258 Tasting Notes

84
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
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78
drank Nutty Almond Cream by Tiesta Tea
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I saw this at my local Meijer. One of the only loose leaf teas that I found there. I have to admit, the name grabbed me. Upon opening, it smelled AMAZING. I kind of wanted to just put it in a bowl, throw some milk on it, and call it cereal. But, I resisted the temptation. As soon as the boiling water hit it, BAM, pink. Huh. Didn’t expect that.

I let it steep for about 7-8 minutes or so. I, like many reviewers, felt that the taste didn’t quite match up to the smell. It was a bit watery and tart. I wanted more nutty creaminess. I mean, it’s there. But it’s waaay under the watery tartness. I kind of have to roll my tongue around in my mouth for those flavors to show up. I can actually taste more nuttiness on the after taste a few minutes after drinking it.

I’m currently doing a second steep, adding honey and milk, and hoping that it makes some of the more desirable flavors pop. Not horrible for a 2.99 clearance buy. But also a bit of a let down after the amazing smell.

Flavors: Almond, Nuts, Oats, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65
drank Strawberry Banana Black by 52teas
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Second review. I ended up putting milk and honey in this one and it mellowed out the straight black tea flavor and let a bit of the strawberry banana shine through. It was still a mild background flavor but it was nice enough. Enough for a small uptick in rating.

Flavors: banana, Strawberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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65
drank Strawberry Banana Black by 52teas
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This is the first strawberry banana tea I have ever tried. The smell both out of the bag and while steeping is really nice, evoking a strawberry banana yogurt. I have to say though that the smell doesn’t translate to the flavor as much. There is a hint of something… slightly fruity? Maybe? But if someone handed it to me and I didn’t know it was suppose to be strawberry banana, I’m not sure I would pick out strawberry banana on flavor alone. Perhaps I will add some milk and honey and see if it helps bring something out.

Flavors: Fruity, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank Apple Brandy Assam by 52teas
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I first tried this tea with about 1.5 tsp and didn’t get much of an apple or brandy flavor to it. The second time around, I doubled it to about 3 tsp and a mild apple/brandy flavor emerged. I then added a dash of milk and sugar to see what that would do. It highlighted an apple smell nicely but didn’t bring out too much more in terms of flavor.

I can see this being a fine session tea. It isn’t anything that pops out or wows you but it is nice, mild, and has a mild background flavor to it.

Flavors: Apple, Floral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

Another hit from Whispering Pines. This tea has depth. Honey, malty bread, cocoa and a mild earthiness. It’s very forgiving as well. I accidentally brewed the first steep for almost 5 minutes. My cup was still smooth and delicious with no signs of bitterness or astringency.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75

A nice caramel apple scent greets you upon first whiff. Very enticing. Upon brewing, the tea tasted a little bitter to me. Perhaps I went too long with 5 minutes. That’s what happens when you have a 3 year old distracting you from your tea drinking ;) I added some cream and sugar and it smoothed it out and a caramel apple flavor stayed. Very nice blend.

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95

This tea is one of the best I’ve ever tried. I’m not exactly an expert on tea but I know quality when I taste it and this is quality. The smell upon steeping, heavenly. Almost like a baking cake with vanilla and chocolate notes. The taste is malty, raisins, with a hint of chocolate undertone. 3 steeps and each one was wonderful.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Michigander, Husband, father of three, lover of tea, books, nature, gardening, and passion. Stay at home dad currently. Previously a preschool teacher.

I have now completed some tea swaps and I am so totally up for swapping! What a cool way to connect with fellow tea lovers and try some new teas. My tea cupboard on here is woefully out of date though.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are good too but mainly roasty oolongs. I’m finding that there are some green and white teas (mostly Moonlight Whites) that impress me lately which they never used to do. I am getting into and developing a taste for Pu-erh. I have tried raw and my Ulcerative Colitis just can’t handle the roughness of it. So I stick to ripe Puerh. I am recently drinking more herbal tea or Rooibos especially STRONG ginger blends. I’m not too picky.

Some of my favorite places from which to purchase tea are Whispering Pines Tea Co, Verdant, A Quarter to Tea, Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co, Bitterleaf Tea, and Yunnan Sourcing.

Rating system:
90-100: Some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d be a fool not to keep it stocked as often as possible
80-89: A damn good tea. Not to be missed
70-79: A good tea but lacks the wow factor. More than likely a simple tea that could be an every day option
60-69: Eh. This is okay. Not swill by any means but fairly underwhelming.
50-59: Not really doing it for me. I’ll finish it but please don’t bring me any more.
Below 50: Life is too short to waste on things such as this

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Lansing, Michigan

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