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75

Straight from the bag this tea smells much more like Irish Cream than like crème brûlée, with distinct whiskey and cream notes.
But after steeping the aroma seems right. There is cream, toffee, toasted notes, nuts, Danish pastry. Yep, it’s flavouring, but it gives the correct sweet dessert impression.
And the taste is sweet but not oversweetened, caramelly, toasted, not overdone with flavourings. Satisfies my sweet tooth.

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Irish Cream, Nuts, Pastries, Sweet, Toast, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70

I really like the aroma. Straw, hay, peaches.
The flavour is grassy, woody, slightly tart and fairly astringent, a bit sweet.
As far as inexpensive Chinese green teas go, this one is really nice.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Hay, Peach, Straw, Tart, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

Wonderful aroma from the bag, with dried apple, roasted chestnuts, caramel and toffee.

And after steeping the aroma is dominated with caramel, toffee and fudge plus nuts roasted with sugar. Slightly sweet, malty in taste.
Nice winter warmer. Too bad it doesn’t contain actual chestnuts, but the flavourings are really decent and constitute a fine brew.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Chestnut, Malt, Nuts, Roasted, Roasted Nuts, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML
Martin Bednář

I wasn’t a fan of roasted chesnuts when I was lucky trying them, but tea with that flaovur seems like a great idea! :)

dreamloomer

I actually like roasted chestnuts. And yes, their flavourcombines with tea really well .

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90

Very warm aroma after opening the bag, with caramel, hazelnuts, vanilla, cream and a bit of chocolate.
And all of this is present after steeping, giving a very warming, autumnal and wintry impression.
The taste is full-bodied, malty, velvet, slightly sweet, full of caramel and hazelnut notes. Fortunately they remain in relative balance, so although it’s obvious that the tea is flavoured, they aren’t intrusive. Papaya is only barely noticeable, but I don’t mind, because the rest of ingredients makes this tee a great brew when it’s cold outside.
Yes, the period from November til February is when my inner sweet tea tooth is the happiest. :)

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cream, Hazelnut, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75

Aroma is dominated by smoke, but not as strong as in pure Lapsang Sapchong. Plus some wood, tanned leather and ash notes.
Slight sweetness, slight astringency, smoke/leather/ash leather combination in taste.
I like this tea. It’s not hardcore enough to doscourage casual tea drinkers and it is still expressive enough to appeal to the dedicated smoked tea lovers.

Flavors: Ash, Astringent, Leather, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85

Wonderful smoky aroma after opening the bag. I really love the smokiness in a tea, so sometimes I specifically choose my teas based on that quality. Here it comes from drying the leaves over the burning wood.
After steeping it is still very smoky. Not as much as in Lapsang Souchong, but still strong. And it has a distinct woody character plus some fruity, jam-like sweet note in the background.
Smoky and sweetish taste, rich with woody accents. Astringency and tartness almost not present after steeping for 3 minutes.
Very good tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Jam, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

Somehow I would try this. Seems somehow nice and cozy.

dreamloomer

It is nice and cozy indeed! I wish I had an open fireplace, it would add to the mood.

Martin Bednář

I think I can imagine that :)

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70

Sweet aroma with a lot of chocolate and a bit of caramel, very autumnal.
Sweetish taste, with texture thickened by cocoa and chocolate.
Not bad for a warming, autumnal tea with flavourings, but seems a bit too one-dimensional. Maybe some dried apple bits would be a good choice to add more dimension?

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cocoa, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

Do I understand the name of the blend as “Walk in the Warsaw”?

dreamloomer

Martin, yes, that’s right. Procházka Varšavou?

Martin Bednář

As well correct on my side :) Dobrá práce!

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80

Distinct smoke and wood in the aroma.
Subtle tartness and astringency in the first sip, giving way to moderate malty, woody body with a slightly spicy bite.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Smoke, Spicy, Tart, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80

Beautiful dark colour, dark brown-reddish.
Strong malty, slightly spicy aroma.
Very rich taste, mainly malty, slightly sweet, slightly spicy, slightly smokey.
Good quality Ceylon black tea, a bit different from your average Indian black teas, but certainly worth trying.

Flavors: Malt, Smoke, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

Never heard about this estate! Sounds good for me :)

dreamloomer

I’ve also never heard about it until recently. Too bad Five O’Clock has only this one tea from there.

Martin Bednář

I tried to search it and for Nawalakanda I get only some hotel resort. Maybe I need to try seach again :D

tea-sipper

I’m reading it as Wakanda though. :D

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78

Distinct earthy and slightly smokey aroma, rich and strong.
Malty, slightly astringent taste with long finish.
Not as good as the Superior version, but still great.

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Malt, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85

First of all, I really like the concept and appearance of Genmaicha. It contains beautiful, dark green leaves, small balls of roasted rice and small puffed rice clouds.
Brews into a very aromatic tea, full of base Japanese tea notes, roasted and nutty flavours from rice.
And, as one may expect, the taste is also complex and rich, with characteristics from tea and rice balanced into a really compelling mixture.

Flavors: Nutty, Popcorn, Roasted

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

Wonderful milky aroma with hints of grassy, strawy oolong in the background.
Very rich taste, especially after it cools down a bit, milky, grassy, with distinct butterscotch character.
Wonderful milky oolong.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Grass, Milk, Straw

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

Wonderful aroma of roasted rice, milk chocolate and a bit of coffee, plus very subtle green tea notes in the background.
Velvety, mellow texture, with all the ingredients fully detectable, but nothing stands out too much. Great warming and soothing blend.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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95

Pure smoky perfectness. No need to say anything else.

Flavors: Smoke, Smoked

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75

Aroma definitely dominated by the base Pu Erh tea, with only traces of lemongrass and fruit.
Taste is more complex. Fruity and flowery notes are balanced and well blended into the tea itself, resulting in a warming brew.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Lemongrass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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85

Very earthy taste, with strong suggestions of smoke, dry, with almost no bitterness and very little astringency.
Clearly a high quality tea, but one that can be enjoyed on an everyday basis.

Flavors: Earth, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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61

Strong, malty, rich aroma.
Rich taste, with strong maltiness, solid earthy notes and slight bitterness.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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50

Smells wonderfully, like a high quality lemon custard.
The foreground taste is solid base black tea, very malty. Lemon notes are in the back, rather subdued, they just compliment the tea itself.
When it gets colder, the lemon notes remain in the background. There is no advertised creaminess nor freshness.
The tea is not bad, but is different than I expected.

Flavors: Custard, Earth, Lemon, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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70

Strong, sweetish smell of mango.
The taste is at first a bit disappointing. The tea seems watery, both the base sencha and mango are barely discernible. But when it gets colder, it becomes much more intense, fruity and refreshing. Probably a great choice for cold brew.

Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Mango

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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86

Slightly smoky, earthy aroma.
Rich malty and smoky flavour with solid bitterness and astringency.
Really good one.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Earth, Malt, Smoked

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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54

There is that aftertaste of “plum” but it didn’t really interest me that much. Too bitter for ma taste and nothing that interesting for me really.

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49

I can’t really say much about this tea. It’s decent, deffinitely an upgrade from the common variety, but other than that it’s nothing unusual. Too bitter for my taste with no interesting undertastes or aftertastes.

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72

Straw, slightly herbal and a bit toasty aroma.
Solid bitterness, toasty, herbal and flowery flavours.
Not exactly my cup of tea (pun intended), but I really appreciate the richness and uniqueness.

Flavors: Flowers, Herbs, Straw, Toasty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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59

Earthy maltiness and a bit of toffee in aroma.
Solid malty background, slight bitterness and astringency, dry aftertaste, slight fruity notes.
Not bad.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Malt, Toffee

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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