180 Tasting Notes

90

I forgot how good this was. Where did we land on what it was scented with? Magnolia blossoms? I think so.

Every now and again, a taste of food or drink will make me swoon. Not quite a ‘When Harry Met Sally’ sort of reaction, but a more dignified, albeit involuntary, physical reaction to the sheer deliciousness. This morning first sip was that sort of reaction. Yummyyum.

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

In a misguided attempt to be fiscally and cupboardly responsible I only ordered the Holiday tea – I regret that now! This sounds so good!

Angrboda

A&D say Magnolia in the description, and apparently her name is Maggie. :)

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75

I don’t love coconut, but I don’t hate it… and I think that translates pretty well to this tea.

The flavor is soft and pleasant, not overpowering. It’s sweet and tropical. If you like coconut, you’ll probably like this tea. If you don’t, this isn’t going to win you over.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Yet another installment of “Cody v. The Morning.” Despite having been capable of making my own breakfast since I was a pre-teen, I could hardly manage eggs and toast this morning without dropping a carton of eggs on the floor and burning… pretty much everything. Fortunately, The Cap’n was there to soften the blow.

I love this tea. As much as I dig the limited-edition style of A&D’s tea… it’s kind of bittersweet to realize I have a finite amount of this in my future.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I hear that. My tin of the Captain is long gone. Sigh. Bittersweet indeed.

cody

I’ve been forcing myself not to drink all my A&D teas, in order to make them last.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I’ve done the opposite and binged happily. I’ve hoarded tea in the past … then forgotten (!) about it … then found it again, staling … never again.

cody

The only form of willpower I possess is savoring food. I always save the best for last in boxes of candy and the like. And God help you if you mess with my system, lol.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I wouldn’t dare mess with anyone else’s tea. :)

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95
drank Assam Harmony by Adagio Teas
180 tasting notes

Only one more cup left in my sample. :(
I can’t believe it has lasted this long, though. I really love this tea, but I want to check out a few other Assams before I commit to buying a larger size.
Reading Neil Gaiman’s Stardust with a kitty on my lap, and drinking this tea before work. Wonderful.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

So, this was the Dragonwell that I actually meant to grab from the cupboard. It’s amazing how quickly samples amass, and how little attention I pay sometimes.

This one is much better. I’m not a big green tea connoisseur, but it has its moments. The vegetal taste (which was also present in the Adagio, but in a less pleasant way) reminds me of something I can’t put my finger on. Not grass or hay. Almost… asparagus? Or some other green vegetable. That one is going to bug me until I figure it out.

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

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drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
180 tasting notes

Withholding an actual rating for now, because I can’t be sure I brewed it properly. At best, it’s weak. At worst, it’s… unpleasant.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

Made a huge mug of this with soymilk and vanilla sugar this morning. There is a very noticeable spice left in my mouth after every sip, which I absolutely adore. The spicier, the better.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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85

This is now the… sixth? Earl Grey in my cupboard. It’s a sickness.

This is a good, solid Earl Grey. The bergamot isn’t too strong, and doesn’t have that sort of perfumey or soapy taste to it, which some of the… lesser blends can have. I think it’s balanced well with the tea… it’s bold, but not overpowering. Yum-o.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Michelle Butler Hallett

I collect Darjeelings in the same way.

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80

This reminds me of an orange spice tea I used to drink as a kid, only better quality. I’ve kind of lost my taste for orange teas, to be honest… and I wish this had a bit more spice to it, but it is a good blend all the same.

The first real snow of the year is blanketing everything outside, and I’m sitting here drinking this tea and reading The Princess Bride by Christmas tree light. This tea definitely lends to the holiday atmosphere. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
180 tasting notes

So, I’m still getting a pretty good buzz from this tea, and it was much needed this morning after (accidentally) getting up at 4am. Took it to class in my Thermos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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