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225 Tasting Notes

80
drank China Seduction by Design a Tea
225 tasting notes

I’ve had this one for quite a while and decided to cold brew it. Cold brewed, it tasted quite similar to a Davids Tea I have, I believe it was Love Tea #7? I got both the rose and chocolate flavors, though nothing that made me think of pu-erh. When I cold brewed another pu-erh, it actually made the pu-erh flavors come out MORE. Overall, I think I actually like this one better cold, but I’m not sure if I prefer this or the DT one.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Wow! The last time I had this was 5 months ago, when I still thought the flowers in this were making it bitter. A lost has changed since then. Someone recommended I try a lower temperature and longer steep time to help with the flavor. Unfortunately even with their recommendations, it’s still too strong. Once I add milk and sugar, it’s good. But I don’t like the fact that I HAVE to add things. Good teas should be able to hold up on their own and just be enhanced by additions.

With milk and sugar, this is creamy and comforting. The hazelnut and caramel are both there. It seems like the milk subdues the bergamot and lets the tea taste more like it should anyway. This tea is almost perfect for me, and the fact that it is so close just makes me sad.

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

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87
drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
225 tasting notes

I’ve had this forever and I haven’t even tried it yet. It seemed like a good tea to both wake up and relax with, which is definitely what I need! I got a new car, that just happens to be a stick shift. I’ve learned how to drive it, and have everything down except hills. In a few days, I go back to my university and it’s located in “hill country” AND everyone gets as close behind you as they possibly can! I had to stop and take a sip there, just thinking about it makes me anxious. I was planning on practicing today, but a storm looks to be coming up. Maybe I’ll just sit here and drink tea all day instead.

I’m not sure what separates teas into the Masters Collection, but this is definitely good. It smells like some kind of warm, sweet bread baking. I went with three minutes and I feel like you wouldn’t want to go longer than that with this tea, as I think I can taste it just starting to be bitter. It has a kind of sweet and savory flavor. While I like the taste of this tea, I don’t think it is quite worth the price on adagio.

Edit: As this cooled, the flavors, especially the sweet, came out a lot more. I would suggest letting this one cool a good bit before drinking it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Coconut Chai by Premium Steap
225 tasting notes

Another from my TTB.
Yesterday while shopping my mom and I found some unsweetened coconut vanilla almond milk. It just sounded so interesting that we had to get it and try it.

I thought it might be interesting to try it in a coconut flavored tea. I put it in this tea. Without sugar, it tastes like peanuts. With sugar, the milk flavor masks the taste of the tea, so I’m not even able to remark on the flavors of the tea! I can taste the almond flavor now, with some vanilla sweetness. This doesn’t add to the tea flavor like I was hoping, but instead seems to completely dominate the flavor. I’ll try the tea itself another time, perhaps with normal milk so I can actually give it a proper review!

ETA: One thing I found interesting was the steep time. The person who contributed this tea wrote a recommended time of 10 minutes, which just seems like waaaaay to much for this tea. I decided to give it a try anyway, but since I couldn’t taste the tea, it didn’t really matter.

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Thanks to Kiaharii for letting me try out some of the fandom teas on Adagio. I want to love anything named TARDIS, but I was worried about this tea. I’ve never had a good experience with Adagio Earls. I decided to try this cold first, as I felt that might mellow out the bergamot a bit. I forgot about it and went out to the movies with my family. I ended up letting it go a little too long.

It’s still good though, woo! I was right about the bergamot getting mellowed out. I can taste each of the flavors: the Earl, the tart blueberry and the sweet creamy vanilla. I wish the blueberry taste was a little stronger, but that seems to be a problem I have with most blueberry teas, so that’s probably just me. I have enough to try this hot, so I’ll give it a chance

Kiaharii

Did you cold brew or hot then iced? I haven’t had this iced yet, but I will have to try it out.

Emilie

I cold brewed it. I’d definitely say it’s worth a try. I’d be worried that brewing hot and icing it might make it to bergamoty

gmathis

I like the notion of blueberry and bergamot together.

Autumn Hearth

Mayhaps for the season premiere? ;)

softrevolution

Sounds delicious! Although I am firmly in the I-would-love-it-regardless-because-it’s-TARDIS-tea camp :D

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Thank you to the Tea Merchant for these generous samples!

This is one of the few packages that made me pause and admire it before tearing in to get to the tea. It was wrapped in tissue paper with a fancy wax seal holding it closed. The Tea Merchant logo was stamped in the wax. Of course, it doesn’t make the tea taste any better, but I still had to show everyone near me how neat the seal was.

This was one of the ones that I requested. It smells so delicious in the bag. It actually has a very similar taste to The Persimmon Tree’s Coconut Creme. I think that calls for a side by side taste test soon! I really like the white tea flavor here. It takes the lead with the coconut flavors adding to that. It’s very creamy and smooth. I would say this is for white tea lovers more than for coconut lovers, but it’s hard not to enjoy this no matter what you love more.

Azzrian

I KNOW I was SO SO excited by the packaging!! I wrote them to thank them for that! Wax seals are SO cool – I totally want one but really have no use for one lol maybe I will get one just for tea trades! Lovely recycled packaging and wax seal made my day. I was also showing to everyone around me :)

Alphakitty

The packaging was so pretty I didn’t want to open it haha, what a nice touch!

tunes&tea

I too was super impressed by the stamped gold wax. It was as if I had stepped back in time and was being summonesed by the king…probably to be beheaded…I wasn’t even there, I never met the guy, it’s not my fault. Oh sorry, a little corny delusional interuption.

Azzrian

So true tunes&tea – for a moment I felt a bit refined, dignified, then I remember I would have been burned at the stake so I tore the package open!

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This was in the traveling tea box I received. The person who included it noted that it was their favorite tea, so I really wanted to try it. Without reading anything about the flavor, I was expecting a smokey chai, maybe a lapsang/chai mix(does anyone make that)?

Even though I was a little disappointed that this wasn’t what I was expecting, it is still good. The spices are really mild without being weak. I can definitely see myself sipping this next to a fire with a nice book and a kitty. I was worried the licorice would be strong, but I didn’t notice at all.

Kittenna

52teas’ Mayan Chocolate Chai has chai spices + a bit of lapsang souchong + cayenne! It’s marvellous!

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80
drank Hairy Crab Oolong by Virtuous Teas
225 tasting notes

A nice floral oolong, but I let my cup get cold :(

Azzrian

LOL awesome name!

Emilie

Haha yeah! That was the main reason I tried it. I’m just glad it didn’t TASTE like hairy crab! lol

Azzrian

LOL Emilie what DOES Hairy Crab taste like? haha okay Im going to bed – night steepsters :)

gmathis

You know, I’m thinking that you could, with a little research, put together a whole novelty assortment of teas with funny names Hairy Crab…Camel’s Breath…

teawade

haha after tasting it do you see the correlation with the name? Such a strange name. Now I’m curious as to what it tastes like haha.

Awkward Soul

oh man just on the name I wanna try this tea!

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I got a tin of this with their free offer. It was definitely packed as full as it could possibly go! This smells so good. It reminds me of Hawaiian Sun juice. It comes in cans like soda and has flavors like Passion-Guava and Strawberry Lilikoi. They’re everywhere in Hawaii, and sometimes in Asain stores here on the mainland. I haven’t had a Hawaiian Sun in forever so I was really excited about this.

I tried it both hot and cold. The flavors seemed to be about the same either way, and both ways were very good. Despite the strong smell, the guava flavor isn’t IN YOUR FACE. It’s a very light flavor. It doesn’t taste weak or thin. It’s light while still being very good.

Azzrian

This is good stuff! Hawaiian Sun Juice sounds amazing!

Emilie

It is! If you get a chance, you should definitely try it!

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I’ve been in a small town in Texas at my parents house for the summer. Unfortunately, the restaurant options here are VERY limited. I’ve been missing my favorite tiny Thai restaurant and their delicious Thai Iced Tea and was just thinking about it today. Well, I made a Traveling Tea Box on another website (www.reddit.com/r/teaexchange). I just received it back today after it going all across the US and even to the UK and Japan. I’ve been looking through it and there are SO MANY teas in there. But then I saw this little tea bag hidden behind everything else and knew I had to make it first. It makes such a crazy fun orange color while steeping. Normally I don’t like super sweet teas, but this is the kind of tea that just HAS to be super sweet. It’s very good and a close second to the version from my favorite Thai restaurant. I will definitely be looking to buy more.

momo

I’ve been thinking about starting a box like that here, but I’m afraid of it vanishing…but because of the post office and not people here! That’s awesome it made it all the way back!

Emilie

I was worried about that too! It took a while to go from here to the UK, but other than that, it didn’t seem like there were any post office problems. We got lucky!

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I’m a premed student at a university near Austin. I’ve recently started getting very much into tea, but I’m still learning. I’ve lived in Hawaii, Mississippi, Colorado, Maryland, and California, and each place has it’s own charm, but Colorado was definitely my favorite place. I also knit quite a bit and sell things on my etsy when I’m not busy with school.
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