538 Tasting Notes

91

This seemed a bit darker today than other brews I’ve made. I have to admit that I love the bits in this blend. There are giant banana chips and coconut flakes. I think that this version of additions is so much better than Adagio and Teavana. Adagio additions, for the most part, do not seem to add or change enough of the flavor to be included (i.e. flower petals in small amounts). Whereas Teavana is probably 80% additions 20% tea in some blends. The blending used in this 52 teas blend is much closer to what I find to be ideal. It adds to the flavor, looks great, but also doesn’t feel overwhelmed or overpriced. So good job Frank! I really recommend this company to anyone who hasn’t tried them yet. I’ve never been let down.

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drank Lavender Dreams by Teavana
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As beautiful and romantic as this tea is, I have to admit that it needs some more white tea. I think that there is just something great about lavender and white tea together. The tea is just a bit overpowered in this one, but it is still there in the flavor, despite the mixture of ingredients used in this blend. I’d really suggest this for a relaxing blend.

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93
drank Pheonix Mountain Dan Cong by Teavana
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My husband wanted to make me feel extra special after classes yesterday and surprised me with a Teavana pot! Too bad he got one I already had…facedesk I’m such a tea nut! So we have to go back over there and I’m wondering if the sale is still on? I hope so!
This tea is really awesome and I love oolongs (this type especially). I steeped this for the suggested time (3min) today. The liquor is a kind of whisky brown and tastes like almond skins, roasted notes, and slight sweetness and mineral notes. A really great, and almost filling tea.

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93

I’ve noticed that this tea is leaving my cupboard at an alarming rate! I’ve had this one for about a week if I’m remembering correctly and it is already about halfway gone. I can’t quite pin what I like about it so much, but it really helps that it seems to be lower caffeine and I’ve been having lots of nighttime cuppas. The sweet, fruity notes are really fun and I’m a chamomile lover so the ingredients are just about perfect. One of the best blends on Adagio!

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70

I’m a bit sad because the flavor of the pineapple seems to be much lighter on this ball when compared to my last one. :( I really liked the first one, but this one is a bit lack luster. I steeped for longer than suggested (I think?) at 3min. this time and it really brought out the flower in the liquor. There are many more sweet/floral notes when compared to pineapple ones. What a shame! Maybe this is just one of those teas that is a bit inconsistent.

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90

Good gosh this tea just surprised me. I forgot my water, so it got too hot, then I forgot it again and it got quite cold. I steeped this for 2min. at 160F. You know what? It was amazing. The brew has only the slightest hint of yellow/light green. There are plenty of nutty, sweet notes and it is surprisingly wonderful at this temp. I really enjoy this one and I think that it is a must try for green tea lovers. thank you Teavivre for this sample!

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80
drank Rum and Spice Black by Design a Tea
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So this was my second sample and it smells pretty dang good! Mostly it seems that “spice” is cinnamon. There seems to be something baked or buttery about this one judging by the smell. The black tea also seems to be a really heavy player in this blend when compared to my other one. This turned out to be a kind of whisky brown/amber color.
This tea was pretty good! It kind of reminded me of very subtle oatmeal raisin type baked goods. It had a small touch of rum, but nothing too in your face or artificial. Like the other tea that I sampled today I’d say that I’d probably add more leaf to my steeps if I wanted more flavor.
Overall I’d say that the Design a Tea idea was really, really fun. I think just for novelty alone it was a good experience and it resulted in pretty good teas. I really loved the $1 sample and I think that making your own blends is just something that is enjoyable. Great concept!

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75
drank Maple Nutmeg Black by Design a Tea
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This arrived pretty quickly if I’m thinking correctly. I got a sample of this because it sounded like it’d be an interesting creation. The dry leaf smells a bit like the Adagio gingerbread black. The taste of the tea itself is also vaguely similar. I think that if I had more control of the amount of tea I would have added a bit more to get a bit more of a punch of flavor. It isn’t the maple I was really looking for, but it isn’t a bad tea at all. It may be a little off the mark from what I wanted it to taste like, but the nutty notes are there with a slight amount of spice. It is very subtle though. I thought that the base was also pretty complimentary to the flavors that I picked and wouldn’t change that at all.

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100

I am changing my score on this. Why? Because I’ve loved every cupful. There are plenty of mineral, honey, roast, and almost nutty notes today. See previous notes.

TeaBrat

I need to go to their store in Berkeley someday!

Bonnie

Amy,gar even they have a store in the Bay Area…sure,of course they do…who doesn’t!

TeaBrat

Well it’s a tea house and we STILL don’t have a Harney and Sons here!

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