Bitter Gourd stuffed with Roasted Tie Guan Yin

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205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 4 g 10 oz / 300 ml

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  • “I wonder if I get this gourd directly from derk or it is from White Antlers? But that’s not important, just thank you anybody I got it from. It is my first stuffed fruit/vegetable tea. It says that...” Read full tasting note

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Tie Guan Yin roasted during autumn of 2018 stuffed into bitter gourds and then dried.

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I wonder if I get this gourd directly from derk or it is from White Antlers? But that’s not important, just thank you anybody I got it from.

It is my first stuffed fruit/vegetable tea. It says that gourd translates to “pumpkin”. While I think it is rather far from it, especilly seeing the shape; I was very curious to try it out.

I don’t want to break gourd completely, so I was prying the stuffed tea with sharp knife, and managed to have 4 grams in my gaiwan saucer that I then emptied to my cup. Yep, grandpa brewing.

At first sips went through, it was pretty much okay. Maybe vegetal, but just a little. I would say it is even quite boring. The aroma was quite roasted and bitter, but…
the taste wasn’t. It was mellow. With more and more steeping, the roasted notes were more pronounced and in the end of cup I get mostly nutty and bit of peanuts notes. It was so yummy! I need to explore it more. Gongfu to come for sure.

Food pairing: Store bought Tiramisu I get for my name day (see: Thank you Grandma!

Flavors: Nutty, Peanut

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
White Antlers

Happy Name Day, Martin! When I was a kid, we used to celebrate name day in school. I’d forgotten all about it.

I shared the bitter gourd tea with you and derk. I was told that when you brew it, you are supposed to break off part of the gourd and brew it along with the tea leaves. I still have one here that I have yet to try. Medicinally, bitter gourd is considered ‘cooling’ and helps to stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol-so very helpful to drink after eating tiramisu. LOL!


Love the custom!


Happy name day! I hadn’t heard of that – I wish I had one! Looks like the closest name to mine is Magdelena on July 22. Very cool!


OH MY GOSH< MARTIN! My name day is my actual birthday!

Happy Name Day to you!

Martin Bednář

White Antlers: Thank you. I think I have to try that as well while brewing next time. The gourd is quite big. And I wasn’t sure it’s edible when dried. But funny I paired it with sweet tiramisu. Hopefully it had expected effect.

gmathis: It is not widely celebrated in my family, but I am grateful anyway!

Martin Bednář

Madeline: I think it would be that! If you want, you can start celebrating that! Haha!
ashmanra: No way…! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It seems I was born to this community. July 24 is birthday for many, not only for me and now we two share another reason to celebrate? LOL!

Mastress Alita

March seems to be another popular birthday month for Steepsterers. I think that Roswell, Variatea, derk, and myself are all March babies. I’d never heard of a Name Day, but seeing as that’s European rather than American… though one site tells me “Sara/Sarah” would be August 19th, which is only a day after my cat’s adoptionversary, heh.

Martin Bednář

Mastress Alita: In Czech calendar it would be 9 October. But the calendars are different, so not a big deal :)

Mastress Alita

I like autumn more than summer anyway! :-)


I’ve had one of these sitting in my closet for a few years. I’ll have to break into it soon.


The closest equivalent I could find lands my day on February 18. February is a glum month…I’ll take another holiday!

Martin Bednář

Haha Mastress Alita, celebrate anyime you want to :D
derk: I am curious what do you will think about it. It is certainly very interesting tea :)
gmathis: Not everyone can celebrate name-day when it’s good day to celebrate, haha!


Just call me Radoslav. I looked mine up as well. Happy name day Martin!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: Oh well, I read your comment wrong. Ah well. I really need to focus more on language nuances. (My != your, haha)
mrmopar: So, you are celebrating joys? That is the meaning of that name. Joy-celebrater.


Martin – I was going to explain in my next email! Ha ha! You noticed and figured it out first!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: :) Sometimes I just read too quickly!

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