Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

89

I’m revisiting this today, because Adagio’s clever lil marketing game has me narrowing down an order. I’ve had 2 cups this morning. The first was plain, and it still feels like a green/black mix, and was noticing a slight vegetal (very slight) aftertaste this time (I took it easy on the honey for this tasting, lol). Like it a lot, but truthfully on it’s own, it wouldn’t be haunting me.

My real curiosity was about creating a spearmint Casablanca Twist (which is this tea with peppermint). I have Adagio’s spearmint and peppermint, so studying the Casablanca Twist, decided to go with a 1 part Darjeeling Sungma Summer with 2 parts Adagio Spearmint. Adding a T. of honey, brewed according to this tea’s parameters (rather than Casablanca’s of 180 for 2 min).

The verdict? Success! This is great. As a base, it adds substance to the mint (whether it be spearmint or peppermint). I can see playing with the ratios, even mixing the 2 mints and this remaining a player in the mix. Are there other teas that would play equally well with this scenario??? Oh I don’t doubt there are. But going to throw this to Adagio out of loyalty (guilt? lol).

Darn you Adagio (sticking out tongue). I’ve been trying to resist sales. Frank already got me, now you. And have tested 2 of Teavivre’s samples and have already fallen in love with one of those (Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tip) < will write that up after a few more tastings. Tick tock…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

There’s just too many out there, impossible to resist, no shame in admitting defeat!

Cheryl

At least the first two are under $20 each. Teavivre’s may be another story, but then I quit for a while (way too much for one person to manage) .. I swear : )

CHAroma

I’m the same way too! I know I shouldn’t buy more tea when I already have so much, but I can’t resist!!! P.S. I love Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tip too! :)

Cheryl

Still have 3 Teavivre samples to test, but have almost met the $30 free ship point, lol. EnablersRUs.

CHAroma

Everyone is being so clever tonight! First hiblehscus and now EnablersRUs. ROFL! Man, I’ve really missed Steepster. ;)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

People who liked this

Comments

TheTeaFairy

There’s just too many out there, impossible to resist, no shame in admitting defeat!

Cheryl

At least the first two are under $20 each. Teavivre’s may be another story, but then I quit for a while (way too much for one person to manage) .. I swear : )

CHAroma

I’m the same way too! I know I shouldn’t buy more tea when I already have so much, but I can’t resist!!! P.S. I love Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hong Golden Tip too! :)

Cheryl

Still have 3 Teavivre samples to test, but have almost met the $30 free ship point, lol. EnablersRUs.

CHAroma

Everyone is being so clever tonight! First hiblehscus and now EnablersRUs. ROFL! Man, I’ve really missed Steepster. ;)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

Originally started testing teas, to replace a lifelong Coke (Coca-Cola) habit. Now I’m just amazed at all the choices. Still in beginner stage of tea education. Until I get really good at iced/cold tea, the Coke habit remains, but is down to a minimum.

My cupboard here on Steepster was ridiculous, containing each and every sample size that I have been accumulating. It now only contains non-sample size teas. Loose leaf outweighs the bagged teas, but it doesn’t look that way by the list (over 100 samples).

I started my tea journey testing flavored teas. My favorites are chai and mint flavored teas, along with Earl Grey. Also like chocolate, caramel, coconut, almond, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and some others. Most flavors are better with a nice black tea base. The mint ones seem best paired with greens. I’m branching out now to unflavored teas and it is way more overwhelming then the flavored category. Phew.

My (grown) son has decided that he wants to try to find tea that he likes too, so I’ll be passing along the ones I don’t care for to him (with instructions to then pass them on to his sister…evil plot? yes!). So I’ve removed my shopping list from Steepster and moved it to a spreadsheet (swaps are out for now). My shopping list had grown to 197! By going through each one, I was able to split that in half (since many were added in beginning, before I knew what I like/don’t like).

While not swapping, if there’s something in my cupboard that you’d like a sample of, please feel free to ask : )

Ratings (for now):
90s: Must have in personal rotation. Crave it.
80s: Makes me a happy tea drinker. Very good. Unsure of long term relationship.
70s: Like this. Will drink what I have (sample/tin/box), but unsure of whether I’d buy again.
60s: Probably a good tea for what it is. Just not to my personal liking.
50s and below: Do not like…at all. Either poor quality, yuck flavor or … (see tealog).

Old (and still current) obsessions: books, music and fragrances. Hopefully my tea collection stays much more “normal” then those. (too late)

Location

Central Ohio

Following These People