220 Tasting Notes

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That cinnamon though…

I even added a little milk to try and tame the beast, but the monster is too strong.

If you want a cup of tea that is like drinking spicy cinnamon gum, I have the perfect tea for you.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I liked this one well enough – it was nice and sweet and pleasantly breakfasty. Put in one cube of sugar and brewed five minutes. The black tea comes through without being overshadowed with the non-artificial flavoring. This was a leftover with an advent calendar, Day 14, that I was inconsistent when going through.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Day 21 of the Advent Calendar (did this one on time, haha)

Described on the bag as a “mellow and honeyed black tea” – thought, perfect!

This is actually not really mild. Would be a great brisk breakfast tea. I Steeped at five and can see that it could be over-steeped if you didn’t watch it. Not getting much honey or nuances other than a relatively strong black tea. Have allowed to cool and the taste does not alter. A good basic tea that would work well sweetened or even with a touch of milk if you like your black breakfast type tea this way.

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Day 10 of the advent calendar. Not much to say about this one and catching up. It is okay but nothing worth re-ordering. Light and a bit plain. I was intrigued by mint and bergamot, but meh. At least there wasn’t bitterness buried in the green

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drank Arabica Mocha by Adagio Teas
220 tasting notes

Finally something different for the advent samples. Arabica Mocha is pretty good – it has a warm and cozy nutty chocolate flavor. It fits the holiday season, unlike some of the others. At least it’s not yet another green or roobios.

As it cools, this one stays good. Did not need or add any sugars or additives.

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Day 12 of Advent Calendar

I actually loved this one, which is a relief as I had a few disastrous samples in a row and had to take a tea break
I have fallen awfully behind on everything advent.

I wasn’t too excited to try this one as I am picky on mint and there are so many of them lately. It seems the blend of mint with blueberries is absolutely delicious. A favorite of the advent samplers, perhaps my favorite mint total

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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This was Day 8 of the advent calendar

I wanted to try two teas in a day and was cursed. I sniff the bags when opening and it went through my mind that this one smelled slightly fishy.

It was either psychological or something, but after the first sips of this I kept getting a fishy undertone, got sick, and had to throw the whole thing out.

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Continuing my backlogging, this was Day 17 of Adagio.

They packed so much Roobios in their advent calendar for 2021

I brewed 7 minutes. Not bad. Nutty and warming. Would be good for winter OR fall. The apple and cocoa are a nice background blend to the rooibos with cameral smudge. Definitely get the nuttiness through as it has chestnuts and hazelnuts.

Preparation
1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I am SOOOOO behind on advent and doing terribly. Many untasted from both, terribly behind, and also behind on logging.

This was day 15 – 7 Citrus Russian Blend

A bit light. Steeped 6 oz 5 minutes. Excited for description but too light. Dipped in a tinned cookie which went well :)

I added some sugar, and then some honey. I generally do not like honey but the lemon was coming out as it cooled and my throat was a bit sore. They do complement each other. It got better letting the bottom steep over 10 minutes of the mini tea pitcher and adding sweetener.

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Day 8 of Advent Calendar – Adagio

I am so behind on my Adagio Advent by a few days, but this one is actually for the 8th day. Have some behind to do.

This one isn’t bad at all. It’s sweet, nutty, strong, warming. I accidentally got some floating leaves in there thanks to lazily putting it together. I found a mini baby white chip which was strangely adorable.

One of my preferred so far from the calendar. Have some chai to catch up on from their previous days as well, will try to catch up on those later today.

I did pour out half the water from the large cup so mine may be stronger. The sample didn’t contain much tea in this particular bag really, and didn’t want it weakened because of the water ratio. Didn’t need any additives or sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I have a drink obsession in general – daily lattes and coffees, and of course teas of many varieties. I mainly drink hot tea in Florida, but still enjoy the occasional southern sweet iced.

My preference is black tea, although I’m open to trial and error with others. I like the old fashioned English style tea cups, tea parties, food pair-ups, mini desserts and pies, cubes of sugar, small collection of Rose Red tea pets, you get the idea. I will always have an old fashioned tea kettle on the stove, but have recently purchased an electric tea kettle that I absolutely adore. I’m lazy by nature, so I have switched to stuffing tea bags for the loose teas to save on clean-up and disposal with other strainers.

I love smokey teas, non-bitter, not overly astringent, strong tea background mixed with flavored teas, no artificial sweetener tastes, balanced florals IF there must be a floral. I used to love spice, but it has to be done right. A former chai fan – now it reminds me of colored pencils. Cinnamon sounds good but so many teas have it artificial or odd tasting. Same goes for chocolate, some things have to be done just right to work.

Primary Tea Companies currently in 2022 – Harney and Sons, August Uncommon, Simpson & Vail, Fusion, Tea Spot, English Tea Store for odds and ends, The Tea Table

Most missed tea place and tea: Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki

Very picky with anything Roobios, and Darjeeling/Oolong are hit or miss depending on the blend and my taste buds. Mint works in a mood but I’m not a big fan. Gravitate toward good name blends and fall themes when doing yet more sampler orders.

I like adding a cube of sugar to almost all teas, not usually milks. I don’t like stevia or any artificial sweetener taste. I adore honey, but to me it doesn’t suit tea unless I have a sore throat as both the tea and the honey change their flavor profile quite a bit if I mix them.

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Lakeland, Florida, United States

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