288 Tasting Notes

drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
288 tasting notes

I got this to compare it to the only other Milk Oolong I have had – the one from DavidsTea.

The dry teas are comparable in appearance, as are the brewed leaves. The scent of the Mandala tea is more subtle – it doesn’t slap you in the face like the DavidsTea does.

I had my first cup as a latte, which is my favorite way to sip the other version, and it was very enjoyable.

As a straight tea, with no milk or sweetener- I am quite enjoying my second cup this way. The subtle scent, no astringency, all very nice.

I may do a side by side taste comparison tomorrow morning.

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

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
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Yarrrrrrrrrrrrrr! It be the day o’ days again, what ta celebrate seafarrrin’ criminal enterprrrise! International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Arrrr!

This yearrrr, I be drinkin’ a mighty appropriate bit o’ booty from me latest adventures on the high tea – err, sea! Black Pearrrrl, from Mandala! This be my first time raidin’ from those lubbers, and I don’t regret it one bit! The ship’s manifest contained a handwritten note o’ surrender* from one o’ the co-Captains o’ that ship, a Cap’n Garret. I ordered them ta give up 4 coffers of gold, and they were so skeered o’ being keel-hauled, they sent 2 smaller coffers as well! Quite a haul!

The cask o’ Pearls now, they be a fine lot! I’ve plundered pearls from Adagio before, but these have a fuller bodied aroma, like the ladies what hail from Trinidad. They are brighter and more lustrous when compared to those jewels. Darker darks, and more golden golds.

Bit less o’ a chocolate taste, but still malty and sweet. Quite good. I be enjoyin’ me first cup, and look forward ta more!

Arrrrrr!

*note of surrender was actually a very nice thank you for my purchase. No merchant vessels were harmed in this skirmish ;)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Aye, Skulleigh, I see through me spyglass that we’re aboard the same ship! Hats off to ya, fellow skallowag!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

That be a might fine speech about tea! You’d make yer mother’s dark heart proud.

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
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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
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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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drank Revitalise by Pukka
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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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drank Sweet Love by Kusmi Tea
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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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drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
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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
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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
288 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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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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