536 Tasting Notes

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So I have been super busy recently with college and I’m just dropping by to say hello and log this tea! :3
When I saw this item in stock on the site I was pretty interested; but I had no idea that the quality would be so good on the item. The tin that this is presented in is really lovely. The inside of the lid has constellations on it and the whole this is actually quite large. I won’t be able to fit it in my tea cupboard due to how full it is atm. The tea itself is just beautiful as well. There are the cornflowers, lemongrass, chamomile, and lots of tea floating around in there. You have to mix it around quite a bit as the rooibos, which makes up the largest section of the mix, tends to settle at the bottom of the tin.
Flavor wise it almost reminded me of a toned down roobios lemon cloud (which I really did not enjoy). They obviously reigned in the woodsy flavor by adding a lot of other flavors to the mix. So there is a slight herbal, lemon, and very light grapefruit flavor to this. It is a pretty great tea for the price and certainly comes well presented; which I greatly appreciate and enjoy. If anyone was on the fence about ordering one of these tins I’d suggest to do it just because of the value. Some of the weights vary, but this was 4oz+a tin for only $9 and that’s a steal compared to other big companies (cough Teavana cough).
edit :3 So in case anyone wanted to really see the inside of the tin and the tea I’ve added a picture on my blog:
http://postscriptforfinales.tumblr.com/post/33844374989/my-new-tea-tin-that-i-got-yesterday-its-super

Ellyn

I’d never seen the zodiac teas at adagio. They look so neat!

Tamm

Yeah! I didn’t know until recently and I found them while randomly searching one day. I don’t really have the space/money to buy the set, but they offer all of them $18 off if you order all 12.

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75

Lots of berry, toasted notes today with small amounts of chocolate. I’m still getting Christmas jelly sticks! I used just a bit more leaf today and all that did was add to the tartness. I don’t really think that’s helpful.
I don’t know who all has tried this, but the Teavana receipts say now that if you sign up for emails you get a $10 coupon, but I signed up at least a week ago and I haven’t seen anything like that. Any info floating around about that?

Daniel Scott

Haha, before I was hired I signed up with another email. (I was signed up for Teaopia emails already, so I got automatically switched over.) I figured that since I got switched over and was technically already “on” the email list, I just hadn’t gotten it. So…separate email, right? Never received anything.

I honestly am not sure how that 10 dollar thing is SUPPOSED to work. What I would just do is find the FIRST email you got from Teavana in your inbox, print it off and bring it in and explain that you signed up for the emails to get the coupon and don’t seem to have received a coupon. Hopefully they’ll honor it? I had a woman do that, she handed me the whole email to prove she’d signed up, LOL. The $10 off thing is on our quick scan sheets in Canada; I’m assuming it’s the same in the States, so no one should need a coupon bar code or whatever from you. I’d ask about it with a manager before you even start getting them to scoop tea, though.

Bear in mind that it’s off a $30+ purchase.

Ninavampi

I tried it once when I was in the US and nothing happened… Let me know if it works for you! :)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
536 tasting notes

So I never said I was a sane person.
So I decided to mix Adagio’s Sylvari’s Awakening blend with Teavana’s White Ayurvedic Chai. I’ve said before that the Sylvari’s Awakening had to much chai, but I just wanted to see how these would go together. I used 1 and 1/2 tsp of the Sylvari’s Awakening and 1 tsp of the White Chai. I steeped this higher and longer than Teavana suggests for the white tea, but I’ve had no problems with doing so with the chai/chai blend.
This smells like some kind of faintly wassil type Christmas treat. I wish I had something orange to add to this as I think it would compliment it well. There are citrus notes in the Sylvari’s Awakening, but it’s too faint in this. Mmm, this is pretty damn tasty together! I think that I’ll use most of my stock of the Teavana tea to drink this way because alone it is a bit too Big Red gum-like to me.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86

This. tea. Is so good. I oversteeped this last night and it was still amazing. I’ve had this tea for less than a week and it is already mostly gone. I take that as a true testament to how awesome it is. Lots of chocolate, caramel, and sweetness in this cuppa. Amazing tea and a must have for dessert tea enthusiasts.

Ellyn

Did you get any…odd aftertaste? I really WANT TO like it but I can’t figure out what is at the end of the sip. It is a flavor? A mouthfeel? I am not sure…

Tamm

I had a little anise/licorice aftertaste in my first cup, but not since then. The other day my strainer was ghosting a bit, but nothing other than that! My throat feels a little gunky after this cup today, but it may be because I’m drinking it while it’s still super hot.

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by 52teas
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I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of October than drinking a nice big cuppa pumpkin cheesecake! I love the fall so much. I love that the mountains surrounding our house are all turning such wonderful shades, the air is getting crisp at night, and we had that full moon that was amazing! I am planning on visiting Gap later today to pick up a green cardigan I’ve been having my eye on. I’m hoping they have one small enough in stock as it’s a men’s item. I can’t wait to wear stuff like that at school again as it is the most comfy.
This tea has been a bit up and down to me. It doesn’t really taste like pumpkin to me, but rather pumpkin spices. I love that though so not too many complaints! I’m surprised I still have so much of this left as I think I’ve had it for some time now. I love the spiciness without having to burn my tongue off or knock me off my chair. This tea is great for fun and reminds me of Thanksgivings past.

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75

So I caved and went into Teavana again tonight. They’re always so enthusiastic about showing me a billion things and then I hope that I don’t crush them by only buying two items…I know that it is really competitive so normally I try and not take up too much of their time. We ended up getting this and some white chai because my husband wanted to pick something out for me that he’d think I’d like. :p He accidentally cheated because we’ve had it before.
This brews a strange purple color. To be honest, I know a lot of people are wanting a big POW of chocolate, but when I think of truffles, they may be chocolaty, but that isn’t everything that is going on. These smell just like these truffles that my mom used to get at restaurants when I was little. They had gold wrappers if anyone remembers them.
I always get confused by Teavana’s naming. I think they should fire their naming person because they’re always so weird and off what I think of when I smell/taste the blends. Why wonderberry I have to wonder. I would think that just hearing elderberries sounds exotic enough to get the blend sold. shrug that’s just me.
Huh. Someone mentioned this tasting like cherry cordials and I think they hit it on the nose! I used to hate them when I was a child, but my dad bought them all the time, we got little time together, so to save face I always gobbled them anyways! There is really not very much chocolate in this and I wouldn’t say that it is a bad thing; except the name says chocolate in it! Maybe adding more leaf will help that out. I’m not getting too much hibiscus in here either so that’s a good surprise. I just realized what this reminds me of: chocolate dipped jelly sticks. Like the ones that they sell around Christmas! I love those! This is an ok tea and I don’t know if I’d buy more, but I’ll play around with it a little.
edit
I’m lowering this just a few notches because you know what? The roasted flavors are coming out more as it cools and they are really throwing off the chocolate/fruity vibe. I dislike that a lot!

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75

Mmm this tea. This tea is good, but a bit humdrum when compared to other that I purchased recently. It is comforting, a bit toasted, and a bit chocolate flavored. I think that it needs more punch of both cinnamon and chocolate. Then I’d fall in love with it!

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drank Driven Innocence by Adagio Teas
536 tasting notes

Something that I’ve noticed between these Adagio blends and the new Teavana blends that I’ve purchased is the leaf to miscellaneous additives ratio. My Adagio blends have so much more leaf and just feel like such a better deal in so many ways. I’m starting to wonder if Teavana tares out the bag when they fill them with tea because I feel that I’m getting way less product when I shop there. A 3 oz bag of Adagio teas will not even fit in my jars at home. 2 oz of Teavana ones are barely 1/5th a bottle. How is that even possible other than trying to say that all the fruit bits weigh more…
Back to the tea! This tea has been a great addition to my cupboard. I would advise drinking it hot because the chocolate does not mix as well in a cold cuppa. I think that the small amount of floral in this mixes into the mint really well and it is totally driven by the mint/chocolate theme. This tea reminds me of so many things, but Christmas treats from neighbors most prominently! As far as blend ratios go this one is spot on!

Daniel Scott

Yeah, heavy additives will potentially weigh down the bag a lot. With a light green tea like Dragonwell, 50g (~2oz) will be a substantial amount. A tea with heavy filler will basically just cover the bottom of the bag and a bit.

The bags are only 10g, max weight. Dunno what that is in ounces.

Tamm

Yeah I’ve noticed that the tea that I seem to have the most of is the fluffiest; Swiss Vervaine Melange. It’s about 1/3rd of an ounce. I just have worked at a chocolate place before and we were really anal about subtracting the weight of bags from the price because people wanted to get their money’s worth.

Daniel Scott

It’s possible people at your local Teavana are being unscruplous, but I’ve personally found taring the bags/tins to have become second nature to the point that you do it even when you don’t need to (like if you’re just printing a label to put on something in the store).

Daniel Scott

Oh, also, if their scales are like ours, you should be able to see the tare from your side of the counter. On ours, the tare is on the farthest-left side of the screen visible from the front of the counter. If you see an 8 or a 10 there, that’s the tare of the bag.

Daniel Scott

…Oh, right. Ounces. Goofy American weights. :P I forgot. Maybe your scales are totally different.

Tamm

:D Well thanks for the tips! I’ll be careful to watch them next time I’m there. I have so much tea already…I can’t see myself going in anytime soon! drowns in tea

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drank Spice of Life by Teavana
536 tasting notes

I had such a difficult time picking what tea to have first today! My stock is getting a little overwhelming with all the stuff I’ve purchased from Adagio. I also tapered off a bit on tea drinking during the summer.
Wow, it has been such a long time since I logged this one! I find that out of my older Teavana stock, this one lost its flavor and smell faster than the others; which is almost a good thing for me on this one. It smells like Christmas! There are mostly additives and very little leaf in this blend. I think that because of this, the price is kind of ridiculous.
The flavor now that the tea itself has mellowed a bit reminds me of some kind of orange biscuit cookie. The flavoring on this is really strong and when I first bought it I really did not enjoy it very much. Now, it is a bit more subdued and I enjoy the balance a bit more. I think that if I had to guess what kind of tea this was I’d guess it was an herbal because it has so little white tea and it simply does not taste like tea. It tastes like a nice, guilt free way of indulging though! This would probably be best mixed with another tea; I’m thinking that it would be nice with the Adagio bled Sylvari’s Awakening that I have on hand.

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86

This one is so good.
I wrote an awesome review, but my computer ate it earlier…So this will be the short version. Dry, this smells exactly like rocky road ice cream; no kidding. It smells divine when steeped and tastes even better! I’m not really thinking “caramel” when I drink this. It reminds me a bit of chocolate flan stuffs. I really love the chocolate flavor in this one because it is just, so much more natural tasting compared to other chocolate teas that I’ve had. This one is just as good as, if not better, than the slimful chocolate decadence one I think. The liquor itself looks very scary actually; lots of floaties all over the place. If my cupboard wasn’t already so full I’d say that I should get a whole bunch of this one! It is excellent.

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