286 Tasting Notes

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I had this in my drawer at work, so I pulled it out to accompany the scrambled eggs and sausage that I brought from home. Brewed the first cup for only 2 minutes or so, rather than the 3-5 listed on the tin. Added splenda and a creamer tub, and it was quite good. Next cup (same leaves) I steeped for 3 minutes or so, and it came out pretty much the same.

Good morning wake up tea for a day when I wanted a more “plain” black tea – as in not a blend or Earl Grey type.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Semi-backlogging
Brewed some of this up twice yesterday, drinking something like 5 cups in all, and then refridgerating the last cup, which I brought to work with me this morning.

I just love this tea, it’s malty and awesome. So good frothed up. Used stevia and half&half.

This morning I was drinking it straight, no sweetener and no creamer, but the cup was a bit strong. It had steeped for awhile. I’ve been using that Mio stuff to add to water lately, and added a shot of the Strawberry Watermelon flavor to my cup – oh man, it’s really good! Suprisingly good, I figured I was going to ruin it, but no! It’s very tasty. Makes me want to try blending other things with it… oooooo – maybe peppermint! It would be like peppermint cocoa! Definitely going to try that some chilly weekend.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
286 tasting notes

I took a sick day today, there’s a tickle in my lungs and I was up half the night coughing. Masala chai to soothe the cough.

I’m getting low on this, I think I will try another brand of chai for my next batch – I want to be able to compare and contrast. Any suggestions?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Hope you feel better soon!

Skulleigh

Thank you!

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53
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
286 tasting notes

Tried a second steeping of the leaves – it’s quite weak.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
286 tasting notes

Drinking another cup this morning. I’m not getting the maltyness from it this morning – it’s more grassy. Brewed at a lower temp this time though. No astringency, no aftertaste. Nice and clean.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
286 tasting notes

Hopefully this cup of tea will not keep me up tonight, I may have brewed it up a little late in the evening. But it was quite good!

The dry leaves actually smelled a little malty/cocoa-y. I didn’t expect that in a white tea. It tastes slightly of malt as well. I really liked it, and look forward to brewing more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Dutch tea blend by Pickwick
286 tasting notes

I’ve got a bit of a tickle in the lungs this morning, so tea is in order (when is it not, though?). I received a single teabag of this in a card from a Ravelry aquaintence, and I don’t have many other black teas here at work this morning.

Not much of a scent to it when I opened the teabag. It wasn’t sealed very well, so I supposed the aroma may have dissapated. Once brewed, it does have a nice scent to it – the label says it’s “Oranje Pecco” which I assume is orange pekoe. Besides the words “Dutch tea blend” the rest of the wrapper is in Dutch.

I took a sip of the straight tea before adding anything, and it’s fairly pleasant. I wouldn’t fuss about drinking it with no sugar or cream. But, it’s a workaday morning, so sweetening is a must. A single packet of Splenda is enough to really bring out the taste. I know the “orange” in the name doesn’t mean it’s been flavored with orange, but this does have a slight citrus taste to it. Added the creamer tub. Hmm… a little bit of creamsicle now.

Not bad for a teabag that looked like it was pretty much dust.

I wouldn’t go hunt this down to buy a box for myself, but if it was one of a limited selection at a restaurant, I’d order it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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68

I don’t get “peppery” from this. Maybe sweet potato.
Seems all right, but not anything to get worked up about or rebuy.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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71

Oh look. Jasmine again.

I find myself wondering what I could mix with it to change it up a little. I have some peppermint…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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50

Last of this sample. It’s all right, but not something I’ll order again.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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When I was a very young child, I swallowed an ice cube whole. It got stuck in my throat, and my mother had me drink hot tea to melt it away. That started a love affair with tea that has never abated.

I dabbled with Celestial Seasonings and other grocery store teabags for awhile, in my young and foolish days. But a few years ago, I received a tea of the month subscription from Adagio, and I found that there was a whole other world of tea out there that I had never experienced.

I love drinking tea, and I love the personal ceremony of making a glass or pot of tea for myself. It’s like a meditation.

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