447 Tasting Notes

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Oh well, another “escaped” tasting note.
Anyway, second and last tea bag from derk of this blend from Juniper Ridge. Thank you for picking all 3 for me – this one is really aromatic. It filled my room with mint and sage (how unexpected)

Anyway, I had awful day today. I was doing geometry for 6-7 hours, I did not make everything I should. Friend was not really helpful too! He prefered to sleep. And he did not know anyway. And when coming home, I regret that I did not bring my camera with me and going home about hour earlier. The light was amazing!

Stop complaining Martin and focus on tea. Yeah, this tea. I like the comforting aroma of sage. I think I need it even for herbal effects – I had sore throat back few days, nothing major, but it was there. Now I am have starting headache. Probably I was working too hard and forgot to drink (anything).

It is really nice in matter of aromas. It smells like sage and mint. Yeah it is not really surprising I know. But it is those two, nothing else. Maybe it can remind somebody a toothpaste a bit, but I think there is it far too artificial.

Visual of this tea is amazing as well. Golden; clear with no dust. Actually the pieces in tea bag are quite big which I like very much. I haven´t torn the bag though. If it is loose leaf, I think I can dip whole my body in it. It is just so nice. Not just visual and… already described scents.

Taste…
this is not a surprise. It tastes really herbal – minty and sagey. But it is so smoooth! Like a warm honey into a throat. It is mild; soothing with cooling effect of mint. It is just a perfect herbal for today evening. And another evenings too.

JUNIPER RIDGE rocks! One of the best herbal teas I ever had. Close behind are Swiss teas I am drinking now. I wonder what are Czech producers doing wrong? Using old plants, overdried plants or what is making it so bland? Maybe not interesting blends? Maybe mixing too much different flowers and making it just weird herbal mix? I do not know and I am too afraid to ask.

Derk, thank you once more – another thanks are coming soon with finishing all three, eh – two, Juniper Ridge teas.

Steep time: around 10 minutes (-3+5), I am not really sure. But I think it does change anything.

Flavors: Mint, Sage

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

I am glad you enjoyed it so much. I travelled again this week to do more juniper harvesting for the company. They have a new tea but I’m not going to mention what kind until I see it on their website.

Martin Bednář

oh I am so looking forward what they prepared for us again derk!

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drank Licorice by Higher Living
447 tasting notes

This tea is amazingly smooth for herbal.

It is not divine, but certainly interesting blend. Colour of brew is gold with green notes, clear, little dusty on bottom of the mug. It smells not suprisingly after licorice. But combined with something, probably a fennel which is in too. I think it is orange peel who makes it indeed nicely drinkable. But it does not overwhelm the taste of tea.

With last sips it is rather sweet for me, but that is licorice I guess. I expected it much spicier, but I have no trouble with it.

Flavors: Fennel, Licorice, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Received this little (7 grams) brick in redditgifts from Belarus. Now, it ´s time to check, if it is good, or bad.

Wrapping says, in traslation just, Top Pu-erh, 2003.

I did not wanted to make rinse, but made it. 15 seconds, maybe closer to 20. The rinse woke up all the aromas of wet rocks, earthy flavours, very mineral. I let it sip my brother and he claims it smells and tastes like something from old cottages. Maybe bit of tar, he says.

First steep is completely opaque dark brown, rather bit like black. I have oversteeped it?
It was just 20 seconds! Taste is quite drying, but actually same as aromas. Bleh, last sip was with lots of dirt.

Second steep…
I just looked into gaiwan before filling it with water. It looks quite dusty, small leaves, pieces of branches. Anyway, water in, lid on. 20 seconds. Aromas are weaker, taste milder. I like it. But still same, just not so drying.

Third;
25 seconds.
Same as second I guess. Maybe little bit more mineral.

Fourth brew:
30 seconds,
Apparently this tea is slowly over. I think one more steep. Or maybe it is just because I don´t enjoy those steeps at all. Too mineral for me, too earthy. This steep is more over muddy. Nah, I think it is over for me. It it getting more clear though. Now I feel even something cooling. Dunno, it is like mints.

Another steep, fifth – about 40+ seconds
still very dusty. Clear liquor though. More to red. It is just same as fourth. Completely same. It is just getting weaker every steep.

That´s it I guess. I probably will do more steeps, but if they don´t change flavour at all, I think – I won´t update it.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
Martin Bednář

I made about two more steeps. It remained really same and taste was more or less dirty or muddy.

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70

I am sorry, but I have to downrate this tea. Quite a lot.

I wanted black tea. This is a black tea. An Earl Grey, full of citrus notes.
Where are THEY?

Derk said it just right, it is a good breakfast blend. But not a Earl Grey blend!
What happened to this tea? It is different sachet in by mistake?

Weird, really weird. Something went wrong.

The tea has still same characteristics though.

Preparation
14 OZ / 400 ML

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70

I have no idea where I got this tea.
Ah, yeah – postcrossing again. Sittin´ in my drawer for three months. Today was the time!

I had to translate the taste because the bag is not helpful at all. Just 3-5 minutes suggested steeping time is something I translated. And… it is caffeine free. And by drawing mint have to be in.

Let´s see. Translation says it is minty tea with citrus fruits. Sounds interesting. Boiling water in, tea bag in…
citrus notes! Fresh mint notes! probably translation was right.

5 minutes gone, time to remove the tea bag. Colour of brew is dark orange, quite clear. Smells heavily after citrus fruits, mostly orange with lemon. Little oily film on top.

The body is based on mint. Fresh mint which is cooling down. Then a citrus notes start to appear, making it quite sweet taste. It does not linger much, but it is nice to drink in the evening though.

Not a bad choice.

Flavors: Citrusy, Lemon, Mint, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML
ashmanra

I found out my daughter is going to Poznan, Poland. Is that near you at all or very far?

Martin Bednář

Well, it is kind of far. About 350 km (218 mi) away by car; meaning 6 hours in car, or about 8 hours by train.

Sorry for that, but I think I can´t go there :(

ashmanra

No worries! I didn’t expect you to go there! I thought it might be near enough to you that you might know some places to recommend that she go, whether historical sites or tea rooms! :)

Martin Bednář

haha, haven´t thought about it this way; sorry I can´t anyway. I have never been there.

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80

Half an hour lost… because I pressed escape key. I am so sad :( it was so great tasting note!

I have received this one from Derk, I divided the package in half so 2.5 grams twice.

Anyway, I will try to rewrite it. Somehow. Anyway, it has been a while when I used gaiwan for last time. I guess I wanted easy teas. But not today, needed to calm down.

85 ml gaiwan; 2.5 grams of tea; freshly boiled water in thermos; 10 seconds rinse.

Now no tropical aromas after rinse. It was sweet somehow, with little cooling effect but I do not think it is minty as derk suggest. I think it is rather like pine or fir forest. Little malty. I wanted a black tea; but as this is so complex I think this worked well too. It was just nice to drink; nothing bad.

Aromas were wonderful. At first I do not recall anything, then it changes to be more and more fruity. Little hay, passion fruit – and of course bit of pine again. Actually those aromas are written completely random as it came to my mind I wrote them down.

A taste. Complex – haha. No, it was interesting cup. When I did not noticed any fruity notes (I noticed a forest notes instead) I took another steep and fruitiness was there. It was becaming slowly bitter, so I shortened next steeping time. And it was another again. Bit herbal; but not a bad taste though! Maybe a little of the pine/fir/another tree. It was great. Simply GREAT!

Oh I forgot about visual of tea – well; it reminds me something bit different than amber. Something I won´t write down :)

What surprised me – it was full of taste all steepings, no signs of becaming weaker; not always I use whole thermos for single tea.

Well, this second tasting note is not so nice and great I had before. But I still hope it made you happy – you have enjoyed reading it and hopefully – derk, you send me really nice teas and now I finished it really all. Thank you for this swap, where I am the debtor and hopefully I can send you something again so we can swap again. Maybe I will give a try on those Azores teas. And something else I can find for sure.

Soon my first Farmerleaf order should came, I can´t wait at all – but on the other hand in two weeks an exam period starts. So, I will drink tea, but I am honestly afraid, that I won´t have time for enjoying it completely (and writing tasting notes). Feels bad man.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 85 ML
haptiK

sorry to read you lost your original tasting note. maybe you could type your notes into google docs first and then copy paste it here.

derk

You’re welcome, Martin. There is no debt but I wouldn’t turn down another swap once I make my way through a big one. Do you get a school vacation soon?

Martin Bednář

derk – thank you, of course I will wait for next exchange. Well, as I wrote; exam period starts soon for an month and then I will be “free” (acutally working part-time) for two months. Hopefully it will be over soon. All the stuff. I made one very important yesterday.

ashmanra

Martin – I almost asked if you were in exams! It is exam time now in the US at most universities,

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I expected much more!

A light and delicate white tea…nope.
It was light for sure, but certainly not delicate. It was something stingy artificial beverage.

4-5 minutes, bit cooled down water – that is their suggestion.
I used 4-5 minutes with boiling water. Result?

A cloudy, brown, liquor, with light aroma of strawberry. As there are not aromas, I thought it is okay. But nope.

It wasn´t aromatic at all. I tried to smell it several times but nothing.
I sipped. Okay, it tastes like weak black tea, as usual from white teas from tea bags. And then the weak artificial (or maybe dirty) taste took place. Stingy, dirty strawberry, but weak taste.

It was weak tea without any distinctive notes, at least not awfully sweet. I can not recommend this tea. It is not good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I am trying to “understand” this tea since I have received it from my Swiss friend. She sent me whole box of 20 tea bags, so lots of to explore. She said it is her favourite, so I was looking very forward to it.

It is all organic; clear ingredients – just apple pieces (90 %) and rosemary (10 %). That is something I really like. No sweeteners, no aromas, no flavours.

They suggest 3-5 minutes steeping time, I don´t know how much I did though. Maybe it is closer to 5 than closer to 3. Liquor looks like cloudy apple juice. Aromas – it is quite earthy, herbal, but with sweet notes of ripe apples.

In taste – is earthy as well. Sweetness is close behind in taste profile. It goes well together. Earthy with sweet notes. I never thought it could work. And as rosemary has got quite specific taste profile, it is there as well.

In some kind of conclusion: I have to say that I still don´t “understand” this tea. It is certainly interesting blend, not weak anyhow, but somhow weird. It goes well along (apple and rosemary), but sometimes I think that – apple is too strong; then another sip and oh, rosemary is so strong.
I really can´t explain what is tea about. It is so interesting, buton the other hand it is kinds of weird as well. Maybe I like it because it is so unique?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

Hm, that sounds good. Maybe the strength variation in sips between apple and rosemary is because there is not another ingredient in the tea to tie those two flavors together.

Martin Bednář

Yeah derk – probably you are right :) Certainly interesting tea.

ashmanra

I love rosemary water, i just fill a glass carafe with water and add a few sprigs of rosemary from the garden and let it chill in the fridge for several hours or up to a day. As I drink it, I keep topping up the container. That makes me think I would enjoy a tea with rosemary in it!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra – maybe I can pick few bags and send them for you :-) including few other teas I have in my stash. I bet I can choose something from you I would like to try :)

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95

Few hours backlog and I don´t remmeber everything. I did not even wrote something down.

Grandpa, 3 grams for 300 ml. Almost boiling water; I guess around 90 °C it can be.

The brew was very nice. Smooth, not bitter at all. Some notes of roasted nuts, pecans, but also some notes of fruits – mainly a pear. Lingers for long and I liked the taste during it.
I also acknowledge that it remains same all the time. You can brew it differently, but is still same. It do not turn bitter, yet it is still complex tea.

Enjoyed this simple cuppa in the afternoon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Kawaii433

That sounds so good. I love What-Cha’s oolongs. I had their Vietnamese GABA last night and am in love with it. I slept like a baby which is rare too hehe.

Martin Bednář

Kawaii433: I got Wild boar sample (I think) with my first order and was hooked with oolongs since.
I will put in GABA next time – I heard so many nice reviews

Kawaii433

Martin, their Taiwan GABA oolong got better reviews but I tried both and I favor the Vietnamese one because it fits my personal flavor profile better. After yesterday, I think I’m going to make a point to drink more GABA tea.

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Second and last cup of tea from Azores.

A black tea. Green tea was pretty okay, but black tea is different story. Let´s find out.

As I have read previous tasting notes, it seems it is quite weak in flavour, so I let it steep for long 6 minutes. There is nothing on the bags, so it is bit rough estimate. It turned out great. The colour of liquor is clear copper, like from some Ceylon teas.

Aroma is somehow weak and I don´t know if I notice anything. But in taste it is clear black tea. Yeah, little malty, little fruity. I notice as well some black pepper notes. Interesting for sure. Really worth trying this estate.

I have found some Czech web shop which is selling few loose leaf varietes they offer. Maybe we can make some group buy, because I am not really sure if I want to spend quite a lot for tea which goes stale.

And now I checked direct from company. Shipping to Europe is for 4,4 € which it makes even cheaper than from Czech shop. Weird, but yeah. And of course, tea is cheaper there.

Flavors: Pepper

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
haptiK

I would be interested in group buys in the future martin!

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