1159 Tasting Notes


Prepared western, 3g for 300 ml.

Bingdao area. It says nothing to me. As always. So… need to study more puerhs and their location. Will it be better than my Jinggu experience? Will it be worse? It is sheng from 2014, so quite old. No idea if it is too old or aged well. This company is new for me, too. So kinda blind buy from me. Old trees. Does it change anything?

I took the leaves out of heat wrapped foil wrapping and… it was mineral. Like too much mineral. Then, some other notes. Is it peachy-fruity? Weird! Soft aroma then… maybe it needed to breath out a bit I guess.

Anyway, I took 3 grams of that loose part of this tea, haven’t took any chunks. I think I have steeped it for 4 minutes maybe? I am not really sure to be honest. Either way, it was just right as I got very nice fruity puerh with peach note and some kind of mineral aftertaste. It was smooth with little, but needed astringency. Long and nice mouthfeel. Can’t wait to gongfu it.

Flavors: Astringent, Mineral, Peach, Smooth, Stonefruit

205 °F / 96 °C 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Decided to gongfu this tea today. 4 grams / 125 ml gaiwan.

I am not much able to tell the difference in flavour profile. Maybe it was a bit more chocolate-y, but as I have prepared 5 steps 20-45 seconds long as they suggest, it was fading quite quickly and overall it was quite woody, with typical shu profile. After fifth steep it was like a woody water.

While it wasn’t a bad tea, it wasn’t anything I would order in a cake profile or bigger quantity.

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet, Thick, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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A tea bag from Izzy. I should finish that box faster, but somehow… it goes slowly. Thank you anyway!

I actually thought that this tea have black tea base, but nope… happens, but whatever. The aroma from the foilwrapping is indeed reminding a sour peach and other fruit taste.

While steeping, I realised it is fruit tea and not black tea… and well I let it steep for almost five minutes as ETS teas needs longer steeping time.” and well the flavour wasn’t one of the strongest. It was indeed peachy, pleasantly sour (glad for that!) but hibiscus tartness in the background and then some other, let’s say tropical, fruits. The peach was dominant, but not much. Overall, it was quite okay. I have hopef for a bit more to be honest, but I can’t point out what I am lacking here.

Flavors: Peach, Pleasantly Sour, Tropical

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

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drank Berry Fusion by Eminent
1159 tasting notes

Another free tea bag included and again… a dismal.

First of fall, seeing ingredients where is Ceylon tea and “Berry flavor” — that should warn me before drinking.

It was even worse than Chai as it was indeed a pure black tea and there wasn’t anything that contrubutes in any way to flavour. The flavour was faded and flat. It wasn’t tasting artificial, but generic berry like.

Base tea? Well, it was that typical Ceylon flavour I have met so many times…nothing to write about. Very poor tea.

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

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drank Hibiscus by Adonis Spices
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Probably my very first time trying pure hibiscus. I asked for a local tea when doing r/snackexchange and received this brand of hibiscus and camomile. Hopefully both would be good. But what I will do with 100 g of pure chamomile, I have no idea. Same with similar amount of this.

I put about three small pinches into strainer, as there isn’t any steeping parameters on the package. I thought it isn’t much, but then I realised that hibiscus is quite specific ingredient, so I let it be this way.

I did even rather short steeping, it was somewhere between two and three minutes. Deep red colour, but clear liquor. Smells… interesting, somehow fruity. Tastes tart, but again a bit fruity. I see a reason why it is added in fruit teas.

Not sure how to rate this tea and how to process that much tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Tart

10 OZ / 300 ML
Mastress Alita

I like to cold steep plain hibiscus in lemonade; it makes it taste sort of like a strawberry or raspberry lemonade.

Martin Bednář

That sounds like an interesting idea indeed! I can give it a try. Thanks Mastress Alita


Yikes! That’s a lot of tea! If you like sleepytime-type blends, you could always get some lavender, mint, lemongrass, and other stuff and mix them together.

Martin Bednář

I geuss it will be needed to be used in those blends Leafhopper. Probably have to do my own blends. Yay or nay? That’s the question :)

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drank Silver Fujian by Greenfield
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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

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

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.


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


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

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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

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drank Chai by Eminent
1159 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

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

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

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drank Mellow Peach by Greenfield
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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

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

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.)


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


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


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


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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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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