38 Tasting Notes

86
drank Bamboo Shoots by TeaFrog
38 tasting notes

Yum! This tea seals it for me, on my tea journey I’m still learning what I like and don’t like. And I absolutely like green tea. Hands down, best stuff out there to my lil ole’ taste buds.

So for me, the genmaicha wasn’t as nutty as the previous blend I’d recently tried from Dens tea. The red pepper was certainly pretty! But to me, this tea was AAAAALL about the pineapple! (maybe a touch of papaya).

Very fruity in a warm but crisp way. Usually when i try fruity teas, I think they’re better cold. Almost always. Not this tea. This tea is so aromatic and flavorpacked when warm. This is an excellent tea for someone trying to replace sugary drinks with something healthier but still enjoyable. Yum yum yum.

Flavors: Bamboo

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

mmmm. I haven’t tried oolong by itself yet, so I’m not very familiar with what it tastes like. So i’m useless at dissecting the flavors.

But, I really loved this tea. It was perfectly Cass. Sort of smooth, easy going, melty, pleasant. Not bad :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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70
drank Dean by Custom-Adagio Teas
38 tasting notes

Had to dump out my bag, mix it up better, and refill my bag before I made my tea. Got all settled n’stufff.

It was a pleasant tea. Nothing too amazing, though. I had hoped for more… punch. More kick. More apple pie.

The hazelnut is dreamy though. this is a blend for fans of Dean that want to imagine cuddling up to his leather jacket with him. That is to say; not the actual Dean who never gets to really ever eat his pie.

overall I just hoped for MORE. I got a lot of marigold flowers. That’s not very Dean-y.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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99

SO YUMMY. This is, to date, my favorite tea. I practically downed it at work and wish I had a strainer to make another cup of tea (I usually fill my travelers mug up at home, and it lasts me almost all day). This is exactly what I thought it would be: Nutty, smooth, slightly nori-esq. Super easy for me to drink and enjoyable as well. This may just be my first big buy. The added matcha must have added a creaminess PLUS a little extra caffeine boost I think.

A perfect daily tea to drink without any additives. mmm

Flavors: Nuts, Seaweed

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

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I seriously considered getting this Kettle. It had all the bells and whistles, was exactly what I needed, etc. Until I learned that the plastic “water level” on the sides of this kettle are made with poly-carbonate – not BPA free. That’s very disheartening. How hard is it to use safer alternatives? I’m not usually one to fuss about BPA, but I do avoid warming/heating plastic with it. So on a kettle that will DAILY reach 212 degrees? Too much risk for me.

Sad.

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I love my Krupp, it’s all glass! I’ve been using it for over 8 months now and it great!
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100

Very happy with this. I was looking for a basic electric kettle to heat up water for between one cup to four cups, so I could have a random glass of tea. Or both myself and my BF could take traveler mugs to work with tea in the morning.

With cold water, Filled to max-level, it took about 10 minutes to get to 212 (F). When I finally made a cup of tea with much less water, it took only a couple of minutes to get to 180 for me. It has a nice hold function which keeps your tea at the temp you need. As well as preset temperatures (just click the “temp” button and you rotate through the options).

And I did NOT know this when I purchased it, but after you pour your tea, you just press the + button and a timer starts up, counting down. So you can use that to watch how long your tea has been steeping. It isn’t a very useful timer for me because I want an alert to tell me my 3 minutes are over. But- it does let me know how long it steeped exactly. Helpful!

So far I really love this. It’s going to get tons of use. I was weary at first because reviews on Amazon spoke about rust. But apparently there was an old batch that wasn’t coated or treated properly that had rust issues. It seems they’ve been replacing the defective models (if you dig through amazon comments you’ll find some of these).

Perfect for what I need!

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79
drank Rhubarb Green by Adagio Teas
38 tasting notes

I…. just got a bonavita electric kettle, and this tea is the first tea I made using my perfectly heated water. No more thermometers in my microwaved water as I scowl at uneven water temperature.

This tea was light, flavorful, gently sweet, not bitter or grassy. A fairly perfect green tea. I LOVE rhubarb like a crazy person. But there wasn’t an overabundance of that rhubarb-pie mouth-watering love I hoped for.

Very lovely tea though. I’ll likely try out other Adagio blends that use this. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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52

This came with a sampler pack I picked out from Della Terra. I’m just getting into tea, and trying TONS of varieties out there. Yay!

In the sample bag, you can see ton of red powder – either dried raspberries or raspberry flavoring? I steeped this once, and gave the cup to my very eager boyfriend. I took a sip of his, but did not drink the entire cup of the first steeping. And since I’m lazy, I just re-steeped the tea for my own second cup.

Very diluted, doesn’t re-steep well at all. But! It was still pleasant, but the flavorings got washed out in the first steep.

So I’ll try to judge based on the first cup. It was very sweet, and raspberry-y. But there was something kind of… off about the flavor. I’m wondering if it’s just how Della Terra flavors their tea. I’ll see if the others in my sample pack taste similar. I’m thinking it has to do with the white chocolate, coming across as a fake-candy taste that coats my tongue a little strangely. This also happened with the Smores blend, but again it’s a sweeter blend.

This was enjoyable to drink, and the boyfriend really really loved it. Just not my personal favorite.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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45
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
38 tasting notes

So, I was amazingly excited about this tea. And when I finally got my sample, opened it up, inhaled, it smelled INCREDIBLE.

But unfortunately for me, I didn’t really like the flavor. Something about the flavor had a sort of plastic feel, and coated my tongue strangely. I actually had trouble finishing my cup. This may simply be an issue of me realizing I dislike heavily flavored teas?

It did have flavors of sugary marshmallows and chocolate. Perhaps the Graham cracker gave it the strange flavor I couldn’t identify? Not a happy cup of tea for me.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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79
drank Sleeping Dragon by Adagio Teas
38 tasting notes

I wished I had something prettier to steep this tea in. I loved watching it unfurl – was late to work this morning because I actually stood there for a bit watching. Lol!

Very tasty green. Not grassy, just subtle and soft. Not seaweedy either, but very vegetal. It was easy to drink, but a little plain overall. I drank it straight, but I feel this type of tea has a lot of potential. I’ll likely seek out other varieties and adagio mixes with this. :)

Definitely need a prettier way to steep my tea.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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I discovered a love for tea when I started trying to eat healthier. I try to follow a Ketogenic diet (that a very low carb diet, more info here: http://www.reddit.com/r/keto). It has solved so many issues for me. Ranging from Weight to Acne to PSOCs to my mood. Keto has saved my soul.

Downside? No carbs! The pleasure foods of our society are so damaging and so abundant. I needed to find something I loved and adored in order to remain on keto. One place that lacked for me was drinks. I used to be a diligent Mountain Dew drinker so converting to water was a horribly boring task. Tea fills that void and so much more.

I began with Adagio and their Fandom teas. My dorky English-major, video game, anime-loving heart was stolen. Then the collection-bug was struck and here I am. Estatic there’s a website that’s the equivalent of Scent base. (Did I mention my BPAL addition?)

I either drink my tea plain, or make it into Butter Tea. I’m seeking teas that are wonderful plain (without sugar/cream/etc needed). Right now I’m still VERY new to the tea-world, so am not positive what teas I prefer. We’ll find out!

My rating system, roughly:

100 = I will Marry You.
90-99 = Adore. Stockpile time!
70-89 = Good. Wishlisting this stuff!
50-69 = Decent, will finish my stock but not likely to buy again.
40-49 = Not a fan. Will try to sell/trade/give away my stock
00-39 = Crap. Maybe I’ll give it away. Maybe I’ll use it as fertilizer.

I’m also interested into getting into the trading scene! So feel free to contact me if there’s anything in my cupboard you’d be interested in swapping. I have an endless wishlist!

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