616 Tasting Notes

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Tea #35 from Another Traveling Tea Box

This tea is creamy and buttery with flavors of almond milk, peaches and freshly steamed broccoli and spinach popping up. It’s less floral and more green tasting than I was expecting. There’s also a lovely dry wine feeling to drinking it.

What surprised me most is that (at least when Western steeping) the first steep was the most pleasant. The quality held up for about four steeps, but the first one was easily the creamiest and sweetest. The veggie taste started taking over in 2 & 3.

It’s a very pleasant milk oolong, and honestly on that first steep (which was pretty much perfection), I was having a really hard time figuring out if it was going back in the box or not. But the following steeps made me realise I have others I prefer to this one. I’m still really glad I got to try it!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Vanilla Green by Adagio Teas
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Tea #34 from Another Traveling Tea Box

Vanilla and green tea strikes me as really odd, which is why I needed to try this one.

It surprisingly works better than I’d have thought. Adagio uses a pretty solid vanilla flavor; it’s sweet, creamy and natural tasting. None of that alcoholic tasting mess. It’s also nice and warming. Every once in a while I’d get a sip that was more vegetal than the rest — the crisp veggie of the green pairs about as well as I thought it would — and that was the only unpleasant thing about this cup.

It wasn’t that amazing, which makes it strange that I could see myself craving this one from time to time.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Anna

I recommend Strawberry & Vanilla from Lupicia, if you haven’t tried that one yet, and if you wouldn’t mind adding berries to the mix.

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drank Monk's Mead by SerendipiTea
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Tea #33 from Another Traveling Tea Box

It dawned on me that y’all are probably getting sick of me popping up on your dashboards so often. Fear not; I’m down to the last 10 or so samples from this box (that I wanted to try).

This would be a good night time/relaxation cup, or with honey. It’s very (VERY) dominantly chamomile, so if you don’t like the taste of it move along. If you do, this is pretty nice. There’s a subtle appley tartness hiding in the cup that adds a little interest and keeps it from putting me to bed. Otherwise not much of note here.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Tea #32 from Another Traveling Tea Box

Now here’s an Earl Grey I can get behind. Probably because it’s a rather subdued, almost sophisticated tasting EG.

The more delicate approach to the Bergamot really lets the Yunnan base come though. It’s woody and earthy,and ever so slightly sweet — a perfect play off the light citrus.

I’m letting the last cup go on, but I’d consider getting some of this for myself in the future.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec
K S

EG and Yunnan?! Oh my! :)

Nicole

What KS said. I am very interested now. Onto the shopping list it goes.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea #31 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I cold steeped 2 tsp of this in my 12 ounce thermos overnight because the whole idea of warm lemonade seems, well, wrong.

I don’t know what went wrong. This is so, so not good. When it initially goes into my mouth, it’s so promising. It’s lemony, sweet (maybe a bit too much, but eh) and then it hits the back of my tongue. It becomes such a bitter mess that the first time it happened, I almost spit it out. It’s so insanely, intensely bitter, my face screws up and I fear going back for another sip.

Dumped this one out.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Fruit Bowl by ESP Emporium
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Tea #30 from Another Traveling Tea Box

You ever just smell a tea and know you’re not going to like it? While I gave it the benefit of the doubt, that ended up being this tea to me.

The dry leaf smell was, while not necessarily chemical, very plastic and artificial. That taste unfortunately bleeds into the tea. I don’t get much in the way of pineapple, but the passion fruit and strawberry both come through with the sweetness and flavor of candy. Maybe it would be better cold steeped, but I don’t necessarily care to find out.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Ginseng Berry by ESP Emporium
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Tea #29 from Another Traveling Tea Box

Last caffeinated cup of the day. Probably shouldn’t have picked something with ginseng, but I’m used to insomnia, so it’ll be nothing I’m not well acquainted with if it happens.

I don’t love this tea, but it did help me realise that I like ginseng in my tea the most when I can’t taste the ginseng. I’d suspected as much, but it’s the only component here I’m not loving, so that pretty much cements it.

The sencha is very sencha-y, the strawberry is light and fresh tasting, the rose and orange blossoms add a subtle sweetness. Then there’s the slightly spicy, very earthy ginseng and that component seems so out of place. I guess it gives the cup a kind of mellow edge, but it’s not for me.

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

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Tea #28 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I really like the combination of puerh and white teas they used here. They compliment each other really well. The puerh is earthy and rich and the white is sweet and delicate.

That said, I not so surprisingly enjoy this cup. The tangerine flavor and chrysanthemum come through primarly. And the tangerine is crisp and citrusy. There’s also a gentle tartness that I’m associating with the acai. I feel like maybe the floral aspect could be turned down a little bit, as that’s all I get at the tail of the sip and as an aftertaste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea #27 from Another Traveling Tea Box

My immediate reaction when opening the bag was ‘Please oh please be as good as you smell.’ And while it’s not that good, it is really pleasing.

The strawberry in here is perfect. It’s juicy, sweet with a bit of sharp strawberry zip, and most of all it’s subtle. The whole cup is really subtle and subdued while remaining insanely indulgent. I don’t get any chemical aftertaste from the chocolate, and the saffron keeps the whole cup from pushing into ‘too sweet’ territory.

This is the tea that makes all the tea I’ve filtered through today worth it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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Tea #26 from Another Traveling Tea Box

I wish there was more grapey, winey goodness that was promised in the description. It’s lightly floral, lightly grapey and kind of lightly there. I like the qualities it has, it just comes up a little underwhelming in them. I need more OOOMPH. It does leave a really clean feeling in my mouth, though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 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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