183 Tasting Notes

70
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
183 tasting notes

Grabbed brunch before class today… Was in the mood for tea, and this sufficed. It was pretty weak. Tolerable, but weak.

CHAroma

This tea is anything but weak! Try steeping it in boiling water for five minutes and don’t add milk or sugar. Then tell me if you still think it’s weak.

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75
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

So, I mentioned before that I am currently holding my favorite teas hostage until I work through the massive pile of samples I’ve acquired recently. This is one of the Adagio samples I need to finish to win my goodies back. (You’d be amazed how often I use this sort of technique in my life.)

I like this tea. I don’t love it, and I’m not sure whether my personality keeps changing, or its does… but we have a very complicated relationship. Sometimes it’s super sugary sweet, sometimes it just tastes sort of… musty. I think most would call it “earthy”, but I’ve been noticing “good earthy” and “bad earthy” in my black teas. The bad earthy seems musty to me.

My last cup was very sugary, caramely, and malty. This one is bordering on “earthy” but is still a good balance of the two.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Jaime

Maybe I should try this method to make more room in my cupboard. Especially since I’m thinking I’ll be making another 52teas order soon.

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80
drank Toasted Mate by Adagio Teas
183 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.

Preparation
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
183 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Irish Breakfast by Teavana
183 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85

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Preparation
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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Bio

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

http://twitter.com/codylynnclark

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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