308 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Rooibos Parfait by Tazo
308 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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80

I’ve been in a real blueberry place lately, so I was happy to find this in my mailbox this morning. This tastes like the same tea as Special Teas Blueberry Cocktail which I ran out of a long time ago. It’s pretty good. It has a strong blueberry flavor and some grape flavor too. But… I just had the Rishi Blueberry Rooibos a couple of days ago and I’m buying the Rishi over this tea.

Thanks JoeCool (Nichole) for sending this to me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more

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88

Mmm. I’ve been dying for some blueberry tea… for days. So yesterday I checked my mailbox and found a surprise tea package from Lizbet and it smelled like blueberries before I even opened the package. I’m so happy to have a cup of blueberry tea today. Thanks Lizbet!!!! I think I’ve tried this one before and I like it a lot more this time.

Update – I’ve been thinking about this one since I had it a couple of days ago and plan to buy it when I hit Whole Foods tomorrow.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Lisbet

It grew on me too! It’s weird because I thought I’d sent it to you already but I kept finding that sample in my pile of things to send to you even when I thought I’d removed it. It wanted to come your way. :)

Kristin

I thought about this some more, and I think you sent me a different one. Maybe it was Octavia (or something like that). Anyway, I bought this today at WF.

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96

Back to a favorite for the last cup of the day. I’ve noticed that I like this one really sweet. The agave nectar sweetener really brings out the coconut.

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69

I’ve had bad luck with any tea that contains strawberry or cherry, but this one is ok. Just ok. In the bag it smells like Special K Red Berries cereal. Once brewed, I taste the white tea and a gentle strawberry flavor. One of the better strawberry teas I’ve had. Still… I can’t quite get over the occasional resemblance to strawberry cereal. That is mostly a problem with my head though, not the tea. Thanks Batrachoid for sending this one in the swap!

BTW – I used a ton of tea and might have grabbed more of the big chunks of dried strawberries than I was meant to for one cup. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Batrachoid

I had the same problem. I think the batch this came from must’ve settled before it was packaged or something. There must be as much strawberry as tea!

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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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