595 Tasting Notes

drank Cranberry by Adagio Teas
595 tasting notes

I have to say I’m kind of surprised by all the reviews saying that the cranberry flavour in this is faint because it comes across to me STRONGLY, especially in the aftertaste where I wish it wouldn’t linger so long and get sour on my tongue.

There’s the slightest hint of astringency to this and it does have quite a bit of the tartness you would expect of a cranberry tea. I don’t drink this very often because of the strong flavour, have to be in the mood for it, so consequently I have quite a bit of this left even though Thanksgiving is quite a bit behind us by now, it being February.

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

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drank Cucumber White by Tazo
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So there was a free box of this in the kitchen area at work so I took a couple of bags to try, although white tea is usually not my preference.

I can taste the lime in this but the rest of the flavour is pretty unpleasant. Bitter and sour. And I don’t think it’s just because white is not my normal cup of tea (pun intended). It’s possible I steeped it for too long, but I don’t know that that would have helped very much. I steeped it at as low a temperature as my water heater goes so it can’t be that. I don’t know. I don’t like this tea and I will not be having it again. I’m contemplating pouring out this mug.

ETA: Added another spoonful of sugar and that cut down the bitterness. Still, there’s now so much sugar in this blend that it’s basically unrecognizable now so I’ll not up the rating too much.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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I’m up super early this morning because I couldn’t sleep and I just wanted a simple, uncomplicated tea to drink. This one fits the bill.

I’m getting the bread-y taste from the first time I tried this and it is good. I’m going to be really sad when I finish up this package. I had to transfer it to a tin this morning because it was getting too low to scoop from the bag.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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First off, I should admit I added sugar. I always add sugar. I am a sugar addict. That being said, this is a really good tea. Another hit from my order from Steep City Teas. This is nicely fruity and all around a very pleasant blend. The black tea and the fruit are nicely balanced and neither is overwhelming. I am enjoying this mug of tea very much and I’m sure I will enjoy the rest of the pot just as much.

So overall, if you want a fruity mango tea, this is a good one, I recommend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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Trying this one out again. This time at a lower steep time and brewing temperature. It actually tastes quite a bit better with a much stronger strawberry flavour and creamy in the background. I wouldn’t necessarily say ‘custard’ if you pressed me though.

I’m improving the rating on this one, because I actually think I’ll keep it around as a good strawberry tea. I was thinking of trading it out until this cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Another good strawberry tea is the honey bush from 52 teas. It’s all about the strawberry heh

Starfevre

Good to know.

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And here I find yet another rooibos blend that I don’t hate! I actually like this one pretty well. Added milk and sugar to enhance the ‘dessert’ feel of this tea and it tastes actually really good. I’m not sure I’d say ‘red velvet cake’ if someone asked me the flavour in a blind taste test, but it is still quite pleasing. Chocolate and vanilla and creaminess is what I taste.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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Well, I’ve never tried a genmaicha before and I’m not a huge fan of green tea in general, but this is pretty good for a green tea and the toasted rice is really good! I don’t like the green tea part as much, but it just gets a slight grimace instead of a full on yuck face like most of them, so that generally means good things. I do love the toasted rice part though. I can’t taste the chocolate at all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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So I read through the tasting notes this time BEFORE I brewed the tea, looking for some comments on brewing so I didn’t screw this one up like the Strawberry Zabaglione from last week. so 200F for 3 minutes it was.

Even with that, there is something that I do not like in this tea. I can’t really taste the pumpkin and I can tastes the correct pumpkin pie spices in the late part of the sip and the aftertaste, but something hits me up front with a bang on each sip that really is not to my fancy. If I drink it really fast, it is decent, which is good because I have another 400ml of this to drink but on the whole, I don’t really like this tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Writing this tasting note on my phone while sitting at the bar of a Cheesecake Factory restaurant.

Perhaps I did not steep this long enough but it is coming across as pretty weak to me. I’ll have to do the resteep for a longer time. But even in this state I can clearly taste the bergamot in it, just not the Assam so much. A bit disappointing.

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drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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I wish I had read AmazonV’s tasting note before brewing this, I might have liked it a little better. As it is, it’s just okay.

The dry tea aroma is fantastic, creamy strawberries to the max. The brewed aroma has more custard than strawberry, as does the taste. I can taste the creamy custard with some very weak strawberry in the background. I don’t dislike this tea. It has the potential to be very good if the reviews on it are any indication, if I can get the brewing time/temp right, I just did not do it well here, I don’t think. I’ve got one more mug of this, going to try without milk this time (added both milk and rock sugar in the current cup).

Also, I’ve never had Zabaglione or even custard very much so I have no idea how it is supposed to taste.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

try steeping it in water a bit cooler than boiling and keep it at no more than 2.5 mins. that seems to be the sweet spot for this 2-2.5

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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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