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598 Tasting Notes


Tea #7 from HHTTB2

Single estate Ceylon tea was my gateway tea to single estate Darjeelings. I know they’re not really anything alike, but it was kind of a ‘If these are that much better, I wonder what a tea I really enjoy is like’. And I’ve never really looked back. So drinking this now, is kind of like going back to my roots even though I’ve never had this particular tea before.

It’s a very light (tasting) Ceylon, far more delicate than I was expecting (but not in a watered down way). It’s just a touch brisk, with notes of orange and citrus. There’s a little but of floral sweetness I typically associate with Darjeelings. Very clean, minimal astringency, and super smooth. This was a really pleasant and surprising cup.

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Tea #6 from HHTTB2

Oof! What a potently bergamot smelling dry leaf!

The wet leaf still smells very strongly of bergamot, but the liquor itself is very much tea smelling with a light berry fruitiness.

The base is robust and strong, but smooth. The bergamot isn’t the most prominent flavor, but it is potent and has a definite citrus bite. And the currant flavor is very good, and not fake. It’s a little like an E.G. with berry flavor. There’s no substantial lingering aftertaste note.

I added a tiny bit of Bailey’s Vanilla Brown Sugar creamer (because it sounded like the most amazing thing ever, and I pretty much begged Fiance to let me get it. It is also unfortunately nonalcoholic), and had a wonderfully decadent cup! It’s like drinking fresh berries and cream. The bergamot is more like citrus noise than a large piece of the flavor. But the tea is more than strong enough to stand up to the creamer and excel. The aftertaste now and incredibly lingering delicious berry happiness. Yuuuuum.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Darjeeling by Whittard of Chelsea
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Tea #5 from HHTTB2

According to my friends, I may be insanely picky about my Darjeelings (PFFFT who am I kidding I absolutely am), but even without that kicking in, these leaves don’t look nearly as nice as what I’m used to. There’s also no information on their website regarding origin, so I’m guessing that this is a blend of several estates.

All that said, this turned out okay.

I used my typical Darjeeling parameters (below) and was greeted with a really delicate cup that wasn’t particularly Darjeeling-y. It has that lovely, kind of grapey-fruity, subtley earthy smell, delicately floral smell that I love, but the taste wound up being too much floral with a touch of earthiness and a metallic twang. This would actually be a good Darjeeling for people who don’t like Darjeelings, because the flavor is so light.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lavender Dreams by Teavana
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Tea #4 from HHTTB2

Holy big chunk of carrot! I wasn’t sure at first that that’s what it was, because it seems like such a peculiar ingredient. But yep. That’s a huuuuuuge carrot slice in my ingenuiTEA. Weird.

This is primarily a cup of lavender. Which is awesome if you like lavender (I do!). The candied flowers offer a pleasing amount of natural sweetness, and there’s very light peachy notes throughout. I don’t really get much in the way of the white tea that’s supposed to be here, but it’s a pleasing, relaxing cup that I’d drink again.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay I’m glad you enjoyed it:) my addition to the box:)


you better hold on to that carrot. Not everyday you come across Holy carrots. :D

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Tea #3 from HHTTB2

Nettle is such a dinstinctive taste. It’s one of the ingredients in the Migraine Relief tea I drink too. And it has this kind of savory earthy flavor that almost overwhelms everything else here (and unfortunately not in my Migraine tea). There’s also a subtle sweetness here that peaks at the tail of the sip. And something in here that makes my tongue tingle — but only slightly.

A very solid herbal tea that definitely helped me wind down. Now all I need is a massage and things would be pretty awesome.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Northern Wilds by Verdant Tea
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Tea #2 from HHTTB2

The first sip tasted like toothpaste, but the other flavors build on the tongue while the mint does not, so it eventually becomes overpowered. After that it becomes a bit spicy. Cinnamon and clove on the front of my tongue, chicory in the back. There’s also an underlying flavor that starts kind of murky and took me at least the half the cup to get over. Once that feeling goes away, it’s kind of a sweet woodiness, maybe a damp tree leafiness, very familiar, but at the same time not.

This is definitely a unique blend with lots of flavors, but I’m not sure it’s a harmonious pairing and I’m struggling with it.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
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Tea #1 from HHTTB2

It absolutely looked like there were bamboo leaves in here, but they’re not in the ingredient list and I don’t necessarily taste them. So I’m not sure. There’s a little cherry flavor. It isn’t medicinal, but more of a cherry syrupy kind of flavor. The primary flavor is definitely hibiscus. And the aftertaste definitely has that metallic hibiscus-twang.

Also the flavor is really light, so I couldn’t imagine steeping this for the recommended 2 minutes and expect to get anything out of it. Though that could be more related to its travels in the box than the tea itself.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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This misses the mark so hard as red velvet. But it’s a nice butterscotch ice cream topping flavored tea.

I bet this would make an awesome flavored pancake syrup.

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Very much ruby red grapefruit — slightly sweet at the front with tartness and just a smidge of bitterness at the tail.The grapefruit flavor is natural and quite good and compliments the slightly sweet, buttery green well. There’s no astringency in the base, so I’d suspect that those who wanted more grapefruit could bump up to 2 tsp. The overall flavor is more zest (as in fruit zest) than juicy, but it’s fantastic with a little honey added in.

I kept wanting the fun grapefruit tingle that Butiki’s Grapefruit Dragon offers, which I prefer.

Thanks momo!

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is Fiance’s favorite iced tea, and while I don’t necessarily like using my favorite teas to make a pitcher of iced tea, I can’t really fault him for it.

It’s naturally sweet and the muscatel notes are fruity and bright. The aftertaste is just a little earthy and reminds me of a fall day after a rainstorm.

(It also got rave reviews when I served it to a friend at our last game night on Saturday.)

Iced 8 min or more

yum! i love darjeeling cold. a pricey indulgence for me for sure, but so worth it sometimes. (and the giddapahar i had this year was sooooo 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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