1086 Tasting Notes
Rooibos with chocolate cake flavour. A tea bag received from postcrossing. A Moomin related tea bag. I couldn’t find real ingredients, so leaving it blank + tea is from mixed box apparently.
I remember this tea from 3 years ago. The chocolate was well present back then, strongly aromatic. It is right now very similar, sweet, sponge cake aroma.
In taste it is nice, chocolate cake like tea without much of woody rooibos taste. As of caffeine-free tea it is very nice tea. Sweet as well!
Flavors: Cake, Chocolate
From derk :) and not recent swap.
I prepared the rest, thus 6 grams of fine loose leaf into gaiwan – decided for gongfu.
First steeps short, around 10 seconds, no rinse.
It is quite nutty, as well malty. Not much of citrus tastes, but certainly it’s not bitter at all, which is a good sign. Some citrus appears as aftertaste. Like a lemon peel.
With following steep, it became bit more astringent, but still very nice.
3rd one, another short one. Very similar to previous one.
4th, maltier, but still tasty…
It is very nice tea. Malty, citrusy, not much woody this time.
Thank you for share derk!
Flavors: Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Malt, Nutty
This tea didn’t wanted to brew at all. I used boiling water, typical volume of water (300 ml) and… it just did not changed the colour at all.
So, I was moving with it, even squeezed in the end and… it has got light brown, yet clear colour.
Taste is way too similar. There are little bit of blueberry, rather as aftertaste. No body, no base oolong notieable. Weird tea. I don’t know if it is becasue of age (huge bags section), or just… meh?
What a rainy day. It rains so much I can’t see shop approximately 200 metres away (approx. 650 ft). So this is a winter huh?
Another tea from huge bags, but I think this one is actually one of those I bought there.
Anyway the tea I steeped quite long and… luckily it doesn’t turn bitter. It was meh, though. It was quite distinctive in matter of base tea, it was chocolatey, quite sweet – weird for Ceylon black. And the bergamot there? It was there, but only tiny bit… not very distinctive! I was craving strong EG and this was just like some common black tea. Not bad though. Just expected something else
Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet
A tea bag from derk, thank you.
Well, headache is over but I was craving for some herbal tea instead of ortodox teas.
I took this one because it sounded interesting, but I was bit afraid how it will be like. Maybe some musty, weird taste? Maybe mushrooms as they are actually in?
It was actually tasty! Yeah, herbal and carob, cocoa… it was there. Then some fruity notes, it reminded me peaches or somehing. But with those flavours I wrote earlier. Certainly not forest mushrooms like and not mushroomy at all.
Not a go for daily drinking, I hope it won’t make my stomach upset somehow, as it is detox, and that’s something I hopefully really don’t need. But as tea, it was interesting to try. Thank you derk.
Flavors: Cocoa, Fruity, Peach
I had around 6 grams from derk. Thank you!
Prepared grandpa, overleafed with all in my 85 ml gaiwan. Ehh, it wasn’t so clever.
I feel really weird somehow. I can’t really explain why, because I don’t know myself. Like some nostalgia coming up, or just being tense because my nieces and nephew are coming tomorrow for a week.
Anyway, prepared this tea of char aroma when dry. I have to say, it wasn’t too appealing for me, but I hoped it will disappear with rinse or first steeps. Please note, that this note was written while I already finished it and I was drinking it in family circle (is that valid in English?).
First steeps were really mineral and char like. Not even much of roastiness for me. Then it started to transform into stonefruits as well my headache started to grow. I don’t really blame tea for it, but unfortunately I think it took its part as well. After few steeps it became really fruity, but it is as well quickly over. Not my favourite oolong I guess. Thanks for chance to try it though, derk.
Flavors: Char, Fruity, Mineral, Stonefruit
I got this tea form Izzy, thank you!
I was too lazy this morning so I used all the tea she sent me and prepared it grandpa moreover. So about 7 grams per my fav 300 ml of water. I used as well bit warmer water than she suggested, I think it could be around 85-88°C, as it was not boiling and it was cooled down a bit already (as other family members preapred coffee few minutes earlier).
I knew it will brew strong, but I again felt I kinda need it. I slept much better than last days, but still, it is not great. I usually wake up around 5 am, playing with my mobile afterwards as I am bored, then I feel asleep again and real waking up is around 8-9 am.
The tea, well, I think it is good if you are craving for something creamy and sweet as well. Because it has got both of those characteristics. It is indeed quite sweet (maybe too much for me) and as well creamy. As apple was floating on top of the cup, it was apple flavoured quite heavily as well. But base tea is certainly there too, and naturally it becames stronger with longer steeping. In the end it was rather vegetal than fruity, maybe hints of kale or similar vegetables.
Would I like to try it again? To be honest, I am not really sure. It was sweet and creamy, that’s okay, but the taste don’t suit me well. It is something what I can’t really explain, maybe it is just because of grandpa steeping and my heavy hand with leaves.
Flavors: Apple, Creamy, Kale, Sweet, Vegetal
I took this one from “huge bags section” I wonder if it is somehow new one or some really old one. I have no idea. And it was in paperbag.
But, it was in dry space. I checked the bag and it seemed fine. So let’s brew it. As it is herbal, I let it in the cup all the time. When filterbag touched hot water, it was clear that it is not dust of elderflowers but there are real pieces of them. And it smells so divine. Brew itself is very light-green, but it’s clear.
Aroma is very nice. It is indeed just elderflower, but certainly good one. No musty aroma, rather hints of honey or pollen.
The taste is as well great. Quite sweet, but it reminds me homemade elderflower syrup. It is mouth-watering tea. Simple, yet great.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey
A tea bag only.
Busy days recently. And I haven’t slept well too. So, after sleepless night (I slept few hours only in total) – I was craving for caffeine boost. I found in my tea bag stash this one. And it’s certainly from “huge bags section”.
Maybe it’s even sipdown, I am not really sure if I have another bag there. I don’t care to be honest.
Tea itself was steeped quite short, but I was afraid of getting too bitter drink. Brew is very dark, brown colour. Looks steeped even after two minutes. And they sugest three.
I took the bag out, went downstairs to enjoy it with my dad. He felt earlier this week and he have partly broken bone in the leg. So, I have to bring him food, drinks and so on. We had nice discussion together, although (and naturally) we don’t agree in all points.
Back to the tea. It is maybe too smoky for me. I don’t mind little smokiness, but this was too smoky and bergamot / citrus fruits were hard to find in taste. They were there, but smokiness was way stronger. Almost meaty.
Not a bad cuppa, but more citrus fruits would be great in this blend. Diary/tasting note over.
Flavors: Citrus, Meat, Smoked
Decided to give this a try, since I have sent it to derk without trying it before.
Oh well. I prepared it with almost boiling water as well and it was better than I have expected. Yeah, the base tea was okay, hay, maybe bit of grass – I agree with you derk! It wasn’t water or just plain wrong or bad.
And it was really full of mint. I don’t know what are differences between spearmint, peppermint, et cetera mint. I am not able to find difference. But yeah, it was refreshing cuppa even with brewed with tea bag kept in mug all the time. Nice surprise for me!
Flavors: Grass, Hay, Mint