773 Tasting Notes

drank Lemon Soleil by Adagio Teas
773 tasting notes

So I’ve tried this one hot, cold brewed and now as an iced tea. Of the three methods this tea taste best iced. Most of the bite at the end of the sip is gone, and the bit of bitterness that remains is not entirely unpleasant. I did add an ample amount of simple syrup to my glass which heightens the lemon flavor, but that flavor is definitely artificial. It’s alright, but I won’t order it again. I’ll be happier making iced tea from a high quality Ceylon and adding lemon slices.

I did bump my rating up a few points because this is much, much better iced than hot.

Iced 3 min, 30 sec

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Yum. Yum, yum, yum. I love Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip, and this tea has all of the great flavors of that tea combined with the amazing blend of spices they add to their chai. Then there is a malty, bready note that makes my eyes roll back in my head. Seriously good stuff. The only possible bad thing is that this is a sample. And I’m not supposed to buy tea until May. I’m not going to make it until May. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Sadly, this tea was never offered…but was a custom blend for you only :)

If you’d like more, however, I can definitely make some more!


Oh! Wow, that is the coolest thing ever. :) I would love more of it. I’m planning on placing an order next week, so we’ll have to talk.

Thank you for the amazing tea!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) I’ll message you for more info!

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I’m finishing off the last of the generous sample OMGsrsly sent to me. This is really good today. Lots of maple flavor and a nice base tea that is silky smooth. I added a little sugar to my cup and am happily enjoying every sip.

This tea has made me reconsider my feelings toward maple. I was never a big fan if it, but now I’m thinking I’m going to need some sort of maple goodness at least by fall probably sooner.

Thanks again OMGsrsly!


I love the name of this tea. The tea itself sounds wonderful.


This sounds seriously yummy


It is good!

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drank Blueberry Merlot by Tea Forte
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I saw this when I was looking through my tea bags eariler today. I took it out and set it aside for my evening tea. I love a good blueberry tea, so I’m surprised this one has escaped my attention until now.

There is a nice blueberry flavor, but I don’t smell or taste the sage which is disappointing. There is quite a bit of tartness from the hibiscus which I’m guessing is supposed to lend the Merlot flavor, but it misses the mark. Oh well. As a blueberry herbal this is ok, but it doesn’t knock my socks off.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I was looking to make a quick cup of tea this afternoon, so I grabbed my tin that’s chocked full of random tea bags and quickly decided upon this one.

Since this is called Earl Grey Supreme I was expecting to get hit in the face with a lot of bergamot. I wouldn’t consider this a bad thing. I like bergamot and the citrus in pretty much any Earl Grey. I was pleasantly surprised however when it wasn’t an extra dose of flavoring that made this tea supreme but rather very nice ingredients that were expertly balanced. The base tea was smooth and more robust than I expected. All of the citrus flavors were evenly balanced and melded together beautifully. It was such a good cup.

If this is what Harney and Sons can do with the bagged version of this tea then I can’t wait to get my hands on the loose leaf version. My next H&S order is going to be huge!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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I over sweetened this, so it wasn’t as good as it should have been. I think I also steeped it a little too long. It was entirely drinkable, but what should have been a lovely peach-y cup was just so-so due to operator error.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach, Wood

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

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When it comes to Oolong teas I’m pretty persnickety, but this tea hits all the right notes. A roasty Oolong with sweetness at the end of the sip and light, but distinct, floral notes. I like. I’m really enjoying the grain flavor followed by burnt sugar (I almost said caramel, but it taste more like burnt sugar me). Right now I’m working on my second steep and I’m letting the tea cool a bit to see if the floral notes become more apparent. I think they might.

I still wouldn’t call myself an Oolong lover, but I could see myself keeping some of this in my cupboard and enjoying it.

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My nighttime tea. I drank it while watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The tea was enough of a treat to keep me from snacking during the movie. The lemon flavor is spot on, and there is a lightness to it, a creaminess from the honeybush, that hints at chiffon. Yum. The movie was good, but I’m kicking myself for not seeing it in the theater. Still, highly entertaining (but the book is far better!).


What did you think of the movie? We saw it during the Christmas holiday. I’m torn. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the faithfulness to the book. The barrel scenes, the dragon, etc. On the other, I think making a single book into three movies is a bit of a stretch and I have to wonder about the financial motivation. By that logic, Lord of the Rings should have been at least six movies. Still, Martin Freeman is an excellent Bilbo.


I liked the movie, but I agree that making it into three movies is a bit of a stretch. I’ll wait until I see the last movie before I pass any final judgments, but right now I’m guessing that this could easily have been two movies. On the other hand, there was a lot that was skimmed or skipped over from The Lord of the Ring series, so maybe Jackson wanted to take one story and tell as much of it as he could.

I will say that Smaug looked like the kick ass dragon I always envisioned in my head, so that was pretty cool to see on screen! And I agree with you, Martin Freeman is great as Bilbo!


Stephen Fry saved this one for me (I just like his acting)…I was pretty disappointed with the rest of the movie. I know middle movies in a trilogy are supposed to be cliffhangers, but I wish they would have thrown us a bone and tied up at least one story line. (But you’re right. Martin Freeman is indeed a lovable Bilbo.)


I love Stephen Fry! I still watch episodes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie from time to time because they are both so funny.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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I’m sipping on my last bit of this tea. Each and every cup has been sooo good. Wonderful maltiness. Rich chocolate notes. Sweet caramel. It’s a very well rounded tea, and I’m going to miss having it in my cupboard. At some point I will restock it. I’m trying really, really hard to get myself down to 30 or so teas, and this one will definitely make the cut.

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drank Organic Darjeeling by Wegmans
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I’ve been kind of ho-hum about this tea, but I have to say that today’s cup was really nice. There were the floral notes with the muscatel flavor following at the end of the sip which had been my normal experience with this tea. Today, however, there was also a silkiness to the tea that made it so delightful.

I think the reason for the change is that my water was cooler than usual when I poured it onto the leaves. I’d turned my kettle off and then was distracted for five or so minutes before I poured the water and began brewing the tea. A very serendipitous turn of events that had me practically swooning over my cup.

I may tape a note to my tea tin reminding me to always let the water cool for a few minutes for this particular tea. Come to think of it, I may need to go brew myself another cup right now just to make sure… you know… for science. ;-)



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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.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

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

44 and below = Coffee, please.


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