974 Tasting Notes

From the journal:
After the first cup, I was not sure it was necessary to order more. It seemed like a watered down cup of hot cocoa. I probably did not know what to expect as it was one of the first things I tried from The Tea Table very early on in my tea adventure. After the second cup, I decided it was not too bad. Tastes like tea and hot cocoa together. Third time is a charm? We shall see….

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From the journal:
With a name like Chocolate Caramel turtle, you would think this tea would be wonderful. Unfortunately, I think the flavors are trying too hard. The tea itself seems weaker than others. I can taste all of the flavors, but it is just too much going on. This one was sent to a better home.

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drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
974 tasting notes

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Very good on its own, but I have not even tried a resteep on this as the chips are gone with the first. It is divine with a bit of peppermint added. I love a chocolate peppermint tea where the peppermint flavor is light so you can taste the tea.

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drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
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This one was very reminiscent of coffee. Since I used to be a heavy coffee drinker, this one tasted pretty good if I added the usual coffee dressings of milk and sweetener. I am not sure it is smooth enough to entice me to buy more, though. I will have to give it a few more tries.

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drank (Black) Currant by Adagio Teas
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This one was not anything special. A little on the bitter side for my kid-like tastes. I passed my sample along to a friend.

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drank Decaf Orange by Adagio Teas
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Hmmmm. Did not like this one, and I am pretty easy to please when it comes to fruit flavored decaf blacks. I was not even able to try it a second time, because the memory of the first was so bad.

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Not rating this one as I am an English Breakfast noob (which I know seems impossible, but we all gotta start somewhere.) This was actually my first Keemun, too. I really like this one. It is smooth and easy to drink. Just how I like my tea. I sweeten, but don’t need milk for this one. (Are you supposed to need milk in English Breakfast? Even if adding milk is proper, I will still do my own thing!)

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88

Today’s evening tea….this one is hard to beat. I have seen recommendations for the resteep, and I am on it in about 5.

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Uniquity

I love the resteep – more than the first! : ) (At least for the bags I have)

SimplyJenW

Yep…..it was good!

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My afternoon cuppa. I just drained it…need to brew another, immediately! This tea really surprised me. I am not a lover of rose scents in general, but this tea is wonderful and relaxing. You do catch the rose scent when opening the bag, but brewed up, it perfectly complements this particular black base. I am bummed I only bought 2 oz…….

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JacquelineM

That sounds REALLY nice. Are there any other teas that you like from the Tea Table?

SimplyJenW

I like their Chocolate Mint Decaf as it is difficult to find a good chocolate decaf. Their Lychee Congou is on my list to buy next time. They also carry several of the Metropolitan Tea varieties. I need to get some tasting notes in here on these things. And I love that they will send three free samples with every order.

JacquelineM

Thanks! I have been looking for a Rose tea with a Chinese base, so I am so excited to hear about this one! I also love decafs for the evening and will try that chocolate mint – sounds so good. I’ll be avidly watching your tasting notes for more reviews!

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drank Blend 1776 by Culinary Teas
974 tasting notes

My tea to go for the day…… Not a bad blend if you like strawberry and maple flavor. I have also purchased this at The Whistling Kettle. Short steep recommended. Probably better with sweetener. Milk optional. I liked my sample, but am now undecided on buying more when what I have is gone. Maybe my palate for tea is growing up a little?

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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