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I decided to gongfu this tea this time. 4 grams, 125 ml, rather on the weak side, but afterall, it’s almost 7 pm again.
No rinse, boiling water in thermos.
1st steep, 5 seconds
Instead of rinse I did very short first steep. It is apparent, that the tea is “waking up”, doesn’t deliver much of the flavour, but hints of it is there. Certainly the floral notes + some mellow astirngency.
2nd steep, 15 seconds
This steeping method completely ruled out the astringency. Yes, it’s there, but much less present, it is very floral but not over the top.
3rd steep, 10 seconds
Now it get the lemon zest note. Slightly drying. Again quite floral, I think I noticed apple tree flowers with lilacs, but it may be off.
4th steep, 25 seconds
Certainly citruses prevail this steep; can’t decide if I like it more prepared western with long mouthfeel of nice astringency or gongfu which isn’t same every steep. I think I will drink it both ways.
5th steep, 45 seconds
Yep, citrusy again. Haven’t noticed that in brewing western that much present. But it’s lovely.
6th steep, 60 seconds last one
I wonder where I noticed the oak; but well, it’s different steeping method. How often I noticed something in western brewing and not in gongfu and viceversa. Still a wonderful cup of tea. I feel sad saying good bye to this session; but it’s certainly worth more than 6 steeps. But… writing this tasting note for almost an hour, it’s almost 8 pm now and well, it’s black. Caffeine. Oh well. But needed badly some distinctive and pure not flavoured tea. A certainly good purchase. 228 CZK/100 g (if someone wonders)
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWvdFIU6hZg
I need to buy bigger thermos, as with this one I am able to make 6-7 steeps only and often teas are worth more.
Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Lemon Zest
I was in Pardubice to pick up a suit… and my favourite Guria Likhauri. Of course, I had that stupid question asking “What’s new?”
And the tea master answered. A First Flush, Nepal Ilam, delivered this week to the tearoom. “It is great tea, similar to first flush Darjeelings, quite floral and long-time mellow astringency. You should try it, it’s quite delicate and other part of spectrum compared to the Georgian tea you wished for.” So yup, I bought 50 grams. This is well-done marketing. Again, I was able to take a sniff, but with mask on… well, I must say it’s very potent in aroma!
Storytime over. Now to my own experience.
It looks rather like a green tea, I guess it’s part of the very fresh tea; and smells heavenly. Florals, somehow herbal, woody (oak maybe?). I took two teaspoons (well, I don’t have any steeping parameters) and used boiling water. Three minutes long steep, and well, steeped, it smells again great. It is really similar to FF Darjeelings somehow, but more floral with citruses present. Taste is citrusy, like a lemon rind; with some florals again. Some backbone as astringency which is in all the sips with really long duration of taste; it is maybe 15 minutes since I have finished the cup and still notice it. It’s indeed delicate, not too strong, yet very present.
Hold on rating, becasue I need to try this tea a bit more!
Flavors: Astringent, Citrus, Floral, Herbs, Lemon Zest, Oak
I had nightmares last night. I had a really, really bad morning. And I hurt my back and it has been getting steadily worse all day. Also, it has been raining for two days and it isn’t supposed to stop soon and I really, really need sunlight. It was just an all around bad day. Did I say bad day yet?
Until shortly after lunch.
The mail was delivered. And there was an unexpected envelope from overseas. The Czech Republic to be precise! It was tea and a postcard and a letter from Martin! Steepsterites to the rescue! Even though it was still raining outside, the sun came out in my kitchen! The teas were this one, two from Bird and Blend which is a company I have never tried before, and another called Kali Laska.
Well, it is New Year’s Eve so of course I am going to try Martin’s favorite black tea, Guria Likhauri! This will be my NYE celebration! Cuz I am wild like that.
Youngest gave me some Champignon cheese for Christmas – a delicious soft cheese with mushrooms, so I made a plate of that, crackers, Hickory Farms turkey summer sausage for Sam the King of Dogs, mozzarella which was pretty bland and hardly worth mentioning, and some Bon Maman cherry preserves to try to make the mozzarella interesting.
I measured the leaves and determined that there was enough here to make a small pot.
But oh those leaves! I rarely see black tea leaves that look like this. They are thick and twisted, sinewy, and so shiny – really glossy black and beautiful. They exude character – the life of the tea bush is almost palpable. I think I had a tea from Old Ways Tea that looked like this. Just looking at leaves like this makes me feel awestruck with the miracle of tea and the beauty of nature.
The aroma was complex and layered with a deep woodiness and fresh, sharp grapes, like muscatel. The muscatel aspect was like the scent in darjeeling but not as sharp and high as darjeeling. As I start to sip I inhale and the aroma floods my senses before I even get any tea and it is fruit – stewed, rich, dark. Stone fruit?
There is no bitterness and no astringency, and I can see why Martin says he drinks this grandpa style. You surely could. It’s that smooth. While the tea sits in your mouth, I would say it has medium body with a touch of creaminess or oiliness like the texture of some ripe puerh. After you swallow, woody notes linger. And something else….minerals! Definitely minerals.My husband sips and says, “This is fruity.” Normally he says, “This is hot and has tea-like qualities” when I ask if he likes a tea, so the fact that he pointed out a specific impression from the tea means it made him take notice. (Maybe he can take review lessons from Kiki!) He drank A LOT of it.
There is no way I am wasting any of this, so I steeped it again. We finished our cheese and I am now sitting alone drinking the third steep as I type and while it is lighter than the first steep, it still has way more interest and flavor than many teas have on their first steep.
And wow, as it cools, it has different notes. Some teas get so astringent as they cool that you really have to reheat the cup to finish it, but not this one. The minerality is increased, the muscatel has decreased, and the stewed fruit – plums with a pinch of brown sugar maybe? – is still present but light. Mostly minerals and woody flavor here at the end.
Still good and I still want more, so fourth steep here we come. Paler now, minerals and a more noticeable sweetness. Well, that was unexpected. Almost like a licorice root sweetness so I guess this may be what they call hui gan? Was it there before and I missed it?
A delightful tea, and I see why it is Martin’s favorite.
Many thanks, Martin. It made my day.
Many thanks to the Steepster community for being who you are. May 2021 be blessed and filled with hope, joy, peace, fellowship, and good tea!
Thank you so much Martin for sending me this tea! I carefully measured out 2 teaspoons, then realised that left only a few leaves in the packet, so I dumped the whole lot into my teapot and brewed Western style over the afternoon. I love a good, malty black tea – and this is exactly that.
1st pot, 98c, 2m 30s – smells malty, rich and smooth. Lovely flavour! Malty and sweet. Notes of apricot jam and a silky smooth texture. No astringency or bitterness.
2nd pot, 98c, 8m 10s – richer aroma, more malty and less smooth. The malty flavour intensifies. It’s almost yeasty, but not unpleasantly – it’s like doughy, under-baked bread. Apricot jam is still present and nicely sweet.
3rd pot, 98c, 14m – malty and smooth but light. Honeyed apricot sweetness develops in the aftertaste. Still super pleasant.
Ah, this was an amazing tea, from the first cup to the twelfth. I’ve had a look for it online but it doesn’t seem to be available right now. Will definitely consider buying it when it’s available again. Thanks so much Martin!
Flavors: Apricot, Jam, Malt, Yeast
This is one of those teas where I ask myself: “Where do I start?”
A fine Georgian black tea complex enough to be satisfying but never pretentious. It feels like an accessible yet refined ‘peoples’ tea. Fruity, floral, woody, malty. Delicate, lightly stewed fruits and grape verging on muscatel with a touch of butter, leather, salt. Rosewater and cherrywood base. The malt never dominates. Balanced astringency. Some spiciness in feel but not in taste. Nice fruity, tangy aftertaste. The body is damn near perfect for a stands-on-its-own black tea.
Granted I only had enough of this from a swap with Martin to have 3 days of western prep, it seems like a versatile tea. It has that comforting sweater weather feeling that made the past few mornings’ cloudy cold snap more bearable, but it’s also light and bright enough to feel refreshing on this sunnier and warmer spring morning. It sits so right with me. Thanks, Martin :)
Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Dark Wood, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Leather, Malt, Muscatel, Peach, Rose, Rosehips, Salt, Spicy, Stewed Fruits, Tangy
And another tasting note of this one. Raising the rating from 95 to 99 as it is my all time favourite I guess.
Yes, as you know, I have birthday today! And this day needs great tea. And that one from morning wasn’t it. But quarter of a century over here? To sum up… I had completely different thoughts about last 5 years. But it is like that and I don’t want to change it. If I decided otherwise I won’t met so perfect guys around me. Not only Steepster people, nor classamtes, nor co-workers. It’s not perfect life, but who needs a perfect life? It would be boring.
But this tea is close to perfect and no way boring. I won’t repeat myself, just read other notes :)
Yummy, malty jam. No bitterness even prepared grandpa as usual, full-bodied, just perfect for this day!
Song pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEC4TZsy-Y
Although there could be many nice songs, for example this one helped to go through the panic attack yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHCV_ro2U_A (if you google translate lyrics, you will lose the play with words, but you will get basic thought of song)
Thank you all that I could be member of this community. I like it here because of you guys!
Now I am sad with this SIPDOWN.
It is truly amazing tea; with bold malty characher, but there are as well some fruit notes, mostly grapes. Grape, malty jam tea :) Even prepared grandpa — 6 grams per 300 ml.
I think I wrote enough about this tea already, derk wrote a lot of impressions as well…
Now it is time to buy new packet and send a sample to ashmanra to hear another tea lover thoughts about this tea. Same with dreamloomer.
I will able to get it next Thursday, so if anyone is interested in somehow small tea swap (as well across the ocean), I can put this one in as well :)
Flavors: Grapes, Malt, Stewed Fruits
Fourth tasting note, hehe.
I wanted to prepare it grandpa, but found out it is very dusty, so prepared grandpa and then strained into another mug.
Steeping time was around 3 minutes and it was just right.
Full of grape flavours, bit of florals. Even the woody flavours that derk noticed. Lightly stewed fruits? Maybe that as well! Lightly leather.
Anyway, this was one of the best preparation methods I used.
It was so refreshing and tasty, complex – but not too much that you don’t know what to focus on. Not drying even, it is bit tannic. I just must buy more of this one. Hopefully soon!
Flavors: Grapes, Jam, Leather, Malt, Tannic
I took this one to find out how much I have rest. Unfortunately, just a little of some dust, only few big leaves. Ashmanra, if you want some – please wait till situation here will be little better; as I don’t go to Uni city at all and I am not really sure if they even can sell anything.
As for tea – it is how derk managed to write about. She is much better in desrcription than I. It’s simple tea, yet quite complex if you look closely on it. It’s woody today, but not in rooibos matter, rather like some heavy taste. It was indeed less malty – yet present well, notes of red grapes in as well.
As prepared quite weak, I suppose I do not notice everything; moreover it was grandpa brewing.
As for news here: all restaurants closed down, they can do drive-away (walk-away, swim-away… et cetera). All shops but selected fields (foodstuff, chemist’s, drugstores and few others) closed down. Big issue is that Ministry of Health admits that in hospitals are missing about one million respirators. Prime minister says that it is a lie and there are no problems. Also, there was a man, who had symptoms and they did not wanted to test him at all. One region received finally! (after 14 days) respirators. 50 per whole region! “It must be enough”. “We can’t give them to anybody who asks”
Flavors: Grapes, Malt, Wood
I have prepared this tea in gong-fu style. It is rather weird, but actually works quite well. I did several 30 seconds long steeps. All of them were very tasty, strongly malty with some velvet like aftertaste. It was smooth as velvet – not taste like velvet. Maybe some grapes were there, little of smokiness too. As well some florarity.
Overall, it is good tea. Maybe western style suits this tea best. Or brewing it in a large pot for sharing with everyone.
Flavors: Floral, Grapes, Malt
Ordered at Dobrá čajovna tearoom in Pardubice, as I am waiting for bus. Yep, another inventory check. This time groceries in Prague. I don’t feel great – last one was poorly made (my part) and I will got less money because of mistakes
Ordered this one, as I never had tea from Georgia. Received a teapot of volume I guess around 250-300 ml, a tea cup and thermos of hot water to add it to the pot.
Tea itself is quite sweet. But delighful sweetness. Bit like oolong sweetness. Roasted sweetness. I don’t know how to describe it better.
It tastes bit like jam. Malty jam. There are no citrus/lemon notes. Full of malt. But in no way drying.
Another tea room Thursday. Well, I need to boost myself because of Thursday nights part-time job. This one was delivered day before I ordered it, so apparently really fresh! Let´s see.
Gaiwan, approx. 100-120 ml. I should ask. I don´t know how much leaves in, but it was quite a lot in my opinion. I have not counted steeps, but 1 liter thermos was gone. Each steep about 15-30 seconds.
Okay, now to the tea:
Aroma was storng orchid garden, floral, with little notes of smoke.
Colour of brew was light golden which was turning to darker and darker. Leaves went through the strainer of gaiwan. Not much of them though.
Taste was wonderful, floral, with little astrigency. But still smooth, mellow. Energy boosting.
I stayed awake till 6 am without any troubles with short, about few 15 minutes naps in bus back home. So apparently wake up call. The tea was wonderful, for great price / value ratio. I paid 108 CZK for whole thermos and I can make it as I wanted. Really, 20 seconds was average steep and I am surprised how bold it was.
Flavors: Floral, Orchid, Smoke
I went to tea room yesterday, as I had to wait for my friend.
Gaiwan (unknown volume, I guess about 120 ml), steeps around 20 seconds with 90°C water, then up to 1 minute steep. I don´t know how much leaves in, maybe 5 grams?
Let´s start with aroma: really nice floral garden, maybe little jasmine notes, nothing funky, bitter, or unpleasant. I really liked it and it changes during the steeps.
Colour: hard to say, as it was dark there, but I was trying my best and I think it was yellow-green and clear. Maybe bit more yellow, but the light has warm temperature. So, I can´t be really sure.
Taste: the most important! Wonderful. It was like walk through garden, smooth, bit like a cream or milk (thank you Mr. Teaman there). I have to learn so much to recognize different tastes. Smooth. Jasmine. Floral. Dreaming.
Really good tea, which is unfortunately out of their stock (on website), but they offered me a bag for 350 CZK (I guess 100 grams). More amazing than I thought, probably very fresh one. LOVELY!
Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Grass, Jasmine, Smooth, Sweet, Warm Grass
I loved it !!!!
The tea list explained that it was a strong tea, to be drunk with milk and honey. Usually I prefer green teas, light and soft. But there, I discovered a fantastic and euphoric tea, perfect for strong winters, for recovering after a hard walking day…
Unusual tastes, fabulous perfume, unic savour. I’m addict…
Man oh man, I had this at Dobra Cajovna in Praha. Not the mother store but the one with hookah. Let me tell you that this is such a magnificent tea. I enjoy most tea quite a bit but this was extra special. Almost euphoric in my enjoyment of this tea, I await the next time I can consume. I might just have to order some.