337 Tasting Notes

75
drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
337 tasting notes

Another cup of some nice almond oolong! Calm, peaceful. It goes well with the rest of my day.
Tomorrow I go over and help my blind friend with moving. Their house was foreclosed on, she went blind (she has had some improvement since then) was taken off of disability, forced to go back to work as a teacher (even though she can’t read without machines and can’t see to the other side of the classroom) and her husband had a nervous breakdown and quit his job as a minister and now works a minimum wage job all in the last two years. And of course, she can’t drive.

My life is so easy. I am continually thankful!

TeaBrat

ugh, that sounds awful!

madametj

Second person on my dashboard to recommend this, I think I’ll have to try it! :)

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95
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I am sitting out on my lovely screened porch drinking a cuppa Birthday Cake from Rebekah Elaine. Beautiful day in the upper 70’s. The pond outside is active with an egret and two great blue herons. The tree nearby has a goldfinch nest and they are singing up a storm. Mother and Father Goose are walking with their ten goslings. What could be more perfect. Love this tea! Very much a dessert tea. The sprinkles in the dry mix are cute an cheerful. How they get that cake element in there I have no idea but I taste it. No caffeine so I don’t know if I will get much done today. I might just sit and read and drink tea!

caile

Sounds like a lovely day!

Arshness

Mmm… Birthday Cake. I have Birthday Tea by Adagio (also has colorful sprinkles in the mix) I wonder how Davids’ variant compares. I LOVE my birthday tea :)

carol who

I’ve only had the the David’s so I can’t tell you. Maybe I’ll keep the last bit of what I have and then if I ever get a chance to try it, I’ll post it.

Arshness

I could send you a sample of Adagio’s blend. :)

carol who

Really? If you don’t mind, I’d love it. What would you like me to send?

Arshness

Nothing silly. You sent me a whole package of teas XD
Please check my cupboard. If there is anything else you wanna try, tell me. :)

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85
drank Spiced Plum by Harney & Sons
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When looking at previous tasting notes, I noticed people either hate it or like it, not many in-between I made it both hot and cold brewed. I liked it both ways.I tend to overleaf all my herbals and that seems to work well for this. I lightly sweetened it which dropped the cinnamon a bit and brought up the plum. Yes, the cinnamon is strong but I don’t mind. It brings it to a nice bold flavor. I love herbals that have some punch for later in the day. Too often they are a little bland.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Plums

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
mj

Mmmm plums :-) Sounds good!

Cheri

I find it funny that you sweetened this because I didn’t and still found it way way way to sweet. I loved the plum flavor and the cinnamon, but I couldn’t get past the sweet.

carol who

My daughter complain of the same thing… They say that I like me tea cloyingly sweet. They won’t let me pour a cup for them anymore. ;-p Maybe it’s because I use my teas in place of desserts and sweets. I have lost a lot of weight (28 lbs in the last year!) so I guess it works for me. :-D

Cheri

28 lbs is awesome! Congrats!! I’ve been using tea instead of dessert a lot lately, too, but I still don’t like it that sweet. =D

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70
drank Rose Petals by t Leaf T
337 tasting notes

Lovely looking tea when dry. Scent is fruity and somewhat rose-like. Brews a lovely pink. Taste… not so exciting. I’m going to adding it to some other teas and see what I can get.

Flavors: Rose

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

Too bad it doesn’t taste as pretty as it looks.

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90

I’ve read several reviews of this one and it sounded good. I haven’t had much luck with watermelon teas, its a hard thing to duplicate since it has such a delicate flavor. The only other one I’ve had was the Watermelon Mint Chiller from Teavana. Not a favorite.
This one has a delicate watermelon flavor that I am really enjoying. The Teavana watermelon was an iced/cold brewed tea and maybe I under leafed it. This one I only had enough for a cup of hot tea. I’d like to get some more and try it as a cold brew. It might bring out the watermelon even more. I really think I will order this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML
Cheri

I’ve been quite impressed with the Butiki flavored teas for the most part. Stacy is an amazing tea blender.

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95

I made a pitcher of this as a cold brew. Yummiest iced tea I’ve had in along time! It took a while to give me the expected boost but maybe it was because I was extra sleepy. We kept getting phone calls around 4:30 am. Wrong number! Of course, as a mother I really worry about a phone call in the middle of the night… Well after the first call, I didn’t have to worry about that. The person calling was hanging up before we could straighten out what number they thought the were calling. ANNOYING!
I brewed this up using 5 bags and 6 cups of water for 12 hours. Added a couple drops of Stevia.

carol who

Oh, I am going to regret this but I’m still drinking the Chocolate Yerba Mate and it’s almost 5 pm.

Stephanie

Yerba cracks me out heh

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70

I had high expectations for this tea. I mean really, almonds + coconuts should equal really good. Well, it’s OK but not as yummy as I was hoping for. I taste some coconut and almond cookie but doesn’t satisfy me like some other dessert teas.

Flavors: Almond, Coconut

Arshness

I don’t care for coconuts, but almond tea sounds delightful. Going to have to find something like that.

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85
drank Amaretto by DAVIDsTEA
337 tasting notes

I love almond and amaretto! This has a most wonderful scent. It smells like …. wait for it… amaretto. If you enjoy amaretto this could be the tea for you. I used to have an amaretto over ice in the evenings (stopped since being on Weight Watchers) so this is an excellent replacement. I love that it is herbal so I can drink it at night.
I believe thanks go out to Nicole for this terrific sample.
This is one that I would like to get and keep in my cupboard.

Flavors: Almond

hapatite

Glad you enjoy it!

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50

I have never had a bubble tea before. I was on an architectural tour in Chicago. We stopped at the French Marketfor a bit. Of course, I zoomed in on the shop selling tea. They had too many choices of loose leaf to make a decision quickly so instead I chose to try a bubble tea. I got a margarita bubble tea. Totally yummy, loved the tapioca bubbles but… where is the tea? Maybe there is a variety that is more tea-ish, but I didn’t taste tea at all. Altogether a lovely drink but I don’t understand the use of the word tea. Maybe they were originally less a flavored drink, more tea.

Marzipan

Where in Chicago is the French market? I’ll be there next week.

carol who

Canal St. between Randolph and Washington. It’s not very big but it is worth exploring. I’m not too sure why it is the “French” market as it seems to have a lot of other foods. The French pastries did look very good. Have fun in Chicago!

Marzipan

Was there one of the stalls with a great selection to buy, or was it just to drink there?

carol who

There was a stall with a selection of teas. Some looked good. It was too crowded to get much service or smell any teas. I would have liked to check them out more but I was in a tour group so I only had a few minutes. The prices were around $5 an ounce, plus or minus a couple dollars. Signage isn’t great so it was hard to see the prices. It looked interesting. They also had hot and iced teas, matchas,as well as bubble teas.

carol who

Wow! Computers are so cool! I was trying to think how to describe the location but a map is soooo much better. We came in the south entrance and it took a while to find it because you don’t have an overview. Now you will be able to spot it easily!

Jennkay

I love bubble tea! I agree, though, that at most places, it just tastes like sugar or whatever flavoring they add. Really good places will let you adjust the amount of sugar and use real tea, so the base tea flavors can really come out.

Marzipan

They have a website too. Bellotea.com

carol who

Thanks! It would be helpful to check these out before I go back so I’ll be a more informed consumer.

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70

Looking for chocolate – not much, mint- maybe a little. Not much exciting. It’s an OK drink for when I want a non-caf tea in the evening but i don’t think I’d buy it again when there are still so many good ones calling my name – “Carol, drink me” “No, no drink me” “Me first” :-)

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cheri

All of the ones calling to me right now are chock full of caffeine. They’re so mean. “Cheri, you know you want to drink me. Right now! Sleep is for the silly!”

Suziqzer

I have the caffeine teas that call my name in the evenings too !

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Retired first grade teacher. I tend to like dessert type/herbal teas as a substitute for sweet treats; Fflavored black teas and mates to get that energy that I am often lacking :-p
My husband of 42 years thinks I’m nuts regarding the whole tea thing… but he bought me a Breville for Christmas, so what can I say.
My other interests are reading (books go well with tea :D) and beading.

I have been watching Doctor Who for 32 years. It’s new DW time!!!! In case you can’t tell my avatar is two daleks drinking tea! I am always open to swapping Doctor Who books for tea. I have about 120 Doctor Who books that I am eager to send them to a fan. :D Let me know if you would like any books! I love that so many people have begun watching DW!

Also I love swaps, pm me if you’d like to do a swap.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available or it’s on a really good sale :-)

50-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

Below 50 Meh! Wouldn’t bother drinking it again.

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