47 Tasting Notes

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Fantastic! What I really like about this black is that it’s sufficiently mild and subtle in flavor. Most black teas seem to love being bold and full, and while sometimes that’s awesome, I really appreciate the art of nuances and medium body blacks. The color: a lovely deep orange really compliments the hints of mango which seem to dance with a floral aroma. Great for a breakfast tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
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I’ve spent probably around 2 months trying to find a way of preparing this tea that wasn’t as bitter/floral… FINALLY GOT IT!

Steeped at 4 minutes at 185 degress I decided to try it iced with a touch of lemon. Maybe lame, but tasted great! Didn’t use as much tea as normally one would use for iced tea (only 2 TSP) but this drink was awesome.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank MateVana by Teavana
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Was very excited to try this tea, as I had only heard great things about the rich chocolate taste that this blend is so famous for. Everyone is spot on! This Mate is fantastic and I’m sad I couldn’t stick around the party for a second steep. Anywho… this mate, which so far holds the gold in my book on cinnamon/chocolate blending, was one of the richest and full body ‘teas" I’ve tasted. Would taste amazing with cream, however I’d be careful with sugar as this tea is already naturally sweet.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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78

Jasmine teas are tricky. The floral aroma can easily fool one into thinking “this tea is gonna taste sweet” when in fact the honey smoothness you were looking for is no where in sight (*normally). Now, if I’m being honest, I have a limited experience with jasmine teas (i’m working on it)… this one is very enjoyable. Potentially bitter, so be careful with your steep time. The leafs are very fun to watch unfurl during the steep so don’t just leave it there… enjoy the show.

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

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drank Cacao Mint Black by Teavana
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Fantastic blend! I was very impressed with a seemingly perfect balance between the chocolate and mint, while offering an undertone of hazelnut to balance the overall flavor of the tea. Perfect for after a meal. Suuuuuuuper curious about 2nd and 3rd infusions.

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drank Eastern Beauty by Teavana
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“Champagne Formosa” is the perfect nickname for this tea and explains the quality, character and essence better than any review I can come up with. By far one of the smoothest and most enjoyable oolongs I have ever tasted. With small hints of honey & floral tones mixed in with a most enjoyable medium bodied oolong I was blown away by the flavor of this tea. Perfect for blending but let’s be honest I’m gonna enjoy this straight. Not sure how the crew at Teavana prepared…My first 100.

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63

While over at a friends house watching The Office & Community (both hilarious shows btw) I was introduced to this tea. Being the only one in her “stash” that seemed better than Tazo or Lipton I decided to give it a try.

The smell of this tea is absolutely delightful. Obviously blackberry surges through every fiber of this teas being, however the sage does add a nice balance to the aroma that would otherwise be pretty fruity.

Now since this tea is technically a “dust” tea it’s a little frustrating trying to find the full range of flavor you’d desire from a tea with this name. Anywho.

Steeped at boiling for 3 minutes this tea, while fantastic on the side of smell, really needed some help on bringing out an enjoyable flavor. Due to the mild steep I wasn’t expecting the taste to come off as bitter as it was, however once reconciled by the appropriate amount of cream & honey this tea wasn’t that bad. Any ideas on the steeping time?

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

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67

Jasmine teas are always a funny blend if you ask me. The floral nature of the tea can always be a little misleading and therefore we must as tea drinkers remember that floral doesn’t mean sweet, no matter what our nose tells us. On that note I was pleasantly surprised at the subtle character this jasmine green had, compared to other jasmine blends I’ve tasted in the past. Honestly I wasn’t given much freedom to experiment with this tea, as I was at a buddy’s house and the water was boiled for me and I had to use a tea ball, but all that aside I really ended up enjoying the tea. Would probably have added honey if I had it available… we shall see in the future. Easily over steeped… becareful. Beautiful golden color. Medium body. Enjoy!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78

This is an awesome tea and I’m so glad I got to try it! While normally known as a bitter and grassy tea I was very pleased with the smoothness of this one. The aroma kinda reminds me of the ocean, and is super soothing. Can be enjoyed for several infusions without really losing any of the complexities. Enjoy!

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

I wish Adagio used Japanese sencha instead of Chinese for their flavored teas. I really like premium sencha when I need a boost of energy because it requires little water. I don’t always want a full stomach/bladder when I want energy.

Eric Walter

what’s the difference in the taste of Chinese & Japanese?

Cofftea

I can’t really tell you as I haven’t had an unflavored Chinese sencha.

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67
drank Vanilla Green by Adagio Teas
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Disclaimer I was stupid and hate vanilla pudding before steeping this tea (I know, i know… but it looked so good!) So my palette was definitely compromised by the time I sat down to enjoy this cup of tea.

The leafs of this tea, while very sweet, aren’t overbearing as much as you would think. Good size, great color, very impressed with the look of this tea.
Steeping for 3 minutes @ 175 degrees, I realized that my sweet tooth while over saturated by the pudding was in for a treat.

The aroma… a little sweet, and ends up smoothing out the grassy smell of the green.

The taste: It’s exaclty how you think it would taste… however I must admit one must be mindful of steeping time, as it easily can become bitter. A little sweet for my stomach right now… but again my disclaim proves this is my fault.

Lesson learned: What you eat can and most likely dictate how your tea tastes.

Yay!

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

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