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drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
225 tasting notes

I decided to try this cold brewed. I’m definitely liking it more than warm. It seems smoother. The chocolate flavor isn’t extremely strong or prominent, which I was expecting from trying this hot. I think I might finish the rest of this tea off as a cold brew.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
225 tasting notes

While looking through my little sample box to see what I should have, the bad of this stuck to the adhesive on the box and ripped open. For some reason, I always look over this, so I took that as a sign I should finally drink it. So far, I’m glad I did. It’s sitting next to me, and I’m getting some lovely smells. There’s a very sweet, creamy, vanilla smell, and under that a bit of a fruity scent. I wasn’t super careful with the steep time, so hopefully that didn’t throw off the taste too bad.
Hmm, I’m not getting as much flavor as I expected. Perhaps I needed to steep it for longer. I’m definitely getting a bit of sweet, creamy, fruity flavor, but it’s a hint. I have had this for a while, so there is a chance it could be old too. How disappointing, everyone else seemed to really enjoy this one! Oh well :(

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

That’s too bad! This one has always intrigued me, and sounded like it would be bursting with flavour.

Emilie

The scent definitely seemed like it was bursting with flavor as well! Like I said, I think there was a mess-up somewhere, whether it was me or just old tea. I definitely want to try this again sometime, it sounds like it’s a pretty good tea.

gmathis

Ashmanra taught me to go easy on steep time and temperature with Marco Polo—a little less on both. That may help.

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Had this blend for a late breakfast before heading out. I really like strong smokey teas, so I was excited for this one. The oriental spice in this one seems to tone down the lapsang, without really showing itself. At first, I was disappointed with the lack of smoke, but I like how smooth the other elements make this tea. It’s not bitter at all and honestly better than I was expecting.

On a mostly unrelated note, I found out that Zhi Tea is near me and I plan on going soon! I just have to find someone I can convince to go with me..

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

yay! someone else who likes lapsangs more than most people!
i actually prefer the blends, just cuz they are so diverse and interesting.
and if i had some Smaug tea left, i would send it to you immediately. i just finished it last week and i’m gonna have to get more of that one. maybe i’ll contact you when i do :)

Stephanie

I love the idea of a lapsang blend. Neat!!!

Emilie

I haven’t really tried many lapsang blends, though I did mix some with a maple tea a while back. That was really good!

Would you like to try some of this one Stephanie?

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85
drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
225 tasting notes

I’ve been away for a while, due to finals and moving into a new apartment. I’ve finally unpacked everything I need for tea making, and decided to try out this tea as my first cup in the new place. While it was steeping, the smell really reminded me of this candy I used to have as a kid. It was fruit flavored gum in little spheres. There was grape, strawberry, melon, and many others. They came in little individual boxes held together by plastic wrap.

The taste reminds me of the same. I almost feel like I’m getting honeydew more than cantaloupe, though it’s still delicious! It’s sweet, probably from the cream and the tea itself.

After letting it cool down to a warm, not hot, temperature, I’m noticing that it seems more juicy, like I just bit down into a piece of melon. I’m not sure what else to say about this lovely tea that hasn’t already been said, but I really enjoy it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90

I drank this as a way to power through my three hour exam yesterday morning. I don’t remember much of the flavor, but I kept drinking it, so it must have been good! I do remember that I quite enjoyed the smell. One more exam to go for the semester!

On a side note, I’m going to be in Huston next week. Anyone know of any good tea places?

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77

Drank this earlier, I only have enough for one cup left! :(
This one smelled a little funny in the bag. It didn’t particularly smell like pineapple, cilantro, or white tea. It smells a lot better after steeping at least! This is very interestingly flavored. I definitely get the creaminess. The pineapple and the white base blend together well. I don’t know what exactly say about the cilantro. I can tell it is giving a flavor to the tea, but I definitely wouldn’t consider it cilantro. It’s not really good or bad, just different. I would be interested in trying this iced.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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89

Finished this off with another cold brew that I drank along with some delicious Greek food. This is a very good tropical tea, and I definitely want more.

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I’ve finally over my cold and I can try all the Butiki tea samples I received! Thanks for those! This is the one I’ve been most anxious to try, as I keep seeing wonderful reviews.

I steeped this one up, I accidentally forgot to set the timer. I think only about a minute passed before I realized but there may have been some oversteeping. I took a sip and…didn’t really taste much. I tried again, and got some vague black tea flavor. What did I do wrong?? Maybe my tongue is broken. I’m really sad that I couldn’t get all these amazing flavors.

After running to the store with one of the roommates, I came back and had some tea still left in the mug that had gone cold. I decided to try it and actually got some of the flavor I was expecting! There’s definitely orange and dark chocolate. So what’s going on with me and this tea?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
225 tasting notes

Tried this as a cold brew. It’s very sweet and mapley, and I think the roobios actually tones it down a bit here to keep it from being overpoweringly sweet. It’s good, but I prefer it warm

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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70
drank Blueberry Cheesecake by Art of Tea
225 tasting notes

My cold brew of the day before I dash off to lab where we’re going to race apple snails. This one smells very rooibos-y in the bag, and the flavor is still there in the tea. It’s not as mediciney as some that I’ve had. It actually doesn’t taste too bad, and I wouldn’t mind it much except that it feels like it’s covering up the other flavors. I get blueberry, especially in the aftertaste. And I feel like there’s a bit of creamy sweetness going on here, but nothing that I would call cheesecake. I have enough to try this hot, so I’ll have to do that soon and compare.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Alphakitty

Racing snails?!

Emilie

Yep! That’s what happens when the professor lets the students design an experiment. One person was set on some kind of snail-related gambling, so we just went with it.

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