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70
drank Jade Cloud by Rishi Tea
911 tasting notes

Must. Order. More. Tea.

I have such a small hand full of oolongs and greens now which is sad because that’s pretty much what I’m going to have in the evening. In fact, I have enough leaf to do one, maybe two more cups of this tea.

So the big question: do I order more Rishi so I can get more of this only Chinese green I love? Or do I go somewhere else to get new teas and just suck it up for a while and be Jade Cloud-less?

These are the tough choices in my life.

But on the plus side, kitty-girl is happy and drugged up and the lump wasn’t a tumor. Woo!

takgoti

I won’t lie, I’ve been thoroughly impressed with Rishi so far. This is one of the ones I ordered, but I have yet to drink it. It’s on the queue for tomorrow.

takgoti

Doi. I’ve been doing math all day, it’s the math’s fault. I totally meant to say YAY! about your cat. You must be relieved.

jennlea

I really, really like this tea and would be sad if I ran out so I don’t envy your decision. Good news about the kitty!

Jillian

Really glad to hear about your kitty. And no Rishi tea for me. Boo.

Auggy

Yep, kitty is doing great and we are relieved! YAY!

@takgoti: Math is evil. This tea is good. Though I will say that I have enjoyed it more after it has gotten a little older. When I first got it, I got a saltier taste from it but it seems to have mellowed a bit that makes me like it even more.

@jennlea: I’m hoping to find a tin of this in the store so I don’t have to choose!

@Jillian: Why no Rishi? I’ve only tried a few of theirs and this is my favorite. The other two are decently good.

Jillian

Because shipping costs are evil. It’s $20 minumum to get a package from them shipped north of the border. Hmph.

Auggy

Ah, that would totally do it! The few Rishi things I’ve picked up were actually in a store so I haven’t ordered anything directly from them. And the first ones I got, I got for the tins. :)

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74
drank Silver Needle by Teavana
43 tasting notes

This is Teavana’s crème de la crème of white tea. This is my bread and butter tea. While I’m on the topic of bread, I’ll also point out about the flavor that if tea and butter had a child, this is probably what it would taste like. The texture of the tea liquor has almost a viscosity to it.

After a day with challenges, this is my tea. After a day with something to celebrate, this is my tea. Fortunately, today I am celebrating a good day with this tea and the Avett Brother’s Pretty Girl from Cedar Lane.

takgoti

The experiences I’ve had with Teavana have been mostly disappointing, but I have yet to run across a Silver Needle I didn’t like. I might need to check this out the next time I’m around there.

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90
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Rishi Tea
84 tasting notes

Oooooooh! Update from the last time I had this! So… I got the POUND of Pu-erh Vanilla Mint that I ordered! Mwahaha, I was so excited!
So to celebrate, last night I did as Rishi recommends, and I brewed it like a chai. Half milk, half water, and 2 tablespoons of tea per 12 ounces. It was very good (when you smell it you’re going to think of Andes Mints or Girl Scout Thin Mints!) but I, personally, prefer it just brewed with water. It creates SUCH a dark brew, but it’s not bitter at all, and it’s just… awesome. It’s awesome. You should try it. It’s awesome.

Have a great day!

TeaCast

I’m seriously slacking on the Pu-Erh tea drinking, I’ve had Rishi’s, but I don’t remember what kind, it was too long ago, I’m not even sure I have it. Good info Oh Cha!

LENA

but is it awesome? :)

takgoti

@LENA F. Good question. But did she say that THIS one was awesome? Maybe TeaCast is better off sticking with his possibly awesome possibly not-so-great pu-erh, because it sounds to me like Oh Cha didn’t care for this tea.

@Oh Cha A pound?! That’s dedication. This is totally going on my list.

Oh Cha!

Seriously! It’s so good! I have at least one cup of this a day! The pound is going quickly!! LOL

I’m working on recipe possibilities for this tea… I’m thing about trying to make it into some sort of ice cream topping… but with frozen yoghurt of course… because I’m a health nut!! Maybe… a twist on a grasshopper you know???

I’ll let you guys know how it goes!! :)

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90

One of my favorite herbal teas from Yogi Tea. Great amount of sweetness while still maintaining the body of a rooibos.

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94
drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
1908 tasting notes

Yay, my Harney & Sons order arrived this morning! does a happy dance

This tea is smooth as silk without any bitterness, and yet the flavour is distinct and not at all weak. This is a tea with presence, it knows it doesn’t have to shout to be noticed.

jennlea

My Harney & Sons order comes tomorrow. Will do my happy dance then! Didn’t pick this tea up though sadly.

TeaCast

We have Harney & Sons bagged variety here at college and it is TERRIBLE. I need to try some of their decent stuff apparently :)

Jillian

@ Tea Cast I’ve never tried their bagged teas so I can’t hazard a guess on their quality, but I’ve loved all their loose-leaf stuff that I’ve tried.

Jillian

@ Jennlea What teas did you get from them? I also ordered Winter White Earl Grey and Yancha Wuyi Oolong.

Cofftea

I’m ALWAYS interested in teas created for a reason/occasion. I just have to try them even if I doubt I’ll like them.

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75
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
725 tasting notes

So THIS is what they’re using for all the flavored black teas at Adagio. I knew it was Ceylon, but I didn’t know which blend. Anyway, this is a good, standard black tea. The leaves smell sweet and smoky, but the smokiness doesn’t really appear in the tea itself. But that’s alright, I’m not really a fan of smokiness anyway. It brews up a really pleasant shade of amber, and was a great way to start my day.

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75

Found this tea bag in the teacher’s lounge with other tea bags that are provided for us. My own work tea collection is in my classroom so I rarely need to get tea elsewhere but I was feeling adventurous.

Steeped for 3 minutes, smells like an instant Chai mix. Taste isn’t too bad, not high quality but it is flavorful. May have to get out of my tea corner more often just for fun.

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75
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

1st sample I’m trying from the white sampler. White and green teas are my favorite.

The raw leaves have an extremely light aroma, ever so slightly like vinegar yet not NEARLY as strong as some white teas, like their white cucumber which is my favorite.

Steeping method:
2.25g of leaf in 6oz purified water heated to 180 degrees for 7 minutes.

When steeped the liquor is a buttery, creamy yellow and the aroma is MUCH lighter than I was expecting based on the liquor. I almost had to inhale the tea to smell it, but this could be because I woke up congested due to allergies.

Wow… This is an interesting tea… the flavor is light, but also creamy, thick, and buttery. Brandice was right, it does have similarities to broth. Is this the tea Mrs. Butterton drinks? Infact I may add my bullion to this when I make chicken soup instead of water…

2nd Infusion:
Steeping time: 8 min.

The liquor of the 2nd infusion is slightly lighter than the 1st, but I’d say that a better way to describe it would be more translucent. This infusion looks like tea instead of butter.

The scent seems to be stronger for some reason, but maybe my sinuses are clearing.

The flavor is a little weaker, allowing it to be more fluid instead of thick. The 1st infusion seemed to coat my tongue while this one just washes over it. It tastes more like tea instead of butter or broth.

3rd Infusion:
Steeping time: 9 min.

What is it with me and 3rd infusion lately…
The aroma and liquor were lighter than the previous 2 infusions as I expected. The flavor was also a bit lighter (weaker), but it was also lighter as in it didn’t taste ANYTHING like a butter slick over my tongue. Maybe this is what a white version of their cream flavored tea would tast like. It’s light, yet creamy, and yet there’s also a very light floral taste in the back… but it’s NOTHING even close to drinking perfume. I think this is my favorite infusion. I should be able to get a decent 4th infusion out of this, but I think I’ll wait and move on to another white sample for the rest of the day.

Conclusions:
This is a strange white tea. I don’t really care for the buttery texture and taste of the 1st infusion but it isn’t so foul or weak that I won’t drink it. I may make the 1st infusion for a friend:)

I’ve learned that teas can taste like things that aren’t tea-esk… campfires, cucumber, horse droppings, and now butter.

Not my favorite white tea, but I might buy it again and would drink it if someone offered it to me.

TeaEqualsBliss

I have this one on my list to try soon too!

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78

Eventho I was thinking a black tea to start my day – I did this one instead. Upon opening the tin – the aroma of mini mint chocolate chips or maybe even ice cream seems to be the thought that first enters my mind. It seems to steep fairly quickly. As you steep it is smells more chocolate and less minty. At first sip you can taste the Rooibos but the Chocolate follows it and the Mint is the caboose. The after taste is more minty than anything. As the tea sits in your cup for a while it gives off a slight coffee sent but doesn’t really taste like it. Nice, creative blend. MIGHT be one of my favorite flavored Rooibos Blends from Adagio so far…but I am still pondering that for sure. In the meantime…a thumbs up!

Cofftea

I’ve learned I can’t stand the smell of rooibos, it smells like licorice. Their green tea version of this is AMAZING!

TeaEqualsBliss

I have tried that one as well…like it the first time I tried haven’t liked it as much the last few times…but still good.

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75
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

This one is just fun, with birthday-cake taste and sprinkles mixed right in with the leaves. Makes me feel special.

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75

One of my favorite oranges (just behind Tazo’s Wild Sweet), this one needs a long steeping time at a high heat. But it turns out perfect. It really is the scent and taste of oranges sticky and sweet on your fingers and in your mouth. Sometimes I find it just a touch too abrasive or sweet, but it’s really the perfect back up.

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87
drank Honeybush by Intaba Teas of Africa
1908 tasting notes

Drank this with a touch of honey again. When it’s brewing it has an almost berry-like scent to it which is very pleasent.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Mango by Adagio Teas
9 tasting notes

I bought this mainly for iced tea, but my overall tea stash is dangerously low so I’ve been taking it hot. Really nice for a fruity tea—not fake or cloying.

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I’m running low on everything!!! Luckily, I’ll have a brand new box of goodness from Adagio as soon as I get home. Yea! New teas and new posts to follow.

Does anyone know of an ANTI-rain dance? I’m about tired of driving to and from work in the rain. And my dog can’t go out and play. Wanna see a 150 pound Great Dane that is scared of the rain?…come to my crib. At least this cuppa kept me nice and warm and snuggly as I pretend to work. I’m on my second cup. Bravo Sagittarius tea!

takgoti

I can’t be certain, but I think it may involve any or all of the following: a wooden spoon, wearing your pajamas inside-out, and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Well, and drinking tea. But that’s my remedy to just about everything.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m running low on everything too!!! STILL looking for my package…ek!

Cynthia Carter

If you find that anti-rain dance, let me know. It’s rained so much here this summer, even my cactus plants have mushrooms growing in them. And don’t even ask about being trapped in the house with two stir-crazy beagles.

I like the Cancer tea from the Zodiac series – it sounds like this one is worth trying, too.

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drank Mango by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

I really enjoy this tea. With its solid mango flavor, it may be the best “fruity” black that I’ve had. Might try a second steep just to see what happens…

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78

I didn’t think I liked white teas. In fact, I didn’t think I liked this tea. But two days ago, I had it again for the first time since I started paying attention to water temperature. Delish. Light, grassy/vegiteal, and easy to drink. I’m adding it below the oolong on my this-is-all-I-want-to-drink list.

Standard mug – blue pottery. 1 tbsp. gently steaming water. 5 minutes.

Second brewing. 6 minutes.

I was hoping to try a third brewing but I fear I might be tea-d out for the evening.

Jillian

White teas scald and get bitter REALLY easily if the water’s too hot. Also shorter steeping times might help with the taste as well.

takgoti

Oooh, this sounds good. Rishi and I have been getting along quite splendidly thus far, so this one might have a place on a future order.

You should try a silver needle – I find those to be particularly lovely. Most vendors make one and they’re typically good across the board. Of course, I love the one from my life partner – Samovar.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Jillian ~~ Thanks. I’ll try steeping it for less time next time I make it.

takgoti ~~ I think the only silver needle I’ve had was in pyramid bags. I don’t remember being impressed with it. But it was bagged and back when I was just starting to drink anything other than black teas and flavored black teas. I will remember that though next time I buy white tea.

I googled Samovar because I wasn’t quite sure it wasn’t your gf or bf and you were referring to a tea gifted by them. =)

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75

Considering that I had the teabag version, the tea was very fine. It helps me survive while I’m waiting for the good stuff to be delivered, because to my horror I could not get any loose tea in Madison, WI… Actually I don’t think I’ve seen much of it anywhere since my arrival in the US over 2 months ago…

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89
drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

This Blueberry is certainly my friend. My friend is going to be gone after today and will be missed. Maybe it will be reincarnated some day (another purchase). Regardless – I am going to enjoy the time we will spend together today. (See how many resteeps I can get).

Jillian

Alas poor Blueberry, I knew thee well…. ;)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

So how many did you get?

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75

Clean and lovely, I had this during my morning while teaching. The white is smooth, while the mint adds a lovely zip to every sip.

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61
drank Blueberry Rooibos by Rishi Tea
260 tasting notes

You wake up to the sound of your alarm, and reach over to hit the snooze button. But you realize that your alarm clock is a blueberry. Confused, you sit up and reach to turn on the light, except that the light is a blueberry. You reach to pull back the duvet, only it has been replaced by a sheet of blueberries. Panicked, you run into the bathroom to look in the mirror, and…YOU ARE A GIANT BLUEBERRY.

Open the package and take a whiff, and it’s like every single entity in your realm of consciousness has been replaced by blueberries. The scent is strong, young Skywalker. Luckily, I like those little blue pellets, so this is an enjoyable experience for me.

The scent continues to waft up sweetly when the tea is brewing. The taste is a similar to the blueberries as well – slightly tart, but with an unmistakable sweetness [if you get good ones, that is]. The sweetness in this tea arrives in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.

For me, the rooibos in this is almost unrecognizable. When I do taste it, it’s in the aftertaste, but it’s not strong.

I’m curious to try this iced.

So far so good, Rishi. You’re two for two. Can you keep it up? CHALLENGE EXTENDED.

Auggy

You crack me up. “YOU ARE A GIANT BLUEBERRY” will be running through my head all day.

takgoti

Eeexcellent. My evil plan is coming into fruition.

Carolyn

The I AM A GIANT BLUEBERRY aspect of this tea is what I disliked so intensely about it. I actually pouted to my husband, “I am not going to continue to sit here if that can of tea is sharing the same table.” He made the correct choice between the hideously strong blueberry tea and me. He loves me more than blueberries. I’m pleased.

Auggy

@Carolyn: that made me laugh… I do the same thing with DH and his (extremely noxious smelling, insanely expensive) single malts. Sadly, he usually picks the single malt!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

That tea does sound totally yum. The GIANT BLUEBERRY remarks reminded me of Violet’s end in Willy Wonka.

kat

totally Willy Wonka haha! I love blueberries so much and have never had a rooibos before, but now things may change- are there same health benefits and fabulousness feelings teas are giving me in rooibos cuz I know its not really tea ..weird …what the heck is it then?

takgoti

@kat If you love blueberries, this could be the tea for you. Rooibos isn’t technically tea, it’s from a different plant, but it is supposed to have additional health benefits.

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45
drank Decaf Tropics by Adagio Teas
233 tasting notes

My box of tea samples from Adagio came today. The samples are all in tiny tins! It is very cute, but I’m not sure what I will do with so many little tins once I’ve finished the tea.

This Decaf Tropics has an excellent flavor and fragrance that makes me think of sunny days on a beach sipping a drink with an umbrella in it. The fragrance is true to the flavor.

The black tea base is ok. It isn’t Lipton, but it isn’t up to the grade of my favorite black teas either. It has more tannins than I like and a slight bitterness. Also it doesn’t have much complexity. (On the other hand, it’s better than most grocery store tea. However, I’ve been getting spoiled with the great black teas I’ve been trying.) I steeped it for 4 minutes. Next time I’ll try 3 minutes and see if that improves it.

Despite my slight disappointment with the black tea, the adept hand Adagio has with the flavoring makes up for the dull tea. It is pleasant to drink and a good bedtime tea. I look forward to trying the rest of the samples.

takgoti

I like to keep a couple of small tins around so I can dump small quantities for transport. Beyond that, I haven’t a clue. I could probably build a fort, at the rate that I am accruing them.

Jillian

I always thought that the ‘duller’, less distinct black teas were always used deliberatly in flavoured blends so that it wouldn’t interfere with the flavour.

Carolyn

takgoti: Build a fort! That’s what I need to do then. ;)

Jillian: That makes sense. However my favorite flavored teas feature interesting black teas as well. For example, Golden Moon’s Honey Pear combines the flavor with a very good black tea so that the flavors integrate and are distinctive in their own right as one sips. Also the complexity and lovely notes of the black tea in Upton Tea’s Mélange de Chamonix are an important part of the blend and would be missed if they’d used an uninteresting Ceylon black.

Auggy

I love Adagio’s little tins! I keep all of them and sometimes there is a little fort of them in my pantry. But they slowly go away because I use them to give people tea samples. Also, when I get bulk tea from the store, I don’t get a ton and they fit in those little tins so nicely (much better than the clear plastic bags I buy them in).

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75

For a tea bag, you can get quite a few brews out of this one.

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75
drank Dragonwell by Unknown
43 tasting notes

The current Dragonwell I have comes from the Essencha tea house in Cincinnati. Dragonwell is my current favorite green Chinese, and this specimen is a fine one. Smelling the leaves, before and after steeping, remind me of chocolate.

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35
drank Japanese Treasures by Blue Teapot
1908 tasting notes

Steeped for 1.5 minutes. The tea wasn’t bitter but I couldn’t taste and strawberry or current flavours in it with this short a steeping time. The mix of green teas seems a little weird because you lose the individual flavours and characteristics of each tea.

takgoti

Wow. That IS short. Is that what they say to steep it for? Strange. If you name a tea “Japanese Treasures,” I’d expect it to knock my metaphorical socks off. Sounds like this is a miss.

Jillian

The recommended steeping time is 1-2 minutes, so yeah. I used to like this one when I was less educated in ‘the way of tea’, lol, but I think I have higher standards now that I know what good green tea tastes like.

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