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Drink in the afternoon. Received from postcrossing, from Germany, half an month ago. Postcard was nice though. See here: https://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/DE-9522879
After few hours spent with programming, I wasn’t able to do anything what would working as expected. And I need to learn it good enough till Tuesday. Worse is, that even my brother, who is programmer have no idea how to do it. Or he managed it, but it’s confusing for me.

The tea is unfortuantely dismal as well. Aroma was full of blueberry, but after brewing, all blueberry is gone. Elderflower wasn’t present at all, both aroma and taste.

Tastes actually like an another white tea, classical bagged stuff when it is rather light hay taste and nothing much more. Blueberry… maybe there was something behind all the hay, but… expected it being much more present. Expected floral notes of Elderflower. Nada.

At least new tea bag to collection.
Tasting note NUMBER 700, too bad it is so…boring tea

Flavors: Hay

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
gmathis

I am so old (creak, groan, squeak) that in college, training was not yet available for simple computer apps like word processing or spreadsheets. If you wanted to take a computer class, you had to take programming because that was all that was offered. So I tried. My brain is not laid out that logically! Oh, yeah, and I have actually used 5 1/4" floppy discs. Hope you can get the glitches worked out!

mrmopar

They still had manual typewriters when I was in school….

derk

I learned to type on computers in elementary school gifted class. When I got to 8th grade maybe ’96?, my public middle school was still using manual typewriters for the keyboarding class.

Martin: you’ve been here a year less than me and have surpassed me by a handful of tasting notes! Congrats. That’s a lot of tea-drinking, my friend. I hope one day one of your notes will be about a tea we shared in person :)

ashmanra

Wow, derk! What a cool thought! That would be awesome. Should we meet Martin in Prague or should he take a train across America and come see us all? :)

White Antlers

Martin always has a place to bunk here on the East coast.

I just donated my IBM Selectric to a non-profit a few years ago. Used it for decades and it was still in good working order when I passed it on. My cell phone? Still have a 25 year old Motorola flip phone. No GPS. No camera. No monthly plan. No internet on it. A young friend told me I had a burner phone…

tea-sipper

White Antlers – you have a phone that has actually not broke in 25 years?!? Put that in the record books! I guess they don’t make them like they used to.

Martin Bednář

gmathis: I managed. With a help of my brother. Then we found it is incredlibly easy (I have solutions, but want to find my way). I did nothing about that today though. I need to make my brain rest a bit as well. But Tuesday is so close!

derk: Writing with all 10 is necessary today. Many of my classamates aren’t able. I am not able to follow the course, because I have learned otherwise. On my own! Thanks. Indeed I would love to write a note that we share in person. And honestly I write about every single tea I drink . No matter if it is bagged stuff or loose leaf. And usually it is every tea session as well. I have to save money to travel to US (getting ESTA would be another tricky stuff)!

ashmanra: Indeed cool thought! You are always welcomed (all of you) in my country. Prague? How about Pardubice, or my hometown? Haha. But I can be in Prague in two hours anytime. Just say you have landed, I will jump into train and we will met at main train station while I will travel 164 km and you from airport to train station. No. It’s not that bad from the airport. But you would not wait much for me.
I want to take the train across America. But North Carolina and East Coast (you White Antlers) and then to Cali? Whoawhoawhoa… it is getting bit pricey. But certainly unforgetable. Drinking lots of tea along the way, I guess two suitcases will be necessary. One for tea, second for everything else. And I will have to bring some beers to my friend.

White Antlers: If I ever happen to be over there, I will let you know! Thank you for that wonderful offer. It is amazing ot own that “old stuff” but honestly I can’t imagine it. But I am different generation and that’s why I guess.

All: How much I need for flight tickets? Probably New York would be safe bet to arrive? Or should I travel to CA first and then travel on ground back to East, then from East back to Europe? Right now cheapest tickets are for 366 USD to San Francisco and back. Well. I don’t have that now. And trains there are expensive as well, as well “the life”. But I am sure I won’t be able to eat whole BigMac menu on my own. The portions for US kids would be enough. Haha.

White Antlers

Martin, look for deals on flights. They crop up all the time. Traveling cross country in the U.S. by bus, like Greyhound, might be cheaper than train travel. My city has lots of craft beer and I would feed you. No Big Macs, either. Hoagies, pizza, cheese steak, TastyCakes, soft pretzels, food in Chinatown, barbecue, Mexican, Thai and Indian food. Seriously. Start saving your Czech crowns. : )

White Antlers

tea sipper, I grew up poor and thus learned how to take care of things because I had to. It’s a good phone. I have only had to replace the battery once in 20 some years. I have to do triple tap texting on it, which is a pain, but that encourages me to interact more in face to face time and waste less time tapping with my face in a screen.

Martin Bednář

White Antler: But I am railway buff, that’s why I want travel through with trains :) On East coast it shouldn’t be hard apparently, but crossing the US is actually for same price as a flight. I will start saving :)

White Antlers

Ah! A railway buff! I love trains as well, Martin. Maybe we should start a GoFundMe here on Steepster for this big trip. : )

Martin Bednář

Haha White Antlers. I would prefer to save on it on my own. Mybe some tiny little help would be nice, but not funding it completely by the awesome community. It would be lovely to see everyone who follows me, but well it means jumps to Canada as well (maybe next visit across the pond?). We weill see. Need to finish University first!

White Antlers

It’s my fervent hope that by the time you finish University, COVID will no longer be a pandemic; just a very bad memory. Travel should be easy again or at least easier than it is now. BTW, Canada is a beautiful place and the people are so polite (or at least the ones I met there) it’s wonderful. Of course, you’d need to visit both central Canada as well as the west coast of it, specifically British Columbia. Oh, to be so very rich with infinite time to travel…

Congratulations on 700 reviews by the way!!!!

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This was weird tea.

It was maté for sure, but… all other notes I just did not noticed! Cocoa? Nope. Coconut? As well nope.

Maybe bit of ginger was noticable as it was little bit pungent. But certainly I have not had rest of notes. I wonder if I have brewed it for just short time (they suggest 3-5 minutes, I did 4)

It should not be very old too.

And if you think it should be in aroma at least – nope, not even there.

No rating.

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML

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I know, I am drinking old teas. But I think they should not go so bad.

This is one bad one probably. When brewed (on upper limit) it brings nice grass seed aroma and tropic fruits as papaya and mango. Maybe little of kiwi or yellow melon was there too.

When sipped, it was actually pretty similar, with little earthy flavours. I thought I maybe overbrewed it or just used too hot water, which is kind of true. I wasn’t using 80°C for sure. And then it comes – room temperature and… yuck, it became so dirty, earthy and paper. It was really hard to finish it at all!

Quite high rating, because at first it seemed like a decent fruity green tea. Otherwise, I had to go much lower.

Flavors: Dirt, Earth, Grass Seed, Mango, Paper, Tropical

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70

This fruity rooisbos tea has a typical reddish colouring, as well as a pleasant fruity taste.

Flavors: Fruity, Rooibos

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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85

This is a rooibos tea with a typical rooibos colour to it. It has a lovely, slightly fruity taste to it that is neither too weak or too strong.

Flavors: Fruity, Rooibos

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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75

This tea has a reddish colour, very much the colour you expect from the ingredients list. It’s a good tasting tea, quite fruity but not overwhelmingly so, although fruity is really the only flavour I can detect.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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80

This tea tastes fruity and slightly chocolatey, quite nice. It has a purplish-red appearance.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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80

This was one of six herbal teas that I got for Christmas, and the first one that I’ve tried. It has a pleasant taste, not too fruity and not too minty although the fruity taste dominates the minty.

Flavors: Fruity, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 12 OZ / 350 ML

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drank Raspberry Tea by English Tea Shop
4754 tasting notes

Sipdown! 297/365!

A sample from Momo that I don’t honestly recall having tried before. It’s supposed to be black tea with natural flavour, but it looked like it had chamomile in it? And, upon tasting it, it also seemed to be loaded with hibiscus. Wow, sour. That’s all I could taste, so I ended up dumping in a bunch of honey and passing it off to my husband, who drank it but indicated it wasn’t is favourite. Haha. Oh well, good that I only had a sample size!

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10

I enjoyed the smell but unfortunately, to me all English Tea Shops taste the same… and I have already tried a few.

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10

Unfortunately, to me all English Tea Shops taste the same… and I have already tried a few.

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drank Candy Cane by English Tea Shop
44 tasting notes

Unfortunately, to me all English Tea Shops taste the same… and I have already tried a few.

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drank Silent Night by English Tea Shop
44 tasting notes

Unfortunately, to me all English Tea Shops taste the same… and I have already tried a few.

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drank Irish Holiday by English Tea Shop
44 tasting notes

Unfortunately, to me all English Tea Shops taste the same… and I have already tried a few.

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drank Savoury Blend by English Tea Shop
44 tasting notes

Unfortunately, to me all English Tea Shops taste the same… and I have already tried a few.

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50

Another tea that reached me by unknown way. ETS, I remember their teas are so-so.

This tea is exactly that. I notice cranberry and vanilla, as well some cocoa. Raspberries as their seeds in taste. I have expected more fruity taste. This is weak, although I steeped it even bit longer than written (4-5 min). And base made by hibiscus, rooibos and rosehip is very well noticeable too.

Flavors: Cocoa, Cranberry, Raspberry, Rooibos, Rosehips, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

Smoky yet light. Campfire like feel in my mouth. It was delicious and smoky just like i like it. If you don’t like the overly smoky flavor, its not for you.

Flavors: Earth, Smoke, Smoked

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79

Woohoo, another oldie. It was a single tea bag in cupboard. Who knows how old? How expesive it was? I have no idea even where I get it, if I bought it myself, or it was from some tea bag exchange.

Anyway to the tea. After about 4 minutes of steep I made first notes about aromas. I notice vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Not much of tea base. Colour is brown, bronze – clear.

In taste it is bit weak, but still very good. Lots of spices, mostly … I do not know honestly. Maybe cloves, or it is star anise. Certainly orange peel in is making it bit smoother. A cinnamon is in for sure too. But I do not notice it much, maybe because there is nothing in contrast (as for example in Apple & Cinnamon). As it cools down, notice ginger and another more spicy spices. Maybe bit caramel too? But tea base is weak.

In conclusion, I think it is quite nice chai. Even when old. Bit sweet, but mostly spicy (expected). I expected more from tea base, more malty. That is bit sad in this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Spicy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Kittenna

Haha, I have so many of these random things in my cupboard… Glad this one worked out reasonably well!

Martin Bednář

Kittenna – I think those are alright, because they are in foil wrappings. But when they are just in paper bag… I am not sure if I dare try them :D

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87

The last of my Christmas tea was drank today. I’d been saving this last bag of ETS Ginger Bread Man for a special occasion, but I caved and had it this afternoon. I love how light it is, both in colour and flavour. I brewed for 4 whole minutes, which is a long time by my standards, to get a fiery orange brown brew.

The aroma is seriously inviting. It’s spiced and apple-y, while the ginger makes my nose tingle. The flavour has very little ginger in it, but that’s ok. It tastes a lot like the spiced apple juice we drink at Christmas, but more complex. The Ceylon tea in this blend is light with a medium body. It compliments the apple flavour and stands up well behind the complex spices without competing to be the dominant flavour.

Is it just me or are ETS teas always perfectly balanced?

Although I really enjoy the flavour of this tea (I wish this wasn’t my last tea sachet), I’m torn. On one hand, it is delicious and perfectly balanced. On the other, there’s barely a hint of ginger and it tastes nothing like a real ginger bread man. A great tea, just completely mislabelled and slightly disappointing when you’re in the mood for a very gingery tea.

I had some fun taking pictures of this brew for my tea blog, featuring a cheeky ginger bread man https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/english-tea-shop-ginger-bread-man-review/

Flavors: Apple, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Fireplace, Ginger, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Candy Cane by English Tea Shop
61 tasting notes

The best thing about this tea is that it doesn’t taste like candy cane. Usually I find peppermint teas a bit overpowering, but this one I just adore. It’s a perfect balance between peppermint and the other, warming ingredients. It has more of a body than most peppermint tisanes I’ve tried.

I brew it lightly and enjoy the combination of refreshing peppermint and comforting green tea. Would highly recommend you read this if you’re interested in trying it https://www.immortalwordsmith.co.uk/english-tea-shop-candy-cane-tea-review/

Flavors: Cinnamon, Green, Menthol, Peppermint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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drank Ginger Peach by English Tea Shop
395 tasting notes

Friday Aug. 10 2018 Enjoying this Great Cup with Ginger and Peach Overtones, Smooth Book reading companion.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is a lovely green tea. Tastes fruity with a hint of floral.

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I found that this smells a lot like Davidstea Raspberry Mojito. I wasn’t a huge fan of that one, so I am a little skeptical of trying this one out. I prepared it iced and I did not like it at all! The mint is overpowering the berry taste in a really bad way. This one is going for a trip down the kitchen drain.

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