248 Tasting Notes

90
drank White Chocolate by sTEAp Shoppe
248 tasting notes

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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85
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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Yum! Had this at work so I’m not going to do a full review right now but definitely super tasty and really hit the spot. :)

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65

Both dry and brewed the smells of the coconut, malt, and barely are at the forefront. Not sure how much chocolate flavor I’m getting from the scent at least. This kind of combine and remind of a licorice type scent, but that could just be my weird nose.
I went for a lower water temp than was suggested, mostly because that’s how I’ve done mate before, I also steeped it for a bit less. Taste wise, it’s interesting. Not sure how much mate I’m picking up, seems to be more spice type flavors. It’s sweet, but I’m having such trouble putting a descriptive phrase to the flavor because it reminds me of something, but it’s right there and I can’t figure out what it is. There is a light cocoa note, but I wouldn’t have named this Chocolate Mate, it doesn’t quite have enough chocolate in it for that. Just looked up that it had rooibos in it, didn’t realize. I think that’s the more dominant flavor, the sweet kind of woody caramel note.

Tea: 1 tsp
Water: 8 oz
Additives: none
Brewing method: My lovely forest teapot

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
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So, I poured out my little sample bag into my Ingenuitea, and kinda went “Oh these are really tiny”. I poured my water, set the timer, and walked away. Came back three minutes later and went “WHOA!” because I the entire thing was full of beautiful tea leaves. Also it smells fantastic.

The taste is great, nice vanilla flavor but it’s totally not artificial with the lovely oolong flavor underneath. Nom nom.

Tea: my sampler baggie, I think about 5g
Water: filtered, around 12/14 oz
Additives:None
Brewing method: Ingenuitea

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Daniel Scott

I had the same reaction the first time I steeped this! Makes me think of B horror movies where something gets splashed on a plant, and it grows into this man-eating monster. :P

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95
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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I needed this after working over 10 hours yesterday when it was a crazy crazy madhouse at the clinic. So tasty and relaxing. I got a huuuuuge 250g bag to split with my FMIL (future mother-in-law) who loves this tea as well (honestly I was not expecting so big of a bag, like holy moly). So I got home at like 9:30 and yay a DT box waiting for me. :)

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Yum. I think I went a little light with the leaf, so I will try again and do a full review that time. Very good though, I really love white tea.

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65
drank Orange by Adagio Teas
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Another “okay” orange tea from Adagio. Again not a huge burst of that orange citrus taste I’m looking for. Not bad at all, just okay. Bought this for a blend anyways and it works a lot better there.

Tea: 2 tsp
Water: 16 oz, filtered
Additives: None
Brewing method: Ingenuitea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
248 tasting notes

Nice malty black, but as others have said it just doesn’t have the oomph that like it my morning black tea. However, this is great blended with other stuff, which is what I did! Should be posting a review of my Adagio blend soon. :)

Sweet and smooth, brews nice and dark. Tasty, but lacking any “bite”. Slight astringency but not much, just a bit of that drying sensation on the back of your tongue. Notes of raisin and of course maltiness.

Tea: 2 tsp
Water: 16oz, filtered
Additives: None

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Mmmm, tasty (The fiancé didn’t think so, “like drinking alfalfa”. Well, he’s not really an un-flavored tea drinker, or anything in the remotely green category.) I’m trying to get through some samples today since it’s my day off, plus Zen Tea is sending out more so I can’t get behind!

This is really nice, one of my favorite unflavored oolongs I’ve had so far. Definitely like the darker ones. The dry leaf on this smells fantastic, oolong with a bit of raisin. Lovely golden color when brewed. It’s got a nice, light fruit note to it. Really good! I stink at describing oolongs, but I know when I like one!

Tea: 2 tsp
Water: 16 oz, filtered
Additives: None
Infusions: 1st @ 1:30, 2 @ …

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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