492 Tasting Notes

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drank Plum by Adagio Teas
492 tasting notes

Hello, old friend. I’ve been drinking this tea on and off for about five years now. I always come back to it. Been slowly making my way through a 1lb.-bag I acquired not long after Adagio stopped producing this for the east coast. It was my first loose leaf tea.

As usual, it’s a very potent Ceylon blend with tart plum and a hint of vanilla. Having it hot tonight. Is there a term for having cups of tea back to back, like “chain smoking”, only with tea? Because that’s what I have been doing today.

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This tea comes across with a sort of fierce confidence compared to the calm, mellow darjeeling I tried earlier. The leaves are more tightly rolled and darker, almost black. The scent is sharper as well, and it has that distinct Ceylon signature.

Within seconds the water turned a deep reddish amber. I was impressed. This would be excellent on a cold morning, as the caffeine level feels pretty high. As usual, I added sugar to compliment the pleasant bitterness. I personally love Ceylon, so this was a real treat. It’s much better than any of the Ceylons I’ve tried from Adagio and other random places.

Also, I’d like to mention that not only is this tea certified organic, Fair Trade, and delicious, it comes in a compostable bag. Everything about this tea is biodegradable. I highly recommend it.

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I’m celebrating Fair Trade Month early with my first darjeeling. Thank you, Taylor!

I knew I was going to like this tea the second I opened the bag and sniffed. It smelled so deliciously sweet and enticing, but dark. Like the woods in fall. The leaves don’t look like a traditional black I’m used to. They were a lighter brown, and had bits that remind me almost of a white tea mixed in.

I could hardly wait the five minutes I let it steep. The initial flavor is a cultured, smooth black tea with a hint of honey. It also has a sort of fruity zest to it, sort of lemony. There is no bitterness at all, and it is not astringent in the least. I can suddenly understand why people call darjeelings “the champagne of tea”.

This might be my mainstay black tea from now on.

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T.C.

“Like the woods in fall.” – great description!

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81

Brewed this double-strong and used 1 part water, 1 part milk. Added sugar and topped with whipped cream. It’s almost like a chai latte this way. Should have sprinkled cinnamon on top of the cream… hmm.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon & Ginger by Twinings
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I may have used water that was a tad too hot, but I like the outcome either way. It’s exactly like one might expect. Heavy on the lemon, light on the ginger, and even lighter on the herbal tea flavor. It brews up to a pleasant shade of yellow. The scent of the tea itself is almost purely ginger, but then again, I have a cold, so I’m sure a lot of subtlety is being lost on me. If I get a chance, I would like to try this again with honey or agave nectar.

I’ve noticed that a lot of us have been trying this tea when we’re sick. Hmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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My friend gave me a bag of this when I left his place earlier. And, wow. This is exactly what I needed today. (I’ve caught a cold.)

I admit I can’t really taste the chrysanthemum, but the pu-erh’s flavor is amazing. It’s sweet and honeylike, and incredibly smooth. Completely non-astringent or bitter. It’s malty and I know this may sound strange, but buttery. In a good way. Like a warm honey-buttered croissant. It’s going amazingly with my intensely spicy Thai ramen.

I’m going to have to buy a box of this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Blueberry Rooibos by Rishi Tea
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Alright, I changed my mind. After brewing a pitcher of it to have iced, I feel like I should add that it’s delicious cold. While the rooibos flavor seemed stronger when it was hot, it takes on a different and much more refreshing note when it’s cold. My brother and I went through the whole pitcher in one day. It’s sweet and summery, with a hint of something creamy in the aftertaste like vanilla.

I’ve upped the rating score just a little because of this. If you have this tea and haven’t tried it iced, I highly recommend that you do!

Also, I should note that though I mentioned before that this tea smells VERY strong when you open the package, it doesn’t describe what it’s like to make half a gallon at once. My entire apartment REEKED of blueberry. In fact, one of my roomies asked me if I was making muffins within the first minute steeping. I wonder if the neighbors could smell it, it was so strong!

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Happy to have a cup of this again. This brand is what Celestial Seasonings wishes it was (and tries to make up for it with flashy packaging).

Slightly tangy, delicious blueberry flavor. Smooth in every way without that odd herbal tea aftertaste. Think the taste of blueberry yogurt without as much creaminess. It brews up a neat shade of dark pink as well, I assume from the dried blueberry content. Yum! Too bad they don’t have this flavor on black tea…

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Peach by The Republic of Tea
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Of the three Republic Of Tea flavors I’ve tried in the past few days, this has been the best. The peach taste is not overwhelming, and it balances well with the black tea. The ginger is a little more subtle than I was hoping for, but it’s there, and it’s nice. It gives the tea a more satisfying finish and makes my mouth tingle a little.

Ginger is something sort of new to me in teas, so I’m still getting used to it, but in this case I like it. It reminds me of ginger ale. Like maybe some delicious ginger ale/tea/peach cocktail. I’d love to try this iced.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Golden Brew by Reflections
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Alright, I seriously need to stop picking random teas I find in my grandparents’ cabinet. I have no idea how old this is, but judging by the smell, it’s not at its freshest. Also, I could find nothing about this tea or the manufacturer online, which is another bad sign. The image you see was taken on my digital camera for proof that it exists.

Surprisingly, I like it for what it is (cheap off-brand bagged tea). It reminds me a bit of Tazo’s “Awake”. It’s malty and smooth, not too astringent. There is a bit of a honey-like aftertaste that I really like. I added sugar, but I could imagine this would be good straight too. I’ll probably never see another bag of it, though, as I assume it came from a hotel breakfast or something similar…

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Jack12

i’ve got this in mm “cupboard”, now how do cna I purchase it??

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Quiet, strange, and in love with the world of tea. 20-something and living just outside of Atlanta. Cat lover, EBM/synthpop geek, balcony gardener, and collector of fossils. On the hunt for the perfect tea in each of my favorite categories.

I prefer black teas, but I’m trying to broaden my horizons. My favorites tend to be yunnan tips, earl grey, chai, and pretty much any black tea from Fujian, China. My favorite add-ons are plum, cinnamon, sage, apple, coconut, raspberry, lychee, bergamot, osmanthus, cucumber, lavender, vanilla, cardamom, ginger, and caramel.

I’m shy about green tea, curious about white, and learning to love oolong. I hate rooibos and anything with orchid, fennel, or jasmine.

I’m currently growing my own tea. I have a 3-year-old potted Camellia sinensis, and I plan on picking a tiny bit of new growth this spring for my first try at drying my own leaves.

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