1020 Tasting Notes

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Tea of the morning. I’ve received this tea twice in swaps, and I enjoyed it both times. Now I finally have my own bag of this. Yay for picking out my own Christmas presents! :)

I was curious to see how it would taste because the first time I had this it was full of sweet potato and floral notes. The second time I tasted chocolate and bread. This time? Sweet potato, honey, and nuts. It almost taste like that sweet potato casserole with the marshmallows on top (minus the marshmallows). In other words, it’s delightfully tasty. The sweet potato and nut flavors give it an earthy feel with the sweetness coming right at the end of the sip. Very smooth, very nice.

The second steep is similar to the first with a bready note add to the mix. As the tea cools I can taste malt as well. Both steeps were enjoyable. I’ll probably steep the leaves again later today. They definitely have more to give.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

This note makes me want to drink this one today!

Veronica

It’s a good one. :)

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60
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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Overboard TTB

This was ok but not great. The tea had a mocha-like flavor, and while there were caramel notes they weren’t as light or as sweet as I’d prefer. I’m not sure if the base tea attributed to the mocha flavor or if a shorter steep time would help. I’m also not curious enough to find out, so back into the box it goes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I haven’t been terribly impressed with Adagio thus far, although mocha tea sounds tasty. :P

Veronica

There are a few Adagio teas I’m a big fan of, but their base tea often leaves me wanting.

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82
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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Overboard TTB

I knew I’d had this before, but I wanted to try it again. The almond flavor is nice, and I like that there’s a creamy feel to it. As far as herbals go this is a good one.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85
drank Cream of Earl Grey by Tealated
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Thank you Rosanne from Tealated for sending this sample my way!

If you are a fan of the double bergamot EGs then you should give this one a try.This is a very bergamot-y Earl Grey with the vanilla playing a lesser role but still present. The vanilla does lend a creaminess to the tea and a bit of sweetness. Overall I like this one. It’s not something I’d pick up to replace my current EGC, but I’m thinking about picking some up for iced tea since I like a lot of bergamot in my iced Earl Greys.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
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Took a nice long walk and brought this tea along. It’s currently 50°F outside and beautifully sunny. I’m soaking up these warm days while they last. I’m guessing cold, snowy weather is just around the corner. For today though it’s all about sunshine and this delicious green tea with lots of pineapple flavor.

gmathis

Snow here, but it’s my favorite kind…“warm” snow that’s enough to glaze the tree branches but melts of roads pretty quickly.

Veronica

I love that kind of snow! Here in NJ we get dry snow or ice. :(

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67
drank Banana Split by Tiesta Tea
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Overboard TTB

Hmmm, I’m not getting banana from this at all. It’s sweet and fruity, but I get more of a generic tropical flavor. That said, this is nice. The rooibos flavor doesn’t overwhelm the tea which is good for me.

The lack of banana is disappointing, but I liked trying this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Overboard TTB

This is a fun tea. There’s plenty of strawberry flavor and enough vanilla and chocolate to give it a “sundae” feel. Since it’s a dessert tea I added sugar, and then after drinking about a quarter of the cup I added cream, too. If I were going to keep this tea around I’d definitely do the cream and sugar thing. It really adds to the dessert aspect of the tea. However, I already have Strawberry Cream from Zen Tea, and since I’m already hooked on that tea I’m putting this one back in the box. Look at me showing restraint. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Rwanda Rukeri Delight by Tealux
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Overboard TTB

I’m not sure I’ve ever had a tea from Rwanda, so when I saw this in the tea box I knew I had to try it. Just one of the reasons I love ttbs!

The tea has a medium body and is fairly biscuity. There’s a sweet note at the end of the sip. It could be fruit, but I’m really just getting sweet. There’s also another note… at first I wanted to say wet granite, but after reading the description of the tea I’m going to say volcanic rock… so pumice? There is a wee bit of astringency, but it works well here.

This was nice! I can’t say I feel the need to buy some, but it’s an interesting tea and one I’d have again if I were offered a cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

Overboard TTB

The tea box arrived today, and after a quick look through I have twenty-something teas I’d like to try. Looks like I’d better start sippin’!

The name of this tea sounds so good, but I remembered that both rosebudmelissa and jewledthumb said it was bitter. I decided to lower the water temp to 200°F to see if that would help. The good news, I’m not getting any bitterness. The bad news, I’m not getting any maple either. There is a nice pecan flavor that I find rather enjoyable. I added a little sugar to see if I could coax some maple flavor from the tea, but sadly no. Ooh, but I do have maple leaf cream cookies. Let’s forget for a moment that it’s not even noon yet. The tea and cookies actually go together very well. The sweetness of the cookie really highlights the nutty flavor in the tea.

As a nutty tea this is good. If the maple flavor was present it’d definitely up the rating.

TeaBrat

sounds like fun :)

Tealizzy

I had a cookie with maple pecan oolong the other day in the morning. Totally okay! ;)

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90

Oh, this taste like bread… good, baked, crusty bread. Nice. There is also a fruity note, but I can’t decide if it’s stone fruit or dried fruit. The fruit flavor can be strong at times which pairs well with the bready flavor. The end of the sip is slightly floral with a honey like sweetness.

I’m really glad I added this to my cart with my last WP order. This is all kinds of tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Single Origin Teas
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

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64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

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