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598 Tasting Notes

79
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
598 tasting notes

What a simple, but effective pairing!

This isn’t a chill, cooling peppermint, but a sweet, warm peppermint that reminds me of a Girl Scout Thin Mint! The chocolate chips didn’t seem to melt very well, but there is a sweet chocolate flavor in the cup. And it’s so creamy!

Just yum! Thanks Short Sorceress!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79

This is an insanely sweet dessert tea. It’s gooey butter cakeyness with carmelized sugar and sweet pineapple creeping in on the tail fo the sip.

This is tasty, but I wish there was more pineapple goodness to be had. As it stands this is an awesome cake tea, but misses the mark on pineapple upside down cake. (I’d still consider picking this up, though).

Thanks KallieBoo!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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84

Pretty sure my feed isn’t working here, but oh well.

This was a sad sipdown, but I appreciated the chance to try it (Thanks KallieBoo!). This is just a really clean, buttery, sweet green tea. It brightened a grey day a little bit even!

Pictures:
http://atinyteapot.tumblr.com/post/66498456759/the-sleeping-bear-blend-from-whispering-pines-tea

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Wow! That’s the one with bancha…that’s over a year old! Awesome that it still tasted good! :)

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78
drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
598 tasting notes

So, I’ve had this one a couple of times now and I’m pretty sure I haven’t reviewed it yet. And that lack of a review is mostly because I was having a really hard time figuring out how I feel about this tea.

If you even whisper ‘oversteep’ at it, it cackles and becomes unpleasantly bitter. So that was a little trial and error (3 minutes too long, 2 minutes too short). And boiling like I normally would left me with a cup of, well, tea without any strawberry or cream.

So today I went at it with 190F water for 2 min 45 seconds, added 1 oz of milk and a half teaspoon or so of sugar and BY JOVE I GOT IT.

I had a really nice cup of strawberries and cream tea with just a subtle hint of sugared alcohol. This is insanely good once I eventually got there.

Thanks momo!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Courtney

Hmm I ordered this one too, so I’ll have to be really careful.

Tea Sipper

I just got my sample of this yesterday, so I’ll try your time! (The temp I’ll have to guess at though!)

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91

This was the last of what I had of this, and I don’t know how I missed how creamy feeling and buttery this was before! Definitely sad to see this go.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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64
drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
598 tasting notes

This one is kind of a let down, as it misses the S’mores mark (at least for me).

I get an extra toasty genmaicha (and it’s a pretty solid genmaicha, honestly) with a tiny bit of marshmallow that comes through at the end, but I don’t get graham cracker or chocolate.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
598 tasting notes

Oh yum! This was a sample from Stacy on my last order that I had apparently forgotten about, and it resurfaced today, so I pretty much had to brew it up.

After a two and half minute steep, this is a pale green-yellow cup that smells at once warming, and of strawberries and brown sugar.

For taste, the tea is primarily strawberries on a buttery fresh base. The ginger offers a lovely warmth to the blend and there’s a subtle burnt sugar in the background and in the aftertaste. The overall cup is quite delicate, but immensely satisfying. This might be my new favorite strawberry tea!

Definitely another winner.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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74

Sipdown (yay!)

I could pick out the sencha more clearly this time, though I didn’t change any of the brewing parameters. This is just a really nice, really smooth, jammy green tea. Yum.

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3
drank White Pear by Adagio Teas
598 tasting notes

I think this is what Sculpey and death would taste like.

And the film on my tongue.

Ugh.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Shmiracles

hahahhaah i had to google Sculpey. i mean, like, does she mean Sculpey sculpey??
yes. yes she does.

Awkward Soul

LOL, mmmm sculpey tea! eww.

VariaTEA

I don’t think I will be rushing to order this in the near future then. It’s been a while since I had Sculpey and death but if I remember correctly it was not my favourite combination

Stephanie

yikes lol

TeaBrat

now I want some!

moraiwe

I would be more than happy to send you my bag!

TeaBrat

lol , I’ll send you a DM

Fuzzy_Peachkin

lol. These are my thoughts exactly on Adagio.

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85

Thanks once more to Angel and Teavivre, and I apologize for taking so long to get to all of them! But I really enjoyed all of the samples I received and this one was no exception.

The dry leaf smells sweet and green with a good amount of floral. It lacks the milk candy creaminess I normally associate with a Milk Oolong, but it smells really good, regardless.

First Infusion (200F/2 min)

There was a surprising amount of creaminess, and a lovely buttery mouthfeel. The taste is delicate and very lightly orchid-floral, as well as that very classical green vegatal taste oolongs have. The ending is sweet and lingers.

Second Infusion (200F/2 min)

Very slightly creamier, more orchid in this cup with a smoother finish (that I didn’t think possible!)

Third Infusion (205F/3 min)

The creaminess actually drops off here, and it becomes a more floral cup with hints of sweet hay and subtle fruits.

Fourth Infusion (205F/3 min)

The cup is primarily sweet, fruity and green at this point, with the type of butteriness I expect from some green tea, though the flavors are getting more delicate. This is also the first cup I’ve gotten any astringency from.

I would imagine I could get a fifth steeping out of this, but a sixth would be difficult. I think the leaves outlasted me today, though.

Overall, a very good oolong. Not as creamy as I’ve come to expect from milk oolongs, but good in it’s own right, with sweet orchid and veggie notes.

For pictures:
http://atinyteapot.tumblr.com/post/66108282844/taiwan-jin-xuan-milk-oolong-tea-from-teavivre

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Intro:

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.

Location

Wisconsin, US

Website

http://atinyteapot.tumblr.com/

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