265 Tasting Notes

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drank Honeybush Vanilla by Teavana
265 tasting notes

This is a lovely smooth tea, with a stronger vanilla flavour than most other vanilla teas I’ve tried. I’ve been drinking this in the evenings the past couple of days and really liking it as the last tea of the day.

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drank White Ayurvedic Chai by Teavana
265 tasting notes

This reminds me a lot of Feisty Jade, a green chai from teas.com.au. This is a light tea that has a really spicy sort of buzz to it, and leaves a quite complex aftertaste behind.

takgoti

I haven’t had the greatest luck with Teavana, but your notes have led me to think about giving them another chance. Hrm.

Luthien

A bunch of the teas we got today were brand new lines they’ve just introduced in the last week or so, and my friend says that they’ve also expanded their line of white teas a lot recently, so it might be worth giving some of their newer teas a shot.

takgoti

Oooh, thanks for the heads up. I’ll be heading in soon, then.

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drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
265 tasting notes

I’m a white tea drinker much more than an Earl Grey drinker, so that’s the perspective I’m coming from with this tea. I liked it a lot. I found the bergamot flavour to be nicely balanced with the flavour of the tea, and overall a very clean sort of taste – white tea with an added zing. I’ll be having this one again.

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drank Garden Aria White Tea by Teavana
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The colour of the brew is a pale pink rather than the really strong red of some fruit teas, and this is a clue to the sort of flavour you get from this tea. The strawberry dominates the other fruits but also doesn’t overwhelm the tea. This is a really nice light fruity white tea, a good one to keep drinking throughout the day.

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I’ve just had a sadly tealess week in Chicago, but now I’m with my tea-drinking friend in Boston and we’ve made a trip to Teavana, so the tea situation is greatly improved!

This is a nice tea, but just totally not what either of us were expecting from the description, or from the aroma. I was expecting something pretty sweet and smooth and maybe a bit nutty, but this tea is actually sort of spicy, with cinnamon being the overwhelming flavour of the taste and the aftertaste. Definitely a good tea to have around during the cooler weather.

takgoti

From the title, that sounds absolutely decadent. But I would want exactly what you described as expecting and probably would have been crestfallen at the first cup. Dang.

Luthien

The sweetness came through a little more as we got to the end of the cup, once the tea had cooled down a lot, but yeah, it was totally not the sweet cup of tea we were expecting.

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drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
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I’m leaving the rest of this with my friend when I move on to the next part of my holiday tomorrow, so I thought I’d better have some more while I could. I’ve belatedly remembered that I used to really like Twinings’ chamomile and spearmint, and Foxtrot is very reminiscent of that. Just, you know, better. I hate to say it, but I think that’s because of the rooibos.

Jillian

Something to remember for the next order from Adagio? ;)

Luthien

Alas, I can’t usually order from Adagio because I live in Australia and they won’t ship there because of customs issues with importing tea. My current trip to the States is a tea tour on top of everything else. g

Jillian

I’ve found that a lot of otherwise good tea places (thankfully not Adagio) charge an insane amout of money to ship to Canada. If I ever go south of the border the first thing I’ll do is go nuts buying all the tea I couldn’t get at home. ;D

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drank White Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
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Today I got the opportunity to discover that this eases a certain degree of migraine pain nearly as well as pai mu tan. whimper

Auggy

So sorry about the migraine. I hope it goes away soon and with no migraine hangover!

Luthien

Thanks. It’s still hanging around at the edges, but at least I have tea!

takgoti

Eep. Migraines may just be the bane of my existence. Usually turn off all the lights and I hide under blankets in the fetal position when they decide to plague me [I wish I were kidding], but IF there’s a next time I’ll have to try tea.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I hope you’re feeling better Luthien. I had a rather bad headache myself this afternoon. It went from annoying headache to too-hot-nauseous-must-lie-curled-up-in-cool-room-with-no-lights while I was driving home. Thankfully, I wasn’t far but I was sitting in traffic. I’m currently in the period of thank-god-this-headache-is-gone happiness. Two ibuprofens and an hours nap on the couch then chicken soup worked today.

Luthien

Takgoti, you should totally try a double strength brew of one of the stronger white teas like pai mu tan if you get another migraine. It won’t cure it, but it should ease the pain. I was amazed the first time it had that effect on me because I’m so used to nothing really helping, but it happens every time so it’s not a fluke. Several friends of mine have had the same reaction and apparently there are also some medical studies that support this – it’s not just wishful thinking.

Luthien

Glad you’re feeling better, chrine. There’s nothing quite like the relief when you come out the other side of a headache like that!

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drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
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I haven’t had this particular dragonwell before but there’s no mistaking those distinctive flat, jade-green leaves, and also no mistaking that distinctive slightly malty, slightly roasted sort of flavour. I don’t have my tea thermometer with me, so I let the water cool for five minutes before steeping for three minutes, and it turned out very well.

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drank White Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
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This is a really good white tea. I wondered if it would be similar to the Green Darjeeling I have at home, but it’s turned out to be very much a white tea in taste without any of the malty edge of the Green Darjeeling. It has good flavour and is significantly less delicate than Silver Needle, but not quite as robust as Pai Mu Tan. This is a sweet, smooth and lovely white tea, definitely one that I’d buy more of.

Jillian

Interesting, I’ve often wondered how these relatively new Indian versions of traditional Chinese teas compare.

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Not bad. The peach taste is pretty subtle, and it mostly comes through at the end. I prefer Lupicia’s Momo (Peach) Oolong, which has a stronger peach flavour and I think balances the tea and fruit flavour a bit better, but this one is quite drinkable. Pretty tin!

Auggy

I really enjoy how Lupicia flavors their tea. Seems to me to be more natural of a taste compared to others. I almost grabbed some of their Momo black this morning!

takgoti

Yet another reminder that I need to check out Lupicia. And win the lottery.

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