616 Tasting Notes

75

A dominant clove flavor, with cinnamon and cardamon not far behind. I was worried this was going to be more chai-like with the cardamon in there, but instead it’s a very mild, slightly calming blend.

There’s definitely the smoothness and very subtle flavor of vanilla here, as well as a pretty classic orange rind flavor. It isn’t a fake flavor, though, and adds a mulled spice feel to the cup. I’m not really tasting much in the way of almond, but the rose sneaks through just slightly in the aftertaste. Both add a lovely presentation effect though.

The black base is brisk and punchy and in balance with the spices and other flavors. There’s just a mild amount of astringency in the base, but no bitterness. I don’t think this is a cup I’d seek out, but it’s perfect for the season, and a good cup in its own right.

Thanks TastyBrew.

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

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61
drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
616 tasting notes

Cloves, a little bit of cinnamon and a smidge of orange rind flavor. Very evocative of Constant Comment, but with a bit more clove.

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73

Oooh. This is nummy.

The tea part of this one is a medium-bodied base, with notes of cocoa and some fruit. The coconut and almond impart a roasted warmth and add a little bit of heaviness to an already creamy and rich mouthfeel. The vanilla, though, is easily the star of the cup. And it’s real, warming, flavorful vanilla. This is definitely one of the best vanilla teas I’ve had.

Thank you very much TastyBrew!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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71
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
616 tasting notes

This is one of my guilty pleasure teas.

Like, I know objectively it’s not much better than mediocre. But it was part of my first order to Adagio ever, and it’s had a place in my cupboard ever since.

The blueberry taste is subtle, and the white tea very lightly straw-like and flowery. Overall, it’s crisp and refreshing and definitely best iced.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
K S

no need to ever apologize for loving a comfort tea.

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46
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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61
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
616 tasting notes

Brewed up a second run of this with milk and sugar this time. It tastes less like like melted cookie dough ice cream like I thought it would, and more caramel-ly and nutty and candy-brittle-like. It does taste a good deal less like cookie dough this way, though, which is weird.

Still. This is definitely the way to drink this one.

Shmiracles

I’m not a big davids teas fan these days either, but this one is on the ‘less annoying’ scale. The taste is weak I agree, but at least it doesn’t turn funky? Hah idk. It’s nice to try. I have one friend who loves it. And I love brewing it for her :)

moraiwe

Making tea for friends is totally the best. I definitely have teas I’m so-so about because they love them haha :)

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61
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
616 tasting notes

Admittedly, I like my cookies baked more than in dough form; so I’m probably not the target audience of this tea. But this does taste almost exactly like those cookie dough balls you find in ice cream — vanilla extract, the kind of not-so-great chocolate and sweet dough. There’s a little bit of smooth nuttiness tossed in there somewhere too. And I’d venture to say that milk and sugar would make cookie dough ice cream in a cup.

Unfortunately, like a lot of David’s I’ve tried, this one is a little watery overall, and I like how it smells more than how it tastes. And I really don’t like the chocolate flavors they use. At all. It always tastes like artificially flavored chapstick in the aftertatse.

Thanks for the chance to try this Shmiracles!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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73

While not a favorite, this is a nice dark oolong. Definitely some fruity flavors coming through, primarily nectarine and plantain. It’s not as sweet as peaches, and is definitely on the greener side of the fruits I tasted. Definitely a roasty element, that doesn’t taste like smoke, but more like crunchy fall leaves. It’s a very flavorful and warming cup.

Thanks Shelley_Lorraine.

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

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72

Made this with 2 oz of milk and 1 tsp of sugar and it’s just like eating/drinking melted strawberry ice cream. I’m bumping up the score a little bit because this is uncanny and a little awesome.

Would I buy this tea? Still probably not, but I might change my mind when I whittle down my stash some. It has a niche it fills.

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89

Guayusa is totally something I wouldn’t serve to friends. Or maybe friends who totally don’t care that their tea is the color of murky water. Which is a-ok with me, because that just means I get more.

This was more lavender and vanilla today as I drank the whole cup piping hot. I find that as this one cools the spearmint flavors creep into the limelight, though the strong grassy earth flavors of the guayusa stay subdued throughout. I’m still finding the experience of drinking this to be extremely calming without putting me to sleep.

I need to get Fiance onboard the guayusa train, so I can justify having a couple different flavors. This should totally be my midterm and finals tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
music27note

I have got to try this one now.

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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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