122 Tasting Notes

From Pass The Stash v2.0

malty, cacao, vanilla, smoke.


I just bought this one while in Berlin! Can’t wait to try it.

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I’m starting to think that I’m maybe a little allergic to the cat. Luckily she lives with our parents. But it meant that when I was drinking this all I really got was berries and hibiscus. Not particularly exciting or unique.

Dunno, as hibiscus teas go, I think Passion by Tazo has my heart.

I tried to get my Mom to try some. We were celebrating her birthday early (It’s on Tuesday). She didn’t like it. Oh well. She liked the cake!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
122 tasting notes

From Pass the Stash v2.0

The vanilla in this is very strong.

Mostly I was drawn to this because of the name. I wonder if anyone has a scent memory of the city that is like this? In my mind it would be flowers, cigarette smoke, water, and perfume. Of course I’ve never been there- that’s just the idea I get from french classes at school.

I was away from my computer when I brewed this up. All I wrote down was ‘vanilla, soft, black’.

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The packaging smells like soap. Well the whole box smells like soap- I reckon that it’s that packet of lavender at the bottom. Thankfully this baggie was sealed fairly well and the tea smelt orangey.

I would not have picked this out as an oolong just by looking at it, which goes to show you how well I can identify things on sight (not very well). It feels weird brewing up a flavored tea after pretty much a week of straight teas. I sent the Butiki TTB2 back to Marzipan after work yesterday.

Despite the dry leaves having smelt orangey it was not very apparent in the brewed liquor. The brew was mostly oolong with a touch of orange candy. Not a very strong flavor. I got none of the almond flavor. I think this should be renamed ‘sweet orange oolong’. =) Even then I would say that the flavoring is very light, or maybe very faded.

The oolong base was of medium…? The place were it’s definately not green but I hesitate to call it anything resembling mature. It seems only partially oxidized and brews out with a touch of astringency. It wasn’t exceptional, nor was it the worse thing ever.

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I find it funny how some things can present totally different to me from how they present to others.

Contrary to the other review on this tea I found the scent of the dry leaves to be clean and sweet. While I agree that the brew was not vegetal, I would rather say that while it was slightly on the sweet side, it was more on the more astringent side, especially as you go deeper into the cup. That a thing about some of these, some of them have the tendency to have all the flavor settle towards the bottom of the cup, even if you brew in an entirely different vessel.

While on the deeper side of oolongs, I wouldn’t classify this as roasted. I know, my world of oolongs tend to be separated into ‘green’, ‘roasted’ and ‘not roasted, not green’. Lol. I would say that this is a slightly ‘rounder’ feeling oolong, if that makes sense. It tastes more mature.

Mouthfeel is clean, but taste is lingering (in a totally good way!). There’s little to no dryness. I feel like this is a tea that I wouldn’t necessarily enjoy the process of drinking often, but I enjoy the effects of drinking. The lingering taste and the aroma of this tea is very nice.


I have this tea from another company and it’s great! I totally agree that it’s more green, but somehow different than other greens.

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I took a late evening nap that ran too long and consequentially was wide awake in the middle of the night even without the aid of any tea. So why not?

This Dong Ding is much less roasted than I’m used to for a Dong Ding oolong. The taste is light as perhaps a tad more mature…. it’s not a green oolong, but it doesn’t have the characteristic roasted aroma and nuttiness I associate with roasted oolongs, well maybe a touch of nuttiness, but light, like sunflower seeds. The liquor is not very sweet and has a touch floral that lends towards the nose.

carol who

When ever I see the name of this tea I want to sing, “Dong Ding the witch is dead…”

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This tea smells green when you first add hot water, but settles down to a nice not-quite-black tea smell that is subtly floral.

Slightly vegetal and even a tiniest hint of smoke, this is definitely a different experience from the 2013 autumn. I don’t get very much sweetness, but the mouthfeel is still full and smooth. A tad drying though.

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The dry leaf was short, a brown-tan color, and slightly twisted.

The brewed leaf bloomed into a slightly larger leaf, but not by much. The color became more green.

The liquor is a light tan color, leaning on the color of brown paper bags, but perhaps not as warm.

I’m no connoisseur of Darjeelings, but I think this tea smells lovely.

The taste is smooth, sweet, and earthy. The mouthfeel is full and not drying.
It’s just yummy.

1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I was confused why there were two listings for Scorpio on Steepster, one labeled 2012. It seems the description for this one includes the black tea, where the other was just rooibos. I have the newer version with the black tea.

It looks like I’ve been drinking just Adagio all day long, but I haven’t! I had some Lupicia with me on my walk! But when I got home and was looking through my cupboard I guess this one drew me in. And why not? The tin is beautiful! The Scorpio page on the Adagio website confuses me though, it definitely used to come with options for bag or tin, and not there’s just one option… and the option for the Sampler. So I don’t know anymore! If they sent you the bag, wouldn’t you be mad? Because the picture shows a tin! If they only send in tins now… well, I paid more than that!

I remember not likign this the first few times I had it, its been in my cupboard for awhile. Mainly because of the rooibos, which I dislike. BUt I know better now how to brew rooibos, and can tolerate it better (but still avoid it like the plague).

Alas this one just tastes like a good black tea to me, on the chocolate side, of the spectrum, but I’ve had some straight blacks that have accomplished that as well. Maybe because my tin is over six months old? I have to have it HOT though, or the rooibos flavor will become more present. I don’t get the mango in this, but I suppose the vanilla addition is why it’s so smooth. I like that this tea isn’t too heavy for a black, but I don’t know whether to attribute that to the black, the rooibos, or maybe to the vanilla.


The two listings exist because Zodiac Series started as a customer created blend. At some point Adagio Teas contacted me and asked if I would be o.k. if Zodiac blends would become “official” blends by the company and asked me to design the tins. I agreed and suggested that Cynthia, Adagio Teas specialist, would improve my blends and in some cases (Virgo, Aries, Pisces) would create new blends altogether. After the new Zodiac series was launched (available in a tin only) the old version was discontinued and is no longer available. It is a bit confusing, I know … :)


That’s pretty cool!


=D Does that mean that you did all the artwork for the Zodiac series? Because I’m a pretty big fan!


Glad you liked it :) I’ve done quite a bit of packaging designs for Adagio: Body & Soul, Chicago series, Fairy Tales (and all the other kid friendly teas), Master Series and Zodiac teas as well.

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I get easily excited and tend to get into the habit of collecting things I get really really excited about- books, fountain pens, fragrance, tea and any number of things. Mostly I’m just really excitable.

I started really branching out into the world of different teas recently. Grew up with greens and oolongs, but am dipping into others slowly but surely.

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