535 Tasting Notes

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thank you Angel for this sample!
I am trying to really get into plain blacks. It is a strange thing to love pu’erh, but not like plain blacks…
Once steeped, this mainly smells like hay to me. Hay and maybe a tiny, tiny bit of chocolate. I think that this may come out more in a second steep.
Ahhh. Although it smells like hay, that note is actually quite subtle. The chocolate tones are far more evident. I also taste some of the sesame that I associate with the Laoshan black from Verdant. This is much more mellow than I expected sigh of relief.

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Thank you Angel for the sample!
So when I opened this and was inspecting the cute little leaves, my husband asked to smell them and remarked that the smell reminded him of licorice. I hadn’t picked up on it at first, but I think I might smell it just a tiny bit as well. Mostly this smells nutty and toasted to me.
The liquor looks extremely light to me. Almost like white wine. It kind of smells like dragonwell to me (forgive my limited green tea knowledge!). I also almost messed up the temp. on this one (165 instead of 185).
I am reeling. This is so amazing. No, really. I mentioned in one of my recent posts that my taste/smell has been off and I’m trying to recover, so these aren’t my most perfect posts, but this is dang good. I’m having trouble describing it, but it is light, roasty, and nutty. I think I’m in love with the nut notes that are coming through on the back end of the sip. Very excellent tea that I will continue to steep and enjoy the rest of tonight.

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Sipdown! This one has just been a delight to have. I saved it for special days, so it lasted a bit longer. The leaves are an amazing color and they smell so strongly of florals and deep spinach greens. The liquor is amazingly strong at the 1min. steep times I used and very little leaf is needed to make a good cuppa. This is a must-try for oolong lovers and it’ll be hard to beat as far as Tie Guan Yin teas go.

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Hello everyone! I’m sad that I’ve been missing quite a bit the past few months. I think that part of my semi-tea absence was due to the fact that I’ve been struggling with who knows what, and it really messed with my ability to taste/smell. I’m just barely starting to feel a bit better.
This tea is one that I hid in the back of my cupboard so I wouldn’t drink it all right away! It smells heavenly and I’ve enjoyed all of my cups of it so far. It works really well as short steeps and delivers a ton of flavor. (I’ll be updating this as I brew)
10sec: Very light liquor, it smells of bread and light rocks. Tastes of the same, plus a slight, honey tasting sweetness.
12sec: I’m thinking I should have done a rinse, because this cup was much fuller tasting than the last. Very bright notes of wheat, honey, stone, warmed sugar.
13sec: The liquor is much more yellow this steep. The leaves are so deeply olive green and fully unfurled. Much of the same flavor/smell as the last steep.
15sec: Really weak compared to the other two steeps. Maybe this is me just being unable to smell/taste? :(

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I purchased this at Whole Foods from the serve-yourself bins. It smelled really heavy in the store, which is something I love with cinnamon teas. I have to comment that this is much better as a mixer than by itself. I’m trying it with all of my heavier flavored blacks and finding really great results. It is very cinnamon forward, with notes of anise as well. I made sure to get some larger pods in here. It’s a pretty great tea if you are looking for something really heavy on the cinnamon, but isn’t really a big standout or anything special.

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Wohoooo! This is my 500th tasting note!
And what a great tea to be sipping. The leaves of this tea are such a deep, jade color. You can tell just from looking and smelling this that the liquor will be vibrant. The smell and taste remind of me of heady flower scents, mainly honeysuckle. There is something almost powder-like about the mouth feel of this tea; I wonder if I’m the only one who gets that from this one? This tea is very smooth and flavorful, even at a 1min. steep time. Very green, floral, very subtly sweet.

TeaVivre

Congratulations! This tea is really very delicious, but unfortunately it is out of stock now.

Tamm

Sounds like, for now, I will have to horde the bit that I still have sealed then! :3

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drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
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I believe I may have been a bit harsh in my first review of this tea. This is yet another single-bag sample from Adagio. This is really not as good as the other chamomile I tried recently. Mainly because this one seemed to have more of a grassy/hay-like flavor than the general store brand. Also, the bags for this are huge; seriously, if anything, I may have had too much of the dry chamomile to begin with. I love the amber color, honey notes, and the instant soothing effect that it is having on my tummy ache. So I’m very drawn about this one. I’m actually really thankful that they included a sample for free and would really be interested in tasting this compared to their loose leaf variety; mainly to play with ratios.

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drank Neil by Custom-Adagio Teas
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Sipdown!
I actually really enjoyed this one. It is a light chocolate tea that reminds me of jelly rolls. This tea could have used something to ground it a bit more; maybe a stronger black base? I tend to enjoy my chocolate teas with dark bases.

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I’ve never logged this one? Maybe it got eaten! Well, it’s already time for a sipdown!
This tea has been an interesting journey for me. It is very, very easy to oversteep. I generally let my boiling water cool for a short time before steeping. Even then, I only steep this for 3min. maximum. The brew is an extremely deep, spiced cuppa. The “pumpkin” is, well, interesting. I don’t know if it screams pumpkin pie to me or anything, but it is an interesting try. The caramel tea in this is probably the least prominent of the flavors. This tea is very, hm, verbose. It is a dark, full bodied tea that is a good pick me up in the morning.

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Ugh. My tap water quality is dismal lately. Seriously, I just want one pot of tea today to turn out right.
So I got another addition to my Adagio horoscope collection! I’m still going to peddle the fact that these are a great deal. The tins are pretty, tea is good, and there is a lot of it.
This one though is a little less stellar to me than the others that I have tried. It is a bit fruity and herbal-esque, but nothing really stands out in it. I’m going to play with steep times and leaf amount to see if I can’t tease some more flavor out of this.

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