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2475 Tasting Notes

Organic Champagne Oolong Darjeeling – Republic of Tea
I bought this tea a number of years ago when I was a huge Republic of Tea Fan. I haven’t drank it in…uh…a couple years? LOL, it’s sealed in one of their tins & worked it’s way to the back of the cupboard, & I rediscovered it awhile back, but was avoiding it because I knew it was old. Since I’m into some aged teas now, it’s time to give it a try :)

I’m not adding it to the database because it is no longer available, but according to the label it is from the Ambootia Estate at the foot of the Himalayas. There wasn’t much aroma of the dry leaf, & actually this is a pleasant, mildly cereal type cup, with no bitterness or stale taste to it at all.

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I haven’t drank this in quite some time, & I’ve never eaten wedding cake, so I really have nothing to compare it to. Unsweetened it is a little cakey, with a hint of caramel & vanilla, & a little roasted chestnut. If you sweeten it, it’s a twinkie (I haven’t had one of those in about 30 years, but you never forget what they taste like).
This is not something I’d ever crave. It’s funny how small samples like this last forever!

Tea Sipper

It’s a nice day for a… white wedding. :D


Hahaha. I was thinking that too!

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drank Cream by Adagio Teas
2475 tasting notes

In my effort to drink all the teas, I’m going to drink a flavored black tea once a day. Normally I’d drink 2 or 3 straight blacks, as I just am not that into flavors (although I seem to have plenty of them…).

I originally ordered this sample, along with several others, to try out a variety of Adagio teas, & also to have some fun experimenting with combos. I’m actually too busy to do alot of experiments, so I might as well just start drinking those teas up, right?

This isn’t bad. It’s actually kind of interesting. The flavor reminds me of whipped cream.

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First tea of the day!
Last night before I went to bed, I re-organized my Tea Menu, deleting anything I no longer have & entering the new offerings. The current total is 308.
I think I need to set a goal to have my tea collection include only as many teas as I can drink in a month (sampling each one once, that is, not sipdowns).
I’ve also noticed there are several teas that I never drink, & I should probably give them away to somebody, because I doubt that I will ever drink them.

These Black Dragon Pearls are ok, but I’ve realized they are not my favorite. Do I have a favorite? Not yet, I’m working on that! :)


I know what you mean. If I count only the teas I know I will drink, and remove those “what are these still doing here?” teas, all of a sudden my choices are way more limited. Also, I have teas I have to be in the mood for. If I only count my “I can drink this anytime teas” I don’t have that many!!

Terri HarpLady

I love so many teas, & of course I want to try everything at least once. Add all the trades, & next thing you know, you have 300 teas! :D
My current count on straight black teas (not counting samples from friends, just the ones on the shelf) is 32. That’s one a day, plus an extra. I have 5 whites, so I can get away with 1 per week…more or less. I’m trying to be methodical about this, but I’m a chronic Right Brainer (with occasional bouts of intense Left Brain action, such as the making of this tea list).
I need to start a ‘give away’ box with teas that I either don’t like or am indifferent to.


A give away box us a good idea. I need to let go of the teas I don’t care for – write them off ad a mistake/lesson and move on…

Terri HarpLady

Maybe that’s how TTBs get started? :)


Cavo….we do that with th group here… If you want to g rid of something, stick it on the spreadsheet and if anyone want to try it or take it they indicate….otherwise, unless its a tea that I HATE, I try to hit the swap thread every couple of months


Haha, Terri. Maybe?
And that’s really smart Sil! I think we have so.e of that on the bc spreadsheet, but I haven’t utilized it.

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Another sample from TastyBrew. Thanks!
I’m not a big fan of Ceylon teas. They tend to taste like the ice tea of my youth, & like green tea, they tend to make me sick on an empty stomach, probably due to astringency. Their flavor profile also doesn’t appeal to me nearly as much as some other teas. They lack a low end.

Having said all that, this is a decent cup. Nothing memorable about it, very ‘even’, slightly floral, slightly oaky, a hint of citrus, slightly astringent. Not bad, not exciting.


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I used to bake a lot when my kids were young. My love of baking probably came from my Mom, who started making homemade WW bread as I reached my teens (early 70’s). There is nothing like the aroma & flavor of homebaked bread, fresh from the oven! I baked with my college roommates, & when my kids were young we baked together for years: Breads, muffins, scones, pita, pretzels (the big chewy kind), bagels, brioche, croissants, pizza crusts. We did it all, & I also had a sourdough starter (named Fred) that was especially awesome for making english muffins. I’ve been a slow foodie long before the movement started.

Sadly, I began developing (or realizing I had) food sensitivities that made my life & health unmanageable: sugar, dairy, yeast, gluten. It took a while to figure it all out, but I’m glad I did, because I feel fantastic now & think pretty clearly (except when it comes to ordering tea, LOL). But sometimes I really miss bread! Brioche is awesome, especially with orange marmalade or Apricot preserves…sigh… I make some pretty good things with almond flour, but it is not the same.

So this tea…a nice trip down memory lane. Brioche is a very rich bread, loaded with butter & eggs, kind of like Challah (yeah, I used to bake that too). Very airy, with a really nice crust. Sometimes we included raisins, cinnamon, & nuts, & amazingly American Tea Room has captured this nicely. The flavor is rich with a buttery yeasty flavor, with just the right amount of almond, a light dusting of cinnamon, & (I’m probably imagining) a hint of orange peel. I can even taste the crust. Thanks to TastyBrew for this trip down Memory Lane.


I love fresh baked bread, and your post makes me want to try this tea, as well as get to a local bakery!

Terri HarpLady

I miss it so…especially toast!


Warm bread and melty butter. Ecstacy!! :)) Don’t mean to tease….I don’t know how you manage!


i have similar sensitivities as well as ridiculousness such as an allergy to turkey and coffee. i got used to rice flours and amaranth… i misbehave, but whenever my bad behaviour catches up with me i revert to my wheat and gluten free recipes.

good point though… i would likely behave better if i had my fixes through tea…. you are just full of good ideas, terri!


I just read an article that said a lot of our stomach problems are coming from a new compound in the GMO wheat. The name was similar to gluten, but I can’t remember what it was.


argh, i pile on weight with it. and get congested. corn is a bad one too… but it has a really strange allergic response that can be hard to identify. it heightens aggression. (ie one of the reasons that fights frequently break out at a corn roast).

at least i like rice flour. it’s harder if you dislike what you need to eat.

Terri HarpLady

GMOs probably have a lot to do with it. Wheat allergies have been on the rise in the US for a number of years. Most other countries don’t allow GMOs.
I removed all grains & legumes from my diet 18 months ago, & immediately started dropping weight & feeling better. About a year ago I made the mistake of eating an English Muffin & suffered for 2 weeks with horrible gut aches, & numerous aches & pains including a resurgence of tendonitus, migraines, etc.
SO not worth it!


oof. okay…. i have to consider making a permanent change. i have an auto immune disease that can be provoked unpredictably. damn.

can you pm me and specify which legumes and grains? (do you eat rice at all?)


Lovely review! It makes me want freshly baked bread AND to try this tea even more than before. :)

Terri HarpLady

Eat a slice for me!

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Thanks to Tasty Brew for this sample, from our wonderful Black Teas Sample Swap.

This is a golden Yunnan, with hints of the things found in my beloved Golden Fleece: honey, allspice, bee pollen, smooth but tongue thickening sensation. Notice I said hints. There is an underlying bitterness that grows on the center of the tongue as an aftertaste.

Sipdown. Now I wish I’d brought some Golden Fleece to Tony’s.

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Thank you TastyBrew for this TastySample. :)

I’m more of a fan of plain teas than flavored, but I enjoy a good cup of dessert from time to time, & since I rarely eat actual sweets, my desserts tend to be teas. This one is quite tasty!

We’re watching the last inning of the Cardinals vs Oakland baseball game, Cards leading 7-1 (last night we lost). I brought a bag of stevia back from the kitchen, just in case I wanted to add some. I drank the first half of the cup without, & it was really very good that way, with an unsweetened cocoa kind of thing going on. Then I sprinkled a pinch of stevia in it, & that brought out the Toffee more. The Hazelnut is present, but more as a bitter element than a nutty taste.

My cup is empty & the game is over. We won!


I remember awhile back when utopia posted a sale you mentioned wanting to try this. Personally, I don’t like this too much. But I’m glad you do! They have an awesome almond cookie black tea though, that’s my favorite from them.


hmm might have to go on my list of teas to try…

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This tea is from my awesome black tea swap with TastyBrew! Thanks!

I was looking at the Upton website recently. It’s rather overwhelming, they have so many teas! So this one is a pleasantly sweet honeyesque cup. Not particularly bold, but definitely tasty, with a little roastiness, a little bit of that Keemun even-ness & earthyness, but the aftertaste also reminds me just a little of the leafhopper bitten teas, & I guess that is due to the honey taste.


Their print catalog makes lovely bubble bath reading :)

Terri HarpLady

They have a print catalog?


Once you order from them, they send you an awesome print catalogue completely with a running article about the evolution of the tea trade. It’s awesome bath time reading. Their website overwhelms me but I love the catalogue. I take a red pen and circle what I want samples of and then enter the codes on the website. Super cheap shipping too.

Terri HarpLady

Hmmm…I might have to place a small order just so I can get that!


terri – pretty sure you can just request the print catalogue without a purchase…i remember doing that because i despise their website. also their finiums when on sale are the cheapest around!

Terri HarpLady

good to know :)

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While we were out to breakfast, I drank 2 cups of Numi’s China breakfast, but then I wanted something else. Luckily I always carry some of this one in my purse, along with my Handy Dandy Blue Tuffy Tea Steeper (theteaspot).

I love this tea! The rich flavor of German Chocolate Cake? Hell, yeah!
Any time of day! I also love the resteep-ability of this one. I dump the entire package into my brew basket & give it 3 minutes. It awesome, smooth, sweet, rich, slightly bold, mouth filling. Resteep at 4, & then again at 5. Not a hint of bitterness or astringency. Perfect.

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!


St. Louis, MO



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