4366 Tasting Notes

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Thank you to Rachel for sending me this tea to try!

My initial sip tells me that it is very smooth and creamy tasting – which based upon my limited experience with the adagio black tea base – a smooth, creamy start is a really GOOD thing. I’m not tasting a LOT of the Earl Grey notes, but, I do get a hint of it towards the end of the sip – kind of like a tip of the hat from the suave gentleman, letting me know that he is here, but he’s letting the sweeter vanilla and cream play the star role here.

My experience with the Adagio signature blends is admittedly quite limited – but I really am enjoying this one. Well done, Rachel!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Thanks for the “Well done!”. I especially loved the suave gentlemen comparison. :-)

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I am giving this tea a second chance, since my last tasting of it was less than favorable. I am hoping this time will prove to be tastier than my last.

Yes… this is much better. I can taste the sweet-yet-tart blueberry as well as jasmine notes and they play off each other very well. Not as bitter as my last cup of this. I shall up the rating a bit to reflect this change in my opinion of this tea.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank 7 Parfums by Dammann Freres
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Thank you to Doulton for making this tasting note possible… thank you very much!

A fantastic aroma – although I’m not at all surprised… I’ve come to expect a sumptuous fragrance with Dammann Freres teas! Always enticing is the scent – beckoning me to take a sip.

I am going to agree with Morgana on this one – it definitely has a depth to it that would make this a much better tea for chilly weather. Not heavy, exactly… but, deep and rich in flavor… very French.

Even though the weather isn’t chilly, I’m still quite enjoying this cup for what it is. Lovely, aromatic, rich and delicious. Pleasantly fruity. Lovely and floral. Very nice.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

My first cup of the day. Getting a somewhat later start, because I got to sleep in a bit.

Yum ~ I do love Earl Grey…

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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This is my second steep.

This is quite a bit weaker than the first cup. Not bad though, in fact I kind of like it… I don’t know that I necessarily like it better than the first cup because they are both a bit different from each other. In that same way I have a hard time comparing this tea to my own chai because they are quite different. This one is good, but if I had a cup of both in front of me and I had to choose one to drink, I’d choose my own.

This time, I added honey but no milk. I feel like if I would have done so… the tea would be indistinguishable… it would be like drinking sweetened, spiced milk. Which… might not be too bad actually…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Sencha by Tea Forte
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This is a very good Sencha. No bitterness and a nice nutty flavor. It’s pleasantly rich and smooth. Not at all grassy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Summer Rain by Art of Tea
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Having a glass of this that I brewed last night for the chill box.

OK… this is going to sound a little strange, perhaps, but, when I smell this tea, I am immediately reminded of the seedy flesh of a fig. A fresh fig. It honestly brings me back to the days when I was young, living on a farm and picking fresh figs and eating them straight off the tree – still warm, right in the farm’s orchard. I don’t know that it tastes like that… exactly… but the scent and initial taste really transported me to those memories.

Of course, this tea is not supposed to remind me of figs… but melon and jasmine and white tea. And I suppose if I break away from those memories and focus on it… I can taste the melon and the white tea … even a faint note of jasmine …

It is very good, refreshing… and cooling (especially after drinking that spicy chai!)

Batrachoid

What a idylic childhood you must’ve had. It’s great when something unexpectadly reminds one of home. There’s a chocolate bar I like just because it tastes like a horse farm (which I grew up on). People say it doesn’t taste like that. But who cares about on what they miss out on, eh?

LiberTEAS

@Batrachoid – I don’t know that I’d call my childhood idyllic… but those memories on that farm, for as short a time that I was there – were definitely idyllic. I was very young so these are some of my very first memories. :)

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drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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I ordered this along with the Fruit Cocktail green tea (I also ordered the last of the Banana Split).

I feel like I should preface this by saying that I am quite biased when it comes to Chai tea. I love my own chai blend and I truly have found no chai that can measure up to that thus far. Including this one. (However, I would like to say that even though I’m biased, I think that if I were to find one that measures up to my own chai, I would say so)

But… this chai is quite different from my chai. Mine is not a chocolate chai, nor is it “Mayan” – that is, it doesn’t have chili pepper.

And those differences do make this tea quite good. The smell of the dry leaf was very intriguing… the aroma of the almonds is quite strong… and provides an interesting contrast to the peppery fragrance of the chili and the sweet chocolate.

I am enjoying this as a latte which is my preference for this tea (I did try it straight with no milk or sweetener and I didn’t really care for it as much).

It’s good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Can totally agree w/ being biased. Except this is the one that makes me biased:) I buy it by the pound:)

Cofftea

I’d be curious as to what you’d think of it at 5 min. Inspite of a lack of milk I still think it tastes like mexican drinking chocolate when steeped that long. But then again I also use quite a bit of tea per cuppa.

LiberTEAS

Perhaps I’ll try that next time… I’m a little hesitant to brew any Assam past the 3 minute mark though… it’s sort of like a default setting in my brain – Assam – 2 1/2 minutes … 3 minutes is pushing it.

Cofftea

I can see that logic, but there’s also other goodies mixed in w/ the Assam:)

LiberTEAS

I know … but that doesn’t stop the Assam from becoming bitter, which is the reason for my “default setting.” I will simply have to over-ride the default… LOL and it should be interesting – it will be like an internal debate in my brain. haha

Cofftea

Never fear, the cayenne burns out bitterness:)

LiberTEAS

how is this in the re-steep?

Cofftea

It’s a chai mix so it’s a little different each time, but I’ve done as good as 4 steeps.

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This tea has a very nice strawberry flavor: sweet and just slightly tart. YUM! Very much like a fresh strawberry.

The black tea base is smooth and mellow.

This tea hosts no real surprises, it is what it is – Strawberry and Black Tea. And it’s very good!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a very smooth Ceylon tea. Not quite as bold as some breakfast blends I’ve encountered, but where it lacks in robust gusto it makes up for in delightful layers of flavor. Lovely fruity notes, a hint of floral… very nice.

My first cup of this tea I tried first without sweetener, and it was nice. Mellow and smooth. A little sweetener brings the aforementioned fruity tones into focus. The second cup (which I’m enjoying now) I decided to add a little milk and honey to see how it would fair as a “traditional” breakfast tea – and it’s so so so good like this. Creamy. Pleasant. A very good breakfast blend, indeed.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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