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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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec
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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7
drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
243 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
243 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Jade Oolong #18 by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Very nice and smoooooooth taste to this one. Suprisingly sweet yet delicate. I love to watch these leaves unfurl in my diffuser, and they withstand at least 4-5 good steeps for me. I can definitely taste the jade-ness in this tea and its really good! These big leaves are gorgeous!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Shanti

I too liked this one from Adagio! Except I tried the decaf version, and I’m a little scared to go non-decaf now (heard the decaf was slightly sweeter).

Ricky

Would you like some =] It would help me clear out some Adagio tins :D

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71
drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
359 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Wow.

So this one’s actually pretty interesting for me, because I think I’m beginning to be able to detect taste differences between different varieties of teas!

This one steeps to a medium-colored amber. It’s drastically different than the color of Twinings’ brew, which is so dark and murky it could be mistaken for coffee.

Even though I haven’t ever tasted Assam tea by itself, because I had some Ceylon last night, I was able to pick out the Ceylon taste immediately. In the first couple of sips I kept thinking “buttery” once again for Ceylon. This disappeared as I got midway through the cup, but it was still interesting. After each sip, I’d get a dark and interesting kick. Not bitter (and I think there’s a fine line here), but I guess a taste that could be described as “malty,” as Adagio and Lena have said. And I thought to myself, that has to be the Assam!

I really, really enjoyed this cup this morning. But here’s the crazy thing – I actually wanted it to be even bolder. I think the ratio of Ceylon to Assam is okay, but I would have actually wanted more of an Assam kick. I wanted the brew to be a bit more in-your-face, kicking ass and taking names. Towards the bottom of the cup, the Assam was definitely more present, and I felt myself grinning through those last few sips.

This is definitely more endlessly sippable than the Twinings blend, but I sort of like how assertive and RAWR-worthy Twinings’ Irish Breakfast is. Thinking back on it, it’s probably because they’ve dialed it up on the Assam a bit. Their blend made me feel like a scurvy pirate, slugging down my brew with a big “ARR.” It’s almost masculine. This one was more of a “rawr” without Caps-Lock. Not to say it isn’t delicious – because it is – but I was actually expecting it to be a bit stronger.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

I hearts this review! It has everything. Even pirates. :D

Auggy

You might want to check out Republic of Tea’s Lucky Irish Breakfast blend. I think Adagio’s Irish breakfast has higher quality leaves but it means that it isn’t quite as in your face as ROT’s.

teaplz

Auggy, I don’t think it’s necessarily the quality of the leaves that has me. I guess I just wanted something more robust, which would come from a higher concentration of Assam than what’s in this blend. The Ceylon is definitely the star here, from what I can taste, with the Assam the more subtle note. Ceylon has more of a default tea taste than I expected in this blend overall. At least what I can taste! I’m still new at this. :)

Auggy

Sounds like you know exactly what’s going on with it better than I do! :) I guess I wasn’t looking at the Ceylon vs Assam so much as the power of the Assam… not sure how the blend balance is in ROT’s but their Assam seemed more aggressive to me… but then we’ve already established I’m a wuss. Hehe!

teaplz

You are SO not a wuss! You’re the pu-erh queen, m’lady! :D But I’ll definitely taste ROT’s blend if it’s got a larger Assam kick. Thanks for the recommendation!

Auggy

Haha – one pu-erh does not a queen make! But takgoti did send me 2 others to try so that is exciting! Whee!

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100
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Boy, I love mango!!!

Boil the water for 212 (for black tea) and steep for 5 min. It has a black tea background with an up front mango taste. Kind of sweet to the pallet and soothing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Dongshan Dolce by Adagio Teas
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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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83

I like how the loose leaf tea reviles all of its bounty. With this one you can see the orange peel, apple, flower petals (rose). This filled the room with an aroma that reminds me of spring or autumn. The cup was a nice red with a sweet taste some what bitter of citrus.

Excellent for children who might not enjoy tea or just don’t want to give them sugar.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Excellent tea for two to share. The black tea with rose hibiscus and chocolate (strawberries?) has a good balance. I heated up the water to 212 since it is backed with black tea. Let it step for 5 min (I let my tea maker brew it for me from adagio.com).

As it touches my pallet it first seem to have the sharp taste of black tea. The chocolate sooths the tongue (not candy chocolate, but from the plant). With an accent of a sweet touch. I do not know for sure if there is strawberries (are there any in there?) in it of if it is the rose hibiscus that I am acquiring this taste from.

Bottom line a nice mellow cup to share like a valentine.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Decaf Ceylon by Adagio Teas
187 tasting notes

Since I’m still a crampy mess, and I don’t really want to go crazy with the caffeine intake for the next day or so, I’m drinking decaf.

I think I have a tea addiction. And I don’t mean that I’m addicted to caffeine. No, I just crave the taste of tea. Any tea, really. It’s just a sippable beverage. And with all of the snow on the ground (around 10-11 inches here), it’s really nice to have something warm in your belly.

I’m knocking this one down a few numbers, just because I’ve had a lot of stuff that tastes way better than this now. This one tastes like upgraded Lipton. Not the highest grade of its type, but entirely drinkable and tea-tasting. Again, I’m going to have to resort to using the word “default,” because that’s what it is. If I gave it to a tea novice, they’d be like, “Is this Liptons?” Because my mom thinks it tastes like a better-quality version of the infamous bagged tea. And I’m inclined to agree.

So yeah, nothing special, but it kills the tea craving… for now!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

..and if nothing else, a warm mug clamped to your tummy feels pretty good too…

Cofftea

I crave the taste too;) And I think I’m addicting to making it.

Auggy

I’m with you on the addiction. I’ve trained myself into an Pavlovian response with tea – tea (even the bad stuff) relaxes me, even just the process of brewing it (I’m relaxed before I take my first sip!). So it’s a mental/emotional addiction. But yeah, totally there.

And forgot to add – really hope you feel better soon!

Cofftea

Does tea itself actually relieve cramping? Or is it just the warm liquid?

teaplz

Caffeine is not good for cramps. At all… but I think warm liquids like soup and tea help soothe the cramps. After all, a hot water bottle feels good too. I think it’s the same effect.

Auggy

My doctor told me (years ago) to not use heating pads or the like for cramp relief because the heat can thin your blood in that area or draw more to that area or something and actually make cramps worse. No clue if that is accurate but it scared me enough that I don’t do it. Of course, with that theory, an ice pack would help and I don’t do that either. Mostly, I just whine. And cry.

Auggy

(All stuff everyone wanted to know, of course).

Ricky

Aww, poor teaplz, whistles as I don’t have to deal with this.

Cofftea

@Auggy, yep. It definitely draws blood to that area. Just think of your stomach blushing lol.:)

sophistre

Personally, I can’t survive without the heating pad. I wouldn’t worry about the heat for relief issue.

Warning: Science Nerding Ahead: The pain is caused by the uterine muscle contractions that facilitate the whole thing. Heat on tired, tight muscles is helpful (though heat on sprained and swollen muscles is not); more blood flow to the muscles themselves is good (and the blood that’s problematic isn’t blood you can increase or decrease in amount by application of heat!). In some cases the thickness of the blood can be problematic, in which case taking things that thin it can be additionally helpful. Caffeine causes tension in muscles, hence it’s probably not a good plan, but alcohol (heh) or aspirin may be useful. Raspberries and chocolate are supposed to help naturally. Personally, I always spring for pamprin, because when they’re bad I don’t have time to trifle with homeopathy, I need to be pain-free before I kill someone. ;)

Really sorry to hear you’re under the weather. I hope you’re back on your feet soon!

Auggy

What happened to my comment?
@sophistre: THANK YOU Seriously. I had always been scared by what my doctor told me so I just sort of suffered through since I hadn’t heard anyone counter it. I’m using this as an okay to give it a shot next week instead of wishing for death. So yeah. THANK YOU.

sophistre

Hey, anytime! Your mileage may vary and all bodies are different, but if it helps you and doesn’t make things worse, you’re assuredly safe. ^^

teaplz

Yay! I’ve always used my hot water bottle. I just can’t live without it. It gives me a ton of relief, and Auggers, you had me scared there for a second! D: But I’m happy that maybe you can get some relief as well!

Ibuprofen is very very good for cramps as well (which is why doctors will advise Advil or Motrin). I’ll have to look into Pamprin, because up until now, I hadn’t even heard of it!

Thanks you guys for the well wishes. <3 to all!

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