180 Tasting Notes

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drank Toasted Mate by Adagio Teas
180 tasting notes

Funny story; I swapped a few teas with Meghann M for some of Adagio’s new mate samples. The next day, I received an order from Adagio (a tasting set) and suddenly remembered that I’d been promised the mate sampler with my next order, after making a comment on Facebook about missing out on that deal. (Tea companies are truly awesome sometimes, don’t you think?)

Well, maybe not so much funny as boring. Anyway. I now have far more mate than anyone should.

This is definitely a new experience for me. I’ve been curious about mate for some time, but I hadn’t any idea what it would taste like. I’m having trouble putting it into words at the moment. Just… toasty. And earthy. And good, but not mind-blowing.

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150 °F / 65 °C 5 min, 0 sec
cody

Also, not knowing how to make an accent on the ‘e’ is driving me crazy.

Meghann M

Oh no! I’m sorry we traded for something and you now have double and don’t know if you’ll like it:(. Feel free to look through my cupboard and let me know if I can at least send you some fun new samples to try. 2nd of each is quite a bit of non mind blowing tea! I’d be more than happy to send you something else!

cody

No, it’s cool. I’ll probably just pass along the non-opened ones at some point soon. Honestly, I really don’t need any more tea right now. I just stuck all my favorites in a box, and told myself I can’t have them back until I do something with the pile in the cupboard, lol. So once I figure out which ones I can tolerate, the others must find new homes.

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85
drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
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The leaves in this are so… airy. I never know how much I should be putting in the cup. Hmm. Still works out well, though.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Got it in my head that I was going to make chai this morning, but soon discovered I didn’t actually own any cardamom. (I have no idea what’s in my cupboard, to be honest. The life of the attention span-challenged baker.)

So, with that project failing, I decided to experiment… and concocted a delicious drink with this tea, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla sugar, and soy milk. I don’t know what it is, but it’s fantastic.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Irish Breakfast by Teavana
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Finally got myself a white cup (Adagio’s tasting set, specifically) and am now able to SEE my teas… most of them for the first time. This one brews up to a nice caramel color, and tastes just as strong and yummy as ever.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Dry leaf smells bright and… zingy. The brewed tea is a bit lighter. The green tea base is only occasionally noticeable, but is a nice, light, grassy taste when it is.

The ginger sort of rolls in afterwards, leaving just a bit of a tingle in the back of my throat, but isn’t overpowering. (Though, my love for ginger is pretty strong, and I wouldn’t be offended if this tea packed a wallop.)

I haven’t yet located the citrus flavor, though there are plenty of bit of dried fruit in my cup.

Definitely good, but I would love to see it a bit stronger.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90

Nearing the end of this sample… I’ll be sad to see it go.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

Reading some of the comments, I decided to try steeping it a bit longer. I also added just a bit of amber sugar. It’s like a completely different cup of tea. The plum comes through a bit more, so the hibiscus takes a backseat. It now tastes more like a juicy plum than just the tart skin. Still not getting a real strong sense of the tea base, but it’s a nice fruity cup nonetheless.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Jaime

It amazes me how different a tea can be with different steeping times! This sounds yummy.

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85

Super-fruity smell on the dry leaves, brews up to a nice pinkish gold color. A bit tart, and maybe a little heavy on the hibiscus, but still wonderful. I’ve never been big on hot hibiscus teas, but I love them iced. I’ll have to try it with this one sometime.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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