286 Tasting Notes

Weekends have become, try as many new teas as possible and make sure to review on steepster. I used 3 tsp in my 16oz steeper mug which I’d imagine is a bit low for this tea as it has very large pieces in it. I steeped for just over 10 minutes though. Added just a touch of sweetener. I think I may go down for some more. It’s faintly banana and I do get the nuts and dates. I don’t get any “bread/cake” notes from this one though.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
286 tasting notes

I was so excited to try this tea. I used 2 teaspoons for 16oz of water and brewed for 5 minutes and think I may up it next time as it was a bit weak. I tested it unsweetened and only tasted black tea with a tiny bit of malt. Adding sweetener brought out stronger flavors. I can taste a bit of cake, I also got the maple note that everyone seems to mention. What I didn’t get was red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

It’s far from horrible, but it isn’t quite as good as some make it out to be. I think next time I’ll up the tea content and add some milk.

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

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I first ordered this in May of this year and I’ve gone through the majority of the 4oz I bought but for some reason, I haven’t logged it on Steepster. Anyway, this is nice light strawberry blend. I tend to sip this in the evenings after work to unwind. The little bit of grape almost makes it taste like a dessert wine, but without the wine (or calories for that matter)!

I’ve really enjoyed this tea and will enjoy the last few cups of it. I’ll certainly be adding it to my shopping list but maybe not 4oz at a time with all this tea I’ve been introduced to recently!

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I bought a sampler of Revolution Tea at World Market. This bagged tea is pleasant but not exactly something I’d go out of my way to purchase. I taste tropical fruits but it doesn’t seem to give me a single obvious note. I managed to get two steepings out of my bag.

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I ordered the 25 tea bag of this on sale for work. Today I was feeling extra blah so I took about 1/4 cup of skim milk, heated it up in the microwave and added hot water and then put the sachet in for about 5 minutes. I definitely get chocolate, raspberry and nut. It’s definitely yummy (with sweetener). I like the ease of the bags too. I think I’ll have another cup, actually!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m not a big mint person but I love chocolate and mint together. The mint in this is really pronounced. I can feel it in my sinuses. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially with my allergies. I am tasting the chocolate too so it’s pleasant. I added some sweetener, without it was drinkable but not really what I was looking for. The only thing I’m not keen on is how small the rooibos is. I have quite a bit sitting in the bottom of my cup.

I’ll use up my (huge) sample but I’m not sure I’ll purchase more than that in one go.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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One day my palate will be sophisticated enough so that I don’t have to add sweetener to everything, but until then…

I tried this hot unsweetened and I could barely taste the peach, but I did taste the buttery notes of the white tea. I made this at work where I can’t control the temperature and it was a little bitter. Maybe it will perform better with my variable temperature kettle.

When I added sweetener, it was much more pleasant. It is actually lighter in peach flavor than the Adagio version. I can see some people preferring this one due to the lightness of the peach. I had brought a whole bunch of tea samples to work so that I could drink based on my mood, but I think I’ll stick to greens, blacks and oolongs and reserve whites for home when I can control the temp.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
286 tasting notes

So I’ve had 3 enormous 16oz mugs of this today. This is an effort to not eat every piece of chocolate in my house (yes, it’s that time – cough – ladies, ya know). Even though this is black tea, this hasn’t made me crazy and up-the-wall caffeinated like 48oz worth of coffee would have done. Also, it tastes like chocolate covered strawberries. The first time I had a cup, I was regretting purchasing 3oz of it. I no longer have that thought!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I’ve been wanting to try this one for so long!!

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I received this in one of the little sample packets with my order. I was a bit disappointed at the small size of the sample. It was basically just dried fruit with what appeared to be a part of an orange rind. I cold brewed it for… longer than I care to admit but it does make a nice iced drink. It kind of tastes pineapple-y with a touch of mango and to be honest, it kind of reminds me of coconut water. I can drink it unsweetened which is always a plus in my book. It’s nice, but I’m curious whether me dunking some dried fruit in hot water wouldn’t yield the same result.

Especially given the other reviews of how heavy and thus pricey this is, I don’t think I’d bother purchasing.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
286 tasting notes

This time I used twice the leaves and steeped almost twice as long and it’s a much stronger flavor. Added skim milk and sweetener and it still has a deep hue. I can still taste the individual flavors so I think I’ll up the teaspoons and leaves for future brews.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I recently discovered loose leaf tea and am already addicted (much to my husband’s dismay)! I prefer fruity teas iced and savory teas hot. Looking forward to drinking and chatting.

Some likes/dislikes I’ve been noticing:

Likes:
Pineapple
Jasmine
Fruity White Teas
Assam Black
Most Oolongs (especially greener varieties)

Dislikes:
Spicy flavors unless in chai
astringent black teas

For my own reference, I’m only placing “full size” teas in my cupboard.

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