539 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Adagio Teas
539 tasting notes

Ahh…I just got signed up for all my fall classes! I finally got into Field Botany! I’ve been wanting to take this class since I found out it counted towards a general level science credit. I am so excited! We get to have a plant collection. :3
For some reason today all of my teas smell amazing; no matter how much I disliked them in the past. I guess my abstaining from them has made them more attractive. This is a pretty decent coconut pouchong. The leaves are beautiful, the liquor is full flavored, and the flavor is pretty much on the spot. I mainly give it a lower rating because I find all of Adagio’s flavored oolongs to be a tid bit more oily than I’d like and it simply cannot compare to other renditions of the tea. This is a great tea for anyone first getting into tea and exploring if they enjoy oolongs.

Kittenna

Sweet! I got to make a plant collection for a taxonomy course once. It was pretty fun :)

Anyanka

That class sounds great!

Tamm

I think the plant collection part is what I’m looking forward to the most! I’m super excited! I’ve tried to get into the class for the past 2 1/2 years, so to finally be taking it seems a huge accomplishment!

inguna

Field Botany – that sounds awesome!

Fjellrev

Awesome, botany must be really interesting! Hope you’ll enjoy it. :D

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So. Good. Seriously. This is such a surprise tea. It is beautifully presented, has a great tin, and tastes perfect. There are fruity (cherry/raspberry) notes with vanilla and baked goodness. An excellent gift.

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86
drank Raspberry Patch by Adagio Teas
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So somehow I got all caught up on my reading and homework about an hour early today. O.O It is a strange feeling! So I’m spending my time figuring out what to do about needing 2 new tires. Yay for car registration time! (jk it is awful).
So this tea is very flavorful, cheap, fruity, and basically awesome for people like me who like tartness in their cuppa. It is perfect for easy steeping and nearly impossible to get wrong. I need to make iced tea with the last serving of it. I would suggest this for people who share tea with non-tea people, simplicity seekers, and people who, like me, love herbals.

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86
drank Lavender Dreams by Teavana
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I have to say that I started reading Cloud Atlas the other day and I’m quickly eating it up. Although I’ve had limited reading time I’m already 200 pages into it. After Cloud Atlas I’m looking forward to jumping straight into Children of Hurin. :)
I’m surprised that this one is so unpopular. I have to admit that straight up lavender might just be an acquired taste that I’ve come to enjoy. (Slightly off topic) I used to hate Turkish Delights, but something may have changed now that I prefer such overtly floral overtones.
This tea has very little white tea and would do better with a lower price tag and an herbal label. The additions of roses, violets, and carrots aren’t really helping with that. The smell of the liquor is very herb-like and floral. It is a bit more hay like than other straight up lavender teas due to the inclusion of some white tea. This tea packs much more of a punch than what I at first expected at such low steep times. The flavor is calming, but potent. I love this one for reading time or movie watching.

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80
drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
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MMm notes of strawberries, lemongrass, and lychee. This is really great warm, but would probably do really well as an iced tea as well.

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So today was just awful. I wish I could say that I get to sleep in tomorrow and start off fresh, but alas! School day.
This one is almost gone! It smells excellent and I’ve been saving one last, gigantic banana chip for my last cup. This one is excellent and the flavors all pair really well. I love the banana and coconut flavors paired with the hojicha because it gives it just the perfect crust-like flaky/baked flavor. A personal favorite from 52teas.

Kittenna

Agreed – this one’s good!

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93

Fruity, light, and herbal is how I would describe this one. It is perfect for calm days like today. I am avoiding my coursework this weekend and spending all my time relaxing and being with my husband. It has been very nice. We’ve even shared quite a few pots of tea (I normally just brew for myself in my Teavana contraption). I love sharing tea so it has been really fun!
I have to say that out of the fandom blends that I’ve tried I really favor this one and Tardis. I have been rationing my last bit of both so I can pull them out on special occasions.

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80
drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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mmmm snowy day here in Utah! I’m having the last of my sample and this tea is sooo good! I love watching it steep; it’s like watching stars at night with all the sparkling bits. I’m still mainly getting vanilla with light citrus. I used slightly warmer water this time and the flavors are a bit stronger than the last time I tried it. I steeped it for an amazing 7min. and I can’t believe how smooth it is. If anything that is impressing me as much or more than the rest of the flavors. This is a great tea and perfect for a day like today.

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Wow. thanks Marcel! This one is so good! I think that I’d like a little more clove in this; but I’m a clove super fan. Wassil is what comes to mind when I drink this one. I’m actually really happy with the orange flavor in this. It has an almost bitter edge that reminds me of orange rind as opposed to straight up orange juice flavor. I think that I will be purchasing some of this one because it is just awesome. If I were to make it again I might have steeped it for longer than the suggested 3 min. Excellent spice and orange flavors without being overly “chai.”
I also turned in my dental calculus paper today!!! Wish me luck!

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3 min, 0 sec
Marcel Duchamp

I’m glad you like this! I get in the mood for this one every so often. It is very yummy.

Kittenna

Dental calculus?!

Tamm

Yup! Really intense plaque buildup. :) You’d be surprised what we can learn from it. Stuff like where people were getting their water, microfossils, we can tell how they were cooking their food. It’s awesome!

Kittenna

I totally had the wrong idea. Thought you meant math for dentists, haha. Sounds interesting but a bit gross! :P

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
539 tasting notes

thanks Marcel for this one! I have only had a few of David’s Teas blends and I’ve been a bit half and half. This one smells really wonderful and the idea seemed pretty fun. I can’t quite put my finger on what the smell reminds me of though. Maybe vanilla cupcakes? There are some deep chocolate/citrus notes that are reminding me of that orange blossom oolong I had once. The shimmer in this is quite fun!
I think that my water may have been just a bit cooler than 195F, but the resulting tea was still very flavorful and I really enjoyed it! I was surprised that the black tea was not bitter at all after such a long steep. The main flavors that I am getting are a bit like that vanilla and slight citrus cupcake. I even get small hints of chocolate, but that may be the base. I think that to really be good it needed a thicker mouth feel that I seem to be missing here. Overall, I do like it, but I don’t think I’d order it for myself.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Marcel Duchamp

Did the tea get glittery? haha. It’s supposed to… which is part of the magic of this little tea. I thought it tasted of cinnamon and vanilla the last time I had it. Glad you got to try it and thanks for the swap :-)

Tamm

It was glittery! That part was really fun. I noticed it kind of coalesced in the bottom of the cup. They were really thinking out of the box imo when they made that one! I think I may be getting a bit stuffed up, so I didn’t get any cinnamon. I’m going to brew up the rest later and see if I can get any cinnamon.

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