447 Tasting Notes

63

I have received this tea in recent swap. Postcards for teas. Interesting, but apparently it works and I get some interesting teas too.

One of them was this one. It’s same pink foil tea bag without any instructions on, but ingredeints were there. Google found almost nothing, last activity on their facebook profile was 3 years ago. So, probably it’s quite old and even worse, the company do not exist anymore. Who knows.

So, I have steeped it for 3 minutes maybe in a mug of volume 400 ml.
Athouh dry bag was pretty nice in aroma, brewed tea is… of course vanilla, but I am afraid it will be too strong and sweet.

And… it is. Sweet vanilla with hints of cocoa. Chicory – makes it bit bitter I think, oolong base is probably some roasted oolong.

In conclusion it is not bad, but not my cup of tea. It’s too vanilla for me I think, but at least there is noticeable some base tea. I could imagine it more bold, less sweet or something.

Flavors: Cocoa, Roasted, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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74

Sipdown!

Prepared grandpa,and steeped for really long time. I think it could be 45 minutes till I finished it. And I was trying to stir it very often. It turned out very sour cherry in taste – that note was certainly there. Finding mascarpone was same as last time and as others mentioned – hard to find. If even something like that is there. It was rather, to say, creamy than mascarpone like.

Base tea was interesting, but certainly not very present in taste. Would I buy it again? Honestly I am not really sure. It is decent, certainly sour cherry there. But mascarpone is just missing. If they call it cream and sour cherry…
Keeping the rating on 74

Flavors: Cherry, Creamy, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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44
drank Thyme by tess tea
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Another tea from postcrossing I believe. Or it was a swap, who knows?

I was quite happy to see another Tess tea, as last one I had (Goldberry) was quite okay. But, unfortunately, I think this one is even bit worse. The tea is really watery and lemon peel in is overpowering other notes. In aroma of dry bag it was nice, full of thyme tea – but when brewed it seems like all thyme disappeared and instead there is a lemon. Lemon juice in black tea. I am getting so little of thyme so I think it is just black tea maltiness instead.

Not recommended for thyme tea. As for lemon flavoured black tea it is something to go.

Any ideas where to get decent black tea with thyme?

Flavors: Lemon, Malt, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
derk

Add some homegrown to black tea?

Martin Bednář

I will try it that way. But winter have to be over at first, so I won’t grab all the thyme we have now.

tea-sipper

I just had a tea a couple days ago – Fauchon’s Peach and Thyme. It’s so old though, I have no idea if they still make it.

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57
drank Relax by La Via del Tè
447 tasting notes

Green tea with chamomile?
It did not work in matter of taste or aroma. Aroma is musty, herbal and naturally chamomile.

Taste is way too similar. The base green tea is not much apparent, it’s mostly chamomile and then some notes of generic herbs, maybe lemon balm bit stronger than others.

Not sure about relaxing purpose.

Flavors: Herbs, Musty

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

I wanted something simple today and this tea again marks it best. It’s black tea, but the fruit taste is noticable there.

Just easydrinking tea. With decent quality of base as well fruit notes.

Flavors: Apple, Malt, Rosehips

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

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90

Sample from derk and she don’t know how old it is. No matter what, it is still very jasmine.

Oh yeah, wonderful pearls of tea withwhite notes on them. I have tossed about 4 grams in my cup and prepared grandpa.

It turned out great. Very strong in jasmine, but base green tea was delicous as well. Very refreshing, mood lifting and enjoayble.

There is not much to write about to be honest – it’s clear jasmine tea, without any off flavours or aromas. Yeah, dry aroma reminded me rather honey, than jasmine. Maybe it was honeysuckle? I never smelled that flower, so I have no idea how it smells.

Flavors: Green, Honey, Jasmine, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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77

Another tea from January subscription.

My brother with his wife and daughter came this afternoon, so I wasn’t very into tea. Prepared two teaspoons in 300 ml, grandpa style.

And… it wasn’t bad, but I have expected maybe little more. Maybe steeping it western would make it much better, because brewing coconut in long terms means – it is too coconut heavy. I don’t know, as this is probably my first loose leaf tea with coconut. First sips were quite cookie like, with jasmine notes and was nice and pleasant. But with long brewing, the coconut went like bit stale or something and ended not so delicious. Maybe white tea went too strong in taste too. Moreover, coconut was on top, so all sips were coconut affected. I don’t mind coconut – to make it clear, but it was just too strong.

I need to try it again. Luckily, I still have enough :) – thus no rating so far.

Flavors: Coconut, Cookie, Jasmine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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78
drank 3 Sinetin Tee by Paulig
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I have received this tea probably from postcrossing again. It seems it is some quite common, black, Finnish tea blend. I can’t recall seeing it in shops 3 years ago, but maybe I just forgot.

By google search I have found out it is blend of Ceylon, Assam and Darjeeling and it combines all three nicely together. It has got light taste, but malty base and little bit citrus zest notes as well. Even steepeed only for two minutes made taste really strong, but no way bitter or drying and I am very pleased in matters of quality. Certainly it is not best, but this really short steeping time made it very nice and tasty. As an easydrinking, cheap solution, I think I can drink this tea on daily basis.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Malt

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

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92

So great to drink this tea. I won’t repeat myself, previous note is just right.

I was thinking about placing order, but luckilly for my wallet their shipping is quite steep for me and prices aren’t one of the lowest as well. But their packages are looking great.

Flavors: Bergamot, Lemon Zest, Smoked

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

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96

So nice, and easydrinking tea.

Prepared grandpa, one pinch and one smaller pinch, 300 ml glass cup.

Turned same as always. I guess this is my favourite black tea. I could drink it all the time. It’s nicely malty, but not just that, it doesn’t turn bitter and leaves are big and so nice to watch.

Upping a rating from 90 to 96.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 10 OZ / 300 ML

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