2081 Tasting Notes

drank Green Popcorn by Adagio Teas
2081 tasting notes

An Advent Calendar treat again; perfect for a quiet afternoon as our household settles down for a deliciously introverted Christmas. (That’s not a bad thing: married an only child, had an only child, there just aren’t many of us to make noise.) The cats are safely tucked in and curled up in their favorite spots, house smells like candles and cookies, and for a few shining moments, all the laundry is done.

That’s a long preface for a short tea commentary. The green base is light, thin and slightly sweet. The popcorn is , well, perfectly popcorny. Scent is sweet and toasty. Lovely.

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drank Winter Holidays by Basilur
2081 tasting notes

I’ve had a time chasing down a picture and company-provided description of this tasty afternoon tea—at the moment, what I’ve pulled in to the description is a picture of the gift box in which this is enclosed. What we’ve got is a tasty, not-too-heavy gentle black tea with strawberry and vanilla notes. Something you’d serve in Grandma’s teacups, although it was sufficiently tasty in a mug.

Also something I should’ve served this morning, when I took a tea party to my church kids. Nothing fancy, just an electric kettle and a cherry-wood box of bagged assorted oddments—flavors I thought would appeal to 10-year-olds. The big winners: Bigelow Eggnogg’n, Salted Caramel and White Chocolate Peppermint. (I told you, nothing fancy.) Oh, and one renegade who loved Tazo Wild Sweet Orange.

My girls were priceless when they walked in: “You brought real tea! Oh, and it’s in a fancy box!” Doesn’t take much to let young’uns know you love them. I think I need to do this more often.

tea-sipper

Love it. :D

Lexie Aleah

I’m surprised that one of of them liked that Tazo tea! What a fun idea!

Nattie

Ah what a lovely idea! ♥

ashmanra

I have never tried Eggnogg’n. Is it good? Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride will forever remind of KS.

tea-sipper

I was wondering what happened to KS and it says on his profile he passed away. I didn’t know this. Very sad.

gmathis

Eggnogg’n was my first “favorite” Bigelow holiday tea. I had some Sugar Cookie Sleigh ride and should’ve added it to the kid mix…I believe I’ll make a cuppa this afternoon in memory of KS. He is missed! Had a great impact on me, although we never met in person.

Nattie

I didn’t know KS had passed! ): so sad. Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride was sooo good.

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
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I’ve had a lot of “candy cane” teas over the years that were just a renaming/relabeling of something already peppermint. Adagio does a better job of pulling in the creamy candy part. Reminds me of those puffy peppermints that come in a tub that melt in your mouth.

I love textured mugs—something to rub your thumbs on while you’re enjoying the aroma, and I’m sure this tastes much better because it’s in a raised holly-pattern Pfaltzgraff mug thoughtfully gifted by a friend.

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drank Candy Apple by Adagio Teas
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Advent sample. My first mistake was steeping this at work, where I couldn’t give it good attention. I definitely got a candy apple “shape” with it , but it turned out awfully bitter. (Shape—you know, the way you hold your mouth when you taste a certain food.) Added a little rock sugar, which helped, but sometimes you can’t undo the damage. Wish I could give it a second go at home, with better water and a little milk nearby. In that case, I’m thinking it would have been very creamy and tasty.

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Adagio Teas
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Another advent calendar surprise I wouldn’t have chosen for myself, but glad I had the opportunity to check it out. Very nice, and probably especially so for jasmine fans. I caught major jasmine “fumes” in my mouth (if that makes sense), but the taste was much sweeter than expected—almost honeysuckle. Very nice change of pace to challenge my sensory descriptors.

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drank Golden Yunnan by Adagio Teas
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Advent calendar entry (I’m behind as usual). Yunnan is generally characterized as having spice and pepper. My sample pyramid was a little milder than that description would indicate, but it was extremely drinkable. Emphasis on was. (One of those teas that go so fast, you look at the bottom of the cup and ask, “When did I drink all that?”)

ashmanra

Some Yunnans are TOO peppery for me, but the golden ones are generally sweet potato-y and good!

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drank Chestnut by Adagio Teas
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My experience with chestnuts and their flavor derivatives is limited, so the first thing my brain said when I took a sip was, “Maple syrup!” An hour later, just at the bottom of my tumbler, I’m still getting a huge pancake-and-waffle vibe. Sorry this was just a single bag from the advent box—would like to try another with milk!

ashmanra

I don’t know if I have ever had chestnuts. I had no idea they would taste like maple syrup but what a bonus!

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drank English Breakfast by Tea of Life
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Somebody shared at work. Drinkable, even when I left the bag in the mug the whole time, but neither especially strong nor especially notable. Just tea. Best simply because it is hot.

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drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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My Steepster Chronicles (someday, I need to print them all out and edit into a book…My Life In Tea) indicate that I had this a mere … 9! .. years ago. No wonder I forgot. But today’s cup was a happy memory jogger. It was so fresh and bready I thought it was Assam-based, but the tea info says it’s primarily Keemun. Not builders tea strong, but enough to get me out the door in a pleasant frame of mind on a Monday morning. Recommended.

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drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Advent calendar treat. Decently sweet. The rooibos isn’t overpowering. Takes milk quite nicely and tastes better sitting quietly by the Christmas tree. My son surprised me and spent the afternoon decorating with me. A better treat than cookies and cocoa!

ashmanra

Sounds like a day to treasure to me! ❤️

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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