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68
drank Spirit Mate by Greenfield
1128 tasting notes

Yesterday afternoon tea. Maté with lime flavour sounds indeed very interesting!

And smells great! Lime aroma was quite genuine with some bitter and herbal undertone.

In taste it was quite bitter, but for me who isn’t much experienced with Maté… it was surprising. But not in a bad way. Lime juiciness and other citrus notes were complementing the flavour of maté well and it was nice experience. Nothing to have necessary in my cupboard as a must have tea, but keeping a few bags, why not?

And as we have a new month here again, stats time for May!

Tea types:
Black 25
Green 11
Herbal 10
Rooibos 6
Puerh 4
Fruit 4
White 3
Oolong 1
Total: 64 teas; that means roughly more than two teas per day. Well, busy month with many exams and working on thesis. And weather is warmer as well.

Average rating: 75.53
I have drank 41 loose leaf teas, the rest was bagged.

I wrote only 20 tasting notes here in May! And sipped down 4 teas.
Those numbers are interesting as I used to write here much more — but apparently I was
more purposive than usual I am. As of sipdowns, I blame that I wasn’t caring too much about the teas I have there and rather trying the new ones too.

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Lime

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

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drank Silver Fujian by Greenfield
1128 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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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
1128 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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drank Golden Ceylon by Greenfield
1128 tasting notes

Found foil wrapped in my big bags. And Ceylon isn’t a bad tea. Even in bagged form.

They recommend 3-5 minutes steep; I did 4 minutes and honestly, it’s a bit too much.

Quite simple cup, maybe way too much. Bold and fullflavoured, but 4 minutes steep caused typical black tea bitterness and astringency. I am pretty much sure that shorter steep woin’t help much. Don’t expect any complexity. It doesn’t deliver that. Way too simple and boring even for bag.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Tannic, Tea

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

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65
drank Premium Assam by Greenfield
310 tasting notes

Pretty decent Assam black tea, malty and earthy, slightly astringent and a bit sweet. I bought it to blend it with other varieties, but it turned out surprisingly good when brewed pure.

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Malt, Sweat

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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72
drank Berry Gelato by Greenfield
1128 tasting notes

I have received this tea from postcrossing in the end of September. It is limited edition and I am afraid I will be only one who writes few lines on this site. This tea is overall well accpeted and reviews were saying it’s nice. Let’s see what thinks non-russian citizen.

It is flavoured black tea. When I took a sniff on pyramid sachet, a blueberry hit my nose. The leaf is broken, but nice size, not a fannings nor dust. Brew after 5 minutes (recommended time) is clear and copper colour.

The aroma of tea (brewed) is way more berry-like; raspberry and black currant. Taste is more mediocre. it is berry, but quite muted and only little of mint — rather just some cooling effect.

Overall, I have expected more fruity notes, especially when the aroma of pyramid sachet was so nice and pleasant; but it doesn’t transfer much to taste. The tea is probably Ceylon (as usual in Russian teas) because it is bit citrusy base, quite light and certainly there are no malty and robust flavours.

Flavors: Black Currant, Blueberry, Citrusy, Mint, Raspberry

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

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It has a perfumed, synthetic taste to it which makes me wonder if the ingredient list is accurate.

After ordering a box on Amazon without doing any research on it I am now left with 16 packets or so of it, afraid to use the rest lest they prove to be LETHAL, lol. Just kidding, but really, the taste is very off putting to me.

As far as Christmas teas go, this is definitely a miss and a huge disappointment. Skip this, go pick up Harney and Son’s Holiday Tea.

Now THERE is a tea that taste like Christmas… I did order the two teas at the same time, this one and Harney’s, so maybe I am just judging it so harshly because I am comparing it directly with Harney’s… which is, once again, FANTASTIC.

IF YOU NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHEER DURING THESE TROUBLED TIMES, CANNOT RECOMMEND HARNEY AND SON’S MORE.

Their White Christmas and Hot Cinnamon Spice teas are also fantastic as well.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Easter Cheer by Greenfield
1128 tasting notes

Easter tea for Easter.

Altough they suggest 5-7 minutes, I did rather short, around 3 or 4 minutes.

It was somehow weak in flavour, but it can be caused by age. Noticed certainly vanilla but not citrus fruits but stone fruits instead, like cherry and sour cherry.

Quite an interesting taste combination, but certainly not bad one, it was actually quite tasty and nice. Pleasantly sour too.

Flavors: Cherry, Pleasantly Sour

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

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80
drank Milky Oolong by Greenfield
66 tasting notes

Got two of these in an envelope from my friend with a T. Rex postage stamp on it. He said he was sending me a “moolong”. Well, these looked highly suspicious, but they’re surprisingly good—probably because they don’t actually taste like milk! Just a light, creamy, fruity floral. Really unique. Wouldn’t buy an entire box, but these are worth a try if someone offers you a bag.

Flavors: Creamy, Flowers, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

Those T-Rex stamps are great … I got a couple of sheets specifically for sending to my fifth and sixth graders.

ashmanra

I saw the T Rex stamps for the first time today! I was shopping online for stamps because I really don’t want to go to the post office.

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84
drank Festive grape by Greenfield
1128 tasting notes

Prepared this one as afternoon/evening tea. I had a long inventory check, then I slept about two hours when my father woke me up. But it’s okay, some days have to suck and then we will see the bright days better.

I just let it steep all time drinking, that wasn’t the wisest idea though. It contains hibi, so it turned out quite tart in the end, but I think they managed red grapes taste pretty well. It was kind of mouth watering, simple drinking fruit blend. It has got that pleasant sourness of red wine as well and it was even bit drying.

Honestly, I am kind of amazed that red wine/grapes taste can be in tea so well.

Certainly a recommended from me – considering a) tea bag b) kind of unique flavour, which is well transformed!

Flavors: Grapes, Pleasantly Sour, Red Wine

Preparation
10 OZ / 300 ML

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Third green tea tasting note today :D

I agree with Chi Chieko completely. 5-7 minutes as suggested must be too much for greens, so I did maybe about 3 minutes and as there was too little water, I did only 200 ml.

Turned out pretty nice, base tea was somehow basic, but pineapple was certainly there. Unfortunately, it was somehow one-dimensional, simple flavouring. Would enjoy some other tropic fruits there, or they claim it is with ginger, but I do not get any spicy notes. Maybe loose leaf would be bit better.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 200 ML
tea-sipper

5-7 minutes for green tea? What in the world??

Martin Bednář

Exactly my thoughts tea-sipper. Even for black tea base it would be too much. Maybe good steeping time for fruit ones? Dunno.

tea-sipper

In fruit teas, the hibiscus would get too strong. So you’re right, 5-7 minutes would be too long for most teas!

Martin Bednář

True as well. Just weird steeping parameters. Luckily I usually do it as I think it’s best. Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer.

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74
drank Lotus Breeze by Greenfield
18 tasting notes

Some light peppermint taste. Balanced, but really nothing special.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Peppermint

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more 15 OZ / 450 ML

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82
drank Green Melissa by Greenfield
1128 tasting notes

Dry aroma wasn’t pleasing. It was very strong on lemon balm, earthy as well. On the bag they suggest brewing 5-7 minutes and with boiling water.

I did it with steeping maybe for 3-4 minutes; certainly not boiling water. I think it can be around 80°C, because it’s green tea after all.

Aroma is still earthy. And herbal. Bit lemony too.
But this tea tastes better than smells like. It is still somehow earthy, but it has got nice taste of lemon balm and more-less fresh green tea. Of course you can’t expect grassy notes or freshly cut grass, or all the nice things about really fresh tea. It brews brown too – not nice grass green colour.

Flavors: Earth, Herbs, Lemon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 400 ML

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80

I received this tea from Russia today via Postcrossing.

In water it turns into deep red colour (hibiscus makes its job) and exotic fruits aroma rises up. I have noticed in scents those (no order): orange, pineapple, mango, maybe bit of rosehip.

In taste (it was hot for long time) it was mostly pineapple and mango.

It was delight and quite suprisingly refreshing. Bit of tartness (but I steeped for really long, way too much)

Flavors: Hibiscus, Mango, Pineapple, Rosehips, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 14 OZ / 400 ML

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70
drank Blueberry Nights by Greenfield
52 tasting notes

The blueberry flavor is just noticeable, not too much or too little. The hibiscus adds a nice tartness that accentuates the tea very well.

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73
drank Lemon Spark by Greenfield
52 tasting notes

I have to agree with the prior review, the lemon flavor is hardly there at all. But aside from that, the tea is very good.

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69
drank Christmas Mystery by Greenfield
52 tasting notes

Interesting black tea. Definitely has a “Christmas” taste, with notes of orange rind, cinnamon, clove, and some other spices.

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69
drank Christmas Mystery by Greenfield
52 tasting notes

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100
drank Spring Melody by Greenfield
29 tasting notes

A friend gave me this tea as a birthday gift and it has been very nice~. The aroma is a fruity sweet and smooth, and the taste is equally as pleasant. A nice flowery wine taste (without the alcoholic taste of course~), and the aftertaste is is a nice wood and. I really enjoy it during the evening and/or nighttime.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Sweet, Wood

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Generally I like strawberry, and I like chocolate too, so this tea seemed like a superb choice – well, it wasn’t. I can’t really feel the chocolate in it, and it also lacks strawberry flavor.
Still it has some nice flavor, but I couldn’t really define it… for me it just doesn’t works.

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