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598 Tasting Notes


Jasmine has this magical thing it does where no matter where I’m at emotionally when I start my cup, by the time I finish, I’m in a good place. I think if I absolutely had to decide on one type of tea to drink for the rest of my life, a variety of jasmine would absolutely be in the running. It’s easily my favorite floral flavor.

In this particular one, the silver needle is sweet with notes of honeysuckle and pairs perfectly with the jasmine, which is delicate, floral, and sweet itself. It’s so smooth. I enjoy the first two steeps the most, where the jasmine and silver needle are in harmonious balance, but the jasmine starts overcoming it by about the third steep.

I don’t think jasmine is a flavor. It’s an experience.

170 °F / 76 °C
Roswell Strange

I really, really agree with that last line.


I so agree. I love jasmine.


I have to agree. There’s something about tea and jasmine that’s just incredibly synergistic.


Mmmm, I love jasmine, especially this particular one!

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
598 tasting notes

Wow! The reviews are all over the board for this one!

I apparently don’t hate this as much as most of the reviewers, but I think part of that is that I’ve danced with Adagio’s black base for almost a decade now. (I’ve found if you go at it at about 205F for just under 3 minutes, then you don’t get the bitterness. Then wait until it cools a bit before drinking to avoid the astringency).

That said, I wish there was more pumpkin in my pumpkin spice. I get cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, but the pumpkin takes the back seat to the spices and only really makes itself known with the addition of milk. The spices are warming and perfect for a cold, blustery day though.

Thanks jeweledthumb!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

Ha! It’s amusing when a tea gets such diverse teas. Makes you wonder which side of the spectrum you’ll end up on as you’re taking that first sip.

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On an appreciation for ginger scale, I fall somewhere between ‘tolerates’ and ‘enjoys from time to time’. So I was understandably a little leery of something named Super Ginger. Shmiracles sent me this months ago and the tea and I have been staring each other down for the whole time.

But I brewed it up today and realized that it wasn’t the stink eye I was getting. Silly moraiwe, this tea just wanted to love all over your tastebuds.

It’s definitely a strong ginger flavor, but it’s not as biting as raw ginger. It reminds me of pickled ginger or candied ginger, both of which I quite like. There’s a tingly, kicking pepper feeling in the back of my throat that elevates this one just a bit more.

So, thank you Shmiracles for expanding my tea horizons. This tea and I are gonna be super tight, I think.

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I feel like I’m somewhere similar on the ginger scale, yet for some reason I’ve been meaning to pick this one up. I’m happy to see you enjoyed it.


ya i agree the ginger’s not bitey. it’s a really friendly ginger cup, with all the good qualities ginger has to offer, but barely any of the harsh ones. i think this is my roommate’s gateway tea i just know it! i encouraged her to drink a cup maybe a week ago, and i’m pretty sure she’s had one EVERY NIGHT since :) (+1 for tea tea)

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
598 tasting notes

Operation Cococaramel

I ran another Cococaramel Sea Salt experiment today.

1 tsp Cococaramel Sea Salt (Teavana)
2 tsp Ceylon Star (DAVIDsTEA)
6 oz milk
6 oz water

Then cold steeped for 6 hours.

And while this might not be the best thing I’ve ever had, it’s the best tasting Cococaramel Sea Salt has ever tasted to me.

Overall, this cup is anise-y and just a little naturally sweet, but in a way that actually works. There’s a little bit of chocolate flavor that leads into the caramel at the tail of the sip. The milk seems to have the body that the Cococaramel needs (otherwise it’s just too, too much).

I think I can definitely finish off what’s left of my bag like this.

Rating: 79/100


you always have such creative ideas =0)

Amanda Wilson

That is an intriguing combination!


Wow! Um, thanks! I mostly just find it fun to experiment, especially when I don’t necessarily care for something but think it might have potential. :)

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I went at this with a much lower steep temperature, hoping to leave out some of the smoky/roastiness that I don’t particularly care for from the gunpowder.

short story, it was a success, though it nixed some of the citrus flavor from the Citron Green as well. The berry flavors dominated the cup, and there was still kind of the brothy fuller mouthfeel I associate with gunpowder, but no smoke flavor. While I still don’t think I’d purchase myself this blend, I’d drink it again at these parameters.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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What a pretty tea! The dark leaf is accented with colorful blue mallow, cornflower and safflower. Pieces of orange rind, yellow-green lemongrass and small shreds of eucalyptus appear throughout. It looks like confetti exploded in the leaf.

This brews up into a vibrant cup of celebration! Aside from the tea itself, lemongrass and orange are the dominating flavors. The eucalyptus and safflower pair to create an herby flavor with a tingly finish. The base is a little brothier than a lot of base for flavored teas, with a little bit of earthyness. It seems to keep the whole cup cohesive, and with so many flavors going on it’s impressive it does the job so well.

As a fun blend with different sights and flavors, this totally lives up to it’s Carnival moniker.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Sounds delightful.


Yes! Very much so.

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
598 tasting notes

I think I’m in the minority in really kind of liking the black base that Kusmi uses. It’s more brisk and potent than a lot of others, without becoming offensive or overwhelming.

The vanilla adds a subtlety creamy mouthfeel and isn’t too terribly strong. It sort of slips in towards the end of the sip and then lingers a little white before slipping off again.

It’s not becoming my favorite vanilla tea any time soon, but I’m enjoying the cup well enough and wouldn’t turn down another if I were offered.

Thank you Nicole!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Citrus Mate by Adagio Teas
598 tasting notes

This is Fiance’s favorite tea EVER. We buy it by the pound for him at work.

But. Man. I’m just not a mate person. I like Teavana’s usually mate because, let’s face it, there’s honestly not much mate there. This pretty much seals the deal on mate for me, though. Like most mate I’ve had, it’s bitter, it’s grassy, and now that I found guayusa, I don’t have to force myself to drink this.

Lot’s of mate flavor here with a touch of orange and lemon. It’s not lemon cleaner flavored, or fruit loopy either. It’s more like natural oils and flavors from those fruits. Honestly, if I cared for mate more, I might enjoy it.

Iced 8 min or more

Mate is definitely an acquired taste.


Ohhhh i never even thought about checking out adagio’s mates. and my boyfriend also loves mate while i basically buy them for him to drink and then ignore them in my cupboard. (+1 to the swap box for me hah)

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Anyone else think roasted mate smells like stale cigarettes? No, just me? Okay.

The tulsi and peppermint pretty much make this blend for me. They add a sensational cooling element in my mouth, and just taste fresh and scream ‘WAKE UP’. They are also the primary flavors (yay!) The mate adds a roasty element, kind of earthy and a little ashy, and then hangs around for the aftertaste.

For a roasted mate blend, this is pretty awesome. For a cup of tea for me I could probably pass. Luckily, Fiance is a bit of mate fiend

Thanks for the chance to try, though KallieBoo!

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There’s no orange or clove flavors present — this is all cinnamon spiced. I saw a lot of reviews saying Red Hots and Big Red, and they are very, very apt. It really is melted Red Hot candy in a cup! Sweetness and all.

For not being sweetened, this is intensely sweet and only gets moreso as the cup cools. There’s also no real tea taste. It’s not a bad thing, but if you prefer your teas a bit more orthodox, this probably isn’t the cup for you.

Thanks KallieBoo!!

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Wow, sounds good!

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf


Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.


Wisconsin, US



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