1039 Tasting Notes


Tasting note NUMBER 400

Pure deliciousness! Thank you derk! I still have some, though just a little.

2.5 grams and boiling water. I am so hyped about this tea. Gaiwan, 85 ml.

I made several 30 seconds steeps. It was so great. Aroma was clearly autumn leaf pile, no florality, no funky notes, no… bold and strong aromas.
Taste: I could not explain it well I suppose. It is light, but full of taste. Refreshing, but bold. Woody, but as well mineral. Fruity, but not sweet or juicy. Hay, but not boring.

Caffeine boosting, but as well the mood boosting. Oh well.

Minute steeping was great too. Even two minutes – and nothing bad. I need to find another timing for this tea!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Fruity, Hay, Mineral, Stonefruit, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

400 goes fast, doesn’t it?

Martin Bednář

Way too fast in my opinion. Maybe I am spending here too much time. But it makes me so happy to share with others. That’s bit weird, because – I am in real life rather introvert. But – my goal is to improve and keep my English.


I think the overwhelming majority of Steepsters fit the introverted description—we’re a good fit for one another!


Glad you liked it, Martin.

Martin Bednář

It’s amazing how different can be one plant. Sometimes it brings me nostalgic mood, sometimes hype, sometimes just good mood. So, indeed I liked it derk.

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This tea is going to be sour and tart. That was my first impressions when I took it from box from derk. Thank you. And as I had choice paralysis, I let choose tea my faithful friend – random.org

And it decided this one. I smelled the bag and yeah, it is going to be sour and tart.
Brewed for 4 minutes, it became deep red (as in the picture).

It is – sour and tart. But with some notes of raspberries or something? It should not be in, but tastes like raspberry jam or something. It is pleasantly sour. But yeah, it’s tart tea. It’s not bad, but nothing to really enjoy. At least for me.

Flavors: Pleasantly Sour, Raspberry, Tart

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This tea bag I have from last swap with derk, so I thank you, even… the tea is bit weird in my opinion.

I made an Excel file with teas; actually I used Oolongowl’s template (it is great, hoot, hoot!) and, although I don’t have everything there yet (last part of cupboard missing) it seems I have it about 50-50 ratio (tea bags – loose leaf) while I don’t count “Huge bags section” because, it is too many different tea bags and finding which ones are actually with tea in is way too time consuming.

So, it is evening, made a filter for caffeine-free teas and ran an randomiser on random.org. It picked number one, which was this one.

I steeped it for 5 minutes maybe and… it smells like a cinnamon bun or something.But with something extra herbal. Brews hazy yellow, but not so cloudy as last time. It is even, kind of, tasty. Yeah, I notice mostly cinnamon pastry, but there is no funky, musty or some other weird tastes. Upping a rate a bit.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries

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

I use an Excel file for my tea inventory too (and NOT my Steepster cupboard like everyone else on here; I keep ALL teas I’ve ever tried on my Steepster cupboard so I can back reference things I may want to buy again, while my Excel file is always up-to-date with exactly what I have in my home). It is linked on my Profile page, and I also have been known to do that, run Sort functions to find teas that are certain types, certain dates, include certain ingredients, etc., or use Randomizer.org to pick from certain datasets. I love it!

Martin Bednář

I combine both so far… I think I will slowly turn into Excel cupboard only, as you said, it is easier to find certain teas there, based on ingredients, dates, types.

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Prepraed western, 6 grams for 350-400 ml glass mug. I don’t know exact volume and somehow lazy to measure.

What to say about this tea? Well, it reminds me lavender lemonade. It is tasty, aroma strongly lavneder. But when sipped, it turns into floral notes and lemon aftertaste. As it cools down, lemon is more prominent and floral notes are weaker. It is as well somehow refreshing, easydrinking tea. Maybe bit creamy as well; rooibos base is not present in taste at all.

I wonder if it could be good iced?
And derk – I got box from you! Thank you! All already in cupboard (real as well virtual)

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Lavender, Lemon

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 6 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

Excellent! That had to be 5-7 days. Post office told me 10-15 days. I hope you enjoy at least a few of the teas. Sorry I haven’t replied by email. I have to find my password for that throwaway account :P

Martin Bednář

Hehe, I can’t wait to dig in. How funny to communicate, I can’t reply to Steepster messages, you can’t reply to ma email. But we made it!

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Steepster ate my review.

Prepared gong-fu as I had only 2 grams left.
It is nice, bready, malty tea. Not bad in matter of taste. It was very tasty tea, although first steeps were quite weak.

Comforting tea, with nice energy boosting character. I had better black teas, but this one is certainly good for sure too. Fourth steep is gonna be last one I think. It brews too light, although it was brewed for almost two minutes. It is not tea for gong-fu brewing heh.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 85 ML

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Another grandpa attempt. 2 tsp, 300 ml boiling water.

It was somehow similar like last time, where I was complaining it is too spicy (or rather hot). It wasn’t distinctive at all, as last time. It was somehow nicely spicy, cookie like. It was decent in manner of taste nad aroma. But it wasn’t something I would like to love. It was good, but only nothing wow to say. At least it was less spicy today.

But overall, I am somehow rather confused about this tea. It is not bad, but some more mellow flavour would make it better I think.

Flavors: Cookie, Ginger, Spicy

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

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This tea reminds me bit all others Earl Greys from Twinings I had few days back.

It wasn’t bad but nothing extra. It had fresh flavour of bergamot, and jasmine was bit weaker. It was there. Base tea wasn’t great too. It was just black tea without any malt, or tannic flavours – it was just… okay. Not distinctive.

Overall the tea is – very strong as of bergamot, little of jasmine and no tea. Maybe fresher tea would do the trick.

Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Monk's Blend by MlesnA
1039 tasting notes

I have had this tea from foil tea bag. It must be quite old, as it was from huge bags section, but we will see.

Dry aroma was saying that this tea is apparently flavoured, but I could not find any flavours listed. (I found out later, that I am blind and I haven’t saw “Vanilla Grenadine Tea” on backside).

But I put that bag in mug, used boiling water and waited 3-4 minutes. Then I took the bag out. It was somehow aromatic, but I could not found out, what exactly it is. Vanilla? Yeah, some sweet notes, but not vanilla like I think.

After few minutes I took first sip. It was very similar to aroma, with one differencce. The base tea was quite strong and noticeable. When it cools down, the taste profile became more clear and I clearly noticed a pineapple flavour and bit like pomergranate, no vanilla. It wasn’t that overpowered as it could be (and sometimes even is), so I have liked it.

Moreover, this tea is apparently full of caffeine.

Flavors: Grenadine, Pineapple

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

Ah…in my early tea drinking days, before I realized how long it would take to go through it, I ordered a pound of the same Monk’s Blend! Haven’t had any in a while, but it sounds tasty today.

Martin Bednář

It was certainly nice to drink. The tea base was nicely present and the flavouring was just okay. I usually have troubles with both, base too weak or too much flavouring. This was alright in both.

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This Tulsi tea wasn’t so earthy as I am used to, as well, not so herbal. Ginger wasn’t much prominent at all.

It was just another generic herbal tea.

Flavors: Herbs

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Not from Advent calendar, but could be :)

I have to agree with previous raters. I took two teaspoons for my 300 ml cup and it turned out very nice!

I notice both, chocolate as well hazelnuts. I prepared it grandpa, so when it brews a nuts came on the surface and could even eat them. It was nice addition.

Tea itself, tastes after hazelnuts and chocolate. It is more on the chocolate than on nuts, but it is nice. Quite sweet, maybe more cocoa shells, or overall make it more bitter would be better. But I am dark chocolate person. I can imagine it can be better for some other people. The dry aroma is bit like marzipan, but luckily, it did not transformed into taste too much.

Brew is light, cloudy brown. Nothing pretty for eyes, but okay. Black tea base is not much distinctive, maybe some more malty tea would be nice in this blend.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Marzipan, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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I am drinking almost everything. Tea bag collector who moved to wonderful world of loose leaf.

Trying to rate differently tea bags and loose leaf as tea bags have usually worse quality.

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Buried in tea right now. Is in my cupboard (trying to be updated) which sparkled your interest? Write me, I would gladly share with you. But I don’t want anything in return now :)


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