1139 Tasting Notes

Today on your screens another weird tea I received from postcrossing directly from China. Its outerwrapping is saying only Euho as producer (brand) and Wax Gourd Lotus Leaf Tea both in Chinese and English. No idea what to expect.

Today, as well, was stressful day of three exams total, while two were ABC tests and one was an oral one. From two subjects — Intermodal transport and Marketing in Transport. The latter I haven’t passed, but I passed ABC test and oral one from Intermodal transport. At least something, but it naturally grinds my gears. Next time it’s on Friday, while I have on Thursday one another exam, again I guess it is going to be oral.

Anyway, back to the tea. It smells quite fruity, with some medicinal undertone, somehow resembles me a cucumber as well. The taste is unexpected somehow, like rather Aloe Vera or something. Then there is again that fruity note (it is that lotus?) and it’s mouthcoating quite a lot. There weren’t any steeping parameters listed, Google haven’t found exactly that I am drinking, so… I have steeped it for around 8 minutes. As it cools down it gets some sour-apple note. I guess it is time to finish it as soon as possible.


Well, hooray on the passed exams and rats on the other! I am glad you can retake it and this time you know what to expect on it!

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Happy National Haiku Day!
Cloudy afternoon
A Ceylon, hibiscus brews
above the black tea. (https://www.poem-generator.org.uk/, upgraded)

A big bags cup of tea, as I was searching for black tea, but somehow simplier in taste than the teas I have in loose leaf. And this one sounded actually pretty good.

It is quite an interesting combination, black tea with hibiscus and rosehips and nothing else. No fruits, no berries… just those three ingredients.

I steeped it for 3 minutes and it was just alright. Bold black Ceylon base, with its common light aspect. Tart hibiscus, which was quite present mostly in aftertaste and giving the tea its specific taste. And same with rosehips, which added some depth to the tea; and it was present with mellow sweetness.

Honestly, I liked it more than I have been expecting.

Duplicate entry found (with a typo); and again unknown brand for you — not sure if available across the pond.

Flavors: Hibiscus, Rosehips, Tart, Tea

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

I love the description in your haiku. I tried the haiku generator for fun and none of mine made any sense, lol.

Martin Bednář

I am surprised that it generated so well done one. To be honest, I haven’t tried to come up with mine, as of course, writing in English is completely different to writing a poem.

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Thanks to Izzy I could drink this tea and sip down it today.

Today it was somehow less cinnamony, but more clove in… but cinnamon was present as well. It was decent in matter of hot spices, as peppercorn was present but not overpowering and pretty much same with ginger.

Only miss with this tea is it’s oolong — there is nothing that is saying it’s oolong base and I can imagine some nice roasted one would be great.

However, it’s fine and I would gladly drink it again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

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

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I have received two small pouches of this tea from White Antlers, so again thank you!

It looks very differently to its What-cha counterpart. It is like only the golden tips used. And those are much smaller leaves too.

It’s very much different, smell is more malty and more floral. Same with taste — it’s more floral and less complex. It’s not a bad tea though! Just not that perfect. Four minutes steep, as recommended was maybe too much and produced very malty tea. While I do like malty teas, I couldn’t notice much else. Of course, florals were in taste too, but probably way too hidden under the malts.

It isn’t bad, that’s right. But not that great as What-cha one. Less complex and maltier flavour profile.

Flavors: Floral, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

I got some from White Antlers, too, so after seeing your tasting note I decided to have it with my breakfast! Malty and good!

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Martin Bednář

I am pleased to hear that, Mind Duck Japan Podcast. But, it would nice to hear it beforehand that my tasting notes will be used.

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Suprisingly well made tea. Tea received from White Antlers, thank you! Received in pyramid sachet.

I am not much fan of those two ingredients together. Ginger is usually fiery and Turmeric isn’t a flavour I like too much.

this is a mellow and yellow cloudy tea. Ginger isn’t fiery at all, but present; it was kind of sweet, as well. Turmeric was present in taste but not anyhow overpowering as well. I noticed a little bit of lemongrass. It was just quite well made. Trader Joe’s version I had earlier wasn’t that good.

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

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drank Sweet Chili by Yogi Tea
1139 tasting notes

Evening caffeine-free cup. I have received it from postcrossing apparently. Quote on tag: I am beautiful, I am bountiful. I am blissful.

So, honestly I have no idea what is in and I am not a fan of chili at all. Or any spicy food. So drinking this is quite… uncommon for me.

It smells after cocoa. With licorice. It is true to name. It is sweet chili with cocoa? Certainly, there is the licorice. There is some warmth beneath, not sure if true chili, or some herbs causing it. Unique flavour profile for sure though. Sometimes it smells like gingerbread. Probably caused by the spices in.

Not sure if I like it honestly. So unique, but I can’t imagine drinking it on daily basis. Now and then, maybe. I can imagine it with bold black tea base. The herbals… aren’t great.

Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgum6OT_VH8 — found accidentaly and found out I have heard it before for sure. Well, sometimes I want to be on the board of that ship. “Far away from the memories; Of the people who care if I live or die.”

Flavors: Cocoa, Ginger, Herbaceous, Licorice, Spices, Spicy

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

I’ll hold you in my arms, Martin. hugs Have you heard much of Muse’s music before?

Martin Bednář

I am pretty sure I have heard them before, derk. But not that much as I am listening to them that often. Same with Placebo. I am finding new for me (though old), music bands. Hah.


They have some great songs that helped me put feelings to and get through some trying times in my 20s. Same with Placebo. They were both amazing live performances.


Just spent an hour listening to some of my old favorites from 2005-2006. I’d heard this one before, but I didn’t know the name of the band. From the YouTube comments, it seems like a lot of people really relate to this song.

The blend sounds very interesting. It almost reminds me of Mexican chocolate with the chili and spices. Yogi teas are usually hit or miss for me, especially because they do tend to add licorice to everything (which I do not often like). It does sound like it would be a good one with a bold black tea base as you mention. At least the quote can be a bit of inspiration for you today, I hope. <3


I played it for Ashman, and was shocked he had not heard of Muse or Placebo, especially since I played Running Up That Hill to death back in the day. (Guess I was always wearing earbuds.) He was really into metal and rock in the 80’s and was bass guitarist in a band,:then switched gears completely to Classical guitar. He still has his Gibson Ripper and his Kohno classical.

Martin Bednář

derk: Oh zeah, I am sure they are amazing live! And I think it is pretty much common for people in their 20s (where I am right in the middle) understanding lyrics of of Placebo and Muse. Sometimes the lyrics are saysing exactly how I feel. Like this one.
Shae: It’s exactly that. Listening to old favourites. I do that way too often recently. Probably hoping I could return to that time full of good mood and time I don’t had to care. Oh well. Blend is truly interesting. The licorice was mediocre in this one — sometimes too much present, but sometimes well mixed with the spices. The quote is truly a bit of inspiration indeed.
ashmanra: Oh well, truly surprsing. Running Up That Hill is as well powerful song. I am a bit puzzled when it comes to music. I sometimes listen to rock, but then I switch my mood to something else like Springsteen. At least I have a variety here :)

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drank English Breakfast by Lipton
1139 tasting notes

I had this tea bag from their “A moment to…” series. I asusme it is still same.

Oh well, where to start? Let’s start with a note that two minutes steeping was more than enough. Although their teas are Rainforest Aliance Certified, it doesn’t mean it’s a good cuppa.

It’s indeed quite strong and bitter, but as well somehow plain in tates. I couldn’t notice anything but bitterness. Two minutes steep caused it wasn’t ovewhelming though. There was some other note, which I could call malty, but not really sure about that. And that typical Lipton’s cardboard…

Flavors: Bitter, Cardboard, Malt

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

Poor Lipton. Nobody loves them here :)

Martin Bednář

I don’t look at brand, sometimes their teas are decent. But not this one.


‘Typical Liptons’ cardborad’ haha!

Mastress Alita

I actually know exactly what “typical Lipton’s cardboard” tastes like. I always assumed it was me having a reaction to the type of paper they use for their teabags… and they aren’t the only tea company where I’ve tasted “paper” or “cardboard” notes from the bags.

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This tea I bought today (but won’t count in the spending list, as it isn’t from my money); hoping it will be a kind of relaxing blend (I am running a bit short with my Relax from B&B).

It was a cheap buy, again. And again from Lidl store, so no big expectations.

It’s earthy. And quite hoppy, though nonewhere close to beer. Cardamom is quite present and it’s having sweet aftertaste due to licorice I guess. But that’s not bad, as it mellows the earthy notes. It’s somehow generically herbal as well, the mint and rooibos isn’t prominent at all in taste though. Maybe it’s a good thing.

If it relaxes me, it does a good job. For the price, it’s nice tisane for sure.

Flavors: Cardamom, Earth, Herbs, Hops

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

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And another very sad one! Oh well.

I had last three grams left, and prepared it western today. I get strongly malty aroma with prunes, tobacco and some woody notes.

While drinking, it was so smooth, but vivid notes were there. Imagine again stonefruits with malts, woody, somehow sweet, but as well there was note of tobacco, dates and figs.

While today it wasn’t that perfect as that time, maybe because it was a bit older, but still pretty much perfect. Check out my older note for more details.

Looking on the Internet, I found one tea-shop offering it, but I don’t want to pull the trigger yet. On What-cha it isn’t available anymore, hopefully it will return one day though. If anyone wants to check out: https://www.cajova-zahrada.cz/sypane-caje/ I can add it to my order and then I will order :) Of course, Google Translate have to help you guys, as their website is in Czech only (unfortunately). They offer a vast selection of blends mostly, but as well I have seen loose leaf from Tanzania there for example. Well, let me know :)

Flavors: Dates, Fig, Malt, Prune, Stonefruit, Tobacco, Wood

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

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Thank you White Antlers for another tea from you! Reading “rich and chocolaty pure-bud black tea” sound delicious. I took two teaspoons in fill-your-own tea bag, and 300 ml cup.

Decided to brew as suggested – first steep 5 minutes long and second, 3 hours later, with 3 minutes increment.
But brewed tea… is wonderful. Really! I get the malty a chocolatey notes. While drinking a first steep — I was thinking and it was quite hard to not assume it’s hot chocolate. There was some malty qualities as well, more present in second steep. I am now drinking the second steep and as I wrote in sentence before, it’s more malty, but still some cocoa is there. I notice as well some redfruits now.

It needs more attention, probably gongfu session as well. I would love to share with other family members as well, but it seems my sample is too small for that. Ahh. But lovely tea. Truly wonderful.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Red Fruits

205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Mastress Alita

Sounds lovely!


I think I’ve sampled this before and loved it.

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I am drinking almost everything. Tea bag collector who moved to wonderful world of loose leaf.

Trying to rate differently tea bags and loose leaf as tea bags have usually worse quality.

Photographer now and then. Postcrossing and geocaching member. Very curious person. Logistics student (should finish in June 2021).

Buried in tea right now. Is in my cupboard (trying to be updated) which sparkled your interest? Write me, I would gladly share with you. But I don’t want anything in return now :)


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