2859 Tasting Notes

Yes, I know, I drank this yesterday. But’s so delicious!
Plus, Drew picked it to have with breakfast, and we must indulge our children from time to time, right? (even when they are 24 years old).
I really am loving the boldness, the cinnamon, the hint of vanilla. I’m sure I’ll taper back on it soon, but for at least a few days I’m also indulging myself.
Tomorrow is pancake breakfast day here, & I already know the 5 of us (That would be me, my 2 sons, plus little terri & Ms Theresa) will all agree unanimously that this is the perfect tea to go with an indulgent breakfast like that!

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Is there any doubt that this is Damn Fine Tea?
Pleasantly Malty & bold & even a little sweet. It’s perfect to kick my butt into gear this morning.
Guess I’d better go do something!

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Leif is a big fan of ‘Team Fortress 2", an online game that he is into right now. So naturally he wanted to try out one of the fandom teas affiliated with it. After looking through his options, he selected this one. It’s actually quite nice! It is a blend of osmanthus, white peony, chamomile, marigold, rose hips, & orange peels. A very delicate blend, the chamomile takes centerstage, with the orange peel adding a gentle tartness. It’s also a lovely blend to look at, & smells like a field of spring…I guess the creator was trying to create the feeling of laying on a grassy knoll, breathing in the gentle essence of clover & tiny flowers, relaxing, with target in sight?

Cavocorax

Haha. That’s pretty hilarious. I was wondering why such a gentle blend would be associate with TFT2. Man, there’s a tea for EVERYTHING.

Terri HarpLady

Leif explained to me that a tea for snipers would have to be caffeine free so that they would be able to remain still & steady.

Ze_Teamaker

Gets Excited internally
YAY SOMEONE REVIEWED THIS BLEND! I made it.

Ahaha, yeah it is kinda of a soft blend. It is version number 2; original had gunpowder. I like to have my fandoms vary in tea types so there is bound to be something someone will like and to keep it balance. The basis of the tea is for the leaf and liquor to look yellow… cause when you snipe you have to stay in one place… with no bathrooms….. just jars….. I think you get it. Leif would be able to tell you the reference in the TF2 presents vids.

I’m glad you liked it. From what it sounds like the look and flavor are exactly what I wanted to come out. YAY! I’m just sad that adagio doesn’t offer osmanthus anymore. I loved using that in blends.

Thank you so much for the awesome review!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, how cool that it is YOUR blend!!
Nicely done!

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I got this as a sample in my recent Adagio order, & it is one of the components of the River Song custom blend.
It’s very tasty! The tart lemony flavor cuts through & brightens the rooibos, & there is a creaminess that makes me think of lemon pudding.

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Now something unsweet to get me back on track.
I first encountered Black Dragon Pearls at Teavana years ago. I fell in love with them. So yummy, so malty, so chocolatey, so good. I was addicted. In fact, for awhile that was my breakfast tea, every day. They were that good. I use 6 pearls usually, which is about twice as many as suggested.
Sadly, they don’t have them anymore. They will tell you that Golden Monkey is the same tea, but I don’t think so.
I haven’t had them for quite some time now, & I think I’m on a quest to discover who has the best pearls. Maybe I’ll never find pearls that taste THAT good, maybe it’s a myth my mind created, maybe it was just where I was at at that time that made them seem so special…just my imagination?
Anyway, Adagio’s pearls are nicely tasty. A little malt, a little chocolate, a pleasant full mouth.
I guess I’m gonna order some pearls from Mandala & TeaVivre, & whoever else has them for comparison.
Let the quest begin!

JacquelineM

I heard Teavivre’s are very very good and more reasonably priced than Teavana. I was a Teavana Black Dragon Pearl lover too.

Uniquity

I really like the Teavivre dragon pearls, though for me they can have a slight hint of leather, malt and smoke more than chocolate. I still love them though! Davids Tea has some jasmine scented black pearls which are delish but VERY expensive, so probably not the best idea to fall in love with.

moraiwe

thepuriTea has some pretty amazing Red Dragon Pearls. Really malty with sweet and earthy notes.

Terri HarpLady

Yum! I just visited thepuriTea site, I’ll have to loiter there soon, & definitely gonna have to get some of their pearls to add to the comparison.
I’ll probably pass on the one’s from David’s. I’ve got plenty of Jasmine flavored teas already :)

Terri HarpLady

Just for the record, I steeped these for 5 minutes. The 2nd steep for 6 was also quite tasty.

Sil

nooooo jasmine blacks terri! lol

Terri HarpLady

Huh? YOu want me to get them Sil?

Sil

no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no jasmine is ICKY

Terri HarpLady

LOL, that’s what I thought you meant! hahaha

JacquelineM

Thanks for the tip about thepuriTea, moraiwe! I just placed an order for lots and lots of pearls! I can’t wait to try them!

Tea Sipper

Tealux.ca and zentealife.com both have black pearls I LOVE. Though I haven’t had any others yet, so I don’t know how they compare.

Terri HarpLady

Great to know, TeaSipper! I’ll probably check theirs out as well!

Sixie

I’m not sure if I have a different crop or something… but my black dragon peals from Adagio have almost no flavor at all! Its shocking, I can double up the tea and melt them for 5 minutes+ with boiling water and the resulting brew is always so thin and flavorless. I even threw 5 of them in the gaiwan to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Don’t know whats going on with mine… The tea itself doesn’t taste bad or anything its just completely weak and mediocre — to be perfectly honest I am disappointed. I’ve been throwing handfulls of them in with iced tea blends to get rid of them :/

Part of me feels like I have a different crop from everyone else because the reviews are so high. I ordered mine in lets see… February of this year.

Terri HarpLady

That’s a bummer, Sixie.

Sixie

Nah, not a big deal, and if anything its helping out with the iced tea blends. As we all know, there are plenty of other teas to drink out there!

Cavocorax

Thanks Teasipper – will have to try the Tealux ones!

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I had a surprise guest this morning. I know that she likes fruity teas, so we shared a pot of this one. Much fruitier than I usually go for, but tasty. Both of the boys love it. I started a cold brew of it too. More on that later.

Chelle

OOOOOhhhh!
I forgot how fruity this one is. I got it in the Harry Potter potions sampler. Going to make it iced today!

Chelle

Oh no! I just discovered my memory of this tea was from a single cup sample from a friend. Cry….. I bought the potions sample box and this one is not in it….
Brewing up some Drought of Peace instead. Apricot, vanilla and cream.

Terri HarpLady

ooh…that sounds tasty too!

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Bilbo has returned!
Say what you like about Adagio’s tea base, which admittedly leaves room for improvement, but this tea is absolutely delicious! This is my own personal favorite Cara McGee blend, & although I tend to start my day with a nice bold unsweet black, I do make exceptions. Drew & I fixed breakfast & he actually picked the tea, which we drank a rather large pot of. This blend is a bold Irish breakfast, with sweet potato, vanilla green, & cinnamon. Lightly sweetened with stevia, it was the perfect accompaniment to the hearty Frittata we whipped up.
It’s also very tasty straight.
We all love this one so much that we bought the 6 oz tin, which apparently is no longer available.

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This tea has come up a few times recently on here, & so I decided today was the day to bring it out of hiding & enjoy it.

“No MOAR hoarding!” I can hear Sil shouting all the way from Toronto.
“My Preciousssss….” Bonnie calls out from Colorado.
Ah, but this IS the exception, Sil.
Sorry Bonnie, this is my Birthday Present.

I’ve been sipping from these leaves for hours. I kept sipping while a few students came & went, tea & music go so nicely together.
I took a break from the leaves & worked in my Blackberry patch, pulling weeds, repairing trellis, training the canes, & inhaling the aroma of the mulched leaves & such that cover the ground beneath my berry bushes. The aroma reminded me of this tea. It reminded me that this tea was waiting for me. I finished my work & returned to the leaves, & I’ve been sipping ever since.
I’m still fairly new to Puerhs. This is the oldest Shu I’ve had. This is also the best Shu I’ve had. I love this tea.

Sil

Today would be a day for me to try some of my
Puerhs except going to the hallway for boiling water is annoying. I really hope they can fix this today. Fml.

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Sipdown!
An earthy, musky, mouth filling cup!

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I got home from the PO to discover that my Adagio order has arrived!
This was the first tea I wanted to sample, which is silly because I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas & especially not berry flavored stuff, and
this is a blend of blackberry (black tea), raspberry patch, & wild strawberry. So why did I buy it? LOL, cuz I loved the name & the description. How could I not?
It brews up to a deep red, resembling thin blood, LOL.
I made a small pot, which was shared with Drew & one of my students. Everyone agreed it was tasty, resembling a mixed berry jello in flavor (with stevia added). I think it will be especially good over ice!
@ Sil: Of course! I’ve started a new box for you, BTW. It may be awhile before I send it, but I’m just gonna throw samples in there as I try new things until it’s full enough to ship. :D

MsWhatsit

I don’t blame you for being taken in by a name like that. I’d want to try it too.

Terri HarpLady

A special bonus: After you steep the tea, the re-hydrated apple pieces are very tasty!

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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!

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