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88
drank Tung Ting by Dobra Tea
779 tasting notes

Ordered in my local Dobrá Čajovna (Dobra Tea tearoom) while I was waiting for last inventory check (part-time job).

I wished for caffeine boost, but it didn’t really come.

Don’t have much details but: In aroma very roasty, nutty… Hints of almonds, little floral.
and:
In taste it is much more mellow and way more floral with hints of nuts and one more message:
It was nice and pleasant tea. Not really energy boosting, but it was really nice. Quite complex in flavour. Haven’t expected floral and roasty in same time

I wrote those points to my friend who was curious about the tea.

When I smelled the wet leaf in gaiwan, I thought it will be very roasty, as aroma said so. But actually it was quite mellow and rather floral than roasty. I was thinking buying it home to use it possibly in the Advent Swap (see below!) but 320 CZK for 50 grams was quite steep for me.

I won’t return there for some time again unfortunately, situation here is worse and worse and as we have distance learning nowdays, we stay in our rooms trying to study. And I decided to stop the part time job as well now, because of Covid situation; as well I need to focus on studies a little bit more.

Check out Tea Advent Swap we are going to do: https://steepster.com/discuss/42125-2020-tea-advent-swap Shae organises it and I would love to see more people taking part!

As last, one funny story overheard there:
I don’t mind you smoke weed, you can arrive here stoned, I really don’t mind. But please, don’t use the crusher for shisha tobbaco for your weed. Please, don’t! said a manager to one of his employees (they serve hookahs there)

Flavors: Almond, Floral, Nutty, Roasted

ashmanra

I love Tung Ting! I am glad you got a chance to get out and have this one. So sorry there are more cases now. Stay safe!

I like the funny story! Is weed legal there?

White Antlers

I do love a good weed story. LOL!

Stay well and safe, Martin. Positive cases are on the rise here, too, where I live.

Shae

I’m sorry to hear it’s getting worse where you are, Martin. Take care of yourself and good luck with your studies.

Thanks also for sharing about the swap! I just posted an update on the post in the discussions, but if more people want to join then we’ll just set up more matches!

derk

A Czech teahouse sounds awesome. Glad to hear you got a visit in before sheltering again.

mrmopar

Stay safe Martin!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: It was my first experience with Tung Ting and it seems it is great oolong! About the weed. That’s the most funny on this story. It’s not legal here :) but somehow accepted. If you don’t sell it or you don’t drive stoned.
You can keep amount “for your own need”, but it is not delcared how much is it.

Thank you White Antlers, I am trying to stay safe and well (mostly mentally nowdays). That’s why decided to avoid the part-time jobs too.
Shae, you are welcome! I gladly wrote something about it here :) I was thinking about it for long time, but it wasn’t just “good time” in some tasting notes. I will do my best in studies this year!
derk: Haha, it is indeed wonderful place. Check it out here: https://goo.gl/maps/PpDLXC8TbHE6VpAP6 — maybe you will get lucky to see one of my photos! And if anyone of you arrives here, I invite you!
mrmopar: I will try my best! :)

White Antlers

WOW! Martin, that tea house looks magical! It alone would be worth a trip just to be able to sit, drink tea and soak up that atmosphere. My city is utterly devoid of beautiful, casual places for tea. Sure, we have a few obscenely over priced, luxury hotel ‘tea rooms’ and one upscale, fake Englsih pub place for a $50 high tea complete with a pot of sub-par brew and three tiers of tiny, stale sandwiches but nothing on the lines of Dobra. Lucky you-and no (crosses fingers behind back) I’m not at all envious. : )

Martin Bednář

White Antlers: If situation will be good enough, you are more than welcomed here!

ashmanra

Amazing tea house!

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70
drank Dian Hong by Dobra Tea
779 tasting notes

Ordered in Dobra Čajovna tearoom in Pardubice as Dian Hong cha. So, that said, I don’t know steeping parameters. The staff prepared a teapot of it and said me I can get second steeping if I want to.

The tea seems not that fresh as I am used to. Taste is honestly quite weak, I notice minerality, salt, little of leather and malt. It is tannic, little astringency.

It’s not wrong, just bit boring.

News section: government shut down all schools except kindergardens. Due to coronavirus. Holidays? I don’t think so.

Flavors: Leather, Mineral, Salty, Tannic

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70
drank Dian Hong by Dobra Tea
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80
drank Da Hong Pao by Dobra Tea
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80
drank Qi Hong Mao Feng by Dobra Tea
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80
drank Wu Long Cha by Dobra Tea
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40
drank Lao Shu Bing Cha by Dobra Tea
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85
drank Tian Mu Long Zhu by Dobra Tea
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drank Rooibos by Dobra Tea
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I visited Dobra while on the way home from a vacation and ordered a rooibos bubble tea with soy milk. The tea itself was pretty watery from the ice melting in it. I should have asked for light ice, but I forgot. The real star of the show was the boba. I’m really only making the review to talk about that. It was just the right texture and just the right amount of sweetness. The drink wasn’t very flavorful, but the boba was some of the best I’ve had. It cost $5.25, which is a little more than I prefer to pay, but it was nice to check this place out.

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95

Ordered in Dobrá čajovna Pardubice. Two steeps in a teapot. We will see.

As I was drinking green teas and oolongs (butter caramel oolong from DF this morning) I have decided for black tea.

Pours copper clear liquor. Bit green notes though too.

In taste it is fresh, like Darjeeling a bit. There are little malt there too!

But overall it’s so mellow.

In scent: fruity and floral. Bit of citrus aromas too. Maybe a bergamot and orange zest.

Food pairing: cheese pita bread.

I wrote this note on mobile, so it’s not really convinient. But tea is good and that counts!

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Fruity, Orange Zest

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90
drank Yamacha by Dobra Tea
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A backlog, I had it in Dobra Cajovna (tearoom) in Pardubice yesterday . I needed something as energy boost, as I had night shift. I do inventory checks as part-time job. Not a dream job, but money is money.

Anyway to the tea. I ordered it as teapot version, so two brews. Unfortunately I have no idea about volume nor amount of tea. They brew it outside and then pour the liquor to the teapot. Nice solution so it would not overbrew and you can pour it to cup anytime.

Colour is most green I have seen in while. Really acid green colour. But liquor remains clear which is certainly a plus.

Ahh, at least I made little, but some notes:
Aromas were really wonderful, full bodied. I wrote down following – freshly cut grass, wet hay. Probably more, but as I said, it is a backlog, I have not written down much. Those scents apply for both brews, it remains rather same.

Now to flavours:
First brew it was really grassy with bit of umami. It was nice and easy to drink, no funky notes. Second brew was different: it went bit buttery, but still enjoyable. But aftertaste was amazing and I never encounter with it in green teas. It was like roasted nuts! That made my experience unique.

They wrote down it has got great stimulating effects and I have to agree. I have not closed my eyes to 3 am. Great for night shift.

Here is what they wrote in tea menu:
“Tea of the year 2009”. Mountain variety of Sencha from Hamamatsu region in Shizuoka province. Dark green flat leaves with same size, with strong grass aroma and incommutable taste. It has got remarkable stimulating effects.

Flavors: Butter, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Hay, Roasted nuts, Umami

ashmanra

I didn’t they aged sencha! Great review!

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77

So very good. Not getting much in terms of malt, which is strange as I associate malty flavors with Assam teas. Doesn’t matter – it’s still really enjoyable. Perfect breakfast tea, even better with milk, as expected. I added evaporated milk to this, which made it heavenly. Nice and full bodied, with a hint of sweetness. Love!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Imagine if you will, that one perfect swimming hole. Deep in the woods, there might be a waterfall. You spent a summer visiting it and the feeling of the water, the sun on your back, the smell, and the atmosphere all are imprinted in your very psyche. That is how Dian Lu Eshan Mao Feng affected me the first time I had the pleasure of sipping it. It starts out clear and refreshing, with slightly vegetal notes and a sweetness, which while noticeable, was neither cloying nor overwhelming. As steeps continue the clear liquor slowly becomes more and more yellow, ending up for my last few steeps as a hay color, and tasted similarly. Despite there clearly being no mint in the tea, it almost seemed mentholated in its cooling qualities. It left me feeling refreshed and going back for more. Honestly I’d rate this 100%, but I’m leaving room for a perfect tea when I find it. This is however, the closest I’ve come.

Sampling at home required a little experimentation, as the first time I tried it I was in Dobra. But after a few tries I was able to get the right temperature down and the steep times. It’s honestly not the easiest tea to master, but I got it in the end.

Flavors: Flowers, Forest Floor, Hay, Ocean Air

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 140 ML

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68

Have used this one in past, works best to relief stress.

Flavors: Apple Skins

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Dobra Tea
318 tasting notes

Visited Dobra on a recent vacation to Asheville. Oh how I wish my area could support a nice tea house! Looking at their menu I planned to try their Gui Fei oolong, but they were out. The worker there recommended me a Thai Honey Oolong which was quite similar to Gui Fei and it was very good. In retrospect I probably should have bought some to go, but I decided to go with my staple Yunnan black since I hadn’t brought any with me to the mountains.

The Jin Zhen/Golden Buds is a fairly nice, very smooth black tea. It hints at fruity cherry and soft milk chocolate notes, slightly tart, as well as the standard malt and sweet potato. It’s good, but the flavors are not as full/defined as I’ve been accustomed to with hongcha from Yunnan Sourcing or Teavivre.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Malt, Sweet Potatoes, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
ashmanra

Did you go to Biltmore?

tperez

Not this time, we have in the past though and it was awesome

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65

Drank this tea at Dobra Teahouse. It wasn’t amazing, but not bad. I wouldn’t have it again, but wouldn’t necessarily steer people away either…some notes from the session:

1- slightly bitter in a good way, earthy
2 – darker, bitter like dark chocolate, but not sweet at all
3 – dry mouth
4 – hint of sweet, fruit?
7 – continued earthiness, fruit sweetness is still very faint, still dry in the mouth
8 – a little less dry mouth by now, a bit of a sweet aftertaste – Going to up to 45 seconds for next one to test…
9 – more sweetness with longer steep?
10 – I actually let it steep about a minute due to talking to one of the workers here and now it’s nice and sweet. Maybe I should have been increasing steep time as I went (they recommended 30 seconds, not increasing…).
12 up to a minute. it’s slowing down I think, earthy sweet still there, but fading. Gonna hit it hard next time
13 7 minutes, weak and sweet
14 15 min, done, slightly bitter

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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88

My first Puerh!
If it’s true that you always remember your first, this was a nice way to begin. Had around a 6 hour session at Dobra Tea, sitting in the back corner, attempting to get work done.

Steep – Just off boiling, but kept in thermos at table, probably not steady @ 30 seconds

1-2: very sour in a good way, little bit sweet, nothing bitter which surprised me as I thought that was expected in young sheng.
5: smoothing out, still sour, but not overly
10: sour diminished, with much longer sweet aftertaste, kinda numb in the cheeks, head heavy, super focused, but not on my work…got up to ask them what year this was (2011) and couldn’t talk very well…
11-14: Where did the day go? This music is really, really good.
14: getting a bit weaker, but not near done yet, tiny sour (slightly bad sour, but now only in aftertaste), sweet diminished, not quite sure what is going on now.
16: steeping for 45 seconds now, brought it back!
20: by now the tastes are all kinda muted, coalescing into a tasty, but somewhat bland tea. Think I’m pushing it here!
22: forgot about it and steeped 10 minutes. sweet up front, aftertaste is the first time it’s been bitter!
23: forgot it again but only for 1 minute. bitter again
24: back to 45 seconds. sweet and weak, but more in there…i’m letting it win, gotta go home…

[Edit]: wanted to add that I went to bed with a sour taste in my mouth even though I stopped drinking the tea in the early evening. It wasn’t a bad sour, but certainly noticeable!

Flavors: Sour, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I don’t know. I just don’t know. I need more time. I won’t give up this easily.
Must regroup and try different brewing…

Flavors: Burnt, Char

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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85

3 years ago, this was the first Oolong I ever tried. I was told to put down my Green Tea, and brew some of this for it would warm my soul on a cold Maine afternoon. And it did. Now 3 years later, when I’ve finally returned to Tea again, I decided to pick up where I left off.

This is good stuff. I do indeed feel like I’m wearing a Big Red Robe. If steeps are layers, this robe is around 5.5 layers deep…

Wanted to add, that it does really well Grandpa style too!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
kevdog19

Dobra was the introducer of tea to me. Love what they do and the atmosphere they provide is second to none. Would love to go back, but I am about 5 hours from Burlington,VT. They lack in the puerh department and make up for it very nicely with other extravagant offers.

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95
drank Ya Bao by Dobra Tea
4 tasting notes

Very citrusy, and im sure it is high in vitamin C or something. I love this tea! I generally have 3-4 resteeps with this one. It goes and goes…. Very piney and slight citrus, with some mellow sweetness. It is hard to mess this one up, but i suggest no more than 1 minute steeps and go less than 190F.

Flavors: Citrusy, Pine, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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85
drank Da Hong Pao by Dobra Tea
45 tasting notes

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 g 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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86
drank Bai Hao by Dobra Tea
59 tasting notes

Very smooth oolong, almost tastes like a mild black tea. Some buttery taste. Tastes great, I might have to buy some loose leaf from the store.

Flavors: Butter, Milk, Smooth

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

This tea is quite earthy and flavorful. This tea allows for about 3 infusions. The bound tea leaves open up to very rich and full leaves.

Flavors: Earth, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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