302 Tasting Notes

66

Strong zabaione and fruity aroma from the bag.
Dessert like, warming aroma after steeping, the tea smells definitely more like zabaione than like the candied pineapple or flower petals, but the overall impression is really nice.
And the taste fortunately is not overly sweet, slightly astringent.
Decent dessert tea, but not the one to repeat.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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75

Lovely fruity biscuit aroma from the bag.
Very sweet, fruity, warming aroma after sweeping, with a great combination of raspberries, lemon peel and sunflower petals. Slightly astringent.
It’s not a spectacular tea but it’s not supposed to be.

Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Lemon Zest, Raspberry

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

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90

Dry leaves smell with spices, fruit and honey. A bit unusual for a black tea but really charming.
Very warming aroma after steeping, with honey, a bit of nuts, sweet bread and spices. Very complex and attractive. Malty and caramelly flavour, very slight sweetness, no astringency.
Really exquisite tea. I certainly didn’t expect that much.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Nuts, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Courtney

I was on the fence about picking up the Ceylan New Vithanakande from Camellia Sinensis, but perhaps my next order!

dreamloomer

Courtney, I hope your source is as good as mine!

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85

Wonderful aroma from the bag. Dried apples, cinnamon, freshly baked apple pie.
And after brewing? More subdued, mellow. Stewed apples, cinnamon, general warming sensation.
A lot of cinnamon in taste, more than of apples. Plus the tea is more on the dry than on the sweet side – I really like that.
Very nice and warming, but not oversweetened brew. I like it. A lot.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 350 ML
Martin Bednář

That sounds like a tea for my mother :)

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75

Looks really nice before brewing – a lot of dried blackberries, lemongrass, pieces of lemon peel. Smells very perfume-y, with artificial honey flavouring in the foreground and citruses in the back.
After brewing it’s still a bit artificial, but much more mellow. Citruses, flowers, honey, berries create a very warming sensation, perfect on a grey and rainy day.
And the taste is mainly lemongrass, lemon peel, flowers, honey and berries, slightly acidic, a bit perfume-y, at the same time warming and refreshing.
Not a bad tea, but would be better with more natural honey flavouring.

Flavors: Berries, Blackberry, Citrus Zest, Citrusy, Flowers, Honey, Lemongrass, Perfume

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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65
drank Irish Cream by Teekanne
302 tasting notes

Another very old favourite I’m having after many years.
Cream and whiskey aroma, as can be expected. And for an artificial flauvoring it seems pretty natural, warming and pleasant.
Full, malty body slight sweetness.
Not bad for a big company bagged tea.

Flavors: Cream, Irish Cream, Whiskey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
Martin Bednář

Honestly I don’t recall drinking it, but certainly saw it on shelves in the stores.

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65
drank Premium Assam by Greenfield
302 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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80

Rooibos definitely in the front, but berries compliment in it very nicely, they stay in the back, do not dominate, contribute to the overall impression.
Slightly sweet, slightly sour taste.
Nice warming tea, craftily connecting rooibos with unusual additives.

Flavors: Berries, Blackberry, Raspberry, Sour, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 g 8 OZ / 250 ML

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65

Really nice colour with the reddish hue.
And very refreshing aroma with pomegranate and lime in equal amounts plus a bit of yerba mate in the background.
Flavour is fruity, a bit sour, not sweet.
Tasty mate-based tea, really refreshing and invigorating. Not exactly my style, but I can appreciate it.

Flavors: Citrus, Lime

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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60

Not very strong aroma. A bit herbal, a bit citrusy, with tangerine peel in the background. The bouquet is not very expressive, but it is soothing and relaxing in a way.
And the flavour is way better. Citrusy, slightly sweet, with the tangerine peel tang.
I’m not a big fan of lemon balm, but here it fits.

Flavors: Citrus, Citrus Zest, Lemon, Tangy

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 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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