615 Tasting Notes

drank SBT: Orange Creamsicle by 52teas
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This is actually my first SBT, but I love the flavors that I keep seeing pop up, and I’m always looking for new things to try in the pitcher of iced tea in the fridge that Fiance and I share, so I thought this would be fun to try!

Creamy, orangey, tea-y and tasty. I don’t really know what else I can ask for, though I think maybe next time I’ll add a little sugar when it’s steeping. I think it would amp up the melted popsicle-ness here.

But after we ended up dumping out just under half of the last pitcher because neither of us cared for it, this was a nice change

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There’s definitely more interest here than your standard breakfast blend. To my surprise, the Keemun is neither cocoa-y or smoky, but it does have a dry red wine kind of mouthfeel and a slightly oaky and fermented fruit flavor (which was also evocative of a rich red wine). I wasn’t necessarily blown away by the cup, but it’s very nice.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Genmaimatcha by American Tea Room
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Nutty, toasty, brothy and just slightly sweet. It’s nice to be reminded just how good genmaicha can be from time to time.

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
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Soooo. I forgot about this one while I was steeping it. Like I acknowledged the timer, and flipped it off, and then somehow I let the tea keep steeping. So it went about 5-6 minutes.

Luckily, it’s still good. A little bit of astringency in the cup, but no bitterness. It’s far more potent with the extra time. The graeen elements to the flavor are more vegetal and artichokey and less like the sweet hay present in shorter steeps, but the honeysuckle flavor is still delightful and prominent.

Refreshing and hits the spot.

175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I cold steeped this overnight and while the flavor is very similar to making hot and icing, there is more juicy berry/fruit than floral this way. There is definitely still a floral component, but it’s not quite the level it was before. The green tea also comes through and adds a layer of veggie flavor in there. The almost powdery feeling at the end of the sip is also minimized, which makes this the better way to drink this tea (for me).

Iced 8 min or more

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I think this is a perfect late afternoon tea. It’s very gentle with a strong perfume scent. There’s a lot of whimsy in how this cup feels to me. It would probably also be fun for a fine linen and bone china kind of tea party.

The floral perfumed notes come out less in the final cup (but still a dominant flavor), but leave the steeped leaf smelling strongly like potpourri in my steeper. I really like the burnt sugar/caramel elements here.

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drank Spiced Mate by Adagio Teas
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Under normal circumstances, I would make Fiance drink this because he wanted the mate sampler, but he’s so adverse to any spicing resembling chai I didn’t think I could do that to him. So I steeped the last bit of this up today.

I’ll preface the actual review here by saying I’m not always huge on mate. Especially mate that tastes like mate. The roasted mate smells like wet dirt (but in a freshly fallen rain sort of way that isn’t off putting) and has a very full coffee-like flavor with green undertones. No bitterness or smoke flavors present. The cinnamon and spices here are far more subtle than I was expecting; it’s almost mellow and I found myself actually wanting a bit more. It’s a very warming and winter-like cup, though. The citrus just barely comes though, but adds a little bit of a bright counterpoint to the roastiness of the mate. I did eventually end up adding milk (skim was all that was floating around) anyway, because it was too coffee-like for me to drink it black, and enjoyed it more that way.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

I’ve never been a huge fan of mate, either, especially roasted. Smells and tastes like banana to me, but almost like what I’d imagine the peel to taste like.


I actually think normal mate is almost okay. I definitely get the banana peel connotation though. Roasted mate, though, kind of reminds me of decent quality mild coffee beans that someone rolled in wet mud, then once they were coated rolled them in maple leaves and bark.

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drank The Pint by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I kept the parameters on this one the same but used a different steeper today. It definitely (and unexpectedly) tasted more balanced and the ginger was less overwhelming. A bit creamier too. I’m not sure if it was just the spoonful I happened to get or the steeper, but I’m upping the score a couple points because I appreciated it a little more.

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drank Walnut Truffle by Banff Tea Co
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There’s a strong nutty element (which I suppose you’d expect with something named Walnut Truffle), but it has a similar astringency to actual walnuts which I found more interesting. There is no oily residue from the nuts either. The apple pieces lend a very subtle sweetness, but impart no actual apple flavor, and the rose petals add a perfumed quality that’s actually quite evocative of French teas. Overall a very satisfying cup.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I thought this was the second least weird (or maybe the least weird overall, now that I think about it) of the Savory Teas, because I love carrot juice, and I’ve seen carrot and curry spices in teas before, so I ventured into this cup tonight.

This steeps up literally smelling like a curry. Or at the very least like an Indian spice shop. The curry and carrot smells are most striking, but there’s definitely ginger and a subtle amount of cilantro.

The cup has an overall smoother and brothier mouthfeel than the Tomato Mint. There’s a fresh cilantro burst in the sip, as well as the salty umaminess I experienced with Tomato Mint. There’s definitely a carrot element that seems to hit right after the cilantro, and the curry seems to be a blend of spices, and reminds me of the McCormick Mild Curry spice blend.

This is kind of like a meal unto itself, and I really enjoy this. Definitely more of a soup than the Tomato Mint. This is an awesome winter drink.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

Sounds wild!


That’s a good word for it! I’m really enjoying this strange little jaunt venture into savory teas, though


(I have to find some of these – I’m not sure I’m going to like them, but they sound so strange that I think will have to try…)

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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.


Wisconsin, US



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