261 Tasting Notes

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After a rocky start, I’ve actually started developing a fondness for earl grey’s, so I decided to give this a shot even though I tend not to like rooibos. It has a really unusual taste. The bergamot does seem to temper the medicinal flavor of rooibos, but it almost clashes with it at the same time. It ends up with a sharpness I tend to associate with menthol and a floral aftertaste. This tea tastes dissonant to me, but I sort of like it anyway? I don’t know exactly what to think. I’ll definitely finish this cup, which is better than I expected with the rooibos, and I may even have a second at some point to try and make up my mind about it. If you’re an adventurous taster, or a fan of rooibos or earl gray, you might want to give this a try. It’ so different.

Flavors: Floral, Menthol

Preparation
Boiling 5 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.

Most of Herbal Infusions teas seem to be pretty weak. I tried this one with one teaspoon/8 oz, and could barely taste it. I tried it again with two teaspoons/8 oz. and it was much better. It’s still a very light tea, but I could taste caramel and black tea. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. I wish I could have tasted the spices, but I really enjoyed this regardless.

Flavors: Caramel, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 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 was pretty decent, but the flavor was a little weak for my tastes. I’m sure there are versions out there that I would enjoy more.

Tabby

Lame. :/ Thanks for the heads up, though!

rosebudmelissa

A few of their teas are pretty good, but definitely not worth dealing with the customer service.

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I’ve tried this a few more times, and the more I drink it, the more I like it. If I use boiling water and a longer steep time (5-10 minutes) I get a smooth dark oolong with hints of dark chocolate and nutty rice. It’s a very relaxing tea. I can let it sit and steep without worrying about it if the boys interrupt me, and the taste, although mild, is unique and natural. It makes me wonder if any other companies make a black or oolong genmaicha.

Fergy

is this a blend? flavored? sounds interesting.

rosebudmelissa

It’s a blend. It’s made with laoshan black tea, wuyi oolong, toasted rice, and cacao nibs. It mostly tastes like oolong, with just hints of other flavors, but it’s really growing on me.

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Sample from Zach S. Thank You!

Hmm. I wasn’t really a fan of this one. It mostly tastes earthy and smokey to me. I don’t really taste cinnamon or bred. I might like it better if the cinnamon was stronger. Oh well, it was nice to try.

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
261 tasting notes

Sample from Zach S. Thank you!

This is SOOO good! It’s an amazing dessert tea! It tastes like nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, and something fruity. I’m going to have to buy some of this. It kind of reminds me of apple crisp topping. Seriously, this is delicious! I think I’ve found a new favorite. Thanks again Zach!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I discovered this tea last year, and it is still my favorite blueberry tea. It’s light and fruity, so it tastes best with two teaspoons of leaf brewed for about 10 minutes, and with a touch of sweetener. But, brewed that way, it has a very distinct and natural blueberry flavor. This is one that I enjoy every time I drink it, and can drink day after day without getting bored of it. I especially like that this is a green rooibos tea, since it’s caffeine free and I think green rooibos works really, really well as a base for fruity teas. I will still keep trying different blueberry teas, since it would be nice to find one with a stronger flavor, but I will definitely be picking up more of this next time I order from Adagio.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 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 is utterly uninteresting. A bland black tea with an added vague sweetness. I don’t taste much coconut or spice. Just boring.

Flavors: Sweet, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Orange Peach by Tetley
261 tasting notes

This evening I went out to dinner for my sister-in-law’s birthday and chose this tea from the selection. I have yet to find a peach tea that I really like (I love peaches, but peach flavoring is usually too sweet for me). This was pretty good, but it didn’t taste like peach or orange to me. It tasted like grapefruit, and something almost minty, which I think may be eucalyptus. I would drink this again if it was offered to me, but probably wouldn’t buy it.

TheLastDodo

ditto on the peach. Flavorings never get it right. It’s always too sweet or just… wrong in some way

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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 tend to reach for floral and savory teas in the spring, fruity teas in the summer, spice, nut, and barley teas in the fall, and dessert and honeybush teas in the winter.

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

Flavors I Dislike: cardamon, lemongrass, coffee, chicory, red rooibos, lavender, licorice root, stevia; 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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