280 Tasting Notes

85

Very strong creamy, coconut aroma from the zip bag. And there’s a lot of coconut pieces (very fresh) mixed with the tea.
The straw-coloured, slightly hazy brew more like an ordinary milky oolong, the coconut element is more in the background, but it’s still present, of course, nicely complements the whole profile.
And it’s the same with the taste. Plus, the tea has a creamy, slightly fatty texture, which just adds to the complexity.
A very decent milky oolong with a twist that doesn’t overpower it.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Milk

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

I suggest you drinking coconut teas rather fast than slow, I remember keeping one tea with coconut and the last brew wasn’t great as coconut went bit rancid.

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40

Out of the zip bag it smells with green tea and dried apple.
After steeping it seems a bit murky, lightly golden. Smells with popped rice, apples and the base teas.
The taste is heavy on the popped rice, which is good, because I love that aspect of genmaicha. Plus only a bit of dried apples in the background, a trace of cinnamon and strong grassy character.
Not bad, but seems too watery and bland.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Grass, Hay, Rice, Toasted Rice

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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60

Straight from the zup-bag it smells mainly with spearmint, but jasmine and other flowery notes are also present.
After steeping jasmine comes to the front and spearmint retracts to the rear. The taste is very balanced, with base teas, mint and flowers nicely intertwining with each other, creating both a warming and soothing effect.
Not exactly to my taste. but objectively it is a nice tea.

Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine, Mint, Spearmint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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70

Very pleasant aroma from the zip-bag, mostly cocoa plus milk chocolate and milk.
A lot of mellow cocoa after steeping in the aroma, milk chocolate, chocolate chip cookies plus cardamom and licorice subtly in the background.
Very warming taste, with just the right amount of licorice (although I may be biased, because I had lived for 5 years in Denmark and I got used to that black spawn of hell, so it may be too much for the others), milk chocolate, mellowness.
Really nice autumn tea.

Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Cocoa, Cookie, Licorice, Milk

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Cameron B.

I find the licorice to be fine, but perhaps a little too much cardamom for me!

Martin Bednář

I was surprised how well those were/are executed in comparison between tea and real biscuits!

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60

This one surely took its time in my cupboard…
Very faint aroma, malty, the flowery and blossom notes are almost nonexistent.
Solid malty and earthy base black tea with slight astringency plus marigold and orange blossom flavouring in the background.
Not bad. Surely not as overdone as the majority of Xmas teas.

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Flowers, Malt, Orange Blossom

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

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75

I like the smell coming from the zip-bag – solid but not overwhelming smokiness, spiciness from the red peppercorns, a bit of citrusy notes. Very inviting.
After steeping the aroma is more mellow, with less smoke, but it still has this spicy and citrusy touch.
And the taste? Distinctive pu-erh notes, a bit of smoke, slight sweetness, slight peppery spicyness well matched with the citrusy lemongrass. Plus some earthiness in the background.
Nice tea to drink on an autumn evening, but I certainly wouldn’t call it “The Big Smoke”. More like the moderate one. :)

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Lemongrass, Peppercorn, Smoke, Spicy

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

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85

After opening the zip bag my first impression is that this blend just looks very esthetic – dark pu’erh, black tea plus lightly roasted coffee beans create a great visual effect. And it smells nice when dry, a balanced mixture of all the ingredients.
When steeped, it is very dark (obviously), with a mellow, balanced aroma, not dominated by coffee.
It is slightly sweet, slightly roasted, with malty and earthy notes from tea. Here the coffee also doesn’t dominate, blends very well in the overall impression.
Nice experience, on the middle ground between tea and coffee, with the best of both worlds.

Flavors: Coffee, Earth, Malt, Sweat

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

You got there sweat instead of sweet I suppose :)

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85

Straight from the zip bag, there’s a lot of smoke in the aroma, the burnt pine twigs kind, plus a suggestion of the full body.
After steeping the smokiness mellows a little, blending into malty and earthy background.
The taste is much more mellow than the classic lapsang souchong, plus it has some great resinous notes from the pine-smoking, slight fruity character in the background and medium astringency.
Great tea with a casual level of smokiness.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Malt, Pine, Resin, Smoke, Wood

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

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70

Very interesting aroma after opening the zip bag. Wet earth, autumn leaves, impression of smokiness, a bit of caramel.
After steeping the aroma is very malty, with bread crust notes.
And very rich, malty taste, with slight sweetness and lot astringency.

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Caramel, Malt, Smoke, Wet Earth

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

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Roasted cocoa beans and berries in aroma, warming and mostly natural.
Sourish/sweetish taste, a lot of berries in a bit of roasted cocoa in the background.
Not bad, not overly good.

Flavors: Berries, Cocoa, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
2 g 10 OZ / 300 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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