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drank Blendy Stick by AGF
318 tasting notes

My friend doesn’t drink green tea, and her parents came home from Japan with, well, green tea. So I passed a bunch of my teas off to her, and she traded me.

I can’t read anything on the package except for the words “Blendy Stick.” I figured it was some sort of matcha. When I opened it up, there, were a bunch of little plastic tube-type pouches which had written on the “Matcha au lait.” Awesome. Matcha with milk.

I don’t have a way to heat milk, so I heated my water to 180F and mixed that in 50/50 with milk from the fridge – I figure that would take the temp down to 150ish and also give it the support of the milk. I mixed it with my stick frother until it all looked edamame green and there was a little layer of froth on top.

It’s good, it’s really good! The first thing that hit me was the sweetener – it’s definitely sweetened, but it’s not done so past the point of drinkibility. I can still taste the matcha there, which is good. Interesting!

MsWhatsit

I’m just getting started with matcha. Hadn’t thought about combining it with milk. It would have to be coconut or almond milk for me, but sounds interesting.

Michelle

It’s nice and creamy. I don’t have a lot of experience with matcha, but I’m finding for now at least that it’s too strong for me without milk.

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I’ve found my Earl Grey. Plain, it tastes like a well-rounded EG: not too much bergamot, smooth black tea. With milk, the cream overtones come out. It works both ways. I’m very happy. :)

ashmanra

I don’t know if it is true of this one, but I have found that several tea shops are all selling tea from the same distributor. You can tell by their descriptions. It could be handy to know in case there are other teas you want to order from a different and don’t want to pay shipping for two different companies.

Michelle

Huh, interesting! Thanks :)

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drank Emerald Lily by Rishi Tea
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Sipdown!

Erm… I’m 90% sure that this came from Rachel, but it was so long ago who knows. If it was someone else, I’m sorry!

Pale kind of spinachy-flavor with a little bit of nuttiness. It’s good. I like it. Not in love, but I’m on my second steeping, so that counts for something :)

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83

A little milk, doesn’t get bitter. Not bad.

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drank Jubilee by The London Tea Room
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Sipdown from Terri HarpLady! Thanks! It’s taken me forever to get to it, I know… AND I have a package for you going out next week! :)

It’s a smooth black tea blend. I think I prefer flavored blacks in general, but this was a good afternoon knitting tea.

Terri HarpLady

It came today! What a wonderful surprise, Michelle! You made my day! Thanks :D

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54
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
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Eh. It’s decent. Vaguely fruity-flavored tea.

I don’t have any milk so it’s giving me an excuse to sipdown my fruity Adagios.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

You know who has a great Mango tea, thePuriTea. Actually tastes juicy. :)

Michelle

Awesome!

Bonnie

I think Butiki has one too.

Michelle

Thanks Bonnie :)

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drank Mango by Adagio Teas
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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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I think I’ve figured out how to enjoy my Almond Happiness.

This morning I gave it one last ditch effort. 12oz travel mug, 1.5tsp Almond Happiness by 52 teas and 1 tsp Vanilla Cream by NMTC.

The Vanilla Cream had been one-note and bland, and the Almond Happiness was all-around disappointing, so I figured that I’d at least have a bit of a creamy vanilla tea, if nothing more.

Well, those two teas plus a bit of agave and half-and-half make a nice chocolatey, almondy brew, with a hint of vanilla and coconut. I don’t love either tea on their own, but I’m pretty happy with the two of them together!

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drank Almond Happiness by 52teas
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Meh.

This was my first 52 Teas order. Everything I’ve heard about Frank’s blends has been wonderful. I was excited to try this one because I love all of the ingredients in it.

But it was just mediocre. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. It’s fairly flavorless, and the black tea is a bit bitter. I’ve tried 1-2 tsp at 180 and 212 degree water, with milk and agave and without. Perhaps it’s just not for me?

Sil

How long are you steeping for? And it very well might just not be for you heh. Worst case you can likely swap with ppl. Franks teas are generally middle of the road where I’m concerned….ESP since they can be so hit or miss and you can’t restock them most of the time :(so if you really love it, youre SOL

Michelle

I’ve tried from 2-4 minutes. 2 was bland but 4 brought out more bitterness.

rantHappy

I’ve noticed that my orders from 52Teas need to be steeped at a lower temperature. A lot of the teas are a hit or miss for me though. The less adventurous ones seem to be more to my liking.

gmathis

Almonds are tricky in tea, in my experience. There’s about a half-degree of sweet spot, and if you miss it, blech.

Michelle

@rantHappy – This is kind of reminding me of one of Adagio’s flavored blacks. Hrm.

CHAroma

I’d recommend trying 2.5 minutes at 195-200. That’s been my sweet spot with Frank’s black tea blends. I also almost always add skim milk (or unsweetened almond milk) and some Truvia. The milk bonds with the tannins in the tea and cuts out the bitterness. Good luck!

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drank David's Darjeeling by DAVIDsTEA
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Saturday Sample Sipdown!

I’ve had this one since I got it in the Connoisseur’s Collection last spring. It’s okay. I don’t know if I’m not a big Darj fan or if I’ve just never had a good one. I definitely plan on ordering a sweep of estates this spring when they come out.

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