276 Tasting Notes

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
276 tasting notes

Hah, the last time I tried this, I had a sore throat then too. Still getting that cigarette taste. The lemongrass is a little more prominent this time. Just not a big fan of this tea.

For the last of the pot, I poured it over ice with some Splenda, and it’s much more palatable. Enough to raise my score a bit. I think it loses the cigarette taste. And feels good on my sore throat.

I definitely won’t be buying more of this though. Now to decide if I want to give or trade away the rest of the tin, or if I will just drink it iced…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
276 tasting notes

I pulled this out as my tea to sip while I order more tea :D

It reminds me of autumn days and crisp piles of leaves burning. I am wanting autumn, but it’s still 90 degrees today.

I think I want to try marinading some tofu in this tea. That might be awesome.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Revitalise by Pukka
276 tasting notes

I was thinking this was an herbal tea, rather than camellia sinensis. Whoops. I hope I can sleep tonight!

Pretty tasty, I like it. I don’t know that I would buy a whole box, since I don’t generally like bag teas, but if someone offered it, I would definitely drink it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Serenity

Best wishes for a good night’s sleep!

Skulleigh

Thanks Serenity! I did manage to get to sleep that night :)

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68
drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
276 tasting notes

I got home just in time to beat a short rain shower. Seems like a perfect afternoon for a little pick-me-up. I am out of Chai here at home (my last bit is at work) and this is the closest thing I have to it. Pretty yummy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
276 tasting notes

We are out of real half & half at work, so I had to use coffee-mate again. Ew. I swear that stuff brings out any bitterness whatsoever in your tea that might be lurking. I was surprised this morning when my dependable Keemun tasted bitter, and I felt I definitely had not oversteeped it. That means the only culprit is the creamer.

Maybe I should start bringing in my own half & half. Because co-workers totally don’t find brewing loose tea weird enough… /sarcasm

Bonnie

I keep my half & half in a glass jar with a lid in the frig which keeps it fresh even longer. You could do that for work and even cover the contents or label it goat milk (that will keep your milk safe).

Skulleigh

Hehe, I should totally pick up a glass jar of goat milk and refill it with half&half after using it for Chai :D But, I am not really worried about people at work using it, they are pretty nice folks, even if they do think my tea habits are a bit overboard :)

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drank Decaf Spice by Adagio Teas
276 tasting notes

Hooray, another sample gone.
It’s far too late to drink anything caffeinated. It would keep me up allll night, and I already had a touch of insomnia last night.

Close enough to chai to make me happy for now. This is the last of the decaf black tea I have, everything else is green.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
276 tasting notes

Even in the short time I puttered around in the work kitchen getting a danish and nuking it for 20 seconds then getting the packets of splenda and creamer, this got over-steeped. There’s a bitterness to it. Blurgh.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I thought it might amuse to hear my hubby’s take on this tea when I gave him a sip yesterday: “It tastes kinda like Froot Loops.”

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drank Euphoria by Kusmi Tea
276 tasting notes

Oh my, this is good.

I got my cupboard inventoried, and everything is in my Steepster cupboard now except one Verdant pu-erh sample that doesn’t have a database entry.

I didn’t want more of the iced tea, so I decided a little pick-me-up was in order. Went with Euphoria since the idea of something chocolate-y appealed.

I steeped it in my ingenuiTea since I didn’t want the bits floating through one of my screen infusers. It worked well. Decided to try it with half&half since the last mate I tried didn’t really impress me without cream and sweetening. Added some half & half and Splenda to a mug, whipped it with my frother and decanted the mate into it.

Some people who reviewed it said the orange is more prevalent, but I think it’s really nicely balanced with the half & half – that brings the chocolate out. It’s like a good quality milk chocolate bar with orange flavoring. Reminds me a lot of a nice hot cocoa, but without cocoa’s thickness. Cocoa is always a little too thick to me. It’s a mouthfeel thing.

I definitely like this enough to drink the rest of the sample tin.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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The instructions on the tin say to bring to just below a rolling boil, which seems too hot for a white and green blend to me. So I watched my kettle like a hawk til it got to about 186 and then snatched it off the base and poured.

Turned out pretty good sweetened with some Splenda and then iced down.

I am drinking it while I update my tea inventory here on Steepster since it seems to have gotten waaaaay off. Buy Nothing Summer is over, and it’s time to plan for some new tea purchases :) But I want to make sure I know what I have and try to drink some of the more ignored stuff first – like this tea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °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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