306 Tasting Notes

drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
306 tasting notes

Last of the 4 from the sample pack. I needed another cuppa this morning, and I figured it would be good to finish up this sampler before I leave on vacation.

Smells good, is good iced. I’d definitely like to try another tea company’s rose tea, I find this one interesting. There’s something about this one that makes me not want this specific one again, but I’m not sure what. I definitely find it intriguing though.

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

Lupicia has a very nice rose tea. Have a wonderful vacation!

Skulleigh

Thanks Bonnie! I’m trying to figure out if I want to bring some tea along with me. I’m not sure what kind of access to hot water I will have through.

I hope they get the fires near you put out soon!

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This polishes off the 4 bag sample of this tea. I managed to not log 2 of them. I drank those iced, and it wasn’t bad. I am just not a coconut person. Even though this isn’t bad, I just can’t get past my personal dislike of the texture of coconut – even though there’s no texture in a tea! – to actively like it. It’s not logical or reasonable, but there it is.

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

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Break room tea making again. Packet of Splenda + a hazelnut creamer. Meant to grab a plain one, but they were jumbled in a bowl. I figured double hazelnut wouldn’t hurt.

sigh It’s all right, but it’s no Kuzmi tea.

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

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Oh, my poor Captain. I steeped him too long. I am sorry for the abuse!

Brewed him up in my Lock & Lock, waited too long to sip, and then realized it was going to get bitter if I left the tea in the leaves. Poured it out into a disposable coffee cup. The indignity! My hippie heart aches.

Still dang drinkable though! Drinking straight this morning. I am determined to watch what I’m eating and drinking. I’ve lost 10 lbs in the last 2 months, and I don’t want to destroy that work!

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

PS – I have had one of the temporary tattoos that came with the tea on my arm for over a week now. Those are some good quality fakes :D

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
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Not feeling so hot today, so I am lazing on the couch and watching a Law & Order SVU marathon.

Steeped in my Adagio IngenuiTea. I’ve been using it a lot lately, so I guess it’s going to pass the test. I like being able to make just a cup or two of tea and still be able to effectively let the water reach the leaves, and they have plenty of room to expand.

I do have a small glass teapot that I might let take over if I can find some way to pour and keep the leaves from pouring with it. I saw a picture of a glass teapot with a springy looking thing that went through the spout, hooking through the pouring end, and the other side was a spiral of wire that strained the leaves. I don’t know what it’s called to look for one, or if they are available without buying the teapot.

As to the tea… I just love Prince Vladimir so much! Wow, that sounds like a lovesick teen :D

It smells so good before the brewing and then once it’s brewed, it is smooth and sweet. Made a latte, which is my go-to for comfort.

My cup is empty now, and I kind of wish I had made a full pot, but that’s probably not a wise idea anyway when I am sick. But maybe later I will make some more later. I definitely will order a big tin of it later. As my reward for drinking the rest of my stock down, maybe :D

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Morning Matcha by Matcha Source
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Finally got my homemade matcha frappucino. I used this recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/matcha-green-tea-smoothie-or-iced-latte-133955

But I didn’t have any vanilla syrup, so I dashed in a little bit of vanilla extract.

Upside:
I think it tastes pretty darn good!

Downside:
I have to clean up the mess. And ice cubes are hard to blend, I had a couple of whole ones and big chunks. Maybe I’ll used the crushed ice setting on my fridge for the next one.

I also had to dig an old unused spare McDonalds straw from a drawer to drink it. My bendy straws were too skinny to hack the bigger ice pieces.

All in all, I’d do it again. It’s cheaper, and I don’t have to leave my air conditioned house. And it was fun!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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drank Earl Grey by Kusmi Tea
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My last sample teabag from the Kusmi order. Given the indignity of the office breakroom treatment – a packet of splenda and a tub of liquid Coffeemate. It tolerates that with a quiet dignity. There’s not a lot of bergamot, but for this treatment, it’s ok – strong earl greys don’t really taste that good to me when I don’t have actual half & half and real sugar or honey. I think I might have to put this on my shopping list and get a tin when I finally run out of all the other earl greys I have. That might take awhile though. Possibly decades. I have a lot of earl grey.

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

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
306 tasting notes

Finishing up the last of the sample. At little bit bitter this time, but I used a tea bottle with a smallish basket, so the leaves didn’t have as much room for expansion.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Never trust those white monkeys! Tricky!

Skulleigh

“Never trust a monkey” is one of my personal rules! :D

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I added this to my last Adagio order on a whim because the reviews sounded so interesting. I probably should have really waited to try this on a time other than on the heels of drinking Matcha. Took a few sips to wash out that taste. Not to mention the bouncing off the walls.

But, it is a nice rich black tea, that smells wonderful and tastes lovely straight, without cream or sugar. I will probably drink it the rest of the evening, continually topping the water in my tea bottle off, and not be able to sleep from the caffeine buzz.

This was probably a really bad idea. But a really good tea!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

Netflix series …..you should be able to get through a whole one!

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drank Morning Matcha by Matcha Source
306 tasting notes

I love the process of making tea with Matcha. I make only 3 or 4 oz at a time, so it’s a quick drink, but that’s all right, it’s part of the “ceremony.”

Sifted the matcha, whisked it, and drank it down. I used more than I normally do, and I am now WIDE awake and ALERT. It kicks in quick too.

I was actually going to try making a green tea frappe, but then realized that I’m out of milk and really low on half & half, and my honey is crystallized. Whoops.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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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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