269 Tasting Notes

drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
269 tasting notes

I made this tea yesterday. I tried a sip with nothing added, and wasn’t very thrilled. I added milk and sugar, which seems to be the norm for me and 52teas. Unfortunately, right about this time one of my roommates started talking to me. We got carried away with our conversation. The tea MUST have been good because I sipped the whole thing down pretty quick, instead of getting distracted and letting it get cold. Unfortunately, all my attention was on the conversation, so I didn’t notice much about the tea. I remember it being sweet for sure, and I don’t remember any definite coconut taste, so I’m thinking the coconut is probably more subtle.

I would just make another cup to properly taste it, but I woke up this morning with a cold and I don’t trust myself now to taste anything very well at the moment.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Logging this from earlier today. I had this after lunch and before my Calculus class. I had to get a good amount of work done before class started, and I was wanting tea to help relax and focus. I was craving coconut tea. I pulled out a coconut chai, but I was wanting something lighter. Then I remembered this amazing sample from the Tea Merchant!

I steeped this for just one minute this time. I believe I went longer the other time I made this. Well, I liked this time much better. It ended up being just exactly the smooth, delicious, relaxing tea that I needed. The cup ended up empty before I knew it. I still need to compare this with Persimmon Tree’s coconut white tea and see which I like better. No matter which one is better though, this is still one amazing tea!

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Sounds YUMMY!

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All my items received in swaps had to all be mixed together to move, so I don’t know what’s from who anymore. I received this from someone, so thank you to whoever that was.

I cold brewed this up to have at work. I wanted something quick and easy with caffeine, so I went to the tea bags. This steeped in the fridge for about six hours, and could have maybe gone for just a bit less time. The flavors are almost too strong at this point. At least I enjoy them, so it’s not much of a problem. The immediate flavors are BAMORANGEANDLEMON. Hiding behind that is some nice actual tea flavor. I added one pack of sugar and that made it SO good. It was still good without the sugar, just a bit tart. With the sugar added, it tastes just like some candy that I can’t quite think of right now. This is definitely one of the better bagged teas I’ve had.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Still the best Lapsang Souchong I’ve tasted. Wish I had more! I shared some with my roommate and she said she really liked it and it reminds her of bonfires with friends in high school.

Bonnie

You can call them and order but in the future sometime they’re going to sell tea online.

Emilie

Great to know! I’ll keep an eye out for that

Bonnie

I’m out myself right now. Need more.

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drank China Seduction by Design a Tea
269 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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drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
269 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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drank Coconut Chai by Premium Steap
269 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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