302 Tasting Notes

80
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
302 tasting notes

I loved this when I had a sample of it. Now that I have a whole tin, I feel very meh about it. Maybe the sample was from a batch that was better? It’s still good, I’m just not doing any cartwheels about it and there is no driving force to make this tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

That sounds a terrible situation to be in! I “advise” (:D) shoving it in the back of the cupboard and forgetting about it for a month or two so you can re-discover it. Sometimes that works wonders! : )

Kristin

Thanks for the advice! I was thinking of trying to trade my co-worker for 1/2 of it for some more of that coffee almond.

Uniquity

Also a good plan, as long as you end up with tea that you like!

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drank Oriental Beauty by Ten Ren
302 tasting notes

This is a really nice tea but I think I brewed it too weak so I am not going to rate it. I used 3g to about 9 oz water at 185 F for 2 1/2 min and I gave the leaves a quick wash before really steeping. It is the color of gold and is really pretty in my glass Bodum insulated mug. The taste is very light for me (probably used too much water for the tea). I am getting mostly floral notes in both the taste and the smell.

Thanks Lizbet for the sample!

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

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95
drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
302 tasting notes

This is the other tea I got in the mail today. I am completely incapable of leaving a bag of tea unopened in my tea drawer. It is totally Frank’s fault that I ordered this one. When he told me that I could order the Chai with Chocolate without the milk chocolate chips, he slyly also told me that I could order this one without the milk chocolate chips. Since malt might be one of my favorite flavors in this world, I couldn’t resist. So, this batch that I am drinking is also completely vegan.

I love this. It’s like the American Tea Room Choco*Late, but mellower… without the woodsy bite of the rooibos. The honeybush is perfect for this. I don’t know why there aren’t more honeybush teas out there (instead of rooibos). This also reminds me of the Neapolitan Honeybush, which I also liked, but without the strawberry mingled in. I’m definitely enjoying this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Chai With Chocolate by 52teas
302 tasting notes

Hooray, my 52teas order has arrived! I’ve been missing this one ever since I finished off my sample. So glad to have more of it. This is from a non-chocolate-chip batch (which Frank says you can ask for with this tea) so it’s completely vegan. Off to read a book on my last day of vacation.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
302 tasting notes

Lizbet sent me a sample of this one. I’ve tried it before in Starbucks and I think it’s a little better brewed at home (maybe less water per sachet). I really don’t know why they call this vanilla. It’s more like cinnamon apple with a slightly odd taste of… wax lips.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

Haha! I am finding that I don’t like it so much either. I’ve been adding vanilla to it to try to get it to actually taste like vanilla. It’s not bad as a tea latte at starbucks (with vanilla soy milk, of course), but meh.

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95

Finished off the last of this sample. It wasn’t quite enough tea leaves so it was a little weak. Perhaps the weakness of this last cup will keep me from immediately ordering more. But, I did look and it’s only $3 for an ounce so it is definitely going on the shopping list. I also noticed that Chi of Tea is selling samples for a dollar. I love dollar samples. So, I see myself ordering this tea and some samples (esp the coconut nilgiri) soon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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50

The name of this tea intrigued me more than anything else. I mean anything with the words ‘Battlestar Galactica’ in the name has to be good right?

It’s just ok for me. It’s a lot like a hot raspberry lemonade. The lemon in this is a tart lemon, not a creamy lemon. Definitely too much lemongrass in this blend. But it is drinkable.

Thanks JoeCool (Nicole) for sending this to me to try.

Update – lowering my rating as I seem to like this less and less as I drink it (or maybe as it cools).

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
ambientqueenie

Alas, alack! I made it, but then, I still like it. Heh. I do find it interesting, though, that Nicole thought there was too little lemongrass while you found there was too much. (As stated in my reply to Nicole, I don’t like overt lemongrass flavor either! Bleh!) Perhaps the percentages in Adagio blends are always different from bag to bag … an off-putting thought! Lemongrass, lemongrass: why are you so changeably fickle? :P

Ah well. Perhaps I should rework this blend. HWDFI: How Would Dwight Flavor It? XP

Kristin

Funny enough, I have the remains of Nicole’s bag. :) I love the name btw.

ambientqueenie

Hmm, that’s right! So much for that theory! :P

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65

OK, so take this with a grain of salt because I don’t like earl grey/bergamot which smells like men’s cologne… why does anyone want that in their tea? Anyway, Lizbet sent me a sample of this (a tiny sample since she knows my feelings on earl grey) and I’m actually surprised by this one. It’s not great, but it’s not sink worthy either. I barely taste a hint of chocolate and a hint of lemon, and maybe if I try and think about it hard enough, I might get a hint of bergamot. Mostly, this one just tastes like black tea to me… with something. Thanks Lizbet for adding an exception to my earl grey rule.

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

I need to remember to update my description because after the first cup I decided it didn’t taste like earl grey to me. I don’t love this one, but it may make a good tea latte. I must try that.

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95

This might be one of the best smelling teas ever. I opened the package and smelled a strong candy-like smell of vanilla and caramel. It smelled so good that I was very skimpy with the tea leaves so I could make sure that I had at least two cups of it. Once brewed it still smells pretty good and has a nice real vanilla flavor. It reminds me a lot of Harney’s Vanilla Comoro but maybe a bit better. This is a really nice tea.

Thanks much JoeCool (Nichole) for sending me a sample of this.

1 tsp/10 oz.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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