502 Tasting Notes

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drank Vanilla Bean by Mighty Leaf Tea
502 tasting notes

Double-sacheted this one and poured way too much milk in it, but it still manages to be very tasty. It’s definitely genuine vanilla bean— has a bit of a bitter earthy edge to it. It actually kind of smells like a pu-erh, even though I know it’s not. I added some honey to play up the sweeter side of the vanilla and it worked out nicely. Very nice mid-afternoon sweet treat.

Mighty Leaf teas don’t tend to get great reviews on Steepster, and I think it’s because they are VERY pricey bagged teas. I understand why they cost a lot though; they use plastic silken sachets instead of paper, and they weave the string and tag into the sachet instead of cheaply gluing it (looking at YOU, Lipton and H & S), so there is a lot of materials, time, and labor involved. It’s also whole-leaf loose tea inside the sachets, not CTC dust. But when you’re paying $9-$12 for a box of 14 sachets, you expect pleasant surprises and perfect artistry. Or at the very least, multiple steeps per sachet. To be completely honest, these teas are not surprising or overly finely crafted, and they don’t lend themselves well to multiple steepings. I was lucky enough to get this box for half-price (liquidation sale; Shaw’s is not stocking this tea on their shelves anymore), so I am able to review it without the price point affecting my experience too much.

Vanilla is one of my very favorite things in the world; in addition to conserving my supply of this tea treat, I’m currently mourning the discontinuation of my favorite scent from Bath & Body Works, Wild Madagascar Vanilla. I’ve stocked up on the full line of products before they start stocking it in body lotion and fragrance mist only, and relegate them to the “online exclusive” group.

Why do all my favorite vanilla things leave me??

Flavors: Vanilla, Wet Earth

Fjellrev

Aww, it sucks when companies discontinue awesome products. I haven’t tried Wild Madagascar Vanilla. Weird since I love vanilla. Maybe it’s best I never experienced it!

I’m still angry at them for discontinuing their creamy moisturizing hand soaps, and also their Twilight Woods hand soaps. Ugh!

teaqueen

I loved the Twilight Woods scent, too! They always get rid of the good ones. The only one that they still sell the full line of from their original scents is Sweet Pea. Yuck :(

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The guy who created these blends did a crappy job matching the name of the potion to the personalities of the tea. The Draught of Peace should be a bedtime blend, not a caffeinated blend; the Butterbeer one should have a rooibos base; Felix Felicis should be caffeinated (to make the drinker feel like (s)he is ready to take on the world); and there shouldn’t be one named Veritaserum because Veritaserum is supposed to be clear and flavorless. It’s almost like he just made a bunch of awesome blends and then assigned them potion and beverage names from the Wizarding World at random.

I mean, they’re all delicious. Especially this one, which is a black tea with raspberry, dark chocolate, and hazelnut flavoring. I gotta say, this is one very nice tea. I love how the cocoa is bitter, not sweet. The raspberry is naturally sweet enough to balance it in a very organic way. The hazelnut is a nice touch, too— it’s almost like drinking deconstructed Nutella. Stripped of all refined sugar and calorie- free. Perfect for First-Half-of-January Resolutions. ;)

It was apparently inspired by the large ice cream that Hagrid buys for Harry in Diagon Alley in The Sorcerer’s Stone. Which has absolutely zilch to do with Veritaserum, because that potion doesn’t even get mentioned until The Goblet of Fire. Maybe he should have named the blends after the books instead?

Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67
drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
502 tasting notes

I like that this one has a bit of an edge to it… Matches my mood this week. Coming back to work from a 2-week vacation is the worst thing ever, especially if your job is in customer service, which mine is…

I will preface this note by saying that I heated my water in the microwave because that is my only option at work, besides using the Keurig, which is even more abominable in my books. So the flavor profile of this cuppa is probably off, due to my improperly heated water of indeterminate temp. And use of a stoneware mug that was merely rinsed after I used it to drink instant coffee with sugar. I also oversteeped it, to add insult to injury, so I can taste paper from the bag.

I taste something else that is pleasantly sour, like a faint hint of genuine, unsweetened lemon. Also nutty notes and the smell of wet, decaying maple leaves. Lots of earthiness. Calls to mind the rainy, gray hills of Ireland for sure. It has a bite of astringency in the aftertaste.

Despite all of its handicaps, it still proves to be a hearty, uplifting, fairly tasty experience. Not bad as a bagged cuppa, but I bet the loose version is even better with properly boiled water in a fine china cup.

Flavors: Lemon, Nutty, Pleasantly Sour, Wet Earth

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drank Felix Felicis by Adagio Teas
502 tasting notes

Oooooooooo….. This one is lovely! It smells strongly of maple and walnuts and it tastes like maple Mini-Wheat cereal. Yummmmmm. I get notes of sweet caramel too.

The liquor is the typical deep red characteristic of rooibos. Very very nice. Easily the yummiest Adagio blend that I have tried to date.

Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Sweet, Wheat

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This one was yummy! It tasted like a creamy black tea. Lots of vanilla and some kind of nondescript tart fruit taste. Not like a masterpiece or anything, but definitely drinkable and accessible.

Found it kind of odd that this was a black tea; I would think that the Draught of Peace would be a chamomile base… Just my opinion.

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drank Polyjuice by Custom-Adagio Teas
502 tasting notes

This one smells strongly of chai spice and oranges. I can see the rooibos when I scoop the dry leaf. I was surprised to learn that it has black tea too! Lovely.

It tastes like an average citrus spice blend. Good for the winter season.

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Orange

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drank ButterBeer by Custom-Adagio Teas
502 tasting notes

I got a Fandom sampler pack of all the Harry Potter potion teas for Christmas. (What can I say? My family knows me well.) This is the first one I tried.

I steeped it with skim milk in my Kati mug. I will confess that I underleafed and overmilked, so further study is needed.

For what it’s worth, I taste a lot of cream, vanilla, and caramel. The aroma before sipping is butterscotch. I taste the familiar astringent Adagio black tea base, but the flavorings are well balanced and play nicely with it.

Not a whole lot of surprises in this first cup. Can’t wait to try the others in the pack!!

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank White Moon by Basilur
502 tasting notes

I got this in bagged form yesterday. My first experience with a milk oolong!

It was sickly sweet smelling when I tore open the packet, so I approached it with some trepidation. It turned out to be a floral tasting, slightly sweet green tea. Not bad. Not really oolong-ish though.

Liquid Proust

Basilur is some low quality stuff… found out last Christmas :P
I can send you some superb milk oolong from Whispering Pines and Beautiful Taiwan Tea if you are interested.

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100

Sipping down the last of this blend. I’ll more than likely be restocking it; it’s easily the best bagged EG I’ve ever tasted. The bergamot has a dreamy feel to it, with notes of vanilla bean and fresh cream.

You don’t need to add milk or anything to this. It’s divine. I need to try the loose version next.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Vanilla

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
502 tasting notes

Had this at Starbuck’s today. It was nice. Smooth, floral, slightly spicy, and expensive.

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Hello! I’m a recent college graduate, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.

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