1157 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey by Liran
1157 tasting notes

I had this tea in the early afternoon and welll there is nothing to write about. Simple, way too simple EG, not much of bergamot, rather lemony taste. Tea base was poor bagged Ceylon with 3 minutes of steeping strong enough to add milk. I haven’t though.

Another dismal from Liran.

Flavors: Lemon

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

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And not a tea I wrote tasting note before. Mostly because a first steeps I had were mostly chamomile only. And I kind of dislike it. But now, I had the rest in the strainer (approx. 3 tsp used) and decided to brew it as celebration tea. Celebration tea? Well, there is a reason to celebrate… two exams today (one oral) and both passed. Two exams to go and then finals!

But I needed to unwind. Afterall, it was 8 pm when I brewed this tea. Exam was at 6 pm. So late!

But to the tea…
It is chamomile. Luckily with other herbals. The lemongrass is giving it nice flavour other than apple like chamomile. It’s quite floral as well and thus quite nice. I am not sure about honey, but yes, there are sweet notes. I guess it is actually nice blend. And unwinding for sure… and hopefully I will sleep better than last few days as well.

Won’t rate, as apparently biased of chamomile. And even no idea how to rate it. It’s very nice though. And moreover for a good cause!

Flavors: Chamomile, Honey, Lemongrass, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML

Congratulations on passing two more exams and good luck on the remaining two!




Way to go, Martin!


Congratulations, and good luck with the rest of your exams!

Martin Bednář

Thank you everyone!
Next one is on Thursday, hopefully not that hard. And last one is Mathematics (second course) and I don’t know the date yet, but well, there is at least lots of time to prepare!

Tiffany :)

Good job Martin on the exams, good luck on the rest to finish off the school year.

Martin Bednář

Thank you Tiffany, I wish being it over already :D

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Another big bags tea. And again, Basilur. Oh well…

It seems this tea has suffered a bit too much from age. It’s not awful, but raspberry is sadly not much present. It was rather Ceylon tea with rosehip tart/sweet-ness. And common Basilur base, present, but not overpowering the fruits. But others are saying juicy raspberries and I didn’t had them — though, some notes were there. Certainly a tea to re-try one day.

Flavors: Fruity, Rosehips, Tart, Tea

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

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I was in a mood for puerh today. And I am running low somehow! So, I took this one. I am surprised rating it 82, while all others are rating way lower. But well, it’s 6 years since pressing, which is quite a long term, so probably it’s time to finish it. I have four grams left, which I will brew maybe western, maybe grandpa, maybe weaker gongfu session.

I have used 5 grams for my 125 ml gaiwan today.

I haven’t done any rinse, so first steep is actually that with 8 seconds steeping and it woke up some aromas — mostly some astringency, hot hay, a bit of osmanthus and stonefruits.
Tastes mild and smooth, which could be caused by short steep and age, mostly I could notice hay and lightly astringent with stonefruits note.

1st steep, 15 seconds
Astringency and hay, nothing much else… at least somehow smooth. But flavourwise quite boring

2nd steep, 20 seconds
Stronger astringency, but flat somehow.

3rd steep, 30 seconds
No notes made as I was busy selecting a new headphones. But it was somehow similar.

4th steep, 45 seconds
There are some stonefruits! And lightly citrusy.

5th steep, 60 seconds
It gets citrusy notes, but as well that sheng notes; astringency, but mellow. Hay, but not in a bad way.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrusy, Hay, Hot Hay, Osmanthus, Stonefruit

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 125 OZ / 3696 ML

I hope you found the perfect headphones!

Martin Bednář

Well, I hope too! I don’t need any high-end ones, but decent at least. And wireless! So, I have decided for Koss The Plug (wireless version). I had Koss before and they were good.

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drank Ruhunu by Basilur
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I needed a bold and pure black tea today afternoon, as in the morning I had no time to drink any tea (blame my dentist, not me!) and then I had swollen mouth and had no mood to drink anything but water.

Anyway, I took this tea from Izzy though again, as a Basilur I am sure I had it before. Anyway, thank you! I have last one left to make face-to-face comparison with same region tea, but from MlesnA. I am pretty sure I know the winner already, but whatever.

This tea, after four minutes steeping is indeed a bold black tea, which is quite malty, but as well quite sweet (read: no, or low bitterness) and I notice nuts as well. Mostly in aroma than in taste and pretty much not sure which ones. Theris is some tannic note showing that it is pure tea and no additives added and I liked it, indeed. Low grown Ceylon teas seems like a good daily-drinker teas, I am trying to remember Wild Monsoon tea from teakruthi but unfortunately it is already 4 years and I wrote no notes back then. I recall some nutiness, but if it was Wild Monsoon, I am not really sure about.

Well, into further research of southern Ceylon teas!

Flavors: Malt, Nuts, Sweet

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

This sounds lovely. Our local source of Basilur goodies has at least temporarily dried up.

Martin Bednář

What a shame gmathis! If you need some tea in particular, write me a message — I have a good source for them. A direct Czech distribuor https://www.caje-mixtee.cz/vyrobce/39/basilur/ :)


I’ll ponder on that! Last week after cleaning up my “big bags” assortment (sorted by category into labeled tea chests, even), I resolved “no more new tea until fall,” but I’m weak!

Martin Bednář

Haha, I know that feel! I said to myself “no more new tea” as well, but subscription. And well, I am so often about to place some orders, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Luckily for my wallet and my sanity!

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Decided to brew this one, though I have several pouches unopened from previous subscription envelopes, but this one is new for me!
April 2021 subscription

To be honest, I have no idea what poached pears are and I don’t expect it means stolen pears. Or being hunted down illegally. I guess I need an enlightenment for that.

Anyway, I have a few green tea based flavoured teas, but pear… is quite uncommon and not sure if I had it before. Although pears are common here (we even have a few trees in garden), I rarely see pear teas in stores.

Honestly, this tea is quite interesting, but somehow, boring? When I brewed it I got rather some minty notes, like bubble gum rather than jasmine. Lightly the pears. After three minutes steeping I got quite basic green tea with some hints of jasmine and pears, but not in distinctive way I have been expecting. It was underwhelming, especially after reading so rave reviews beforehand. It wasn’t that flavourful as I have been hoping for.

I am with Cameron B. hoping for more flavourful sessions in the 20 grams I have got. Now, it’s shamefully underflavoured.

Flavors: Hay, Jasmine, Mint, Pear

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Cameron B.

I agree with you on the bubblegum, I wonder if this new batch is just not as good? And “poached” means cooked in liquid at a low heat, for pears usually they would be cooked in syrup or wine.

Martin Bednář

Thank you Cameron B. for explanation of poached. Not a word used in daily English :D

Cameron B.

No, definitely not! Most common is probably poached eggs, as they are used in Eggs Benedict.


Poached eggs are the best eggs.

Evol Ving Ness

Or port1. Poached pears in port.

Martin Bednář

Ah, I know poached eggs. It’s called completely differently in Czech.

Martin Bednář

Hmm, poached pears in port. Sounds nice!


I don’t remember this blend tasting like bubblegum, so sadly it must be the new batches.

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So, last CuppaGeek tea. Well, I will need to place some order soon I guess.

Anyway, again a wonderful session filled with berry note of aroma and bold black taste with blackberries. Lightly tart, as blackberries are, lightly floral as lavender is. Great blended together.

Flavors: Blackberry, Floral, Lavender

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

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drank Lemon Kandy by teakruthi
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SIPDOWN 93 6 sessions total of 20 grams.
Ohh, damn! I just went off this tasting note and it refreshed afterwards, so a few lines lost. Autosave would be a nice feature.

Anyway, a sad sipdown. Mostly because it is well made. A nice lemony taste, a bit on the candy approach. Well, it’s Kandy, afterall. I know, it is a region in Sri Lanka, but I am pretty much sure it was chosen on purpose.

The base tea is nice, somehow quite malty, but not overpowering the lemon pieces. Those are genuine and they taste really good. Although the citrusy scent is very strong, it isn’t that strong in flavour. It’s that well blended that you could notice both — lemons and bold base together, but they are rather cooperate than fighting each other.

It is a simple blend somehow, but so well done, that I am considering getting more than 20 grams I had in sample pack. And it’s quite cheap and fresh!

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Malt

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

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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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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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