337 Tasting Notes

75
drank Green Tea Opuncia by Teekanne
337 tasting notes

I have a weird soft spot for Teekanne bagged teas. And for opuncia/prickly pear.
The tea surely smells like opuncia, in a fresh, not artificial way. It is fruity and sweety, with some straw green tea character in the background.
And it also tastes decently. there is a balance between the base green tea and opuncia flavouring, the tea is not overdone and it’s really pleasant to drink.
It’s not a double jackpot, but I really like it.

Flavors: Fruity, Prickly Pear, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 11 OZ / 330 ML

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75

I really like the aroma here. It;s a balanced, multilayered blend of cloves, orange peel, vanilla and cinnamon. Very warming and not at all artificial.
And the taste? Less impressive, that’s for sure. The spices don’t seem that evident here, they hover a bit in the back behind the slight maltiness of the base black tea. It’s not bad, though.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 14 OZ / 400 ML

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85

A gift from a friend living in Turkey.
Medium-strong aroma, mostly pomegranate, but also with hibiscus and cinnamon.
Sour and tart flavour, very fruity, almost of red wine quality, with all the ingredients blending into a balanced mix.
Great tea as far as the fruit teas go.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Hibiscus, Pomegranate, Sour, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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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
337 tasting notes

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
337 tasting notes

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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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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