616 Tasting Notes

57

This tea was going to get a lower rating until I made it as a latte this morning. Plain, this leaf smells fantastic, but the toffee just doesn’t come through like I’d hoped once it’s brewed.

However, the milk and sugar add a creaminess and enhance the flavor to where I want it! It becomes a decadent dessert cup, which is exactly what I was looking for. With that said, it’s still mediocre within that scope. Tasty, but I probably wouldn’t purchase again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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71

Sometimes I think I might be turning into a darjeeling snob, because as a darjeeling this tea is…okayish to me. But removing it from that scope and it’s pretty tasty. It’s a delicate black that brews up a lovely copper brown color and tastes of flowers and grapes. There’s very little astringency or bitterness. It’s so much I like in a tea, but the resteep, however, seems to lose a lot of the characteristics I liked in the first and that’s where this tea fails me. :/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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71

The tea itself smells like dark craft beer. No joke.

It didn’t have an actual chocolate flavor either, but in a way that’s not a bad thing. It tastes just like a porter I like with the malty profile and very slight cocoa note. It just wasn’t at all what I was expecting!

I can see this becoming a fast replacement for any coffee addiction I have though as it’s strong and full-bodied.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68

This was my second sample from Shelley_Lorraine :)

This tea smells amazing! So maybe I had my expectations too high based on that or the chocolate in this one just wasn’t working for me. It’s not bad per se, but it’s not good

The raspberry notes were better. They did seem artificial as other’s have said, but still tasty and it grew on me. Just not enough to really like this tea.

My fiance liked this tea far more than me, so it’ll be heading off to work with him most likely.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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83
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
616 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

Finished my sample from Shelley_Lorraine today. Did the last cup as a latte. No regrets, just what tastes like an extra creamy, marshmallow-y S’more.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Casablanca by Georgia Tea Company
616 tasting notes

If tea tartness had a scale, for me it would look something like this:
10-5 — almost undrinkable, sugar needed stat;
4 — I guess this is okay, but sugar would be better
3 — Now we’re getting somewhere
2 — Just a little bite
1 — Wait. Tart?

So, obviously my tart tolerance is kind of low. With a 2-3 being the sweet spot range. This tea confused it.

The initial flavors weren’t tart. I get apple and raspberry, but both mellow enough that it was smooth and tasty. And then, as I was swallowing, the tartness hit. At probably about a 6/10. Boo.

The good news is Stevia here saved the day. It made all the flavors blend so the tartness hit with the sweetness and the flavors of apple and raspberry and settled everything at about a 3-4 tart level. It’s most definitely still there, but it reminds me more of a fruity, juicy type of tart instead of a slap in the face.

Without sugar, this tea is probably further in the 45 range, but with sweetener saving the day here, it bumps up closer to 65.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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80

This is what smashed up almond cookies as a drink would smell like, I swear it. One smell and you get hits of sweet and buttery and so, so much almond. The taste itself is buttery and a little like marzipan. A sip and I can imagine flaky sugary deliciousness. The green tea isn’t a prominent flavor so much as the glue that holds everything together, and it doesn’t need sugar or milk (but it becomes much more decadent if you do use them). Just divine~

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Super tasty. Sweet, roasty and nutty balanced on a bed of grassy and smooth green tea. Has a creamy mouthfeel that I love and well as what tastes like just a small touch of vanilla. Seems to leave a little almost waxy residue feeling in my mouth afterwards that I don’t like though. As the cup cooled though the after-feeling decreased until it no longer existed (though my tea was tepid)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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83
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
616 tasting notes

I got my trade from Shelley_Lorraine today (thank you!), so of course I had to try it.

This tea smells like a little bag of crumbled up S’mores. I really like S’mores but normally I’m too impatient to roast marshmallows to perfection and end up with a scorched something something and half melted chocolate, so really anything here was probably going to be an improvement from that.

Honestly, though, I wasn’t super pumped on this without sweetener. The chocolate and marshmallow goodness seemed to get swallowed by the tea itself. With a little rock sugar here though? BAM. The chocolate was chocolately and the the marshmallow came through as a sweet creamy afterthought all held together by the mystical powers of a smooth, not bitter tea. I missed the graham cracker completely yet, but let’s be honest I got the two best parts of a S’more.

I’ll probably be purchasing some of this because wow :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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19
drank Sweet Cranberry Black by Teavana
616 tasting notes

This tea has a really artificial smell and my brain keeps wanting to associate it with Play Doh. Luckily it tastes a little better, and is just a mild black tea with a tart, fruity flavor that doesn’t necessarily remind me of cranberries, but isn’t offensive. It’s smooth and I don’t pick up any bitterness, but it’s not remarkable in any way. I’m more excited that I’m down to the last 2-3 cups and then I can reuse the tin.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 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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