729 Tasting Notes

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I have completely no idea what is this tea. I just know I have received it (order on my address) from White Antlers. So thank you a lot, hopefully Alistair pop in here and tell us bit more, as it is not available on What-cha website at all!

So, moreover it doesn’t have even the typical white label that all What-cha teas have! It is handwritten, saying name of the tea and vintage 2019.

I took water when first bubbles started to appear. That is my rule of thumb while making temperature sensitive teas, as it is usually green teas.

I took 5 grams for my 300-400 ml mug. Bit untypical set-up but perfect for cold (around 16°C) morning. Steeped for 3 minutes which wasn’t too much but it was quite exact for perfect cup.

The tea was somehow simple in flavour, grassy/grass seed, vegetal, overall indeed typical cheap green tea without any off notes. Hints of astringency. But the palate was amazingly smooth, little bit bitter (but I think I have over-leafed & maybe too long steep). Certainly a nice tea, which I will gongfu for sure, as leaves are big and wonderful! Preparing it western, even in a big tea bag instead of strainer, is bit contempt.

Flavors: Grass, Grass Seed, Smooth, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Hey Martin. I think that was one of the ‘mystery’ teas I asked Alistair to include the in order. Since I don’t even drink green tea (yuck), there is no way of me offering any guidance about it. Sometimes his mystery teas are ‘one offs’ or things so low in stock they are no longer on his website. Glad it was drinkable. : )

Martin Bednář

Sometimes it is on website, but it says “out of stock”. Not this time!

What-Cha

Hi Martin, just saw your post. When I placed an order with MANNA for their black teas, they sent me some quite generous sized samples of other teas. The green was one of them and after trying it, I had enough left over for two mystery teas!

Martin Bednář

Ah, not a big stash of tea, but still lots of to share! Wonderful I was lucky to get it :) I have different black tea from Georgia (Guria Likhauri) and well, they know how to make tea there! Thank you for clarifying it to me (and maybe others as well? :) )

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Received from ashmanra, probably it was sample for her, as it was one serving foil wrapped pyramid sachet.

I wasn’t impressed honestly. It was quite generic black tea. Hints of malt, hints of astringency, but that’s all. But at least it seems it is caffeine boosting which is nice in the morning.

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

Harney sends me samples of that one ALL THE TIME and I wish I could like it since it is organic, but I just don’t like it. I try it again every few years but it is always still a nope for me.

Martin Bednář

As I said, it is maybe way too generic.

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Another tea from August 2020 subscription.

Well. It is weird tea. Haven’t seen tea with: rooibos, cocoa nibs, Ceylon black tea, puffed quinoa, cat flowering tops, stevia and flavours.

Although it is pretty much creamy and dough like in taste, stevia is honestly somehow overpowering everything, although I understand that the taste can remind bit that dough.

As I don’t really know how honeycomb cookie should taste like, I can’t much say it is similar to taste. But the tea itself is somehow in the middle. I like it, but it’s sweet. But it’s called honeycomb so it is supposed to be I think. Creamy qualites are high. Missing bit of some other flavours. Maybe more cocoa nibs next time? I have just looked inside pouch and can’t see any!
Well…

Flavors: Creamy, Sweet

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

Were there any flowering cats in the pouch?! :)

Martin Bednář

Ahm, a typo. Apparenly it should be a oat but the print isn’t top quality.

White Antlers

Darn. I prefer flowering cats in my tea. This IS disappointing. lol Sorry, Martn, not making fun of you.

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Western brewing

I have received a huge box just before my getaway. Lovely White Antlers decided to send me some teas. Ordered from What-cha, delivered here. And this tea is sample from Alistair himself. THANK YOU both!

3 minutes steeping brews wonderful golden colour tea. The aroma is indeed very sweet as it is in the description, (dry) tea was very similar to picture. Long wire-like leaves, with hints of golden colour.

Brewed… aroma was already described, as well the colour. The taste is bit drying, but sweet. Maybe sweet potatoes a bit? Hints of malt for sure. Maybe it is not one of the most complex black teas, but certainly very nice and the price is very nice as well.

For now 90/100. But it may go up or down as I am, naturally, tired. And maybe another preparation method will make the tea better. How to spend remaining 3 grams? Should I brew it gong-fu?

Flavors: Drying, Malt, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

The What Cha tea box should help you get through your first few weeks of school, Martin. Enjoy! : )

Martin Bednář

I think it will help me go through whole semester :D

White Antlers

That’s even better! YAY!

ashmanra

Wowzer! That sounds wonderful, Martin! I bet it was delicious. Keemun are da best!

derk

Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful? I have a ton of tea from White Antlers to forward soon. It’s going to come in several shipments. I don’t want you to pay customs and I know you had to once before with Farmerleaf. Is there a parcel size or weight limit?

Martin Bednář

Hehe ashmanra. Everybody got tastes different. I prefer bit more Ceylons or sometimes Darjeelings. But now, maybe I will fell in love with Keemun?

derk: Indeed she is! Well, the value of one shipment should be less than 22 EUR. That’s 26 USD. The parcel size or weight doesn’t matter, but write in the custom declaration value less or equal that 22 EUR. Note it is gift as well, because then there is no VAT to pay by myself. Declare clearly the amount of black tea and amount of green tea. If there are other teas, I don’t know how to declare it :/. They aren’t listed in the list. Maybe declare it as herbs if they are fruit/herbal? That should do no tax as well, if they decide that value is actually higher than written 22 EUR.

I don’t know how much of tea do you “have to” forward to me, but that’s it :) It isn’t easy at all, I had to read the website several times and I still think I don’t understand it properly. But the value should do the trick.

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Grandpa brewing

Made a hot drink today morning after two hours of sleep in bed and 30 minutes in train home.

I returned from my getaway and jumped to night shift part-time job right after. Tiring!

The tea made its job in the morning though, it extinguished my thirst. And it was easy drinking so it was nothing to think about while drinking it. My father was amazed by colour, well, blue pea flowers + blueberries indeed delivered purple-dark blue colour.

Tea itself was blueberrries mostly today with sweet notes of peaches. And tartness from hibiscus. Somehow expected.

Flavors: Blueberry, Peach, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

Hope you had fun!

Martin Bednář

I had ashmanra, it was just too short :D

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Gongfu session

I still have this tea!

Although it is past it’s best times, it was like green and mineral tea; hints of stonefruits a bit maybe. I need to finish the rest quickly I think. It lose its floral qualities for sure, but it was still nice.

Thank you derk!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
729 tasting notes

Let’s continue with postcrossing THANK YOU envelope, tea 5/6 After 26 days.

I am not a fan of Chamomile as you all know already. Especially when it’s only ingredient.

This tea isn’t an exception. Just seeing the chamomile dust in the bag made me gag. Aroma, yuck, chamomile.

Taste is dusty. I had so many better chamomile teas! Dusty, with hints of herbals, mostly naturally chamomile. It isn’t sweet, rather like easting raw pollen, it tickles a bit in throat. Well, well…

Cozy? What’s cozy on chamomile (of course I know the relaxing effect)?

Tomorrow I am leaving for weekend getaway (thanks ashmanra for this word). So I won’t post on Steepster, though I will try have at least tea for breakfast. I hope I will return to same Steepster as I am leaving it. Although it was okay most of the day, I got few 504 ERRORs now. But okay I guess.

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Enjoy your getaway, Martin. Having a break from the routine is way more relaxing than any amount of chamomile. : ) For the record, the stuff that you find in chamomile tea bags IS dust. Good, dried chamomile is lovely; it almost smells and tastes like apples-but I am not trying to change your mind.

Mastress Alita

I don’t like chamomile at all, even the full flowers. I typically love florals, but something about the taste of chamomile is off-putting and… kinda soapy to me? (I know most people describe lavender that way, and I love that stuff! But I do understand it). There are some blends that use it, where if the taste is minor enough under the other ingredients, I am okay with it, though.

ashmanra

I hope you have a fun getaway!

Leafhopper

Enjoy your weekend! I don’t mind chamomile, though it tends to be overused. I’d much rather see it in tea than licorice or hibiscus!

mrmopar

Enjoy that getaway Martin!

Mastress Alita

@Leafhopper: And I’m that one weirdo that actually likes licorice and hibiscus, heh.

tea-sipper

I hope you enjoy your getaway! :D

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Tried again. Again not that good. It was bit earthy green tea. Where have been peaches?

I will be happy to sip this tea down. It’s just a bit earthy, green tea. It used to have peach flavour, but it seems it’s gone? Or I have prepared it again somehow wrong? Umm…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I wanted so much to do a SIPDOWN, but couldn’t decided which flavoured tea I would like to drink, so I made a line of them, counted them and let the random.org choose a tea for me. If I was clever enough to don’t include the new teas… I would not open tea from AUGUST 2020 subscription

So yeah, I am having a fresh new tea, so new, it isn’t on their website yet.

Opened the pouch and something familiar hit my nose. I found out bit later it is dark chocolate covered violets with vanilla notes. They have this line on their pouch and it is exactly that I think. Dark chocolate with strong violet aroma. Vanilla not that much. Typical set-up; DIY tea bags (need to buy new box (100 pcs)), two teaspoons, 300 ml cup.

Steeped for recommended 4 minutes and well, cloudy copper brew appeared. I probably overleafed it or steeped for long as, well, it is quite bitter with vanilla aroma. And cocoa aftertaste. It is as well somehow floral from violets and all the tastes/aromas are fighting each other what should be the most present and best for tea.

But as it cools down, it has specific flavour, which is nice! It reminds me some floral Darjeelings a bit (but not that smooth). I think I will try it again with shorter steeping. Or less leaf? I am just sad there is no violets in, instead there are mallow flowers. Probably cheaper?

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Floral, Vanilla, Violet

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

Sounds like a tea that I would really like, Martin. I believe I’ll have to place an order for this when it becomes available on their website. If this tea reminds you at all of a floral Darjeeling, my favorite kind of tea, I know I’ll enjoy it!

Martin Bednář

It is unique tea flavour. There were hints of floral, then hints of cocoa, some vanilla. I don’t really undestand what I have drank :D

Hopefully you will enjoy that as well!

White Antlers

Wow. Sounds like a lot going on in that tea! From an herbal/medicinal perspective, violets are good pain relievers, as one of their components is salicylic acid, also found in aspirin. Since you saw no violets, Martin, I wonder if it was only violet flavoring that was used?

gmathis

I need to do the randomizer trick to get rid of some of my old stock. Good idea!

Mastress Alita

I tried Violet tea for the first time recently and fell in love! Shame this wasn’t out yet when B&B had their “Christmas in July” sale and I made an order when they had free International Shipping, or I definitely would’ve picked some up!

Martin Bednář

White Antlers: It is indeed interesting tea. Yes, unfortuantely only flavouring is used as it is written in ingredients too. No violets.
gmathis: It keeps me avoid the choosing paralysis. There are so many teas I would like to drink after all.
Mastress Alita: Such a shame. I haven’t placed an order during “Christmas in July” though as well. I tempted, but then decided against. I have too many teas.

tea-sipper

Oh this one sounds amazing!
Mastress Alita – I’m so glad you were finally able to order some teas! :D

Mastress Alita

It was a special situation, tea-sipper… namely, free international shipping when I normally can’t order from them at all cause their shipping is just too much. :-P I also bought some tea for my house anniversary. I’ve made a total of four tea orders for the entire year so far.

tea-sipper

When B&B has free shipping it is almost impossible to resist. haha

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JUNE 2020 subscription (probably)
Maybe I do too many tasting notes now? Well, I have lots of teas coming to me and I need to reduce numbers greatly. And I have to drink lots of few last cups of teas. I keep last cup in pouch and… well it doesn’t disappear.
Moreover, I have received already August subscription envelope and this haven’t been even opened! Probably I have been waiting for hotter days, but colder ones came instead.

Dry leaf aroma reminded me some opened and bit stale 7Up drink. The ingredients looks fresh, lemongrasss kept its green-yellow colour.
Brewed, grandpa, 3 tsp, boiling water makes bright yellow colour, while lemongrass is on the bottom and peels are on the top. It won’t be easy to drink it (and I am lazy to strain it).

Well, aroma of brewed tea is pretty much same. Taste… well, it is not a lemonade but I notice lemons for sure, among other citrus fruits, lemongrass, and… well that’s it.

Pretty nice even hot.

Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

No! No such thing as you writing too many tasting notes, Martin. That reminds me of the Emperor telling Mozart his opera had ‘too many notes.’ LOL!

mrmopar

Nope , keep posting Martin. Any post we make always benefits someone.

tea-sipper

I like to read your notes on the B&B teas I probably won’t try, so keep posting! :D

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