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drank Razzleberry Green by 52teas
865 tasting notes

Another gift from Meghann M! She didn’t give me enough for a full gallon, but she gave me the perfect amount for 108oz! (Anyone else annoyed when the last bit of tea… or the entire sample in the case of Golden Moon… only makes a partial cuppa?)

6TB leaf, 8oz hot water, 100oz cold water. Drank 24oz w/ lunch. The raw leaf smells like raspberry hard candies.

I steeped this a little longer than I normally would have and I’m not sure why. Glad I did though. Surprisingly the fruit aspect is extremely light, and competely raspberry candy-ish. No real fruit. No blackberry. Tasting the sencha base is not a problem here. Unfortunately instead of light, crisp, clean, vegetal notes that I love in green teas, I’m getting more buttered veggies. I normally don’t pick up on buttered veggie notes, and don’t ever remember picking up on them in an iced tea…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Meghann M

This tea was much too buttery for me as well. I’m glad you had enough to make a large pitcher of this. I wish the blackberry would come out of hiding.

Cofftea

I LOVE blackberry! I’m hoping for a chocolate blackberry green tea soon.

52teas

I just can’t get my head around chocolate and green tea.

Cofftea

That’s what I thought Frank, but I LOVE Adagio’s cocomint green (which inspite of the name is a chocolate mint blend).

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Had 24oz. w/ my favorite home-made panini:
chicken patty
a slice of breaded eggplant
goat cheese w/ crushed red pepper
a slice of roasted red pepper
a slice of tomato
Miracle Whip on one side of the French bread, Fat Free Italian dressing on the other.

In spite of their being no “cream”… and virtually no peach… it’s a pretty good iced tea that pairs very well.

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100
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Decided to put 2TB of vanilla creamer in my 16oz chai misto today. It’s funny, I keep various flavored creamers in my fridge for both coffee and tea, but this is one I don’t put in my coffee. Just not a vanilla girl when it comes to my coffee. But I think that’s cuz it’s the only flavor in it. I’m not a fan of vanilla flavored teas if it’s not blended w/ other flavors. Unless it’s vanilla green:)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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Made a gallon of this cold and drank 32oz of it… raw leaf is slightly peach scented, but also has floral/perfumey notes… tastes a bit like peaches… spicifically peach COBBLER. Way more bakey than I expected it to be (since I didn’t expect it to be bakey at all). Still floral and perfumey… not creamy… hmmm… not gonna rate it til I can figure it out.

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49
drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
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Cold version.

An excellent, healthier alternative to soda, koolaid, and fruit juice, but not a good iced tisane.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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49
drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
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Sample 1 from Meghann M!

I LOVE blood oranges, but after their sour apple tasting NOTHING like apple, I’m not real hopeful.

2tsp/16oz boiling water/10min. Half hot, half in the fridge to chill.

This is the hot attempt.

The liquor reminds me of grapefruit juice. Hm… Interesting. The smell does smell like orange, but I can also smell apple and cranberry.

Well, this is better than the sour apple! The orange is actually there. But there’s too much other schtuff in it. Not real accurate, but I think it would be good (again not real accurate though) mixed w/ a black tea. Yes, I know, I don’t even really like non dessert or chai black teas lol.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Another pouch bites the dust. :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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86

Had this w/ a Lean Cuisine Garlic Chicken pizza. Inspite of only using half the suggested water (8oz) and putting salsa on the pizza, my mouth is still burning from the garlic, and I like lots of garlic…

Preparation
Iced

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98

I can almost feel the plant sterols melting away my cholesterol… Ok, well maybe not, maybe Matcha OJ is just that yummy=D

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100
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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Hadda get up at 5:30am to go to the bathroom (Dang chai at 9pm)… came back to find my dog hijacked my bed so I had to lay cross ways on my bed. Surprised I was even able to sleep, but I layed there for 4 hrs. I need something to wake me up and ward off possible pain that may result from my contortion. So I steeped 1tsp in coffee. HOT! Complex. Rich. Not so chocolatey. YUMMY!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I will ALWAYS pick loose leaf over tea bags. I only drink bagged tea if that’s my only choice or I find a flavor that I can’t find a loose leaf version for. When I do drink bagged; however, I always weigh my bag and am constantly curious as to the weight/flavor ratio- sometimes I am quite surprised by the flavor punch of light bags.

I have a preference for organic and fair trade teas (preferably both), but would never pass up an amzing tea just because it isn’t organic and/or fair trade.

I love savory teas.

I’m currently searching for a chai flavored soy powder or a soy based chai mix (either already mixed or a recipe).

I hardly EVER sweeten my teas. I feel that sweeteners (unless flavored like tea honeys, brown sugar, ice cream topping syrups, flavored coffee syrups, etc) do not add anything to the flavor profile of tea- in fact, I’ve found that they dumb down the flavors.

I NEVER serve my tea over regular iced cubes- I always make tea cubes.

I LOVE cooking w/ tea and making smoothTEAS.

I LOVE tea blending.

I rarely drink herbal teas unless they are mixed with true teas. My favorite herbals to mix with true teas are: spearmint, peppermint, lemongrass, rose hips, and gingeroot.

I can’t stand anything w/ fennel or anise. Hot black teas (except orange pekoe bagged tea that you get when you go out to eat and chai teas) tend to upset my stomach.

I drink matcha daily and love flavoring it. I’m also in a constant search of preflavored matchas.

I’m constantly searching for information on how to prepare tea authentically according to its country of origin.

My Tasting Notes Ratings (edited 8/8/10)
1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

6: Made it thru the entire set of infusions but I can’t bring myself to tinker w/ the parameters and won’t be making it again.

7-10: Does not taste anything like the ingredients or name suggests (i.e. Adagio’s Sour apple)

11-25: I can taste some of the ingredients, but the flavor is severely lacking

25-49: Teas that I would not consider bad in their flavor profile, but certainly below average

50: Average.

51-69: Teas above averge, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling them “good”.

70-75: Very good, but still room for improvement

76-85: Above average flavor profile

86-90: REALLY good flavors

91-99: Almost PERFECTLY achieves the goal of the ingredients and name of the tea.

100: Abosolutely perfect teas!

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Favorite Music: ANYTHING Christian. I don’t normally listen to secular music, but I do love jazz and swing.

Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies mostly. My Sister’s Keeper, P.S. I Love You, Fireproof, National Treasure Trilogy (I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE 3rd ONE TO COME OUT!), Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Sister Act 1 & 2, Yes Man, Bruce & Evan Almighty, rarely watch animated movies but LOVE anything 3D.

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