1138 Tasting Notes

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There is nothing much to say about this tea.

No way it is Superior, lemon was quite fine but sometimes a bit like a dish soap. Base tea was quite buttery, sometimes even bitter.

I would drink through the box (which I haven’t bought), but well it is not a good tea. Somehow… even Thai Lemon by Oxalis was better. And I don’t think it is only because it is different between tea bag and loose leaf.

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

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60
drank Lemon & Ginger by Eminent
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So, last flavour from this company I got lucky to try.

Probably the best one.

Nice black tea base, quite malty and lemon flavour is light but noticeable. It was nicely citrusy, I would enjoy some more depth of it though. I wasn’t able to notice any ginger though, which is sad.

Pretty much basic, but well blended. Don’t call it with ginger and I would buy it for daily drinking tea.

Oh yeah, almost forgot! I got my second vaccine yesterday. Today I feel that my arm and whole body is a bit sore, sometimes some shivering happens. I am more tired as well. But that’s all okay!

Flavors: Lemon, Malt

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

Congrats on the immunization!

Leafhopper

It’s great to hear you got your second dose!

Martin Bednář

Weekend was hard, but luckily the Olympics were my companion and today I feel like nothing happened. If only I weren’t going to the dentist today and now for a change my mouth is a bit sore.

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80

Finally! Flavoured black tea in subscription!

Okay, I had it in the morning, now it is an evening.
It was delicious creamy coffee-like tea. Unfortunately there wasn’t much of the chai in my two tea spoons I have used. I noticed the vanilla in and I liked that as well.

But somehow I was really enjoying it and looking forward getting more.

Personal: We are redoing a bathroom for my grandma completely, so we are covered (people, not the tea) in dust. No mood to drink hot drinks as it is quite hot. Not today though. Luckily the company will do it later, but we do the most dirty jobs :)

Second thing: unfortunately it seems I won’t be able to get my degree as I have failed last exam and it seems there is no way to re-do it. Long story short, I was cheating. I didn’t had to, but probably because of stress and others doing it, I did that as well.

Third: I had an job interview on Monday and Tuesday. First company will let me know if they want me to the end of this week, the second will write me next week, probably on Friday, if I pass to the second round. None of them is tea industry.

Flavors: Coffee, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
AJRimmer

I was considering buying some of this as a gift for someone. Good to hear that you like it!

ashmanra

Renovation is hard, dirty work. You are a great blessing to your grandmother! I hope you hear good news on the job search soon!

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80
drank Platinum by Basilur
1138 tasting notes

This one a wee better than Gold. Well, it’s platinum which is more expensive than gold, huh?

Kind of lighter version of Gold, again quite tannic, but I notice some nuttiness and fruitiness now and then.

Maybe there are some cocoa notes reminding me white teas/tips. And hints of malt and astringency in aftersip. This is much better cup of tea.

Flavors: Astringent, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Nutty, Tannic

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

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60

I had this tea two times while I am this week in Prague at my friend’s flat (I just needed to unwind from my family a bit).

Not sure, if it’s Prague water or what; but this tea was only tannic, not complex at all and kind of flat. It was that “bagged black tea taste” if you know what I mean?

It wasn’t up to Basilur standards to me even. Was the baggie too old? I have no idea. Honestly kind of dismal, especially called “Gold”.

Flavors: Tannic

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

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66

SIPDOWN (I lost my track doing the spreadsheet of drunk teas, so no number; and I can’t catch it back up)

Today, with remaining 2 grams (not even) it was better. The notes were fairly same, but weaker and overall it was pretty much classic black tea.

It wasn’t that bitter, but still some off notes were there too. Can’t pick them up much, but certainly it wasn’t truly pleasing tea. Happy to have it sipped down to be honest.

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75

Today I have tried it with the ice cream. Bourbon vanilla ice cream. A few teaspoons.

It was creamier, but flavours were drowning in it. I have been expecting way more fruity flavour but nada. Pretty much rooibos forward as well.

It wasn’t working for me as expected.

tea-sipper

Aw, darn, but I’m glad you tried it with the ice cream!

Martin Bednář

I did my best to enjoy it fully! Maybe coldbrew or ice-tea with the rest?

tea-sipper

I think it’s really good when I brew it hot, but then keep it in the fridge until it’s cold.

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75

For once, a tea from ETS I am not disappointed about.
I got a tea bag somewhere from postcrossing apparently, but no idea from whom nor when. Today was a day to drink it…

It is pretty standard rooibos with some vanilla smoothness and some decent chocolate notes. Simple afternoon drink. No fuzz tea bag.

The rooibos was kind of drying but the other ingredients were complementing the flavour well.

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

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Finally I broke into:

From Liquid Proust group buy

Stems

unknown to me, smells like shou, 15 g.

From derk from our very first swap maybe? I had it in that small pouch for very, very long time and somehow I needed a very bold tea today. Thank you!

I had no idea how stems could be bold, but if it is like shou it should be bold. At least those thoughts were going through my mind today afternoon. And I have prepared one third. 5 grams. Steeped for long. 10 minutes? “Those are stems, it needs long steep.”

Still, I was quite impressed. It was truly strong and bold. But smooth and indeed like shou. It was quite complex. More than I have been expecting? Yes. The woodyness was great today. It was perfect weather and perfect tea. Tea? That’s the question.

Another CV and cover letter sent today. For a company in my region (45 minutes by public transport)! Company whose products I have worked with in my past warehousing experience. Well known in my family. And international one and big one… fingers crossed for this one. It looks great.

Last exam coming next week. Terribly nervous even now. I guess it’s time to disappear here again.

ashmanra

Exciting!

Leafhopper

Sounds like an interesting tea. Good luck with your job application and your exam!

derk

Good luck, Martin :)

mrmopar

You can do it Martin!

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84

Shh… I bought this tea back in February and now we are close to July?

It flies and I have almost sipped down this tea.

And I just took two teaspoons, strained and steeped… while watching TV news about the tornado here, so I have no idea for how long. It can be around 4 minutes. Almost boiling water.

This note should be about the tea right? Can’t focus on that much, as my friend’s house lost the roof covering. But they are one of the luckier families there.
Light, almost lemony, with woody notes. Some floral backbone. Hints of astringency, I guess it has mellowed a bit during those 4 months. Still amazing though.

If you want to help with little money, you can do it safely here: https://www.darujme.cz/projekt/1204937

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Lemon, Oak

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I just read several articles on this and saw photos and video. So much destruction!

Martin Bednář

We aren’t used to have tornados here. And moreover it just directly hit those villages and small cities. The path of tornado is 26 km (16 mi) long and 500 metres (0.31 mi) wide. The meteorologist said he never saw anything like this. It was F3 tornado at least, possibly even F4.

gmathis

Been there, done that. It is terrifying, and for those who lose their homes, the grief and shock is overwhelming.

Martin Bednář

I have heard about your experience with tornado gmathis. I can imagine it is terrible experience. But you, at least, are somehow moreless prepared. You know that recording it isn’t the best thing to do.

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I am drinking almost everything. Tea bag collector who moved to wonderful world of loose leaf.

Trying to rate differently tea bags and loose leaf as tea bags have usually worse quality.

Photographer now and then. Postcrossing and geocaching member. Very curious person. Logistics student (should finish in June 2021).

Buried in tea right now. Is in my cupboard (trying to be updated) which sparkled your interest? Write me, I would gladly share with you. But I don’t want anything in return now :)

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