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29 Tasting Notes

100
drank Lavender Earl Grey by Rishi Tea
29 tasting notes

AMAZING! I love Earl Grey and this is my new favorite! As soon as I opened the tin, I knew it was a quality tea. The leaves are huge and it was full of lavender buds.

The tea is very strong and smooth, and the lavender goes very well with the bergamont of Earl Grey. This will definitely be replacing Adagio’s Earl Grey Bravo as my go-to morning tea. And the fact that I can pick it up at my local Whole Foods instead of having to order online is the icing on the cake.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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79

It’s good. Pretty strong too, which is what I needed the other night. It’s got a subtle maltiness from the assam, which was nice. Still, this didn’t jump out at me as being anything super special the way GM’s Sinharaja did. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very solid tea. Just nothing out of the ordinary. I probably won’t buy a whole tin of this but I enjoyed it and it definitely hit the spot the other night.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Honey Pear by Golden Moon Tea
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Mmmmm!! Great combo of flavors, and very well done!

The dry leaves have a strong smell of honey. The honey is still there in the tea, but the pear flavor is more pronounced. It’s really smooth and not at all artificial tasting. Definitely needs sweetener to bring out the flavors. Just add it gradually. I over-sweetened my first cup and kinda ruined it :(

This is a very uniquely flavored tea. It’s somewhat light while still being a nice treat, just like a dessert of honey and pears would be.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
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This is excellent. A nice, dark, flavorful tea with such a smooth taste.

The dry leaves smell sweet, which a “bready” quality. They actually remind me a little of banana bread for some reason. These are nice, long, full dried leaves that expand and unfurl to release some great flavors.

The tea tastes nice without any sweetener, but since I prefer my black teas to be on the sweet side, I added just a touch of sugar. The dark tea has a raisin-like taste, but without being particularly fruity. After a few sips it gets sweeter (maybe it’s because the tea is cooling), with a taste like the burnt sugar crust on creme brulee. And it does this all without being overly sweet.

I’m sad I only have a sample. After I finish all my Golden Moon samples, I’ll probably order 3 pr 4 of my favorites. This is definitely on my short list.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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81

This is really nice… I enjoyed it better than a more expensive Ti Kuan Yin tea I tried from the Chicago Tea Garden. It has an amazing floral scent to it, especially in the first steep. The overall flavor was kind of weak though. Slight sweet aftertaste, somewhat vegetable. Overall, this is an enjoyable cup of tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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It tasted and smelled likes something familiar but it took me a whole cup to put my finger on it… root beer! Or cream soda. Problem is, I really don’t like either. I’m guessing this was the vanilla coming through because I hardly detected any jasmine.

The root beer/cream soda taste was more pronounced with sugar so I tried the second cup without. I preferred it without sugar but it still smelled like the offending soft drinks. I’m sure a lot of people would actually love a tea that tastes like cream soda. I personally just didn’t care for it.

This was my first out of the Golden Moon sample so it was pretty disappointing to start with a tea I didn’t like. I still have 30 other teas to try though — I was bound to not like a few anyway.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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79

Hmmm… I took my time drinking this before reviewing. First couple of cups were weak so I decided to actually measure a whole tsp plus added another pinch. I got a real dark copper colored tea with a great smokey scent. I keep taking sniffs before each sip. Kind of reminds be of a fireplace that’s just gone out. This will be great when it gets colder out. The smoky flavor is more mild than it smells, which is probably a good thing. It’s got a slight malt flavor to it as well. Definitely a solid tea to pick me up in the afternoon at work.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Hmmm… I was afraid the cream/vanilla flavors wouldn’t be noticeable against the earl grey but it was a nice balance. I thought the tea was a little on the weak size overall through when I steeped the recommended 3 minutes. It was much better when I let it steep for 5 minutes like I usually do with black teas. Also, it’s not really sweet on it’s own but for some reason, a little sugar/sweetener seems to go a looong way. I had to add less than usual to keep it from tasting too sweet. Other than that, it’s a nice twist on a classic. Don’t know if I’d go out of my way to order more but I can see adding in more samples next time I order from SpecialTeas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

Hmmm… it’s taken me a little while to get a good enough feel for this tea before writing a review. The good thing was that I’ve been able to get quite a few cups out of the sample!

First off, the recommended 30 second first steep didn’t produce a strong enough taste for me. I preferred 1 1/2 – 2 minutes. Regardless of how long, the first steep is big on a wonderful floral scent but kinda weak on flavor. The second and third steeps had a much more pronounced flavor. It’s somewhat vegetal but not quite like green tea. It’s very soothing and floral. The later steeps have a nice sweetness to them too. The only thing I don’t care for much is that it has a dry finish. Other than that, very wonderful tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
29 tasting notes

This was the first time I tried chamomile that wasn’t in crushed and bagged form – wow! My mom used to make me chamomile tea when I was a kid and I always liked the taste (I also used to put it in my hair with lemon juice to bring out highlights in the summer but that’s another story). This takes it up a notch (or three). It’s like trying Ghirardelli chocolate when all you’ve ever eaten was Hershey’s.

It tastes fresh, smells wonderful, and tastes like honey when you add a little sugar. It’s also very relaxing, especially after a stressful day at work (might not be a bad idea to start bringing it to work in that case!). Also, as with all chamomiles, it’s great at soothing an uneasy stomach so that’s always good to have on hand.

If you like bagged, grocery store chamomile, please try this. You’ll be glad you did :)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Never heard of the hair treatement. Cool! Cuz for my tastes, that’s the only thing it’s good for lol! Glad you liked it though.

Ally928

I used to do it to enhance my already bleach-blond hair. It only works if you have blonde or light brown hair… mix it up and spray it on your hair before you go out in the sun. Just don’t try it if you have medium to dark hair! You might want to Google it, it’s been years since I did that – not to mention I’m back to my natural brunette :)

Seth Collins

I’m going to have to try it with honey now, I can see how that would go well with it.

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