17 Tasting Notes

drank Ginger Bread Cookie by Teavana
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I really enjoy this blend. It is definitely a more spicy tea, so if you’re not into that you’ll loathe this. I however quite enjoyed it! The cinnamon is strong, but I’ve been adding cinnamon to my breakfast teas for a long time now, so I’m accustomed to the spice’s bite.
Sweet, spicy, and tastes like Christmas in a cup!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Italian Almond by Dilmah
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Horrific. Easily one of the worst teas I’ve ever had to date. It smelled heavenly, but drinking it? Nope. Bitter and artificial tasting.

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Truly one of the worst teas I’ve ever had. Possibly THE worst. I’d considered giving it a straight up 1/100, but I can sorta see how someone else might like it, even if it’s like drinking rose-scented dish soap.
For me, it was just way too floral. Overpowering. I couldn’t have imagined anything more floral unless I was literally eating rose petals straight up. Then again, I’m not a fan of floral teas. I’d tried adding some sugar to cut the bitter flavor, but to no avail. The vanilla flavor wasn’t present at all.
Overall, unless you enjoy the most floral of teas, I wouldn’t recommend this to you.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Rose, Soap

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All I get is a vague taste of mint. :( It’s mostly hot, leafy water.
Did I not steep it long enough? That’s the only thing I can think of, so I’ll leave the bag in a bit longer next time and hope for the best.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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A delectable iced tea! I haven’t tried it hot, but it hits the spot for a nice summer day when iced.
The raspberry comes through very strong, with just enough lemon without being overpowering. To some the strong taste may come across as artificial, but not to me. It has a very fresh quality to it.
I like my tea with a strong pop of flavor, so I generally put in a tad more than the recommended amount and steep it for 6 minutes, then add some Truvia afterwards. I’d tried raw sugar, but it didn’t sweeten it enough for my taste. (Iced tea is supposed to be sweet and flavorful. It’s one of the key rules to life happiness. Duh.)
Overall, fruity and pleasing. It makes me think of a bright summer day just from a single taste. :)

Flavors: Berries, Lemon Zest

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mango by Adagio Teas
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Want to hear my scariest horror story yet? My mother likes making iced tea. But not real, authentic tea that tea snobs like myself approve of. No, this was the Lipton bagged dust kind. Upon making her tea, she puts the water in the microwave to heat it, then places the tea bag in the water to steep. . . and leaves it steeping for up to a full week. faints All the while adding more water to her mug to get more tea out of it.

I vowed to never again let this happen, so I bought this tea to show her what real iced tea should be like. While I myself didn’t care for it, (I expected it to be fruiter, but then again, to me the fruiter the better), my mom absolutely ADORED it. Said it was the single best iced tea she ever had.

So am I a big fan of the tea? Not really. If this review were solely based on my experience my rating would likely be lower. I found it a bit bitter and expected to taste some more mango in it. I hardly tasted any at all.
But my mom? She loved it. And isn’t that really what’s important? For the purposes of this review it is, at least. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Peach by Adagio Teas
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As a hot tea, I’ve never been able to brew this just right. I originally got this when I came down with the cold to soothe my throat with some honey, but . . . it just wasn’t good. The first time I tried it I made it way too weak, then once I used a tea bag for the regular 8oz it was WAY too overpowering. Bitterly so.
But iced? OOOOH BOY is this tea wonderful iced. The peach comes out very nicely, and while the ginger is present, it’s not so pronounced that it’s a turn off.

Flavors: Peach

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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reviewed The IQ Kettle by Breville
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This is a lovely kettle! It’s efficient, simple, and durable. Plus, you can’t beat the price for the quality you get! I particularly enjoy that it has different temperature settings.

For those who say they’re worried about the small amount of BPA plastic on the inside, I believe I read a statement from the company saying that it was in fact BPA free.
The only drawbacks I have for this kettle are that you need to heat at least two cups of water each time, (I’d prefer to only heat the amount I need so I don’t pour too much water in my pot for the amount of tea I’m using), and that I occasionally can’t hear the “ready” alarm go off. A longer cord would be nice as well, though I can see how on a countertop shorter cords are more pleasing to the eye.

Overall, this is a stout and useful kettle!

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Absolutely delicious! Funny story, I got this tea for my birthday a while back and despised it. (I also didn’t know how to make tea as well back then, so that might explain something.) I had half a mind to toss it out, but couldn’t bring myself to do that. So, I brewed up a cup with cream and sugar this time and found it to be divine tasting. It has a very mellow chocolate undertone, with a hint of fruitiness. Add the creamy taste I added in, and this makes a wonderful dessert tea.

EDIT: This is one of my boyfriend’s all time favorite teas, so I gave the rest to him. (True love, I know. <3 ) Both of my parents adore it as well, and they’re not even tea drinkers. This is an all around crowd-pleaser. I’m so sad it’s discontinued! I’ll have to look around and see what else is similar, or what I can blend for an akin flavor. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Flavors: Butter, Chocolate, Cream, Stewed Fruits

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
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Absolutely delightful! One of the tastiest teas I’ve ever had, hands down. It has a nice aroma and taste of fruit, – I get more of a peach taste than pear though, but I like that-, and the ginger was very subtle while still being present. I took it with some honey.
Highly, highly recommended.

Flavors: Peach

1 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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