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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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This tea is gorgeous! I watched it steep and as the leaves unfurled, they took over a large amount of the teapot and looked like a crazy overgrown forest.

The second thing I noticed about this tea is the smell. The first thing that struck me was the smoky scent that reminded me of a campfire. I can understand the name of the tea now. I made enough of this tea to make two cups. One for the hubby and one for me.

It has a really light flavor, as one reviewer said, like spinach. I kind of like it. I think that I will try another cup before I decide whether to like it or not.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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From the package, this tea invites me in with its grassy undertones and sweet smell. Very exotic in its scent.

The scent in my cup smells very floral, from the hibiscus I imagine. The first sip is a very full flavor, almost sweet. There is no astringency here, just a very nice smooth flavor.

Upon further drinking, I can find the passionfruit, which lends to the initial sweetness. It is a pleasant surprise since it isn’t as prevalent as the pomegranate green. I really am enjoying this one since its flavor profile is more complex than I anticipated. The hibiscus isn’t overly floral it just blends the earthy green flavor with the passionfruit.

Overall, I would definately drink this one over and over. But then, thats because this is a custom blend that I created for me! Thanks to PeppermintPlant, I have a large bag of it and I am looking forward to trying it again to see what story it tells next time!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I have tried this one twice and both times, I just was not very thrilled. Opening the package, it smelled very citrusy so I was hoping I was in for a treat.

I took time to watch it steep in my IngenuiTEA infuser and noticed the color was very light, something like a tangerine color. Very pretty.

My first sip was tart, almost sour flavor. It didn’t taste at all like tangerine. More like lemon. I thought the addition of honey would help this one along a bit and it made it more palatable but not exactly tangerine flavor. I will probably put this one away for a while before I try it again. Not my favorite.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I took this jar to work so I could start using up my collection to make room for more. I got comments all day about how good it smelled. I drank two cups today of this one. As it cooled, it seemed to get more spicy and less of the orange flavor. By the bottom of the cup, it tasted strongly of spices like cinnamon and maybe allspice? It was a nice finish that made me want another cup!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This tea is a great way to unwind. I don’t have too many decaf teas right now. The smell of this tea reminds me of summer. The peach smell is very prominent. After brewing, it still smells like peaches, but takes on more floral notes. The same is with the flavor. It is just a nice treat. I don’t need to add honey to this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
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A chilly day makes me a very sad person. I would much rather have sunshine and blue skies. After a lunch with the family, I came home with the search for the perfect tea to chase my cold weather blues away. Pride of the Port just seemed to be so fitting.

The color of this tea is beautiful. It is somewhere between a cranberry and brown color. Its smell lead me to believe it was going to be a very astringent tea. It has the scent of a very strong black tea from a bag. However, it tastes so much better!

It tastes smooth and rich. I was pleasantly surprised that it was not at all bitter. I enjoy a good cup of unflavored black tea and I think this might be my favorite so far. Would go so well with a shortbread cookie.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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Another tea sample from PeppermintPlant. I tried this one twice before writing the review. The first time, I had trouble noticing the caramel. It tasted like black tea with a slight bitter flavor. So, I had to read the reviews and see if i could learn why others liked it.

For those of you who want to know how I think about tea…here’s my internal dialogue:
Cup two went like this: “Well, it does smell like caramel….I wonder if I added some milk it would taste like a milk caramel candy…” In went the milk and I tasted it again. “Hmmm, tastes like caramel but something is missing….maybe it needs to be sweet.” In went a bit of honey. “Ooooh, now it tastes like candy!”

So yeah, it is good. Better with milk and sugar if you want to bring out that dark caramel flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea sounded like dessert so I had to try it. From the package, it smells like an Andes mint candy. I happily brewed my tea expecting a cup of chocolate mint truffle.

What I ended up with was a cup of so-so mint tea that smelled really good. The chocolate was not present. So, a spoonful of honey went in to see if the flavors would improve. They did, amazingly. It now officially is a chocolate mint tea. It is quite tasty, smooth, and carries a fairly rich flavor. On those nights when a little chocolate would make life better, I can reach for this tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I love to bake and naturally tea goes well with all things yummy. I have recently discovered the world of tea snobbery and cannot escape. I look forward to the warm, happy cups of tea that I make at the end of busy days.

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