891 Tasting Notes


In today’s session, I wasn’t paying too much attention. Nevertheless, I liked the cooling floral profile, underlying bitterness as well as the numbing mouthfeel. I noticed flavours of sunflower seeds and lavender. On the other hand, the aroma reminded me rather of nuts, earth, vegetables, and sourdough bread.

Flavors: Bitter, Bread, Earthy, Floral, Lavender, Nutty, Sunflower Seed, Vegetables

6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I have a soft spot for the Baozhong profile, this is a nice example thereof.

Dry leaves have a floral aroma with notes of custard, cookies, grass, and brownies. On the other hand, wet leaves smell of gai lan and mustard.

The taste is very comfortable, even with the slightly biting but warming finish. There is a mild astringency, milky mouthfeel, and a sweet grassy flavour alround.

Flavors: Astringent, Cookie, Custard, Floral, Grass, Milky, Mustard, Salad Greens, Sweet, Sweet, Warm Grass

6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This one is more vegetal and savoury than most GABA teas I’ve had. The aroma is very familiar – there are notes of pear and baked fruits, as well as some toasty ones. The tea has a pleasant buttery mouthfeel with a cooling finish and it tastes of fruits, burnt food, and moss.

Flavors: Burnt Food, Butter, Fruity, Moss, Pear, Toasty, Vegetal

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[Spring 2020/21 harvest]

Today I tried another part of this three-way blend, the Mangfei. It’s a very different tea. Even when brewed strong, it remains pretty smooth. There is a lot of sweetness as well as floral and vanilla notes. It has a beautiful aroma, but lighter body.

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[Spring 2020/21 harvest]

This is a note for one of three teas that make up this blend (even though from different batches). Namely, I drank the Mannuo today. Interestingly, it has been kept in an enclosed package ever since I got it a year ago, unlike most of my other teas.

As I open the package, I get quite a fruity and perfumy vibe. This is reflected also in the aftertaste later. Otherwise the wet leaves don’t have a particularly strong aroma.

The taste is nutty at first. Soon it turns fruity, but not really sweet. The liquor has a medium to thick texture and is somewhat fluid if that makes sense. I mean, it doesn’t bubble up much at all. There is a good amount of bitterness, but too much astringency, which makes it a tea that’s not so easy to enjoy casually in its current state. The finish is particularly tannic and mouth-puckering. The aftertaste is a little sweet and has hints of tobacco.

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drank Mei Ren Lu by Čajový Dom
891 tasting notes

[Spring 2023 harvest]

The tea is even more mineral nutty than last year I would say, but I like it just as much.

Flavors: Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Grass, Mineral, Nutty, Sweet

Marshall Weber

Would love to try a tea with brussels sprouts notes! Sounds tasty

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[Spring 2019 harvest]

This tea is quite perfumy with an aroma of cherry wood. The taste has a lot of underlying bitterness, as well as a strong mineral presence that makes is quite savoury, almost salty. There is also a kind of vegetal note and a sweet finish with a very strong aftertaste subsequently.

The liquor has quite a presence. The mouthfeel is at first silky, then mineral and astringent, almost tannic. The finish is somewhat cooling with an expansive fragrance.

Flavors: Ash, Astringent, Bitter, Cherry Wood, Coffee, Mineral, Perfume, Salty, Sweet, Vegetal

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This is an elusive tea. It has a sweet, aromatic aroma with a note of fenugreek leaves. The taste is floral, nutty and quite bitter, while the mouthfeel quite oily and numbing. The aftertaste is a bit sour and herbaceous with flavours of green olives and sage.

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This one is not too abrasive and reasonably fresh tasting for a 1 year old green tea. It is sweet and grassy with a sugarcane flavour and a floral, cooling aftertaste with a hint of malt.

Most importantly, however, I used it for kombucha and it turned out to be one of the most successful batches I ever made.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Malt, Sugarcane, Sweet

160 °F / 71 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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A rainy summer day calls for a tea like this. Its profile is like a mix of hei cha and sucond flush Darjeeling. I also like the buttery and coating mouthfeel that makes the liquor full bodied.

The aroma reminds me of peanut butter, hibiscus and muscatel. Taste is sour, sweet and woody, while the aftertaste is cooling and herbaceous with notes of maple syrup, peach, sesame seeds, and bog.

Flavors: Butter, Herbaceous, Hibiscus, Maple Syrup, Muscatel, Peach, Peanut, Sesame, Sour, Sweet, Wet Earth

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I had been drinking Japanese green tea for a while before discovering the world of tea in 2017. I rarely drink blends and generally avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied.

My rating description:
100 _ Unforgettable tea, an experience that changes your life.
90 – 100 _ Excellent tea.
80 – 90 _ Very enjoyable, I will buy again.
70 – 80 _ I enjoyed it, but I most likely won’t be buying it again.
60 – 70 _ Decent.
50 – 60 _ Average, forgettable.
40 – 50 _ I didn’t really like the tea, but it is drinkable.
0 – 40 _ I would prefer to avoid the tea.


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