734 Tasting Notes

i forget that this tea is actually two herbals mixed with an irish breakfast. for some reason i always assume it’s 3 black teas and so i don’t drink it as often. but when i do decide to open the tin i’m always thrilled with the sweet vibrant scent. note to self: drink this more.

the irish breakfast is a blend of a hearty black tea from Ceylon that has citrusy notes and a malty Assam. it’s a nice nice base and compliments the other teas in a manly sort of what you see is what you get kind of way. i can see watson slumped in a chair now.

the berry blues tea is made of blueberries and apple pieces and a tiny bit of hibiscus. but since this hibiscus is only a small part of one third of this overall blend it’s barely there. it’s mostly just appley if you ask me. down with hibiscus! sherlock agrees with me, i asked.

the rooibos vanilla chai is a strong vanilla component with ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon pieces, and orange peels. i do so like orange peels in my tea blends. and this is where the spice comes in. i kinda wish there was a tiny bit more spice. like a small smooth bite of ginger. perhaps if i steep it longer at a lower temperature……. !!!oh damn i just remembered that i should steep the adagio blends at a lower temp for 2 min. see THIS is why i need a tea journal of some sort. dangit. (i’d make another cup right now but i only brought one scoop with me to work whomp whomp)

i think this tea has slightly more heart than mind going on. and that’s more than fine with me. it’s what keeps us sane.

sherlock + watson = BFFs4Evah

ClassieLassie

Roobios usually causes me problems but I keep drinking this one thinking it will, too, and it hasn’t yet. I’m going to have to try a lower water temp and less steep time trick, too.

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03/12/2013
my boyfriend just popped his head in my door saying “it smells like chocolate in here”
the power of the tea!!

the mint is a little fresh pinch at the end of a sip. the balance of chocolate and vanilla is a tad off from perfect. cuz i think i might like more chocolate. MOAR!! but it’s just not that kind of tea is it.
no no, this is a classy and patient tea.

this tea is extremely gentlemanly. pleased to meet you Mr. Wentworth.

24/01/2013
just watched the last episode (xmas special) of Downton Abbey.
idk
i mean really?
ijdk

Miss Starfish

I’ve been putting it off… The past season was just so sad! Do you think it’s a skip-able episode or no?

gmathis

Do watch it! (No spoilers, but some very conclusive things happen!)

Bianca G.

My reaction to the episode exactly :/

Em

I agree with gmathis!!

ClassieLassie

I haven’t even seen it yet but thanks to Radio Times’ twitter, I know and I’m avoiding it as long as I can!

Miss Starfish

Oh man… I just finished and… yes… conclusive. Hmmm.

Shmiracles

controversial opinion warning…. i think i’m over downton abbey. like i’m-not-gonna-watch-it-any-more-and-i-don’t-even-care-what-happens-next over it. which is good cuz i need to reduce my tv watching anyways!
oh but i take that back cuz i will duh have to come back to visit Branson.

i’ll talk about it more once all of the episodes have shown state-side though. i don’t wanna be the spoiley spoiler!!

gmathis

Nurturing my D.A. withdrawal with Call the Midwife. New season set to begin on March 31. Different era (late 50’s/early 60’s London); equally good!

Shmiracles

i JUST finished Call The Midwife 2 days ago! i stayed up til 2am sunday night cuz i didn’t wanna stop watching i had so much fun!

gmathis

I love the Miranda Hart (Chummy) storyline!

Shmiracles

me too, so much. just having her on screen and smiling made me happy. all of them were so endearing!

whatshesaid

Downton Abbey. Yeah. Sigh.

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i added coconut milk and sucanat! i NEVER do that! what a super treat! and wtf! caffeine at 8:30pm! i’m coo-coo bananas!

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
734 tasting notes

toasty and delicious.
we all know how unique this tea in general is. tastes like comfort food in your cup.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
734 tasting notes

It’s my first time having this and I don’t know why I didn’t get excited about this tea sooner!! how lovely!
I’m wiped out after my 8 mile run this evening all I wanna do is lay down asap. so I didn’t sip this slowly like I wish I had. But next time I will give it plenty of attention. Probably tomorrow even.

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i read somewhere on steepster within the last 24 hrs that someone figured out that steeping adagio teas at a lower heat for 2 min got the best results. i looked real hard for the post but can’t find it now.
anyways, that is what i did. and it did definitely bring this tea more to life!
the lower heat gives it more room to breathe really. not so smothering.
sometimes you just need to charm the flavors out from hiding.
though Robin would probably just use his smile.

the oriental is mild. i guess it’s assam forward?
’builder’s tea’ is accurate!
hello handsome.

Michelle

That’s definitely my Adagio standard – blacks at 180 for 2 min. Anything more brings out an ugly bitterness.

Starfevre

interesting! I’ll have to try this!

TastyBrew

Hmm.. I’ve been avoiding my adagio teas for ages. I might have to go experiment with this. Thanks!

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drank Three Wishes Tea by DAVIDsTEA
734 tasting notes

i drank this several times many months ago but noticed i hadn’t logged it. i’m cleaning out my virtual cupboard and wanted to make sure i have note of drinking this tea once-upon-a-time.

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this is the tea i bought after i threw out my previous cup of tea that was so puke awful.

it was not a good cup, but at least i did not have to dump it out.

warning to the wise: don’t ever drink tea at Rostov’s, or order a cup from a place that serves Rostov’s, in Richmond.

Anna

You know, the name says Rostov’s Coffee & Tea, but all I ever see from them is coffee. Never occurred to me to look for the tea. Thanks for the warning!

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Em

I hate when that happens.

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drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
734 tasting notes

i’m watching the final Fringe episodes right now!

update (2 months later)
cuz that wasn’t a review hah

well, i remember when i first tried this i was not impressed. it kinda just smelled like other teas i’d already had and the taste wasn’t as strong as other teas. but this time the scent just kept wafting from the brewed cup. and i just kept looking down at my little cup on the floor (cuz i sit on the floor a lot) and thinking – wow i don’t remember you smelling so good little tea. xo

so this is a chocolate desert tea yes, but i feel like it has a sense of humor. i don’t know if i would really buy it again but i do know that i will enjoy the steeps i do have left with a bubbly attitude.

oh ps: and i do have a used teabag cold brewing in the fridge so i’ll let you know if that turns out interestingly.

Courtney

So sad :( What an awesome show. I have the last season left to watch but I’ve been putting it off hoping the outcome will change.

whatshesaid

I keep reading about this cold brewing and assumed it just meant that you’re making iced tea but your comments lead me to believe you actually use COLD water? hmm.

Emilie

Cold brewing is awesome! I think people all have their own little way of doing it, but I put a bunch of tea (like 4-5 teaspoons, sometimes more) in a mason jar with cold or room temp water. Then you put it in the fridge, and depending on how much you used, how strong you want it, etc. you can leave it for 6 hours, overnight, a few days, whatever you like. It tends to bring out different flavors, and I’ve found it makes hibiscus less sour/tart.

CHAroma

Tea leaves also release less caffeine when cold-brewed.

whatshesaid

I’m intrigued and need to try this immediately

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THAT’S NUMBERWANG!

i have a cat named House Party 3.

i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

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evil hibiscus is evil.

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