260 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

I bought this as I was missing Golden Moon’s version of this. This is still decent, but it’s nothing compared to GM’s. I drank it iced. It was weak, I will up the leaf next time. The leaves smelled nom nom. I wouldn’t buy it again, but worthy of a try. It was missing the creamy coconut thickness I wanted.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Kirameki no Sencha by Obubu Tea
260 tasting notes

I got the sampler from Obubu. I went for this tea first, since it was perfect for making into iced tea. The leaves are very interesting. They are very rough looking. I brewed the recommended away. It’s very thick tasting, so I added more ice. It has a nice, strong flavor. I chugged the sample in less than 2 minutes. Rebrews 2 more times.

It seemed lightly grassy. I would drink this again, though I am more interested in what else they have to offer.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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I got this at my local Japanese store. I was looking forward to passion fruit flavor. I LOVE anything passion fruit. It’s hard to find products that include it, since it’s so pricey here in the USA. It shouldn’t be though.

I made this into an iced tea. The passion fruit is in a perfect strength, and very real tasting. You can’t smell it, but it’s there. I might have to check out the other flavors they offer. The black tea in it is brisk and refreshing. No astringency.

I have some passion fruit puree in my freezer, I might have to make a fun drink with this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Asatsuyu by TeaGschwendner
260 tasting notes

I have been wanting to try this tea for sometime. I guess they only offer it during the spring/summer season. I love peonies, and knowing they are in this tea make me happy! The tea is so brightly flavored. It was complete perfection for iced tea on a cold spring day.

It just tastes tropical. It doesn’t taste like a certain fruit, just a little floral. The green tea in it is light enough to share the flavor and stand on their own. I am glad TeaGschwendner was out of Green Coconut. It forced me to buy something else. This was a great pick! It rebrews once more.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
260 tasting notes

I forgot to review this tea! I received this tea from a swap eons ago from AmazonV. This was my first time making matcha. A nice refreshing smell of strawberry. The matcha was just ok. I usually like matcha mixed with genmaicha or sencha. I mixed the matcha with some coconut ice cream and made a shake. The matcha wasn’t as upfront as I have had. The strawberry came at a little. I drank it plain, too. I wasn’t a fan of the matcha. The flavoring was ok.

This mixed with banana would probably be good. It just wasn’t me.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
260 tasting notes

I got this tea for my mom. I have tried and tried to get her into other types of tea, but she just wants her sweet and spicy Good Earth tea.

So I brewed some for both of us, and we both tried it. I found it bitter, and the flavor was weak. I needed sugar to enjoy. My mom took one sip, and didn’t want anymore. We tried it iced, and it was hard to drink it all. I had high hopes for such a tea with such a following. Just wasn’t our kind…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
260 tasting notes

Tea can be like music sometimes. My favorite band Everclear, some of their early stuff I didn’t care for at first. But once I started listening to it, the early stuff was all I wanted! This is what happened to me with this tea.

It grew on me a little more every time I had it. So I have to up my rating! And now I love it!

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drank Shizuoka Black Tea by Den's Tea
260 tasting notes

I purposely ordered tea to obtain this. I love trying something rare. It is a nice medium black tea. I couldn’t tea anything sencha about it like that others. My tastebuds can be lame. I like the fact they attempted black tea. I feel honored to have it! I would drink this again if given the chance. Not my all time favorite, but yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

I really was looking forward to this tea. My first experience with Silver Needle was with Grace Tea Company. I absolutely loved their tea, so I wanted to try this one. This wasn’t anything like it! It’s just okay. It’s didn’t have the oomph that I had from the other Silver Needle. It also loses points for needing to add a lot of tea leaves to produce a flavorful cup. It resteeps 3 times.

I wouldn’t recommend this tea, it was a let down for me. I think I’ll just go back to Grace Tea Company, their Silver Needle will be hard to beat!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

“A lot” is relative… are you saying “a lot” in terms of volume or weight? I use a standard 3g/8oz for my whites and because they are so light in weight, yes. They do take “a lot” of leaf"… most whites take over a tablespoon because the shape does not allow them to fit into a measuring spoon. I’m not sure it’s fair to down grade it just for being a light weight tea. Or do you mean that it specifically takes more tea to get he same flavor vs. the GTC needle? Then that I could see. That’s a shame you didn’t like this. I have yet to find a needle I didn’t like,.

Mel

Compared to GTC, I needed to use 3x the leaves to get the same strength from Adagio. I prefer teas where I don’t have to use as much leaves, just b/c I am kind of a cheapskate. I never scale it, I use the same teaspoon for everything. Moneywise and tastewise, GTC’s Silver Needle just was better to me.

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drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
260 tasting notes

This is a good coconut tea. It tastes like the sweetened coconut you get in the baking aisle. I prefer toasted coconut flavor, or coconut flavor. It’s slightly sweet, better warm than iced. It’s good naked!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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