83 Tasting Notes

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drank Almost Nutella by Adagio Teas
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I had such an awful experience when I first tried this tea that I avoided it. I just gave it another shot and brewed it the way I felt it should be done and it turned out fantastic.

The chocolate and hazelnut balance is quite tasty, especially when it’s sweetened with some rock sugar. Do not boil this tea or it will taste nasty.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
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Summer has long since came and went since I last tried this tea. I found it in the back of my cupboard and dusted it off for an after dinner treat. It was delicious to say the least – in fact, it is so good that I can’t believe I forgot about it (I think this may mean I have a tea problem and have to thin out my tea collection).

It’s simple: tastes like strawberries and chocolate. It’s rich and bursting with flavor that does not taste at all artificial.

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Quite a while ago, I purchased some Maharaja Chai Oolong. I took one sip and knew that my mom would love this tea, as she is always craving hot tamales and big red gum (I hate big red gum), so I gave it to her.

But alas, I received this sample and had to give it another go. For me, the sweetness helps me tolerate the overwhelming cinnamon taste. But like other reviewers, I feel this is the tea’s downfall. I don’t understand why they used the balance of spices they did, but then again I feel that that is mainly the Maharaja Chai that is overpowering. I’ve never tried the Samurai Chai alone, although I have heard a lot of positive things about the Samurai/Ayurvedic chai blend. Try that one if you’re looking for a good chai blend. Otherwise, if you love Big Red gum, you will love this.

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drank Almost Nutella by Adagio Teas
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I’m not going to rate this tea. I don’t know what happened, but I swear I got a bad batch. I prepared it every which way and every time it came out bitter to the point that I spit it out and just dumped the entire cup down the drain. I was very disappointed with this tea and I have no explanation for the consistently poor outcomes I got when trying to brew it.

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This tea is light and fresh. The floral taste is nicely meshed with what appears to be reminiscent of crisp cucumber. This tea is so refreshing that it feels revitalizing to drink it. It is so delicate, yet so good I have dubbed it my crack tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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This black tea is beyond fabulous. It’s rich and bold while smooth and void of bitterness at the same time. I’m enjoying my second steep and this caramel flavor comes out nicely in the finish. This is the cup ‘o’ black I’ve been searching for. Many thanks to Teavivre for creating such a masterpiece!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Caramel Pu-erh by Tea Drops
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This tea is a real treat. The taste is robust and musty, and the bitterness is laced with this fabulous caramel taste that comes out so subtly that I find myself confused about what the heck I am drinking. Plus, you can re-infuse the leaves 4-5 times, which helps since I can’t buy it online and would have to drive down to Kansas City if I wanted more. I am going to enjoy this tea love affair even more since it is temporary!

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drank Caramel Pu-erh by Tea Drops
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This is one of two teas I bought from Tea Drops in Kansas City. I took a whiff of this sample and the caramel smelled so fantastic I took a leap of faith and got 2oz after asking the woman’s opinion of it. She was honest and said she didn’t like it because it was too much like coffee, and that if I liked coffee I might like it. She also said that this was originally just a temporary tea for Christmas time but due to popular demand, they made it permanent.

I just brewed myself a cup, with a 1/2 tsp of rock sugar and it is fabulous. I haven’t tried many pu-erhs in my day, but the employee was absolutely right – this tastes like slightly sweetened black coffee with hints of caramel. This being said, it is bitter and full-bodied, and the caramel adds just the right amount of interest to this coffee-flavor. I will miss this tea when it’s gone, but I think my next cup I will add a bit more sugar and maybe a splash of milk. Bravo tea drops!

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I had a cup-o-this tea at a tea shop I stumbled across while exploring Kansas City yesterday. The woman behind the counter said that it was her favorite, so I had to try it. The vanilla was rich and creamy, and the black tea was strong and smoky. Very nice. Too bad the only way you can get it is to go to Missouri!

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I’ve been drinking loose leaf teas for about 4 years and really enjoy the sense of contentment it brings to my busy life. I suppose tea is an experience you inherently have to slow down and enjoy, as it quiets the mind and allows you to hear more readily. I am also interested in Buddhism, yoga, meditation, and psychotherapy.

Here are some of my favorite teas:

Organic Silver Needle White Tea (Teavivre)
Bailin Gongfu Black Tea (Teavivre)
Buttered Rum (DavidsTea)
Gyrokuro/Gyrokuro Genmaicha (Teavana)
Apple Green Tea (Indigo Tea Company)
Strawberry Festival (Indigo Tea Company)
Mom’s Apple Pie (David’s Tea)
Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls/Rooibos Tropica Blend (Teavana)

Location

Eagan, Minnesota

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