25 Tasting Notes

84

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83

Another tea opened and down:) this one didn’t have the subtle mess that I expect from a Darjeeling. This one hit me with that nice refreshing “ahhh” that I’ve noticed only Darjeeling has. The steep was the normal amount, the color was good, great for re steeping. Tasted wonderful “black”, although I usually at least add sugar. This one was really pretty impressive, just a nice subtle floral then I think a little nuttiness and darker flavors you get from black tea. A good tea, not the champagne of teas but definitely a good one.

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70
drank Strawberry Misaki by Teavana
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This one was a pleasant splash of color on a wintry day. The kids liked watching the tea bloom at the bottom of the carafe. As it began to bloom it turned the water into the normal light gold color with a hue of subtle red. After steeping a bit, I poured a cup and was surprised but the smell of strawberry and the slight taste of strawberry followed up by the gentle taste of white tea. I’m not normally a white tea kind of person, as it often comes across as too light, and is often overpowered by the accompanying flavor. In this case it was strawberry. I noticed this particular tea can’t steep past it’s allowed time or you can end up with the flavor of a strawberry potpourri which can be a bit off putting. However if you want to get more of that strawberry flavor this might be your best bet. If was different and I enjoyed it more for the aesthetics than the taste. Worth a try though:)

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78

This one wasn’t as bad as I had been prepped for. I opened the bag expecting to be hit with an overwhelming scent of jasmine…it was surprisingly subtle. After steeping for about 3 minutes. I poured a cup of a nice golden subtle and light flavored green tea. The jasmine was noticeable, but not overpowering which was nice, but still a little to subtle to rate it higher. It didn’t have much of a crisp finish…the clean taste of the green tea came through, nice coloring, good mellow cup for a cold morning…but just a subtle cup.

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85

This was one of those, “hey look free samples” kind of tastings. Now granted one small sample became a small cup. I was pleasantly impressed by the flavor blends of subtle peach sweetness with the fresh tartness of strawberry finishing with the light crisp clean finish of white tea. Now I don’t know if I could call it a go to, but it was a pleasant change of pace from my norm. Very impressive and tasty:)

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31

Overall, I was a bit disappointed by this cup. When I opened the package I was surprised with a refreshing citrus note that was expected with a earthy Ceylon scent…but the broken leaves and tea dust threw me for a bit of a loop. Obviously I still granted the benefit of a doubt, because I’ve been pleasantly surprised by worse in the past…but to little avail. After letting steep at the appropriate time…still nothing. A bit of the normal earl grey flavor but it left quickly along with my expectations. The combo of tea dust, non re-steepability, and poor taste just really put a damper on the experience:(

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71
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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This one prepared for me, so I can’t really put too much effort into how this one was prepared. As far as the taste… Not too bad, I expect that had it been a better ratio of water to leaves it would have been a bit stronger. Flavor wise it was impressed it still managed to convey the bergamot flavor while not overpowering the real tea flavor. Now I didn’t notice a huge difference between this one and the normal Earl Grey except a slight lightness that can sometimes be overlooked in a black tea, but overall a good cup. Fresh after taste with little left on the palate in the way of too much bergamot oil. So my hats off to the folk at teavana. Nothing overly amazing in the way of an Earl Grey but definitely not too shabby:)

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100

Holy moly!! I didn’t think I could find a mixture of sweet, fruity, creamy and just such a wonderful blend as the 2 cups I just had. Every cup tastes like a blueberry muffin. Creamy notes hit you first with a blast of blueberry coming quick after, then the longer it steeps you go back for the high quality earl grey. The 2nd and 3rd steep we’re just as good as the 1st!! I hadn’t steeped a tea as many times in a day as this one!! And the other thing that makes it so awesome… In keeping with all things doctor who, the folks at Adagio give you an extra ounce at normal price…because “it’s bigger on the inside”:) definitely a staple in my cupboard!! Absolutely amazing!!

MissB

So glad you grabbed some of this! See, fruity tea can be delicious. :)

Josh Buteau

You’re absolutely right:)

Tea Sipper

I was planning on having this one tomorrow. Can’t wait!

Tea Sipper

Or was it the other Tardis? Ah, I don’t know at the moment!

Josh Buteau

Either way in sure the other TARDIS tea is just as good. How could it not be? It’s the TARDIS!!

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90
drank Peach Oolong by Adagio Teas
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Wow! This one really puts forth that strong peach smell. Just opening the pouch to add some to the teapot made my mouth water. In normally not a fruit tea kind of guy, but this one got me going. The oolong tea alone couples it taste with the peach and I am almost positive will carry over well into a second steeping. Looking forward to it. I was really surprised by the darkness I got from this one though. Darker than normal for the oolong, but the flavors are there. Looks like a second steeping may happen in a couple hours as opposed to tomorrow morning:)

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100

I have this mug…if you’re a doctor who fan…it’s awesome!!! Now I know it’s just a picture but any whovian would say otherwise. It’s my daily tea mug…just awesome. Only a couple downfalls, after you hand wash it (not dishwasher safe…oh well) don’t leave it wet, the plastic costing that show the disappearing tardis will bubble and eventually come off. But aside from that, it’s just so cool…now to get my doctor who TARDIS teapot:)

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Just a normal guy that gave up the normal daily coffee for a healthier, more flavorful, more intrinsically complex beverage. Being a US marine and deploying on the regular makes enjoying a decent cup of tea difficult at times but shows that even the “rough” guys can enjoy a great cup of tea.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Absolutely awesome! I don’t know why i’m spending time typing about them instead of drinking!
85-89: pretty damn delicious, and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the cream of the crop.
84-80: Tasty teas that I enjoy and would drink again when i can find it, but more than likely will not make a second appearance except for freebies and samples.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but wouldn’t seek out. They don’t quite do it for me in one aspect or another; often just not quite my style
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: The unfortunate bottom category. This tea is just disgusting to me.

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