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356 Tasting Notes

68
drank Decaf Apricot by Adagio Teas
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90
drank Jasmine Yin Hao (#9) by Adagio Teas
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Mmmm…a perfect day to start it off with something floral!

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79
drank Honeybush Mango by Adagio Teas
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95
drank Magnolia Oolong by Stash Tea Company
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I warmed the water a bit more and FINALLY tasted this elusive “butteriness” people have used to describe oolongs! Me likey :D

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44
drank Chai Spice by Stash Tea Company
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Having worked at Borders (pre-Seattle’s Best), Starbucks, and Barnes & Noble I’ve tried their chai drinks and didn’t care for any of them. I likened the tastes to liquified servings of cinnamon & sugar toast. Granted, I never did try the Tazo tea bag version of this during my tenure at Starbucks, so I decided “what the hey” this morning and gave this free sample a go.

While I waited for the tea bag to steep I took a sniff of the packet and my head involuntarily shot back. The spice smell was so intense that my sinuses actually cursed at me in several languages. I quickly tossed the packet in the trash and tried to get myself back into a zen-like state of open-mindedness regarding this tea.

The smell reminds me a lot of the Extra Cinnamon gum that I had to stop chewing because it irritated my mouth so much. And here I must note that I’m a straight-up-no-additive tea drinker. I could imagine this tea being benefitted by some sugar and milk (but then I think that it’d be back to the liquified cinnamon & sugar toast taste). I actually preferred this black version over the other chais I’ve tried. The smell is a lot more intense than the taste. Someone mentioned that this tea reminds them of Christmas – I can see that, but Harney and Sons’ Holiday tea has already taken that spot for me.

Overall, I wouldn’t turn down this tea if it were offered to me, but I will not be purchasing this one. I am now very curious about their Double Spice Chai (with which I will NOT do the pre-steep packet sniff). M

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Decaf Apricot by Adagio Teas
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90
drank Jasmine Yin Hao (#9) by Adagio Teas
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95
drank Magnolia Oolong by Stash Tea Company
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I can’t recall ever having an Irish Breakfast tea before. In my mind I had visions of Colin Ferrell swooping in (wearing only a cape) and bringing me breakfast in bed. Not so much, but it was still a pleasant tea – more like Sir Michael Gambon (in a suit) sitting down for a pleasant chat.

It has a nice “umph” to it and I’m putting it on the short list of tea bags I’d like to keep on hand for occassional cups. To keep the quasi-movie-themed tasting note going: “That’ll do tea, that’ll do.” NE

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

lol! At the image of Colin Ferrell! :)

Rabs

I feel kinda bad that I didn’t say more about the tea, but I really have a weak base-knowledge of black teas and didn’t know how to describe it. “It’s black tea-ish” wouldn’t help me remember this one (or help anyone else out for that matter). But once the image popped in my mind and I couldn’t help myself. ;)

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56
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
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Erm, well…it’s different. I get the chamomile and mint upfront, but the rooibos is kinda hiding in the background. It’s an interesting evening time option. It has grown on me since the first time I’ve had it and I realized that I should steep it longer….but, it doesn’t make me want to dance (maybe dance like Elaine Benes, but not a suave foxtrot). And I’m not too sure that I’ll reorder even a sample tin again.

Sorry this is so choppy, but that’s kinda how I feel about it right now. M

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
Janni

Reading this, it occurs to me. Someone really needs to do a tea blend called Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. ;) No, I’m not sure what would be involved, but when we figure that out, we’ll know the recipe!

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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Midwest, USA

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