31 Tasting Notes

55

Tried this again with cooler water, and I’m still not a fan. It’s just got too much ceylon in it to really be an Irish Breakfast to me. I’d accept it as an English Breakfast maybe, but it’s just not making me too happy. I’ll finish my sample but I don’t plan on getting more. I think it’d probably suit other people just fine, but for me…not doing it at all.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

Took the last of this tea with a bit of my Formosa Nut Oolong tea and it was fabulous. I’ve got to order more ASAP, it’s a strong blend, but it’s nice and versatile. I bet it’d take fruit flavors well, too.

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96
drank Peppermint by Twinings
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Excellent. It’s not necessarily any better or worse than other peppermint I’ve had, but it is pure peppermint leaves, and not any kind of blend or anything. A great herbal tea for anytime, really — I like it both hot and iced.

malomorgen

wow that tea has seriously good ratings. i just might grab some if i run into it…

babelglyph

It’s well worth it :) With this tea, you really don’t lose anything by buying it bagged instead of loose. It’s great for relaxing because it’s so convenient to use teabags instead of messing with loose stuff!

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87
drank Tiramisu Treviso by Teavana
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Really liked this one. It’s pretty complex and nice, not really sweet but still a dessert-y tea. Very good to find a dessert tea that’s not covered in fruit! I blended the last of this with my Simple is Beautiful Mt. Kilimanjaro Blue (a blueberry rooibos with yogurt bits) since I didn’t have quite enough for a full cup.

I’m not sure if I’m going to buy this one again mostly because I’d like to move away from Teavana and get sample teas from other company, rather than having to buy a minimum of 2 ounces. But this one is almost worth going back for, and the fact that it’s such a complex blend means I may return anyways.

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85

Perfect for breakfast — it steeps super-fast with great taste. I think it gives a fuller flavor than the Twinings Irish Breakfast teabags, but steeps in about the same time. I need to experiment with water temperature to find the highest it can stand.

I definitely like this one better than River Shannon — it’s pure Assam tea rather than a blend of Assam and Ceylon. I think it’s more a matter of personal taste, though, as I love the Assam.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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82

I think every time I have this tea, I like it a little bit more. It’s a unique flavor, nutty and malty but somehow sweet and almost tangy. The tea flavors shine through the most, the vanilla and hazelnut just accent it. I’m so happy Adagio gave free samples — I love my “birth tea”! Most of all, I love how resilient it is — I steeped it twice as long at the same temperature as my Upton River Shannon tea just now and it’s only got a tiny hint of underlying astringency. It also takes honey VERY well. I plan on buying more of this for sure — I bet it would go great with spicy food.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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55

Short steeping time and fairly hot temp — because I couldn’t wait to try it. I’m thirsty and so it might not be the best time for me to drink a brand-new tea, but I wanted something plain black.

It’s pretty nice, but not quite what I want for an everyday tea. My first impression of the similar Upton offering, the CTC Irish Breakfast Assam tea, was much nicer. It may be the hot temperature but this one is a little more bitter and astringent — this reminds me more of English Breakfast or English Afternoon tea than the malty taste I want from an Irish tea. That said, despite not suiting my tastes, It’s quite a good blend and well worth a try, and I definitely look forward to finishing my sample using lower-temp water.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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58

A pretty good, basic tea. It does not at all take to oversteeping well, or to hot water — be careful with this one. It’s fruity and nice, and blends really well with other flavors, but can stand alone too if you’re up for it. Personally, I won’t be restocking this one, but I didn’t mind having it.

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100

Mmm…I’m doing my best not to drink this all at once, but I really love it. I can’t resist. Just adding the listing of this tea reminded me to drink a cup!

It can be weak if you don’t let it steep long enough, but it’s a great flavor when it opens up. It’d probably go great with milk, and it’s definitely good sweetened.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67

It’s good! But I was looking for a cup to replace Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme so I have zero dependence on them anymore, and this cup just doesn’t do it at all. It’s nice, a bit sweet, and almost a pancake-syrup scent to it. But it’s nothing as balanced and drinkable as the original Earl Grey Creme that so many other brands carry…It’s a great alternative, if you like that, but it’s not the same basic every-day that I’m looking for.

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