267 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
267 tasting notes

I made some vanilla ice cubes from almond milk last week to try a recipe from Pinterest. I tried them with my Adagio Masala Chai, and didn’t like it. Today I tried them with this, Kusmi’s Caramel, and it’s quite good! It’s not cold all the way through, but very enjoyable. This is definitely something to play more with. I’ll be writing up more info about it on my blog, and that will probably be up Monday, if I feel like writing tonight.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Zzzzz…

I am glad my weekend starts after work today. I am so very sleepy.
Brewed this up in my generic tea bottle (not my Lock & Lock).
Too lazy to get cream and sweetener from the break room, so I’m drinking it straight.

Hopefully it will wake me up.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
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After exhausting the Mermaid tea, I needed something else to drink after lunch. Decided that something iced was in order, so I poked around in the drawer and pulled out this sample.

I’d swear I’d logged it before, but it didn’t even show as being in my cupboard. Snort

The leaves definitely smell peachy & sweet. Once brewed it’s mild. Doesn’t kick you in the face, or anything. It’s not something that I am really glad to drink with each sip, but it’s inoffensive for a day at the office.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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67

I think that I need to bring this tin into work – it does really well with the temperature that work’s hot water dispenser spits out, and it was quite good as it cooled, even the batches that sat in the leaves. I drank 3 steepings through the day, discarding the last as it was very weak. But the first 2 were great with the 3rd fading.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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I felt like doing something different this morning, so I tossed some of these leaves into my Lock & Lock bottle. Too many leaves! After I brewed my first cup, I pulled some of them out.

I like the light floral scent of this tea. It’s soothing. It doesn’t blow me away like the other tea in this set – Captain Assam – does. There is an aftertaste to it that just doesn’t hit me right, but I think it’s a personal taste foible, not a fault of the tea.

The last time I tried to resteep and drink this through the day, it did not deal well with sitting in its own leaves. This morning I poured it out into a cup, but the second steeping will have to sit in the leaves until I drink the first one, so I am not sure how this is going to go.

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

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Tried to log this the other day and steepster was giving me an error.

Used up my last pouch from the sample I had, so I get to remove it from the cupboard.

Drank it iced. Nothing spectacular. Doesn’t really say Earl Grey to me, and doesn’t say Raspberry either. I won’t bother buying another tin of it.

That’s ok though, I have an empty tin from it from a a few years ago that is pretty, and I use it as a pencil cup at work. I think I just get Zhena teas for the tins!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Keemun Rhapsody by Adagio Teas
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Oh look, it’s Monday morning. That must mean it’s time for Keemun Rhapsody.

I am not feeling particularly ready to be up and at ’em this morning. Hopefully some tea and oatmeal will assist.

I could use a little more weekend.

I think the water dispenser is not heating as much as usual. It took the tea a long time to steep this morning, and it’s fairly mild. The smokey taste isn’t really as prevalent as usual. It’s still good though.

Drinking it straighted – no sweetener or cream.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more

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drank Keemun Rhapsody by Adagio Teas
267 tasting notes

Woah. I left this to brew a bit long this morning while I caught up on my email. Still pleasing, but unexpectedly jump-up-and-slap-yo’-mama strong. Not bitter though! A good pairing with my breakfast of steel-cut oatmeal and a hard boiled egg.

I think this is my first cup from my new order of this. It could be that the previous tin was just getting old. I guess I will see with the re-brewing, if it still seems strong. I think I mentioned before, but I tend to rebrew this over the day, let it cool and ice it when at work. It is a very nice no-fuss tea.

Edited to add: Oh! For the first time, I’m getting the chocolate note that the description mentions! Interesting!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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I decided to try making myself an iced chai for my dinner drink tonight, and ended up making it for both me and the hubs when he decided that it sounded good. Brewed stronger than normal in my ingenuiTea. Frothed some half & half and added agave nectar for sweetening. Poured together. But when I added the ice to chill it, it watered it down too much. I’ll have to experiment again with making it stronger, or figure out a way to chill it quickly without watering it down.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Instructions for iced and cold brewing tea’s are on the Verdant website. They have videos and podcasts.

Skulleigh

Thank you, Bonnie!

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I was feeling lazy this morning, and I didn’t bring my tea bottle to work with me. So teabags it is. It’s all right tea, but nothing spectacular. It doesn’t even particularly say “chai” to me. I only have 6 bags left, and when I am out I won’t get more.

I do like using their tins as pencil cups though :D

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 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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