556 Tasting Notes

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So I have no idea how long this steeped because I forgot about it and then had to heat it back up in the microwave. But it smells good. Chamomile with a little bit of the promised citrus.

This may be just what the doctor ordered. (Also, is anyone else having trouble with the enter bar? I have to press shift+enter to get a new line now and it’s irritating).

I have what is probably the flu but it’s not affecting my taste buds much I don’t think so I’m still tasting the teas that I have at home. Going to be moving on to the more herbal blends though, don’t want to waste a flavoured black that potentially tastes wonderful when I am feeling miserable.

Tasting this, it is a fairly standard chamomile, with a bit of a citrusy taste, not very strong but definitely there. Tasty, but nothing really special. About what I was expecting.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
556 tasting notes

The first thing I feel about drinking this tea is guilt. The very act of swallowing makes me a bad vegetarian, but I just can’t help it! I ordered it without thinking of the marshmallow part and now it’s here and I want to try it, it’s rated so highly!

And now with that over with, I am in fact drinking this tea and it does taste very good. The black base is very present and I wish it was a milder base for the flavours to come out, what is here is okay. I can taste the chocolate in the aftertaste but not so much in the initial swallow but what is really present is the marshmallows! There’s a bit of cinnamon-y strangeness too that I think is the graham crackers but I haven’t had graham crackers that weren’t chocolate flavoured in such a long time that it’s hard for me to tell. And I haven’t had s’mores in years, though a friend of mine and I used to make them in his living room with his fireplace going. That was a lot of fun. Ah, memories.

Together, this tea does taste a lot like what I remember s’mores to taste like, though not quite as sugary as the original but close. This is a very good tea, but my guilt will prevent me from ordering it again, or probably even drinking the rest of my sample.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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77

Well, the look of this tea is fascinating, with all the chunks and bits in it of the various ingredients. I can definitely smell the caramel in the dry tea, though not much of the apple.

Adding sugar and milk to this tea (because it’s a dessert tea, because it’s a black tea, because I just ate a raspberry white chocolate scone and I’m primed for sweetness) so it’s obviously bringing the flavours out more than it would otherwise. It smells perfumey, like some other reviewers mentioned and it tastes a bit perfumey too, and that takes away from the niceness of this tea. I can still taste the caramel and some of the apple though, so it does have it’s redeeming qualities. An okay blend but I won’t be reordering.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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96

Another one from my trade with Tea Sipper!

This tea smells amazing, just coming out of the bag. It steeps to a very light blonde and you can hardly tell that it is tea but for the smell but the taste…! Truly tastes like a sugar cookie both in the taste and the after taste. This is really good. It’s January now but I may have to see if there is still some in the stores or on Amazon.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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62

I got this tea in a swap from Tea Sipper, thanks!

I can taste the cherry in this tea very strongly, much more than the cranberry. The addition of sugar seems to have brought out a sort of cough-syrup-esque flavour that isn’t too terrible, but isn’t that great either. Less sugar next cup and I might change my rating.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
556 tasting notes

I’m finally tasting the pepper that so many Yunnan teas say they have in their descriptions. Not a strong flavour, thankfully, because I don’t like pepper in anything really, but I can taste it sort of as an aftertaste that lingers on my tongue. This is a very ‘dark’ tea, for me. Extremely smooth and very tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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5

Second try, not any better than the first, although for different reasons.

I didn’t add any extra sweetener to the tea this time. It smelled nice both dry and after steeping. Tasting though, was a different matter entirely. I can taste the apple, I can barely taste the vanilla, I can definitely taste the hibiscus and it tastes more sour than tart to me and overwhelmingly I can taste the stevia and it tastes very bad. I couldn’t even finish my cup, I had to go pour it out.

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

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52

This has a weird weird flavour to me. I can see how it is milky and I can see when it steeps that it has some kind of milk in it, but I don’t know, maybe I’m picky with my milk more than I thought. I only ever buy organic skim milk. The ‘milk’ in this tea tastes very strange to me. It’s not…bad, exactly, but I don’t think I like it very much. I added some more sweetener, but it just made the weird milk flavour more pronounced and put the black tea more in the background, so that wasn’t very helpful. I don’t think I’m going to try to resteep this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
556 tasting notes

Drinking this as the first tea that has ever been brewed in the new (2nd) Breville One Touch that I bought for my work desk. 1000 ml pot, though I won’t be doing that again, I just don’t drink it fast enough. I’m on my second steep now, same amount of water. I’m glad I gave away most of the first pot though because I’m not through my second mug and it’s pretty cooled off by now even with the ‘keep warm’ feature which doesn’t last nearly long enough.

Anyway, I think I put more leaf in than I normally do because it’s stronger and at the same time a bit more bitter than normal. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been drinking it all morning and I’m getting tired of it. Normally I do like this tea though so I’m not going to change my rating. I think I’m going to slosh by the time the day ends.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
556 tasting notes

This has become my default morning tea to brew before I get to work and take the rest in a travel mug to drink along the way. Why, you might ask? Because it was on top of the pile.

This tea is pretty good for a wake up tea, strong flavour but not a confusing one. Since I drank it this morning and I usually do my tasting notes during the drink and not after, I can’t really remember exactly what I picked up other than I liked it. Drinking (tea) while driving is not exactly conducive to savoring the subtleties, unfortunately. I was glad to have it though.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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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