67 Tasting Notes

74
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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89

I picked this up on a recent trip to Belfast. Very much so wish I picked up to packages of it. Enjoying this so much more than my normal breakfast tea. Just full flavored and delicious.

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35
drank Lemon and Ginger by Teapigs
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Nothing particularly wrong or off putting about this, but just not my cup of tea, so to speak. Not much flavor. Didn’t particularly do anything for me.

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78
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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Sometimes you just need a solid earl grey! This was one of those mornings.

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60
drank Relajarte by Te Gusta
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I’m mostly a “wake up” tea drinker, rather than a relaxing tea drinker, and this tea is made for relaxing. But I still enjoyed it. It was pleasing, a bit thin to the taste, but given it was meant for calming, that was ok. I would have it again.

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51

I feel like I used to enjoy this tea a lot more – as evidenced by my sliding rating. It’s like every time I drink it, I take off 10 points. I don’t know if I’ve just stopped enjoying green teas as much, or if it’s this one specifically, but I’m just not loving this one right now.

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90

Wow! This one really surprised me this morning, and it fully did what I describe as my “90s” for tea ratings – stopped me in my tracks and made me sit down and just enjoy the cup of tea. This is why I enjoy doing a traveling teabox, not just to learn about different teas specifically, but also to learn – or pay attention to – different tea companies. Once I looked this tea up, it doesn’t look very readily available here in the US, but I’m quite sure I saw this in many shops in my travels in Canada and didn’t even think about buying it – lots of wooden box and special edition tins that read as tourist traps to me. I’ll be taking a second look at them the next time I travel up north!

What a delightful cup of tea. Not as strong as I generally like, but very pleasing. The “cream” element does make for delightful mouthfeel, without adding milk. And the flavor was light and enjoyable and not in the least bit bitter or harsh.

I would leap at the chance to buy this if I saw it in a store!

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90

Wow! This one really surprised me this morning, and it fully did what I describe as my “90s” for tea ratings – stopped me in my tracks and made me sit down and just enjoy the cup of tea. This is why I enjoy doing a traveling teabox, not just to learn about different teas specifically, but also to learn – or pay attention to – different tea companies. Once I looked this tea up, it doesn’t look very readily available here in the US, but I’m quite sure I saw this in many shops in my travels in Canada and didn’t even think about buying it – lots of wooden box and special edition tins that read as tourist traps to me. I’ll be taking a second look at them the next time I travel up north!

What a delightful cup of tea. Not as strong as I generally like, but very pleasing. The “cream” element does make for delightful mouthfeel, without adding milk. And the flavor was light and enjoyable and not in the least bit bitter or harsh.

I would leap at the chance to buy this if I saw it in a store!

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51
drank Forté Breakfast by Tea Forte
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I feel like I should have liked this tea more than I did. Every word I would use to describe it is how I describe my favorite breakfast teas. And yet…. I don’t know, something just didn’t work for me with this tea. It was enjoyable, but it didn’t blow me away.

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80

I let this brew like my favorites, strong, dark, and slightly bitter. Very pleasing for a tea to wake me up and get my day going.

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Most Enjoys:
A strong black tea, preferably from Sri Lanka or India. I tend to steep it a little over to get just a touch of bitterness, which I enjoy.

My Ratings:
100-90: One of my favorites, a tea that stopped me from doing whatever I was doing, to just enjoy its flavor.
89-80: I would buy again, I enjoy, but one that I can have while rushing around or reading or internet browsing – my standard breakfast teas probably fall in this range. I very much enjoy them.
79-70: An good tea. It’s pleasing in some way and I may buy it again but I wouldn’t go out of my way to make sure I have it in stock.
69-60: A tea I enjoyed, but nothing really stood out to me.
59-50: Better than average, but nothing that delighted or pleased me. It was fine.
49-1: Varying degrees of I didn’t enjoy this tea. The lower the rating goes, the more there was at least one element that I actively did not like.

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