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85
drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Homygawd this is awesome.

Okay, so here’s a little secret: out of all the teas I’ve gotten from Adagio, the one that I’ve been sneaking smells from the most often is the Gunpowder. It just smelled so unusual and different from any of the others. And this tea is frankly, adorable. The little glossy pellets look like droppings from a rabbit god. Or something like that. The smell was sooo good too. Smoky and deep and complex, begging me to just taste it.

I brewed up a level teaspoon in my IngenuiTEA, and waited for the magic. Now, you might not know this, but I’m new to loose leaf, and therefore am fascinated by the leaves unfurling. I sit in front of the IngenuiTEA like a kid in a candy show and watch the fireworks. And boy, did these little critters put on a show. They were writhing and shuddering in the steeper like The Little Shop of Horrors was coming to town. Bursting open with their little leafy tentacles… I expected one of the little buggers to wave to me. That’s how lifelike it looked. The leaves also blew up in size and proportion as they bombastically exploded. I was shocked at the jungle in my pot when it came time to pour.

The liquid that comes out of the craziness is a pretty yellow-green, that color in the Crayola box that you could sometimes never find use for. There wasn’t really much of a smell at all coming from the cup. But the taste? Mmmmm.

Okay, let’s go on a tangent here. Trust me, it’s necessary. When I was little, we’d go to Disney World on occasion for vacation. My favorite part was EPCOT, and my favorite ride was Spaceship Earth (hey, I’m a dork – leave me alone!). Ridiculously enough, my favorite part of Spaceship Earth was Rome burning. Why? Because they’d pump into the air an awesome smell of burning wood and smoke, a mesquite-like scent, that I’d try to keep in my lungs as much as possible after the ride moved on.

This tea tasted like Rome burning. And it was amazing. Smoky and deep and mysterious. I was in heaven. There was a bit of a sour taste, and a bit of a sweet aftertaste. The sweet taste fought a battle with the smoke and won as the cup cooled down. Sweet and a teeny bit grassy, with the smoke as the aftertaste. But at the highest point of heat, it was all smoke. I’m not getting the ashes description that a lot of people are suggesting, but still. There’s a little bit of a slight astringency on the palate once it’s cooled down a bit, but it’s sort of pleasing in a way that I can’t describe.

I do not think this tea is for everyone. The proof was when I offered my mom a sip of this. She was on the phone when I gave it to her. She immediately shook her head and visibly almost gagged. And I thought, well, that was interesting. It pretty much tastes like it smells dry, so if you don’t like the smell, don’t drink it.

But yeah, I love this already. We’re going to try and get multiple steepings out of this baby today, so stay tuned for future logs as the day goes on! :D

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

I love Spaceship Earth and this review :) Thanks for being so descriptive! It seems like you are really enjoying your new tea pot- do you find it super easy to use?

Cofftea

Hehe, you make me smile:) P.S. I think a LOT of us tea “veterans” still love watching tea steep. Even ahead of the health benefits- that’s the major difference between coffee and tea for me. Although I still love my coffee.

teaplz

rabbysmom, it’s SO easy to use. I’m absolutely sure you’d have no trouble using it. :) Check the “Bagged Tea” thread for answers to all of your questions!

I hate coffee, Cofftea!

LENA

i’m not a huge gunpowder fan, but i really liked reading this review of it. love The Little Shop of Horrors comparison. hope none of the leaves told you “feed me”.

Jillian

You know, the only time I tried gunpowder (it wasn’t from Adagio) I hated it. But reading your post makes me think that it might be worth another shot. You’re an inspiration, honey. ;)

takgoti

Resisting urge to break out into Suddenly Seymour.

When my parents took us to Disneyworld for the first time, my brother was sooo excited because we were in LOVE with Chip and Dale and he wanted to meet them. When we finally found them, he was terrified and wouldn’t stop crying. I guess that no one thought to explain to him that they weren’t going to be teeny tiny chipmunks like they are on TV. My favorite ride was the cheesy, cheesy, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea one that they eventually shut down. It was a sad day for my past self when I discovered that.

On a tea-related note, I think you’ve inspired me to finally get around to trying the gunpowder I have sitting somewhere, too.

LENA

@ takgoti – great, now I’m singing Suddenly Seymour! I’ve gotta agree with your brother…anything/anyone in a big mascot suit pretty much terrifies me.

sophistre

I remember that smell. Rome burning, I mean, not gunpowder. That and the orange trees toward the end of…oh what was the ride…Horizons? I can virtually smell them both to this day if I think about it long enough. These logs are a lot of fun to read!

teaplz

I didn’t make it to Disney World before they shut down 20000 Leagues. :( But I LOVED Horizons. That was one of my favorites. Those oranges were ah-mazing smelling! And there was a crazy robot making a complete mess in the kitchen. Good times, good times.

My sister was afraid of all the mascots, too. All of the pictures we have around are of her crying her head off.

And yay! Drink that gunpowder, peoples! It’s definitely not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. And my mom hated it. She thinks I’m INSANE for liking it. And if you love spinach juice, you’ll love the second steep. Hahaha.

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75
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

Light and mildly grassy. I can understand those who say that this tastes buttery to them. I’m not talking about a stick of butter here, but it is a little creamy and has depth. Not an everyday tea for me…but then again, I think I’m on a black tea kick right now.

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Taken plain and with sugar.
While this tea is hot the vanilla flavoring is stronger than the flavorings in most black teas that include vanilla which is nice because I like vanilla and when I have to try to find the hint of vanilla in a cup it is frustrating.
On the other hand when this tea cools off it does take on that same woody kinda quality as the peach oolong blend but it is much worse in this tea.
I agree with some of the other reviewers in that it takes on a tobacco like flavor that is pretty gross. It is clear that they used the same kind of oolong to mix this flavor as they used for their peach oolong, as indicated by the distinct presence of a wood brick, and I’m wondering if they always use this kind of mixer. Cause it’s not very good.
Good extremely hot…
and then terrible as it cools.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Taken plain and with a little bit of sugar.
Without sugar the flavor is a deep woody peachy… thing. I was expecting more or a bright oolong to be pared with the peach flavor from a alishan to a monkey picked whatever but this is different. When you take it very hot the peach flavor is full and sweet with the underlying tea flavors giving a base to round the palate.
Very nice. Not was I was expecting but very pleasant.
And then the tea cools off a little… DON’T let the tea cool off too much! It starts getting woody… and the peach starts to fade… and then more wood and more wood and wood and wood wood wood wood.
All it ends up tasting like wood! And not good wood either… old musty wood.
With Sugar?
Add a pinch of sugar and it makes the peach sparkle when taken hot.
And as it cools… still woody… it takes longer to get to brick of wood but it still heads off down that path of why didn’t they pick a different mixing oolong.
… meh
Great at the beginning…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Hah, sounds like you’re growing a forest.

Madison Bartholemew

In my mouth! ewww

Ricky

Uhoh, I’m hesitant to try this on the weekend now.

Madison Bartholemew

Just drink it hot… I was really enjoying it before it started to cool.
good luck!

Brandice

Totally agree with the woody observations. I just wrote my tasting note and saw this and felt like, “YES, I’m not the only one!” :)

Mrboxpiff

I guess wood is quite a good description. Cardboard sprang to my mind. it is quite pleasant though. I must the sugar!

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66
drank Spiced Green by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

ive never tried a “run of the mill” green tea before this is all i have to go off on. normally im not a green tea drinker, but i enjoy this. i think its the spices in it that make me like it because they do stand out to me. its a very light tea, i prefer mine stronger so maybe next time ill go for a longer steep time. i am enjoying this as i do my chemistry lab report (yuck)
the color is a pale greeny color that i find very pleasing to the eyes and the smell is wonderful, again i think it’s the spices. ive got to say this was a good purchase on my part. hopefully steepster can help me open up to more green teas :)

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

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70
drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
243 tasting notes

The aroma was strongly vanilla, so I decided to slightly under-brew it so that it was not overpowering. This was unnecessary because the flavor was mild at best. The vanilla was almost non-existant, but it made for a very slight hint of vanilla flavor. Overall, a decent black tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Ricky

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that the flavor is barely there.

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70
drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
243 tasting notes

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76
drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I had a second steeping of this tea today after the first steeping sat for about :15 minutes, and it had a musty/mossy aroma and taste that just didn’t agree with me. The color was still very light, and there was a grassy after-taste, but overall, I didn’t like this one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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85
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Today I was in a happiness mood because the cramps have finally alleviated! Yay! Thanks so much to everyone for the well wishes. :)

I figured that I could finally have something caffeinated again, so I figured I’d get jiggy with it (LAME). Something nice, basic, black, and tasty for my morning cup. I actually had forgotten how absolutely pretty the leaves are! When I opened the tin, I was pretty surprised by the golden and delicate twists of this Jig.

I steeped it up with a bit more leaf than usual, to make up for the wiryness than won’t fit into my teaspoon. The resulting cup was definitely more powerful and bold, but not bitter. It actually smelled like toasty cocoa, if that makes any sense. Warm and deep and delicious.

Because of the extra leaf, I actually think that I might have tasted a bit of the peppery taste that has been eluding me the entire time I’ve been drinking this. It was extremely faint, but I think I finally might have caught a taste of it!

Wrapping Christmas presents and sipping this was pretty much bliss. And happiness. Add onto that the fact that I’m not curled up in the fetal position, or rocking back and forth in pain, Paranormal Activity-style, this is turning out to be a fairly good morning indeed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
LENA

yay! glad you are feeling better.

I have Paranormal Activity in my Netflix queue…I was too much of a sissy to see it in theaters. I have to watch scary movies at home…and during the day while the sun is shining.

LENA

oh…and wrapping Christmas presents while drinking a good cup of tea is the absolute best. I did the same thing.

sophistre

I wonder what’s wrong with my tin of this. Some of the leaves are golden, but not many…most of them are dark. I’m almost curious enough to reorder it just to see if my ‘batch’ was over-processed in some way.

takgoti

I refuse to watch Paranormal Activity. I hate scary movies. I’m a wimp who can’t deal with most doses of freakiness very well.

Also, your Will Smith reference made me giggle. I used to know the Men In Black dance. I wish I were kidding.

teaplz

sophistre, not all of the leaves are gold, that’s for sure, but some of the tips of leaves are. It’s still pretty.

And tak-tak and Lena, I haven’t seen Paranormal Activity, but I have heard horribly scary things about it, like what I just posted up there. I saw the trailer and got frightened. :(

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85
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Remind me never to resteep a black tea again!

The Yunnan wasn’t quite jiggin’ today. I had this earlier in the day, after I came home pretty exhausted and freezing from the cold weather outside. My feet were hurting from being in heels all day, and I just wanted something hot and uncomplicated.

I don’t know what happened today, but this wasn’t as flavorful as I remembered. I steeped it the same time, same water temperature, etc., but it just wasn’t hitting the spot for me. It was a teensy bit astringent, and I think there was some sort of fiery quality to it that I felt in my throat today. I don’t know if that counts as “peppery,” but I’ll take it.

Feeling a bit brave, I decided to do a second steep of this, and BLECH. Ugh. It looked around the same as the first cup, but it smelled entirely differently. I steeped it for 6 minutes, with the same amount of boiling water. It tasted like a green tea done like a black. Grassy but black, and altogether unpleasant. The flavor was watery and shot. The tea lost all of its subtleties and became a mess in my mouth. I really couldn’t finish the second steep, and I tossed it down the drain.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Noooo why would you waste tea! I over steeped two cups of darjeeling by accident today and just drank it bitter.

teaplz

Blech! Because it tasted like something the Monster from the Black Lagoon belched up for dinner. :( No thanks!

Ricky

I’ve resteeped yunnan jig before. I don’t recall it being that bad. Must be my weird taste palettes. Maybe I have the "Monster from the Black Lagoon’s taste palette. Ahhhhhh!

Kitch3ntools

i have wanted to resteep this but was hesitant because i tend to dislike the way a black resteeps so i now know to steer clear :)

kat

Oh yeah, I’ve found that blacks just don’t measure up on a second steep through many different black tea trials. So now I make all my blacks in a 16 oz mug and relish them once. The other teas I make as 6 ouncers and they definitely all steep 3 x usually without losing flavor. :)

Cofftea

@kat, glad to know I’m not the only one who thinks blacks don’t hold up to reinfusions. Although I normally get 2.

teaplz

Yeah, blacks aren’t supposed to be resteeped. All of their flavor really comes out in the first infusion. :)

Cofftea

I can resteep chais though a time or 2, must be the spices. Good thing blacks aren’t my preferred tea!

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85
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Mmmm. I think that TeaEqualsBliss said that this was bold yet comforting, and she’s exactly right.

This is my first Yunnan tea. The dry leaves themselves smell a bit peppery, and they’re a really pretty gold/black color. Steeping these was really fun, because the leaves proceeded to twist and jiggle their way around until they unfurled and grew to enormous lengths. When poured, the cup is a very pretty amber color.

The best way I can describe this tea is robust. It tastes a bit earthy, but a pure earth flavor, not like dirt. More like if dirt were refined and recycled into an absolutely delicious substance. I don’t know. There is a slight edge of bitterness, but it was more on the side of malty. And there wasn’t any astringency to speak of.

I kept trying to taste that unique Yunnan peppery flavor, but I really couldn’t detect it. Maybe my tastebuds and tea knowledge aren’t up to snuff yet, or perhaps this tea isn’t the highest quality Yunnan out there. I sat in my chair with my hands cupped around the mug, sipping this quietly and reveling in the flavor. I really enjoyed this cup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Auggy

I feel like I’m rediscovering teas when I read your reviews. Made of pure awesomeness.

Cofftea

@Auggy, I agree!

teaplz

:D I’m glad that everyone is getting a lot of enjoyment out of my tealog! It’s been so much fun logging all of this and watching my tastes evolve. You just wait! There’re still oolongs and greens and whites and pu-erh to get to (none of which I’ve ever tasted in loose leaf form… and I’ve never tasted white or pu-erh, period).

I started with black because it’s the most familiar. But all of you have been a tremendous help! The Golden Moon sampler is on its way!

Cofftea

www.denstea.com has a free green sampler that comes w/ info. You pay $3 upfront, but you get $3 off your next order of $15 or more. Check it out:)

Cofftea

MY GOSH! I just saw all the GM teas you have in your coupboard now… I don’t want to think of the damage your check book must have suffered lol.

teaplz

No! Hahaha, they’re all samples that my boyfriend got me as a present!

http://www.goldenmoontea.com/Tea_Taster_s_Sampler_P56C28.cfm <— Each brew 1-2 cups and it was $20! I was so excited that I just added all of them to my cupboard like a fiend!

Cofftea

HAHA! Sweet! As soon as I have room I’m so buying that.

teaplz

They each come in foil-wrapped bags, so it’s very, very easy to store! Plus I had a $5 off coupon by using the code “teareviewblog” which was pretty awesome.

It’s actually 31 teas! The only tea out of all the Golden Moon teas I didn’t receive is Vanilla Jasmine. Literally their entire catalog in a box! It’s pretty exciting. :)

Cofftea

No Vanilla Jasmine! shoot, I’d LOVE THAT. How long is that coupon code active?

teaplz

I have absolutely no idea if it’s even active anymore. My boyfriend used it early last week. I’ve heard that other people got Vanilla Jasmine and not Rose. But really, it’s quite the steal, and a super-excellent way to try all of Golden Moon’s offerings. They’re all loose leaf as well. It’s going to be a great tea education for me. I can’t wait to dive in!

teaplz

Whoops! Looks like I do have Vanilla Jasmine! :D It’s every single one of Golden Moon’s teas!

Ricky

Look what you did, now I’m tempted to order that. I’m trying to do one tea company at a time. Almost done with all my Adagio purchases. Then I’m going to move on to Rishi. $20 for 31 samples. I’m tempted…

Cofftea

Jump ahead and do Golden Moon 1st, it’s the cheapest:)

Ricky

Haha, steepster is a bad influence. Must resist spending!

teaplz

It’s their entire catalog, Ricky. :) That’s pretty hard to beat… They’re supposed to be an excellent company!

Ricky

Peer pressure. Not good. Don’t start listing places to purchase tea around NYC.

Jillian

LOL you know no idea how long I spent trying to find the supposed ‘peppery’ flavour of this tea. I tried different steeping times, water temperature, etc.

Eventually I steeped it once for 6 minutes and when I resteeped the same leaves (7 minutes) the resteep had something that might possibly be pepper. Or not.
XD

teaplz

I am convinced that this peppery flavor doesn’t exist. Bah! LIES! I think it has somewhat of a peppery SMELL when dry, but I probably wouldn’t have smelled that unless someone had told me about it.

Maybe higher quality Yunnan teas have a “peppery” taste? And Jillian, you resteeped this? I haven’t been resteeping my blacks just because they’re… blacks. Yeah.

Ricky! BUY SOME TEA. And I’d love to know places around NYC to purchase tea. Dean & Leluca apparently has Harney & Sons and the famous French blender Mariage Freres. There’s a place near me that sells Numi Tea, and Whole Foods has Rishi, Mighty Leaf, and The Republic of Tea. There’s also Radience Tea House and Subtle Tea here in NYC. Tavalon used to have a tea bar in Union Square but it closed and I’m not sure they’re opening it up again.

Ricky

Umm, I’ll have to stop by Whole Foods sometime this week, actually no. Stop tempting me! Is it loose tea or teabags at Whole Foods?

teaplz

Ricky, I think it depends actually on the Whole Foods. I’m pretty sure that the Columbus Circle location has some loose leaf. Not really sure about any of the other locations in the city, though. :P

takgoti

1. I have to echo Auggy’s thoughts on the awesomeness of your tea blog. Bursting at the seams with the awesome.

2. Tavalon relocated to Jersey. Not sure if they’re redoing the tea bar or if they warehousing it up, but that’s where they be.

3. Now you have ME looking at the Golden Moon sampler. Does anyone have any extra will power lying around? Maybe packed in a box somewhere…?

Ricky

I’ll check the one on Union Square and get back to you =D

Don’t do it takgoti! If you do it, I might feel even more pressure to purchase it.

teaplz

Thanks Auggy and takgoti for the kind words about my bloggin’ skillz. Gunpowder is tomorrow, so you’ll probably be reading about my first loose leaf green, as well as my first multiple steeping experience. This should be interesting. :)

Buy the sampler! :D The boyfriend used “teareviewblog” as a code and got FREE SHIPPING. I don’t know if it’s still in effect, but considering that it’s the entire Golden Moon catalog, it’s pretty worth it. :) And then everyone can be logging about the teas as one big steepin’ family!

denisend

ARGH. I just bought the sampler. It IS a good deal (and the code still works for free shipping).

takgoti

@denisend NICE. I haven’t done it yet, but I don’t think it will be long before I cave.

teaplz

YES! :D It’s only 1-2 cups for each tea (although some people have gotten 3-4 cups out of it), and a lot of the teas have potential for multiple steepings. It’s exceedingly rare that you’d ever be able to taste a company’s entire catalog in one go, so it’s pretty exciting! :)

Auggy

I plan on caving tomorrow when my new budget month starts. :D Though I might have to wait until we get back from St. Louis so it doesn’t end up sitting on my porch. :(

teaplz

Yay! I love coercing people to join in the fun! All of the samples come in these heavy duty foil bags. Which is adorable, but a bit annoying at the same time, since you can’t sniff any of the teas without ripping the bags completely open. :( But there’s a full spread of every type of tea here, so I’m pretty excited. Man I love my boyfriend!

Jillian

@ teaplz: I only re-steep certain whole-leaf black teas. The chinese blacks seem to hold up pretty well for a couple steeps (although not as long as other types of tea).

@Takgoti: Resist, damn you! If you cave then I won’t have any excuse not to buy the GM sampler myself. ;p

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90
drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

well, been a really busy morning today and this is my first time to sit and chill-ax. Ah the comfort of a good cozy chair…well I had this tea yesterday and I just can’t seem to get enough of its playful leaves and buttery fruit like taste. One of my fave oolongs I think but I don’t know everything I’ve tried is just sooooo good! This steep (the first ) I let brew a little longer than yesterday and I put a little more tea in the infuser- wham bam thank u maam!! I’m ready for my 2nd steep now…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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90
drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Mmmmm, very nice. Just the smell of it pulls me in. There is a nice sweetness that comes with it. The first infusion is remarkable, complex, lovely, I can’t wait for the 2nd steep which to me, is always better and has more pronounced flavor. Great aftertaste still lingers at the back of the throat, almost floral- like.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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83

Taken Plain.
Flavorful for a lightly fermented Oolong.
The interesting thing about this tea is the mix of buttery and floral tones. Usually I think of those two kinds of flavors fighting for dominance but in this blend they compliment each other nicely.
That’s why I keep coming back to this Oolong. Great Flavor and balance while remaining light.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
127 tasting notes

So, I put myself on tea restriction, but this isn’t tea, it’s chai… right? I needed it.

Yeah….

I love how strong the spices are. This is fabulous.

Cofftea

Haha! You’re like me. Inspite of the massive stash I have, I do have a few staples I have to replenish when they run out.:)

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86
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
127 tasting notes

My beloved cat is dreadfully ill, so I finished off my tin of this to soothe myself.

And when I placed my Adagio order this weekend, they were out, so who knows when I’ll have more.

This chai is delightful though.

Carolyn

I’m so sorry to hear that your cat is ill! I will be thinking good thoughts for her swift recovery! I’m glad you have comfort tea.

rabbysmom

Hope your kitty gets better soon!

LENA

I hope your cat’s heath improves greatly. My pets are my kids.

Auggy

I hope your kitty feels better soon. Like Lena, my cats are my kids so when one of them is not doing well, the whole world goes on hold.

denisend

Thanks everyone for the well wishes. It’ll be a few days before we know if he’s going to pull through, and I’m exhausted from monitoring him with the IV last night (rather than keeping him at the hospital I brought him home). He’s back at the hospital today and I’m fretting.

My cats are my kids, too (we have 3). Here are some pictures of him:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/denisen56/sets/72157607871897726/

Kitch3ntools

my thoughts are with you!! i hope ur kitty gets better soon!! my cat is my fur child!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Aww, he’s lovely. I am hoping he is better soon.

takgoti

Love that Container Store picture. One, because I love the Container Store. Two, because your cat[s] is[are] cute. Three, because the huge CONTAIN YOURSELF letters combined with the blasé expression made me giggle.

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86
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
127 tasting notes

Made as a proper chai this time. It’s amazing.

takgoti

Yay! I might make some of that today too.

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86
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
127 tasting notes

(backlogging from the weekend)

Before I added milk I was feeling ‘meh’ about this one. The milk really helped bring out the flavors. It’s a good balance of spices.

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74
drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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74
drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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71
drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Woah. So this is the last tea that rounds off the loose teas that I have in my cupboard that I’ve tasted in their bagged incarnations. And this one is probably one of the most different.

I shared the cup with my mom, who was amazed at how fresher and interesting this tastes as opposed to regular, garden-variety chamomile. It brews up to a beautiful light yellow. Let me tell you, this one is a real chore to clean out of the infuser basket in the IngenuiTEA. Or probably any infuser, for that matter. The blossoms, while adorable, break up a lot in the water and require multiple rinses to remove all the pesky residue. It’s pretty annoying.

The other complaint that I have is that after the first layer of beautiful, full blossoms of chamomile, there seems to be a lot of crumbled dust in my sampler tin. I think there might be full blossoms under that, but I really can’t tell. It’s a bit disappointing if they’re all smashed to smithereens in the tin, though.

The taste of this is a lot better than I expected it to be, actually. I like chamomile, but only really when I’m feeling under the weather. It’s always really sweet, almost to the point of being cloying. I’ve found as I’ve drunk more and more tea that I’m losing a taste for stuff like this. I was surprised at how light yet rich this one was! Although it steeps to a pale color, the flavor is very, very refined. I never noticed that chamomile tastes like apples, but it does! Like fresh apples from an orchard, scented my the flowers around them. Or something poetic along those lines.

Anyway, this was pretty enjoyable. Does this mean that I want to drink chamomile every day? No. But this really is much better than a lot of the bagged stuff.

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takgoti

I feel the same way that you do about chamomile. As it is, I rarely drink it straight, it’s usually blended in some kind of mix. Even then, I don’t drink it often.

I’ve noticed that breaking up thing about chamomile blossoms, though. I’ve never brewed chamomile anything in my version of the Ingenuitea, but maybe submerging it in water would help? Like dunking it in a bowl. I’m not sure how feasible that is.

teaplz

It’s pretty pesky, that damned chamomile… I really don’t want it steeping up with better teas. :(

Golden Moon sampler set comes tomorrow in the mail and I’m super-excited! Plus I have trips in the near future to pick up stuff from Teavana and Dean & Deluca!

takgoti

Squeee! It’s going to be an exciting tea month for you!

Jillian

Have you ever used those T-Sacs? I’ve been thinking that those might work for the small stuff that often escapes a mesh infuser, like chamomille and rooibos.

Cofftea

@Jillian, I use a different brand but they are AMAZING.

kat

jeez I like this tea but the cleaning is annoying as hell I agree!!

Seth Collins

I know exactly what you mean, it’s sooo ridiculous to clean out of the ingenuitea filter. Good review though.

Cofftea

I find cleaning it is easier if you dump as many of the leaves right away, let it dry, shake it again, and then rinse. Of course if you want to make more and don’t have time to let it dry, just dump then rinse.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
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I enjoy black teas, I especially enjoy flavored black teas, and I LOVE pumpkin (as in everything else I have ever tried) but this tea was disappointing.

The smell is intriguing and I had high hopes for the tea, but when brewed, it was just so bitter, and I really couldn’t get past that. I am sorry about this, I wish I could, I do not require things to be sweet, but this was uncomfortably bitter.

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drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
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This is a fantastic Oolong Jasmine tea. The flavor of the jasmine is very light, and you really smell it more than you taste it. Very highly recommended.

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