84 Tasting Notes

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got this as a sample with my ML order. i have to say it is nothing special and it is that rich black tea taste that i enjoy. this too is a no nonsense black tea. i can see this becoming a staple in my cabinet for those lazy days when a bag is preferable seeing as school does start next week and i have a 40min drive to school! tea in a snap is preferable on the days i think im running late lol.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

A free tea that gets a 96… YAY!!!

Kitch3ntools

i know! :D ill prob end up buying a box for my quick tea days. it was tasty in a “i need a black tea with no frills” kinda way :)

Jillian

I think sometimes everyone just needs a tea that’s not all fancy or blows you away with a riot of flavours.

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drank Awake by Tazo
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was despite for tea yesterday while i was out so got this at Starbucks and the lady told me that they r trying to revamp tazo and have it so the teas are all whole leaf. so i had whole leaf :) it wasn’t bad but the little tag didnt give steeping time and the cashier didnt tell me how long either so i oversteeped this and it was bitter. i also spilled alot of it on my leg in the car trying to take the oversteeped tea bag out of it :( i was in rare form yesterday! (only slept a total of an hour that night) ugh anyway lol it was good i just couldnt pick out any of the flavors they describe on the description thing it was just bitter plain black tea to me. because of that i will give it another chance and i will not be giving it a number rating

Ricky

I never really liked this tea much. The old teabags never got bitter or rarely did. Then again I would do 16oz with 1 teabag. If I recall there’s Assam or Keemun in there. It’s one of the two.

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96

my first mighty leaf tea! the packages are nice because there see-through :) i dont know y i like see-through things so much but that makes it more exciting for me. the little bags are cute too because you can see that they are sewn together. i have to admit i bought might leaf because Rabbysmom made them all look so good so i had to try it. i mean its loose leaf but bagged which means i can be lazy lol

this has a soft delicate flavor that i can pick out as the white tea (which i have noticed i have become VERY fond of) its a soft and relaxing tea mmmmm it has a fruitiness to it that i expected to be more melon-y but its more pear/apple-y the color is a very pretty yellow. there is nothing strong about this tea :)

im glad i picked this out because we are having a shrimp teriyaki stir fry and this will balance out with the bold flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ricky

I’ve been devouring all my teabags first as well. It’s just so much easier, haha. No need to measure out anything, just drop a teabag in and you’re set to go.

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drank Tazo Chai by Tazo
84 tasting notes

its good….i can only taste one note in this though. i taste the cinnamon but no other spice. this was prepared traditionally but using skim milk. it has the cinnamon bite to it which i enjoy but it has no depth its a “one trick pony” adagio’s masala chai is much better.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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i decided on this tea because i wanted something conforting as i have started walking on my bum foot now and it is alot of work lol. as im pouring my tea into my steeper basket im getting harassed by my cat :) i love when shes being social because shes VERY skittish and has anxiety issues. she was very interested in what i was doing so i let her sniff my tea and she let me know she didnt like it with a stinky face and become quiet :( (shes VERY vocal) i guess shes not a fan of cinnamon lol.

on to the review :)
well….this is interesting. and much different than adagios cinnamon tea. i assumed it would be like adagios so i added cream and sugar. its spicy…i didnt expect that. i enjoy the spice it makes it more interesting than adagios. more cinnamon-ie lol i am enjoying this fully :) my fiancee keeps saying this tea smells like fireballs lol i agree. this is my first Harney & Sons tea and their store/tea house is a 30 min drive north of me so i may be making a drive in the near future

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Ricky

I haven’t found a tea that a cat would seem to enjoy. I think I need something with a chicken or tuna flavor to it. Your lucky Harney & Sons is so close, you don’t have to browse through their awful website to find tea.

Kitch3ntools

ive tried to go thru their website and i swear some of my brain leaked out of my right ear lol.

my cat doesn’t like anything made for human consumption, shes even stuck her nose up at salmon. she almost gets offended by my offerings lol.

Angrboda

Kitteh stinky face is so cute. You can almost see them going ‘eeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwtakeitawaytakeitaway!!!’ and then the offended ‘how dare you bring such vileness to my presence, human?’

Have you tried letting her sniff something minty? Mine went absolutely nuts for peppermint herbals, but catnip had no effect. Odd.

Ricky

Ummm, I should try something minty. Hey looks she’s chasing her tail right now =]

Kitch3ntools

:D i will deff try this when zoie decides to grace me with her presence :) she doesnt act like you would expect a cat to act with catnip she just eats it and rolls in it then when its gone she gos about her business :)

Ricky

Wait cats eat catnip? Haha, I thought they just sniffed at it. My cat just sniffs it and walks away. She’s a strange kitty. I’m making her my tea sniffer now, she didn’t enjoy my two rooibos teabags.

Kitch3ntools

AWW :D how old is she? if shes young then it may not do anything for her yet. yeah my cat eats it lol. my other cat Kurtis at my parents will murder for even the smallst bit of catnip he gets violent! i always let my cat sniff my food or drinks when shes around shes so nosie lol

Kitch3ntools

i love when they make that face too :D

Jillian

? I’ve never had any problems with Harney & Sons’ website, what don’t you like about it?

Ricky

She’s 4.5, still really young. I have three packs of catnip and it doesn’t affect her the slightest bit. I chase her around trying to get her to eat wet food though, she hates it. She’ll keep backing up and eventually into her water fountain. She’s so silly. It’s so sad, she only wants dry food. I mix it, she won’t eat it. Argh fussy kitty.

@Jillian, Harney & Son’s website is a bit annoying to navigate.

Steps
1) Click on type of tea
2) Click on a more specific category
3) Click on the tea itself
4) Add to cart or click on the tea to get a better description (Adding to cart redirects you to the cart itself).

That’s four clicks for one tea. Adagio still has the best interface.

S

Yep, some cats aren’t affected by catnip at all, and others go crazy for them. My cat doesn’t care much for it (never seen her go crazy or drooly or rolly or eat it), but she seems to know that catnip smell = thing for playing with. I think she likes ziploc bags and tiny pillows filled with them because they’re light enough for her to kick around the room (her preferred way of playing).

I’ve heard of people drinking catnip tea before. It’s supposed to be relaxing… :x

Kitch3ntools

my good friends cat is terrified of wet food lol where my cat demands it lol. ive only seen one cat drool over catnip. my sisters late cat “fatty” (we were children when we got her) she would drool, her nose would run and tears flowing shed make cute little happy noises too :)

i wanted to try that but i dislike the smell of fresh catnip so i was wary of it…then we had a storm and my cat nip died from the pot falling upside down and us being out of town :(

S

I’ve never smelled fresh catnip, but dried catnip smells pretty good..just not like something I’d want to drink.

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drank Honeybush by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

so i open my sample tin and all i can think is “tiny wood chips” lol. my sleep schedual is all crazy because of my sprained ankle and me laying on the couch bumming it all day (seance saturday the 2nd) i wanted something non caffinated because im wired from Ricky’s pu-erh tuo cha he sent me. holy strong lol but earthy.

on to the honeybush well the dry leaves? chips? gah what do i call it? they smelt woody and sweet with a somewhat fruity back note but almost non existent so poured some of it into a paper filter tossed it in one of the mugs i hate (there boring and not fun like all my others) poured the hot water in and watched the water turn burgundy! the tea itself smells the same as the chippies (thats what ive decided to call them) but it tastes much sweeter than i expected with such a woody smell. the first flavor i get is the woody then as it sits on my tounge i get sweet almost a creamy/sugary/honey sweetness and after i swallow it leaves a fruity taste :) i only added 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar to bring that middle flavor out a bit and it helped to amplify the sweetness and the fruityness but still keeping that woody flavor…i think i like the woody taste :)

the steep time asked for 7mins but 1- i couldn’t wait that long. and 2- i thought i used too much in the paper filter so i was afraid it would be bitter.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Last time I had Pu-erh before bed…. I didn’t pass out until four hours later. Worse idea ever. I tried making my own honeybush yesterday and it was the worse tasting thing in the world. I took some Rooibos and added some honey, maybe a tad too much. I took a sip and threw it out. I’m sad for the wasted honey =(

Kitch3ntools

i was deff wired for a while but when i finally went to bed i did fall asleep at a normal amount of time. losing honey is no fun! that reminds me we need more honey lol

Jillian

Honeybush actually goes really well with some actual honey, I’ve found.

Kitch3ntools

ill have to try that! the sample adagio sent me is jam packed with honeybush so i have plenty of tea to experiment :)

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drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
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i got this from Ricky :D Thanks Ricky!!! along with a couple of Pu-Erh’s which i think ive found that i like pu-erh lol but on to the jasmine #12 review

well didnt like it lol. it had that really floral scent and it is a very pretty colored tea. i tried it both unsweetened and sweetened and it almost reminds me of drinking body spray rather than perfume because it wasnt over powering. my fiancee snatched my cup right up and happily finished it :)

Cofftea

I’m glad it found a happy home.:)

Ricky

Aww, at least your fiancee liked it. Hopefully you don’t stray from Jasmine completely. There are still higher quality Jasmine teas out there =D. If I dig up any more Pu-erh I’ll sent it your way. I’m sure I still have a lot hidden around somewhere.

Kitch3ntools

jasmine and i are still friends as far as im concerned lol i havent given up on it yet. my fiancee has gone jasmine crazy now lolz which works for me when i wanna try it and i dont like it and hes like “mm floral GULP

Cofftea

How long did you steep it? I like it better steeped for 3 min vs. the recommended 5. Next time I think I’m gonna try only steeping it 30sec-1min.

Ricky

I’m still iffy with Jasmine. As long as it’s not too strong I can tolerate it. Yep, it’s basically a Yum floral tea! What? Cup’s all gone? Already??

Cofftea

That doesn’t sound like you’re iffy Ricky!:)

Ricky

Well I’m iffy because once it passes a certain strength I wouldn’t be able to tolerate it =D. I guess as long as I keep the steep times low I’ll be fine.

Kitch3ntools

i did steep it at 5 mins which i thought was too long but i wanted to follow the directions, i will try it again with a 3 min steep.

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drank Fruit Medley by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

so this is one of the maybe 2 or 3 herbals i have. it reminds me of juice and i actually drink this unsweetened as it doesnt need it. its a nice tart flavor and very sweet. you can taste the berries. the tea itself is a really pretty redish pink. the scent smells like hot fruit punch lol. i love all the fruit pieces in the tea itself too. i think my fiancee made this for me because u cant mess it up, and he burned my tangerine white by adding boiling water and it turned out bitter.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
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96

While watching the future hubz play deamon souls I wanted one of the teas my sister got me for Christmas. The scent of the dry leaves is a bit floral but toasty. It’s warm and inviting. The tea smells pretty much the same but sweeter. The flavor is the backnote to all of adagio’s flavored teas. I can see why they use this for all their flavors. It’s sweet and mellow with that expected tea taste. I gotta sat I’m glad my sister got me the 4oz tin this is a no frills kind of tea. This will be great for those slow start days. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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