242 Tasting Notes

drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
242 tasting notes

Adagio sent me a tea mail with 4 samples and suggesting a place an order. I will say their little sample sizes do travel well. This wuyi was pretty tasty, but the third steep has lost its punch. Floral, sweet, and a tad smoky, certainly not a bad example of an oolong, but I’m not inspired to place an order until I sip down some of the rest of my tea. Though I am in Texas, and I did buy a box of cinnamon chamomile from HEB yesterday, so I guess I’m not on a buying hiatus?!?

gmathis

Cinnamon rolls are FOOD. That doesn’t count.

AJRimmer

They sent me some samples too, but I haven’t had a chance to try them yet. Mine were mostly herbal, so it’s nice that they really did curate their choices to the individual!

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This chai is very anise forward, with a bit of cinnamon and pepper in reserve. I’ll agree with the other reviewers here in that it is a rather weak cup. At least it is not bitter or clove heavy so I will say I like this one better than Twinnings Chai.

Flavors: Anise

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drank Grey Grove Black Tea by 52teas
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A tea I got for christmas from my cousin, and its not something I would normally pick out for myself. It has a bright citrusy lime note and a dull milky chocolate aftertaste. I don’t really taste the black base at all. An interesting tea, but not something I need to seek out.

Flavors: Chocolate, Citrus, Lime

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drank Bonfire Herbal by Tupelo Tea
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This one was sent by Shae, and I’m just getting around to a note when it’s a sipdown.
I’m not sure if this has caffeine in it, the ingredients are Lapsang, but it’s in the herbal section of the Tupelo tea web site.
I like this tea because it has a bunch of different notes that may not seem to work together, but I like cinnamon, licorice and pepper so I don’t mind them all melded into one. Add a bit of smokyness from the lapsang and there is a lot going on here! I’m not sure if I need this in my cupboard, but I’d be tempted to add it to an order. Thanks for sharing, Shae!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Pepper, Smoke

Shae

I bought this one thinking it was caffeine-free and didn’t notice the Lapsang until later. I’m not sure why they labeled it as an herbal.

Roswell Strange

Sometimes it can be a really tough call how to ‘class’ a tea – I’m sure if it were in the black tea section you would also have people complaining that it’s barely a black tea/mostly herbal. That said, it doesn’t make sense to class it as caffeine free unless their website is just set up to automatically display everything tagged as ‘herbal’ in the caffeine section.

Shae

That definitely makes sense. I haven’t had this one in a while, so I can’t remember how light it was or if the black tea was more of a background note. I could see people being irritated though if they were expecting a black tea and it was more honeybush. I bought mine at a physical storefront, and if I remember correctly it was in the herbal section but I don’t remember it saying caffeine-free. That was probably just my assumption because they had it under herbals vs black tea.

Michelle

I think it would help if they labeled it ‘low caffeine’ or ‘not caffeine-free’ so customers could know at a glance, especially with the word Herbal in the tea name.

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I think I chose this one for a christmas gift tea due to the good reviews on the Upton site. My dad seems to like this one but it took a few times to get a good brew time and leaf ratio (less leaf and less time is best). This certainly does brew up strong and quick. It has a nice metallic and amber twang to it without bitterness. Of course I compare this Awesome tea to my favorite S&V CTC tea in my head and this comes up up short in the complexity department. I’d like to do a head to head taste test but I need to restock the Assam Beesakopie to compare. I would add this to an Upton order if I was low on Assam.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Metallic

gmathis

Drinking tea with your dad! Love it. Mine was a coffee guy and never trusted a restaurant that didn’t serve it or have a coat rack.

Michelle

He used to be an Earl Grey guy but now prefers Lapsang, Assam or Jin Jun Mei.

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This one was an impulsive christmas purchase for my dad, and he really likes it! It’s quite complex for an ‘afternoon tea’, fruity and spicy with a hint of metallic astringency. If I had to guess what type of tea, I’d say it was an Assam, but I have had one Kenyan tea that was this nutty and smooth. That one was in tea bags and its been out of my cupboard for a while. My dad likes this one enough that he wants to purchase more, and I’m glad I took a gamble on tea from Marshalls :)

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Metallic, Nutty, Smooth

Courtney

I always look in the tea section at HomeSense here (well, pre-COVID) — sometimes there are unique finds like this!

Michelle

I’m always up for trying a tea, but don’t always end up drinking it all. This one’s a keeper.

Lexie Aleah

I was just at Marshall’s right before Christmas and the one closest doesn’t seem to have much of a tea selection unfortunately. At the same time, I don’t need any more tea right now so it was probably for the best.

Michelle

Lol, the revolving door of sipdowns and ‘ooh there’s a tea I’d like to try’

gmathis

Well said.

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A complex and tasty tea with different layers of fruityness, briskness, and metallic taste depending on steep time and tea temperature. I got mostly coppery notes on a first sip, with fruity and complex notes arriving as the cup cools. An interesting tea to experiment with or blend (Yunnan comes to mind). I might add it to an order, but its not something to seek out.

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drank Malty Assam by The Tao of Tea
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I do tend to brew my Assams rather strong and this one was up to the challenge. Too much leaf in this cup or just enough, there is the line to balance on. I think there was plenty leaf in the cup and it makes a dark, astringent, but not bitter, brew. I may have drowned all the maltyness out by using so much leaf, but hey, a girls gotta wake up in the am. Second steep is just a muted version of the first. Easily drinkable but not memorable.
Thanks to gmathis for sharing!

gmathis

Sounds like I’m going to have to give it up and just dump in more leaf … it hasn’t been quite strong enough for me yet, either!

Michelle

This one seemed very forgiving even with the over leaf abuse.

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I got some tea for christmas from my cousin, I just gave her the link and said ‘pick me out some tea’!
This is quite nice, very smooth, caramel and butterscotch with a hint of root beer spicyness at the end. I’m on steep number two and am enjoying this sweet flavor profile. I might try a bit more leaf when I brew it next.

gmathis

That’s one thoughtful cousin!

Michelle

I think I got the better end of the deal, I got her some fancy Wisconsin beer that got sampled then left in the garage where it was staying cold, oops.

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Advent tea
Somehow this tea manages both a chocolate and vanilla note without canceling each other out. This is yummy! The chocolate isn’t chalky and the vanilla doesn’t taste artificial. Brewed it smells amazing and tastes just as good. I think I need this one in my cupboard.

Flavors: Alcohol, Chocolate, Vanilla

Lexie Aleah

yay! I’m glad I nailed the final tea.

Michelle

Oh there were others that I would consider revisiting, but this one was very nice!

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I started drinking more tea about 10 years ago when I found that even my half -caf coffee was making me jittery and then sleepy after the caffeine wore off. While I started out with mostly Teavana, but soon expanded my tea cupboard to include lapsang souchon, pu-erh, Assam, and other strong black teas. I do enjoy oolongs, green, and other teas, as well as a nice tisane for an evening cuppa.
I’m not fond of jasmine or bergamont teas, though I’ll try anything once.
I am an avid traveler, hiker, soccer player/watcher.
I love trying new tea in new places, if you see something in my cupboard you want to try, hit me up for a swap!

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