615 Tasting Notes


I blame this one today on Kamyria, I read her review and couldn’t help but dig into my own. But, honestly, thank you, this was just the pick me up I needed this morning!

This is seriously my spring in a cup — it makes me think of sunshine, buds, and rainfall. This is roasted chestnuts, notes of buttery artichoke, and a delicate refined sweetness. Everything about this cup screams quality. From the gorgeous, whole unbroken leaves to the richness and depth of flavor in my cup.


170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Ha ha ha… you’re welcome! This was one delicious tea. :)

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drank Brandied Apple by Culinary Teas
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I think the base and flavors here pair really well in that they are evenly balanced.

The butterscotch in here creates a wonderfully buttery flavor that is sweet and almost a touch salty. It’s like brown butter or a plain blondie. It’s not really boozy or anything so, it doesn’t really hold up the brandy end of things, though. It still kind of an incredible flavor. The apple is tart and juicy. It’s not a really strong flavor but it holds it’s own. It does become more appley as the cup cools, though.

The only thing I would change is maybe go 195 or 200 instead of 205, because there seems to be just a tiny touch of bitterness that creeps in.

Flavors: Butter

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I finished my pitcher of this today. I still didn’t really get almond milk from it and the almond flavor itself was quite muted and easily overtaken by the black base. I suppose I would drink it again if someone offered it to me, but I won’t be seeking it out again any time soon.


Aha, I had a feeling the almond wouldn’t hold up to the base that Frank uses.


Yeah. I appreciate he didn’t make it overly sweet tasting like almond extract, but if I didn’t know what this tea was supposed to be, I don’t know if I would have been able to guess either.


Yeah, I’ve come to the conclusion that the nut flavourings he uses just can’t hold up to his bases, but you never know until you try. :)

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drank Blackberry by Adagio Teas
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I totally didn’t realise I reviewed this tea once before. Like back when I was in my Steepster infancy. Huh.

I forgot this in the fridge. Though forgot is kind of generous. I knew it was there, I just couldn’t be bothered to drink it yesterday when there was Blackberry Merlot here instead (thanks music27note!). So this steeped for probably a pretty solid 24 hours.

That said, it’s surprisingly okay. The base wound up with tobacco notes and a little richer than usual, and the blackberry kind of disappered to all but the very front of the sip (and it got a little artificially off tasting), but it’s not offensive.

So, thanks for being super resilient to my carelessness, Blackberry tea.

Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I think this is another tea like Forever Nuts that every company seems to have a variation of. Della Terra has Walnut Brittle, there’s any number of Walnut Greens, a local company has Dasher’s Delight and they all have similar or the same subset of ingredients.

I think that’s because it’s delicious. The pineapple adds a little sweetness, and the coconut a bit of creaminess, but overall it’s a roasty, nutty warming cup on a bed of buttery green and oh so good.

Flavors: Butter, Nuts, Vanilla

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Did you know you can get sick of banana bread? Yep. It happens. Something about 5-6 loaves of banana bread over 3 weeks does that. I’ve been seeking out over-ripe banana recipes and wound up making banana honey whoopie pies last night and they were amazing. Anybody else have recipes they love that aren’t banana bread?

Yay! Sipdown on this one.

I don’t think I’ll miss it, but I did end up enjoying the last cups of this more than I remembered I did, and more than I thought I would.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
adagio breeze

I have a recipe for banana brownies with a “pudding” layer on top. It’s yummy and really good if you have a whole mess of bananas to use up!


Oooh. That sounds tasty!


I have a recipe for vegan challah that uses bananas in place of eggs. It sounds weird, but it’s really good (and doesn’t taste like banana).


Can both of you maybe PM your recipes? They sound awesome! (And I love challah <3)

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I had totally forgotten about this one, but I was rummaging through my tea stash upstairs and there it was with probably only 3 or so cups worth left of leaf.

This brews up a rich mahagony color. I really like the smell of this one once it was brewed up. It smells like dark chocolate covered strawberries, rich, cocoa-y a little earthy and sweet.

As far as taste, the strawberry is on the forefront, it’s a little floral, a little artificial, but a pleasant level of sweetness that doesn’t creep into candy-like. The pu erh isn’t as full and rich feeling as I’d like, but there is a small amount of creaminess overall. The transition to the richer cocoa and earth notes of the pu erh seems at best a little rough around the edges and at worst a little jarring. Sweetener smooths that out and makes a cup that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

Flavors: Cocoa, Cream, Earth

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Brewed Awakening by Art of Tea
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I think I finally have Fiance’s full buy in on the tea station upstairs. Which is good because after my laptop migrated up here last night, I don’t really have the motivation to go downstairs before I need to. Besides, his buttons will get reattached to his shirts this way.

This is a really creative blend. Hojicha and oolong pair together to create a wannabe coffee. It brews up darker than a lot of black teas, and is a rich chocolately brown with just a fliker of amber in the light. It smells pungent and roasted, and a lot like coffee really.

I went with a conservative steeping temperature, and as a result there was no bitterness, but still full-bodied and potent. There’s a definite amount of nuttiness and it feels just slightly creamier than a normal brew (I’m attributing this to the white chocolate). I didn’t get any oilyness or film from the chocolate, but I didn’t really taste it either.

This definitely captures a coffee, but it’s like coffee for when you don’t want coffee. It’s weaker than coffee and not as bold as what I’m used to drinking, but because of the differences in flavor and potency it’s easy to disassociate this from coffee as well, and just picture it as a roasty warming cup of love.

Flavors: Nuts, Roasted Barley

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

It is not enough to “like” this post…I love it.

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drank Casablanca by Georgia Tea Company
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I found this surprisingly well balanced tonight. I don’t really know how I found it so tart the first time, because despite a bit of tartness the overall sip is rounded and full of berry-like flavor. It smells strongly of hibiscus, but the taste is very much sweet currant and a bit of tart raspberry like flavor. The aftertaste is a natural fruity sweetness that lingers.

Fiance found this sweet and satisfying as well.

And tasting notes might have actually gotten more horrible to write from mobile with the recent interface change. It wasn’t that great before, but this is pretty awful.

Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Aztec Sweet Chili by Yogi Tea
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I perpetually bounce around with my feelings on this tea, because I think it’s weird. My attitude on whatever day determines if that’s good weird or bad weird on a given day. Tonight is good weird.

There’s a lingering licorice root type of sweetness to the cup that counteracts most of the spice in the cup, but leaves just enough cayenne kick to tickle the back of my throat. There’s a lot of ginger flavor here as well, but the licorice is easily the dominating flavor. I like the cup a lot more as it cools as the sweetness lightens slightly and the cayenne packs more punch. I don’t really get much in the way of cocoa, but I want to try brewing this up in a cup of hot chocolate some night to see what that does for me.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Name: Lauren
Location: Wisconsin (previously a Chicago girl)
Occupation: Student by day and super hero by night
Super Hero? Yep!
Which One? I can’t tell you that! Secret identities and such. Just know I’m not the hero they want, but the hero they need.
Sidekicks: Fiance and two budgies, Skitter and Gandalf


Reading, writing, cooking, video games, computers, drawing, crafting, papercraft. Oh and tea.

A brief history:

I grew up in a family where the only working coffee maker was in my dad’s office. So the name of the game for my mother and I quickly became (bagged) tea. In 2004/2005, I discovered Adagio Teas. I don’t remember how it happened, or why I decided to pursue a purchase but here we are. I haven’t looked back.

My tea tastes have changed over time and I’ve moved from liking solely flavored teas (mostly black and white) to enjoying Darjeelings primarily, though malty unflavored blacks, fresh tasting greens, and lightly oxidized oolongs come in pretty high on my list, too. Of course, I still enjoy a good cup of flavored tea. I prefer caffeinated teas, as I have a horrible caffeine addiction that I don’t plan on kicking any time soon.

Red rooibos and lapsang souchong (or other strongly smoky teas) are my arch nemeses and I will see them defeated and removed by force from my cupboard. Like all thing, there are exceptions, but I assume they’re guilty until proven innocent.

I really don’t like negatively rating things, because I feel like if you don’t have something nice to say, you probably shouldn’t say it. But in the interest of non-biased tea reviews I’m going to give it a shot. I view every tea as a potential adventure so I’ll try most things at least once.

I love trading and swaps are always welcome! Please note, though, what it in my cupboard includes amounts ranging from a couple cups to 4 ounces or more, so please PM me to find out if what you’re seeking is available in that trade amount.

According to my spreadsheet, I also have about 100 other 1-4 cup samples that are not in my cupboard.. Feel free to message if you’re interested in see the spreadsheet for possible swap options as well.

Tea Ratings:

100-95 Nectar of the teagods that has been bestowed upon my unworthy tongue. I will never let this tin run empty.

86-94 These are the teas I would like to keep regularly stocked, but sometimes life gets in the way. Lovely teas, but not quite god tier. I still get cravings for these.

74-85 Good teas, but not amazing. I enjoy these, but may or may not restock once they run out. I would still recommend these to others.

60-73 Not bad. I’ll gladly keep drinking my cup, and wouldn’t say no if someone offered me this tea. I probably won’t rebuy these as there is likely something else that is comparable and better.

47-59 Certainly drinkable and might even have some characteristics that I enjoy, but I won’t pick it up again

30-46 I’ll probably finish my cup, but this tea isn’t to my taste OR it’s just overwhemingly mediocre. Life’s too short for bad tea.

11-29 This cup is in the sink now and I will never willingly consume this again. If you see a tea rated this way, I probably followed it with mouthwash.

0-10 Please say a prayer for the cup I destroyed in the process of disposing of this tea in the quickest manner possible. I may need tea therapy before I drink a similar tea again.


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