only tea”. Aroma was certainly citrusy and mostly the bergamot I notice, but there were also base tea qualities as for example the maltiness.

When sipped, an explosion of citrus fruits came into my mouth, following with malt. As I brewed it probably too strong, it was drying. But the caffeine boost is so amazing now, I am almost shaking, adrenaline bit rushed in my blood as well. Only downside today is that everybody is at home today, but nieces and my brother (they went skiing), so I can’t really focus on school stuff I really need to finish today. Another brother took home office, so I can’t use his big screen, which is annoying because of huge Excel files I need to make. They have around 1300 rows, 10 collums and 4 sheets.

Anyway, this tea just missing one thing I like on my favourite EGs and it is bit smokiness in taste. It isn’t bad, just missing just this one.

TL;DR: Great Earl Grey, high quality leaf, with explosion of citruses and bergamot mostly. I miss bit of smokiness only.

Big thank you derk!

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Malt

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

This one sounds so good! If you don’t mind me asking, what is your favorite Earl Grey? I love the idea of some smokiness with the bergamot. I’ve never had that before.


I love tea care packages from friends! I coo and paw over them like Gollum and his Precious. Sounds like yours was a real treasure box.

Martin Bednář

Shae: My favourite I found recently (but from tea bag) was Fortnum and Mason EG. Maybe their loose leaf is bit different. My tea bags were quite old as well, so I am not really sure. And first one I really liked was Impra Tea Company, but can’t recall it much, as it was maybe 10 years ago?

gmathis: yeah, just the shipping is nightmare and annoying postal workers even bigger. But derk sent me nice collection of teas and I hope I sent good ones too!


Martin: I will look for these – thank you! I’ve heard of Fortnum and Mason but not Impra.

Ashmanra: I picked up a tin of this to try but haven’t opened it yet. I don’t think I realized it was a smoky one!

Martin Bednář

I am not really sure if they still exist! I haven’t heard of them in ages and apparently their teas are not available here as well. But as I said, I m not sure if it is smoky at all. And mostly, I do not mean heavily smoked. just a tiny bit :)

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