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243 Tasting Notes

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drank Oriental Spice by Adagio Teas
243 tasting notes

This tea is extremely variable, it jumps from one end of the spectrum of taste clear across to the other side.

It starts out a rich black tea with an undertone of spices: cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. The flavor is mild and well blended, not spicy, but spiced as in hints of the spices. This is while it is hot. As it cools, however, the tea flavor itself is lost and the cooled drink quickly becomes overrun with cardamom and ginger, and so spicy that it has become bitter.

I am disappointed in teas that start out decently flavored and then get undrinkable as they cool, and unfortunately this is one of them.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I don’t really understand why Adagio has masala chai and oriental spice or green chai (formerly bengal green chai) and spiced green…

Kitch3ntools

i like their masala chai but i dont like their orental spice for the same reason as Cinoi. i havent had their green chai but i own their spiced green in 4oz :)

Cinoi

@cofftea, i figured it was for people who want to go into the kiddie pool of chai teas. @kitch3ntools how is the spiced green?

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88
drank Dragonwell by Teavana
243 tasting notes

As stated in another review (Anji Duet) I have been a green tea drinker for some time. This has been one of the green teas of choice. It has a well balanced flavor, even when severely over-steeped (as in my old crude method of dropping leaves in the bottom of a cup, adding hot water and drinking at my leisure). This tea is ideal and an absolute staple in green tea, especially beginners because it is always delicious. It is good hot or cold, sweetened or unsweetened, during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd steeps and so on.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Matcha by Teavana
243 tasting notes

This was a decent Matcha powder. It is typical Matcha, no better or worse than any others I have tried. I made it with hot water. I know this sounds familiar, but this time I made it with hot water in a large glass bowl and made it froth up with a bamboo whisk. Yay!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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68

The scent of the leaves was intriguing, you smelled some date, along with vanilla and coconut. The leaves were also blended with pieces of coconut, which I thought was a nice touch. The aroma of the brewed tea was nice. It was sweet and complex, you were smelling multiple things and they all smelled good together.

The taste of tea (brewed hot with sugar) displayed the complexity and intrigue of the smells going on. There was a date flavor that was very well blended with vanilla and black tea. However, I could not taste the coconut, it appeared slightly at the end as an aftertaste of the tea, but it was not as prominent as it was in smelling.

Overall, I enjoyed the tea, but few that I could not drink it more than a few more times.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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73

This tea was very good from start to finish.

The scent of the leaves was decadent; banana and chocolate. You can see little pieces of dried banana and pineapples throughout the black tea. After brewing (hot with sugar) the aroma of the tea mirrored the leaves; banana and chocolate. The aroma was in no way overpowering, in fact it adds to the tea. The taste starts with banana, then the chocolate then pineapple and cherry. I missed the strawberry, but that could have just blended in with the chocolate.

While this sounds like a lot going into one mouthful, and it is, it is still in no way overpowering. It is sweet and delicious but carried by the black tea note that appears underneath everything else going on.

Honestly, if you do not like banana splits you will not like this, it incorporated just about everything into one cup. And just like with real banana splits, you cannot have this tea everyday, a cup or two here and there and you will be satisfied. Enjoy.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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46

As we know, I enjoy flavored black teas, I very much enjoy NY style cheese cake, but apricots I have no opinion on, I could love them or hate them. This was a smooth black tea, you can definitely taste the apricots, which I’m afraid made it a little bit too bitter for me. Unfortunately I did not get the cheesecake taste. Tried it hot and with some sugar, but might have been better (more cheesecake-like flavor) with milk and or as the 52teas suggests a latte.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Coconut Pouchong by Adagio Teas
243 tasting notes

This tea is extremely delicate. The already light green tea is given a slight accent of coconut flavor. There is a faint coconut aroma to the leaves which comes out in the brewed tea, and then a subdued, barely coconut flavor to brewed tea. This is followed with the faint sweet aftertaste that coconut pouchong is known for.

Overall, a good tea, however maybe a little too faint for anyone looking for coconut flavor.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
243 tasting notes

I like the flavor of this tea a lot. It does not need sugar. It is fantastic hot and also delicious cold. This is a win-win tea. Today since the ground is covered with a foot and a half of snow, it is a hot tea.

The aroma of the tea is coconut, hands down. The flavor of the tea is coconut, carried by a green tea with a sweet almost minty after taste. It is absolutely wonderful. The first time I tried the tea, I knew I had to buy one of my own, and I did.

As a note: I tend to use a lot more leaves than I should, this is just a force of habit, but I think it makes multiple steeps of the tea better when you have more leaves.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
kat

yeah, I tend to use more leaf too- just better tasting I think.:)

Micah

I just ordered a sample of this. Sounds wonderful. Does the coconut flavor stand up well to multiple steepings?

Madison Bartholemew

yes it does stand up for multiple. I usually keep it to about 3 though because after that it might be considered a little weak.

Cinoi

@micah, i would say two to three steeps max

Micah

Nice! Thanks guys.

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58
drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
243 tasting notes

First, this has been in my cupboard for a while, I never tried it, but found the smell of the leaves to be very intoxicating and thought it would be good. I did not read the description until I went to brew it. So yesterday I was critical because I said I would not put chocolate and strawberries in tea (Valentine’s). But I think that this by itself smelled all together different.

It is a light herbal tea, and if steeping in a mug (I used a clear glass so I could see what was going on) you notice that the tea is light in color but as it cools, there is red sediment that floats to the top and a dark syrupy chocolate that sinks to the bottom. Therefore this tea should be drank hot and right away, do not let it sit because you will have to mix it. The flavor was good, there is definitely the taste of strawberry and the taste of chocolate, but they do not seem forced together which is what I believe the chili brings to the party.

Overall not bad, just needs to be drank quickly. Also, it appears that all of my chocolate chips/chunks in the brewing basket are now gone, so you can probably only steep it once.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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61
drank Maple Bacon by Man Teas
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I had heard about this tea and knew that since I would not get to try it (from anyone else) I would have to buy it myself.

The scent of the leaves is strong, very strong bacon upfront with a lingering maple smell. Based on the scent of the leaves, I was skeptical that I would like it.

The tea brews nicely, combining the flavor of black tea, with a smoky quality that has to be from the bacon and a sweetness that is coming from the maple. The aroma of the brewed tea is predominantly bacon/smoky and I must say unappealing, but the flavor is not bad.

I think the flavor would be improved by sugar (to bring more of the sweetness out) and by some milk, to maybe help meld the flavors together a little better. I will have to try it and get back to you.

UPDATE:

So I tried it again with milk (1%) and rock sugar, it was better, the flavors did marry more and it was easier to drink. The maple-syrupy flavor is enhanced at the front of the tea, then the bacon/smoky flavor is more pronounced and at the end of the tea, the aroma is also toned down a little so it is no longer like inhaling bacon.

Also, I steeped it a second time (adding milk and sugar) and drank it with breakfast: ham, egg and cheese on a croissant. It was probably a little easier to drink with the food, but the tea still had the descriptive qualities mentioned above.

This improves my rating a little (previously 56). However, as I have said, I do not like to give teas that rely on having additions too high of a score.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Did you have this with anything to eat? Wondering how it would taste w/ breakfast, a salad, or sandwhich.

Cinoi

no, i will try it with breakfast tomorrow, possibly jump right into the milk/sugar combo also. i’ll let you know :)

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone

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