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drank Blood Orange by Adagio Teas
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I love blood oranges. I love tea. Teavana’s Tarocco Ruby Orange is one of their only teas that doesn’t disappoint me. I prefer that one to this one, hands down, in an herbal blood orange tea battle.

This just tastes sour. Nothing else. It smells so good, but it just doesn’t deliver. Oh and when it was first brewed it REALLY smelled like cereal, which creeped me out. I might give it another try and steep it a minute or so longer, or maybe use a bit more. I used a half tablespoon, knowing that Adagio recommends just one, which to me is not enough for a big chunky herbal.

My friend has not led me astray in all the other teas she gave me to try, so I hope I can work something out with this one, especially since it’s my favorite citrus fruit involved!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I too don’t care for this one on its own. But blended with lemon or something (like my Vampire Lemonade!) it’s much, much better.

momo

I’ve mixed the tarocco orange one with some kind of lemony tea before (strawberry lemonade I think) and that was good, especially iced. It’s hard to drink something straight tart like that on its own most of the time, but for some reason I can manage it with the other one, probably because the orange is more prevalent and not just TART TART TART.

momo

(btw I bookmarked the Vampire Lemonade for future interest!)

KeenTeaThyme

PM me if you want a free sample. I always have this one hand. My husband, Mom, and sister-in-law require this whenever I see them. :)

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drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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A friend made sure I had some genmaicha after I told her I’d never had it. I’ve always been curious about it, and I figured I’d like it because I do enjoy other nutty flavored teas. It did not disappoint, I love it.
It’s very different, and I can see how it wouldn’t be someone’s cup of tea (hurr hurr pun intended). It’s just like cereal meets green tea in a beautifully unique way. It’s got that slightly grassy taste of green tea with the very different flavor of popped rice and corn. Almost smells like toasted seaweed, which I love, so all around I really enjoy this and when I run out of what I was sent, I’m definitely getting more.

When I did a second steeping, I liked the toasty flavor even better.

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drank Mojito Mint by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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One of my favorite bagged teas.
I’ve got a couple bottles from getting bottled Argo tea at Whole Foods, and the bottles are so awesome I can’t help but reuse them. I love to make this the night before, let it cool a bit, put it in one of the bottles, and then pop it in the fridge to take with me to class the next day. Sure came in handy to have today when I had to participate in a debate!

It’s minty and citrusy, not too easy to taste any sort of rum flavor. It’s very refreshing and light, and most importantly there isn’t one of these flavors overpowering all the rest.

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I am actually surprised. This came from a k-cup. It came with my Keurig and I was like meh, I got this to make coffee because every once in awhile I want some and I waste coffee beans, plus I like variety and it was more cost effective for me in that coffee realm. Everyone I know is a coffee drinker so if they’re over I got them covered easily!
So it always made sense to me that it’d work well to make coffee, but to me it was bizarre for tea. Like, I really didn’t think it could make an okay cup of tea at all because of how quick it is, I thought I would get some slightly golden colored water that slightly tasted like tea. Finally tonight I gave into my curiosity about it and made it. I was impressed how dark it turned out and how it actually tasted like most of the breakfast tea I had while studying abroad in France.

So of course I had to open it up and look at it afterwards because it felt so much lighter than the coffee ones. It’s basically like a 2-3x as filled tea bag in a cup so I guess it works. I wouldn’t ever go out of my way to buy actually buy these, but if it works for some people, then it works!

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drank Rooibos Organic Lemon Mint by ZenTea
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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
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A hockey friend and I got started on Twitter last week about tea. Our conversation was at least several hours long and awesome and eventually turned to mead, but clearly there was a need to swap some teas in the process. Since I don’t care much for what I picked out when I ordered from Adagio, I had her send me her favorites from them, starting with this.

I love it. The peach oolong is my favorite of the bunch I have, so I’m glad to find I like this flavor too. It smells slightly sweet, and a bit like cereal. The taste is almost exactly like a vanilla-almond cookie that’s been infused with oolong. The floral taste of the tea sounds like it’d be weird with a nutty flavor, but it somehow works for me.

And now, in talking about this tea on Twitter, I have perhaps helped a friend find a replacement for a long gone vanilla almond tea, this tea is bringing everyone together via social media!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pancake Breakfast Black Tea by 52teas
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oh. my. god. It’s like a cup of pancakes. The liquor smells even better than the leaves (and believe me I have spent many times just putting my nose into the bag of this)! Tastes like real maple, and then the buttery finish is absolutely amazing. Nothing about it even tastes artificial, I love it.

Almost as good as eating real pancakes, maybe. Maybe it’s a lot better because I always have water on hand, and there’s no chance of burning this in a pan!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Opus Rouge Rooibos by Teavana
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I know my problem with this and Sevenberry Sangria. HIBISCUS. I am not a fan of it as is, and if it’s blended in and comes to the flavor front lines, I am not happy.

When this tea is hot, I can’t stand it what that terrible flower does. It starts off with this delicious grape, then it’s BOOM! HIBISCUS! and it finishes off with this slightly spicy, fruity finish with a touch of vanilla. Really like a wine but…with hibiscus.

As it cools, it becomes amazing as the hibiscus gets tranquilized by the other fruit flavors. Of course then it becomes less like wine. But it’s still decent.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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As a hot tea, it tastes like hot fruit punch. It’s a bit much. Because that was a bit much, I didn’t want to just pour it over some ice after that. I ended up cooling it off and then pouring it into water, 4:1 water to tea, I’d say. It makes water more interesting to drink, but holy crap it is way too sweet for me as tea! Of course if super SUPER fruity is your thing, you’d love this.
Since it does have a bit of that sangria aspect to it, I imagine using it with club soda, and tossing in some berries in a pitcher would be a delicious take on sangria without the alcohol. But really, as tea, I just can’t.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
The Purrfect Cup

Thanks for the heads up.

momo

also want to throw out there that out of the seven berries, only 2 are actually in the tea and 5 are flavorings. and there’s plenty of hibiscus to go around.

Tamm

I was actually looking at this one in the store today and comparing it to the Opus Rouge that I did purchase earlier. They look very similar. I had a bit of the same problem with the Opus Rouge, it’s super tasty, but not exactly what some would call tea.

momo

I bought that one too. It smells a lot more interesting than sevenberry, but it sounds like I’m gonna need to mix them to get that tea aspect back. At least if Opus Rouge is like how it was described I will be content with it, this one I hadn’t been too sure about.

Tamm

Oh I totally agree about the smells. I just smelled this one again in the store yesterday and in comparison it’s a bit boring. How many of the new ones did you get?

momo

Just those two, for now at least. The acai mate one sounds interesting, and I may splurge on the Golden Mojito if I see good things about it, I love the Blackberry Mojito green tea, it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever gotten from them.

Tamm

The acai mate one is awesome! I smelled the golden mojito but wasn’t blown over by it. Maybe later I’ll try it out. I haven’t had the blackberry mojito green one, but now I’m pretty tempted!

momo

Good to know, I am definitely going to check it out! Blackberry mojito was my top choice for iced tea this summer, and it’s pretty good hot too.

Tamm

I have to admit, lots of these would probably be perfect iced, but I need to come up with a good way to do it b/c I haven’t been very successful.

momo

I have had the most success and gotten the best flavor out of cold pressing. The tea can’t get bitter that way, and in the case of the blackberry mojito, it really helped the other flavors come through. Just takes a little overnight planning. I have this bookmarked still because it’s super helpful for all the different methods to take: http://store.remedyteas.com/page/Iced+Tea

Tamm

Oh nice! Thank you I’ve never heard of that method before. I know lots of people like just adding ice, but that has never gone well!

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