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89
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
576 tasting notes

This is one of those teas I enjoy because it’s hard to mess up. I also love the name! As a military and gun buff, it’s fitting. Dry, the leaves remind me of the inside of a Sunny Surplus store. Not sure if anyone will have any idea what I mean…

It’s smoky, but not overkill like Lapsang can be.

I also enjoy this cuppa while playing any game in the Call of Duty series on my beloved xbox 360! :)

I enjoy this version much more than the Stash variety, which was paler in color and blander in flavor. This version has a touch of smokiness and I’m sure would pair great with something minty… A new blend to try! :)

gmathis

I’ve put my own homegrown spearmint leaves in with gunpowder, then iced it. Good stuff!

TeaBrat

I’m starting to get into gunpowder too!

KeenTeaThyme

ooh! That sounds amazing! MUST TRY! I’ll have to grab some sprigs from Mom. Maybe the chocolate mint variety too!

Bonnie

This sounds cool for my 11 year old grandson…tea drinker…into his xbox and military stuff. His cousin died in Afganistan recently (Memory Eternal).

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No rating as this is one of my own blends.

I just love the mix of chocolate, vanilla (cream) and cherry. Often I can’t have chocolate – I’m allergic to an enzyme that is in milk chocolate and many dairy products (including ice cream). So drinking my chocolate is truly bliss.

The folks at Adagio do a great job blending. I run through this one often, and it tastes the same each batch – the perfect harmony of cherry, chocolate and cream.

Just don’t seep longer than four minutes, unless you enjoy bitter-ish tea…

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I may have oversteeped my first bit. There’s enough in my little packet for a rerun. I’ll lighten it up.

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84
drank Raspberry Royale by Bigelow
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This used to be one of my favorite bagged varieties. I guess it still is… I like that lack of tart, that HIBISCUS that many fruity teas tend to have. This is bold and hearty, with a twinge of raspberry. I added some sweetener, to enhance the flavor.

OK, OK. I added it because I have a sweet tooth. You caught me!

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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I swear this used to be called English Breakfast. Now it’s English Teatime and there’s a pink box for English Breakfast…

Anyway, the chai didn’t wake me up enough so I went hard core. This has a very pleasant tea taste, robust and hearty. And caffeine-y.

I need to find my “fast lane” tea – that’ll get the job done.

Bonnie

Do you like puerh latte? Good A.M. kickstart!

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Beginning my day with this cuppa. It’s been another fun-filled week of migraines. I dragged my butt in today but I’m ready to pass out. Thank goodness for hearty teas like this one! Please see other notes; this is a fave…even if it is from the evil empire, Teavana. ;)

Bonnie

I’m sorry you have migraines! I suffer from frequent migraines also. Caffeine helps me but I must stay indoors due to light sensitivity all the time like a mushroom. Funny but true! Chai spice if there is Chili may not be best for migraine. Look up migraines diet.

KeenTeaThyme

Thanks for the help! I find chai isn’t an issue, a;though some spicy foods are (very sad – love my Tex-Mex). Red Rooibos tea is…yet green rooibos isn’t… I hate missing work because of migraines. Gets very old!

I’m sorry you suffer as well – but perhaps we migraine sufferers can unite in the misery!

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93

24 hours ago I was playing Skyrim on my xbox360. Now I’m stuck at work. Boo.

But I do get to enjoy this coconut gem, so that’s good.

I’m going to need a LOT of caffeine to get through today… (please see other noteS)

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86

I’m having a lazy Friday – I don’t feel like messing with loose teas and the filter bags. I’ve had a rough work week and am SO GLAD it’s Freakin’ Friday. So I’m enjoying this cupboard staple.

I raised the rating slightly because I do love the mix of chai spice with vanilla and a hint of honey flavor. Steep it for about five minutes and you’re in for a spicy treat.

I added some sugar to reward myself for it being Friday. I also like to add sugar to balance and enhance spicy flavors. This one is no exception.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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100

My Plan B tea. My “Old Reliable” tea. It’s starting to look all gray and gross outside so I need a pick-me-up (especially since the day isn’t even half over yet). I just love this spicy cuppa. Made myself a larger cup. Delish!

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89

This is a fun tea – tastes just like raspberry and dark chocolate, two of my favorite things. (I can’t do milk chocolate, allergic. But luckily NOT allergic to dark chocolate.) I purchased the V-day set to share with my husband…OK, I just bought it for myself. But he can enjoy some of it, if he wants.

My only issue with this tea is that you can’t really steep/infuse it more than once. It’s a great, hearty and delish cuppa, just once. I have that issue with many Adagio teas, but since they are inexpensive I don’t worry about it too much.

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I treated myself to the V-day tea set which includes this white tea wonder. I started with Ripe for Romance, which is basically raspberry and chocolate…and not too impressive. But this one… totally different experience!

I tend to prefer green and/or white teas, so perhaps that’s the reason I adore this one. (Ripe for Romance contains black tea.)

The ingredients are weird – lavender and peach? Are you crazy?! But the end result is a flavorful bouquet of sweet peach and a hint of floral. I mainly taste the peach/apricot. After sipping there is a hint of lavender/floral on your tongue, but I wouldn’t call this a lavender tea by any means.

It’s light and delicate, a great afternoon tea – especially for those who are trying to cut back on caffeine (currently under a threat by my doctor). I imagine this would taste nice iced as well but it’s far too cold outside to think about that right now!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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.

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