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30
drank Forest Fruit by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

Strong forest fruit notes in aroma, natural and warming.
The base black tea is very subtle and unfortunately bland. I like the fruit notes in taste, but they are overwhelmed by the bland tea. Not recommended.

Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Raspberry, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90
drank Hello, Sofa! by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

Very strong aroma of cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom and gloves right after getting the eta bag out of the wrapper.
Also very strong after steeping, very spicy, but with no trace of matcha (obviously, since it’s only 2% of the package). The whole aroma profile reminds me of roasted apples with spices. Very warming, very winter-y.
The taste is also fruity, but not with apple, rather with the orange peels. Plus obviously all the spice extravaganza along with the spicy bite from black pepper.

To sum up: very tasty warming tea made with fresh, aromatic ingredients. I wish it had ore proper tea, but it’s still great.

With my first brewing I wanted to drink it neat. Next time I’ll try to brew it in the proper chai way.

Edit: I brewed it in the proper chai way, sweet and with milk (rice milk; iI’m not vegan, but recently I somehow don’t like dairy in my teas and coffees).
And it’s delicious! Smoth, sweet, full-bodied, rich, with solid peppery spiciness and the rest of the spices. A perfect winter warmer.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange Zest, Spices, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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74

Malt, honey and strawberry jam in aroma.
The taste is malty and fruity, with no sweetness. Nice brew where the fruity flavours don’t overshadow the base tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Jam, Malt, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

I like teas, which are fruity, but you still notice the base. Unfortunately here it is not easy to find.

dreamloomer

Martin, I guess they’re nowhere easy to find. I’m just glad when I come across such tea. I usually dont expect much and sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised.

Martin Bednář

Yep. You are right. Hard to find those. Maybe european style to make them more fruity than “tea-like”

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80

Strong, warming, fruity aroma.
Solid malty taste with strong but slightly withdrawn fruity notes.
Very good warming brew, not overdone with fruit, not artificial and not losing the base black tea.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Malt, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

Balanced mix of quince and decent green tea in aroma.
Slight astringency, very good green base tea, notes of quince more in the background (but definitely not subdued).
Very balanced and very good tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Hay, Straw

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

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60

Great, refreshing bouquet of peppermint and lemongrass in aroma.
The taste is not that strong, though the brew is refreshing and light.
Not bad, but not especially good either.
It would probably turn out great asa cold brew on a sunny day.

Flavors: Citrus, Lemongrass, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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76

Strong apple aroma, very warming and hyggeligt, with just a right amount of cinnamon added.
Warming taste, very fruity, with no unnecessary sweetness. Not overdone with spices, the apple is in the foreground. Too bad that the cranberry hides well in the back.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Cranberry, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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55

Very faint aroma, with traces of elderflower over a malty black tea base.
Sweetish taste, with evident rhubarb here (but none of its sourness) and flower elderflower notes.
All in all it’s not bad, but seems slightly half-baked.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Malt, Rhubarb

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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30
drank Orange by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

Strong sweety and zesty aroma, with slight malty undertones.
Dry, watery and bland taste, orange peel notes are barely visible, as well as the base black tea notes.

Flavors: Orange Zest

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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30
drank Orange by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

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30
drank Orange by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

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55

Milk, caramel and sweetness are dominant, you can barely taste the black tea. Not actually bad and it really brings the proper chai to mind, but could use more of the tea component.

But if dissolved not in water, but in previously brewed black tea, it becomes much more interesting, more rich and complex. I suggest this way of preparing.

Flavors: Caramel, Milk, Spices, Sweat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 26 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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20
drank Irish Cream by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

Strong chocolate and caramel aroma, with solid, malty black tea base.
The taste is not that good. I generally like Fredsted teas, but this one tastes like a steeped cardboard – bland, watery, with artificial flavouring.

Flavors: Cardboard

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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55

At first no quince in aroma, just earthy, malty base tea. After the brew cools down a little,, it becomes quite strong.
In taste there’s a nice balance between quince and tea notes.
All in all it’s nothing special, but passable.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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30
drank Organic Earl Grey by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

Strong florl bergamot aroma with slight spicy notes.
Spicyness evident in taste, with very subtle bergamot. The base black tea seems bland and watery.
Can’t recommend it. Not very “earlgreyish”.

Flavors: Bergamot, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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70
drank Pebermynte Urtete by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

Just a normal, good quality peppermint herbal tea,

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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68
drank Citron havtorn by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

Very refreshing, fruity aroma, quite balanced.
The taste is quite full, malty, with subtle notes of buckthorn and citrusy notes in the background. The tea is no sour at all, though it contains two sour ingredients.

Flavors: Fruity, Lemon, Lemongrass, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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60
drank Ingefær citron by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

A lot of ginger in aroma, slight lemon notes.

Very gingery in taste, very spicy, with only subtle lemon notes and o tiny bit of licorice.

Very warming, quite soothing. Not bad.

Flavors: Ginger, Grass, Lemon, Lemon Zest

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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60
drank Ingefær citron by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

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40
drank Skovbær te by Fredsted
240 tasting notes

Aroma dominated by strawberries and blackberries, quite mild. Black tea notes very subtle.
A lot of blackberries in taste, subtle strawberries. The fruit notes are nice, but the base black tea is very bland, so all in all I can’t recommend it.

Flavors: Blackberry, Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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60

Sweet aroma, smells like rhubarb pie with subtle flowery notes.
Earthy notes from black tea, subtle toffee, very subtle rhubarb.
All in all it’s quite good, not overflavoured.

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Rhubarb, Sweat, Toffee

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Peppermint by Fredsted
1343 tasting notes

This was not how we imagined New Year’s Eve…

Poor us.

Happy New Year everybody.

Sil

May your 2014 be a fantastic year!

Terri HarpLady

And right back at ya!

Roughage

Happy new year to you too. I hope it brings you everything you need.

Bonnie

Hope it gets better!

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drank Peppermint by Fredsted
1343 tasting notes

This. And a liquid diet. Day 3.

I’m SO hungry! (Doing better so may attempt solid food tonight, depending)

Sil, I hope to get to the post office today. Right now things seem stable so I might brave it. (Don’t worry, it shouldn’t be contagious. Not unless you ate the same thing I shouldn’t have eaten. I washed my hands carefully before packing anyway.)

Dinosara

Feel better! I went through that a while ago and besides the horribleness of being sick I got so bored with a liquid/chicken soup diet.

Angrboda

Yeah, it’s not real food, is it? I have attempted some grated apple today and that seems to have gone well, so I think I’m over it. Now I just need to ease into solid food again.

OMGsrsly

Best of luck with the solid food! The transition after being ill is always so hard.

Angrboda

Solid food is going well, but I can’t eat much. I struggled through a grated apple yesterday and a small portion of risotto for dinner. Husband says my stomach must have shrunk to the size of a walnut. But no ill effects!

CHAroma

Try saltine crackers. That’s my go-to when I’m sick.

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60
drank White Pomegranate by Fredsted
1343 tasting notes

Thanks to the awesome tea picking randomiser that Jon provided, I’m finishing off this tea. It’s the first tea I’ve had since this morning where I was trying to brew Gunpowder by a different method but forgot to time the ultra short steeps so it went terribly horribly wrong.

I’d quite forgotten I had this one, and most of it is fannings. I only have enough for one cup, so I have to remember to only fill the pot halfway up, or we’re in for a weakling cup of tea. I considered adding a pinch of the Pai Mu Tan or the white Darjeeling to it to stretch it to a whole pot, but decided that they were both too good for such a purpose. I’ll just have to randomise myself another cup afterwards then.

Due to the large ratio of fannings in this, I’m giving it a fairly short steep. It’s all orange! It’s been so long since I’ve had this that I’ve completely forgotten what it’s like. So yeah, the colour of the brew is surprisingly orange and it definitely smells of pomegranates. Pomegranates and perfume and something that strangely reminds me a little of jasmine. That same dusty floral sort of smell, but it’s just a hint of that.

Although I only made half a pot, I was still keen to drain it as well as I could. I did drain the pot, but right now, if you added another drop to the cup it would flow over. It makes sipping a little complicated, and involves me sticking my head down to the cup and generally looking pretty idiotic.

Ack! Even with such a short steep (I normally do about five minutes, give or take) it’s still got some bite to it. Clearly I underestimated the fannings. On top of that, the jasmine hint is still there! It doesn’t say anything on the bag about jasmine as far as I can tell, only pomegranate.

The pomegranate may or may not be there too, but the tea itself has gone so strong that more or less anything would have been drowned out, and it’s just making me thirsty and I have to remind myself that opening a can of the cola I’ve got in the fridge is a bad idea when I’ve got almost a whole cup of tea right here.

Looks like it’s just the day for steeping fail.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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