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180 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
180 tasting notes

A bit of a late start on tea drinking today. I wanted a cup of something sweet, so I brewed this one up, and it did the trick perfectly. This one doesn’t need any additions to taste like dessert in a cup!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This was good, but I found that it had a very mild flavor, which was surprising for something containing cloves! It tasted more like a spice cake (which could be a carrot spice cake, I suppose) than a cupcake to me. Nothing in there to simulate cream cheese or sweet frosting.

I do have to say that it’s an improvement on David’s Tea Carrot Cake, which stunk of artificial perfume. This one actually smelled of the ingredients – mostly cinnamon & clove. It would make a good autumnal tea, with its harvest spices, so it’s interesting that they did a limited release of it during the spring months.

As a side note, what is up with calendula petals in all in my tea?! I was curious about it yesterday, so I did a little research, and apparently, calendula petal is “the poor man’s saffron.” It’s supposed to have a slightly bitter, peppery flavor that can be either tangy or salty, and it’s commonly used in soup stock. Seems like an odd choice for tea, to me! (Not that I think I’m tasting any of those flavors, but that’s the flavor it’s supposed to impart.)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

The calendula could explain why I taste something “peppery” when I drink Butiki’s Violet Rose Candula. Thanks for the research!

CHAroma

I really have to try this one. It’s been sitting in my cupboard for a month!

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79

I’m having a very blueberry morning today; oatmeal sweetened with TSTE Blueberry sugar and a hot cup of Blueberry Black (also sweetened with said sugar). Delicious. And the smell… I could huff my pouch of this tea all day long. It’s better than a scented candle.

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Exactly what flavor do Calundula petals impart on tea? They’re in a ton of the flavoreds that I have – Weeping Angel, Rhubard + Custard, Carrot Cupcake, this one, and on and on – but what do they do? Do they add any flavor or just look pretty? It’s a great mystery to me.

Anyways, I’m sampling this one thanks to QueenofTarts. The steeped smell is that of honeyed vanilla. It actually reminds me more of honeybush than rooibos – sort of a sweet, woody scent.

I took a sip of it plain at around 5 minutes, but it didn’t taste much. So I added some brown rock sugar and let it steep for another minute or so. The taste is still mild, but it’s better. Again it’s reminding me of honeybush. The taste is honeyed, with kind of a vaguely syrupy quality. I’m finding that the vanilla is noticeable more in the aftertaste than in the sip itself.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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74

So, when I found out that River will be returning for next week’s finale episode, I did a little happy dance! And then I promptly brewed a cup of this tea to celebrate. :-)

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75
drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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This is one of those rare teas where I have to add extras to really enjoy it. With milk and a couple brown sugar crystals, it’s pretty delicious. Without additions, it’s just pretty ok.

That said, it makes a darn fine dessert tea when it’s all dressed-up!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
180 tasting notes

I’m not the biggest Adagio fan… but I really like this tea. Especially in the morning, when I can trick myself into thinking that I’m having some sort of fancy/yuppie coffee drink. Like a caramel-chino-macchiato whatever. (Not gonna lie; I don’t really know what those words mean.)

So… yeah, this tea is good. Very caramelly and sweet enough not to need any additions to make it taste that way.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

No one really knows what those words mean, LOL! I tried looking it up once, and it’s basically just different ratios of milk, foam, and espresso.

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This one smells great. Reminds of when I used to buy ridiculously overpriced flavored coffee from the local donut shop :-)

It tastes surprisingly mild, though. Not really a bad thing, but I was expecting a bolder flavor based on the smell. Hazelnut is predominant flavor – I don’t find the vanilla unless I’m really concentrating on the sip and trying to pick it out. Not sure I would have gotten it at all had I not read the description before sipping.

It’s good if you’re looking for a mildly nutty cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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I wanted something really creamy so I added a little cream to my cup. Amazing!
I mean, it’s good plain, too, but now I can now see the custard connection. Creamy, rhubarb deliciousness.

Finally, a tea that gets a sweet-tart flavor right, and doesn’t just dump a pound of hibiscus in the mix and call it a day. Seriously, hibiscus is NOT a suitable fruit substitute! Thank you, Bluebird, for getting that.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

I’ve been drinking it iced the past few days. It’s so refreshing! I wish I’d ordered more than 1 bag. ;)

Lindsey

Oooh, I haven’t tried it iced yet. Might have to give that a go!

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A tea fanatic who works in the tech sector, I purchase most of my tea online. The numerical ratings are to help me remember which teas I should re-order. 85+ means it’s worth a re-purchase. (If I ever get through all of the new ones I want to try!)

It’s pretty obvious from my tealog, but I have special place in my heart for flavored blacks and good rooibos. I also love oolongs, but apparently have expensive taste in that area, so I don’t purchase them too often. Learning to appreciate green tea, but not a fan of overly vegetal ones. Whites make a great iced tea.

I love to try new teas and will sample most anything once. Although I’ll usually pass on Earl Grey or super floral blends.

I drink my tea with no additions, unless otherwise noted in the review.

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