33 Tasting Notes

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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

I used to be big into the Earl Greys, but I’ve slowed down a little bit to try other things. Still, I am really picky about my Earl Grey, so maybe that’s why I didn’t like this tea as much as I hoped.

When brewed hot, the base Ceylon black tea just doesn’t do it for me. There’s a very malty sort of taste that doesn’t belong there. Well, maybe it does, but it’s not welcome to me at least.

The bergamot flavor isn’t as strong as I would like when it’s hot. It’s almost like an afterthought. When I have a hot Earl Grey, I want to feel like I’ve been kicked in the face by that wonderful citrusy sort of flavor.

After saying all that, the tea is interesting when cold brewed overnight as iced tea. The unwelcome flavor from the base tea fades away and allows the bergamot to shine the way it should. It rivals my favorite iced Earl Grey teas.

In the end, I’m happy I tried this iced. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but probably just to make iced tea.

To me, Earl Grey tea tastes like summer, and I don’t get that happy summer feeling when I drink this tea and isn’t that what it’s all about?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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67
drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
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It’s not a bad tea, in fact, I like it.

But blood orange? No, I don’t think so. There’s a little bit of tartness and some acidic citrus flavor that reminds me of an actual orange, but not a blood orange.

When it’s hot, there is this ever present hibiscus flavor that kind of balances all of the flavors of the tea. It kind of reminds me of one of the Celestial Seasonings Zinger line of teas. If they made an orange zinger, I bet this is what it would taste like.

The hibiscus and the tartness are both muted a bit when cold brewed into iced tea overnight. The color of the iced tea is this wonderful color that wanders somewhere between orange, purple and yellow, without actually being one of them.

Are there better orange tisanes? Sure. Are there better representations of a blood orange one? Most certainly. But I’m in no way sad I have this in my cabinet, especially due to the price. It was a pretty good bargain.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
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I’m not a huge fan of Golden Monkey teas, but I got this one as a free sample so why not?

Looks like a Golden Monkey tea with the curly leaves.

Smells like a Golden Monkey tea. You know, kind of like honey.

Tastes like a Golden Monkey tea. A bit of natural sweetness that balances the tea fairly well and makes it completely unremarkable – unless Golden Monkeys are your thing, I suppose.

Made a great, just slightly sweet iced tea when cold brewed over night.

I enjoyed drinking this tea both hot and cold, but there are other teas I like better.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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This tea features the contrast of both the sweetness and tartness of the oranges and cranberries, with just a touch of hibiscus. (The hibiscus is nowhere near as heavy handed as in the Celestial Seasons Zingers, if that helps.)

Surprisingly, the combination of orange and cranberries do not remind me of the fall or Thanksgiving at all. I’m enjoying this tea quite a bit, both iced and hot, in the middle of the summer heat and it doesn’t seem out of place at all.

I expect this tea to find it’s way into my top 10 or so iced tea rotation.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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Tried it both cold brewed as an iced tea and hot, but it’s just not my thing. The tea smells strongly of sage, but the flavor does contain large amounts of orange pulp and lavender. In the end, I think the sage flavor is just very off to me. I like it with chicken, but not in my tea. If you like it in tea, well, your mileage may vary…

Flavors: Lavender, Sage

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I pretty much completely disagree with the description for this tea provided by the seller. I don’t drink this in the morning and I don’t think it’s a boldly flavored tea. Even though we may disagree on those points, I do think this is a great tea.

I find the flavor to be almost delicate. There is a subtle malty sweetness that’s hard to describe, but is always present and always welcome. While I do enjoy this tea hot, I prefer to drink it iced. It’s one of the top iced teas I drink when it’s hot out and I’m looking for something cool and refreshing to drink. I’ve even been known to put it in my bike’s water bottle for a treat.

Perhaps it’s the official tea of cycling in the Washington DC region? Either way, it’s great hot and iced.

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

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85

A simple, medium body black tea with a hint of lemon when hot. It’s not bitter and it’s not sweet, all at the same time.

This tea really shines, however, as a cold brewed iced tea. I tend to think of it as the middle of the road, basic sort of iced tea that you would get at a restaurant, except much better. If you’re looking for a tea to serve to your friends that just want Lipton, but don’t want to go through the hassle of keeping a box of it in your kitchen, this is the tea for you.

Flavors: Lemon

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

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60
drank Father's Blend by Capital Teas
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Capital Teas refers to this as a bold tea, and it most certainly is. The base teas form this very strongly, in your face flavored tea. There are both caramel and toffee flavors very present. The combination doesn’t work for me. I think it’s the pu-erh that just pushes it in the wrong direction to me.

I tried it both hot and cold brewed as an iced tea.

Capital Teas Irish Rum Cream has some of the more pleasant facets of this tea without the ones I don’t like. I’ll stick to the Irish Rum Cream, which is great both hot and cold brewed, next time.

Edit: I tried this tea again hot and added some stevia and I enjoyed the tea a lot more. I added half a teaspoon of stevia to about 10 oz. of tea and it really helps to balance the toffee and caramel flavors, while muting the coconut flavor even more. I still prefer Irish Rum Cream much better, but if you’re looking for a sweeter, strongly toffee flavored tea, this could be the one for you.

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

Thanks for your review John! And we love the Irish Rum Cream, too :)

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71
drank Golden Monkey by Pleasures of Tea
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I open the pouch and the leaves are curly and it smells somewhere between honey and caramel, both of which are typical of Golden Monkey teas I’ve had before.

The color after brewing is this wonderful coppery color. It’s a slightly malty and sweet tea. Honey seemed prominent with a slight almost raisin flavor in the background. The caramel I smell is nowhere to be found after brewing.

It’s considerably better than the Teavana version, which always seems to sweet for me. Golden Money style teas are typically not my favorite, but so far this is the best of the bunch I’ve had. I’m still not sure if I want any more of it, though.

If Golden Monkeys are your thing, this is one to try out.

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

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71
drank Golden Monkey by Pleasures of Tea
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