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I am at home with no loose tea but dealing with health insurance questions so tea is a must! Found this one and decided to go for it. I’m letting it steep as long as possible, out of curiosity. I like strong, bold teas and want to see how chocolate-y this can get. I am triple-dog-daring it to be more chocolate than mint. :)

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Added spearmint – delish!

Then added blood orange – with the licorice bite, this is a fave!

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I am totally biased but I love this blend! (In the words of London Tipton, “Yay me!”) I mixed one cup of licorice root with a generous cup of peppermint and the results are perfect. I love how licorice root leaves a sweet aftertaste in your mouth; combined with peppermint it’s awesome.
Another important note – steeping time isn’t important. I was called away from my blend for a few minutes leaving the bag alone and no worries, no bitter taste.
Next I’ll try this blend with spearmint too. :)
Thanks again to Frank for providing the licorice root. I will be back for more. :)

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May I be so bold as to ask for some of this? I’d love to taste the licorice (or liquorice for London) that’s almost up to 52 teas standards.

…Or is this fully up to standards and a hint at next week’s blend? XD


No, my blend is separate from Frank’s; I just asked him for the licorice to experiment with. I am now trying it with blood orange and spearmint…

I can definitely send you a sample. It’s very basic, though. It’s really good, but really simple.


Oh, and London Tipton is played by the talented Brenda Song on The Suite Life on Deck. Don’t judge me for watching Disney; my favorite movies are Sin City, Shoot Em Up, Reservoir Dogs and Goodfellas. :)


Ah, I wondered if perhaps you were chatting and he offered some the couldn’t use. Do you have any extra of your other blends? My curiousity is starting to overwhelm me.
And I’m as I’m a comic book artist, I really can’t judge. You’re not getting my Anpanman DVDs for all the tea in China ;)


OK, so I’m not the only dork. ;) I have some samples of my blends; I did send you some yesterday, but I can send you more if you’d like. Just lemme know!

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drank Toasted Mate by Adagio Teas
576 tasting notes

This is my first mate. (I was a mate virgin!) Honestly, I’m not impressed. Mate is very fine in its loose form. I use tea filter bags over an infuser and I’m glad I do because using an infuser with mate would be a big ol’ mess.
On to the taste. Weird. (Wow, so descriptive.) Nutty, toasted. But smooth. A good basic tea base. It reminds me of something and I can’t put my finger on what, but the taste is very familiar. Hearty and woodsy. The aftertaste is nutty, almost like coffee. Maybe it reminds me of weak coffee? There is a sweet smell to it as well…weak but sweet coffee, that’s what I bid. Kind of like free coffee you get while waiting for a service: car repair, real estate, insurance.
I got this as a sample and I don’t think I’d buy it again. No offense, maybe it’s my mate ignorance, but I don’t drink tea just to drink tea. I enjoy the flavors, the aroma, the experience. This one just didn’t thrill me.


I’ve had bad mate luck lately too. I have one lemongrass green mate if you’d like to try some. SpecialTeas Green Mate Fiesta.

Meghann M

I didn’t do well with mate either. I like the mate flavor in Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate, but I think the flavor is more the Raspberry than anything else. I have some citrus mate and Mocha nut mate from adagio if you care to sample those. They were alright, but I could still the mate roasty flavor I didn’t like.


I will gladly exchange samples for samples! Anything either of you would like… I’ll PM you both. :)

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2nd infusion. More cinnamon-y this time around. As a cinnamon fan, I love it. :) It smells more cinnamon-y too. Delish! :)

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With this fixed version I am in love! I am on my second cup of it; surprisingly it can be resteeped, just once, but hey, that’s better than nothing. I love the subtle smoky aftertaste. The original version was still decent but this one is off the charts, said the creator, modestly. :)

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Any chance you could spare a bit of this one to send me when you send my other package along? Thanks


Of course! I have plenty. :) Anything else you’d like to try?

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I really enjoyed the simplicity of this tea – simply cinnamon and simply delicious! I usually add a packet or two of Splenda to my tea, but with this one is sweet on its own. It smells soft and buttery too, which is a nice touch.

This is a hearty breakfast tea too – perfect to get the day rolling. Hence the name cinnamon roll, eh? Please ignore my awful puns but do enjoy this wonderful tea!

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This is a nice medley of chocolate mint and green tea. The chocolate mint flavor is light, subtle, a kiss.

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I fixed this tea on Adagio by using just 10 percent of the smoky Lapsang Souchong and the remaining 90 percent split between vanilla oolong and cream black tea. I LOVE how this one turned out! It’s bold, strong, and in-your-face vanilla/cream with a smoky aftertaste, just like a toasted marshmallow.
The original blend was good, but I’m not a big fan of Lapsang Souchong apparently. A subtle smoky flavor – like a marshmallow fresh from the fire – works perfectly. YUM!
One thing – don’t drink before bed or you’ll be wired. :)

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2nd infusion – just as flavorful as the first. LOVE this tea! :)

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Hello fellow tea fans!
I’ve been a tea enthusiast for years but just recently started brewing my own. I’ve created some blends, and enjoy researching about new teas. I combined my love of tea and writing to create a tea-devoted blog, Keen Tea Thyme. I have been writing for most of my life and am a former journalist with a degree in Communications and Social Psychology, and a minor in Writing. Journalism is in my blood, so that means I’m inquisitive by nature, will double-check sources and/or get a second opinion as needed, but also fair and balanced in my reviews. If my reviews seem more positive, energetic and have high ratings, it’s because I love tea. :)

If you are a tea company, I’d love to review some your tea! Free samples are always welcome so I can fully enjoy the freshest selections. I’m also open to tea swaps as I always have too many teas on hand to drink & would love to share with other tea enthusiasts! :)

My Simple Rating Scale (as of Feb. 2011)
>50: I’m NOT a fan. I could barely finish the cup, if I even did. I wouldn’t even recommend this to my worst enemy. Not worth my time nor yours.

51-65: Good aroma, good flavor. Just nothing pops to give the tea that special kick. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

66-79: Yes, finally, tea – unique flavor profiles, great aroma & flavor. Recommended to try; our tasting palates differ.

80-99: These are cupboard essentials – delicious, aromatic and perfect everyday teas. Re-steepable (beyond at least one steeping). Highly recommended, fun for all ages.

100: These are my favorites, the ones I would take with me if stranded on a desert island. Beyond Highly Recommended.

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