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220 Tasting Notes

drank Almond by Adagio Teas
220 tasting notes

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
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Unbrewed leaves smell sweet, and almost floral.
Brewed, it’s a yellow liquor. Not too veggy, not too astringent. Not too anything really. Very basic, not unpleasant, but not that really impresses.

I’ll drink the rest of the sample, but I probably won’t reorder – it just doesn’t make an impression.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Keemun Rhapsody by Adagio Teas
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Before brewing, the leaves have a sweet, molasses-like scent that reminds me of good pipe tobacco.

After brewing, it becomes a light, but slightly smokey, good basic black. It stands up on its own without sweetening or milk/cream. It can steep forever in my Lock & Lock tea bottle where the leaves stay in, and it doesn’t get bitter.

This is my go-to at work for something that can be taken straight, allowed to cool off and still taste good.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more
Bonnie

QVC girl! (I get stuff there too) Anyway glad you like Keemun!

Skulleigh

QVC? Are you talking about the Lock & Lock? I got it off Amazon.

Bonnie

OH I thought it was a qvc thing! Ha HA! Well, Just like Philosophy and Bose etc. you can get it there and anywhere!

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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I’m beginning to think Kusmi can do no wrong with black teas. This is the 4th I have tried, and it’s very good. Latte’d it up today, because it’s just one of those days where you’re lucky I got out of bed. I did take a few straight sips that seemed like they’d be ok if I weren’t in That Mood.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Hesper June

I am glad to hear this.
I have been thinking about getting some Kusmi for awhile now.
I particularly was interested in Anastasia and Russian Breakfast.
So, now I just might have to take the plunge:)

Skulleigh

I got the Russian sampler, and I had this one in the “not sure” pile because the scent hit me a bit wrong, but brewed it settles down and it tastes quite good.

Hesper June

Good to know! Thanks:)

Bonnie

If you get a really smoky Russian add cherry jam, stir and sip then nibble jam from your teaspoon. Learned this from a Russian Orthodox Priest.

Skulleigh

Ooo, of course you learned that from a priest, it sounds divine! rimshot
I will have to try that!

Bonnie

Good one!

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Forgot my tea bottle this morning, and didn’t feel like dealing with loose leaves with the metal basket for the mug I keep at work. So I grabbed one of these, tossed it in a cup, and after brewing went with a packet of splenda and a little creamer tub. Basic coffee room fare. It was all right, but I really wanted some loose Keemun.

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Got a single teabag of this as a sample with my Kusmi order. Wouldn’t mind one more to try it again in more controlled circumstance. Making it at work didn’t result in a likeable cup.

Was very grassy, and the mint had the “wet washrag” taste I’ve referred to before, that I get with some herbs.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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Small tin from the Russian sampler. Drinking plain, no cream, no sugar. In my Lock & Lock Double Wall Tea Bottle, which means the leaves stay in it.

On smelling the unbrewed tea, I was a little doubtful. It smells like candy from an old lady’s purse, or something. But it seemed like there was potential there.

On brewing, that scent goes away, and I’m left with an Earl Greyish taste that doesn’t jump up and slap you in the face. Good for a morning where I want a gradual return to awareness, instead of something to wake me up right now.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
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Drinking plain.

It’s morning, and my allergies are kicking my boo-tay.

This tastes a little burnt instead of like carmel. Just an undertone though, not enough to make me not like it.

I’ll have to try it on the weekend when I can brew it in something I can remove the leaves from.

I wish this tea had the ability to let me go back to bed and start the day over.

Glumph.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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I purchased some tea from Kusmi, one part of the order being their Russian sampler. This is part of that sampler.

Hubs actually requested some Earl Grey this morning, so I made him a latte with my Adagio. I could probably use up the countless EG tea bags I have on him, but when I’m making tea, scooping and smelling are part of the ritual. To make good tea for me and mediocre for him… Eh. I should just take the bags to work for other people.

So back to the Prince. This stuff smells wonderful – I’m not sure what element of it is so pleasing to me, but it might be the grapefruit. I’ve not had that in tea before, so that might be why my brain doesn’t analyze it as grapefruit.

I went latte with mine too, probably should have tried it straight for the first tasting (though I did take a quick straight sip to get room for the milk – brewing in a cup with a basket doesn’t leave enough room for frothing! – and that was good). It’s not as intense as EG, which I thought it might be similar to, but it doesn’t have the bite that EG always seems to have. I think hubby might like this. I know I do.

So between the Captain the other day, and the Prince today, I’m hanging around with some title people lately. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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This is a sample from my Kusmi order. I got a sampler tin, and I think this is in that too, so hopefully I like it :D

Smells good, tastes good. Better notes once it cools and I’m done with work stuff. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 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, my husband got me 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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