1764 Tasting Notes

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To be honest, I wasn’t too enthused about this tea that MissB gave me a sample of, but that was stupid of me. This tea is amazing and so great. It tastes lime like mint chocolate, with dark rich chocolate, yet there is only mint added in.

That’s either magic or expert blending! Thank you so much!

(I wish I could wax poetic about this one, but I can barely keep my eyes open! )

ETA: SIPDOWN 167!

Courtney

Lime mint chocolate :P

Sil

shhhhh don’t wake her up… she’s very…very…tireeed.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Idk if I’d like lime mint chocolate. :P
But this is really good. I’m on my second cup!

MissB

It surprised me as well – I’m glad you gave it a chance!

Sil

…at least i’m not losing the 3 person race we’re all not really sort of kind of having lol….

Whispering Pines Tea Company

It’s magic, definitely magic. And lime. :)

Cavocorax

I’ll have to place an order some time!
And I’m glaring at you Sil! :P No one wants to the be the loser in a 3 person race. I guess I get Bronze, but… bleh.

Sil

Hahaha if we make it a 4 person race with Kittenna….you’ll never be last hahaha

Sil

5 ppl with Terri and Kittenna…you’ll always medal! ;)

Cavocorax

Sil – you are a freaking genius!!! :P

Sil

Hahaha

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85

I re-steeped this three times, and it was really good! It still surprises me that 10 seconds is the right amount of time to steep, but apparently it is. APPARENTLY.

It started off as sweet and lightly creamy, but progressed to a woodsier brew. I probably could have kept going with it but I dumped my leaves into the sink and then figured it was time to move onto a different tea. But I am learning to enjoy puerhs more and maybe there’s something to Sheng.

This tea really made me happy I grabbed the Amoda box because I likely would not have had it any time soon and getting pushed out of my comfort zone is just what I need!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Sil

….there are a few that i’ve set aside for you to try at my place…as i get through my samples, i’m just saving half of all of them for you :) then you can explore lots of puerhs without buying any, since terri and grace and a few others have been overly generous to me

Cavocorax

Thanks! :)

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79

Thanks MissB!

This is really good. I love the spices and chocolate in this. YES! It’s much sweeter and more enjoyable than I would have expected from Moriarty, but there is a little bit of ginger in there just to make it… interesting.

Don’t turn your back on this!

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I wanted this tea after reading OMGsrsly’s giggling review.
And this name does deserve giggles!

But it’s also actually pretty tasty! It’s a nice black, with a bit of creaminess. Quite enjoyable!
Thanks MissB!

OMGsrsly

I just noticed one of your reviews on another tea. 1200 tasting notes! Woo!

Cavocorax

Holy! I didn’t even notice!!! :P So much for doing a special review. :P

Sil

lmao that happens to be all the time haha

OMGsrsly

This tea is also awesome with some alcohol tossed in. :D

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74

So I’ve had these for a week or so and haven’t tried ANY of my Night Vale sampler. I think I’m worried I’ll fall in love with all of them and want to buy 3 oz of each! /0\

That’s a pretty ridiculous worry though!

I chose thise one as I’d already boiled the water and most of the teas in this pack have a rec’d temperature that is lower. I basically had 3 choices. :P

This one is dark and slightly smokey and spicy with the cinnamon. I thought it was puerh actually. It makes me think of damp earth and hellhounds giving chase during a storm. It’s not a bad start to the set, but this is probably NOT one I’d need to repurchase.

I love the tin though.

What do you guys do with your Adagio tins?

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
aisling of tea

Aaaaaah we order the Nightvale sampler and the Scott Pilgrim sampler and we are itching to get our hands on them.

As for the tins, you can use them to keep little things in your purse, or refill them with teas you want to sip down so you’re more likely to reach for them. Use them to hold little crafting supplies…heck you could use them as spice jars, even!

Cavocorax

Hmmmm… those are all very good ideas…
I like the Shadow box displays Adagio sells but wouldn’t want to pay ship that.

I hope your samplers come in soon! I was so impatient waiting for mine. :)

Shadowfall

Yay for first Nightvale tea tasting!
The shadowbox displays are neat but waaaaaaay overpriced for the amount of tea you’re getting. The tins look like the small tin of Konami blend I got in my last order (not the tin size I sent you Cavo, this was like less that half that size) and there’s maybe 2-3tsp of tea in them, maybe 4 depending on the blend, probly closer to 2 if the tea is fluffy inside. So aside from getting a nifty looking bit of wall art (which I guess is the main reason for buying something like that) you’re better off buying a sampler for the same price. More tea and you still are getting pretty artsy tins. Lol.

Cavocorax

I just need to figure out how to build a shadowbox for the tins I already have! I can’t just keep them on my shelf forever, (y’know, after I eventually try empty them all)!

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86

This was one of the many teas MissB sent my way, and I am quite happy that she did. I’d never tried any Whispering Pines, and this tea is quite nice. Thank you!

It’s got that chocolate malt flavour that you find in Verdant’s Laoshan Black, and it has a little bit of astringency at the end of the sip; but it’s astringent in a good way – not bitter. It seems to have a touch of honey in there too, or at least I imagine it.

Oh, and the chocolate notes linger long after each sip – just the way I like my chocolate….

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92

And that’s the end of this one! (174) (backlog)
I have to say I was really surprised by how good this is. And I’ve sent it on to a few people for samples and everyone else loved it to.

So, if you’re curious, try it!

VariaTEA

I second that you should try it if you are curious. I only tasted this because of the positive reviews and I fell in love. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing!

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78
drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
1764 tasting notes

So I thought I’d try a cup of this since Heather Martin and a few others rec’d it as a good dessert-ish tea from DAVIDsTEA, and it is! I bought 20g of it to toss into a swap, but I stole a cup out just to make sure I wasn’t sending anything terrible off.

And I’m not. This is good! It’s not the BEST coconut fruity tea I’ve had but it really makes me wish I had mix to put in this, and I don’t (rarely) drink. So, that’s something.

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80

Surprise Tea!

(And sorry if the name of this gives away the surprise to those with subscriptions, but I’m not sure how to handle these things. Before I just added them in and never tagged it Amoda but someone has, and I DO see how that could be a useful thing especially when there are exclusive blends…)

Anyway, I was surprised by this tea, but I am enjoying it! I didn’t care for Silver Buds Yabao as I couldn’t get more than slightly sweetish water from it, but I did like Eight Treasures more, and I can see that this is similarly flavoured. The rose petals are not overpowering, thankfully and I do get sweet nectar and spices with the gentle rose flavours. I probably WILL resteep this at least once since I was careful to only steep 8 oz, and I have the variable kettle keeping my water warm for the next hour.

I guess I’m happy I didn’t cancel my subscription. This isn’t a tea I would have purchased but I do like it and am glad to have been reminded that I did like the other Eight Treasures blend too!

I’m pretty excited about the other two – especially because one is a Sheng (which I’ve never had? I don’t think?)

Also, this tea is foresty. Why isn’t forest a flavour?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

Haha. That someone was me. ahem So glad you also think the yabao is foresty! :)

Cavocorax

Hahaha. I think it’s a good idea putting the name in there! :P I just hope I’m not spoiling people. But how long should I wait before I sample it otherwise? I want these samples gone before the next ones arrive! When my Amoda samples pile up it’s a sign to cancel the subscription since the teas aren’t exciting enough…

OMGsrsly

Yeah. I’ve cancelled the subscription. I might regret it, but I have enough teas right now that it’s just overwhelming to get more every month. I’ll probably resubscribe later in the summer, especially if they start offering some customization – like no mint!

Cavocorax

That makes sense! I can see how a subscription would be difficult for someone with allergies etc.

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drank Mint To Be (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1764 tasting notes

Because this is my first note, it’s the one people will read and this might dissuade people, but it’s funny: I drank this and it made me think of toothpaste. Or fluoride.

YMMV.

VariaTEA

Haha I can see that.

Cavocorax

It was still good, aside from those initial associations.

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

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