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598 Tasting Notes

drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
598 tasting notes

This tea smells just like champagne, and is brisk, dry, and fruity. So I can see where it gets the name.

But unfortunately that’s where the similarity ends. It tastes like peaches and candied pineapple without any grape at all. There are also lingering floral notes that are slightly dissonant to the overall cup.

I wouldn’t seek this tea out again, but I’m still intrigued by it. I really want to make syrup and mix it with something fizzy to see what that does. Thank you Shmiracles for sending enough to make that happen!

Iced 8 min or more

Tea syrup? How.

Roswell Strange

I had this as Tea Soda as my official first tea of the New Year! I wanted bubbly “Bubbly”. Honestly, it was very disappointing, though. A little pineapple flavour and a lot of weird fizzy green tea flavour.


Make a simple syrup (to your preference, though 1:1 water to sugar is pretty typical), subbing the water for extra strong tea. (I typically use 3x the amount of leaf I otherwise would). Then 2-3 tsp to 8 oz of soda water or such.


I’m super sad to hear this is lackluster as a tea soda too, though



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drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
598 tasting notes

I can’t say I’m surprised Chamomile is kinda divisive. It has a very distinctly sweet floral apple and honey. But it’s grown on me over time, and it’s pretty much comfort in a cup. Like, there is hardly anything that could faze me when I have a cup of chamomile and honey in my hand.

It’s not something I’d like to drink everyday, mind you. But this is a fair enough chamomile and without a doubt better than the stuff in bags.

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

I agree. The secret to liking chamomile is to accept it is not tea and it will never taste like tea. Accept it for what it is sweet floral apple and honey.

Terri HarpLady

There you go!


Chamomile and I get along better when I add a go-with: cinnamon stick, honey, little mint…

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drank Kenya Kangaita by Butiki Teas
598 tasting notes

So, my mom just called to ask me if I saw the weather for Sunday and Monday. Let’s just say I have some pretty amazing -15F (-26C) weather to look forward to. I’d imagine this was once of the last cups of iced tea I’ll be having for a little bit. I wonder if hibernating for a week is an option.

Very mild and smooth when cold steeped, with accents of honey and currant. While I’m still partial to my Darjeelings as a luxury iced cup, this is very, very good.

Iced 8 min or more

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This cup brews up a very light brown/green, almost like the color of real Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s a little smokey, a little lemony, a lot raspberry and strawberry (which only pops more as the cup cools). This might actually be pretty good iced.

Overall the flavors work okay together. It’s nothing remarkable. I don’t really care for Gunpowder like I used to, so I’m really meh about this, though. (But I did finish my cup).

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Archer themed blend! Nice!

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This is so beautiful my oh my oh my.

This first steep brews up a lovely champagne color and is primarily a sweet green oolong with highlights of jasmine.

The second steep (4:00) is where there really opens into a beautiful bouquet. The color becomes slightly warmer and deeper. The rose becomes the dominant flavor, but the other’ still play in the background. It’s lovely and immersive without being perfumey or artificial, and it manages to be strongly flavored while still being delicate.

The third steep (5:00) smells more of lavender and tastes more of it too. While the rose is still a dominant flavor, the lavender matches it in presence. There’s a really gentle jasmine flutter at the tail of the sip.

This tea is elevating me to a place of calm, and zen, where things are all teddy bears puppies and butterflies. I just want to get lost in this cup forever.

Thank you Short Sorceress!

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Pomegranate Delight by Twinings
598 tasting notes

Sweet and prominent fruit flavor, that comes across as more raspberry than pomegranate and at times, and more than a little bit artificial. Tastes a lot like a pom-raspberry filled candy. I don’t think I’d seek this one out again, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
598 tasting notes

So I started drinking this one plain, and while I enjoyed it like that (it’s earthy dark cocoa and bright but not bitter orange, and very good), I was struck by a thought.

I made homemade hot cocoa mix for Christmas gifts this year, and we definitely had a good deal left over. So, I mixed a scooper of that into my tea. And now I have something creamy, sweet, and deliciously chocolate with a subtle undertone of orange.

Thanks for the sample Shmiracles! This was fun!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
598 tasting notes

Consuming this today for the ease factor. We didn’t actually stay up late last night, but have I’ve been running on empty for a while now and today feels like the appropriate day to chill.

I really don’t know if ‘gentle citrus flavor’ is how I would describe this one. It’s like drinking a subtle (and not soapy) Earl Grey with accents of orange and yellow fruitloops. Despite being a bagged offering, this really works, and makes a sunny, happy cup. This would be a good EG for people who don’t like bergamot.

Happy 2014 Everyone!

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

My mom adores this version of EG. It’s probably one of her favourites. I wish Twinnings sold loose in stores.

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drank Kenya Kangaita by Butiki Teas
598 tasting notes

A very smooth, full-bodied cup with a toasty flavor and some malt. There’s a tiny amount of astingency, but no bitterness. There’s also some citrus accents that flower in the back of my throat and a subtle bit of stone fruit sweetness that winds through the whole cup. Because of the nuanced flavors Fiance didn’t realize this was an unflavored tea until I mentioned it! As the cup cools, the stone fruit becomes very prominently apricot, and slightly bolder in the cup. This would probably be an amazing iced tea.

Thank you Short Sorceress!

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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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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