211 Tasting Notes

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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70
drank Caramel by Dilmah
211 tasting notes

I used to really like this tea some time ago, but I haven’t had it for a couple of years.
It has a very strong caramel aroma (obviously), not an artificial one, reminding me a bit of butterscotch candies.
The taste is mellow, caramelly, like melted toffee, with malty undertones in the background.
Very easy-going, warming tea, although I have too much experience now to enjoy it as much as before.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Malt, Toffee

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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90

Very strong aroma of wild strawberry.
Slightly sour taste, with plenty of strawberry and wild strawberry.
Nice, rich, not at all watery.

Flavors: Forest Floor, Sour, Strawberry

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

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81
drank Zimowy sekret by Herbapol
211 tasting notes

Very strong, fruit and herbal, warming aroma.
Slightly sour in taste, complex, with all the ingredients well balanced.
Good winter brew.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Berries, Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Herbs, Orange Zest, Rosehips, Sour

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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60

Balanced taste of grapefruit and pear, with only traces of weak, poor quality green tea in the background. Not bad, but not especially good either.

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Pear, Straw

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75
drank Maté de coca by Delisse
211 tasting notes

Straw, floral, leafy aroma, surprisingly strong given that this teabag was left forgotten for a couple of years in my cupboard.
Taste is very similar to Mat de Coca by Zurit, which I tasted two weeks ago. Straw-like, but less watery. Residual sweetness is much lower, which is a good thing. Zero bitternes, zero sourness.

Flavors: Straw

Preparation
2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75
drank Maté de coca by Delisse
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80

Very strong peppermint aroma with traces of fennel seeds.
Licorice is much more evident in taste, but the tea is fairly balanced, with all three components well discernible.
Rally nice herbal tea, made from high quality ingredients.

Flavors: Fennel, Licorice, Peppermint

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

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60
drank Mate de Coca by Zurit
211 tasting notes

Not my first mate de coca, but first in a long time.
Smells a lot like green tea, a bit like straw, a bit flowery.
Straw-like taste, rather thin and watery. A bit of residual sweetness, zero bitterness or sourness.
Curiosity, yes. It was nice to taste it, but I wouldn’t drink it in mass amounts even if it was legal in Europe.

Flavors: Straw

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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I drink tea almost all the time.

However, my tea drinking can be divided into two main categories.

1. I work a lot at my computer and when I work, I need to always have tea at hand. That’s when I drink bag varieties, mostly black blends, often corporate ones. They need to be at least drinkable, of course, but I don’t focus on the taste much, though I don’t go below a certain level…

2. When I read (and read a lot) or when I’m just relaxing, I savor tea. That’s when the better varieties come into play, that’s when I use leafs instead of bags, that’s when I really focus on what I’m drinking.

I’m Polish, temporarily living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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