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Recent Tasting Notes

100

Pleasant aroma. Earthy taste profile. The tartness of the plums shines through this amber infusion. Good for multiple infusions.

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68

Ok, I’m a sucker for novelty. Not only the weird, but teas named for people, places, events, etc so when I saw this I knew I had to try it.

1tsp/6oz water just below boiling.

This is such a pretty tea! The liquor is a gorgeous pinky red color and the aroma is definitely fruity. The flavor, unsuprisingly, is mainly of currant w/ a hint of hibiscus. Unfortunately I can’t really taste the pineapple or the oolong base. On the other hand, I can’t taste the rooibos either which makes me very happy! My final opinion of this tea will be based on how it morphs over time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

2nd infusion, 4 min. Still fruity, but more of the oolong is coming thru. Much more balanced.

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25

For this tea to be even slightly okay, I have to double up on the amount used. Even then, this tea has a very light taste and I can’t really pinpoint the blueberry flavor. I think my dislike of this tea has to do with my pattern recently: I just don’t really seem to like white teas much. Being a coffee drinker also, I really like strong teas, this is not one of them.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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91

I need something sweet so I grab this. To me a sign of a good tea is when you get giddy and hyper just from smelling the raw leaf, and that definitely happens w/ this! I use my normal parameters 2.25g tea/6oz water.

Um… What happened? This is a lot lighter than last time… :( The smell is all syrupy berries and so is the flavor. The chocolate is lost. I’m not even gonna bother resteeping. :,(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Left over BBQ tea spice rub chicken breast.

Christeana

Nice idea. I like to make stir fry sauce with mine….add some orange juice and it rounds it all out nicely.

Cofftea

Oh yum! You should post the recipe in the Cooking w/ Tea thread. I like the idea, but I think Adagio’s sesame black may be a better tea for that recipe,

Christeana

I would, but there is no recipe. Good idea on Adagio’s sesame black. I’ll try that next!

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Used in Dr. Tea’s BBQ spice rub on chicken breast.

Heyes

And, how did it come out?!?

Cofftea

Very good!

jennlea

I keep meaning to try Lapsang in a rub! Glad this reminded me to do so.

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I really wanted to add this to the data base this the way I had it, in their Chicken Spice Rub… but I don’t want to get in trouble. Had tea crusted chicken tonite (make sure you put the spice in a spice mill before applying it). There was something very spicy, but as I don’t normally drink it, and when I do only drink it w/ whiskey added, I couldn’t tell if it was the tea, a spice that’s in the rub, or just because my mom put too much on (it was completely black on both sides of the breast). It was VERY good though. I give the rub a 100, but I’ll wait to rate it til I can rate it as the actual rub.

Peggie Bennett

Did I read that right? You drink LS with whiskey?

Cofftea

Yep. Southern Comfort to be exact.

Peggie Bennett

Wow, that’s certainly some creative tea blending! lol
That’s very interesting! I have never heard of someone mixing tea with alcohol. I couldn’t do that, I’m allergic.

Cofftea

Oh I do it all the time! Even if in responsible moderation, why not add good stuff to alcohol? My favorites are rum in chai and a mojito made w/ chilled green tea instead of lemon lime soda. Tea and white wine also good together suprisingly. There are also tea flavored liquors like green tea vodka and a chai creme liquor.

Cofftea

Ok wait… I shouldn’t say all the time. When I make myself a drink at home (which is rare) it almost always involves tea. As soon as I pressed “post comment” I realized that sounded very different than I intended lol.

Peggie Bennett

As long as you’re not doing it all the time, why not? :-) For me, it would be such a waste of the tea, since I can only have a few sips of alcohol before I have to stop drinking. I know it’s more of a waste of alcohol, but since I know I can’t drink and I do it anyway, then I buy drinks knowing that I’m paying for a full drink to be thrown out.
But the LS, ooh, I could never throw that out!

Cofftea

Yeah, if you’re allergic I would not suggest doing it.

Peggie Bennett

Oh, I still drink. I just can’t drink that much before I have an allergic reaction.

Cynthia Carter

Good heavens, why would you ever make a mojito with lemon lime soda?

Peggie Bennett

I was thinking the same thing because mojito is my favorite and I didn’t think there was lemon lime soda, but I’m no bartender, so I could be wrong.

Cofftea

Sorry, I guess it’s club soda. But I can see lemon lime since you put lemon in it. Some people do use lemon lime soda I think. Anyway it’s in place of the soda.

The DJBooth

How is the chicken rub?? I had the BBQ and general rub and they are wonderful.

Cofftea

Amazing, I like the BBQ best though.

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91

My computer project took forever… I think my crosseyedness had something to do w/ it. So to celebrate it FINALLY being done, I prepared this strong, by using 1 heaping teaspoon which is 4g! because I wanted to add creamer. After steeping added 1 teaspoon each white chocolate and spiced rum creamers. Perfection! No cuppa diluted creamer. Strong flavors and black tea base.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

2nd infusion, 6min. Clean. Good. Although for the extra 1.5g that I used I expected the 2nd infusion to me much darker and stronger.

Cofftea

3rd infusion, 7 min. Surprisingly good considering how light infusion 2 was. Infusions 2 and 3 were closer in liquor than 1 and 2.

S Are you using liquid or powder creamer?
Cofftea

Liquid. Always liquid.

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91

Mixed w/ equal parts (1.12-1.13g) http://steepster.com/teas/adagio-teas/5407-irish-creme-nite-cap and steeped in 6oz water.

The liqour is not black as tar like a lot of black teas, but a pretty red/auburn. The aroma is definitely fruity and the flavor is a wonderful balance of fruit, chocolate, cream, rum, and unflavored black teas. A bit of rose would be lovely as well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Unlike most black teas I can normally get 2 resteeps out of these teas separately so I decided to give it a try. 6 min. Liquor isn’t much lighter. I wouldn’t say the flavors are necessarily weaker- they just blend together more.

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75

Very good blend in the sense that it provides a nice, even taste. No one part is too overpowering, or too weak.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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91

AH CRAP! This (3rd) infusion proves I love my dog more than I love tea. I forgot all about it playing w/ Madison so it steeped for 10 min. The liquor was a autumnal orange color and the flavor was strong and wonderful… but that makes me think that to be strong enough for a good 3rd infusion this SHOULD have been steeped to heck and bitter…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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91

Waiting for the dragonwell to steep for an hr….

Moderate drop off in liquor. Still redish brown. Fairly strong taste for the liquor. Will steep again.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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91

Making a cuppa while I wait for my dragonwell to steep. Ok, so I’ve proven I’m not patient- but at least I get brownie points for being able to make 2 cups of tea simulatenously!:)

Holy frickin packaging! I’ve only ordered from Dr. Tea’s Tea Garden once before and that was a while ago… and the packaging is nothing like this one! There’s a twist off cap… then a pull off lid… then the tea is in a plastic bag inside the tin. This tea could stay fresh in a nuclear war if the bag had been fully sealed! Which brings me to my next point. Be VERY careful when you empty the tea from the bag to the tin. It’s partially open.

As soon as I take off the 1st cover I can already smell the tea… WOW! It smells sweet. Kind of like the berry syrups at iHOP. I’ve never had a tea that’s smelled syrupy before. YUM. I CAREFULLY empty the tea into the tin. I see black tea speckled w/ bright red shriveled berries and blue flecks that are pretty but I can’t identify. I can smell it even better now. Can I eat it raw? lol:)

Unfortunately my heart sinks when I look at it in the tin… the tin is only 2/3 full! Don’t get me wrong, I’m greatful for my tea. But I think that the packaging should be proportionate to the contents… having a much bigger container makes it look like you got jipped. Maybe I did. I’ll email them.

I love his teas, but I hate his steeping instructions. I do my typical steeping method for blacks. 2.25g of tea per 6oz of boiling purified water steeped for 5 min.

The tea’s liquor isn’t quite as dark as I had expected, but more red. Such a pretty color, almost auburn!

The 1st thing I taste is a sweet black tea. Then I’m able to identify the sweetness as berries. Not tart berries though. It tastes like berries in a simple syrup. Then finally the creamy depth of the chocolate.

Conclusions: Weird packaging, WONDERFUL TEA! Does not need to be sweetened even if you normally sweeten your teas. I’d classify this as a dessert tea, but could definitely be drank anytime if you’re looking for just a black tea on the sweet side. Very versatile. Even though there is no reason to sweeten it, it may be sweetened and used in place of plain water for simple syrup. I gotta try that… that’d be good on fruit… cake.. maybe even ice cream and pancakes!:)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

When I first got this tea, I did not like it. Too tart. I waited several months and tried it again and loved it this time. I am on my second tin of this tea. I do like to add a teaspoon of cinnamon fire (also from Dr. Tea’s) to balance it out. The best part is that you get 4 steeps with this tea.
12/6/09 On my second infusion, it is as good as the first. Smooth finish. Pairs perfect with chocolate. The tartness of the plums blends nicely with this amber oolong. I do have to brew this in my 16 oz. glass teapot as the oolong leaves need more room to unfurl:) I will be able to get four infusions from this pot. This tea is pricey, but with the four infusions it is a nice indulgence.
12/30/09 nice, smooth oolong tea; 1/24/10 love this tea:)

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Have you tried his tea rubs. They’re fantastic, but I need to put them thru the spice mill.

threewhales

I have wondered about his tea rubs. Which ones have you tried?

Cofftea

I bought all 3, but have so far only tasted the basic. I had it on salmon w/ a bit of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) last nite. It has great potential but for my taste must be ground. I’m going to add the BBQ to flour and the bread crumbs when I make breaded chicken breasts next time.

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100

Back logging. Infusion 1 and 2 (5 and 6 min respectively) last nite and infusion 3 (7 min) this morning. LOVE IT!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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46

I want to like this tea, but it is too flowery for me. Better in the summertime, good iced.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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99

This tea is very smooth and comforting. Great after dinner. Steeps:4

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Strong black tea with the banana and the bitter cocoa I’s just not dessert like at all to me sadly.

Cofftea

just so you know, the brand does not belong in the title.

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80

The tea that redeemed LA for me, and I am from the forest. First thing I did in LA was circumnavigate 90210 on foot. No, not star-searching. I was lost, and Dr. Tea found me. I was parched, and Special Green quenched: assertive, grassy sencha taste, with a comfy afterglow of extras: toasted rice and green cardamom, dried fruit and pepper. The ginger is subtle, just enough to round out the astringency. It all works together surprisingly well, with no suggestion of potpourri (I don’t like busy-flavoured teas), though harshly tannic if at all over-steeped. A go-to cuppa; a green to wake you up.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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