1154 Tasting Notes

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drank Silver Fujian by Greenfield
1154 tasting notes

They have it in a black tea collection, but name reminds a bit more a white tea.

Anyway, brewed it in the morning and it was wonderful experience.

It was smooth and delicate tea indeed with rather white tea notes. It was mellow but robust taste with some chocolate notes and baked bread like.

Overall I am quite impressed, but not sure if they still sell it. The company I have ordered it from doesn’t have boxes of this tea available.

Side note: I was playing 3 games as part of my application for a job and well, the results sound great. I wonder how they were able to find out my softskills, but that’s magic.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate

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

What are your soft skills, Martin? Hope you get the job :)

Martin Bednář

They say:
a) I am able to change my tasks quickly
b) I can easily use and process number information
c) Usually I solve my problems in my way
d) I am able to solve difficult relationships in my head

And that is the results from the games. Now some kind of interview (not yet with the company directly probably) awaits.

If I get the job, I will work in Prague! If you are more curious, drop me a PM, I don’t want to be too specific here.

ashmanra

I have never heard of playing games to reveal soft skills! That sounds super neat and exciting and your results sound promising!

gmathis

I am impressed. None of those describe me at all!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: I haven’t either! It was fun and it let me be more calm about it. And the results sound indeed promising. I think those skills are needed in my field.

gmathis: I am as well! Especially b) doesn’t sound like me, but if they think so…

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I had this tea for first time on 9th May when I was at my friend’s place. They had a pyramid sachet version of this tea — and probably a bit fresher.

I had this tea over an year in my cupboard in foilwrapped pouch. I don’t really remeber where I have received it at all!

Back then it was nicely fresh, I would even say peachy and fresh white tea taste, I can’t explain what it is. Hay a bit, but not wrong.

Today it wasn’t that great. Of course it was casued by “typical” tea bag shape, older batch… it was like hot hay and there wasn’t any that wonderful peachy taste. It was as well quite generic and honestly I would say boring tea. I don’t remember it much at all.

Flavors: Hay, Peach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I am glad you did het to try a fresh one before!

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drank Chai by Eminent
1154 tasting notes

This tea is one of the free ones I have received.

Bagged, and smells amazing! Cardamom and cloves, spices well received in chai for me.

But something went wrong after 3-4 minutes steeping. It turned out very dark and tea base flavour profile was overpowering the spices and spices were there, but not very prominent at all. I could notice maybe only that cardamom, and some cinnamon sweetness, but overall, quite bland. The base tea was okay, but as well nothing “wow” — at least it wasn’t a bitter cup.

It was just too weak to call it chai to me, and I am not a person who likes spicy things. It was bland as I wrote.

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove

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

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Another “fresh” tea from my recent order of tea bags. I was picking some teas for my brother as well for my grandma (she asked for one particular tea set), so I have picked a few tea bags of teas I wanted to try only, if it is worth ordering more.

Anyway to the tea, with kind of interesting name.

It is robust and bold black tea, but not bitter at all. A little of astringency needed in black teas, and honestly… their description is indeed accurate. It’s balanced and full flavour, smooth with hints of honey and spices.. This is a cup I would order in a larger quantity without any problems. A decent bagged black tea.

Flavors: Honey, Smooth, Spices

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

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drank Mellow Peach by Greenfield
1154 tasting notes

I bought a several tea bags from, kind of favourite, tea shop, a Basilur teas distributor. They sell even a individual packed tea bags and as I bought some other teas, I have received a load of other tea bags as well. Brands like Tipson and Eminent, all with short shelf life as they have BB in June, but I don’t mind!

Maybe they thought I am a collector of those wrappings, so they sent some tea as a package filling as well as to get rid of them.

Anyway, this one should be fresh. This is what I have ordered. And when I read it is “combination of excellent Chinese tea, natural peach and mandarin peel.” I thought it’s black tea. So, boiling water used for a green flavoured tea. Whoops.

But it doesn’t turn the tea bitter, it was nicely grassy, with some buttery aftertaste. Nice peach flavour, I have been expecting a bit bolder taste though. It was sweet ripe peach. For a tea bag, where real peach is rare, but it’s there… it was a bit too weak. The rose leaves included (not sure if petals or rose plant leaves as in Czech as well in Russian it is said in the same way).

It’s nice, but expected a bit more. Won’t rate so far as prepared wrongly. Although they suggested 100°C.

PS: My exam result? Sadly, I have failed. But it’s maybe better this way. Finals thus postponed to August. Still okay, though I have hoped to have everything done before my 26th birthday.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grass, Peach

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

There’s a purpose for everything; even exams that went a direction you didn’t expect. Hope the August postponement means you get a little down time for yourself! (And the tea sounds delicious.)

Leafhopper

Sorry to hear about your exam results. At least you get the chance to redo it and you have the summer to prepare!

Michelle

How frustrating to fail an exam, but its an opportunity to take it again. And drink other tea while studying!

ashmanra

Ditto to what gmathis said! Glad you have lots of time to study and get confident in the material!

Courtney

You’ll do great the next time around Martin. When is your birthday?

Martin Bednář

Thank you everyone… I knew about the comments here thanks to email notification working well, but somehow lazy to reply! I am sorry. So, two weeks till another attempt. I am going to take it 11th June. And today I just start studying it again. I neded that week break to rethink and get my sanity again. Drinking tea all the time. Mow the grass if it isn’t raining. You know… just doing other things than studying. So much needed! Courtney, my birthday is 24th June.

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Not super tasty tea.

BUT it works! My Friday upcoming exam is getting closer than I want to admit. I am studying all week long and I feel I know too little to pass.

I was biting my nails, freezing, stomachache… just very, very nervous! This tea calmed me down. Or it’s just placebo effect?

Flavors: Chamomile, Herbs, Orange Zest

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

Good luck with your exam! I know it’s hard not to worry. I’m glad this tea helped some, even if it is due to the placebo effect!

gmathis

You’ve got a whole crowd here rooting for you.

Leafhopper

I’m rooting for you too. Good luck on your exam! :)

Courtney

Good luck Martin! :)

Martin Bednář

Thank you guys, I appreciate that!

mrmopar

Good luck Martin!

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I had a foil wrapped bag in big bags and decided to brew it. Not sure if it is exactly this one, but whatever.

They suggest 3-5 minutes steeping time, but as I saw completely black, opaque liquor after two minutes steeping, I just put it out.

I got a cup which tasted like a common black tea, quite lots of malty taste as well. There was some bitterness, but just right with my short steeping parameters. There were some chocolate notes as well.

Overall, quite mediocre, but not bad at all. It is bagged stuff, afterall.

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

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drank Clover Patch by white2tea
1154 tasting notes

I have been craving an oolong today afternoon.

But I wanted to prepare tea western, as this week was truly exhausting. Finishing the thesis, sending it to the Uni system, check from teacher, another MS Teams meeting because finals… But now, last exam awaits before the finals. I am afraid I will go on week long hiatus again.

But this tea. I had 6 grams, so I have used the half today and brewed for 4, maybe closer to 5 minutes.

It is still a tea that I like. It isn’t that great as prepared eastern method, but still very nice and tasty. Floral, a bit drying, but nice.

I am not good with descriptions recently. Probably I need to refocus on tea again as well. But… not now. I am looking forward to it though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Hmm. For some reason I haven’t put this in my virtual cupboard. Anyway… this is the tea from the company I have ordered from and it was a free gift — so thank you to Prague!

I was looking for this one, but as shu puerhs aren’t my thing usually, I decided not to order it. I have received a loose leaf sample of this instead of thick chunks.

Western, 4 grams, 300 ml
It is decent, though not anyhow unique. Quite woody and sweet, but not much complex flavour profile.

I did two steeps, one in yesterday afternoon and second this morning. Both were pretty much same and both were quite thick too. A nice surprise in conclusion.

Flavors: Sweet, Thick, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

I see that adding multiple pictures is tricky. It used to show wrapped cake and now it shows liquor of this tea. And indeed it was this dark.

ashmanra

The picture I see is of a wrapped cake.

Martin Bednář

Probably someone fixed it? Or it just shows randomly some added picture?

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Hi everyone (waves). Week long hiatus because of my thesis. Thesis done (hopefully). Deadline on Friday. “I like to live dangerously!”

Anyway, I decided to try a new shop for me and I just decided to give a several new teas. I was craving buying new teas, but not from subsciption. Genuine, pure teas…

And as I wanted some pure black, I decided to order this one. Not only to mention that typo in the name… my pouch is saying 2nd Flush 2015. Not happy to see it much, but it was cheap tea. Truly, very cheap tea. That 15 grams sample was cheaper than a beer here. And beer is cheap.

Anyway, took two teaspoons and my 300 ml mug.

It’s described as very malty tea with raisins, honey and licorice flavour, but honestly… (it’s because age?) it was rather like a malty and tobacco. With strong tannic aftertaste. Raisins, in my opinion are different, and honey… no way, sadly.

Overall, it was quite mediocre tea. Far from Mokalbari Assam (but as well completely different area). And that biiter aftertaste isn’t a thing to look forward as well. Well, at least it was cheap and just a small sample. Not every tea is a winning tea.

Flavors: Malt, Tannic, Tobacco

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

Sorry to hear the Assam wasn’t that good. Sometimes lowering the temperature can detract from the bitterness, though not always. I hope the other teas from this company are better.

gmathis

Yay! “Done” is a beautiful word, isn’t it?

Martin Bednář

Leafhopper: I am kind of afraid it being truly from 2015 :( A shame, as they don’t wrote that on the website. I will try to lower the temperature a wee bit, but it’s black and and 96°C should not be a troublesome. I don’t think I have overleafed it, but I may try a bit less leaf too. Or it’s just not my cup of tea.

gmathis: Ah-haha! Indeed. It was a hard week indeed, but the results seems promising! I just need to pass one last exam next Friday! And then just the finals.

tea-sipper

I’m pretty sure they shouldn’t be selling you 2015 tea without outright stating it on their website? That doesn’t seem right…

Martin Bednář

I agree with you tea-sipper, but for the price I won’t care. At least I know I have to be careful when ordering such a cheap teas there. Selling 2015 black tea is wrong, for sure. Athough it has been in airtight package, it wasn’t fresh obviously!

tea-sipper

Sometimes some people are interested in tea from years ago, but that is only okay when they state that upfront on the website!

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