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drank Premium Ceylon by Bigelow
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Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!

Tea #3

I won’t lie, I picked this up mostly because the outer tea bag wrapper; which is new for my collection.

And it is plain tea, which is very welcomed in the afternoon, when I am all tired and I don’t want to discover depths of the teas.

This one is exactly that. Plain, Ceylon tea, not much to write home about. Two minutes steep are sufficient, even for larger cup than usual.

As I wrote, not much to write about. Basic, and luckily not bitter nor too astringent, so, in the end… pretty much decent plain black tea in tea bag.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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76
drank The PomPom by Akova Tea
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Skysamurai’s TTB
I just wanted to bring some TTB teas to work, and this is one of them. I didn’t had there much of flavoured black teas and this one sounded great.

TEA #2

As I said in preface, I brought this tea to work. I am after booster vaccine and this time I decided (as it was suggested by doctor) to change it. So, not a third Pfizer, but this time Moderna. Sadly, it hit me hard. Yesterday only sore arm, today I am all sore. Feeling sick. I had to leave work after three hours because feeling so bad. Now, at home, I feel a wee better.

But the tea I actually had at work, while having breakfast. I have noticed very robust base filled with caramel sweetness and decent vanilla notes! In flavour there were some fruitiness which can be mentioned pomergranate.

Honestly, it has remembered me Hunky Dory Breakfast I had actually yesterday at work! With extra fruitiness.

So, in the end I can tell, it is decent dessert tea, but nothing I will have again. Maaybe I like pure teas more. Thank you Skysamurai, though I am returning it to the TTB.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Shae

I hope you’re feeling better soon, Martin! The third shot was rough for me too, so you’re not alone.

Courtney

I hope you feel better soon! Ours our booked next week and I’m thinking I might get Moderna as well.

Evol Ving Ness

I had my booster yesterday too, also Moderna. (My first two were also Moderna. With the first one, I felt very flu-ey, but the second was fine.). Feel pretty poorly today. Stringing a sentence together is an effort, as is lifting the tea kettle. Going to stay in bed. Hope we both feel better soon.

Leafhopper

I hope you feel better soon! My second dose was Moderna and it made me feel bad, while my first and third doses were Pfizer.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Leafhopper. I think it’s the luck of the draw. Friends, some anyway, had wicked sideffects with Pfizer too.

Martin Bednář

Thank you all! Yesterday evening wasn’t good, everything was hurting badly. Muscles, headache… so I have decided to take pill of paracetamol and decided go to the bed early. Today I feel much better.

Evol Ving Ness

Glad to hear you are coming back to yourself, Martin. Much better here too.

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68
drank Aim Chai by Tease
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Skysamurai’s TTB Thank you!
After long travels and even longer (feels like) customs clearance and then handing over back to the post, I have received my first ever TTB. I haven’t expected such filled up box. So many teas. And I have to decide which one I will drink? Oh well. But today, it has helped me out with afternoon cup.

Tea #1

Today ride home was good. Short as usual, no delay, just the weather stays same. As I was heading home, I stopped in for third Covid vaccine.So far I don’t feel any side effects. That’s good. I should rest till Monday, but tomorrow some “hard” work awaits. I have to move 3 bags (each 25 kg) to the drums as we need to ship them out. Easy peasy.

Oh, the tea. I feel similar as a Shae, who had it before. Mellow, subdued spices and I did not notice any chocolate either. The base was somehow bold… but flavourless - or just not that great quality to notice much from it. I wonder what was most prominent spice, again as Shae noticed, maybe it’s cinnamon and white pepper. Yep, it was a bit defferent than usual black pepper note, but I liked it.

Overall, quite basic chai. Maybe for many it’s even too weak. I have been expecting stronger spicy note as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
tea-sipper

I’m happy you finally get to try a TTB!

Martin Bednář

Thank you. I just wish it was in the less busy time! I am so tired after work, I just brew something so simple as a tea bag, and I don’t have mood for searching all the flavours and aromas.

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SIPDOWN 3

A pouch received from subscription; but I have no idea when. Who cares? But I had to cancel the subscription, as getting each envelope through customs is annyoing and slowing things down a lot.

And why this tea today? Well, my train home has broken down. And I had to wait about 20-30 minutes for another, which was fine in matter of time, but the weather outside was frightful. Around -4°C, drizzle, strong wind gusts. And no place to hide. Argh! So, I was craving something quite sweet, but strong, and if possible not fruity. This was a perfect hit. And moreover, sipdown!

I thought I have oversteeped it. I prepared it and went with cup of coffee (for my mum) to the living room. Spilled the coffee. The tea has survived. I put the tea on the coffee table, decided to clean up the floor. Brought coffee again, and spilled again. What? I had to clean the bottom of the glass this time. And during that I spilled it for third time… (and last time)

But back to the tea. This tea, steeped for longer than usual and in my previous attempts, was very dark when I finally reached my cup. I was afraid it went bitter and maybe even awful. I took the fill-your-own-bag out and sipped. It was strong, indeed. Quite bitter. But actually, I felt robust roasted dandelion root which was actually fairly similar to dark hot chocolate. And as there are some nibs and shells in, it was actually pretty good and those gave it some cocoa notes! The dandelion root added some bitterness which wouldn’t be case, if they used only cocoa nibs and shells I think.

The peppermint was fairly hidden in aroma, but present in taste as a refreshing, light menthol taste. As I was hoping for more dark chocolate, than mild one, I was glad it wasn’t too strong… but present.

In conclusion, it is a fine tea, nothing I would have to drink often, but stands up its name well. The dandelion root is interesting ingredient, indeed. But the flavour itself is something I don’t actually need to have recreated as a tea.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Martin, I don’t know if you like DakhaBrakha, but they are coming to Prague soon. Weird and wonderful. I would go if I were there (if it were COVId safe to do so). https://www.roxy.cz/events/detail/3031/dakhabrakha?fbclid=IwAR0h4p7zgmiJcgDRuNdJrNnFkLA1xV1wofZafXte88B3Z8w6zQZONBv-xHE

Leafhopper

I laughed at your coffee-spilling episode, only because it’s something I can see myself doing. :)

Martin Bednář

Evol Ving Ness: Thank you for showing me interesting music group and although their music sounds indeed interesting, tickets are reasonably priced, I wouldn’t go there just because Covid. I got third dose today, but numbers are on the rise now and I am afraid it will be on the top in next month. Hopefully, they aren’t here for the last time.

Leafhopper: I am glad you think it is funny. My hands were somehow too clumsy yesterday.

Evol Ving Ness

I’m glad you like them. Likely, there will be another opportunity when it is safer to be with people.

Martin Bednář

It’s interesting music and I think I may like whole concert :)

Evol Ving Ness

I find them to be quite mesmerizing. A good escape from daily life.

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Thank you derk and Leafhopper. Received from first one mentioned, with second name on the label.

Steep count 2, both brewed similar.

I guess it is my first GABA oolong? Not sure, but certainly I don’t recall having any before. Who cares? Not me.

Leaves are big and have amazing look even when dry. Steeped western, in big strainer, however even this one is too small maybe?

Nose is saying honey for me, lightly vegetal, baked apples and spices, probably cinnamon.

Taste is great, very smooth, very similar to aroma described above, with some fruity note in the end of sip. In the second steep I notice more of the spices, fruitiness and vegetal notes are a bit stronger too.

I read that GABA should have inhibitory function (I read it after drinking first steep) and I feel I have to agree. I have been pretty much tired after work (long, monotonous job today) and this calmed me down and moreover, I have enjoyed a nice oolong at home. That all counts.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

I’m glad you liked this tea. I have plenty more to swap if you’re interested.

Martin Bednář

I will consider it for sure :)

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70
drank Jasmine Green by Bigelow
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A tea bag I believe from derk. Stupid me I tried to save space in my cupboard and mixed up tea bags from derk and Michelle. Thank you!

Hm, Truly basic, light and refreshing jasmine green. Do not expect much and it is fine. Expect more and you will be disappointed. Luckily it isn’t harsh, jasmine is not overpowering green tea base; but overall rather average.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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88
drank PÊCHÉ MIGNON by THE O DOR
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SIPDOWN 2
A sad sipdown. Thank you Dustin!

I am just glad I have finished another “one last serving” tea. Fruity green tea, a perfect companion to today grey weather.

Flavors: Melon, Peach, Pineapple

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Gongfu; 5 grams per 125 ml gaiwan

Another tea from Michelle, originally from Rich. Thank you both!

I have to agree with her in all points. First steeps were rich in camphor, later ones were rather creamy and lightly earthy. Certainly not fishy and overall it is nice and smooth tea.

Sadly, I am not able to find any other flavor notes.

Flavors: Camphor, Creamy, Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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I have been craving for something sweet, but it is past 8 pm, so a sweet sounding tea blend it is!

I prepared moreless as suggested; 1 tsp, almost boiling water, pretty much long steep (I think I did 5-6 minutes).

Sadly, it isn’t that sweet as I have been hoping for. Yes, coconut is there. It reminds me a bit one local cookies. There is some banana too, as it cools down. So yeah, I think it can be low-calorie version of the macaroon. Next time I will try a bit shorter steeping. I think the rooibos a bit of overpowering the intended flavour profile.

In conclusion, not a winner for me. I realize I can’t tell much from one steep. Some teas need some tweaks in steeping. I guess this will be one of them. Thank you Michelle for including it in the box for me!

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Rooibos

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

SIPDOWN 1 in 2022

Yees, my first sipdown. I had 7,5 grams remaining and decided to gongfu them. It was a bit too much…

Steeps were around at first, 20 seconds each, later I prolonged them with finishing around one minute long.

It was bold. Heavy. But somehow different than western steeping, which I feel is better steeping method. I think I just overelafed it.

Sadly, all the mellow notes were weak and instead strong malt, honey and a bit of astringency is here. Muscatel remains here, combined with opposite — earthy flavours, lightly nutty ones. Some steeps were a bit bitter.

I see now as well eastkyteaguy note of roasted almonds and I think that is that nutty flavour I have pointed out, however it is not nut in a botanical way. But who cares? Maybe Courtney would? Haha.

Okay. I know this note isn’t saying much about the tea I guess. I am actually as well happy that it is finished and I don’t have another almost empty pouch in my cupboard. Again, a cup of tea that has got quite high rating (90 for western brews), but now I feel I should go lower. I wouldn’t.

I would like get it as a gift again. I would even buy it. But not now.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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