576 Tasting Notes

99

A truly magical tea. I love how tropical this smells – both in the bag and as it’s brewing. It’s so fragrant and wonderful…

Oh, and the taste. Delish! Another great thing about Joy’s Teaspoon is that the teas are resteepable (is that even a word?).

This does remind me of home, as I’ve mentioned before: San Diego.

I need a little vacation in my mind this morning…

KeenTeaThyme

And delicious with the Valentine’s Day cupcake I am consuming… I love cake. Can’t resist it.

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100

I will never get sick of this tea. I look forward to mornings only because I can enjoy this hearty, caffeinated wonder. I’m not sure about multiple steepings; as I noted before I let the bag soak until the end and enjoy the spicy last drops. YUM!

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Yes, I realize it’s been less than 20 mins since I logged a tea. No, sadly, I am not backlogging. My tea consumption is why I am known as the Tea Lady at work.

This tea says, “Valentine’s Day,” as well: creamy chocolate and cherry. Yum!

Uniquity

It sounds amazing…

TeaEqualsBliss

Story of my life! LOL >20 mins logging! Welcome to the club! LOL

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71
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
576 tasting notes

Seems appropriate to drink Valentines tea today. I love the medley of chocolate and strawberry with just a kiss of rose. I haven’t found I’m able to re-steep this as well; I like a strong, bold tea and the second infusion is inferior to the first. But no worries; this was on sale at Adagio so I got a big bag. :)

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100
drank Shanghai Orchid by Teavana
576 tasting notes
QuiltGuppy

I also love this tea, although I haven’t logged it at all. I really miss the Sweet Lily White and this is the tea that they steered me to once I recovered from the depression of losing one of my favorites.

KeenTeaThyme

Sweet Lily White?! Where was that from? It sounds divine…

QuiltGuppy

It was from Teavana as well. It truly smelled like heaven. It didn’t receive fab reviews, but I really loved it. Sadly, Teavana discontinued it about a year ago. Shanghai Orchid is the one they told me is most reminiscent of the Sweet Lily White.

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88

This is definitely lemon and definitely delicious, so it’s true to its name. I was actually surprised at how light yet very lemon-y the tea brewed up. (I expected a dark, blacker tea. Not sure why.)

For me, I smell more of the grassy, earthy side of this tea and less lemon – once it’s brewed and sitting in my cup, awaiting sippage (just invented a new word there). Open the package and you are immediately blasted with a pleasant aura of lemon, kinda like lemonade. But the actual taste is heavy on the lemon, with a sweetness to it. I credit the sweet grass earthiness.

Bottom line: I may mark that I have this in my cupboard, but honestly folks, it won’t last all that long. Delish!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ColumbiaKate

Love “Sippage”
For an outstanding sip, make it Siptastic!

KeenTeaThyme

OK, you’re on! :)

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99

Made this for the second time and this amazing tea lasted strong through THREE steepings! Not all teas can even make it through a second steeping. (OK, and yes some nasty teas barely survive one steeping…)

I am in love with Joy’s Teaspoon. I will be back again and again and again…

Uniquity

Agreed on so many counts…what size mug were you using to get three steeps? I’ve been wondering lately if I get less steeps because I use a pretty large mug most of the time. Though when it comes to Joy’s Teaspoon, I always get at least 2 steeps, and sometimes 4! (2 cups 2 times)

KeenTeaThyme

That’s funny – I always think I get less steepings because I want a strong, bold tea. :) I use a Fiestaware mug most of the time. I moved recently and can’t find my Big Ol’ Mug I used to use. Boo.

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99

I don’t know what Strawberry Zabaglione is, but this 52teas blend is rockin’! A blast of strawberry as you open the bag, then it hits your tastebuds as you brew up a cuppa. Strawberry tea is hard to find – good strawberry tea that doesn’t taste cheap nor bland. Frank, you are an amazing tea blender; Strawberry Zabaglione is a tea I cannot and will not live without. LOVE the bold, real strawberry taste from the first sip to the last drop. 2nd infusion isn’t too bad either.

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71
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
576 tasting notes

A coworker just walked by to tell me she was in love with the scent. :) I do enjoy this tea – it’s bold, brisk and in-your-face, a nice blend of strawberry and chocolate with a kiss of rose. Decent.

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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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