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92
drank Soursop Sencha by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

My first Steepster sipdown!
Does it count as a sipdown if I have two huge packs of this left as backup? Sipdown is just when you finish a pack right?
Ohhh soursop. I love the lingering tang it leaves. Goes on for quite a while after you take a sip. It manages to be sweet and bitter, tart and smooth at the same time.
Have had this for years and it will stay permanently in my cupboard for as long as they continue to make it.
Get your hands on it if you can; when they sell out, they take ages to restock.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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56
drank Irish cream by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

Ah, my crush on Adore Tea has ended ):
Ordered a whole bunch of samples from their online store and sad to say that almost all of the blacks taste exactly the same, save for a sprinkling of artificial flavour in order to distinguish them from one another. Some were frankly kind of bland enough that I don’t have a single thing to say about them.
It’s also $1 for a two-cup sampler, and I have been sent expired ones, or ones close to the expiry date, with some packets not even sufficient in amount to make a single cup.
I will still make tea out of the 40+ samples I have left, just to try them all, but most likely I will be pouring them down the drain after a few sips.
However, Adore Tea has free domestic shipping for the rest of the month and I will be stocking up on my tried and true favourites (Soursop Sencha and Cherry Ripe) and a few that were decent (Decaf Ceylon). The good ones are usually because of natural flavouring such as vanilla beans and essential oil.
Disappointed in this Irish Cream though. The flavour is there, but meh. Weak.
Still on the hunt for a tea that tastes like Baileys.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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65
drank Winter Velvet by Adore Tea
3 tasting notes

This is generally a pleasant brew, a good alternative to hot water on a cold night. The sweetness doesn’t taste like rose to me, which I find a little disappointing because there’s no real flavour to the top note, and the white tea is much smokier than it at first appears.

Not being a fan of smoky teas, I wouldn’t drink this very often but I think because it is more delicate than smoky black teas it is far more palatable and makes a good change every now and again.

Washed at 85C, glass teapot

1st infusion (2 mins at 85C)
A light, smoky sweetness.

2nd infusion (3 mins at 95C)
Smokier with more complexity. Still a tiny bit sweet but rose flavour mysteriously absent.

Flavors: Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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80
drank Earl Grey Cream by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

Heavenly bergamot with a hint of sweetness. So smooth and lovely and yep, ‘no milk required’ as it says in the description. Teas like this I tend to drink down the whole pot in no time at all. Classic and foolproof

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 450 OZ / 13308 ML

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80
drank Cherry Ripe by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

Cherry Ripe is Australia’s oldest chocolate bar, turned into a popular classic by Cadbury in 1924.
This tea embodies that choc-cherry, coconutty goodness and while the tea base isn’t the strongest, it’s such a smooth cup that I honestly still like this very much.
This is probably going to be a staple in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML
TheTeaFairy

I’m drooling at this… :-)

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48
drank Choc Vanilla by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

Couldn’t taste chocolate or vanilla. Could hardly taste tea base.
Adore Tea uses transparent packaging so you can see the leaf inside but I wonder if it’s affecting the quality of their products.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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47
drank caramel rooibos by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

What caramel? Is this rooibos or red water?
I’m not having a lot of luck with Adore Tea lately.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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60
drank Jasmine Green by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

Nothing bad, nothing special. What you’d get at a typical cheapish Chinese restaurant.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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19
drank Decaf Earl Grey by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

Ordered a bunch of 95c two-cup samplers from the Adore Tea website. It’s really bugging me that there is definitely not enough tea leaves in each sampler for two cups. In this pack, there was hardly a teaspoon of leaves. So frustrating because when they used to have a physical store in my state, the sampler packs actually were two cups’ worth. Will have to call them up about that.

They also sent me a few that were past the best before date. This one was best before February 2014. Some of those were alright but this one tastes awful.

Chemical and bitter, like what you’d taste if you accidentally sprayed a bottle of perfume in your mouth.

Adore Tea stocks some really good teas so I don’t know what the heck this was.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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75
drank Decaf Ceylon by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

This was a tasty decaf. A little weaker than normal Ceylon but that is a small sacrifice for being able to drink it at night.
This was a two-cup sampler which I used four months after the best before date so I’m sure that a fresh batch of would be very enjoyable indeed. Steeped four minutes and would probably steep for five next time.
Will consider buying a large pack of this as I need to grow my decaf collection

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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84
drank Myrtle Magic by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

Ahhhh this was so warm and uplifting!!
Love lemon myrtle. Very Australian.
I went to Chatswood today, all ready to buy a large pack of this after trying a 95c sample. Was super excited about it, and for all the other flavours I was going to take home with me. Then BAM, the Adore Tea store had closed down! What the fxck!
In terms of range and quality, all that Sydney has left is The Tea Centre and T2 :(
Oh well, there’s always online ordering. But it makes me sad to see great Aussie businesses closing down.
Anyway, this was delicious with a teapot steeping of five minutes. Next time, I’m steeping on the stove for 7-10 minutes like you’re supposed to with rooibos.
A new bag of this will arrive in my mailbox soon, and it brightens me to know that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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55
drank turkish delight by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

I’m sure those who love Turkish Delight will love this tea, as it tastes just like the candy. But for me, I’m not a fan of the confectionery or roses, which this tea tastes very strongly of. Actually, just realizing I quite dislike rose in anything, which probably makes me weird given its popularity.
It’s not a bad tea by any means though. It’s just not for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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80
drank Cherry Ripe by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

I can taste the cherry. I can taste the chocolate. I can taste the coconut. Three big ticks :D
The smell is exactly like the candy bar, but like most flavoured teas, it seems rare that the taste is as strong.
But that’s absolutely fine for this tea. It’s still delicious and so smooth that I didn’t feel the need to add milk. The flavours also seem to develop further even after you take the leaves out and leave it to stay warm in the pot.
This was a 95c sampler sachet but I may have to buy a full packet of this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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92
drank Soursop Sencha by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

This is my favourite green tea of all time. OF. ALL. TIME. conviction on par with Kanye West trashing T.Swift circa 2009.
It’s never astringent but has a tangy bitterness that is SO GOOD and SO REFRESHING I can feel it detoxing me from the inside.
For me, perfect results are at 75 degrees Celsius for four minutes. Have yet to try it iced coz it is just so damn good hot.
I hardly ever rebuy a tea coz I love the novelty of trying new ones but I’ve spent money on this one maybe three or four times now.
Adore.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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61
drank Japanese Lime by Adore Tea
54 tasting notes

Bought a 95c two-cup taster from the store. Smells wonderfully uplifting but when brewed, there isn’t too much to write home about. It lacks depth/complexity and I can’t help but be reminded of dishwashing liquid whenever I take a sip. Will finish my cup though. Nice if you like a light citrus green.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 450 OZ / 13308 ML

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55
drank Blackberry by Adore Tea
643 tasting notes

Trying to smash my way through a bunch of sipdowns today thanks to the swap with friends yesterday. This is my third Adore Tea blend and I’m not too fussed, though this is the best of them so far.

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35
drank Winter Velvet by Adore Tea
643 tasting notes

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50
drank Truffle Tea by Adore Tea
643 tasting notes

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90
drank Snow White by Adore Tea
1 tasting notes

This fine green (yes, green) tea takes the heavenly aroma of Jasmine Pearls and cranks them up to eleven. A stronger jasmine brew I have not come across. This one’s a keeper.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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93
drank Soursop Sencha by Adore Tea
6 tasting notes

Mmmm… This is my absolute favourite iced tea. I brew it in luke warm water then pop it in the fridge overnight. It’s nice hot too.
It is very sweet in flavour and soursop is definitely unique! I just bought a big bag, so if anyone wants to swap some, please ask!

Preparation
Iced

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87

Medium strength, with a beautiful malty flavour and a smooth finish. Perfect for anytime of day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

This is one of my favourite teas. It has chunks of chocolate and caramel which perfectly compliment the sweet and smooth taste of Rooibos. I always drink this tea without any sweeteners or milk and it can be steeped as long as you want because of the very low tannin levels. Some people may not enjoy how sweet it is, but it is a delicious treat.

Preparation
Boiling

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84

I really loved this flavoured tea. I have tried other types of green tea and found the grass taste to be too strong. The tart and fruity soursop flavour is very refreshing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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50

I picked up another sample of this tea as I’m umming and aarghing about buying it. Sometimes it seems to really hit the spot, other times it has a very shallow, superficial flavour with perhaps a little too much astringency. Not sure if I can detect the bergamot amongst the berries, but it has a good, solid tea base.

On paper, berries and EG shouldn’t work but on one or two previous tastings, I have loved the combination. This time round, it didn’t manage to balance the flavours. In addition, traditional EG has an aura of refinement, but I can’t help but feel somewhat unsophisticated when I drink this blend, like the person that mixes coca-cola in an expensive single-malt whisky.

Will try again at some point before I decide if I like this tea or not.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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