329 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
329 tasting notes

Grandpa style tea time, now that my first cup of the day was consumed.
Grabbed this tea to bring to work this morning since I didn’t have time to refill my mini-tins with other stuff.

Got this with the spring collection I ordered a bit ago – in April, I think.

I want to like coconut, but I think I’ve been a non-fan too long. The leaves unfurl big and beautifully, and from what I can taste of them, I think they’d taste quite nice on their own. But the coconut flavor just overwhelms everything.

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

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
329 tasting notes

This makes for a nice, gentle, breakfast tea. It doesn’t overwhelm you, it’s not astringent, and has a slightly malty scent.

I think I need to explore more Assams more intentionally now – I’ve had a few now – this one, another from Adagio, and one from Andrews & Dunham, and I quite like them. So after my summer buying fast, I’ll probably look for some ordering ideas.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Potato Pie by Adagio Teas
329 tasting notes

Yay! An empty envelope! I am polishing this sample off today.

It’s an interesting tea, and I am glad that I tried it, but it’s not something that I will be ordering.

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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My morning tea was Prince Vlad + 2 Splenda + a Mini-Moo (single serve tub of half&half)

My stock at work needs replenishing. I need to sort out the cupboard at home and bring some more in.

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I made this a little weak, and not as sweet as I would have preferred. Still pretty good, and I am liking Almond Coconut milk with it.

I’m eyeing the spaces developing in my tea cupboard warily. Tomorrow, I start my 3rd Annual Buy Nothing summer (see my blog, evilwidgets.com for details) which means I can’t buy anything except living basics from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A little over 3 months.

It’s good for me to start a steepdown and use up all those sample packs and tins I currently have. But there are a few things I’m low on that I love – this tea, Prince Vladimir. Yeeks.

But I know from the last 2 years that I can do this! clutches her cup nervously

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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I didn’t really like this Chai too much, and didn’t even log any except the first cup.

I tried brewing up the last bit of it today, and it just wouldn’t do much – it looked watered down. So I added some Andrews & Dunham Assam and that gave it much more body.

But now I’m out of the Phoenix. But that’s a little more room in my cupboard.

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

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
329 tasting notes

Decided to go for a second cup, and I’m glad I went with a plain tea instead of a blend.

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Eh. I don’t know if I’m losing my taste for Earl Grey teas, or if this one is just kinda meh. Like the other DavidsTeas I picked up recently, with the exception of a milky Oolong and a pu’er, it’s too candy-like.

I may gift it to someone.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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I have not had many oolongs that were not bagged teas. I have been wanting to try more, so when I made my first ever order to DavidsTea, I included this, and I am glad I did.

It’s so very creamy and light, and smells wonderful, both as dry leaf and brewed. It’s just the thing today when I’m not feeling my usual energetic self.

I am glad I got this tea, as I’ve been a little disappointed at the “candy-ish” nature of the other teas I ordered from Davids.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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Backlogging from yesterday.

Hubs and I whipped up a psuedo-Indian dinner last night – I made calrose rice as sticky rice, we had lentil soup and chicken cooked with sweet curry powder over it, with sticky rice and mango for dessert. I decided that I wanted some chai to go along with it, and brought out this sample. I’d tried it once before, but for some reason I remembered incorrectly, and thought I hadn’t liked it before. I figured I would give it another try and if I “still” didn’t like it I’d bring it to work and foist it off on a coworker.

Brewed it up and before decanting it from my ingenuiTea into my cup I frothed some Almond and Coconut milk with some Splenda and it made an awesome cup. I had my hubby (who I have only been able to get to like Twinings loose leaf Earl Grey so far) to taste it. He liked it! He ASKED FOR A CUP! :D

The almond & coconut milk really complemented the spices. I’m looking forward to having the rest of the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 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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