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The apple flavor is a little too subtle for me, but this is still a nice, drinkable tea, and perfect for a cold morning.

Jillian

I’ve had my eye on this one, does it have an apple-cinnamon-type flavour?

Cory O'Brien

It’s not strong like a spiced apple cider. I’d say it’s more of a hint of spice w/ a stronger apple flavor.

Cofftea

Use apple juice instead of water for extra apple flavor. YUM!

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75
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
70 tasting notes

I think the thing with getting the most out of this Sakurambo is not steeping it for too long… I did about 3 minutes, and it tastes like how the new Kozyndan piece looks.

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100

Love this. I got it because the area I’m in is being hit with a nor’easter and the weather is cold, damp, and fairly miserable. This tea warmed me right up! Mildly fruity and very spicy.

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75
drank Sencha by Teavana
43 tasting notes

A bit down on myself today. I’ve been listening to Cat Power’s Werewolf on repeat for an hour, and later I’ll go see a friend’s modern dance piece later. Sencha is something that feels so common that it seems to meet my mood.

When looking for something grassy, this is my current favorite.

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75

This is my favorite Earl Grey tea! It tastes good hot or iced.

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75

The raspberry and lemon notes become subtle and balance well with the mate after brewing. I was a little concerned that they would be overpowering; the loose tea smelled like raspberry-lemonade flavored candy. Previously I have found some of Teavana’s flavored teas to be overpowering, but this one is a keeper.

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drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
1328 tasting notes

but with a twist!

Following yesterday’s chocolate chili fail, I got lots of suggestions for stuff to try instead.

Vanilla with a bit of peppermint was one of them.

I’d never have thought of this combination on my own, in spite, bizzarely, of having a pack of very nice chewing gum with this exact combination in my bag right now. I’d just never considered ‘translating’ it to tea.

It is, in tea, very nice! Both vanilla and peppermint have a natural sweetness, and their flavours surprisingly suit each other, making the tea sort of sweet but not.

I suspect it’s a combination that would also work very well on ice.

gmathis

Adagio’s foxtrot does the vanilla-peppermint thing with rooibos, so you’re definitely onto something. I salute your experimentation!

Angrboda

The person who suggested the combination to me mentioned rooibos also, so that might actually have been the one they ‘learned’ it from. Not that I know, of course, but I could imagine. I’m not really a big fan of rooibos myself though, so I’ll just stick to the black. :)

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

This blend sounds super yum. I’ll have to try it when I have the ingredients on hand.

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90

The second steeping came out much better and I stuck it in the fridge to cool and drank it with supper. This is a wonderful tea to drink iced, with or without sweetener.

takgoti

This tea sounds like something I would like, but that aside I can’t stop staring at the tin. I normally don’t go for those kinds of colors, but I think it’s pretty.

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75

Enjoyed at JJ’s. Drank as chai (steeped with milk), reminiscent of tea in Uganda. Added raw sugar.

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75

Nothing better than a big mug of chai on a cold day…38 degrees here!

Jillian

Farenheit, I take it? I love a spicy tea when the weather is bad, warms me up from the inside. _

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63

Today started off bad. Things just weren’t clicking and every indication pointed to a bad, bad day. And bad days don’t do well with happy, fruity teas for me. So I pulled this one out as a better fit for my mood.

The morning continued to suck. Then my tea cooled enough to drink. Because of the smell, I expect a flat taste that sort of kicks me in the teeth. But it doesn’t. Yes, it’s strong and really stands up to milk. But it has a really great depth of flavor that sort of plays around in my mouth as I drink it. A definite improvement to the day.

And then I saw this and the day got even better. http://tinyurl.com/lobstercar

takgoti

That was my day yesterday. Sucky day full of suck and suckiness. Here’s hoping today goes well for both of us.

Hee. Lobster Car.

LENA

Hey, it’s Friday AND you saw a lobster car. I’m sure things will look up!

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75
drank Matcha koicha by Tip Top Tea
1 tasting notes

Awesome. The picture does it justice as it is a really bright green which apparently means its good stuff and fresh. It must be cause for an usucha (thin tea) matcha this tastes pretty sweet! Nice balance with the sweetness and the grassy vegetal taste of matcha. I followed the recipe on their matcha-tea.co.uk blog and must say it does make an awesome green tea latte – better than that powdered mix crap I’ve had before!

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drank House Blend by Den Lille Tebutik
1328 tasting notes

This is what I’m drinking at work at the moment. Currently they’re messing with the ceiling and the ventilation system so it’s impossible to work. In the meantime I figured I could go and talk about this tea.

It’s the house blend of a small local tea shop near where I live. It consists of Panyong, Keemun and Yunnan black tea with mallow flowers and is supposedly without or low in tannins.

I’ve had a sample of this ages ago which I liked but never bought more of. I’m pretty certain it didn’t have the mallow flowers then, but I can’t really be certain. (actually I think I might have an ancient review of it somewhere, but I don’t have access to it at the moment)

It’s a pleasant blend with a nice floral but not too much so aroma. It’s a good work-tea and I imagine it would be quite nice with a bit of milk as well as without. I don’t really agree with the no tannins, though. I feel like I’m definitely picking up some tannins in this.

However, I learned a few weeks ago that it’s not a particularly good tea for brewing in the morning and bringing on the train in the travelling mug. For some reason there I didn’t like it much at all. I expect it was too much of it at one time since this is not necessarily a tea where you have to drink gallons.

One, maybe two cups is pleasant, but enough.

(I hope this is getting a green thumbs up sign. When I move the cursor away from the icon it turns into the red thumbs down… It’s supposed to be a green one for liking it!)

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76

Steeped for 3 min in less-than-boiling water.

This is a light, gentle, and slightly sweet white tea with the bitter citrus taste of bergamot. Bergamot flavouring is about the only time I can stand bitterness in my tea. In this one it’s enough to give the tea some bite, but it isn’t the punch in the face you can get with some earl greys.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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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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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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drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
733 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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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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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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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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