616 Tasting Notes

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drank Darjeeling by Whittard of Chelsea
616 tasting notes

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.

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

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81
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.

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

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

Shelley_Lorraine

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.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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37
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.

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

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57
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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67
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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77
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!

Preparation
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.)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
ifjuly

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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I got this in the mail (attached to a RoT catalouge) mid last week. And I can say this isn’t something I would have tried otherwise.

The apple element is a lot like a green apple Jolly Rancher and the caramel doesn’t really become prominent until it cools, and then it becomes a burnt sugar, caramel note. All in all, it reminds me a lot of those caramel apple suckers.

Unfortunately the rooibos is also a prominent note, which isn’t exactly my favorite flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

rooibos, blech ;)

moraiwe

Exactly! :(

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54
drank Cocomint Green by Adagio Teas
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When I grabbed a sample bag of this with my last Adagio order, I really, really thought it was coconut and mint. But um. Nope. That’s not hugely disappointing, but was a mild surprise when I opened the sample baggie. This seems to be a common thread in the reviews, so I don’t feel too stupid about this.

That said, this is a little like melted Junior Mints. It’s dark chocolate with a slightly artificial tasting minty flavor. When hot, it’s basically a dark chocolate green tea with a minty after effect. The artificial flavors are waaaaaaay more prominent this way, and I can honestly say I don’t like it. It’s much better iced where the mint is the prominent flavor and the chocolate is less plasticy and more subtle overall.

Definitely an overwhelmingly meh cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °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

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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