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Of the flavoured teas, I was looking forward to this tea the most from Probier-Kollektion Nr. 1

Sadly, it doesn’t deliver much and I mostly blame the Chinese sencha used. It was smelling nice, again hoppy citrusy note as in their Earl Grey. Their bergamot flavouring I really enjoy. It was also nicely floral based on the flowers in the blend. And then some tropical notes — mostly mango as they say it is mango-citrusy tea.

But when brewed, and yes, I have used around 80°C water as suggested, and steeped just in half of both minutes written on the bag (2-3 minutes), it does brought me quite a mediocre tea. The sencha was dry, hay like, somehow buttery and overall I haven’t been impressed by base. On the other hand, the bergamot was great as in Himalaya Earl Grey. And tropicals and florals? They were there. But I imagine it is super hard to recreate mango flavour as I haven’t got a proper one yet I think. And yes, overall it was floral. But nothing impressive.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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This tea sample is the one I was mostly looking forward. Bremer mix.

As I have found out, it is TGFOP from India, Dooars region (or should I use terroir? :) )

I do not recall having tea from there. Another Google research showed me it should be something between Assam and Darjeeling in taste and even as of the location. The plants are probably Camellia assamica.
This sample of 3.9 grams should be for two or three cups, however I did, as usual, one 300 ml glass mug.

It is indeed something between Darjeelings and Assams. Based on dry aroma I noticed mostly baked bread, chocolaty notes and floral as well.

When steeped, it was smooth and again something between florals and bold malty notes. Also again the baked bread notes appeared here as well. It was quite nicely mouth-coating, with very light astringency. Also, the tea seems to me very fresh to me and there were many diffrent colours in steeped leaves. They were from dark brown through light brown to green — Darjeeling like.

Not really exceptional-super-high-grade tea, but perfectly fine for afternoon drinking with biscuits.

Flavors: Bread, Chocolate, Floral, Malt

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

I would say region, too!

Leafhopper

I’d say region as well. Sounds like an interesting tea!

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I have arrived home somehow tired from work again! And thus I have decided for bold, strong black tea. And this tea seems like a good fit. Translation of name is “globetrotter”, which I am not certainly. Though it seems I have visited most countries in my family. At least based on that I always start when we are playing Ticket to Ride with my nieces and other family members. They have been there last week and although they arre panic attack triggers, I really enjoyed playing this board game with them.

But back to the tea from Bremen. The grade is GFOP, which is, not that great; but “mischung” of Chinese, Ceylon and Indian tea sounded good in theory. Actually, in practice, it isn’t bad either. But it tastes somehow flat. There is mediocre level of malt, citrusy and sweet potatoes (maybe?) taste. But in the very same intensity, there is something like metallic taste — a bit coppery. It doesn’t mean I am eating copper on daily basis, but you know that feel I think?

As a daily drinker — why not, afterall it’s not so expensive. But I am somehow glad I had only a sample of this :)

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

Ashman and I are always LAST playing Ticket to Ride! My daughter married a young man from Northern Ireland and he has travelled a lot, so he goes first every time! Youngest and Superanna may be catching up with him, though…

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Another “could not help myself, but buy more tea” tea. At least I bought “Probier-Kollektion” and not their 100 gr pouches, though some teas sound great. So, I had 10 packets, each 4 grams; to try from their, quite big, selection.

And what I was supposed to do, when I had nothing to do at the train station and there was this little shop?

Anyway, tea bought in Bremen, called it’s from Bremen, seems to be fresh.

Also, it is first time I see Nepalese tea (seems to me) base for Earl Grey. Have anyone seen it before?

Now to the tea. The base is great. Very mellow and round, as I am used to with Nepalese, with hints of honey and stone-fruits. Now to the citrus part. Yes, it is citrusy, mellow as well and natural. And now the weird part. It tastes like a Citra hops in hoppy IPA beer. Yes, I notice hops in that. A little bit of bitterness is there too. But it is certainly one of the better EGs I ever had. Maybe because it is that hoppy flavour? I do not know…

Flavors: Bergamot, Honey, Hops, Stonefruit

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

I like hoppy flavours as well, though I don’t usually drink Earl Grey. Also, it’s great that you found a tea shop at a train station!

Martin Bednář

I like them too, but they were so surprising in Earl Grey :)

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Another swap sample. I admit, I was not expecting to like this one given the description of “apple and marzipan flavor”.

But to me, this tastes more like a lightly spiced apple cake, which I am so on board for. It’s very smooth and mellow, with some subtle spicing and a sweet cooked apple flavor. It has a nice cakey taste to it. The black base is very light and smooth, so overall it’s quite a soft tea.

I really enjoyed it! But I don’t think it’s worth the effort of trying to find a way to order it, ha ha…

Flavors: Apple, Cake, Cinnamon, Ginger, Smooth, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Martin Bednář

It should taste like baked apples from Bremen. Not sure how Bremen apples are like, but certainly it seems good :)

gmathis

That sounds wonderful!

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Liquid sunshine. Fresh and uplifting, without any bitterness at all. The orange really sings, and you can feel the tingle of the citrus oil on your tongue after each sip.

Flavors: Citrusy, Orange Zest, Summer

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 245 ML

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Decaf Vanilla Rose – I won’t deny that decaffeinated tea has less flavor than regular tea, but decaf flavored blends can work just fine – and having an unflavoured one is useful because I can use it as a base for making my own decaf blends.

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Sipdown! … And I’m not sure whether or not to go and buy this again. It’s nice, but I can also just make my own Vanilla Chai … but then again, real vanilla can be very annoying to remove from the filter basket.

Flavors: Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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