276 Tasting Notes


Oh my. This is lovely. I needed something soothing tonight, as I research my sudden TRIP TO ENGLAND in 2 weeks!!! So I’m simultaneously excited and terrified. I’ll be there for 2 weeks (near London), with hopefully a weekend trip in the middle to PARIS! Advice/recommendations/tea shop directions appreciated :)

I opened the packet and a took a sniff, and it smelled so nice. The leaves are long and dark and smell amazing. Brewed it up in my small green pot and one of its cups. It’s floral with a touch of honey. No astringency.

I really like this. I want to try the next packet gongfu style but I need to find a gongfu tea tray first so I can make a controlled mess.

Ok, I have gone through the entire small pot and every cup is amazing.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I grabbed this bag earlier in the week to take to work since I polished off the Tiger Assam I was keeping there, thinking it was a good way to get it used up. It’s a tasty tea, not as “hot” spicy as I had anticipated when I bought it – I was expecting something like chili powder-spicy. It’s more chai-spice spicy, but it’s not a chai. Probably not the best choice to start my day – I think it is aggravating my acid reflux :( So I may have to just give this one away. I promised a friend I would put together some samples for her, so I may include the rest of the bag with that.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Keemun by t, an urban teahouse
276 tasting notes

Brewed in my new mouse teapot I got from Teavana last weekend. Yeah, I know, Teavana. But I love mice and rats, so I couldn’t resist.

I decided that I wanted to dedicate that pot to Keemun, and was planning on buying some from Adagio since I am out. But then I remembered this morning that I had this from a little shop in OKC.

I brewed it gongfu style in the new pot, combining the first and second brew (not counting a rinse) in a small pitcher. I drank a bit straight, which was all right, but I little less soothing than what I want this morning, so I whipped up some splenda and half and half and combined it with the tea in a nice western-style mug. The half and half bring out the maltyness and smooths the rough edges off the hint of tobacco. I can’t detect any smokiness in it, which I like in my Keemuns.

I’ve got quite a bit of this left, and it’s nice enough, I will definitely drink it, but I’ll probably try something different if I get back to T, and just order my Keemun from Adagio.

Boiling 1 min, 45 sec

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Someone gave me a tin of this as a gift. I’ve gone through it as my office tea for a bit. It’s a fairly good wake-me-up. It is the first tea with pu-erh that I have liked, but I honestly can’t tell how much of the flavor profile has been contributed by the pu-erh. It just tastes like a chocolatey black tea to me.

One small rant – the tin it came in, while cute, is very annoying when attempting to get the very last of the tea out of it. It has an indentation in the bottom so that you could stack it on top of another of the same tea tins. It’s pretty deep and the tea slides down in between the walls of the tin and the indentation. Couple that with the squarish flat top with a round opening.

So I managed to get the very last of it out of the tin after thwacking and shaking and bumping and dumping. But there wasn’t quite enough left for a full cup. I tossed in a bit of Twinings loose Earl Grey. The Bolder Breakfast is so strong that I didn’t get a hint of Earl Grey taste.

I don’t know that I will reorder this on my own, but I wouldn’t turn up my nose at another gifted tin.

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I’ve gone through a couple of tins of this one over the years. My method is to shake it over a plate, in a combination of poorly choreographed moves: circles, triangles, north to south, east to west, etc, until every particle is on the plate. ;)

Hesper June

The tea-time mambo? The tea two step? Between you and Terri, this tea sounds like it requires a certain dance step that needs its own name:)

Hesper June

P.S. I have two left feet, so maybe I should just stay away from this tea…


LOL. It’s the tea tango!

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
276 tasting notes

Got this in the March (I think – not looking at the card now) Steepster select box.

This is quite marvelous. Reminds me of my favorite Keemun a bit, not quite as malty though, and it does have that honey-ish taste.

Made into a latte, and happily sipping away. Paired with leftover duck curry from last night’s D&D game. It’s just the thing for a lazy, very late-rising Sunday morning.

I would gladly add a tin of this to my cupboard.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
276 tasting notes

Snagged from a box in the breakroom at work, because I was curious. Not generally a big fan of tisanes, but this wasn’t bad. Strong flavor, I liked the sage. Wouldn’t refuse an offered cup.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I got an offer for a free month of Steepster Select, so I broke down and got it. This was in the March box which I received.

It’s really interesting, I can see why it was noted as being a common companion to ramen. It’s a tisane, not tea, so it doesn’t check that internal box, but it’s likable, and I will definitely brew the second pouch.

Very foodish. It’s like drinking breakfast.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chicken Soup

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mom's Apple Pie by DAVIDsTEA
276 tasting notes

This came as a sample in an order, and I am out of cream today. I have almond milk, but if I drank a black tea today, I want something nice and creamy. So I went looking through my greens and herbals for something interesting.

I need to reduce the size of my stash a bit, so I figured getting rid of one entire sample envelope would be a good idea, and apple pie sounds appealing on a rainy afternoon when I have a bit of a sweet tooth.

It definitely smells of apples, both steeped and unsteeped. Not as candy-like as I had feared. I took a sip before adding some stevia, and it was palatable, but I had a sugar craving so I added in a sweetener. In the first cup, I didn’t really catch the cinnamon after adding sweetener, but it came out more in the second. I think it could actually use more cinnamon – it’s pretty light.

I probably oversteeped it as after I added the water I promptly started having problems with my Mac. But it’s not astringent, so it seemed to handle it well. I am not sure what kind of green tea they used – nothing spectacular, I think.

End verdict: Good for a sweet tooth on a rainy afternoon. Not something I’ll order a tin of, but I wouldn’t refuse a cup if offered.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon

180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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Finally brewed up some of this after having it my cupboard for over a week. I have been having some heartburn so I’ve been cutting out the caffeine for a bit. Finally feeling up to brewing up a pot.

This is a lovely, gentle keemun. Not as smokey as the keemuns I get from Adagio, but it’s a charming drink for a lazy morning.

I prepared it as a latte with almond milk and stevia.

It’s a relaxing cup, and took my mind off some big changes that are coming my way and inducing stress. :) Good changes (hopefully) but that doesn’t make them any less stressful.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
Terri HarpLady

My guts have been acidic for about a week, about the same time the trees started pollinating here. I checked my journal, & I had the same problem a year ago. I guess if I’m breathing it, I’m also swallowing it. :(


That’s what I have been suspecting too. I noticed I have been feeling better when remembering to take my allergy pill. Silly trees and their yearly orgy.

Terri HarpLady

I suspected it last year too. With all my food allergies & such, a part of me starts thinking “what did I eat?”, but I have been really ‘good’ lately, & I can’t think of anything. Same as last year.


I think what happens to me is that when I sleep, my sinuses are draining down to my stomach and starting off a chain reaction. I also have been eating more gluten-y stuff than works for me. I don’t think I’ve got a full fledged gluten allergy, but it definitely affects me. I need to get back on my personal diet bandwagon, and stop falling off so frequently!

Terri HarpLady

I miss bread so much…sigh…gluten debilitates me :(
I miss milk, cheese (oh cheese…sigh…)…
I miss grains & legumes…
But I don’t miss autoimmune problems & feeling like crap.
Now if I can just get rid of the airborn stuff, I’d be golden!

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I did not enjoy this tea. I tried it a couple of times, and it just had no strength, no body to it. I ended up throwing it away because I would rather devote the space to tea I actually enjoy.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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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.


DFW, Texas



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