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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
4041 tasting notes

So in a weird twist of something or other…i had this one again today. Guess what? No smoke…it’s back to tasting like the first time i had it. The only thing i can think of is that i changed up the steeping parameters a bit or there’s something weird going on with some of the leaves :) Still delicious, and I love it both ways..but it caught me off guard this morning when it was back to “normal” haha

Fjellrev

Oh weird. Not sure if ours is from the same batch, but mine was both smoky in flavour and smell. I ordered mine in August.

Sil

Mine was from June…says the spreadsheet, but like I said, its been smokey the last few times, unlike my first sample…and then today it wasnt.

Terri HarpLady

Could it be that you had steeped a smokey tea previously & the flavor was lingering in the finnum? I only ask this because I recall once mentioning that a tea had a cinnamon taste to it, only to realize that it had been a lingering taste in my brew basket from some previous cup.

Sil

nope…double checked that the first time i hit the smokey notes lol

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So the bad news? This used to be orange and vanilla and had a much creamier creamiscle sort of taste. the good news? I still like it :) Though truth be told i really liked the vanilla/orange thing Herbal Infusions had going on with this one. I may have to see if i can find a way to replicate it. Dropping the rating a bit since the tea has changed, but it still generally tasty. :) Of course now this also makes me wonder if they’ve changed their cacao tea from when i fell in love with it…

Final count: 168

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I was wondering if they had changed it when I tried it. I was wondering where the vanilla was!

Sil

I really miss the vanilla but I’ll find a way…and keep you posted.

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85
drank Night In Rio by T by Daniel
4041 tasting notes

Mmmmm this is a happy herbal tea for me. Kittenna/Raritea if you hate this, just send the rest back my way haha Something about the blend of this one really works for me. it’s a juicy cup of tea..pineapple, papaya…blackberry…i like this one a bunch!

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60
drank Caramel Popcorn by T by Daniel
4041 tasting notes

Sipdown! One of the shared teas between Kittenna, Raritea and I. I figure since they were easy sipdowns, i should at least try to get those down tonight since i haven’t managed very many sipdowns, and word on the street is that there will be a package here soonish. This one smelled pretty darn good when we were looking at it. Sadly, upon brewing it, it’s sort of a weirdly black, sort of caramel ISH kinda tea that doesn’t really make me think of popcorn OR caramel. How sad…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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So i’d forgotten that I’d had this one before courtesy of Terri. What’s more fun still, is that this is a MUCH tastier cup this time around. Apparently the last time i tried it via terri, i got all the coconute flavouring in the tea she sent. This time, it’s a much more balanced cup with both the vanilla and coconut coming through. Bumping the rating up, since it’s in this tin, it’s quite nice. It makes me curious though as to how consistent Adagio is with their creations. it’s possible it was the sample terri sent me, but sinceit’s not coconut bits, it’s the flavouring, how consistent are the varying incarnations of their blends? :) Anyway, i like this one much more this time around!

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64
drank Ten by Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee
4041 tasting notes

Sadly…ten is a disappointment. It pretty much tastes like an average cup of black tea with maybe an echo of banana/chocolate. There’s not much there though, and it’s hard to tell that this is supposed to be a flavoured blend. sigh… how very disappointing. I love 10…but i don’t love this tea.

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If you’re going to drink Amy…you really should drink her with Rory. This one might be my favourite of the blends so far, and not just ’cause rory makes me happy. I am a fan of the black/green vanilla with just a hint of sweet potato. Yep…i can get behind this one.

Terri HarpLady

That one sounds similar to the Bilbo Brew I was so in love with, also conceived by Cara McGee.

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I think i need to steep this one longer. I’m always a little wary of Adagio’s black so I tend to keep the temperature under boiling and the timing shorter. But i think with this one, i can steep it longer. It’s not a bad tea, but it’s clearly a chai ish sort of tea. Because of the under steep, it’s not as flavourful as i want it to be, but it isn’t a bad sort of taste. On the whole, trending towards being good. But i’ll rate this next time when i steep for longer!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Terri HarpLady

I’ve only tried a few of the Dr Who selections.

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90
drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
4041 tasting notes

Almost done this one! I am not having much success lately, sipping down teas but i am at least getting around to making more of a dent in some of my larger quantity teas, drinking older stuff and sampling things that i need to figure out if i like/don’t like them. heh This falls into the LIKE category, though i suspect i only need to be picking up a bag here and there as i tend not to drink this in summer. it’s a winter sort of cooler temperature drink for me :) still terribly yummy though!

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86
drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
4041 tasting notes

mmmm morning tea from forever ago! I was cleaning up my cupboard over the weekend and realised that i had a small bag of this that i could tuck into my easily accessible teas even though it isn’t one of my older teas. I haven’t had this one in a while and was once again reminded at first sip, why i love Yezi teas. Just a delicious, smooth inviting black tea for this wonderful wintery day filled with snow!

Terri HarpLady

Yay for Yummy Yezi!

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