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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
416 tasting notes

I’ve put all my untried samples into two drawers in a small cabinet in my living room, and it’s so fun to reach into them and grab a sample at random. Thank you, starfevre, for so thoughtfully including this as a bonus in the package you sent me!

Actually, it’s good timing, because I’ve been toying with the possibility of creating my own blend on adagio’s website, but figured I was in way over my head a) because I know nothing about blending; and b) because I hadn’t tried a single adagio tea!

This tea is pretty much exactly what it purports to taste like. I would say, however, that even with milk and sugar added, the chocolate used here is certainly of the darker, almost but not quite bitter variety, and the strawberry makes a fleeting appearance at the end of the sip, but isn’t distinctly strawberry—it merely adds a slight tang. Because I’m not typically a fan of chocolate-covered strawberry-flavoured things, I can’t say that I’m a huge fan, but I found this tea to be an excellent Adagio introduction, and it was entirely pleasant and drinkable. It actually has me a little excited to try more of their teas at some point.

Thanks again, starfevre!
(speaking of starfevre, any news? I haven’t seen posts in a hwile)

Suziqzer

I haven’t seen any posts from starfevre for some time now. Looks like it’s been about 2 months since a tasting note. I hope everything’s ok!

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drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
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This tea felt divine against my sore throat while at work today. I made 16 oz of it to get me through the day, but greedily chugged it and it was gone before lunch. It really is a lovely jasmine, but I do lament the insane pricetag. Angel from teavivre is very kindly sending me a few ssamples of their jasmine teas, so perhaps I’ll find a gem there. But this tea is so perfectly balanced, and by that I mean that I get mostly smooth jasmine with the barest whisper of a base, that could just as likely be a white as a green. To be fair, I haven’t tried many other jasmine teas, but it might be tough now since I feel a standard of sorts has been established.

Christina

Have you tried the Jasmine Dragon Pearls from Capital Teas? I can send you a bit of my stash if you want. If you end up liking them, the price is more reasonable: $17.50 for 100g instead of the $19.50 for 50g of David’s Butterfly Jasmine.

keychange

I haven’t tried them yet, actually. Sure, when we get around to swapping, I’d love to try them.

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Despite the fact that I’ve been drinking tea, I’m find it difficult to actually write tasting notes that I think are worth reading. Not sure why that is, but it feels kind of silly to write if my heart isn’t properly into it.

It could have to do with the fact that the right side of my jaw and neck are sore; I think a wisdowm tooth might be crowding its way into my life, because it’s a kind of pain I’ve felt before, but it eventually went away on its own. Who knows what’ll happen this time.

Anyway, this morning I was in the mood for a tea that was plain but delicious, and this fit the bill. I didn’t have to think too hard. I do wish I’d brewed it a touch stronger, but it was still a reasonably satisfying cup. I still think I’d like to experiment with other darjeelings, as although I like this one, I can’t say I’m particularly in love with it. I’m still working on developing a vocabulary to describe darjeeling, but the first darj I ever had was from Art of Tea, and it had a very appley feel to it. It didn’t taste remotely of apple, but it somehow felt like the skin of one nonetheless. And smoothe wood. Somehow I’m not getting that from this darjeeling, although I’ve also had this package for a while, so this may very well be my fault. I’m also a bit intimidated by the fifty million darjeelings that many companies seem to have with different letters and numbers and it’s all just so overwhelming!

Courtney

I know what you mean with the naming and lettering and numbering. It is quite overwhelming.

keychange

Yeah, it seems really complicated.

Sami Kelsh

Agreed. And when they use acronyms, I always want to turn them into words instead of reading out each letter. It confuses my brain. But I do love good darjeeling. Sigh.

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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Thanks, Anna, for starting this craze. Thanks also, ifjuly, for supplying me with more. And thanks, nay lynn, for shipping me even moooore!

if you can’t tell, I love this tea.

This time i had it with a bit of sugar and no milk. It was still heavily melon flavoured, although I have to say i think I prefer it with just the slightest dash of milk. There’s something a bit…earthy? lingering in the back-sip and I find a touch of cream smoothes that right out. That being said, I feel as though this will be a tea I drink all summer. I’ve only ever had two melon flavoured teas, but so far this is the most flavourful.

Anna

More.

More.

MORE.

MORE.

MOAR.

keychange

I just came.

Marzipan

Now now.

keychange

bow chica bow wow

ifjuly

scandalized.

Anna

Baby, I always bring it.

keychange

I’m under your spell.

Anna

Oh, we both know you just want my ripe, juicy melons.

And that’s okay with me.

Sil

i want your melons..

__Morgana__

Me too. How many does she have?

Amariel

Oooooh, I want Anna’s melons. :P

keychange

Anna’s melons are all mine. They’re so full and ripe.

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In a travel mug at work with me. At first it was too hot for me to really notice anything aside from my singed tongue. Then as it cooled, I got more smoke than I’ve ever gotten. Then it cooled even more and accompanied me while I ate my tuna sandwich lunch. But ultimately, I’m thinking she is best enjoyed in an ordinary mug. Also, as a few of us have mentionned before, I think she doesn’t age particularly well, because I’m noticing a difference in the complexity of the tea as I near the bottom of the tin. It’s ok though. Nothing really diminishes her perfection ultimately. Long live the queen!

Marzipan

We all wish we aged better.

ifjuly

haha, Marzipan.

Kat_Maria

Oh no, I should not hoard it like I do, then!

keychange

‘aint that the truth, marzipan! and sadly, this might mean I can’t horde as fervently as I do, either.

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Thank you so much, charlotte0! It was so thoughtful of you to include so many MF teas in our swap. I do hope to make it to an MF location in my near lifetime, and the more teas I try beforehand the better.

To be honest, I never really knew what a cannele even was-it sounded French, and I knew it was a food, but that’s about all. A perusal of the tasting notes suggests however that I would enjoy being face-deep in one if the opportunity ever presented itself.

It’s hard to say what this dry leaf smells like, since the entire box was positively exploding with fragrance. As soon as the water hit the leaves, however, I got the strong and familiar scent of sugared vanilla. I used a heaping tsp for 8 oz. of water and steeped for four minutes.

I started the cup feeling pretty ambivalent about the tea, but liked it the more I sipped. The vanilla seemed a bit too sharp or cloying, but I soon realized that that might have been my own added rock sugar. I also found the base tea to be a bit thin for my liking, but it did lend the vanilla flavour a slightly astringent backdrop, which sort of made the whole thing taste burnt in a good way. Due to charlotte0’s generosity, I have enough to have another cup at least, and I think I’ll try it with less sugar before I make up my mind. So far, I think it’s a good tea, but perhaps not as remarkable as some of the other mf teas I’ve tried.

Thanks, charlotte0!

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drank Butterfly Jasmine by DAVIDsTEA
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As spring (supposedly—it’s supposed to snow tomorrow!) approaches, I’m feeling inclined to move toward lighter teas. When I was at DT on Friday, I tried to choose between this, the pearls, and their silk dragon jasmine. I chose this, as it seemed to be reputed to have the most prominent jasmine flavour.

I brewed this up in my carry mug, and used a little over a DT perfect tsp and steeped for three minutes. This is a lovely, smooth jasmine tea. While it’s incredibly calming to be drinking this here in my office (god knows I need it), it feels like a tea that should be sipped in the evening during a thunder storm, or conversely while seated on a sunny park bench in the summer. I’m glad I bought these, because I really enjoy jasmine, and also find the green tea base to be fairly unobtrusive here. If I didn’t know better, by taste alone I might even assume this to be a white base.

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It was such a lovely weekend; such a shame I had to get up and get ready for work this morning. The winds were really howling in the middle of the night, and I woke to a fairly chilled room and only wanted to burrow further under the covers and make the world go away. But alas, that was not to be. Such is the story of my life.

So I chose this tea to have in place of breakfast, because we’re sort of out of inspiring breakfast options. So a strongly flavoured black that happens to also taste like banana medicine fit the bill perfectly. I’m a little worried that this tea doesn’t keep nearly as well, although admittedly it’s still only in its original foil packet, but I found the flavours a touch muted this morning. I maintain that a three minute steep is the way to go to extract all the flavour possible while keeping the sometimes finicky base at bay.

A great first cup, that’s for sure.

VariaTEA

I have been thinking about this tea for the past few days. However, I am trying to get through my swap teas first and then I can return to my stash so no Banana Pudding until then.

keychange

It really is delicious and worth looking forward to!

VariaTEA

It can be my reward tea for getting through my swaps :)

Sami Kelsh

It tastes like banana medicine? Oh man, I love banana medicine!

keychange

It absolutely does! people will either love it or hate it.

CHAroma

What medicine do you take that tastes like bananas??

Roswell Strange

Usually Penicillin is banana flavoured.

keychange

Yeah. I don’t think adults ever get the banana version though, sadly. :(. I’d take that shit to work in a timolino.

Sami Kelsh

It’s probably good that they don’t make banana medicine for adults. I mean, I do still get earaches (so much fun waking up not knowing which side you’re going to be deaf on that day) but if I had access to banana medicine, I’d constantly just be overdosing myself because I couldn’t keep to the recommended dosage!

keychange

Ear infections sound awful. And yes, I’d be in a constant state of overdose as well!

donkeytiara

I keep reading the name of this tea wrong and it kind of freaks me out each time….I’m reading “Banana Black Pudding Tea”….. ew.

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drank Pleine Lune by Mariage Frères
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I’m really trying to make an effort to drink a variety of tea, especially because some of my tea is from September and I really should be getting to it instead of hording it.

I had this tea with breakfast this morning, and far prefer it in an ordinary mug to a travel one. In my travel mug, there was something terribly cloying and sickly about it, and that just wasn’t the case in an ordinary breakfast mug. Or perhaps it’s more that I really enjoy drinking this tea, just not 16 oz. of it at a time (would it be tea sacrilege to admit that I don’t enjoy consuming gigantic mugs of tea all the time?). I take my 16 oz. mug to work, but otherwise typically enjoy mostly 8 oz. cups. Too much more than that and my stomach feels uncomfortably full of liquid.

Anyway, the tea. Sorry. I still maintain that this tastes largely of spiced marzipan. For people looking for a straight marzipan tea, this one most certainly is not it. I can’t even really identify the spices; I just know they’re there. All in all a lovely tea. Because the spices do seem appropriate in a dessert—this tea is most certainly not savoury or anything. More like a spiced almond cake.

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drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
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Thanks to ifjuly, I have an entire package of this to indulge in! Seriously, you were far more generous with me than I deserve!

I love grape flavoured things. Pop, candies, grape juice—I love it all. And so when David’s tea was coming out with a grape-flavoured green, I was over the moon. Picked up my spring sampler kit, and had a rather traumatic experience thereafter. The base was bitter, ugly, and nearly killed me with hatred for my mouth. But it smelled amazing in the bag.

This also smelled amazing in the bag. But there was absolutely some trepidation as I brewed it up. I actually followed the steeping instructions and steeped this for two minutes. As usual, I chickened out at the last minute and foisted the cup upon Mr. keychange to have the first sip. I mainly didn’t want it to taste bitter.
“I don’t know what you’ll think of it,” he said, “but it’s definitely not at all bitter.”
This gave me cause for hope, and I took my first sip. There is definitely a light grape flavour, although it certainly isn’t of the candied or grape juice variety. It isn’t tart, either (thanks to the sugar I added, although I think in future cups I’ll add a touch less, even), and there’s a slight…not earthiness, necessarily, but it’s as if I’m right there in the garden, and along with the smell of grapes, can also smell the earth and greenery and stem, but all in a wonderful way.

I liked this tea, and am excited to experiment with it further. And thanks to ifjuly, I’ve got tons to play with!

donkeytiara

the muscat flavoring that the Japanese use has a bit of a dry “wine”-ishness to it, but it also has a sweet and tartness….much more sophisticated than our grape jelly/popsicles/pop here in the states. I have some of their black tea with this essence and I love it on a warm day!

keychange

oooh I didn’t realize there was a black muscat tea. I must try it someday!

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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