615 Tasting Notes

drank Brewed Awakening by Art of Tea
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I brewed this up two or so hours ago and it’s sat by the open window where I forgot it almost that whole time.


It tastes pretty stunning chilled, though. I’m not sure where the vanilla tones are coming from, but it’s a bit like a vanilla coffee drink. Or maybe a little Kahlua-esque? I’m going to regret the caffeine when it comes to sleep tonight though.

Still. A- would forget tea again.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

I read this as “bread awakening” and was quite intrigued


I’m embarrassed to say that I sometimes read “Dong Ding” in the name of teas as “Ding Dong” because it’s the American “noise” for a doorbell.


@__Morgana__, I do the same!


Morgana, CHAroma — So do I. Glad to know I’m not alone.


Whew. ;-)

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This is the second I’ve tried of the samples provided to me, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit.

As I said in my previous review, I really like the base they use. It’s a bit malty and is smooth and not a bit bitter if you follow the listed steeping parameters.

Cinnamon is the strongest flavor in this cup, with clove being the second most dominating. It’s almost to a point where without knowing there was orange in the blend, I’d guess otherwise. In the grand scheme of spicing, though, it’s not terribly strong at all. The orange itself doesn’t really kick in until the tail end/aftertaste of the sip. The base is still present with all the mingling flavors.

I think this tea suffers from the same thing as the previous tea I tried in that while the flavors are good, the balance is off. I wanted more peach/apricot and less lemon in the peach apricot tea and I want more orange in my orange spice tea here.

As you may have seen already, Just Organic Tea is doing a Kickstarter to raise money for this really promising company. You can find that here : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/justorganictea/just-organic-tea-the-very-best-tea-delivered

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Citron Oolong by Rishi Tea
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This is all Fruity Pebbles (which I think are slightly more flavorful than Fruit Loops. But same idea). Luckily, it’s fresh and floral and not soapy or counter cleaner-y.

The oolong adds a bit of buttery smoothness, but this blend is all about the citrus.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Shizandra by Zhi Tea
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This tea is starting to grow on me. It’s savory and peppery, while still staying light. There’s a cracked pepper tingle on the back of my throat from the shizandra and a subtle layer of sweet orange-like citrus that elevates the bai mu dan and makes it less dusky as it sometimes seems to get. It all pairs together to make something unique, special, and still tasty.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

I was going to head this with my favorite quote from Bilbo’s party, but this tea inspires great cheer and food-loving in me. So yeah.

Still, it’s the most apt quote for family gatherings ever:
“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”

This tea is a amazing and I want it in my face forever now. Seriously.

While it smells strongly of almond, it tastes like snickerdoodles in my teacup — like, real live bakery fresh snickerdoodles. It’s cinnamon-y vanilla in the front of the sip, mingling with the almond to give it that pastry and nutty butter flavor that is cookie-esque. I don’t understand why this is so good.

This makes me wish that everything I consumed ever smelled and tasted like cookies.

Thank you Shmiracles!
I also just realized this was the 400th unique tea I logged. So that’s pretty cool too.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

it’s a great blend! you and i are both swimming in these hobbit teas and many of them are turning out to be very very yum. idk how this tea is so good either.
not to critique adagio too hard or anything cuz they are the funnest, but it’s not like their teas are super nuanced or anything. they kinda tend to be a bit flavor heavy or maybe a one note song. but this is definitely one of those blends that rise above the fray.


^I think you pretty much nailed it. I think that’s why blends work so well though, because at least by combining multiple single-dimension teas you get something better. (Not that they’re all this good. But yeah.)

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I got this as a bonus in a swap from CK longer ago than I care to admit, but I’m never terribly quick at getting to my bagged offerings. (I’m trying! I promise!)

I don’t really care for this though. The hibiscus adds a bitter/sour note that I can’t shake and the honey has a strange plastic/wax flavored aftertaste. It reminds me a bit of the flavor of wax lips. Which is sad, because I like it initially and then it gets blah.

This won’t be a revisit for me, as I just barely managed to get my cup down this time.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Winter Spice by Fava Tea Co.
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This is what a spiced Forever Nuts would taste like! The anise and cardamom add such a lovely warming wintery element to a flavor set I already know I like. I really think this has more interest and flavor than the normal version too.

Also, Fava recommends steeping theirs for at least 10 minutes to get the most flavor, and I’m wondering if Forever Nuts (and Almond Apple Crisp from English Tea Leaves) would benefit from the same treatment.


Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Ooooh, I’m so glad I rustled this out the other day. It’s really quite good. It’s a strong creamy lemon flavor with minimal rooibos flavor.

I need to get some more Lemon Chiffon and do a side by side because this is quite good as well.

Happy 500th note to me!

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

Happy 500! Whoa!


Woo thanks!




Congrats on 500!

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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I liked this, quite a lot even, but I don’t think I’m really getting salted caramel or salt-sprinkled toffee from it. I do get burnt sugar from time to time, so that’s pretty close and quite welcome.

It’s definitely a sweet and creamy cup. Then there’s a slight coconut note winding through the whole thing.

At least this isn’t the horrible spiced abomination that Teavana made. I would absolutely drink this again, but it’s not quite what I’m looking for in a caramel or a toffee tea.

Thanks NayLynn!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I’ve refrained from reviewing this because I was working on tweaking the steeping parameters. But I’ve been able to get a consistently good cup from it for the last several times, so I think I’ve got it! Boiling makes it just a tiny bit bitter and can lead to the base overpowering the jammy raspberry.

It’s actually pretty stunning when I nail it. Lovely jammy, sweet raspberry and vanilla flavors with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. There’s the tiniest bit of coconut in the aftertaste, but only once the cup begins to cool. While piping hot, it only comes across as silky feeling.

Definitely keep in mind that this is sponge cake, not cake cake though. It’s basically a sweet, convenient delivery system for delicious berries and cream and it that this is definitely a winner.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

I wish I could pocket individual notes for reference later. I want to give that 200F steep a try :)

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf


Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.


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