33 Tasting Notes

48
drank Jasmine Chun Hao by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

This was disappointing as a jasmine tea and as a green. The jasmine perfume is stale and weak, the tea was a bit bitter despite being careful with the tep and steep times. It wasn’t awful – I did manage to finish the cup, but I wouldn’t buy this again nor seek it out.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

Oh wow. Just…wow. I have to be in the mood for jasmine tea, and I was so I tried some of my sample from Verdant Teas – and…wow. Very very smooth and gentle, absolutely no bitterness at all, and the jasmine perfume is incredible both when opening the package and while drinking. It’s a pure aroma, but not overly strong. By far the best jasmine I’ve had. I need to order some more of this along with their Holy Basil!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

Holy cow this is yummy! Complex, sweet, basil, mint, chocolate, cream, cinnamon, spice, licorice, caramel there’s even honeydew melon at the finish. I normally don’t care a lot for spices in my tea, but this one is amazing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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95

After reading some of the other reviews on this one I had to try it. On opening the bag I got a really intense spinach aroma. The leaves are beautiful, all tightly and finely rolled. ON steeping, the aroma switched and was toasty with some spinach undertones. The liquor is pale yellow with a very very faint umami smell to it. The taste is..extraordinary. Very faint notes of spinach and green bean, a little umami, and a caramel finish. Very, very smooth, almost…seductive. I like this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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50
drank Pineapple Kona Pop! by Teavana
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My son tried some of this at the local Tevana and begged me to buy some. After Teavana’s standard sales procedure (see the end of this review) we acquired some and took it home. Made hot, It was disappointing in flavor and aroma, but I’ve since tried some cold steeped and found it to be really nice. Not sure where to put my slider, since temperature makes a large difference in my rating.

Now for the Tevana rant: Their standard sales BS consists of trying to sell you everything in the store in addition to what you go in to buy. A lot of stores offer an item or 2 when checking out, but Tevana is fairly aggressive about it. The clerk offered me no less than separate additional items to purchase. So many that I was tempted to ask him if he was behind on his quota…In addition, they consistently will over pour the tea. Now, to be fair, my local store has always told me that there was more, and would 2.5 oz instead of 2.0 be ok, but it does get old. I’m afraid I was a bit sharp with the salesman when he poured out 2.8 oz and asked if I was ok with that. He didn’t bother asking about the over pour on the 2 other teas I purchased that day, and simply made sure they were exactly what I ordered.

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64
drank White Tropics by Adagio Teas
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This was much milder than Adagio’s Pina Colada – and that’s a good thing. Not my favorite tea, but not obnoxious like that colada.

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5
drank Honeybush by Adagio Teas
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I don’t think honeybush or rooibos teas are my thing. They all seem to taste like a mix of old tree bark and dirt.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
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I cold steeped this one after reading several reviews and found it to be really nice.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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84
drank Casablanca Twist by Adagio Teas
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A nice mint/green tea combo. Nothing special or unique, though.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Casablanca Twist by Adagio Teas
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Science nerd by trade, I teach A&P at the college level and relax by having some tea and reading some good science fiction.

I really like green and white tea but don’t care for coffee or the black teas. Matcha is good (at least when I’m not making it) but I’m caffeine sensitive so I don’t have it a lot.

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