616 Tasting Notes

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drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
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My first non-teabox write up in a while (though a couple more of the teabox related ones might pop up later today). I have more of this tea at my house than I thought. Fiance really likes this, so assuming I was out, I ordered him three ounces. Of course, only to find another sealed three ounce bag in hiding a couple weeks ago.

So we made a pitcher of this last night and drank it iced with milk, sugar and boba pearls — kind of like a milk tea. It makes a creamy dessert-y tea that way and the raspberry flavor is more front-and-center. Nothing stellar, but it fulfilled its purpose. I foresee lots of this iced with how much we have now, too.

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drank Decaf Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
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Tea #28 from Traveling Tea Box C

More Earl Grey!

This one is better balanced than the Teavana tea, to be sure. And I think the Bergamot flavor is better done. It’s also a softer flavored cup, lacking the punch I expected in an EG.

For decaf, though, this is pretty outstanding.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
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Tea #27 from Traveling Tea Box C

I’m down to the last five teas in the box (at least of those I’m going to try anyway)!

This is an okay Earl Grey. I used a typical (for Earl Grey) perfect teaspoon for 6 ounces, and found it kind of bland when compared to other EG’s I’ve tried. There’s a nice bit of cream after the main sip, but lacking in the sip itself. The Bergamot is where this falls into meh. It’s not bright citrus and ever so lightly florals, but kind of flat on both respects.

It’s not a bad cup, but not one I’ll be seeking out again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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Tea #26 from Traveling Tea Box C

I’m actually really surprised to find I’ve never tried or picked this up before — I love blueberries!

The blueberry scent in the dry leaf is present, but not overpowering. And smells nice and natural.

I’m not huge on Adagio’s black base, because it has some astringency I don’t like, and it’s a little fickle with bitterness. But cold-steeped, it circumvents all that.

The blueberry flavor is so good. Juicy, fresh, sweet blueberries, in a strength I’m actually surprised with. I like this blueberry flavor more that DT’s.

Next summer I’ll be cold steeping this all season long. Yum!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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72
drank Autumn Leaves by Della Terra Teas
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Tea #25 from Traveling Tea Box C

Oooooooooh. This was a pleasant surprise.

This tea brews up a beautiful dark red color and smells faintly of maple and quite a bit like cigar leaf. Like good cigar leaf.

The taste is quite sweet and maple-y. The rooibos and honeybush flavors eek through and keep it from being overdone, but I was still surprised that it was this sweet without sugar.

For rooibos, I really liked this, but I still don’t like rooibos-flavor in much of anything. So don’t know if I’d ever order this on my own, but it’s well done for what it is.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Tea #24 from Traveling Tea Box C

This tea was almost awesome to me.

Because on one hand, it’s a nice smooth green tea with a soft rose flavor and hints of sage. And these are things I really enjoy.

But on the other hand, there’s also a strong deal of lemon that hits my tongue with the rose, and rosemary, which is a spice I only sometimes care for. And I probably would have liked it more without these.

And yet I don’t really want to stop drinking it. It’s very well balanced and all the flavors are there, and I’m glad I got the chance to try it. It’s just not quite my thing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Guanabana by Adagio Teas
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Tea #23 from Traveling Tea Box C

The dry leaf here smells really really funky. And not in a good way. Like a rotten fruit in the sun kind of way.

But surprisingly it actually makes a pretty awesome cold steep. I was worried when I cracked open the thermos I was steeping in and got a whiff of the wet leaf again, but the tea itself doesn’t really have that same pungent aroma. I definitely get strawberry off it. And some caramelized sugar type notes. It kind of reminds me of lychee with more citrus.

I don’t think I’d like this at all as a hot cup, but I’m actually really enjoying this iced.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Fuzzy_Peachkin

I’m hearing the fruity adagio blends are much better cold-brewed. I thought the 3 I tried hot, all tasted like rotten fruit.

moraiwe

I think their Blueberry White is pretty good hot (but better iced) and enjoy the Raspberry Black well enough, but overall I’d say that is a pretty good (and true) rule. Especially the sweeter fruits (peach, apricot and the like).

Short Sorceress

I haven’t had very many good experiences with Adagio fruit teas while hot, but a few are ok cold-steeped. I almost passed up trying this one because of the funky smell. I tried it hot, didn’t like it, so iced it down, still didn’t like it and finally dumped it. I hate wasting tea.

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Tea #22 from Traveling Tea Box C

The dry leaf smelled less like smoke and more like fish-something, so that was a little off-putting. I have some seafood/shellfish anaphylaxis stuff going on, though, so I’m a bit hyper-sensitive to anything that is remotely fishy.

Nothing terribly complex in the cup, though. It has an earthy quality, like freshly turned soil, and a bit of stone mineral-ness going on. It’d definitely a ‘cool’ feeling oolong, despite the notes of smoke. There’s a nice sweetness to the sip, too.

Definitely not an outstanding oolong, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Tea #21 from Traveling Tea Box C

I’m starting to wind down on the box, and I’m hoping to fully finish up this weekend. I’ll have it out early next week in any case.

Can I preface this by saying, I love hazelnuts. Cookies, biscotti, panna cotta, semifreddo. You name it, I’m there. Especially semifreddo. Oh my god. What I don’t like is the hazelnut flavoring used in coffee. Ever. It’s too overwhelming.

So. This tea. Hazelnut in a drink has been redeemed! Instead of being a punch of hazelnut to the face, it takes your hand and wanders with you.

This definitely isn’t Nutella in a cup. I don’t even know if I’d go so far as to call this a dessert tea, either. It has kind of an understated decadence, though. It’d probably hit the dessert mark with milk and sugar. But it wouldn’t be this then. And this is pretty outstanding on it’s own.

What this is is a really subtle, tasty cup of dark cocoa and hazlenut on the back of a smooth black tea. It’s a nice natural chocolateyness, a little like unsweetened dark chocolate shavings. The hazelnut is perfect; it’s nutty and sweet and adds a wonderful layer of nuance.

I don’t think this tea is perfect, but it evokes some wonderful feelings.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dr Jim

I agree with your view of Hazelnuts. This is one of my favorite morning teas. A hearty pick-me-up and good coffee replacement.

Nxtdoor

Florence is awesooome!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

i sooooooo want to try this! I have heard so much about it and love love love hazelnut

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Tea #20 from Traveling Tea Box C

Finally a tea that tastes as good as it smells!

For as much as I don’t care for Della Terra’s chocolate flavors (or fruit flavors), I really adore their pastry type flavors. I think they nail them.

As far as taste goes, this is definitely strong cinnamon, but there’s also a good deal of raisin, vanilla, and hints of brown sugar. And it’s those last two that make this taste like a cookie. I actually thought there was enough natural sweetness to not add milk or sugar and still capture a cookie essence, but this would be amaaaaaaaahzing as a latte.

I really want to make zucchini bread this weekend.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Short Sorceress

I’ve been meaning to stop by the farmer’s market and see if I can pick up zucchini so I can make some bread. I like to add chocolate chips, maraschino cherries, and walnuts to mine. It makes for an absolutely delicious and not at all healthy breakfast.

moraiwe

I’m lucky enough to have friends nearby with an over-abundant zucchini crop this year. I just add walnuts. Then toast it and slather with butter. So, so good. And not good for you.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I started making this as a latte after I tried it for the first time. loooooooovvvvveeee it. perfect for breakfast or right after dinner.

Short Sorceress

I hated having to give this one up, but anything with cinnamon is being purged from my cupboard. My toddler is allergic to cinnamon and isn’t old enough for allergy meds yet. Since I can’t stop him from drinking my tea all the good dessert teas are being given new homes :(

moraiwe

I’m so lucky my food allergies are things that don’t appear in teas :(

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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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