536 Tasting Notes

sipdown! The tea-cupboard cleaning has been a hit so far and today I plan on working with my samples. I am planning on doing a handful of steeps with this one.
I love the color of the liquor; light olive tan.
The main flavors have been chocolate and barley notes. Feels quite thick on the tongue, but smooth and not bitter at all. This is one of my very favorite plain black teas. Perfect for getting that caffeine boost for drawing.

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drank Queen of Babylon by Teavana
536 tasting notes

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I’ve always been iffy about this one. The flavors are very strong, but aren’t really what I was looking for. The carrot/apple in this is very up front; which was always pretty surprising. I like this one much more cold than warm because it tones it down just a bit.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 17 OZ / 502 ML
gmathis

The notion of vegetables in tea intrigues me. I need to hunt some of this down.

Tamm

I was really surprised how evident it was in the flavor. It may have to do with my steeping parameters. Other people I read didn’t notice it quite so much.

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I only had one of these left and I will be steeping it quite a few times so I can get the most out of it.
This tea is very light, but the pineapple is really great. The greatest disappointment with these were that the amount of flavoring seemed really spotty. I had a few that were very intense and others that felt flat. I think that because of this I would never buy the blooming teas at full price. If you find them on sale though, I would suggest at least trying one of Teavana’s flavors just for novelty.

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I am really sad to be out of this one. It has always reminded me drinking a cookie. I liked this one because it was so uncomplicated. I can’t believe that it lasted so long in my cupboard. But I do plan on ordering this one again at some time in the future because it is (a) so tasty and (b) such a good deal. The tins on the 2012 zodiac set are so beautiful and the perfect size for keeping my art supplies in. The cost is so minimal for them too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I am making an effort to clean out my tea cupboard, as it has just become a mess. I am trying to drink the ones with little left in them first.
Onto the tea! This has been in my cupboard for a long time because it really isn’t my favorite blend. The rooibos in this mix really isn’t my favorite. But it is pretty good for an herbal and you do get a lot of it. So I’m a bit torn to say the least. If you enjoy grapefruit and rooibos, then this would be a great blend for you!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rivaini by Custom-Adagio Teas
536 tasting notes

Ouch. I seem to have woken up with a “book hangover.” As in I stayed up until 2am finishing The Secret History and then couldn’t sleep because omg. I’m really hoping the caffeine kick in this is enough to brighten me up a bit!
I really love the chocolate chai from Adagio, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch to assume that this would be pretty good. I couldn’t taste the chocolate as much as I was hoping. I’m not a big chocolate+orange person, but it is nice once in awhile. I’m not sure it needed the cream, but it isn’t unwelcome.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Having this right after some chocolate. It was not my favorite. I mean, who puts freeze dried raspberries in chocolate anyways? shakes head I should’ve picked up another Dagoba lavender bar. They’re amazing.
Back to tea! Well, This smells very nice dry, I can smell a bit of cinnamon and the caramel. Other than that, mainly smells of black tea. Once steeped it is pretty intense in the pu’erh department. And just a bit oily (a thing I tend to not like). But this tastes quite good! I like pu’erh quite a bit and the other flavors are there just enough to make it taste really rich. It isn’t hiding the pu’erh at all and I think that’s a great thing about this one

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another sampler tea! This one smells mainly of just earl gray. But somewhere along my tea journey I’ve come to enjoy it as long as there are other flavors playing with it. In the dry leaf I couldn’t really smell the apricot, but it is in there! They blend quite well and this is pretty great for me because I need to watch my caffeine intake still!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
gmathis

EG and apricot—sounds like they would fit nicely.

Tamm

It was just enough apricot to stand out, but not too much to overpower the EG, so I’d say it’s pretty great! I need to get out my apricot preserves to have with this.

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2nd try on this one today with almost the same results. I really don’t think this one is any good. Very weak flavor overall. Even the tea is too light for me to really taste. But I still have quite a bit so I will continue to tweak/play with it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mahariel by Custom-Adagio Teas
536 tasting notes

Another sampler tea!
This one is actually pretty great when cooled down. The flavors are very roasty and like the other review, does remind me of seaweed a bit! The fruity notes are very soft, but still there. I am surprised I enjoyed this one so much. I think it just fills a gap in my tea collection that nothing else could. I think I need to try more hojicha and kukicha.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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