258 Tasting Notes


Thanks to SuperStarling! for this tea. Upon looking up this tea, I was ready to write it off. The whole premise and website seemed a bit gimmicky? I’m not sure that is the right word. Not that there is anything wrong with “character” or “themed” teas or things. I rather enjoy that normally. But, I have found, if the product is good enough, cutesy gimmicks aren’t needed.

This, I’m happy to report, proved that theory wrong. This is a wonderfully balanced oolong, hovering between roast and slightly fruity. Nothing too strong or bitter about this. A very pleasant surprise, indeed.

Flavors: Fruity, Roasted

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Lemon Souffle by Tealyra
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This is really good. Such a sweet smell, like lemony spun sugar. The flavor is also sweet but not as much as the smell. Which, in this case, is probably a good thing. The candied lemon flavor does come through though and it is delightful. Being caffeine free, my kids are also digging this.

That smell though… I would love a candle that smells like this.

Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Sugar

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

Try Virginia candle company. They have a lot of different scents.

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While I still wish this tea would last a bit longer in terms of how many flavorful steeps you can get, what you DO get is a wonderfully complex flavor. Some days I drink it and taste all of the roasty goodness. Days like today, I get a full palate of juicy, fruity notes. Wonderful tea.

Flavors: Stonefruit

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
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I have this in the iced tea pouches. I was hoping for a little more citrus flavor but it is much earthier like a plain green tea. It isn’t horrid but rather a bit unspectacular.

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drank Banana Dulce by Art of Tea
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Really nice chamomile blend. Not sure I get a lot of banana out of it but the overall flavor is indeed very enjoyable.

Flavors: Floral, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Earl of Grey by The Tea Spot
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I served this tonight at my book club where we were discussing Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It was actually one of the few Adagio black teas that I really enjoyed. Sweet, chocolate, malt with a slight fruity undertone. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. While I’m not normally one to go with the crowd, in this instance, I happen to agree.

Flavors: Berry, Chocolate

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bai Rui Xiang by Verdant Tea
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Oh dear this is good. Creamy. Berries. Slight roast notes. I would recommend this tea for someone who is just getting into oolongs without flavoring and who might also enjoy berry flavors. The natural flavor on this is really amazing.

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Roasted, Smooth

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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Drinking the last of this today. I am finding it earthy and with subtle notes of berry. Now, full disclosure, I picked (and ate) a few bowls of wild blackberries on the back of my property line this morning so I’m not sure how much that is influencing my taste buds.

It is very smooth, though I can feel that if I pushed the steeping lengths too much longer it could go tannic on me. A nice tawny, ruby, reddish color through most of the steeps. Nothing too big jumps out. It is strong but unassuming.

Flavors: Berry, Earth

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
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It is hard for me to get green tea (especially flavored green tea) to come out right using my gaiwan. But I continue to try. For this tea, I’m glad I did.

This comes out surprisingly smooth with no trace of bitterness. The coconut flavor is present and creamy. I am enjoying this after a perfect spring trail walk. Life is good, friends. Drink it up.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 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


Lansing, Michigan

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