239 Tasting Notes


This was a very good basic black tea! Had a lunch with some smoked turkey and cheese on crackers with apple slices, and decided to try a pot of this with 9 oz of water with 1 TBS filter bag, 4 1/2 minutes brew, and 2 cubes of sugar. Very good and well-rounded, balanced black tea. Definitely strong enough with this amount of water and steep time, was going for five but got lazy. Not bitter at all.

Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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I’m very much digging this company. I think I’ve liked every one I have tried and their prices are reasonable!

I have such fond memories of the now gone Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki Teas - and speaking of that, looks like my log and rating on that is gone (???) - and no, don’t get too excited, this is sadly not a replacement for that tea. It’s good, but no, doesn’t have the complex “oomph” for that. My point was that Plum with black tea can be such a good mix from my experience, so I added this to my recent order to get to the 50.00 for free shipping. And to think it was all because I needed new paper tea filters, which are only about 5 dollars or so.

This one is still good though – sweet but not overpowering and stays good as it cools. The description is acidic and maybe that’s there slightly, but to me not drying or astringent or citrusy. It is smooth and blended with the black tea part coming across as good and no bitterness – yah!

I was on the phone and didn’t want to yell out to Alexa to set the five minute timer while speaking to my supervisor on the phone, so I steeped this one under five minutes. Next time I’ll try at the full five minute steep.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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I was concerned with this one due to the Turmeric. Nothing against Turmeric personally as I do eat it and sprinkle in oatmeal, unable to taste it there, but with tea it’s been pretty miss when it’s added into the blends. My experience with Palais de Thes has also been mixed – some teas are great, some meh, some awful.

Surprisingly this one was very good actually, and is something I’d reorder for more supply. Not sure how detoxing really is, but the taste is good.

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Back log of Day 15 of Advent Calendar – boy, I’m behind on these.

Light on the tea base, but the cocoa and chocolate is spot on for a chocolate cake type tea. Really does make me think of chocolate cake crumbs once the main meal is done. Not bad at all just wish the tea presence was heavier.

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Another back-log

I drank tea in December - I just didn’t really log it apparently.

I am not sure from the bag sampler if this was supposed to be a black blend or an herbal blend. It got confusing

It’s not bad, though. Light colored, citrusy. Grapefruit with a small smudge of lemon. Bright but nothing memorable for me.

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
239 tasting notes

Short and not sweet, brief, backlogging note for this one for my own poor memory.

Another nope from Adagio’s Advent. It’s no wonder I lost interest in the advent calendars this year.

Surprisingly a bit bitter – definitely strong. Not for me, though.

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Catching up with more Christmas tasting back-logs

Bergamot is intense in this one, flowery with the cornflowers. Flowers come through first after the strong black - it is too perfumy for me. Not getting the coconut and creme. Hard pass on this one.

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More back-logging, oh dear, Christmas cheer has come and gone but I was slow to get these copied over.

For once I get strong apple and spices in the background of a tea that proudly declares itself as containing “apples”. Or the company does, whatever, you know what I mean.

It’s not bad. Also not memorable really. Heavy on the spice. Sugar and spice do not always make everything nice, but this is drinkable for the holidays.

Sadly, it doesn’t make me think of romantic anything.

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drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
239 tasting notes

A massive backlog – found notes.

Drank this Christmas day for Christmas from Day 23 of Adagio Advent Calendar.

Disliked. A black tea with clove coming through overly strong. A late bah humbug.

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I have a drink obsession in general – daily lattes and coffees, and of course teas of many varieties. I mainly drink hot tea in Florida, but still enjoy the occasional southern sweet iced.

My preference is black tea, although I’m open to trial and error with others. I like the old fashioned English style tea cups, tea parties, food pair-ups, mini desserts and pies, cubes of sugar, small collection of Rose Red tea pets, you get the idea. I will always have an old fashioned tea kettle on the stove, but have recently purchased an electric tea kettle that I absolutely adore. I’m lazy by nature, so I have switched to stuffing tea bags for the loose teas to save on clean-up and disposal with other strainers.

I love smokey teas, non-bitter, not overly astringent, strong tea background mixed with flavored teas, no artificial sweetener tastes, balanced florals IF there must be a floral. I used to love spice, but it has to be done right. A former chai fan – now it reminds me of colored pencils. Cinnamon sounds good but so many teas have it artificial or odd tasting. Same goes for chocolate, some things have to be done just right to work.

Primary Tea Companies currently in 2022 – Harney and Sons, August Uncommon, Simpson & Vail, Fusion, Tea Spot, English Tea Store for odds and ends, The Tea Table

Most missed tea place and tea: Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki

Very picky with anything Roobios, and Darjeeling/Oolong are hit or miss depending on the blend and my taste buds. Mint works in a mood but I’m not a big fan. Gravitate toward good name blends and fall themes when doing yet more sampler orders.

I like adding a cube of sugar to almost all teas, not usually milks. I don’t like stevia or any artificial sweetener taste. I adore honey, but to me it doesn’t suit tea unless I have a sore throat as both the tea and the honey change their flavor profile quite a bit if I mix them.


Lakeland, Florida, United States

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