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576 Tasting Notes

72

This is a hearty, strong, bold tea blend – a great AM wakeup cup. I have a hard time judging black teas because they often taste similar to me – plain, or unflavored. So this is good, definitely better than your average run-of-the-mill grocery version, and does its job of waking me up – but other than that, it’s typical. Good, but not something I’d regularly stock as “stellar” from David’s Tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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No rating as this is my own. I blended this up with more green rooibos and less jasmine pearls, and I think I like this version better. Let me know if you want a sample! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I’d LOVE a sample :)

KeenTeaThyme

Can you please resend me your addy? I lost it in my move. :( I’ll get a sample out to you asap – and do you want to try anything else? Any other Adagio blends? I don’t have any more Toasted Marshmallow but basically everything else is in stock.

TeaEqualsBliss

ANYTHING you want to send my way would be awesome :) I can share them with Liberteas, too!

ashmanra

Hmm, I have never had green rooibos but don’t care for red. I love jasmine, though. If you have enough, I would like to try it! Let me know what I can send to you!

Batrachoid

I’ve always wanted to try it. =) I can send you some of my wild grown mint. It grows wild all over the place where I work and it has these amazing eucalyptus and sage flavors. After some research I found out it was used as a tea substitute since colonial times! No wonder!

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drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
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I upped my rating on this one, after trying the bagged variety and letting it steep for the length of the cup. (I also sampled this after the H bomb of David’s Tea’s Paradise Found, and nothing could be that tart!) This is decent, a nice everyday tea. It’s nothing special, nothing unique, but it has a smooth citrus-y flavor and is pleasant enough. It just doesn’t WOW me.

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
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Not a big hibiscus fan and this is heavy on the H. I cut the tart zing with sugar and that helped some. I love the way this smells, both dry and brewed – like a tropical paradise. It’s a decent tea, not my fave from David’s Tea, but not the worst thing I’ve ever consumed.

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drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
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Holy heck – this is one of the best darn teas I’ve ever had! It tastes like pina coladas, like a tropical vacay, like Californian summers… Great hot and FABULOUS iced! Another new cupboard essential. I drink this down in three gulps, reinfused and (im)patiently waited for it to cool to try it “iced.” SO yummy!

Alphakitty

This one is SO GOOD, I could honestly drink it every day and be happy (but broke).

Sare

I will have to invest in this one!!!

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95

I’m a nut for anything strawberry, so of course I’d opt for a strawberry tea. The “shortcake” part of this tea is just a bonus. This does taste like strawberry cake, and I love that the strawberry flavor tastes more real than artificial. (Not that I’m anti-artificial strawberry or anything.) I steeped for five minutes and was able to reinfuse – always a bonus. This is a new cupboard staple! Oh, and it’s already sweet enough on its own, no additional sugar or sweetener required – always a good sign.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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92

Holy cow – if this is supposed to make you healthy, I should be healthier in no time! I love this licorice, ginger and herbal blissful tea! It’s very flavorful and spicy, which I love. I saw the other note after I had already brewed it for five minutes and I enjoyed the spicy cuppa, although I know not everyone is a licorice fan. The spices overpower the orange peel and citrus side, which I don’t mind, but if you’re looking for an orange-and-spice cuppa, this isn’t it. This is a great late-afternoon and evening tea, as it relaxes your mind. I purchased this as part of my inaugural Davids Tea order and I’m hooked – on the blend and David’s Tea. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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No rating as this is my own. I really enjoyed this medley of smoky gunpowder green and sunny green rooibos. It reminded me of a Sunny’s Surplus store (I love that surplus smell), and spending hours reading about WWII and the Civil War when I was younger. OK, I still do that. And I play lots of war video games. And, I support our troops! “Land of the free, because of the brave.”

SimpliciTEA

I LOVE that picture!

KeenTeaThyme

Thanks! It’s one of my faves too – a popular photo (not mine). :)

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87

I’m a nut for anything mint, so this is a fave of mine. It’s light, crisp and refreshing – great iced too!

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No rating as this is one of mine. I needed a little caffeine and sweet treat fix, and this fit the bill. My only complaint is I can only have a limited amount of caffeine a day! How to cope?!

gmathis

Is your dr. OK with herbals/tisanes/decaf?

CHAroma

Wow, you chose a FANTASTIC photo and name for your custom tea blend! If it tastes half as good as it looks, I’m sure it’s a real winner!

SimpliciTEA

Agreed on the picture.

That is a bummer about your caffeine situation, KeenTeaThyme.

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

If you are a tea company, I’d love to review some your tea! Free samples are always welcome so I can fully enjoy the freshest selections. I’m also open to tea swaps as I always have too many teas on hand to drink & would love to share with other tea enthusiasts! :)

My Simple Rating Scale (as of Feb. 2011)
>50: I’m NOT a fan. I could barely finish the cup, if I even did. I wouldn’t even recommend this to my worst enemy. Not worth my time nor yours.

51-65: Good aroma, good flavor. Just nothing pops to give the tea that special kick. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

66-79: Yes, finally, tea – unique flavor profiles, great aroma & flavor. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

80-99: These are cupboard essentials – delicious, aromatic and perfect everyday teas. Re-steepable (beyond at least one steeping). Highly recommended, fun for all ages.

100: These are my favorites, the ones I would take with me if stranded on a desert island. Beyond Highly Recommended.

Just Launched: Keen Tea Thyme @ Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KeenTeaThyme

Check out my shop at Tea Trade:
http://keenteathyme.teatra.de/

Be “keen” on tea at Keen Tea Thyme, my blog:
http://keenteathyme.blogspot.com/
Reviews, blogs, tea leaf readings, puzzles, contests and more.

And check out some of my blends from Adagio:
Toasted Marshmallow
http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=15394&sid=0349b21a92100a51134eea7fc2b52f2d&scrollTop=0

Vampire Lemonade
http://www.adagio.com/signature_blend/blend.html?blend=15766&SID=01971e73a2cbaa7c0b09962b355fdeb8

If you have a signature blend you’d like me to try, we can swap teas! PM me for details! :)

Happy Brewing! :)

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