183 Tasting Notes

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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.

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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. :)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
183 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.

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drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
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I feel like my tealog is becoming a list of “Ways In Which I Fail At Mornings” but, this morning I somehow managed to get up an hour early (4am!) and not notice it until I’d already showered, made chai, and been online for a good 45 minutes.

I think I may have brewed this a little weak in my slightly off-kilter state, so I’m withholding my rating until I do it nice and proper. I made it with equal parts water and soymilk, with a touch of vanilla sugar this morning, but it didn’t have the… zazzle? that I was looking for.

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

Definitely not the best Ceylon, but I’ve been pretty desperate for an unflavored, decaffeinated black tea. Sometimes I just want TEA, not an herbal blend, but I can’t take caffeine after about 3pm.

I’m currently drinking this while working on a paper for my pastry class. I decided to write about scones, and I might be working a little tea into it as well. :) (But great googley-moogley, I would love a scone right about now.)

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

Hoo yeah!

Yep, it is definitely this tea that gave me an epic buzz yesterday. Not a bad thing, I just need to file away that information and make sure I’m getting enough to eat when I drink it.

This is a nice, bold blend. I still wouldn’t say that it’s my favorite Irish Breakfast, but it’s a good one.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

I don’t think I’ve ever had quite the buzz I was on this morning from a cup of tea before. I have no idea if it was this tea, or just a weird situational thing. It was awesome while it lasted, but man oh man did I crash about six hours later.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking this for the past few mornings. I took a leap and bought the 3oz bag, having never actually tasted it before. It’s good, but it’s not the greatest Irish Breakfast that I’ve had.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Joy's Teaspoon
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Immediately surprised by the spiciness. Sumatra and I were not previously acquainted. :) It’s got a bit of pepperiness to it, but the Assam still keeps it as smooth and malty as I like it.

Definitely a good wake-up blend.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Teavana
183 tasting notes

I haven’t been logging much lately, but I’ve been drinking this one a lot. I think Irish Breakfast might be my favorite tea… Maybe. It’s either above, below, or next to Assam. I can’t decide. :)

Currently enjoying this with toast and jam by Christmas tree light before class.

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Boiling 4 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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