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drank Ginseng Green by Adagio Teas
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Made 32oz of this to take w/ me to cantata practice. I don’t think I could get thru 2 hrs of singing w/ out this!

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drank Apple Jazz by Hyson
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I was so pleased w/ this last week that I decided to have it again. Definitely the best of our church’s offerings.

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I decided to cut the suggested water volume for the bagged version of this since it’d be closer to the amount I’d use for 1 cup instead of 2.

1 bag/6oz almost boiling water. Very dark liquor, almost a coffee color w/ reddish tins. The aroma is that of a rich and complex black tea. Unfortunately, the taste is that of the aroma. I’m getting more of the floral aspect, but no chocolate. :(

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Ok, I’m a sucker for novelty. Not only the weird, but teas named for people, places, events, etc so when I saw this I knew I had to try it.

1tsp/6oz water just below boiling.

This is such a pretty tea! The liquor is a gorgeous pinky red color and the aroma is definitely fruity. The flavor, unsuprisingly, is mainly of currant w/ a hint of hibiscus. Unfortunately I can’t really taste the pineapple or the oolong base. On the other hand, I can’t taste the rooibos either which makes me very happy! My final opinion of this tea will be based on how it morphs over time.

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2nd infusion, 4 min. Still fruity, but more of the oolong is coming thru. Much more balanced.

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drank Mandarin Matcha by 52teas
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Ah… it’s been a while! Back to may favorite matcha today. 1 scoop/3oz water. Seems more orangey today. Yum!

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drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
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Made this for a friend today. I nearly lost the thing that means most to me next to God today. I didn’t realize that Madison’s invisible collar battery died and she ran up to the neighbors’. Luckily Christine was home… she’s never home on Friday afternoons. When she came up to bring my Madison home I made her a cup of this, sweetened w/ 1tsp sugar free maple syrup, as thanks. The day worked out great though because she ended up hanging out for 2 hrs and we’re going out tomorrow nite.

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400 tasting notes! I just wish the occasion for this one would have been happier…

Cynthia Carter

Nothing like having your beloved pet get lost to stop your heart. I’m so glad it turned out well. And the tea sounds good, too.


congrats on 400 posts! i’m glad your pet is home safe and sound.


I don’t know HOW I missed this post a month ago…but I am glad that your ‘lil one’ is ok…

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1 scoop/3oz water. There’s nothing more to say other than perfect. My day wouldn’t be the same w/o this or matcha!=D

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I made this my ground hog order because I wanted something different. I love dessert teas and I love savory teas so my theory was I should love this. Dessert (pie), check. Savory (pumpkin), check.

After getting all hyped up about this, my expectations were shot in the tea cup as soon as I looked at the ingredients. Pumpkin is never actually mentioned. Could that be covered in “natural flavors”? Maybe. But if something is mentioned in the name of a tea, I like to see it listed in the ingredients.

The raw leaf smells like pumpkin pie. I just hope the cinnamon isn’t too strong… cinnamon can be a very selfish flavor.

2.25g/6oz water just below boiling. Hmmm… that’s interesting, a lighter liquor than I was expecting and more red. It smells almost exactly like the raw leaf which is good, but it doesn’t smell like a pie was just taken out of the oven.

Wow… I can barely taste the cinnamon! While that’s good (I was hoping for more pumpkin and less pie or spice), I can also barely taste the pumpkin. I can taste it, but I’m not sure I’d be able to name it if I drank this not knowing this was supposed to be a Pumpkin Pie flavored tea. I’ll try preparing it like a chai next time.

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2nd infusion, 6 min. Lighter liquor (that of pumpkin pie actually) and smells like pumpkin pie as well. A decent black tea w/ hints of pumpkin pie.


3rd infusion, 7 min. Almost identical to infusion 2 except the aroma is much more of nutmeg.

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My ground hog order finally came the other day and based on all the cran-this and cran-that I was pleasantly surprised to find this! I’ve never had a watermelon tea before so quite honestly I’m not sure what to expect…

2.25g/6oz water just below boiling.

The raw leaf kinda smells like watermelon bubble gum… but not… there’s something else… strawberry? The liquor is a dark brown w/ reddish tones and the aroma is that of the raw leaf.

I was hoping that tasting it would clarify my confusion, but it doesn’t. It still tastes like a strawberrry or strawberry watermelon black tea… Hmmm…

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Haha, can’t avoid the berries =P, the label must of gotten messed up.


I doubt it.


Watermelon tea? Want!


Watermelon tea would be fabulous iced.

Retro Toast

Watermelon tea, now thats a first. Sounds like a decent summer tea. Although a novelty one.


fcmonroe, I agree- if it actually tastes like watermelon. This one doesn’t. I just realized Adagio’s “melon” tea is watermelon, not honeydew like I assumed, so I’ll try that one next.

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My 1st H&S order! Feb 12th is one of the hardest days of the year for me so I decided to give myself a lil extra tea therapy and bought a sample tin of this as well as sample tins of White Christmas and Holiday Blend. Boy was I surprised when the FedEx truck arrived at 9am! I’ve never had anything delivered by FedEx before so I’m used to things coming late morning/early afternoon.

I decided to try this 1st as dessert after lunch. The bottom of the tin says 1 sachet makes 2 cups so this is perfect. 2 cups is a lot at once for me so I split it w/ my mom. 1 sachet weighs 2.62g which to me seems extremely light for 2 cups, but I’ll try it anyway. 1 sachet/12oz water just below boiling.

Whoa… hello! Can you say “liquid chocolate”? That’s exactly what the raw leaf smells like! Makes me wanna eat it w/ a spoon.;)

Based on the weight I’m surprised at the darkness of the liquor, it’s a dark brown color w/ red tints. The aroma is not nearly as strong as that of the raw leaf which is a disappointment, much more of the black tea base comes thru.

The flavor surprises me as well. It doesn’t taste like liquid chocolate as I would have expected based on the aroma of the raw leaf, but It is a good, substantial tea. The base is strongest followed by the chocolate w/ a hint of rose. I’m going to steep it in 8oz water before making my final conclusion.

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Tea tastes:
I will ALWAYS pick loose leaf over tea bags. I only drink bagged tea if that’s my only choice or I find a flavor that I can’t find a loose leaf version for. When I do drink bagged; however, I always weigh my bag and am constantly curious as to the weight/flavor ratio- sometimes I am quite surprised by the flavor punch of light bags.

I have a preference for organic and fair trade teas (preferably both), but would never pass up an amzing tea just because it isn’t organic and/or fair trade.

I love savory teas.

I’m currently searching for a chai flavored soy powder or a soy based chai mix (either already mixed or a recipe).

I hardly EVER sweeten my teas. I feel that sweeteners (unless flavored like tea honeys, brown sugar, ice cream topping syrups, flavored coffee syrups, etc) do not add anything to the flavor profile of tea- in fact, I’ve found that they dumb down the flavors.

I NEVER serve my tea over regular iced cubes- I always make tea cubes.

I LOVE cooking w/ tea and making smoothTEAS.

I LOVE tea blending.

I rarely drink herbal teas unless they are mixed with true teas. My favorite herbals to mix with true teas are: spearmint, peppermint, lemongrass, rose hips, and gingeroot.

I can’t stand anything w/ fennel or anise. Hot black teas (except orange pekoe bagged tea that you get when you go out to eat and chai teas) tend to upset my stomach.

I drink matcha daily and love flavoring it. I’m also in a constant search of preflavored matchas.

I’m constantly searching for information on how to prepare tea authentically according to its country of origin.

My Tasting Notes Ratings (edited 8/8/10)
1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

6: Made it thru the entire set of infusions but I can’t bring myself to tinker w/ the parameters and won’t be making it again.

7-10: Does not taste anything like the ingredients or name suggests (i.e. Adagio’s Sour apple)

11-25: I can taste some of the ingredients, but the flavor is severely lacking

25-49: Teas that I would not consider bad in their flavor profile, but certainly below average

50: Average.

51-69: Teas above averge, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling them “good”.

70-75: Very good, but still room for improvement

76-85: Above average flavor profile

86-90: REALLY good flavors

91-99: Almost PERFECTLY achieves the goal of the ingredients and name of the tea.

100: Abosolutely perfect teas!

Other Interests: GOD! and all things pertaining to Him and His children, my dog Madison, travelling, and coffee.

Favorite Music: ANYTHING Christian. I don’t normally listen to secular music, but I do love jazz and swing.

Favorite Movies: Romantic comedies mostly. My Sister’s Keeper, P.S. I Love You, Fireproof, National Treasure Trilogy (I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE 3rd ONE TO COME OUT!), Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Sister Act 1 & 2, Yes Man, Bruce & Evan Almighty, rarely watch animated movies but LOVE anything 3D.

Favorite Books: THE BIBLE!!! & My Sister’s Keeper

Favorite Quotes: “A sad soul can kill you far quicker than a germ”- John Stienbeck "

Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing”- Aristotle

“You should always carry burdens, but they should never be your own”- me

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” ~ Winston Churchill

“Mom was right, ‘because I say so’ is enough- at least when it comes to God.”- me

Favorite Foods: fried calamari, lemon chicken, anything w/ buffalo sauce.

Favorite Places: WA state, Switzerland, Orlando

Places I Want to Visit: Hawaii, Africa

Anything Else: I was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida which is the failure of the spinal column to close en utero. Because of this I am a parapelegic and use a manual wheelchair.


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