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14 Tasting Notes

74
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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I like this tea in no small part because it reminds me of the flavored coffee that always smells so delicious, but tastes so bad. A darker black tea, it tastes very warm and nutty. It has an amazingly smooth finish for a black tea, and has just a hint of sweetness that leaves you crazing more.

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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61

This one did not have the typical “fishy” smell before brewing, so I thought it might be better than my last Pu-Erh. Once brewed, the familiar smell returned, all though it was not nearly as overpowering. The flavor was good, very smooth and mellow. No sweetness, no bitterness, just a slight earthy tone. Overall a good tea, and the best pu-erh I’ve had, but it still has the smell.

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Wuyi Dark Roast by Samovar
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This tea was a dark cup, with a very heavily roasted smell (hence the name I suppose…) Given the darkness and roasted smell, I was expecting something with a fairly bitter aftertaste, not so. It actually was quite smooth, very full, and good. I was expecting a lot more powerful taste but it is actually very mellow. Overall very good, not really what I was expecting, but good!

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Yerba Mate by Adagio Teas
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Once brewed the smell takes on a strong, almost bitter scent. The flavor is interesting, stronger than most teas, but still pleasant. It has very earthy flavors, but sets itself apart from black tea in that it finishes with a hint of mild sweetness.

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Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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67

I was expecting something earthier, but to my surprise, this was a very sweet and pleasant tea. The mocha and hazelnut flavoring is quite strong, and I suspect fans of those flavors of coffee would very much enjoy this. I did notice the caffeine was a bit higher than normal, definitely not something to try before you go to bed!

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Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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40
drank Citrus Mate by Adagio Teas
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My first flavored “mate” tea, I had high expectations for Citrus Mate as citrus teas have typically been among my favorites(Citron Green). having said that, I was a little disappointed in citrus mate. It isn’t bad, but the citrus flavor is much weaker than expected. The typical dark, earthy tones of mate are a little overpowering. I guess it has more to do with my expectations, but it still just isn’t as good as I was expecting. Having complained about that enough, it is a decent tea, especially if you are a mate fan. The citrus does take some of the edge off of the mate flavor, just not enough for me!

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Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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50

It has a strong, almost pungent smell when brewed, just short of making it unpleasant. I liked it, although it would probably be easier for a coffee drinker to enjoy than a white or green tea lover. Had a hint of a nutty taste as well, and no bitter aftertaste.

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Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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68

The second of my new green teas is Dongshan Dolce from Adagio. The tea leaves themselves have a sweet grassy smell that reminds me of alfalfa. The tea itself is a mild green with a very mellow flavor. Slightly sweet, it is a very smooth cup of tea. It is a little “grassy” tasting, but not to the point that it is unpleasant at all. Not a new favorite, but still a nice cup of tea, especially for true green tea lovers.

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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50

I didn’t really know anything about this tea before I tried it, and was surprised by its minty flavor. It has a very smooth, light green tea feeling to it and by far the biggest taste you get is that of mint – peppermint to be exact. I learned it is a “twist” (pun intended) on the older Moroccan Mint which uses gunpowder instead of Darjeeling as the base. I would be interested to try Moroccan to see the difference between the two. It isn’t overpowering like some mint herbal teas, just a cool feeling after you have taken a sip. Overall it was pretty good, definitely refreshing. It would probably make an interesting iced tea. While it was a good mint tea, mint really isn’t my favorite; but others who enjoy mint more might like it better.

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

The most amazing thing about this tea is by far its smell, probably the best smelling tea I have tried. Its taste follows up and doesn’t disappoint like last week’s Blood Orange. The delicate blend of the sweet citrus and the mellow green tea makes this taste just wonderful. It finishes off with just a hint of a smoky finish, leaving you with a very pleasant aftertaste, something a lot of teas lack. It also holds up well to multiple brewing, making it a great choice for mornings at the office. Overall, it’s my second favorite tea of all time. There’s just not too much more to say, except I think I’ll go make another cup.

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My name is Brent Swisher, and I love tea.

About a year ago I really got into loose leaf teas. As part of my 2010 New Years resolutions, I will be trying a different tea every week and blogging my opinion on it. If you want to follow along, Check out http://teageek.org

Hopefully, you can read and enjoy it, and maybe we can both learn a little about tea along the way!

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