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Emily Cargile  

User's reviews

  • Decaf Spice

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    This is a pretty good tea if you are in the mood for something Christmasy or spiced. The smell of the dry leaves makes me think of a cinnamon apple candle. The tea itself tastes good, and it is a lot fuller/hardier than a lot of decaf teas I have had. It ended up being a little bitter, so if you don't like the bitterness you might cut the steeping time by just a little. Overall, not bad but not one I would go out of my way to brew frequently. The kids really liked this one though!

  • Rooibos Vanilla Chai

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    The two types of tea I can't stand are rooibos and chai, so when I opened this for the CommuniTEA, it was disappointing. That being said, it wasn't as stomach turning as some rooibos or chais I have had. The rooibos, which gives it a slightly "gone bad" taste to me, was pretty mild, and the chai was definitely more prominent, making this a very spicy tea. It seems like it would be a good holiday tea for people who like chai and rooibos.

  • Dragonwell

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    This is a good, basic green tea. I can see how people would say it tastes "buttery." There is a whole world of green tea terminology that I am just starting to learn. I guess this one is also considered "vegetal." I'm sort of undecided as to whether I really like that. This doesn't taste spinachy like some of the other greens I have tried lately (YAY! Hate that spinach-green tea!) I did oversteep this accidentally, so it turned out bitter. It's not bad, but I prefer flavored greens better. I like it better than the genmai cha, but I wouldn't choose it again probably. It did well on the second steep - I actually kind of liked the second steep better.

  • Assam Melody

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    I liked this more than I expected to as a person who gravitates toward fruity or dessert-flavored teas. I thought it would be kind of a boring unflavored black tea, but the molasses flavor came through, and it tastes pleasantly malty. It's really not bad! I wouldn't choose it every single day, but it's a good tea.

  • Matcha Blueberry

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    This matcha is good as a regular matcha - grassy and slightly "fishy" like most matchas I have tried. The powder does smell like blueberry, but the brewed tea has no trace of blueberry flavor. I will probably just order regular matcha next time so I am not disappointed by the lack of flavor. But it's a solid matcha, very healthy.

  • Matcha Raspberry

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    This tastes like most matchas I have had - grassy and slightly "fishy" (not in a terribly unpleasant way). In the container, it smells like raspberry, but there is no raspberry flavor present in the brewed tea, which was disappointing. I feel like I might as well just order unflavored matcha next time so as not to be disappointed by the lack of flavor. It is good as a regular matcha though, and it's very healthy.

  • White Blueberry

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    This tea isn't bad at all, though I tend to find white teas too weak to my liking. The leaves smell fruity and wonderful - however, the brewed tea has absolutely no trace of blueberry flavor, either hot or iced. It's really very floral. It's a solid white tea, but I would not buy this if I was expecting any blueberry flavor at all.

  • Summer Night

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    I really just don't prefer herbals is what it comes down to! The smell of this dry tea is nice - it smells like cream soda, which I like. The brewed tea doesn't taste bad, but it's not a favorite. I was worried the mint would be strong based on other reviews, but I could hardly taste it at all. It's pretty fruity without being too tart, and the cream is a nice addition. It mostly just seems very weak to me, even after steeping longer than normal. It might be good cold. I probably wouldn't buy more of this except to maybe have on hand for the kids because they seemed to really like it.

  • Pu-erh Tahiti

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    This tea is delicious! One of my favorites I have tried from Adagio! The coconut and fruit flavors blend together well, and the taste, smell, and look of the tea is just perfect. I haven't had a lot of Pu-erh tea - this had sort of an earthy (dare I say "dirty") taste to it, which I didn't find entirely unpleasant. I don't normally go for coconut teas, so maybe having something so different was what made this pleasant. I drank this hot, but I would love to experience it iced as well. I could see myself drinking this often!

  • Raspberry

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    I'm so glad I got to try this tea in my CommuniTEA packet today! Raspberry is one of my favorite flavors, and black is my favorite variety of tea. This does smell slightly cough-syrupy when dry, but when brewed it smells a lot more natural. The raspberry flavor is light and subtle when you drink it hot. My packet disappeared too fast for me to try it iced, but I am confident it would be delicious, and I will definitely be getting the 3 oz. bag. This is one I would choose often - it's a great solid black tea.

  • Decaf Peach

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    I enjoyed this tea! It's got a mild/not too artificial tasting peach flavor. (And I'm not normally a peach tea lover - I just like other flavors better.) I would certainly consider buying this again if I had to go full decaf. It's good hot or cold!

  • Silver Sprout

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    Normally I really enjoy green teas - they are pleasant and grassy - but this tea is like drinking very bitter spinach water to me. I don't really mind bitter teas most of the time (I kind of prefer them to be a little bitter actually) but this one seems excessively bitter. I'm not picking up any pleasant smoky, floral, or buttery flavors like others are describing.

  • Elderberry Wine

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    This tea isn't unpleasant at all, but I'm not really getting a lot of flavors coming through. It mostly just tastes tart (like most fruit herbal teas do) and this reminds me why I rarely drink herbal teas - it's just missing that certain something that regular tea has. I was able to balance it out with a little honey, and I enjoyed that. This isn't one I would choose very often, though it might be nice to actually mix it with a real tea of some sort. The color of the tea is beautiful though - very pleasing to the eye!

  • English Breakfast

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    This tea smells like roses! The flavor is pretty unique -- floral and malty at the same time if that makes sense. I wouldn't find myself craving this (especially not as much as an Earl Grey tea, which I love) but I could drink this more than occasionally!

    I don't think I have ever had the opportunity to drink a nice loose-leaf English Breakfast. I've always had the cheap version in the bags. I really did enjoy this one overall!

  • Rooibos Earl Grey

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    I really strongly dislike rooibos, so that put this tea at a disadvantage right away. On the other hand, Earl Grey is one of my favorite types of tea. The rooibos and bergamot flavors actually seemed pretty balanced - I was able to pick up both without either being overpowering. But I definitely prefer the black version of Earl Grey and would not choose this again. My kids liked it though!

  • Golden Turmeric Chai

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    I don't really like chai, but I do like turmeric tea, and this isn't bad at all! The chai spices are a mellow complement, so neither is overpowering. The cinnamon and spices don't smack you in the face like with some chais, and the turmeric is just right. Lovely color, lovely smell. I wouldn't choose this every day, but this is a nice tea.. It makes me feel very healthy to drink it :).

  • Raja Oolong Chai

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    I'll start by saying that I really just don't like chai, so that put this tea at a disadvantage right away. It smells pretty good - very heavy on the cinnamon - and it mostly just tastes like you dumped a whole bunch of cinnamon into hot water. It hardly even tasted like tea. It has a strange sweet taste to it. It's not the worst tea I have had, but I wouldn't choose it again,

  • Honeybush Mango

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    This tea was meh. It was kind of watery and unmemorable (and I didn't taste any mango actually) even though I tried to be careful to brew it with the right amount of water. This was from the CommuniTEA box and was my first time trying honeybush. I was not impressed, and I also saw that honeybush is related to red rooibos, which just tastes so awful to me. Thankfully the rooibos flavor was very mild in this, but there was another smell that I can't quite identify that was not pleasant to me. The kids liked this one, but I did not.

  • Spiced Green

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    Other reviewers have already said it, but this tea is legitimately like Christmas in a cup - in taste and smell! I have never had a spiced green before, and I was pleasantly surprised (as I really don't tend to choose spiced teas at all). I didn't find the cinnamon and other spices overwhelming at all, and in fact the bright, lovely green tea flavor came through strong and clear, making for a really delightful and balanced cup of tea. I would possibly consider buying this again for the wintertime.

  • Genmai Cha

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    I got to try this through the Adagio CommuniTEA program, and I even though I'm giving it a low rating, I'm glad I got to try it. I usually choose/prefer fruity teas so this was a complete departure. It smells like a bag of puffed rice cereal (not particularly appetizing) but it does taste slightly better than it smells. It really just reminds me of eating sushi while drinking green tea - not totally an unpleasant feeling. The kids and my husband didn't like it at all. I wouldn't buy this again, but I'm glad to have had the experience.

  • Gingerbread

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    I love black teas, but I am not a super huge fan of gingerbread cookies in general. This tea smells and tastes really wonderful though! On first taste, it's mostly a very light ginger flavor and a nice solid black tea taste, which I am good with! But then you get this perfect aftertaste of gingerbread cookie - literally like you just took a bite of one. It's understated, but I think that's perfect since gingerbread can be an overwhelming flavor if overdone. I probably wouldn't buy more of this simply because I don't really crave gingerbread, but it's a very pleasant tea that I enjoyed a lot.

  • Pumpkin Spice

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    Although this isn't a tea I would necessarily drink every single day, I really like it - I got it in my Adagio Tea Club shipment along with the Candy Cane tea. The main thing I love about it is that it doesn't try to go the chai route (chai kind of turns my stomach). It also doesn't have too much of a "pumpkin" flavor, which can sometimes taste odd. It's just a solid black tea with a delightful blend of spices you might use with a pumpkin pie. It has great depth and is very pleasant, especially for the fall!