2946 Tasting Notes

drank Tiger Eye by Adagio Teas
2946 tasting notes

It smells like ice cream with ribbons of fudge & caramel running through it, yum!

Plain it is not bad, kind of a a buttery roasty taste. With Stevia added, it is bright, caramelly, light fudge, & kind of a nice dessert-like flavor. It reminds me of something, but I just can’t put my finger on it.

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Although I am a fan of both Sencha & Dragonwell, this tea was just so-so for me. It smells wonderful, but…meh…really it’s just that when it comes to green teas, I’m pretty much a purest, with the exception of jasmine.

I’ll try cold brewing it next time, maybe I’ll like it more that way…


I like this one much better iced … and it’s especially nice when brewed with the steep and go do-hicky.

Terri HarpLady

That’s what I’m thinking. Here’s the funny thing: Tony picked me up to go shoot pool, & I was about half-way through the cup & just left it sitting. I came back home a couple hours later, & drank it, & it was better! I mean, it was never bad, to begin with, just not that exciting hot. Cooled down, I liked it. So looks like a cold brew is in order! :D

Terri HarpLady

So I did cold brew some, & it’s ok. I’m not finding myself all that interested in drinking it, but today is a slightly cooler day (nothing like the weather in Canada, of course), leading me to prefer hot teas.

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Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for this generous sample

First off, I love Teavana’s Black Dragon Pearls. That’s actually one of the only teas I buy from them, & the convenience of being able to zip over to the mall & get some is pretty nice. It’s a yummy malty breakfast tea that I enjoy. SO I thought I would brew a cup of that alongside Teavivre’s Fengqing Dragon Pearls, just to see if there was really any difference.

Dry, the difference was noticeable. The Fengqings were smaller, but more aromatic, with a little more of a malty smell. I used 6 of the teavana pearls in one 8 oz cup, and 8 of the Teavivre in another. The main difference I noticed in taste was that the Fengqing had a bit of a berry flavor, & then I realized that I had ruined the taste test. Damn!

You see, last night I made a cup of decaf blackberry vanilla black from some local tea company. It was a gift from one of my students a few years ago, & I was really just trying to use it up to get it out of my cupboard. I ended up dumping it out, it just wasn’t really a tea that I enjoyed. I swear I washed my tea strainer well! But somehow that flavor stuck, & ended up in the morning’s cup.

SO…the taste comparison was ruined! Luckily, there was enough tea left for another sample, & although I’m not doing another comparison test, I will say that this is a very tasty, malty, satisfying cup of tea, with chocolate croissant undertones, just the way I like it. It is delicious & smooth plain, & also quite tasty with stevia! Yum!


A tea with chocolate croissant undertones? YUM! Count me in.


It does have a bakey undertone.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, the chocolate is slight, in comparison to some other teas, & it does have a bread or pastry quality, which I like to think of as croissant, of course, I have a vivid imagination, & since I’m intolerant to gluten, among other things, it’s been years since I’ve had a croissant, so what do I know…LOL

Donna A

I agree this is a very nice tea. Haven’t tried the Teavana one. Do you have a preference between the two, even though you didn’t get the side by side done?

Terri HarpLady

Still not sure. I have plenty of the Teavana version in my cupboard, so it will be awhile before I have to restock, either way.

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I have a tendency to shy away from cherry flavored things. They usually taste like cough syrup, or some phony cherry kind of taste. So it took several orders from the Tea Spot before I got myself to order this sample size from them. I’m really glad I did!

First off, the tea base is a mix of Indian & Chinese black teas. I have to say at this point that I’ve always been happy with the Tea Spot’s black teas. This is no exception: It is both bright & deep, bold & smooth. It has the croissant like pastry taste that I love, & then they layer in the chocolate, which makes me think of their Bolder Breakfast or Chocolate ‘O’. The Cherry flavor is there, but not so prominent that it takes over. It’s more of an enhancement, & gratefully it doesn’t taste like cough syrup, candy, or anything phony.

I drank half the cup plain, & that was yummy. I added a little stevia to the 2nd half (cuz this was suppose to be my dessert), & it’s a real treat!


Nice! This one is on my wish list!


While I don’t shy away from cherry-flavoured tea samples, I do approach my first sip with some trepidation for the same reason. It’s a relief to hear that this one doesn’t taste artificial!

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Thanks to The Tea Spot for this sample!

On my last Tea Spot order I toyed with the idea of getting a sample of this. Their samples aren’t free, but they do include enough tea to really try something out. I ended up not getting it, & amazingly, they threw it in as a freebie. This sample is probably enough for 2 cups, or maybe 3. So I’m trying the first one hot.

It is a very pretty tea unbrewed, though not as pretty as the picture! It smells mostly of mints & lavender, with a little Lemon myrtle in the background. The brew is not pink, but there are pink rose petals floating around in it. Flavor-wise, it’s pretty mild. The Lemon Myrtle steps forward, strongly supported by chamomile. Everyone else forms a backdrop, like the scenery in a play. It’s pleasant, but probably not something I’d drink often. I sweetened the 2nd half of the cup, & I can say for a fact that this is a tea my grand daughter & one of my grandsons would love! (The other grandson has decided that drinking tea isn’t cool enough for him…sigh…). I like it best with a little sweetness myself.


We have rosewater lemonade at our favorite Mid Eastern place. Its SOOO good!

Terri HarpLady

Now THAT sounds good!


I think I would like to try this steeped in Rooh-Afza (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooh_Afza) instead of plain water.

Terri HarpLady

Wow, Nik, that stuff sounds amazing!


It’s so good, Terri! And it’s so durned sweet that a little goes a long way, so the bottle lasts me a long time.


the Lemonade there has saffron floating around in it.

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About a month ago I ordered a bunch of samples from the Tea Spot. I like their samples because you get 5 servings! That is an opportunity to really sample something, more than one way. Like several others here, I got sick & all my sampling got set aside, pending improved taste & smell abilities. So today, I decided, “It’s on!” I started with a steaming cup of matcha, & next on my agenda was this unusual tea.

Climber’s High is a Heinz 57 type brew, with everything but the kitchen sink included. The predominant aromas are cinnamon & then licorice, but there is way more in this tea, & it’s packed with flavor along the lines of a Chai. It’s also packed with caffeine! I’ve been dragging myself around for a couple of weeks, recuperating, but not really having much energy to get things done, & POW! I drank a cup of this & the next thing I know, I’m smiling, laughing, talking in a very animated way (things I tend to do after consuming a lot of caffeine, the rest of the time I’m pretty laid back), & feeling very dynamic! I re-potted my key lime tree, which is busting out in blossoms as if it were spring. I picked a lime off it & am drinking lime water (gotta stay hydrated!). I added a little new soil to my kumquat & meyer lemon trees – the 7 lemons are almost ready for consumption, the little kumquats have a way to go, but I can tell it’s getting ready to bloom again too! I did a bunch of other stuff too.

I drank the first cup plain & it was nice, the licorice root providing a mild sweetness. I can tell it would be really tasty with stevia as well. I resteeped, & the 2nd cup is just ok, nothing spectacular. I don’t know that I’ll drink this often, but it is tasty, & I’d say it’s a go-to when I need to really get some things done!


This is such an appropriately named Colorado tea.

This sounds interesting, but I’ve had such bad luck with licorice root..


This sounds really good! I’ve been eying this company’s site, and this was one of my wishlist picks.

Terri HarpLady

I really do like the size of their samples. I’ve enjoyed several of their teas!


Your home sounds so lovely, Terri. I love hearing about all your fruit-bearing trees! My yard is so pathetic, the result of taking a city kid out of NYC and plopping him in the middle of suburban South Jersey. I have an apple tree, two pear trees and three plum trees, and none of them bears fruit anymore. If you were here, you could teach me to care for them properly and I could maybe resurrect the poor things. =) I’ll have to find a local someone who I’m sure will be a very poor substitute for you!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks, Nik! I have to confess, although I’m a really veggie gardener, my fruit tree knowledge still is in the ‘young’ stage. I have an ancient apple tree & cherry tree that were neglected for years by the previous owners, & although I’ve lived in this house 11 years, & have pruned both trees several times, the Cherry tree appears to be dying, and the apple just finally started making apples big enough to eat! I also planted a peach & an apricot, & have had some luck with them, but I still don’t really know that much about pruning them properly. I have a bunch of berry bushes & usually grow strawberries too.

The 3 citrus trees are dwarfes in pots, & I love them. They go outside in the summer, & return to my sunroom in the fall. The Kumquat is my favorite, & when the fruits are ripe, I eat one a day, LOL. Occasionally I’ll offer one to somebody, if they are lucky. Usually I have a Kumquat a day from around thanksgiving until the end of January. It looks like it will be more like new year’s for kumquats this year, they are a little behind schedule, at least compared to previous years. This is the most lemons I’ve ever had, & I always feel that I must do something really special with them, I’m thinking Meringues & lemon curd? The key lime is new, but it is LOADED with limes, & blooming as we speak! My sunroom smells like heaven, with citrus blossoms, & there is also a jasmine that I just brought in (it was outside for the summer too), & it will start blooming again any day now! I love my home, & my life!


Mmm… jasmine citrus fragrance… I’d never leave the room… =)

Terri HarpLady

I rarely do :)

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I’m heading out into another drizzly damp day to visit with the midwife who attended the births of my first 3 children (I had another lady at the birth of the 4th child. They were all born at home).

Anyway, I hadn’t seen her for years, & we recently reconnected, & in our mutually busy lives we’ve finally found a day in which we can spend the afternoon, reminiscing about births, gardening, tea, our children & grandchildren, & whatever else.

This dampness is rough on my lungs, so a spicy gingery brew is required for going outside, & this is the one!


Day with a dear friend trumps the tea, no matter how good it is :)


What a wonderful experience for you to share together! <3

Terri HarpLady

It was a wonderful visit! She is one of the women who basically ‘raised’ me when I was in my 20’s. I lived in Rolla, MO at the time, & there was an amazing network of women there that I am so grateful to have been a part of. We sang together, birthed our babies at home, & had lovely get togethers that always included lots of delicious food. She recently moved to St. Louis, & just by chance (I say that, be we know there are no coincidences) I ran into her at a local holistic health expo event I was playing at (some would call it a psychic fair), I heard a familiar voice say, “I know you.” and there she was!


Awesome how you reconnected. Also, this brew sounds pretty good.

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*Thanks to Angel & Teavivre for this lovely sample!

There are 2 of this adorable mini tuochas in the sample bag. They are wrapped in white paper, and opening one, I find a little birdnest, with a rose petals pressed into the bottom of it. The smell is similar to the other shu puerh’s I’ve tried thus far: earth, mineral, ocean.

I’m brewing the first tuocha americano style, in my cute little glass pot, so I can watch the tea fall apart & swim around, & really see the color. The disintegration is spectacular, with particles almost exploding in all directions! The tea was finely chopped before being tightly compressed, or so it seems, as the pieces are very small.

This made for a very dark & potent cup, & although I was hoping for a little more rose flavor & aroma (as I do like that), it isn’t really there. What is there is a deep, satisfying puerh that brings to mind an old, old forest with ancient trees & layer upon layer of decomposed leaves, acorns, wood, & moss. I have to leave the house for the afternoon, but when I return, I shall re-steep!


I like to watch Puerh unfold too. You must be very visual also.


I have never tired one of the flower touchas! I may have to get a couple.

Terri HarpLady

@Bonnie: I love watching Teas unfold, swim around, & do the crazy things they do! It’s like my own little aquarium show. :)
@Azzrian: I have a few here I’m trying. I got the Rose one, I got a Chrysanthemum one from TeaVivre also. I also have a jasmine tuocha from The Tea Spot that I’m looking forward to trying. I’m sort of thinking it’s more for visual effect. I didn’t really get much of a rose taste, but I’m please to say that when I got home I did my 2nd steeping of it, & it was a very juicy brew! I know it sounds silly to say that a tea was ‘wet’. “Of course it was wet! It’s made of water”, someone might say, but we all know how drying some teas can be, & this steeping was mouth watering, & oh, so smooth!

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Thank you to Angel & Teavivre for this generous sample

These are among the most beautiful tea leaves I’ve seen. Perfectly straight, in shades of olive, wheat, charcoal, & rust. Wet, they swell up lushly, taking on a copper color, with an olive undertone.

The scent is of chocolate & peppercorn, & the flavor satisfies: bold without being bitter, deep & smooth, essence of chocolate, a little spice, & there is the ‘clean’ sensation of linen, but it’s not an astringent type sensation, & it’s not so much a taste either, more a freshness, like sheets drying in the sun on the line. This is the kind of tea I like to start my day with!

I drank the first cup & a half plain, thought I’d add a little stevia to the 2nd half of the 2nd cup, just to see what it brought up, & it ruined it for me. :p

Not so much that I couldn’t polish it off & go for one more steeping, though, & the leaves delivered.


Mmmmmmmm Chocolate and Peppercorn!

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If this review seems redundant, that’s because I already posted it once, but I screwed up & posted it as Jubilee. Oops!

I’m at the London Tea Room, undercover, so to speak. I came to pick up some more Jubilee for Tony, and to enjoy a pot of tea for myself. Today I selected the Ancient Yunnan. My love for black teas is deep, & Yunnans are among my favorites.

This is a nice, bold cup of Malty goodness with a chocolately essence & a peppery finish. Everything a Yunnan is meant to be, & although it is perhaps not as intriguing as some of the yunnans I’ve drank of late, it is very satisfying on this drizzly fall morning.
As I often do, I drank the first cup straight & added a little stevia to the rest. I day like today tends to bring out my desire for a sweet taste, & the stevia really brings forward the notes of caramel & chocolate. Yum!

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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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