183 Tasting Notes

80

First tried this long ago, and am now realizing I never completed the tasting note.

This smells amazing. The cherry flavor is nice without being too fake, and while I don’t really care for fruity teas hot, I did enjoy this one. A little sugar rounds it out nicely, but isn’t necessary. I think I end all of my fruity tea reviews this way, but I would love to try this one iced, once the warm weather comes back around.

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

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85

Had two mugs this morning, then took it to work in my Thermos. Bumping up the rating a little bit, because I think I was able to appreciate it a little more than I did the first time. I’m definitely going to have to try more green tea, but I don’t know if my cupboard can take it.

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

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80
drank Irish Breakfast by Teavana
183 tasting notes

Finishing this off this morning. Unfortunately, I kind of ruined this cup… so, it is not a fond farewell. Blech.

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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
183 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
183 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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20-something. Semi-professional baker. Loves black teas and rooibos. Discovering new loves all the time.

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I’m a habitually high-rater. Maybe I’m easily-impressed.

90-100 – A – I love these teas, and want to keep them in rotation.

80-89 – B – These teas are good, and I would never turn them down.

70-79 – C – These teas are sort of middle of the road. Drinkable, but would never be my first choice.

60-69 – D – I don’t like these teas, but they are palatable under certain conditions.

0-59 – E – Do. Not. Want.

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