616 Tasting Notes

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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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Courtney

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.

Shmiracles

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
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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

JustJames

you always have such creative ideas =0)

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

That is an intriguing combination!

moraiwe

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.

Preparation
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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
music27note

Sounds delightful.

moraiwe

Yes! Very much so.

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drank Bourbon Vanilla by Kusmi Tea
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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!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Citrus Mate by Adagio Teas
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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.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Fjellrev

Mate is definitely an acquired taste.

Shmiracles

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!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

Wow, sounds good!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
616 tasting notes

Things that wound up in my 12 oz cup this morning:

3/4 tsp Darjeeling Sungma Summer (Adagio)
3/4 tsp Ceylon Sonata (Adagio)
1/2 tsp Tulsi Signature (LaJava)
1/2 tsp fennel & anise seed

I didn’t have enough Summer Sungma for an 8 oz cup, so I needed to get creative. I brewed at 200 and steeped for 3 minutes, and maybe wish just a little that I had gone a little shorter. Something in here got mildly astringent. Maybe even just a smidge bitter, but I mostly notice the drying feel on my tongue.

The anise adds a sweet licorice-like flavor that pairs all right with the base combination and fennel. The fennel itself is sweet and a little savory. The tulsi adds a little bit of cooling mouthfeel, but also contributes to the savory feeling of the cup. It becomes more prominent as the cup cools. Sugar and milk/creamer probably would have benefited this cup too, but it was fine without any add-ins as well.

Rating: 78/100

Also, I’m on dogsitting duty so here’s Tango:
http://imgur.com/338ECNg

__Morgana__

Tango is pretty!

Bonnie

Sometimes darjeeling tea prefers a bit less than 200 degrees which may have caused the bitter. Or, a shorter steep…but…figures the temp.

moraiwe

She’s kind of a diva. But I love dogsitting the greyhounds, they’re awesome :)

moraiwe

This one has been okay at the 200-205 point before, and seemed to mellow after the cup got cold (I’m notorious for walking away from the last sip or two and then they get cold), but it was an angry hot cup this morning.

TheTeaFairy

Aww, love Tango, so cute!

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Oh hey! It’s Forever Nuts from DT with less beetroot (so it doesn’t brew up pink). I definitely thought Forever Nuts tasted like an apple crumble with almond topping, so this is pretty much the most appropriate name in the history of ever.

It’s naturally sweet and buttery, with strong almond flavors. A little bit of tart apple comes in on the middle of the sip, and there’s a lingering apple/almond/cinnamon flavor. It even has the same downfall of Forever Nuts and needs more leaf, otherwise it’s just a touch underwhelming.

I think I’ll have to blind sample these because I couldn’t honestly say which I like more. (Though this one is priced better at $9.95/4 oz (114g).

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Courtney

I’ve also seen people describe Brioche Free as similar to Forever Nuts haha.

moraiwe

All three of them have the same four main ingredients (Apple, Almond, Cinnamon, Beetroot) so I can’t say I’m surprised :p

__Morgana__

Forever Nuts seems to get a lot of love. I am thinking it must go on the shopping list.

moraiwe

It legit tastes like a liquid Apple Almond Crumb, so if that sounds like something tasty, then it might be something to try!

Yvonne

I think you’ve pretty much convinced me with that one.

moraiwe

I do what I can lol

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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

Hobbies:

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.

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