321 Tasting Notes

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
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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
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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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72

It’s after 8:30 on a Sunday night, so if I want to actually sleep before working tomorrow, then caffeine is a no-go. Recently, I ordered a sampler of Adagio green decaf teas. I decided this one sounded like a good choice for tonight. It’s a green tea, but it has chai spices and citrus in it.

I really like this. I am drinking it with sugar in my big Scarborough Faire mug. The spice is a better match to green tea than I thought it would be. And it’s light on the palette, now heavy like black chai can be. I’ll try the sampler a few more times, but I think I might end up ordering 4 oz or so.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Lemon Grass by Adagio Teas
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Arrrr, it be Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys! I sailed the Seven Seas today, and came home too late for messin’ about with the likes of the Captain or Mermaids, so I be settlin’ for a tisane fer tonight. Gots to swing in me bunk in a few hours. Arrrrr!

I’d been seein’ here and tharrrr mentions o’ this herb called lemon grass. On me last raid o’ Adagio’s site, I raided a sample fer me treasure chest!

Smells o’ lemon, indeed it does. And looks like the grass what’s been stuffed in my mattress in the Captain’s quarters. Smells better though. I supposed they washed it, shiver me timbers!

Brewed, it be golden, and it tastes fairly good. Not a keg o’ rum by any means, but tolerable. Definitely something I’d take from a rich merchant vessel sailin’ back fro’ tha Indies!

Arrrrrrr!

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Arrrr! it be Talk like a Pirate’s Day like ye says, Matey! I be Hook! Hand over thar lemon grass tea! Off to the plank with ye Arrrrr!

Angrboda

This made me smile. :)

Skulleigh

hehe, thanks, you two :D

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86
drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
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I think I have found the perfect breakroom method for this tea. Two packets of Splenda, not one. And creamer. And make sure I remove the basket or otherwise stop the steeping after a few minutes instead of forgetting about it and letting it steep for 8 or 10.

It’s so very good. Much like I imagined, when I was a little girl, of what coffee should taste like for the adults to drink it so much!

I am glad that I ordered a 3 oz packet of it in my recent Adagio order. I know, I know, I told myself I was going to explore outside of Adagio some more for my next tea order, but they swayed me with an offer of free merchandise – an all glass tea bottle. Which I still need to wash and test out…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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I was reading fairy tales this morning (Jorinde and Joringle, and Hans the Hedgehog) and then topped it off with watching a Russian animated tale called Hedgehog in the Fog, which is completely adorable animation-wise. You can find a subtitled version on Youtube if you wish.

After all that, I wanted a Russian tea to drink, even if I don’t have a samovar to bubble at me all day. I picked out Troika, which is lovely and citrusy. Not sure if it’s terribly Russian really though. I mean, how many orange trees grow on the Steppes? If I were living in the Steppes or in a deep Russian forest, I think I would want something smokey and somewhat spicy.

But in a suburb of America, reading fairy tales, it makes for a nice cup of tea. The citrus flavors are mild, and taste good made into a latte with sugar and half & half.

I still want a samovar though…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
inguna

Hedgehog in the Fog is one of the best animations ever.

Skulleigh

It’s so charming!

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My husband still sleeps, and the morning light is golden. So I felt like something magical but simple. I brewed up some Mermaid’s Kiss in my birdy teacup (there’s a bird perched on the top of the handle, and the saucer is shaped like a leaf). While it steeped for 5 minutes, I spun on a drop spindle. When I stepped back to remove the leaves, they had unfurled so prettily. All green and tender. The liquor is a lovely light honey yellow. A hint of floral scent…

It tastes light and pleasant all by itself. I did not add sweetener or creamer this morning. It’s a simple morning, and doesn’t need it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °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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