244 Tasting Notes

From Ost’s Stash sale.
I’m not really a huge fan of artificial cherry flavor, but I don’t mind it so much with chocolate, and I did quite like Stash’s Black Forest tea, so I decided to check this out. I really was not impressed. I couldn’t taste chocolate or cherry here, it just tasted bland and soapy. Someone else said there’s rose in this, so maybe that’s what I’m tasting? I think I’ll be passing this on to someone else.

Flavors: Soap, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample from Kaylee. Thank you!

I was a bit disappointed with this tea upon first trying it. To me it only has a light flavor of apple, and maybe cinnamon, and I can’t taste the caramel at all. As I sipped on it, I decided I do actually like it. Although the apple isn’t strong, it is distinctly there, and works well with the oolong. This tea doesn’t really stand out to me, but at the same time I doubt it’s one I would get tired of easily. Not one I think I’ll really miss, though.

Flavors: Apple, Tea

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

This one was a bit of a disappointment for me. When I opened the package I was hit by the delicious scent of strawberry ice cream and dark chocolate, but the flavor didn’t deliver like the scent does, even after a 30 minute steep. Ah well, another tea I won’t miss, I guess. Which is good, since if this had lived up to the scent it would definitely be the one I missed most.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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From Ost’s stash sale. Thank you!

So, I picked out the rock sugar from this one and tried it two different ways. Once with milk, and once without. I think my conclusion is that most chai just tastes lacking to me without a black base. This would maybe be nice as an apple chai or something, but as is it doesn’t really interest me. It mostly tastes like sweet cinnamon, which is pleasant enough, but it’s just a bit boring. I think it would have been overwhelmingly sweet with the rock sugar, so I’m glad I picked that out.

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Sample from Kaylee. Thank you!

Some time ago I mixed hibiscus flowers with ground vanilla beans and brewed it for my husband, who really likes both flavors. He actually didn’t like it much, but I really enjoyed it. The combination of the earthy sweetness of the vanilla with the tartness of the Hibiscus made for a very interesting combination. This tastes much the same, except I think the vanilla flavor is boosted a bit by the artificial flavors, but it’s pretty similar. I like it. It’s something I would happily include in my rotation of hibiscus teas.

Flavors: Earth, Hibiscus, Tart, Vanilla

Kaylee

I’m so glad you liked it after all!

rosebudmelissa

Me too! I think part of it is that I do quite like Hibiscus teas, unlike a lot of people on Steepster. I also liked that instead of pairing the Hibiscus with a fruit flavor, this went in a very different direction. It’s unique. Thanks again for the chance to try it!

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

I decided to try this while Adagio’s Grapefruit Oolong was still fresh in my mind. It was a very nice tea. A pleasant oolong flavor paired with a light lemon flavor and hints of grapefruit. Very natural tasting, but less flavorful than I would like. Overall, I think I like Adagio’s Grapefruit Oolong better. Mostly because the flavor is a little stronger, and I think grapefruit tastes better with oolong than lemon. Nice to try, but I won’t miss it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
MissB

Yep, I refuse to order from them anymore, even though I really love some of their products. Exact (and I mean, exact) same experience last year… and I’m sure others on here will chime in and say the same.

rosebudmelissa

So disappointing. I’ve only tried a few of their teas so far, but so far the only thing I’ll definitely be looking for a good replacement for is the cacao teas, and I know there’s a couple other companies out there with a similar product.

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Caveat Emptor! This company does not have their act together. My order was either never sent or lost in the mail, it took anywhere from a few hours to two weeks for them to answer emails, and when I finally got my order after six weeks, one of the items was missing.

Hmm. This was okay. A mild and rather artificial blueberry flavored white tea. I actually don’t mind artificial blueberry flavoring, but this is a bit too weak for my tastes. I’ll certainly finish my sample, but I wouldn’t buy more even if I had any intention of buying from this company again. Adagio’s Green Rooibos Blueberry is still my Blueberry tea of choice.

Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown.

This is a really interesting tea. It tastes exactly like it sounds like it would – Oolong with a light and very natural flavor of grapefruit. It’s not one I reached for particularly often, but I appreciated it every time I drank it. It’s a nice change of pace. I’ll be picking up more next time I order from Adagio.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tried this twice since it had time and temperature instructions, but no instructions for amount of leaf. I tried it first with 1 tsp/8oz and it tasted like water with a faint aftertaste of tea. I tried it again with 3 tsp/8oz and it was much better. Lightly sweet and juicy. It’s a very nice white tea, but I’m not really getting much pear out of it. I don’t really mind, since I’m definitely developing a taste for white tea, but I do really like pear and could see it working really well with this tea, so I do kind of wish the flavor showed up.

Flavors: Sweet, Tea

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Chris Cataldo

Have you tried the oolong paradise from Teavana? I’m waiting for some to arrive in the mail,I hope it will be good.

Chris Cataldo

I mean Pear a dise

rosebudmelissa

No, I haven’t. I haven’t really enjoyed the Teavana teas I’ve tried since they tend to have artificial sweeteners.

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Sample from Ost. Thank you!

This did taste primarily of walnuts. It was a nice light nutty flavor, but the sample came pre-sweetened, which I’m not a fan of. It’s unclear to me if that’s because it was a sample, or if the tea normally comes that way. I’d be interested in checking it out if it normally came unsweetened.

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I drink a lot of herbal tea, and the occasional cup of traditional tea here and there. I really enjoy experimenting with my own blends. I like to keep a variety of teas on hand and I love trying new teas.

Flavors I like:
Tea (unflavored/desert blacks, dark oolongs, jasmine green, unflavored/fruity/floral whites)
Desert (chocolate, caramel, vanilla, honey, cream)
Spices (ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper)
Fruit(raspberry, honeydew, lemon, apple, blueberry, grape, pineapple, orange, mango, grapefruit)
Flowers (jasmine, hibiscus, chamomile, rose, chrysanthemum)
Nuts (coconut, hazelnut, pecan, cashew)
Misc. (anise, honeybush, green rooibos, mint, barley, rice)

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, red rooibos, lavender, licorice root; artificial peach, cherry, and almond flavors; bitter or astringent teas, unflavored greens

I have participated in the Overboard TTB, the Butiki Herbal Blending Box, and the Butiki Educational TTB and am currently running the Herbal TTB and the Monthly TTB Club

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Maryland

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