318 Tasting Notes

drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
318 tasting notes

Sipdown. Kind of a light flavor, as there’s only about a teaspoon of this left for ~10 oz of tea, but that’s okay. I didn’t want anything too heavy at night anyway.

I’m glad to have my kettle back – I brought it to a friend’s house for a tea party, and then forgot it there. Thankfully we had plans two days later for another tea party (ha!) so my baby is back with me. The day I was without it I didn’t drink much tea – I’ve been so spoiled with the temp controls that I don’t know how to make greens with the regular kettle! (I mean, I can. But I’m lazy. The electric is also heaps faster.)

This tea is malty and dark, and there’s something in the smell I can’t quite identify – it’s almost like sesame seeds and caramel candy. It’s very good, though.

(That was a long rant for a short tasting note. Oh well.)

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drank Apricot Green by Adagio Teas
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Had a sample of this at the 221Tea Party yesterday. Didn’t get a good tasting experience since the water was who knows what temp and the leaves were all in a little tea ball, but it was really good. It’s going on the shopping list and then if my coupon is still valid by the time I go back to school and have extra money, I’ll just skip the sample and get a few ounces of this.

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Semi-backlog from yesterday.

This isn’t as bad as the green, as it’s heavier tea, but I can still taste the preservatives. I drank about half of it while baking Toblerone cookies. It’s actually really good mixed with ice and lemonade.

I still have about half a bottle left, so I mixed that with an iced black and some lemonade, and it’s pretty good.

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Quick tasting note – backlogging from the day before yesterday.

These were 2-for-1 on Adagio, and I added a few of these to my Sherlock order.

Brought to work, drank while training the new girl. I like her. She’s already showing a lot more promise than our other new-ish hires (at least, new since I’ve gone to school)

I was excited it said Dragonwell on the side – that’s my favorite green.

Sadly, it tasted like dentist. I could hardly taste the tea at all. Sigh.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

They used to be good years ago and now they are absolutely awful!


that’s sad, although I’m not surprised, usually bottled tea is not pleasant over all. I’d recommend trying Japanese brands, those guys are experts capturing flavors. ‘Ito’ is one of my favorites, there are others, I once tried a jasmine green tea and I was amazed at how nice it tasted.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Ito En is simply the best. My favorites are Oi Ocha Dark & the Sencha Shots


“it tasted like dentist” LOL Now that is a description.


Thanks for the rec!
It seriously did. I don’t know why but the water they have at my dentist for rinsing and such always tastes weird and metallic… this tasted like that. And baking soda, which apparently is in here.

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Thanks to Invader Zim for the sample of this! (I’m typing on the iPad as I wait for my car to be fixed, so please forgive any spelling errors!

I wasn’t paying attention and mistook this for Teavivre’s white jasmine, so I only got one steep out of it. It was only the next morning when I saw the empty bag on the counter that I realized.

It was delicious, really delicate and soft and just a little bit sweet. The jasmine wasn’t overpowering. I only wish I had more to say! I’ll leave off the rating because I cant really rate it very well right now.

Invader Zim

I haven’t figured out if I like Verdants or Teavivres white jasmine better. Both are incredibly delicious!

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This smells like a ????. Perfect Irene. It smells interesting. Not good, not bad, just weird…hazelnut and honeybush and cherry and lapsang aren’t something I’d think to mix together. And steeped, it has that same perplexing aroma.

I suppose that’s accurate.

It’s actually really good. The honeybush and lapsang are sort of sweetly smoky, and the cherry gives a bit of a bright softness. Irene’s one of my favorite characters, and I’m glad I like this tea!

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There’s a whole series by Carole Nelson Douglas that features Irene as a detective, narrated by her loyal and always-shocked companion/chaperone. First one, I think, is “Good Night, Mr. Holmes.” Good cuddle-up-under-a-blankie reads.

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Ohkay. I’ve been impatiently waiting for this package all day. I’ve been hiding in my room because I was so tired after work – I won two contests and associate of the month, and that takes effort, especially for an introvert like me!

The people across the street are moving, so there have been big trucks going by all day. Each time I see one I check – is it UPS? No? Damn.

This time it was, and I raced downstairs to intercept the deliveryman before my mum or dad could… no need for them to know I’m buying more tea.

Smelled them all – they all smelled great. I honestly started with this one, even though the chai spice aroma was a bit overpowering and intimidating, because a friend of mine tried it and said she didn’t like it, and it was bitter. So this is me proving her wrong.

I immediately went for a macchiato with this. Why not a latte? Because for some reason “Mycroft Latte” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

Steeped 2tsp/8oz, boiling water, 2 minutes. Added about 6oz milk and 3oz foam.

The first thing I taste is the cream, followed by the vanilla rooibos. I suppose there’s a hint of chocolate in there too. I don’t taste much chai, but that’s a-okay with me. (Leave the chai and spices for Moriarty.)

This is great, and I don’t regret owning a 3-oz bag of it at all. Probably not something I’d purchase again (so many teas, so little time!) but definitely not one I’m eager be rid of.

Edit: And because of all the foam on top, it sort of gives it that feeling of drinking whipped cream. No complaints here. I’m just going to sit here and rest my tired feet (no cushioning whatsoever in the shoes I wear to work, and yet they’re more comfortable than the ones with cushions. Go figure.) and listen to Underworld’s Olympic Ceremony opening song – it’s gorgeous. I love them.

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So excited for my blends to get here! :) It’s so great when some of my favorite things combine.


Which ones did you order?


Watson, Sherlock, Loki and TARDIS. :D


Ooh! One of my friends has Watson and TARDIS, and we had a 221tea party tonight – the two of them are great. And Loki is on my to-get list!
I got Mycroft, Mind & Heart and The Woman, and I really want Inspector too :)


Loki tea! Want!


I’ve tried the Mycroft blend but found as I did with most Adagio teas that my tastebuds didn’t like them… not sure why. I’m glad you like it though :D


I don’t really like most of their flavored blacks on their own, but with milk and a short steep time I enjoy them. And I’m glad I figured this out :)


Michelle – officially requesting some of TARDIS for our swap later in the year. Don’t even care what it tastes like, THERE’S A TEA NAMED AFTER THE TARDIS FFS!!! Anywho…. clearly suffering withdrawals and desperately want series 7 to start…. oh dear.


Definitely. I’m actually working on some of my own DW blends – I can put those in for you too as well!
And I cannot wait for Series 7. I’m so excited for it! (And I’m currently watching The Lodger now… go figure!)


That’s a funny ep. Doctor Who teas, the pinacle of taste! (yes, that was a pun…)


It makes sense until you look away for two minutes and then you don’t have any idea what the hell happened. But I love Craig and Sophie :)


Oh yes I heard season 7 starts soon according to the Space channel. They have been running commercials for it… I try not to scream HURRY UP! at the TV. All hail the TARDIS and Doctor Who :D


Late August/Early Sept apparently, a lovely pre-birthday treat for me!


Aug 25 was kicking around for awhile but I don’t think it was ever declared official. When’s your birthday?


Mid September. And the other half’s is late August, so it’s good either way!


They finally came yaaaaaay. Unfortunately it’s too late in the day for caffeine, boo. :(

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Oh, I do love this. I received this in the last Steepster Select box.

I don’t feel like writing too much now, but it’s beautiful. It’s sweet and buttery and smooth. It has some of my favorite characteristics of the Dragonwell that I love, but with a little bit less of the vegetal.

This just might become my staple oolong.

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Ahh, nice to see another positive review of this tea. Honestly, its probably becoming one of my all time favorite teas, I don’t think I’ve gone through 3oz of tea as fast as I have with this Jin Xuan. I bought mine from Teavivre, which is becoming my most reliable site in terms of buying Chinese teas. I might have to buy my next re-up from Red Blossom though and give theirs a try.

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drank Ginger Peach by Adagio Teas
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Currently drinking this in pyramid bag form. Hot brewed, it’s good, but I don’t get much of the ginger or peach – just black tea.

Cold brewed 3 pyramid sachets for about 24oz of water, and the peach really comes out here. It’s sweet and soft.

Not something I’d purchase again, but it’s great iced.

Iced 8 min or more

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drank African Red Bush by Tazo
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Received a couple bags of this in a swap from someone (not on this site).

It’s okay. It’s a decent rooibos. It’s fairly unremarkable, but it’s okay on a lazy day.


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Michelle, 19. College student: upstate NY.

I really enjoy tea, British television and theatre. I read a lot, write a lot, dream a lot.


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