1212 Tasting Notes

drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
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Adagio sent me this in my most recent order because my birthday is right around the corner. I previously bought this and had the worst time with it. So I’m hoping now things might be better.

So far I can confirm NOPE. Let the water cool, steeped it for 2 min, 45 seconds, and added milk and it’s still a tasteless, slightly bitter black tea.

However, this tea is saved by Nonna’s Biscotti…they have salted caramel and chocolate biscotti! SO GOOD. I dipped it into the tea so it added a decent flavor to the biscotti. And so in turn I’m hoping it makes the tea tasty.

It did not help. I really do not like this tea.


I’ve had really bad luck with Adagio’s teas for some reason. I keep wondering if I’m doing something wrong with them.


Nope. They’re just not great teas. :P


Hmm. That’s too bad! I was curious because they had all those fandom names ones: http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/fandoms.html?SID=1a57716d82354d50b740518e7ef69a9a They’re basically asking me to throw all my money at them with that sorta thing, except… there are too many fandoms for me to choose…


Hmmm… looks like the fandom ones are marked up quite a bit. Guess that makes it easier to avoid too!


It’s not you, it’s Adagio. Their black teas, and flavored black teas, can be really nasty. I’ve mixed this with my own vanilla extract and sprinkles…and some sugar. Anything to combat that bitter black tea aftertaste.


For me, I’ve found that I enjoy their flavored black teas only with a generous scoop of sugar and dollop of cream. Without additives, yeah not so much.


Really? I’ve mainly had good luck with Adagio. Teavana and David’s Teas however, which I notice most of the populus of this site creams themselves over, have been consistently mediocre-to-bad as well as overpriced. Guess the Steepster community thinks a higher price means better tea.


/r/tea is leaking onto a year old tasting note of mine, awesome

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drank Blueberry Green by The Republic of Tea
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My mom was holding on to sachets of this stuff that had an expiration date on the bottom of the tin of 2008 LOL

She made the final sachets into iced tea and I had some today and it wasn’t bad at all for its age. Not very blueberry tasting anymore but just slightly berry in the mix of the green tea.

But I am not letting her make any old tea anymore, I of course finished it and then saw the date on the tin!


My Dad also has a bunch of expired tea – I jokingly refer to it as his vintage collection

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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
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I tried to drink this without milk today but it was WAY too much for me to handle, so in the milk went again. It was actually the color of coffee I noticed, I was almost confused as to what I was drinking!

It definitely needs milk for me, but I guess if I cut down on the leaf again, I might get something that is drinkable without additions.


Oh but I like my black teas to look like coffee!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok, I really just need to get myself some of this already. Thank you for sending me some, darby!

I made it with milk and brown sugar again, and I steeped it a bit longer than last time. I definitely, definitely got more pumpkin out of it this time around.

I’m not sure which part of this prep makes it better than when I just had it with sugar, is it the stovetop prep or the use of brown sugar? Either way it’s so tasty, I wish I wasn’t out of it. Friday can’t come soon enough…


Friday/Monday is going to be so crazy!! Ugh I’m trying to narrow down what deals I want to do D: can’t decide..


The brown sugar really made a difference for me!


I have also noticed that brown sugar is the one to use with tea.

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drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
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Ok, this time around with this tea I went with 2 tsp for 8 oz and steeped for 3 minutes. Added a bit of milk, and yum. It was so good, I had two cups for breakfast! It resteeps really well, the tin says 2 steeps but I think it could definitely go 3 if the first steep is only 3 minutes.

I always like an easy fix when the instructions for a tea make something that’s not my style. Two tsp of this is PERFECT, and I just can’t help but drink it with milk.

Next time I’ll try it first without it, which will probably be tomorrow because I am up in Tennessee for the next few days. Sebastian survived the car ride, and has started chirping! But that’s because he is sitting next to my mom’s birds, and one of them never shuts up.


Yay, progress! He’s so cute. =)

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I got this as a sample with my order from The Tea Spot, and I have been wanting to try black blends like this, so I was quite content! I do believe this is the first I’ve had that is specifically labeled as English Breakfast.

This is perfect for today, with its name, because it makes me think of Austin Powers and one of my favorite F1 teams always has silly Twitter hashtags for races, so this week is #AustinPowers as the race is in Austin, Texas. My favorite is still Korea: Yeongam Style! But this is still funny to me.

And better than everyone else going with Austintatious…except that’s my nail polish’s name, seriously.

I steeped this up for four minutes, because I knew I was going to want to add milk.

So good, I am really, really loving these hearty blends of black teas on cold days. I could probably drink this one without milk, but I was really craving tea with some in there. I did try it before adding, it was malty and tasted a bit of fruits and chocolate. I loved how it tasted with the milk even more though.

And the caffeine boost was nice though I don’t think I really needed one, as I am SO EXCITED for the race! 99 minutes to go…


In the Austin Powers spirit, I will say this to you: «Oh, Behave, Momo»!
Good luck for the race!

Rachel Sincere

I betcha you use OPI nail polish. That name sounds like one of theirs. That’s another thing that’s easy to collect.

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drank Cinna-Vanilla by English Tea Store
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Now I regret having all these packets of samples from English Tea Store…this is not tasty. I even steeped it for 2 1/2 minutes hoping to avoid any problems but it’s bitter and hardly tastes as good as it smells.

In fact the weird briskness/bitterness of this tea makes it oddly taste like fruits and stale bread.

Sadly I am not going to sit around with milk and sugar for this, which may help, as I need to go do some things. Hopefully that makes it drinkable, because it sure isn’t on its own.

I’m back home so I just tried it cold. Still tastes like stale bread, but at least it also tastes like cinnamon now. This may also be relegated to oatmeal.


This tasted like Play Doh to me….


Gross! I can definitely see that, I only tried it when it was really hot and I bet I would have gotten that if I gave it 10 min.


Isn’t it funny that so many people know what play-doh tastes like? hehe


Hahaha, playdough is for children, so it’s so not surprising given their hand to mouth habit! I actually like the salty delicious taste of homemade playdough, but Play Doh is pretty gross-tasting (perhaps the keep children from eating it??)

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Thank you, darby!

I didn’t even realize I really wanted to try this until I was swapping with darby, then I saw everyone’s notes again and that confirmed I wanted to try this.

I decided to try it cold, since that’s how I usually drink fruit tisanes. But I think if I can get it to resteep, I’ll try it out hot.

Iced, it is amazing! It’s tart, but not too bad. It’s kind of more apple tasting than the actual two fruits in the name, but I do get berry and it’s pretty sweet. The yogurt adds a nice creaminess. I think it might actually be more appropriate to call it a tangy tea than just tart.
Something with this many tart type ingredients going on might just beg for sugar but this is so good, it’s not even needed.

I’m sad I finished the cup already, but I’ll go make some to try hot and I’m sure I’ll be sending my boyfriend to get me at least an ounce of this next month…or if there’s a good Black Friday sale I will be all over this and that Bubbly one. Sometimes it’s not helpful having a birthday that always falls around Black Friday.

Ok, hot time: it resteeped pretty well! It is a lot heavier on the yogurt though. Thankfully I don’t mind this because I’ve been craving froyo and not going because I’ll go to get in the car and be instantly cold and it will be a bad idea. So something that still has that taste, but is hot sounds like a winner.

There’s still notes of strawberry but it’s not quite the same. I am definitely going to get more of this though, and I’ll have to try it hot on a first steep.


Love this tasting note, momo! I get so happy when a tasting note gives me a really good idea of what I can expect from a tea. I need to do more of that and less of my tangential rambling. =)

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drank Pancake Breakfast Black Tea by 52teas
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Ok, it’s been some time since I last had this. But I have a lot of it, so that’s okay. I just got these maple granules from Whispering Pines Tea, and so they are perfect to put in here! Extra maple without the syrup.

This is the best to go along with watching the first practice ever for the first United States Grand Prix in 5 years, eeeeee.

Black tea is all I want to drink today for some reason, and combine that with butter and syrup and a cakey taste and I am set.


Maple granules? Interesting. Can you buy them? Are they just crystallized maple syrup.


Maple granules sound incredibly dangerous for me. Like something I’d be eating by the handful during times when I am needing a sweet fix.


Yeah, you can buy them from Whispering Pines and a couple other places. They’re dehydrated maple syrup. Of course as soon as I got them yesterday I had to try them out by themselves, so I know what you mean, LiberTEAS!


Have you ever had any of the maple sugar candy? It’s usually available in my local Whole Foods this time of year, and they are often shaped like maple leaves or something. Like these: http://www.maplecandyvt.com/store.php/products/maple-candy-leaf ???

Are these crystals anything similar to these? I love these candies!


Oh those look amazing, I hope mine has those because I am going tomorrow looking for them. These are definitely different though, it’s almost like granulated sugar that tastes like maple syrup. So they melt in your mouth but probably nowhere near as nice and creamy as those candies would taste.


I went looking for myself, so I figured I’d share:

They also have honey granules!

I feel like I must try both. I also worry that, like marshmallows, these will end up in my gob long before they have a chance to sweeten my tea. [sigh] I am reigned by my sweet tooth.


Happy for you and the Grand Prix, you must be ecstatic!


Yes! I only wish I could be there!

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I don’t like gingerbread that much. But when I was making my order with Della Terra I thought I’d at least try this since they do dessert blends so well.

I am quite enjoying this one, it really tastes like cookies. And the rooibos, instead of being annoying and woody and medicinal, really blends into the flavor well.

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