176 Tasting Notes

85

FINAL SIGNATURE BLEND! Ouch I burned my tongue on this one, I guess I was just that excited. It SMELLED AMAZING the chai was the strongest! HOWEVER once I brewed it, the assam really shined, mostly overpowering the apple chai completely HAHA. I DON’T MIND THAT THOUGH. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but the assam has such a classic taste (and the chai definitely sweetened it a little in a way) and I really like it. TOTALLY FEEL LIKE I’M IN SOME KAMAKHYA TEMPLE assam is so cool. I get the apple in the aftertaste a bit, though!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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90

Time to try more of these blends! BY ITSELF the strawberry is kinda overpowering, which I’m pretty neutral about, but add some milk and sugar and it prettymuch tastes like some kinda STRAWBERRY LATTE it’s kinda amazing yum!! AND IT SMELLS LIKE CANDY!? WOW dang.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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90

Wowww THIS IS ACTUALLY QUITE DELICIOUS! I almost always add cream to my Irish/English breakfast teas but this didn’t need it! The blueberries and the vanilla made up for that. I think I coulda almost went with less blueberry just because I don’t like super fruity tea but I definitely wouldn’t categorize it as SUPER FRUITY either it’s a pretty good mix of both! I kinda wanna try it with cream anyway at some point just to see how it changes the flavor but overall I’m pretty happy with this blend YAAAY.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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85

MY ADAGIO PACKAGE CAME TODAY YAY!! Now have 4 new samples and 4 signature blends that I made, and this is the first one I tried as it was the one I was the most excited about. LEMON & GINGER TEA is delicious and I love me my grassy greens so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with mixing them.

I AM, HOWEVER, having a problem with just that: I CAN’T SEEM TO MIX EM PROPERLY. The first time I steeped for a about 2.5 minutes, due to the nature of the kukicha, and it tasted very much like sweet, grassy kukicha IT WAS DELICIOUS but the lemon grass just didn’t get a chance to really shine! So I tried again, going for 7 minutes and then the lemon grass overpowered the kukicha! IT’S STILL GOOD, both ways, but I’m guessing I’ll have to give this one another test run later maybe at 4 minutes to see if I can really get a good mix of both.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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75

Work had this today so I went ahead and tried it! I DO LIKE IT, ACTUALLY… you can definitely taste the nutmeg, and it’s most definitely got spice. Really don’t taste any pumpkin, though. But I’m okay with that because I’m not the biggest pumpkin fan in the first place. But if that IS what you want, well, YOU WONT FIND IT HERE

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

Yummm love this so much has such a great finish and aftertaste!!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

STILL LOVIN THIS TEA it’s just so buttery and down to earth, sighs dreamily~

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

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80

ANOTHER SAMPLE FROM STARFISHEY THANK YOU!! Wow I actually liked this more than I thought IDK WHY PEOPLE HATE IT SO MUCH EITHER whateva!! I was a little scared because I’m honestly not a fan of overly-fruity teas I LOVE FRUIT and fruit accents but I dunno when teas get too purely fruity it’s just kinda a turn off I guess I’d just rather drink juice, really.

BUT ANYWAY this tea is actually REALLY PECULIAR? I smelled it and kinda had a hard time figuring out what I was smelling other than kinda flowery and fruity… and then I tasted it and I really have no idea what I just tasted. The hibiscus was pretty strong I definitely got that but then there were just all these RANDOM FRUITY FLAVORS in the background and they were all really mild and I LIKED THAT. For me it wasn’t overpowering or tart at all, it was really light and unique!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75

Another Starfishey sample! …SO UH I let this steep for a bit too long but it’s still pretty good; REALLY fruity! And more sweet than I expected? I think I was expecting more tangy flavors but I got a lot of sweet fruitiness.

I DID THIS ONE AGAIN steeped at a proper time and it actually didn’t change the overall taste too much. Same flavor just a little less strong. IT’S NOT BAD, I think I might actually like it better iced though? HMMM.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
starfishey

Yeah I can see where oversteeping would make it so fruity. If you look at the ingredients there isn’t a whole lot to contribute to that tang you were looking for, but if I remember right the agave helps with that (GIVE IT A TRY).

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75

SO I THINK I GOT A LOT CLOSER THIS TIME! Went with boiling water for 5 minutes with both a bit of milk and sugar and yum definitely a delicious sweet dessert tea. I’m still not really getting that LIQUID CINNAROLL that people have been mentioning, it just tastes very sugar-y sweet to me. It’s good, regardless! I’ll keep experimenting with the sample I have left.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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SUPER CASUAL TEA AFICIONADO!
my tastes are not refined.

i tend to steep teas too long and give a lot of high ratings and get ridiculously excited over things; i apologize for my excessive use of caps but TEA IS EXCITING okay!

greens & oolongs are my favorite!
also like sweet black teas!
and occasional light fruity teas!

i’d love to do a tea trade with you!

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