324 Tasting Notes

95

My first ever sipping of a yellow tea.
I really love the smell. It’s distinctly nutty, but also has some roasted grain character, not unlike Genmaicha. Plus traces of wood, earth, maybe even some flowers. It’s deep, complex and very intriguing.
And the taste is equally exquisite. Slight maltiness, almost no astringency, creamy and thickish texture. And this distinct but not overwhelming hazelnut character. I’m very surprised there are so many layers in here, so much richness.
Up until now I was sure that oolong is the ultimate tea type for me. Now I’m not so sure anymore and I definitely need to further explore the Yellow Realm.

Flavors: Cream, Hazelnut, Nuts, Roasted

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75

It looks really adorable in dry form, with nice oolong swirls and pretty sweet half-moons containing sugar and melon flavouring. Smells only slightly with melon.
After brewing the aroma is still not very strong, equally oolong-y and fruity.
The taste is slightly sweet, slightly fruity, with base oolong not overshadowed by additives. Really decent flavoured tea but not very efficient.

Flavors: Fruity, Melon, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75

Strong aroma of cocoa, chocolate and raspberry, very warming.
Sweetish, rich taste, not overdone in any way, but complex and balanced, with no acidity od astringency. Good composition for an autumn warmer.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 11 OZ / 330 ML

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90

The aroma is surprisingly weak. It is supposed to be predominantly smoky, but the earthy tones are more evident and the smoke lingers in the background.
The taste is definitely malty, full-bodied, solid, with smokiness being a spice, not a basic component. Plus very slight spicy undertones in the background. Minimal sweetness, only a trace of astringency.
Really solid, characterful tea. Could use a bit more smokiness but yeah, I’m a smokehead.

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smoke, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 4 g 11 OZ / 330 ML

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25
drank Gruszka & Cynamon by Vitax
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It has been a long time since my last visit here on Steepster but I see that everything stays exactly the same. Too bad.

Anyway, I bought a cheap autumn warmer. The aroma is mainly apple with spices, only a bit of pear in the background and not too much cinnamon, despite of what the label says. The overall aroma seems artificial, oxidated and not very encouraging.
And the taste is way too acidic. The citric acid dominates, covering the fruit and spices character.
Yeah, no surprises here. Cheap mediocre tea.

Flavors: Apple, Cardboard, Fruity, Sour, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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80
drank Garden Selection by Teekanne
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Last tea from my Teekanne fruit variety box.
Distinct elderflower aroma with a bit of orange.
Very rich, complex taste, with apple in the front, elderflower more in the back and citrus peels complimenting the mix, with no sourness and only a bit of sweetness. Really decent fruit blend.

Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Elderflower, Orange

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80
drank Garden Selection by Teekanne
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90
drank Fresh Orange by Teekanne
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Really yummy aroma of orange juice, a bit of essential oils from the peels and rich orange jam background. Everything seems fairly natural.
And the taste is also great. It has some very strong orange juice and orange jam qualities, distinctly sour, slightly tart, almost not sweet.
I like it. A lot. Nice to see something like that from a big company.

Flavors: Citrus, Jam, Orange, Pleasantly Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
derk

I enjoyed Fresh Orange, too.

Martin Bednář

I shall try others from Teekanne too, but as I don’t drink much fruit teas recently…

And sending them to derk to try them as well, haha!

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70
drank Forest Fruits by Teekanne
324 tasting notes

Forest fruit jelly/forest fruit juice aroma, fairly natural and pleasant.
And really nice taste, a bit sour and tart, with only a trace of sweetness.

Flavors: Berry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80
drank Cherry Berry by Teekanne
324 tasting notes

Fruit pie aroma. Strong, warming, sweet, natural, tempting.
Slightly sour and tart in taste, fortunately only barely sweet, fruity and natural. I like this one. It’s balanced and rich for a cheap bagged tea brand.

Flavors: Cake, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour, Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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I drink tea almost all the time.

However, my tea drinking can be divided into two main categories.

1. I work a lot at my computer and when I work, I need to always have tea at hand. That’s when I drink bag varieties, mostly black blends, often corporate ones. They need to be at least drinkable, of course, but I don’t focus on the taste much, though I don’t go below a certain level…

2. When I read (and read a lot) or when I’m just relaxing, I savor tea. That’s when the better varieties come into play, that’s when I use leafs instead of bags, that’s when I really focus on what I’m drinking.

I’m Polish, temporarily living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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