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drank Earl Grey Green by Adagio Teas
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My very first Adagio tea – ever courtesy of Adagio. Of course it had to be Earl Grey green. I always think Earl Grey black when EG is mentioned, but in truth I probably prefer green just a wee bit more. It is clean and crisp and seems a tiny bit more exotic or something to me.

Back in my early tea bag days I drank Bigelow EG black in quantities that made my stomach burn in pain. I then discovered Twinings EG green but it was discontinued. Then came my Ahmad obsession. During this time I discovered loose leaf. I also discovered loose versions of EG green are few and far between.

All that background clutter was free. On to this tea. It smells pretty fantastical of bergamot. The leaf has blue cornflower just because it is pretty. The tea leaf is long, straight, and flat. I under leafed unintentionally. Used 180 F water and a 3 minute steep.

Despite not using enough leaf this is still pretty good. The bergamot is stronger than many of you like it but not over the top by my standard. It is sweet and almost creamy.

The second cup at 4 minutes and 190 F, is the same bright yellow cup. The taste is more a mingling of the green tea and bergamot. Sweet and ends with a strong citrus. If it wasn’t so hot outside this would be awesome for porch sitting if sweetened and iced.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with my first Adagio tea. Immediately steeping a second cup pretty well tells the story.

gmathis

We’re roasting, too. I think due to overshadowing by the fan-fic/tribute/blend-yer-own marketing elements at Adagio, I’ve just forgotten that they have pretty good tea.

K S

I picked out a few to try. One is a strawberry black. I think the rest are unflavored. I looked through the fan stuff and it just didn’t seem me. As for roasting – even at 7 am the porch is sticky. Drinking way too much bottled Lipton green citrus tea.

gmathis

We’ve already spent a week with temps hotter than it got all summer last year. I like Adagio’s Fujian baroque and their herbal Foxtrot (which I’ve kinda learned to replicate on the cheap) was the first tea I ever bought a pound of.

ashmanra

We will be 100F tomorrow. Not looking forward to it! Today was bad enough, and I hurt my back working in the yard. Good excuse to avoid yard work tomorrow, if the heat wasn’t enough.

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reviewed Tumbler by Monocle Tea Products
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Received this tumbler for review. The look of it made me smile – the monocle and mustache logo amuse me. What I originally thought was a NO engraved in the lid actually stands for New Orleans where the owner Devin calls home.

This is a double-walled borosilicate glass tumbler. The 2 part infuser is stainless steel. The outside of the lid is bamboo. The inside of the lid is plastic.

The infuser can be used as a leaf basket. It rests on a lip inside the tumbler. After steeping it is easily removable. Or you can use top infuser top only for fruit infusions or grandpa style brewing.

The tumbler at 15 oz is tall and narrow. It fits in a standard auto cup holder. I found it easy to drink from and it held the heat well, in fact I left the lid off trying to cool the tea off as I don’t like it really hot.

Fjellrev

Nice! I loved the double-walled glass tumbler I bought many years ago, but it unfortunately cracked only after a few months. Hope yours will last longer!

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Sample of the day to try out a new tumbler. What a clean wonderful tea. After steeping the leaves had a grassy scent with citrus notes. That was new. The tea is mineral into creamy. Nutty with a green bite. The weather was very pleasant outside this morning. Perfect weather with a perfect tea.

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drank Ruby 18 Taiwanese Black by Totem Tea
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Totem Tea sent this my way. As soon as I saw the label I went Ooooo out loud. This is a Sun Moon Lake black tea. If you have had one you know. If not this is a soothing black tea closer to Fujian than Assam in taste but not really. Dry it smells of dry field grass, malt, and fruit. Steeped at one minute it is honey and plums. I also taste caramel and a touch of cocoa. This is followed by a coolness that isn’t a blast to the senses, it is more like a welcome breeze. The winter mint is a felt not tasted, and lingers in the aftertaste. Definitely a nice cup.

Fjellrev

Drool, those are some fabulous notes.

ashmanra

LOVE Ruby #18!

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drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong Oolong by Totem Tea
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Been a while since I’ve posted. I have been battling internet operating at dial up speed and some times less. The provider (satellite internet) hasn’t helped. The problem is a glitch on their end – no really it is. Today I upgraded the firmware on the router and switched anti-virus software. Getting the remnants of the old av off my computers was a lot o fun, not. So by the time I got to tea today I was a frazzled mess.

I opened the sample and at first I caught baked and roasted notes. Second whiff was more of grain accompanied by a sweet fruitiness. Once steeped a wonderful flowery aroma and a warm spiciness appears.

The sip is sweet buttery broth with strong notes of corn. At first I caught a tingly spiciness that I thought was going to turn into briskness but it doesn’t. This just stays incredibly smooth.

This is a subtle green oolong with wonderful taste. just what I needed to destress today.

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drank Peach Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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Found this with the pumpkin pie matcha I had yesterday. Prepared as a cold latte with sweetener. Peaches and cream. Very yummy.

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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From yesterday. Found a sample I forgot I had. Made a cold latte with sweetener. To me it isn’t any pumpkin pie I’ve ever had. Not really a chai either. More like pumpkin spices. It is a comforting flavor even cold. I’m glad I was too lazy to get my normal matcha out of the freezer and refill my tin.

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I received an unexpected shipment from Kent & Sussex, so Thanks! In the box was this one and an Earl Grey. Normally I would always rip open the EG first, but even through the packaging this one smells so good. It is the kind of good that you would pour into a bowl and set out on the counter. Mostly orange scented but with cardamom, cinnamon, and apple. I used a healthy scoop and steeped for 4 minutes. I recall having this before and liking the taste but thought it a little light, so more leaf and longer steep. Nicely sweet on its own but takes sweetening well. The taste is orange, clove, cinnamon and cardamom, followed by just a touch from pink peppercorn. The black tea base is present but stays in the background. It does add a little dryness but no bitterness or bite. The only problem with this tea is I picked up my mug and it was empty.

gmathis

Yeah, that happens to me a lot, too.

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drank Chamomile by Buddha's Herbs
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I had this one a couple days ago. I have been craving it since. Yes, it is a simple bagged chamomile and yet it is not. I personally think this might be the perfect time for a bag. Late in the evening I just want a cup to relax with. I don’t want to mess with strainers and stuff. While I think the bag does dull the flavor just a bit, I also find this one to have enough flavor that I don’t mind. My wife says she doesn’t like chamomile when it tastes too appley and she really enjoyed this one. To me it tasted a lot like apple pie filling – especially sweetened. Who’s right? Doesn’t matter as we both thought this one was pretty good. I think it is less than a quarter ($0.25) a cup.

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Petit Tea
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Haven’t been around much lately. I have been way too busy lately. Part of it is some physical therapy I’m taking. I kind of have to program my time around it. I am so sore all over at the moment. I hurt in places I didn’t even know I had. Anyway, tea – so this one is the last of my Petit teas. Based on the name, I was expecting something akin to Harney’s. This sachet is a kinder gentler cinnamon tea. The cinnamon itself is not like the dull stuff found on your grocers shelf. It is full of rich flavor. It smells intense when dry but once steeped you can actually taste the assam base. I can’t recall the last cinnamon tea where I could taste the tea, so kudos Petit. I prepared this sans additions. After tasting I added sweetener per the label. The cinnamon flavor and heat were intensified yet still remained far below scary levels. Finally I added a splash of milk as recommended on the label. This took the cinnamon taste down a notch or two. The heat level remained. The milk and assam base blended together while the cinnamon danced around the edges and the heat warmed my tongue. While a bit more grown up than the Harney version this was still plenty fun. I enjoyed this one.

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