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246 Tasting Notes

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Had this at work yesterday. Just stuck two teabags in my water bottle and stuck it in the fridge for a bit. Tasty, love the cinnamon!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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Needed a pick me up this morning so mate it is. Grabbed a sample size of this during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale.

It’s not bad, but I’m not sure I’d purchase again. It’s got that lovely yerba mate taste (that I enjoy at least, I know not everyone does) that’s a bit herbaceous. The fruity bits add a nice sweetness, and the rose hips make it a little tangy. Getting to the bottom of my cup I am getting some slight bitterness.
I did brew this two ways, once at 150 degrees and once at 190. I think the 150 works for the mate, but the fruit flavors don’t come out as much. I think the 190 may be a bit much for the mate and may be giving it that slight bitterness.

Tea: Around 1.5-2 tsp
Water: 8 oz
Additives: none
Brewing method: Ingenuitea

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drank White Chocolate by sTEAp Shoppe
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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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It’s so greeeeen. First matcha ever, but alas I have to head off to work so an in depth review shall have to wait!
Thank you Red Leaf Tea for the contest!

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drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
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Yum. Totally would never have tried this flavors if this bag didn’t have Stiles’ face on it! Artichoke? Gross! Surprisingly this tea tastes quite lovely! The hibiscus isn’t too overpowering and adds a nice sweet tartness to the blend. It’s not overly grassy either, very smooth and not bitter. Artichoke and rhubarb, who knew.

Tea: 1.5 tsp
Water: 8 oz.
Additives: touch of honey
Brewing method: Ingenuitea

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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My blend! I’ll update the description when my self ban from Adagio ends. Did you know you can do that? In order to undo the ban you have to post a public message to Facebook, the default one Adagio provides reads, “I recognize that Adagio Teas has control over my life, but have accepted I cannot live without them.” What a great company. I just wish they added new teas more often, though there are still so many I haven’t tried (custom blends are a practically infinite source of new flavors though).

Anyway, this is my first blend created when I was missing Blacksburg. I haven’t been down there since I graduated. Notes of orange, cranberry and malt. I quite like it! It also is really pretty when brewed, a lovely deep orange. Smooth with a touch of astringency from the assam melody.

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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drank White Chocolate by sTEAp Shoppe
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Mmm this smells fantastic! The scent is true to it’s name and is straight white chocolate, delicious. It tastes great too, definitely getting some lovely cocoa notes. It really does taste like white chocolate, it’s not super sweet or cloying. Just a lovely nice light sweetness. Very smooth, tasty, really good! This goes on my sTEAp Shoppe shopping list. :)

Tea: 1.5 tsp
Water: 8 oz
Additives: none
Brewing method: Ingenuitea

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Mocha Nut Mate by Adagio Teas
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Mmmm toasty. One of my favorite flavored mates I’ve had (granted, it’s only a few). I don’t know, something about this just hits the spot. It’s warm and nutty and just makes me feel good. Glad I finally ordered more of this, definitely need the energy boost today.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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