1277 Tasting Notes
Here I am! I was for a week on the trip with my best friend in Poland. We were in Torun, Gdansk (Danzig for German speakers) and in the end Poznan.
I will be honest… hotel teas are bad. Worse than I have been expecting.
Here is the list I had this week(tea bags mostly). I won’t make a separate post for each tea tried.
I have started wih Dilmah Earl Grey — I have been expecting better. Quite bitter base tea, bergamot is rather lemon, or I have thought.
Very same day I tried Ceylon Gold by Basilur (I had two cups of tea for breakfast each day in Torun). Even worse flavour. Even more bitter. No other flavours.
Next day… another Dilmah tea; this time flavoured with lemon; and the second wih passion fruit, pomergranate and honeysuckle. First one was probably the worst from my Dilmah experience? The aroma was foul. Very dish soap like, very artificial and it went to flavour very much as well. Ugh, I am trying to recall worse lemon tea! Second one was fruity. Yes, it was black tea with fruity flavours. But can’t find out any of the flavours that should be in. Aroma was so strong, that it made me cough.
I thought it can be better. My expectation in the hotel in Gdansk weren’t met. Actually, it was rapid downhill. Due to Covid-19 we had to order breakfast beforehand, and there was “Tee” in English translation. Breakfast was fine, but “Tee” we got was round tea bag, without any information on it or on the label, because it has got no label! I was trying to find out and they (the staff) only told me it’s black tea. Thank you, I have recognized, based on the brew. It was very earthy, dusty, bitter… probably Tetley or some Polish, worse, tea.
Luckily, during our stay in Gdansk, we have visited local restaurant and there I have ordered a tea. Green tea. Of course, they brought boiling water. The tea was Classic Green from Ronnefeldt company. I know that they are pretty much okay. It’s not top-notch. Probably best bagged tea I had this vacation. It was mild and a bit grassy.
We actually went to the restaurants twice this day. Or it was day before? I don’t know. But once, we have received even a loose-leaf tea. It was some easydrinking Ceylon black tea, but it was so big change of pace. I loved it (in terms of “teas” I have got earlier)
After arriving in Poznan, we needed to eat something. So I have ordered again a tea… but this time it was with ginger, raisins orange, dried morello cherries and honey. I thought it will be some loose tea steeped in and then whole finished drink will be delivered to me.
I was wrong. I have received hot water with all the ingredients and on the top, there was floating a tea bag. An unknown brand (teArtis). It was very fine for me that day.
And at last, Poznan. We were about to get some breakfast at hotel, but because it was New Year, they did not serve any. But we had tea bags in our room so I have tried one. It was Green Tea Peach from Teekanne. Well known company for me, and I was so disappointed. I know I have oversteeped it, but it must be wrong even before. Turned out bitter and hay-like. Maybe it was there for long? Who knows.
So I have decided that we will go to the tea room. I really wanted a good tea. Really good tea. And why not the very last day of the vacation?
I have ordered probably the most expensive tea there? It was Oolong Kaoribi Shibamoto. Yes it is Japanese oolong… I never had any before. It was so good that I have bought 100 grams of it to take home. With it I have took some blend they had there. It is called “Z Perskiego targu” which means “From Persian market”. I haven’t opened it yet, so I have no idea what it is.
The oolong? I just have to say it was awesome. I will write more about it later. If you have any information of this tea, let me know. I have only Polish text that was written there.
And one more pouch I took home. Torun is famous for Gingerbread. And I have seen one little pouch of it in gift shop, so I have decided to take it home. And it is very potent, but it seems to be nice.
Note: I was able to read and like your tasting notes. I was happy that you have been enjoying this week as I was. Sometimes I was even able to write a little comment (during the train ride), but I was never able to write a proper tasting note for each tea. It is so hard to write on my mobile. Sorry if I have missed some.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ADVENT DAY 24
I won’t lie, I have expected some kind of holiday tea. Some distinctly German. Punch-like maybe? Glühwein?
But anyway! It is wonderful apricot white tea. Today even the base tea complements so well with the fruit. Honeyish → sweet taste of it.
Apricot is fruity and fresh, juicy as wel. Very genuine and sweet as well. One of the winners for me from this Advent.
I think that this Advent calendar shown me some blends I am considering to order one day, as well there were a few dismals. But that’s completely normal. One young man can’t love everything.
I also wish you happy holidays, a better next year and I wish you all being healthy, because that matters the most nowadays.
ADVENT DAY 23
Another repetition. But today I actually don’t mind it, because it is a cup I highly enjoyed. And it is somehow relaxing.
My impressions of this tea won’t change much since day 7. It is very cozy floral cup, honey-ish of linden, not medicinal in any way. It is naturally sweet.
Don’t be sceptical and get it :D It’s pleasant. Very.
Flavors: Elderflower, Honey, Linden, Sweet
ADVENT DAY 22, drank 23.
Finally, and luckily, only one day without hot beverages. It seems that everything is pretty much okay, but… sadly I forgot I have steeping tea and I have it overbrewed a bit.
Yes… more than 5 minutes instead suggested 3. Dang. Because this tea deserves more love.
Luckily, it doesn’t turn bitter. Just too strong and tannic. Malt somehow hidden beneath. Sadly, I could not notice baked bread notes as Roswell Strange notices… because my wrong steeping. Dang… I am sure I would love them.
But it was (very) bold tea with lovely flavours, even they were muted. Great breakfast tea for sure. I guess I will order it next time. However not sure if the tea bags — no fuzz and lovely too, moreso great for exchange, or I should go loose-leaf?
I won’t rate as prepared very wrong. But even though it was very good.
ADVENT DAY 22 (kind of diary entry only)
If I could, I will drink this tea. But I can’t. Hopefully tomorrow.
No caffeine, no hot drinks… because I had so strong nosebleed yesterday and today morning, I have decided to visit ENT specialist. She decided to “fix it” with some kind of device and yes, since then no nosebleeds. But boy that was hurting so much! And it was bleeding afterwards. I have a swab in nose all day… soon I will took it out. And then I have here a salve which should help with veins recovery and overall calming it down.
I hope it won’t be necessary anytime soon. Because it was nasty!
ADVENT DAY 21
Although Roswell Strange had it twice in her Advent, it is my first time.
It is a green, so a colder water should be used. I was waiting for my stovetop kettle to have proper temperature, but I took it a rather earlier than usual about 80°C and then I just saw it should be brewed with 70°C. I think I got the temperature just right by lucky accident.
I did two steeps as suggested.
The leaf quality is exceptional for a sachet and so does taste. It is highly enjoyable green bean taste, lightly nutty and long mouthfeel. Extremely comforting. No astringency. Floral and awesome aroma.
I want more.
First steep 2 minutes, second steep 3 minutes. Unknown temperature, just I heard first bubbles in the kettle.
Flavors: Floral, Green Beans, Nutty
ADVENT DAY 20
A sleepy tea? Well, I had to postpone drinking it for the evening. Because I wanted anything, but sleeping when I came home.
So, it is almost 8 pm, I already drank this tea (prepared at 7 pm) and soon, it’s time to bed. Don’t think I am like a little kid, but waking up at 5 am isn’t that much fun…
So, yeah… apple tree flowers are in the aroma and then somehow basic herbal. Maybe the mix is so wide, that it doesn’t smell anyhow particular.
In taste, it’s mostly chamomile and linden flowers. The latter causes also honey-ish taste, very pleasant. Short rough aftertaste of hops.
Overall, enjoyable and I already feel a bit drowsy, though I am not sure if it is tea effect :)
TASTING NOTE 1200
Oh well. Feeling slightly better than during the weekend, but it is still not top-notch. And moreover today job tasks were hard, stressful and tiring.
So, decided for a proper and hopefully enjoyable cup of tea. In my Paper & Tea Advent Calendar I have Sweet Lullaby which I am keeping for the evening.
So, this, Alabama grown tea. I used 4 grams and steeped for more than 5 minutes, because 4 seemed too short for me.
I got a cup of nice and smooth tea, surprinsingly malty for me, with sweet wood flavours and as gmathis noticed, sweet note on the tip of the tongue.
Somehow, and I guess it is rather the “easyness” to brew, it reminds me Guria Likhauri. It’s simple, but highly enjoyable tea. Great daily drinker in my opinion. Thank you a lot derk.
Flavors: Malt, Smooth, Sweet, Wood
My sickness has not left me yet. Blargh. But I feel a little better than yesterday evening, although I wasn’t sure about it at 5 am I woke up. Let’s see tomorrow if I will call doctor or will go to work. I hope for the latter.
ADVENT DAY 19
So close to the end of Advent season again?
But luckily, not a tea I had in advent calendar yet. I wonder how long I have steeped it today, but I am pretty much sure it has been more than 3 minutes as I did last time. It was nice strawberry tea, but no rose today… maybe because my stuffed nose (again!). Again no basil for me, or just so little. I noticed strawberries and light hibiscus. And pretty okay green tea base. Get me more basil in this and I will raise the rating.
Flavors: Hibiscus, Strawberry
You know what is worst? I have prepared this tea in a family pot and I was feeling that miserable, that I wasn’t able to enjoy it fully.
But noone was complaining it has got chamomile base. Actually, they rather liked it.
As for me, and as much I was able to notice, it was indeed nice mild tea with light sweet and red apple flavour complemented with cinnamon, but the spices were quite muted in my opinion. Age-related thing? My sickness? Dunno. Thank you anyway derk!
Flavors: Chamomile, Red Apple, Spices