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drank Neil by Custom-Adagio Teas
538 tasting notes

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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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drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
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I’ve only ever had bagged or mixed chamomile teas, and never on its own, so adventure time!
I received this as a sample in my most recent Adagio order (bagged). This smells mainly of honey. It is really lovely. But the bags are kinda crazy. It looked liked it actually had enough product for 2 cups of tea instead of just 1. The bags are also pretty large and didn’t fit well in my cup.
This tastes pretty woodsy to me. There is some of that honey flavor, but it is in the background. I think that next time I make this, I’ll use twice the water, as I think it’ll help mellow the really intense flavors out.
Not something I’m totally into, but good for avoiding caffeine.

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This really mostly tastes of mint and chamomile. I wish the mint was stronger though, it tastes less-than-fresh to me? Maybe I’m just a mint snob!
Not really noticing it making me any more sleepy. In the future I think I’d pass this one up for just plain mint (it’d be cheaper).

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Such a beautiful tea! I love opening the tin I have this in and taking a deep breath. It is bright smells of lychee, melon, and somehow, something akin to springwater.
Flavor wise, it is also excellent with lots of melon notes. I normally steep this 3 times. I really have enjoyed this tea.

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I tried this at a higher temp and longer steep time and really didn’t care for it as much. For me, the perfect temp is somewhere between 200-180F at 3-4 min.
The flavors are leather, nuts, smoke, and general manliness. This fits the character perfectly and I actually enjoy this on special occasions.

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drank Berry Mint Cassis by Teavana
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This is almost gone! I probably have 2 cuppas left. I think that a bunch of my teas are just about out now.
This has that odd creaminess, but beyond that it is a pretty good tea. It is very assertive. The berry notes are very tasty and I generally liked it.

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I actually really love this one! I got a second box because I went through the first one so quickly. It reminds me a bit of these little hard candies that we were given while reading James and the Giant Peach during 4th grade. The peach flavor is more on par in this than any other peach tea I’ve had; which is surprising. Very much recommended for people who like herbals or want a good late night tea.

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drank Mayan Cocoa Spice by Yogi Tea
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Wow. Tonight was one of those nights where I guess I needed a migraine pill, but now I don’t get to sleep!
I’ve had this one for a very long time and I’m actually surprised that the baggies still smell relatively fresh. I used two baggies just in case it is a bit weak now. Somehow this is way better than what I remember? I wish I would’ve let it steep just a bit longer. It has just a bit of a fake-sugar taste which I don’t appreciate. But the spices are pretty light and mainly cinnamon. The chocolate is there, but could use some body.

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