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drank Minty Morocco by Rioba
970 tasting notes

Yep another mysterious tea. Brand and name and picture on the tea bag showing licorice, cinnamon and mint. By aroma of brewed tea really reminds those three herbs. It is mint + cinnamon mostly, but I think the licorice will make it sweet, as those two are rather rough on tongue. Why I brewed tea that late (it is almost 9 pm)? Well, I have to finish some work to school and boy, I really hate it.

The tea is indeed very sweet after licorice. Mint is bit mellowing the agressivity of it, so maybe even bit refreshing + cinnamon is not noticable in taste at all :/

Flavors: Licorice, Mint, Sweet

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

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Honestly I could not imagine chamomile and vanilla together. Yeah, an herbal and sweet notes. Weird.

But result is better than I have expected. Although when it comes to chamomile, I rather like the golden buds of it than “hay” – stems, leaves et cetera. There wre maybe one or two flower buds in whole big bag. But in taste it was like classsic camomile tea with sweet aftertaste. But the vanilla was not too strong, so it was not annoying.

This was again a nice surprise. I expected much more sweet notes and annoying chamomile taste. Now, let’s do some school stuff and, let’s celebrate Day of fight for liberty and democracy (and international student’s day).

Flavors: Hay, Herbs, Sweet, Vanilla

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

Chamomile and vanilla is an intriguing combination. I don’t have this particular tea but I do have vanilla bean that I can mix into my chamomile flowers. Think I’ll give it a go tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

Martin Bednář

You are welcome. Tell me how was it.

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drank Earl Grey by Ridgways
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This is plain bad tea.

Maybe because of age, but I do not think so, because of foil wrapping. No aroma in or out. Clasical set-up, mug with boiling water and tea bag (!) in. I did shorter steeping time than they suggest (3 minutes), becasue it turned out cloudy and dark brown so quickly. And the scent was – just awful! Wet socks, no maltiness, no citrus notes, just dirty, wet socks.

The taste if there is any of it, is bit malty but rather watery, again no Earl Grey notes, no tea notes. Yuck!

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Preprared this tea in French press for family, steeped for 5 and something per liter of water.

Well, it is quite nice, ginger – based tea, but quite sweet for me. Reminding me ginger lemonade a bit. But nothing really great or unique – for example I do not feel cucumber at all!

But thanks Izzy for sample! I would not rate it.

Flavors: Ginger

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec 8 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Well, this is a black tea and having all qualities of black tea. Unfortunately only that. It is nice and tannic black tea – but no malty notes, just tannic.

Luckily, no astringency while brewing 2 and half minute. A tea bag :)

Expected more, but it is decent.

Flavors: Tannic, Tea

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

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I think I bought this one when I was in Prague on exchange fair. Steeped for suggested, 8 minutes.

Dry tea bag was with really nice and interesting aroma. I think I mostly noticed the mint there, but for sure lemongrass, elderflower and lavender. Maybe little note of spiciness of ginger there too. When I added the water and making the brew, it turned out very herbal in aroma, with none of those distinctive notes. After brewing time, I notice room filled with lavender and lemongrass. It is bit reminding me Douglas fir tips tea from Juniper Ridge.

Slow down.

In taste? Well it’s herbal! Quite refreshing, but as well earthy. There is certainly lavender even in taste. But it is not that artificial one. It is real one, mellowing it a bit.

I wonder how bamboo leaf should taste like?
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw-Tz255GFg with English translation here: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/variace-na-renesan%C4%8Dn%C3%AD-t%C3%A9ma-variation-renassaince-topic.html – unfortunately word-to-word.

Flavors: Earth, Lavender, Lemongrass, Mint

Boiling 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

I enjoyed this song.

Martin Bednář

Happy to hear derk :)

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drank South India by Dennree
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A tea bag. By description the aroma should be similar to lemons, and it is, kinda. But kinda some unpleasant odor is there too. Maybe similar to wet socks, or stinky ones. But that is because of age I think becasue it is one of the old ones again.But it was foil wrapped one? So maybe not? Dunno.

Anyway they suggest only 2-3 minute steeping time, so I did higher end level. Brews amber and clear, there is no dust, maybe just a little on the bottom.

The taste is really reminding lemon (juice), quite drying, little bit of malt there too. Overall it is nice black tea.

Flavors: Drying, Lemon, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Found some old tea bag again in huge bags of tea bags. No idea about age. No idea how the box looks like because Google search have not found any. No idea where is Oaks estate as I have found nothing about it.

But tea is good. Not really great, but maybe because of age. It is malty, bit of citrus zest flavour, drying. I wish getting it fresher – but I have not found any sources.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Drying, Malt

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

Camellia Sinensis or Vahdam might have tea from Oaks Estate, though I haven’t been on their websites in a while and you’d have to check. If you’re just looking for some good, relatively inexpensive Darjeeling, I’ve liked the ones from What-Cha, especially their Rohini Golden Buds. I’m not sure if any of these companies will ship to you.

Martin Bednář

Vahdam don’t have it. Camelloa sinesis I should check.
What-cha ships here, thanks for reccomodation.


Oaks makes some good stuff. I think I’ve had at least one Oaks tea from each of the three major flushes. I know that Teabox carries stuff from the Oaks Estate. I recall being a big fan of their Oaks Classic Summer Chinary Black Tea. You also may want to try Tealyra. I know they occasionally bring in teas from Oaks. Keep in mind that I have no clue what shipping costs would be like to your area with either of these vendors.

Martin Bednář

Eastkyteaguy: Thanks for wodnerful answer, yep – I have found out that Teabox ships to CZ, but for 10 dollars shipping fee. That is quite steep for me. Tealyra do not offer Oaks now :)
At least I have something to explore :)

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drank Turbo Tea by spar
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I wanted a tea which wakes me up, but it is not actually from Camellia sinensis. I have found out this one, quite old, but still, it does not include (only) tea.

Found it. And it is this one. Brewed for 10 minutes (8 was recommended minimum), and well it smells heavily after guarana and very artificial. As well thee aroma is very sweet, so it is taste.

Bleh, I am not really sure if I can finish a cup. It is so artificial, herbal, sweet, medicinal, little of oranges. I bet it is not because of age.

Flavors: Artificial, Herbaceous, Medicinal, Orange Zest, Sweet

10 OZ / 300 ML

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Sample from last order at What-cha. Prepared western (4 grams), 4-5 minutes steep, boiling water.

It is decent black tea with quite strong astringency with baked bread aroma, bit caramel sweetness. As well heavy on malty side. I think I overbrewed it a bit, because all tastes are too strong and hard to recognize each one. It is decent but too strong.

Next time, more precise brewing please. No rating so far.

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