534 Tasting Notes

75

This is good, but not as good as the Waterlillies. If I could taste the mint more, make it a real competing flavor with the fruit, I would like it a ton more and it would be a lot more unique. But, it is still a solid iced tea option.

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90

This is really tasty – I made it to be iced, as I am anticipating plowing through my iced tea collection rather quickly now that 80+ degree days are the norm, and I might need more of this. A lot more. It has hibiscus, which I don’t mind, but it isn’t overpowering like many other fruit blends are. I definitely taste the pineapple as the primary flavor, with the citrussy orange working with the hibiscus to give it a sour bite. I made 16ish oz of it with a teaspoon of sugar, and it balances out the flavors wonderfully.

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100

Hello honeysuckle…I love this. I used to love licking honeysuckle flowers as a kid (so much so, I actually wish I knew where there was some so I could do it again) and I love it as a flavor. This is a tinge sweet, a hair sour, and very honeysuckle-y.

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85

I drank this on the way to Tappahannock, VA for my very first teaching interview – an interview I feel went very well. I am unsure about whether I want to live in that area, far from friends (again) and it seems like far from a lot of things…but this was refreshing and minty without masking the white tea base. Definitely helped cool me off on this very warm day.

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83

This is nuanced and delicious – to me it tasted equal measures of creamy, floral, and fruity. Very balanced, and I enjoyed this sample a lot.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This is pretty good – very creamy, but as it cools it gets very floral. I found it to be rather strong – I feel like a teaspoon ended up tasting a bit overleafed and bitter for 8oz of water. Which is great – more tea savings for me. :) Not to mention the three resteeps…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 18 tsp

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86
drank Osmanthus Oolong by Tea Ave
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I don’t know that I’ve ever tasted osmanthus before, but it is a distinct floral if this tea is very accurate in flavor. I really enjoyed it – the oolong gave a creamy base, which cut the floral a bit. It also had a bit of fruit flavor. I was able to get 3 strong steeps out of this before I got tired of it and gave up for the session.

In other news, my stomach is in knots – I have a job interview next Tuesday in Virginia, about a 5 hour drive away. I am super anxious for the drive, the interview, and making sure the dogs I am pet sitting for get cared for during this really inopportune time haha. Interviews always seem SO critical to me, as they are important, but I already feel myself getting insane tunnel vision feeling anxious about how much my future rides on this…failing to remember that even if a contract job doesn’t happen for this fall, there will be other interviews for other equally great jobs. Yay anxiety?

I also managed to get my tea to live only in my setup in my tea cupboard and on my dining room table, and off the section of the floor. Yay drinking more tea than I acquire for once?

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84
drank Mango Green by Adagio Teas
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Refreshing, primarily tea taste with a hint of mango. I think the mango flavor could have been stronger, but it was so refreshing I drank my whole sample packed (which I had prepared iced) in one day which is uncommon.

This is why I always return to Adagio for teas I intend for iced tea. They are just so inexpensive, the quality really isn’t terrible most of the time (cold brewing the blacks is the way to go), and I go through iced tea SO darn quickly I really need to be economical. Their points system trumps the rest, too, if you can remember to “share” a cup you are drinking daily for 2 points. I normally spend well over my points with them each year, but I would say the rewards points alone fund 70% of what I receive.

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80

This is mostly fruity, with a hint of mint. There is very little actual tea flavor, as is common with Teavana blends, but I still enjoy it. I think I would adore it if the mint were stronger. As it is, it is sweet, not very sour, and a bit mild fruit flavor, but that is what eating watermelon is like. I definitely prefer this iced.

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75

This was interesting – it wasn’t juicy at all, like most fruit flavored teas. It was tea and flowers from the chamomile, with a tropical edge. Can’t say I tasted mango specifically, but mango is such a strongly flavored sweet fruit, I find it is not easy to duplicate in a flavoring without a lot of flavor and a lot of sugar. I even cold steeped this, which normally really enhances any fruit flavors in a tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I am a 30 year old professional pet sitter and job hunter. I just finished certification in Early Childhood Ed, and discovered the (incredibly vast) world of tea about 4 years ago. In that time, I have learned so much, and am hoping to learn even more by joining the steepster community.

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