1582 Tasting Notes

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Oh dear lord it’s cold! A big storm came in while I was at work and I had to walk home in the middle of blizzard …wearing a jacket with a broken zipper. Needless to say I was absolutely chilled when I got home and promptly put on a pot of tea to warm me up.

This tea was a good choice – I’m pretty sure it came from the Traveling Teabox (rip) originally. It’s a good, solid black tea that does the trick without being unpalatably harsh. The flavour is bold with hints of smoke and a bit of astringency, and there’s also something about it that almost tastes metallic – I know that probably sounds unpleasant but it really isn’t. This would make an excellent morning go-to tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77

I wasn’t really paying attention to the instructions so as a result the 1st infusion was steeped for 1.5 min rather than 1 min. I gave the leaves a bit of a rinse first to open them up, which I normally do with rolled oolongs. The first steep was alright, perhaps a bit too woodsy for my tastes and it had a distinct roasted, almost charcoal-like taste – more like your typical dark Formosa oolong than a Tie Guan Yin. The second steep was better with more of the smooth, buttery flavours I usually associate with green oolongs and with the roasted notes more subduded. The tea seems to lack sweetness though – I know Tie Guan Yins aren’t heavily perfumed teas, but they usually have some honey notes that appear as the tea cools – but I’m not getting any of that.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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86
drank Blueberry Zabaglione by 52teas
1582 tasting notes

Sipdown. I really enjoyed this tea – although maybe not quite as much as the strawberry zabaglione. That’s likely more down to personal preference though, as I love strawberries but am generally fairly ambivalent towards blueberries.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

Nothing really special I’ve got to say. It’s a nice enough blend but I’m pretty sure I’ve drank at least three or four teas that tasted very much like it. It’s light, sweet and fruity and sort of peachy-tropicaly in flavour and….that’s about it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Gingerbread Chai by 52teas
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Sipdown. I made the last of this into a latté last night and it really brought out the gingerbread flavour nicely. Much better than the so-called gingerbread lattés you get at coffee shops.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissLena

I had the pumpkin spice latte at Starbuck Starbucks yesterday and thought, man, I can make a wayy better pumpkin tea latte. Always nice to know you can make delicious lattes at home for a lot less with more flavor :)

Jillian

No kidding. I just don’t get all the fuss over SBUX’s Pumpkin Spice lattés. It’s all just sickly sweet, artificially flavoured corn syrup.

Fjellrev

I don’t get it either. It’s like drinking sugar sludge.

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60

With a bit of a longer steep the lavender comes out a little bit more which makes this blend slightly more interesting. Still doesn’t make me a fan of red rooibos though; it’s still ‘meh’ at best.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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75
drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
1582 tasting notes

Another sipdown. This has served me well as a wake-up breakfast tea (I work 5am these days). No matter how I steeped it I still couldn’t get rid of that weird grape-like note which I’m pretty sure is some contamination of some sort. Ah well, I enjoyed this blend all the same.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Ginseng Green by Adagio Teas
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Sipdown. It’s a nice tea to be sipping while I work on my big university assignment, as the ginseng and green tea clear my head and give me an energy boost without making me totally wired.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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76

Yum, the tea smells like one of those vanilla nut lattés that they used to serve at Starbucks before they got all cheap and crappy. With teas that are a mix of more than one kind (in this case black tea and oolong) it’s hard to determine what the steeping parameters should be (Adagio’s are always vague at best) so to be on the safe side I went with what I’d usually do for the lighter tea (it’s a dark oolong so about 90°C).

The flavour is nice and quite bold with the hazelnut being especially noticeable. The oolong gives it a bit of sweetness as the tea cools and the vanilla smooths out some of the harsher notes from the Irish Breakfast, so it all works together pretty well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Terri HarpLady

When I finally get around to placing another Adagio order, I have to restock this one. It is a tasty treat :)

Jillian

I haven’t actually bought anything from Adagio in ages – their international shipping rates are ridic expensive (we’re talking $30 min in shipping alone).

Terri HarpLady

Geez! That is ridiculous!

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85
drank Vienna Winter Green by SpecialTeas
1582 tasting notes

Another blend that I’ve been drinking but never got around to logging. This tea reminds me a bit of Davids Tea’s Toasted Walnut with its rich nutty flavours. It’s sweet with hints of creamy white chocolate and the green tea base is light and refreshing enough to keep it from being too cloying. By all the rights the camomile shouldn’t really belong in a blend like this, but somehow it works.

I’m glad I bought a big bag of this tea – I’ll be able to enjoy it for awhile yet. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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