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Tried this cold brewed and it’s basically just a glass of cinnamon. Nah, that’s supposed to be a flavour hint, not a feature. This one’s getting gifted to my cinnamon-loving friend.

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Got this as a sample from Carol Who, thanks carol!
This tea is yummy! I brewed 2t for 5 min with 8 oz boiling water. (I am not usually that specific with my brewing, but I figured I should follow the directions as best as possible when trying samples :) ). I mixed in coconut milk (I don’t do milk) and honey. And then I waited for it to cool down enough for me to drink it. The first few sips were good but a little weak. As it has cooled down the flavors have come out more and made it taste stronger. Right now this tea is quite tasty. I taste the yummy cinnamon and spices and to me they mix wonderfully with the coconut and honey flavors. I also saved the leaves to try a second steeping, I’ll let you know if it is good :)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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35
drank Holiday Dream by Argo Tea
801 tasting notes

Green teas and I don’t really tango well. They’ve gotta blow me off my feet. Even green flavoureds. And this green tea just tasted like green tea. I wanted to taste the flavours, I did! I’ll give it another go, maybe in a mug rather than the timolino, and then maybe iced as well. That’ll get me through the rest of the sample, anyway…

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90
drank Snowflake White by Argo Tea
801 tasting notes

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90
drank Snowflake White by Argo Tea
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Hmm. Not sure if it was the change to temperature (~90°C) or brew time (~2.5mins) or both that caused a weak brew here. Lacking the flavour past cups have had. Only one or two cups left, let’s see if I can get the shine back.

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90
drank Snowflake White by Argo Tea
801 tasting notes

What other tea does this tea remind me of? Seriously, can somebody please tell me? I’m going out of my mind. It’s delicious and I love it but my poor memory is driving me insane. What other delicious white teas have existed in my life?

I have about two cups of this left in my sampler and I am already bereft thinking about having none of this tea in my life any more.

TheTeaFairy

Some people feel that white teas are too plain, but I think they are full of subtle notes that always remind me of “something”. I just had an incredibly good white blend last night that reminded me of the taste of summer rain :-)

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90
drank Snowflake White by Argo Tea
801 tasting notes

Omgosh omgosh omgosh wait. What. What is happening in this tea!!! What does this remind me of!? I can’t even work it out and I’m going slightly crazy but this is DELICIOUS and I was not expecting that!!! GOING BACK FOR MORE

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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40
drank Winter Spice by Argo Tea
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40
drank Winter Spice by Argo Tea
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As we head toward winter in the great southern land I am finally letting myself crack out the trio of wintry tea samplers I picked up from Argo Tea in the Flatiron building in NYC.

Looking at the trio closely, this one is the one I was most drawn to. It has a lot of similar ingredients/flavour indicators as one of my favourite tisanes ever, T2’s Cinnamon Somersault.

I am getting slightly bitter notes from the amount of cinnamon in this, but though I’m not getting a lot of orange, the almond is just nice without being "essence"y. Not bad. It’s no Cinnamon Somersault, but it’s not bad. I might try splicing it with some Cocoa Loco Orange and see if that’s closer to my sweet spot.

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50
drank Green Tea by Argo Tea
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Less intense flavor for a sencha/matcha blend. Slightly sweet, mild grassy scent. It reminds me an improved, run-of-the-mill green tea. Maybe the blend is what ruins it for me.

Only 1 steep

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Genmaicha by Argo Tea
576 tasting notes

Sipdown (108)! OK, so I know I was supposed to try this hot at some point, and I had plenty of leaf to do so, but the weather got warmer and blah blah excuses blah blah. I used it all up on cold brews, but I feel okay with that because it made a very refreshing cold brew. This time around, there was less rice and more green tea because it was the bottom of the bag, so it’s not quite as roasty as other times, but still good. I won’t be repurchasing this one just because there are so many other genmaichas out there to try and love. One more out of the sipdown drawer successfully sipped down! Woohoo!

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80
drank Genmaicha by Argo Tea
576 tasting notes

Ok, I’ve cold brewed this one as usual, but today it is not tasting so good. I’ve noticed lately in my new apartment that my teas don’t taste as good as I remember them to be. I think that the tap water in Boston is just tastier than the tap water in Cambridge, even though I filter my water in both cities. The Cambridge water just tastes more like chlorine (I think?), which is off-putting. So the usual roasty toasty goodness of this genmaicha is competing in flavor with the chlorine, which makes me sad. I guess I’m gonna have to start making my tea differently!

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80
drank Genmaicha by Argo Tea
576 tasting notes

Yes, I did cold brew this one again. I have a feeling it might be all used up in cold brews before I get a chance to have it hot. But I’m okay with that because it makes such a deliciously toasty, refreshing cold brew.

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80
drank Genmaicha by Argo Tea
576 tasting notes

I couldn’t help but to cold brew this one again because I really enjoyed it last time. It’s definitely heavy on the toasted rice flavor when I prepare it this way. Still waiting to rate this until I have it hot as well, so let’s hope I get around to doing that before I use it all up on cold brewing!

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80
drank Genmaicha by Argo Tea
576 tasting notes

I realized that I never tried this tea that’s been sitting in my shelf for a bit now. So I continued my cold brewing obsession with this genmaicha. First off, there were quite a few popped rice bits in the tea. I think that translated into the ultimate taste. I was tasting a lot more of the toasted rice flavor than the green tea base. I actually really like this one as a cold brew, but I will reserve my rating for when I can try it out hot to more directly compare to other genmaichas I’ve had.

Preparation
Iced

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65
drank Oolong Coconut by Argo Tea
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I guess I don’t know much about Argo tea and there don’t seem to be a lot of reviews for their blends, despite me coming across them in NYC. Any insight, anyone?

This blend is one of three jarred blends I bought on a below-freezing day that I voyaged through the flatiron district. Is it a district? Argo tea was literally nestled in the base of the flatiron building itself, and I stopped in to ward off the cold with a hot beverage. The teas along the wall looked pretty good and in my freezing stupor I assumed they were just what they said on their labels (in this case: oolong and coconut), not more complex blends.

Darn you, licorice root. You curse everything good in this world.

Preparation
3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
801 tasting notes

And finally, tea #3 served in the pot at girls’ CAH day yesterday.

I’m really going to miss this one.

Why oh why did I serve a whole pot of it!? Hahahaha.

(Because it’s delicious and a surefire hit.)

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
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Had some of this cold brewed, wow. Ginger winner! With this cold virus there would be a different winning flavour with each sip, between the ginger and fruit, but I think I can call ginger the winner. Pow.

I think I actually prefer this one hot, funnily enough. Cold brewed is still super awesome but I think it’s better balanced hot!

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
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I forgot that I’d almost cleaned up my work tea stocks last week—only two choices! Preposterous. Lucky this one’s a good’un.

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
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I continue to enjoy this one, enough so that I threw some of it into a jar to take into work. Lovely mellow black with just a touch of peach sweetness and just a touch of ginger bite. Yum.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Ginger Peach by Argo Tea
801 tasting notes

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