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After finding I wasn’t really in the mood for Black or Black Flavored Tea today I sipped on this. I think I will be more into the Greens and Whites today!

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65

Ginger is my favorite spice, and so when I saw this in the shop last night, I had to get it, even though I’m trying to move to loose leaf rather than bagged tea. (And two other boxes came home too, but we’ll not speak of that. )

Once I removed the plastic, I was surprised that the the scent was so.. weak. Once brewed, the spice scent still had less ginger than expected, but was definitely better than just the smell of the tea bags.

Flavor-wise, it’s definitely a cookie flavor, and the tea tastes like a mild gingerbread cookie. The ginger doesn’t have a bite to it, and you can taste a few of the other spices.

I am enjoying this tea, but likely won’t buy another box – I prefer my flavors bold, and this is very mellow. But, it’s good, and if you like spice tea and mild gingerbread cookies, this is good stuff!

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97
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
265 tasting notes

RL is still busy like a busy thing, and I’m only now coming up for air. I’ve been gulping down my staples the last couple of days, and this one is definitely in that category.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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68
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

So school has been using me as a punching bag as of late, but only about a month left to go. I honestly feel bad about not updating here whenever I’ve had a new tea, so I’m taking a quick break to fill in this one gap at least.

That being said, this tea was worth the loss of the nap I was planning on taking. When I first opened the tin (ages ago) I smelt sour and cinnamon, but with something else that adds a bit of sweetness. The smells blend oddy well together and kind of overlap in my mind,but I’m not a fan. The leaves look un-uniform, with some rolled and downy silver and other open and blackish-brown. I did really enjoy the light yellow it brewed to, and in my glass mug I could see the little hairs from the leaves floating around. I tried not to think about that too much when I maned up and took a dainty sip.

The first taste was more spice than I expected. The cucumber aspect was definitly overwhelmed, but when I did isolate it was like woah. I felt a the same sensation when I’m eating cucumbers, sans crunch, that wetter than water feeling. It also tastes pretty much what I’d expect from a cucumber tea, cucumbery goodness, when ignoring the cinnamon.
One the second steep, the cinnamon was cut back and I enjoyed this cup more than the first. One the third steep I lost interest and left it to sit for about 6 hrs.

Does any know why Adagio added the cinnamon aspect? It doesn’t really detract from the tea, or help it, but I can’t figure out why it would be there. I’ve never thought cucumbers and spices. Pickles and spice, yes. But cukes? Not really.

Auggy

Love that so many people can taste the cinnamon in this. Makes me feel not so crazy! :)

Jillian

Me too!

Oolonga

I have a sample of this tea too and am very curious to try it. So far I sniffed it out of the tin and got only pickles like many people here…

Cofftea

@Oolonga, as much as a love it hot I prefer it iced. Unsweetened of course. My favorite way to drink it is in a mojito in place of the lemon lime soda.

JustDuckyInNE

Wonderful detail! Thanks! I have to try this one.

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This is a bagged tea that smells strongly of cinnamon and cloves with the sweet shy scent of chocolate peeping around the corner. I used two tea bags which created a rich red-brown broth tasting strongly of vanilla, cloves and cinnamon with a chocolate taste appearing toward the end of each sip. There is also a strange cool-sharp sweetness that I assume is the licorice. I do not get much of the rooibos, which is a good thing as far as I’m concerned since I don’t like rooibos. It claims to be cherry vanilla but I don’t sense the cherry at all. Overall it is an ok tea for an evening sip. I will try some of their other blends to see what they’re like as well.

Update: It gets more chocolatey and less spicy as it sits. I think it needs time for the volatiles to evaporate and the chocolate to get a firmer seat.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Toasted Sesame by Adagio Teas
1908 tasting notes

The first thing I noticed when I opened the tin is how oily the leaves look, like the whole container was dropped in a pot of sesame oil. The smell made me think of Chinese food, or maybe teriyaki. When I started steeping though, the smell reverted back to being just like a bag full of sesame seeds.

I goofed on the steeping time so I’m not sure how long it was, but it’s probably somewhere around four minutes. When I rescued it, the surface of the ‘tea juice’ (ha!) was covered in a distinct sheen of oil. The flavour is very much like what I’d expect toasted sesame to taste like; so Adagio gets points for authenticty. It seems to also work quite well with the tanins in the tea base.

This isn’t a flavour I’m used to tasting in my tea (obviously) so my tongue is sending my brain rather mixed signals and confuzzling the poor dear. I think I’m leaning towards liking it, but not loving it – further testing is required! ;)

Preparation
Boiling
Cofftea

I’m so glad it didn’t taste like BURNED sesame seeds! I got 3 good infusions from mine.

Jillian

No, no burnt flavour, thankfully. I might see if I can get another infusion out of this later.

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83

Ahh yes! The plot thickens! So in my quest to purchase another container of St. James Tea, I discovered that St. James is just a wholesale distributer that gets their breakfast tea from a tea blender by the name of Keith Spicer Ltd. www.keith-spicer.co.uk I noticed it at the bottom of the St. James Teas web page. After visiting Kieth Spicer Ltd.‘s website I saw that Ashby’s of London is another tea retailer. I’m going to try Ashby’s Breakfast Blend tea to see if it tastes the same as the St. James. When I love a tea, I’m willing to get all Sherlock Holmes with it to keep my cupboards nicely stocked. “Watson, I do believe we are on to something…”

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Auggy

I haven’t ever ordered from here before but they’ve got the St. James brand… http://www.thebritishshoppe.com/st._james_teas.htm

Marie

Thanks Auggy!!!!! You just made my day! Lots of wonderful tea blessings to you! (jumps for joy). :D

Auggy

Yay! Glad I could help!

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100
drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
62 tasting notes

A great start to the morning, this black tea offering from Shang is pretty good and is on the lighter side of the black tea spectrum since it is made using his white tea leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
161 tasting notes

Light and mildly grassy. I can understand those who say that this tastes buttery to them. I’m not talking about a stick of butter here, but it is a little creamy and has depth. Not an everyday tea for me…but then again, I think I’m on a black tea kick right now.

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drank Mango Magnus by SerendipiTea
911 tasting notes

DH loves mango. Like, a lot. Like, he gets it in bulk from Costco. So I’ve met a lot of mangoes. Fortunately, I like them too (not the buy-in-bulk level but still well enough). Anyway, this tea does taste like mango. Not quite like the super-ripe, making-a-little-puddle-of-sticky-syrup-in-the-fridge mango. More like the mostly-ripe-but-a-lighter-yellow-color-and-a-little-fibrous-towards-the-center mango. These types of mangoes are still good mangoes, they just have a slightly different flavor. And that flavor is pretty much exactly how this tea tastes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
takgoti

Hehe, that’s a very specific type of mango. Identification must be one of the benefits of being married to one.

silvermage2000

Nice review yum I enjoy mangos to.

kat

yum costco mango lover here too

Auggy

What can I say, I’ve eaten a LOT of mangoes and can ID the tastes of many types now! Hehe! Pretty much the only time we go by a display of mangoes at Costco without picking up a box is when they are either hard as rocks or there are rotten ones. So like twice. And we go to Costco 1 or 2 times a month (thankfully they don’t always have mango).

By the way, they sell their mangoes 9 to a box. That’s right. Nine.

I’ve eaten. A LOT. of mangoes.

Jillian

“My name is Jillian and I am addicted to mango juice and dried mango strips….”
;)

kat

hahaha you’ve got me beat but I’ve been known to delve right into the pre-cut mango boxes 3-4x a day. Yup. Love them. Can’t keep my hands off em! Yeah, 9 just looks like too much at once BUT I’m revisiting that idea now :)

Auggy

9 seems like a lot but it’s really not that bad… well, assuming you have at least one mango obsessed person in the house. We cut a couple up for lunches and snacks then put the others on a paper towel in the fruit bin. The paper towel is there because as they ripen even more, they will goo out a little sticky syrup. At that point you’d really think they are overripe/rotten and should be tossed, but if you cut them up then, they are insanely sweet and rich and almost orange inside, they are so dark. The closest I’ve gotten to the fresh mango they served us in Hawaii. But it takes them a bit to get to the gooing stage so it gives us enough time to eat all 9.

And now that Jillian has mentioned dried mango strips, I might have to pull out the food dehydrator next time we get a box o’ mangoes.

teaplz

The only mango I ever ate tasted like an evergreen tree. Then I looked up that they do grow on evergreen trees. Is this a common flavor, or…? Cause I LOVE mango sorbet.

Auggy

Hmm. I honestly have never thought of that taste as I had mango but now I want to go buy a box and test it out. I would say atypical since I think they would be sweeter and less juniper-like (which is pretty much what my brain associates as ‘evergreen’) but there might be a taste in there that could come across as that… I’d have to think of it while eating it though. If that makes any kind of sense.

Jillian

@Teaplz: They tend to get that pine-like flavour when they’re a little bit under-ripe.

teaplz

Jillian, I had a feeling! I know next to nothing about mangoes, so that’s probably what happened. It tasted really yummy though… but the pine flavor was a bit off-putting.

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Bought this at a TOPS yesterday in Fredonia, NY. They had 4 Revolution Teas for sale. 2 I have tried and then 2 others – could only buy one…not much cash on me…so I sprung for this one! Glad I did. It’s stronger than a Lady Grey but not Bergamotty like the super strong Earl Grey’s. It’s a nice blend of Earl Grey and Lavender. Glad I bought it.

Cynthia Carter

I like this tea as well, for the same reasons you mention. Revolution seems to use a good quality leaf in their teas, and then they don’t go crazy trying to hide inferior black tea behind a ton of bergamot. Their Ginger Peach is pretty good, too.

TeaEqualsBliss

Yes! I like their Ginger Peach too! Prob because it’s not too over the top with the ginger! LOL :P

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100
drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
233 tasting notes

This is another single sourced tea from The Simple Leaf. This one is from Arunchal Pradesh in India, which is high in the mountains north of Assam and west of Bhutan along the Chinese Indian border. One of the nice things about these single sourced teas is that they are kind of an adventure in a cup. I fantasize about the beauty of these mountainous areas as I sip.

This tea has beautiful, large twisted leaves that smell of chocolate and raisins. It brews into a golden red liquor with scents of chocolate, toast, slight note of malt and the sweetness of tea. It has a very light mild flavor with chocolate notes. It is quite good.

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

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100
drank Lover's Leap Estate by Dilmah
14 tasting notes

Reminiscent of a very high quality Darjeeling, but with stronger tannins. The flavor blooms and expands in your mouth. Woodsy, oak-like scent to the dry leaf and liquor. Light like a Darjeeling or a crisp Chardonnay, but fully flavored with layers of depth in taste and aroman

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Oriental Delight by Ten Ren
94 tasting notes

This tea is yummmy. I was trying to find a bagged version of my favorite dim sum tea so that I could enjoy it at school. Somewhat difficult to find without knowing Chinese characters, but after standing in the tea aisle long enough, I picked up this box and whaddayaknow!

Anyway, this tea is great, not too sweet, not too bitter. I have tried Ten Ren’s chrysanthemum tea and found it way to sweet. Their combination with Pu-erh is spot on!

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I’m a huge fan of spearmint so this is a great tea for me. While it doesn’t exactly put me to sleep it’s great when you’re winding down after dinner.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Spiced Green by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

ive never tried a “run of the mill” green tea before this is all i have to go off on. normally im not a green tea drinker, but i enjoy this. i think its the spices in it that make me like it because they do stand out to me. its a very light tea, i prefer mine stronger so maybe next time ill go for a longer steep time. i am enjoying this as i do my chemistry lab report (yuck)
the color is a pale greeny color that i find very pleasing to the eyes and the smell is wonderful, again i think it’s the spices. ive got to say this was a good purchase on my part. hopefully steepster can help me open up to more green teas :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

If you like the flavor of cloves, you should love this tea. I’ve enjoyed it before but I just had a “critical cup”—i.e. one in which I thought about the qualities of the tea instead of just slurping it down. It’s one of the richest rooibos teas I’ve enjoyed. I let it steep for a long time and then drank it slowly. As time passed, the cloves became the dominant aroma and taste. That’s great for me because I’ve always loved clove.
I think that this will become one of those teas that I must have in stock—a destination tea for when I need to be perked up in the evening and caffeine is verboten.

Preparation
6 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

Whenever I see this tea, the “ruby” makes me think of Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice…

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drank Moorish Mint by Samovar
911 tasting notes

DH isn’t feeling well – his sinuses are attempting to secede – and I wanted tea, so I thought I’d combine tea-ness with being the good wifey. Takgoti sent me some of this and it is currently the only mint I have and mint is friendly to sinuses so I thought this would be a perfect time to try this out.

The dry leaf smells a bit like a chai so I was nervous I was about to fry DH’s sinuses instead of help them, but I went ahead. While I was pouring, I got a fantastic whiff of mint. But not plain ole mint. Refreshing mint. Mint with that fantastic feeling of cold whoosh.

Now, because this is ultimately being made for DH, I did add about a quarter teaspoon of sugar in there. Because, unless it is TheraFlu, I feel that any drink taken for medicinal purposes must be sweetened at least a little bit. I blame Mary Poppins. Normally, I would add honey but I’m really to lazy to do that right now.

Oh the taste! Minty and refreshing and wonderful. But better than plain mint. The spices give it a great full flavor without making me feel like I’m drinking a chai. I can’t pick out the individuals spices – they aren’t as strong tasting as the dry tea smells like they will be – but they combine with the mint to give this wonderful fresh feeling/taste without being obnoxious.

This is by far the best mint tea I’ve ever had. I rarely drink mint (I’m anti-peppermint as a general rule) but I definitely think I’m going to have to get some of this to have on hand because it is quite awesome. DH actually finished his cup before I did which is pretty much unheard of in this house. He did request I brew it a little stronger next time. I think that will be no problem. Initially I was hesitant to brew too long because of the spices involved, but after seeing how the flavors combine, I think a longer brew time will be happy-making.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teafiend

I’ve only heard of Moroccan Mint, but this sounds like ten times better. When I’ve had the Moroccan version its been cavity inducing sugary, so maybe adding one scoop was too little?

Auggy

I’ve had Moroccan Mint once and it was okay. This is much better. The one I had didn’t have added sugar so it wasn’t sweet at all, though, so I guess I didn’t drink it the traditional way. I might have liked it better if I had!

takgoti

So glad you liked this one! Hope it helped DH out a bit. I read in someone’s review that Samovar has a syrup they add to this [this isn’t one of the ones I tried when I was out there], so I don’t think that sugar can’t be too far off. I like it straight well enough, never tried it with anything added to it.

Cofftea

@teafiend, cavity inducing sugary?

teafiend

@Cofftea, yes?

cherry_lime

i’m not stalking you, I swear. but you make me laugh. DH??? hahahaha… i love nicknames.

Auggy

You may stalk me. I will allow it. But only because I will stalk you back.

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100
drank Dark Tresure tea by Nightingale
93 tasting notes

Angrboda has a tea, that she calls her celebrating tea.
I guess this is my celebrating tea. When I feel like spoiling myself, I take this out.
It’s just ubër.

Where to start? The color is beautifull.
It’s Red/Golden. A truly red tea, living up to the name “Big Red Rope”. Love the name, it gives it a very ancient feeling ;) The smell is hard to descibe. It somehow reminds me of coffee and yet not at all! I guess the closest thing to descibing the smell would be dirt/musk/salt/coffee/brown cake. Confussing? Indeed.

The taste is not less confusing.
I earlier reviewed a ceylon tea by perchs claiming it didn’t taste of anything. Well, it didn’t, it only taste like tea without any notes of anything else. Well, this tea is not flavoured (alike ceylon) but it’s a oolong. It taste like a black tea, but unlike ceylon it has a distictive note of something else. It’s sweet and sour like coffee? I don’t know if you tasted LU Bastogne, but it’s like that, only its salty/sour instead.

Never tried oversteeping this one. Love it <3

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96

Not exactly the one I have, I have Darjeeling FTGPOPI Diwali and I love this tea.

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Peppermint tea with a bit of a kick in the form of additional fragrant herbs such as tarragon. May be overwhelmed by most kinds of food, so probably best consumed on its own, but works well for late nights when caffeine is out and a little mood boost would be more than welcome.

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90

Organic and fair trade certified. Loose leaf. Smells lovely from the tin, smells lovely after steeped. Goes down smooth with a perfect rooibos flavour, and a hint of apricot. Love this one. I believe it’s limited edition, so if you want to try it, get it now.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82

I really enjoy this tea, and it seems more innately sweet than most peppermint teas. It actually reminds me more of a candy cane than straight peppermint, so the art on the box is really appropriate. It’s great nonetheless, especially with milk or cream.

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95

Parting is such sweet sorrow. I’m using the last of my stash and it’s been discontinued. BIG BUMMER. I am going to see how many steeps I can get out of it…

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