35 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey by Tea Forte
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I’ve had this tea quite a few times and it is enjoyable, as Earl Greys go. It is astringent, has a nice black bitterness to it, but for Earl Grey it’s kind of bland. I really don’t get the bold peppery flavors that I get with some other brands. All-in-all this is a good tea, but if I have a choice I will be drinking Bigelow or Twinings over this if we are talking bagged.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Earl Grey White by Teavana
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I gave this tea another shot, well, really a 4th try. It’s horrible.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This green tea was impressive. The dried leaves are delicate, smell of fresh-cut grass, and open elegantly in my teacup.

I had to drink three cups before I felt I could write a review. The flavor is so light and clean, and I drank it all too quickly, for me to have done it justice with just one tasting. The tea is fresh, simple, cleansing to the palette. There is absolutely no bitterness to be found, even when steeping a tad longer than recommended. The lack of bitterness in aftertaste, just before the sweet bit, may make it seem like less of a green tea experience, but I assure that it is not.

I personally believe that sugar and even honey could ruin the delicate essence of the drink. Maybe a smidge of a light honey would be okay.

Overall, this is the smoothest and lightest green tea I have had the opportunity to enjoy. I will certainly be drinking this for years to come.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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I must thank Angel at Teavivre for this experience. My tea arrived today and I have been ogling the whole box since.

Black tea is one of the great loves of my life. I brew it daily, inhale the deep aromas, gaze at the dark colors, and sip at it greedily. It is truly a spiritual experience for me, and I consume far more of it than can be considered healthy. We all have our vices, so I justify mine with the fact that it’s tea and not gambling or cocaine. Solid logic, no?

This fragrant black tea is no disappointment. I will say it is not for the faint of heart, however. This is a strong, thick, and powerful blend – even when steeped precisely as recommended. For those looking for something not so powerful, it could easily be steeped for half the time and be quite enjoyable. In fact, I do believe this would do wonderfully iced with just a hint of sugar.

The leaves really didn’t give away the strength of the brew to come, not too dark, faintly aromatic, very unlike the tea they created. To my delight it is not very bitter. Indeed I’ve tasted far lighter black teas with more bitterness and interesting aftertastes.

I am truly biased in my adoration of steaming hot black tea, but I do think everyone should try it.

Thank you again, Angel, for this adventure. I will be reviewing the other teas over the course of the next week and am very excited for the opportunity. I have been ill and homebound these past few months, and tea has been one of my only escapes.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Thanks for the tasting note, and I sincerely hope that you will soon be restored to health.

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drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
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I was hesitant at first about the almond flavoring in this tea. I trusted it would be high quality, but almond flavors vary widely. Oolong is one of my favorites, so it was no question I would like the blend, only how much. I have since made this tea five times and I only fall in love with it more each time I taste it. The almond is strong, but completely enchanting. It’s like I am enjoying tea and cake all at once! I even baked a batch of cookies tonight to enjoy with a cup of this blend. Though the tea itself is not really sweet, I find that it needs no sugar or honey, though I’m sure either would be wonderful with it.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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This invigorating tea is already a favorite of mine, after only two cups. It is extraordinarily fresh and quenches my thirst (even when hot on a hot day!). It is certainly one of the more green oolongs I’ve had, but without any green bitterness. I highly recommend this tea.

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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
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I just got in my package from Adagio, so I am super excited with four new teas to try!

This Earl Grey is a solid tea-drinking experience. The leaves smell clean, like dish detergent clean, and, man, I love the smell of dish detergent, not even kidding. Brewed, the tea doesn’t have much of a scent at all, but that is not indicative of the flavor in any way. It tastes refreshing, clean, a light-floral note, and a small perfume aftertaste. This is a very fine blend, one that I will want to taste again and again.

Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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Even though I normally don’t like spearmint, this stuff is great! It’s fresh, vibrant, and smooth with no bitterness.

185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I was quite excited to find this on the shelf last Fall. I love apples, I love cinnamon, I love tea, so this should be great, right?! Opening the box was heaven, as well. I wanted that smell in my mouth immediately, which is why I was incredibly disappointed when I took one sip, dumped the rest of the mug in the sink, and made a cup of chamomile to get the taste of mutant cinnamon out of my mouth. This stuff is wayyyy too potent – were you guys trying to make some kind of love potion?? The cinnamon is really all that I could taste, when I was hoping for a tangy apple base with light cinnamon notes. In fact, if this blend was just cinnamon tea it would be too much cinnamon! I did end up using one of the bags in a crock pot to season some apple cider, and it worked pretty well, and I might save the bags to make a simmer pot recipe to scent my home this Fall, so it’s not completely useless.

Oh, and I did try to only steep this tea for a minute – because I’ll admit, I am terrible about oversteeping my teas, but it did nothing toward making this more palatable.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I have a huge affection for malty, Chinese reds with rich, sweet flavors that soothe the throat and calm my nerves.

Yezi Tea is my favorite online vendor. Joy’s Teaspoon, Teavivre, and JusTea are also all-around-excellent.

I occasionally enjoy hot dragon well, but do not often drink green teas. I do enjoy mint, rose, lychee and chamomile, however. Rooibos is quite off-putting to my taste buds, and I am very wary of spray flavors, but not above trying them.

Other than tea I enjoy dabbling in watercolor, my cats and dogs, the occasional rescue animal, fantasy mmos and turn-based rpgs, and arm-chair linguistics.


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