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37 Tasting Notes

drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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92

Mmm! Alright – I am sagacious in my favorite teas, I know, but this one is a definite keeper! A complexly-flavored black tea that has nothing in comparison with the Kroger/Scott’s brand of English Black Tea. Although not very interesting in terms of smell, the flavor is – whoa, intense and delicious!

Let me tell you – this is a tea to take with cream and sugar, but by all means, try it out plain first. Both ways are delicious.

A bold flavored black tea that really makes a lesser blend look gross by comparison.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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51

It’s wonderfully rainy, and I’m celebrating my new bookcase being built (what? That’s a special occasion for me) so I decided to try a new tea out. Although a bit plain-Jane, I figured why the hell not?

The color is as you would expect of a black tea – a nice dark gold with a black hue. I was expecting the flavor to be a bit plainer, but I was surprised to find that the taste of the black tea is edged with a slightly… floral flavor?

I can’t smell the taste that is on my tongue whenever I sip the tea, but another taste reveals another nip of flower. I mean, I get that camilla sinesis IS a flower, but I didn’t expect this blend to taste floral. Although not completely unpleasant, and the taste does fade under the flavor of the black tea, it does leave its mark on the palate. The problem is that the floral taste seems to taste like old lady perfume smells, if that makes any sense.

The floral tinge and the weakness of the black tea itself does not leave too favorable of an impression on me, but I’m not about to throw the whole box of tea away. I’m not about to buy this tea again, however.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Tea by Higher Living
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Came in a box with three other blends of Higher Living Teas, at the TJ Maxx next to where I work. It’s not infused with honey or vanilla or chocolate or even cinnamon – just a simple green tea. Even the box’s art reflects the simplicity that this tea was aiming for – very low-key.

I have to say that I was not given a wrong perspective of what this tea was gonna be like – it’s simple and does not have the “wow” factor that the chamomile with vanilla had. Well, its a perfectly good, albeit plain, green tea, and if that’s what you’re looking for, then Higher Living has a good plain one – one that will probably be grand as an iced tea, likely really good with a hearty meal. As I made it, hot, it’s nothing to write home about.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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87

I got this in a sampler of other Higher Living teas and at the time, thought nothing of it. When the tea I had planned to drink was, um, ripped, I decided to make this my back up. Now, I have heard that people actually ENJOY drinking Chamomile, but the only chamomile I’ve ever drunk was the terrible blend that Celestial Seasonings makes. Seriously, that blend tastes like chewing on wildflowers and a pinch of dirt, and I worried that that is how chamomile generally tastes. Well, after trying this tea out, I want to say that I now get the liking for chamomile.

The over powering taste of flora is not so potent in this tea, and you can taste all kinds of desserty stuff in the tea. I really couldn’t decide whether it tastes better cold or hot, I decided that they both taste great.

Good luck with your mid terms, every one!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Was excited to try this tea out, so I saved it for a particularly tough day, when I would need something special to get me through every thing. As I waited for it to finish steeping, I realized that a multitude of tea dust was floating on the surface of the water and that the bag I had was ripped. Shit. The sip I did take of it was great, and it smelled wonderful, but I didn’t need to be eating leaves as I studied for my mid term. Maybe I’ll actually get a decent cup of this, one day.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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69

Thought that this would be one bad idea of a tea, but I was surprised to find that the flavor actually added something unique to the concept of Earl Grey. The green tea adds a mellower canvas for the orange to come through.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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55

Tried it hot; doesn’t taste all that great hot. I’ll recommend that everyone stick to iced tea with this blend.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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90

I think I’ve been steeping it wrongly the past few times, and the flavor hasn’t quite held up to the place it once had in my heart. I’m going to try steeping it more carefully next time.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Lemon Lift by Bigelow
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When I first opened the foil packet this tea came in, I was astounded by the fact that this tea smelled very much like Apple Cider, but with lemons instead of apples. After steeping the smell was even stronger!

This tea is a real delight to drink, and it does, indeed, remind me of fall weather. It makes me long for the return of the school year; I feel like I should be drinking this to support me as I study, wearing warmer clothing.

Again I love the addition of the black tea to this other Bigelow tea (the other one being the Plantation Mint) which gives me a good caffein boost and kicks the flavor of the lemon up quite a great deal. This tea tastes great hot, and the name doesn’t do this fact justice; I believe that Bigelow really should change this tea blend’s name to Lemon Cider, as that’s exactly what it tastes like.

The only reason I have a slightly lower score for this blend instead of Plantation Mint is because of the lack of actual lemon in this tea. Even though it certainly tastes like the real thing, I bet the flavor would have been very much improved if it contained some actual lemon peel instead of soy lecithin.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
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These two teas were my favorites before I got into loose leaf. :)

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