8 Tasting Notes

Brace yourselves. I’m trying a new Earl Grey outside of my comfort zone.

This cup in the morning hasn’t been too shabby. Harney seem to have used more tea than bergamot, which doesn’t bother me in the slightest. As long as my Earl Grey has that citrusy wang, tout va bien.

Very pleasant and light

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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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This is growing on me.

It just tastes so GOOD. The cups of green tea that I made prior to discovering Adagio’s Gunpowder always required a tiny amount of sugar to be bearable. This one does not.

There’s something about that smokey quality, plus a decent amount of caffeine (which then lends itself to productivity) and a cool winter day that’s just so right.

I’m starting to notice more of a somewhat fruity aftertaste that mixes with the astringency. That’s probably a contradiction, but merh.


175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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I picked this one up a few months ago while browsing for a gift for my mom. I’ve had an odd fixation with Twinings Earl Grey the past year and I thought I’d indulge my taste buds with this fellow.

I’d be interested in seeing how it differs from other EG Cremes as other reviews say that the bergamot is particularly strong. I don’t think it’s THAT strong although you can taste it.

Not a bad cup of tea by any means. The creaminess makes it almost seem that milk is present although I never put milk in my EG. Yummy.

A nice change.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
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So a week or so ago, I was at my aunt’s for Thanksgiving and I sneaked into the kitchen to satisfy my Twinings Earl Grey addiction while a large part of my family were packed in on the couch, watching football (blech).

My aunt is an awesome lady. I’m usually mocked for my tea addiction, but my aunt doesn’t seem to mind as much. In fact, as the kettle was warming up some water, my aunt went through her tea cabinet and gave me a few things to try, one of which was Twinings Christmas. It was lovely and hit the spot later that evening as it got colder and more subtly reminded me of the holidays.

It never really occurred to me that there might be a market for holiday-oriented teas, but a simple online search will yield otherwise.

I found this tea and I’m pretty satisfied with it. I do wish the flavor was more overpowering. It’s very mild, but quite sippable. It does Christmas justice, but I’m interested in trying out other blends.

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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Mmm, yum! I think it’s the fact that this tea tastes more like coffee than any other tea I’ve tried that has me mesmerized at the moment. I’ve been meaning to try an Irish Breakfast for a long time now, but now I’ve finally gotten around to it. No regrets. At. All. While I’m drinking this in the evening, I could imagine that this would be a great companion to wake up to in the morning.

I added a drop of milk and a teaspoon of sugar to my cup, but I think I’ll use less sugar next time so I can take in more of the flavor.

Malty is the best way to describe this beauty.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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I have tried several times to get “into” green tea, but I’ve always sort of thought it wasn’t my thing. There’s nothing wrong with that, but things have changed now that I’ve being trying out more premium quality tea.

I think my first green tea experience was Celestial Seasonings’ Authentic Green Tea. I’m almost done with the box after having owned it for probably around, give or take, four or five years. That should explain quite a bit. The other green tea that I have is Dancing Leaves loose leaf green tea and while it’s better, I think I could’ve saved my money.

Fast forward to now and I brave another green tea, Adagio Gunpowder, albeit a sample ‘cause I’m too chicken to buy a significant amount. Honestly speaking, this is pretty good. Yes, it’s outside my normal comfort zone of black teas, but I think I’m starting to understand why people drink green tea outside of possible health benefits.

This cup of tea is smokey and grassy, but still enjoyable. It has that slight astringency that I love of tea.

Things are looking better for green tea in general, but it remains to be seen if I will buy more of Adagio’s Gunpowder.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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For me, each cup of tea is a unique memory. I was not a big tea drinker as a kid, but on occasional winter mornings, my mom would prepare two cups for us as we waited for the school bus. Those were precious moments, and while we mostly drank fruity herbal tea, it did instill an impression on me of hot beverages.

Moving forward in my life, my tealationship didn’t escalate until I did a semester abroad in France. I’m not one to get sick, but I managed to get sick TWICE within a five month period. Despite feeling terrible, it’s still expected that you go to class and no one was in a position to take care of me. However, the beautiful thing about France is that vending machines for coffee and tea are everywhere. Nothing made me feel better than the Twinings Thé Menthe Vert (mint green tea) offered in those little plastic gobelets. After having recovered, my interest naturally continued to other teas. Earl Grey now practically runs through my veins.

Tea is a beverage with which you can sit around and discuss just anything and just about anyone. For introverts, it’s also a friend when the rest of the world seems to be too much.

God, I love tea.


Old Saybrook, CT, USA

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