10 Tasting Notes

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I use this as my everyday matcha powder, mainly for coconut milk lattes. It is good matcha for the price! I usually use just enough water (at 140*f ) to dissolve the matcha, then add in warm coconut milk. It has a nice green color, although obviously not as bright green as my ceremonial grade tea. Other than green tea, the matcha tastes vegetal and earthy.

Flavors: Earth, Tannin, Vegetal

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 8 min or more 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I love this tea! It is the perfect caffeine-free tea. I love drinking rooibos before bed. The subtle lemon works well with the rooibos.
Aroma: rooibos, lemon
Liquor: Golden-orange
Taste: rooibos, honey, lemon, and vanilla
Steep time: 8 mins

Flavors: Lemon, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

Also known as: Tieguanyin; Tie Kwan Yin; Iron Buddha
This is my favorite tea for gongfu cha. I brew it in my Yixing clay teapot. It is one of my favorite teas ever! It is organically grown and from the spring harvest. While I usually brew this tea gongfu cha style, it can also be brewed in a western style. It is great for steeping multiple times!
The dried leaves are dark green, and are curled/rolled. They expand to whole leaves in water. The tea liquor is light yellow/gold.
Aroma: floral (orchids and maybe rose). definitely flowery with possibly nutty or flinty.
Taste: floral, sweet, and weedy (notes of wet hay/straw). Possibly mineral/flinty and salty, and slightly vegetal. The taste is complex yet balanced.
Body: round (smooth); full, buttery

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Honeysuckle, Mineral, Nutty, Orchid, Orchids, Rose, Round , Salt, Salty, Smooth, Straw, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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50

I had this tea on my wishlist for years, and finally bought it. While I prefer loose leaf tea, the tin box that the sachets come in was too pretty to pass up. I love white tea, and hoped this tea would be a great take on classic Earl Grey.
Unfortunately, this tea has nothing on classic black Earl Grey. I think the bergamot overpowers the delicate white tea. While it is not bad, I would definitely choose classic earl grey over this version.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Bella Luna Blue by Adagio Teas
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I love this tea! The dry leaves are a mix of dried lemongrass and butterfly pea flowers. The leaves smell like blueberries! The tea liquor is berry blue. It tastes like blueberry and lemongrass. FUN FACT: If you add lemon juice, the tea turns purple!
This tea is so much fun, grab it while you can!!
I just realized it smells and tastes like FRUIT LOOPS.
The instructions: 1 heaping teaspoon per cup; steep 5-10 minutes @ 212*f/100*c
Ingredients: butterfly pea flower, lemon grass, natural blueberry flavor

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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25
drank Rooibos Jasmine by Adagio Teas
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FROM A ROOIBOS AND JASMINE LOVER: I do not like this.
Rooibos is my favorite type of tea, and jasmine is my favorite flavor. I drink a LOT of rooibos herbal tea and a LOT of jasmine silver needle white tea. I obviously had to try this tea! I REALLY wanted to like it. However, I wasn’t sure about the blend, so I got this as a free sample from Adagio.

The dry tea leaves are red/orange needles, but they look shorter (broken?) than other rooibos teas I drink. The liquor is a deep orange/red.

The smell was a bit confusing. It smells mainly of rooibos, honey, and a weird jasmine-ish note (the smell is rather sharp). The taste, like the smell, is confusing (although it tastes a little bit better than the smell because the taste is more subtle). I don’t think this combo works well. The warm, honey notes of the rooibos does not fit with the floral, distinctive flavor of jasmine. Adagio says they blend this tea with natural jasmine flavor, but it could have fooled me… it smells artificial. It tastes better if you don’t inhale while drinking it. I will try to finish the mug, but….meh. UPDATE: It gets worse the more of it I drink. The smell is slightly revolting and the taste is perfumey. I won’t end up buying the full-size package.

1 heaping tsp for one mug of tea. Steep for 5 mins.
Ingredients (on the package): rooibos tea, natural jasmine flavor.

Flavors: Jasmine, Perfume, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

The steeped leaves smell of orange (and also cinnamon). The tea has a medium/light body with spice that is not overpowering. I did not get much in the way of vanilla, but I don’t think the vanilla would have made the tea better necessarily. The color of the tea liquor is medium golden. It was a lot better than I expected, as some OTHER vanilla chai teas taste sickly sweet, artificial, or overpoweringly spicy. This tea is well balanced. I will probably drink it more around Christmas. As with most rooibos teas, I like to add honey.
One note is that it does not do well resteeped.

Brew time: 8 mins 30 seconds. Temperature: 212*f.
Ingredients listed on sample bag: rooibos tea, ginger root, cinnamon bark, cloves, cardamom, orange peels, natural vanilla flavor

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange, Rooibos, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50
drank Rooibos Chai by Numi Organic Tea
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Spicy, peppery. Simple and thin. Lacking in complexity, depth, roundness, and body. The hard, sharp spices overpowered the rooibos, so it tasted empty and harsh. The clove was particularly strong, and there were no secondary flavours.
Ingredients: Allspice, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Rooibos

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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90
drank African Antlers by Harney & Sons
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Hints of baked/cooked peaches and apricots. It has a weedy quality (suggestive of wet hay or straw) that I have not seen anyone else mention. I have no experience with these tastes/smells, but some have said there are notes of lychee, plumeria, and loquat. Velvety and smooth; sweet, warm and elegant. No acidity or bitterness. Almost imperceptible astringency.
The appearance of dry leaves: twigs from spring shoots, dark in colour. The liquor is medium-golden.

Flavors: Apricot, Honey, Lychee, Peach, Straw, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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60

This is ok tea, especially considering Moroccan mint doesn’t actually exist. Moroccan (Maghrebi) mint tea is traditionally Chinese gunpowder green tea infused with spearmint leaves. It gets bitter very quickly, so use a timer. I add 1.5 tsp of sugar and organic peppermint to mine.

Flavors: Mint, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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