556 Tasting Notes

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
556 tasting notes

Wasn’t sure what I was looking for today, and it’s 3pm and I’m having my first cup of tea for the day.

This is a very generically minty black tea. The base isn’t particularly strong but I treated it gently and it’s not bitter either. Peppermint in this one, not spearmint. It’s good but nothing special.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Cheri

Not bitter is a good thing. Some of those blacks from Adagio get bitter easily.

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79

Made this for myself while trying to meet my fluid goal for the week (which runs Wednesday through Tuesday this month) and to stay up for the eclipse that’s in a little over an hour which hopefully won’t be blocked by clouds like it was when I checked half an hour ago.

This tastes darker than I remember. Burnt caramel is still present and the base is quite strong but it’s not as sweet, perhaps I’m not using as much sugar? It’s nice but not lovely. I’d drink again but I"m not sure I’d buy it. It was pleasant for this evening though. And it stood up to being microwaved when I forgot it pretty well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Cheri

I use tea as my main form of hydration, too. 3L+ a day is a lot of tea…..

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77
drank Raspberry Vanilla by Zen Tea
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Sweet and creamy. Had a not very good day but better than yesterday. Currently doing data entry work, which is tedious but I asked for something mindless but necessary and these databases are a mess.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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90
drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
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I should really not drink things I’m exceptionally fond of when I’m having a bad day and have the attention span of a distractable magpie or something. I can’t even metaphor right now.

This tasted more citrusy than I remember from last week but still good. I still have a mugful left in the pot but it’s cold now and I’ll re-heat after my therapy appointment (unfortunately not about current problem). I’m feeling only jittery right now but the day is young yet and yesterday I was messed up until midnight or so. We’ll see. I don’t remember exactly when my ‘wtf is going on’ light tripped yesterday.

I do have some physical work I can do today though, if I need to when I get back. Inventory in the rolling bookshelves and packing up boxes that don’t need to be scanned. We’ll see.

Flavors: Citrusy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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77

This is a sipdown, though I don’t think I ever actually added it to my cupboard for some reason. Whatever, it’s gone now.

Made a full pot on tonight, the night of probably no sleep. Had a medication reaction to my ADD meds earlier (changed dosage) and now I’ve been having somewhere between an anxiety attack and a manic episode since about 9am this morning. 13 hours now. Hopefully I can sleep tonight, but I’m not counting on it. Doing some cleaning while I try to calm down.

This tea was interesting. I can taste the chocolate but the rooibos is a bit strong for me. I added a bit of milk for the first cup and I’m not sure I should have but it’s definitely creamy. I like it, but it won’t go on my restock list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Cheri

I hope you’re feeling better today.

Indigobloom

Oh dear, feel better soon. I’ve had a few panic attacks in my day. Not fun at all :/

OMGsrsly

That’s no fun! Hope you’re feeling better.

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94
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
556 tasting notes

Reading my previous review of this tea made me sad because apparently I had it just after my kitty died. Today was a much nicer occasion, although not special. It’s a Monday at my desk.

This tea is as lovely and smooth as ever, for being as old as it is. A bit of that not-quite-cinnamon spiciness and honey and bread and it’s just quite lovely all around. I’m glad it’s not available because I’ve spent way too much money on tea already today between finding out a discontinued Verdant blend had some backstock (of which I purchased half of what was left) and also Butiki since they are (sadly, so sad!) going out of business. :(

This is on it’s 3rd steep, which looks just as dark as the first. Started at 1 minute and added 30 seconds to a steep (would have done 15 seconds but that is a Breville limit).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
caile

I just drank my third steep of this too! :)

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76
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
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I made this and I drank some and it’s a sipdown but I really can’t be fair to it because I feel so very terrible right now, physically and emotionally. I’m going to plead sick and go home from work after I wash out my pot, whether or not I can take sick time. I’ll make it up later if I can’t. I just can’t be here right now. I promised people to do QA database stuff today but I just can’t.

albertocanfly

Feel better soon!! :]

Anlina

I hope you feel better soon.

Cheri

{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}

TeaBrat

sorry I guess today’s a feeling yucky day for several ppl. on Steepster! feel better soon.

Fjellrev

I hope you’ll feel better soon, Starfevre!

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I made the mistake of taking a bite of really sweet marionberry greek yogurt in the middle of this first cup. So what tasted sweet and berry on the first few sips turned rather bland afterward in comparison (because I am very sensitive to contaminating flavours like that). But I really enjoyed the first couple of sips and I’m going to hold off rating this until I have a real idea of how it tastes normally. Also I put too much milk in because it’s all the way in the break room and that’s a long way to walk and I don’t judge milk in an empty mug very well.

In other news, I hate everything.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Fjellrev

Let’s hate everything together. But seriously, I hope everything is alright.

Starfevre

I have work angst. It will pass. Hopefully soon and with a minimal number of casualties. Such as my career if I snap and start shouting at someone.

Fjellrev

Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope people/things stop being douchebags so that you could do your job with ease!

Starfevre

I have an ally. Working on getting others.

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72
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
556 tasting notes

I’ve somewhat lost my taste for Adagio black teas, but sometimes they’re okay. Today was incredibly stressful for me, as the people on the tea chat can attest as they were witness to my temper tantrum. Also I had to go cry in the bathroom. And I might have signed myself to a whole bunch of new responsibilities kind of by accident. We’ll see next week.

This tea was boring. Fruity temperamental black tea with no real outstanding features of note. Not terrible but nothing I would restock.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Cheri

I hope that Friday is a better day for you.

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SO I got this in a trade with Tea Sipper a looooooooong time ago. Really long. Really. Thankfully it has aged well and is still super good. Rooibos is not woody tasting and mint and chocolate, with added sweetener, make this like drinking a girl scout cookie. Yum.

Reminder to self if I buy this again: Use a finer filter. Rooibos attacking the tonsils is not pleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Fjellrev

I’ve been using David’s paper filters and it has been working like a charm.

Starfevre

I never think of paper filters (and I have some) until after the fact.

Tea Sipper

Good to know this one is still good! Teabags would make any rooibos much better though.

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.

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