47 Tasting Notes

86

Not to sound harsh but all Earl Greys taste the same… this one is no exception. HOWEVER, with the right amount of cream and sugar this tea really makes for a delightful afternoon tea (especially if it’s raining!). Don’t worry to much about over steeping, and again I do recommend experimenting with different amounts of cream and sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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58

I’ll say it… I’m a huge fan of Roobios teas. BUT this didn’t do it for me. I really am starting to believe that Chai’s are the coolest teas to blend with. This tea, while retaining it’s Rooibos features, color, and taste is still overpowered by the spicy flavor of the chai. I ordered a “large” on accident and it was just to much for my taste buds to handle. I also added cream in hopes of curb-siding the cinnamon punch to the face. To no avail.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I don’t like rooibos, but I do agree that chais are amazing. I found my favorite black based chai this week.

Eric Walter

What’s your remedy for an over powering cinnamon flavor?

Cofftea

Cayenne pepper and chocolate:) Sprinkle of nutmeg is nice too.

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68
drank China Green Tips by Tazo
47 tasting notes

YAY LOOSE LEAF! Starbucks finally got smart and changed over to whole leaf teas from Tazo. Makes all the difference! China Green Tips is by far one of the most classic green teas I’ve tasted. Very bold grassy taste that says “I’m a green tea!”. Perfect straight. Put down that creamer & sugar!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86

The name of this tea says it all. After enjoying a couple of the other oolong’s in the Oolong Savant Sampler by Adagio I decided to give this one a try. IT’S AWESOME! Very full and bold oolong taste with a perfect aftertaste. Looking forward to a second steep to discover more of the nuances, but as for now just really excited I have more to drink. Color is darker than most oolongs but gives it a unique character.

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

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66

Careful not to over steep this tea. The oolong flavor, while lightly smokey isn’t to over bearing for an inexperienced oolong drinker. I really love watching the leaves open up over the course of a couple steeps and would recommend a second steep. Classic taste.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
bikermonster77

I like how you can notice the all the nuances of the tea…I must really be a tea noob hahaha.

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55

Eh. Maybe I’m not a HUGE fan of Chai teas. This black, while flavorful didn’t give any indication of moving on from ordinary to extraordinary. Probably a lot of people’s “staple” chai who enjoy Mighty Leaf. Didn’t blow me away.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

Orange in chai doesn’t thrill me. Although I drink MarketSpice Chai just for the memories of Pike Place Market:)

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70
drank Pouchong by Adagio Teas
47 tasting notes

Maybe I’m just untrained to the taste of oolongs but this tea was very delightful and I really enjoyed it. Very light and delicate. Will continue to resteep in hopes of finding more complexities.

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

Just ordered this! I’ve never tried a pouchong before.

Eric Walter

Enjoy it! It’s very delicate… don’t give up on it.

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47

Picked this up out of curiosity. The rooibos while a little medicinal in flavor isn’t to bad. I’m glad it’s decaf naturally, however would wish the Starbucks staff knew a little thing or two about preparing tea. Can’t be to picky. ;-) If it’s all you can get, I’d say pick it up.

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78
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
47 tasting notes

I’ll start by saying this. I really really wanted to fall in love with this tea.
After receiving the sampler set from Adagio I prepared this tea as noted (180 degrees @ 5 min steep). Is it me or does this tea overpower a little? Maybe over steeped. WILL TRY AGAIN. The jasmine smells amazing, but as this is my first oolong tea I’m still working through the overall tastes of this tea. Watching the teas unfurl was the coolest btw. ;-)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’ve been steeping it as directed, until this last time. I cut it down to a 3 min steep and it actually seems stronger. I hope you have as much success tinkering around w/ steeping times/temps as I did:) This is my favorite jasmine.

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30
drank Berryblossom White by Tazo
47 tasting notes

It’s like sawdust with flavoring. I didn’t have any choice in the matter and had to hit up Starbucks for some tea. Disappointment. This tea not only is easily over steeped and therefore easily bitter, but also just not very unique in any regard. Any ideas?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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