300 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
299 tasting notes

Alright, first off – who’s doing NaNoWriMo this year??? If anyone’s on the NaNoWriMo site, buddy me – I’m Harmonochromatic! http://nanowrimo.org/participants/harmonochromatic This is going to be my second year attempting NaNoWriMo. Last year’s venture was a complete and total fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writing experience for which I had done almost no planning whatsoever; it was great until I realized I had no idea where I was going and decided not to bother. I have no idea how it’s going to go this year, especially considering that the first week of November is going to be quite busy, but I’m gonna give it a shot!

In the meantime, though, I gotta do program notes. But I waaaaanna work on my novel! Ah well. At least I’ve got this delicious tea to help motivate me. I also love how I can leave this in the pot for twenty minutes while I take my shower and it still tastes all sweet and wheaty as ever. My kind of tea! :P

Terri HarpLady

I’m in for Nano!! This will be my third year. I haven’t officially registered yet, gotta do that this afternoon some time, I think I’m Terri Harplady on there too, or maybe it was just harplady, but maybe not, LOL, I’ll see if I can find my password, sign in, & my act together. This will be a crazy month, I have to practice 3 or 4 hours a day to prep for upcoming gigs, but I decided last night my novel will be my Daily Break time.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & last night I started a discussion group here too (we had one last year as well).
http://steepster.com/discuss/6227-nanowrimo-2013?post_id=107287#forum_post_107287

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75
drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
299 tasting notes

OK. What is it? The weather? Stress? Why the heck am I so tired tonight? Seriously, I could probably go to bed NOW. Except I’m not gonna.

I don’t know what it is with me and this latest batch of Adagio teas; I’ve been trying to be generous with the leaves, but they’ve all been really mild. I can detect a creamy mouthfeel with this one, and a bit of buttery sweetness, but I really don’t get a whole lot of flavor…

Yeah. I just tasted cup #2, which I’ve left brewing for about forty five minutes. A bit of bitterness, a bit of mushroominess, and a bit of the flavor from the first cup, but it’s all so subtle. Dammit Adagio! What, do you give us these big honkin samples because we have to use three teaspoons per cup in order to taste anything?

No numbers for now. Hey, at least this stuff is waking me up a bit.

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drank Mambo by Adagio Teas
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I ordered this because it seemed to be a mix of the kinds of teas I tend to like. I wound up taking it to work this morning. It’s a good-quality tea, but the flavor profile isn’t quite what I was hoping for. It’s rounded in that dark fruity kind of way I’ve never genuinely liked. I’ll have to give this a more detailed review later, but for now, I am tired and I am busy and I’m about to try another tea for the first time…

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70
drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
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drank Pu Erh Hazelberry by Adagio Teas
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My boss brought some of this tea in a thermos and suggested I try it. I had a travel mug of Yu Lu Yan Cha, so – oh DARN! Poor me! – I had to drink through that to have something to pour this in.

I had never tried a flavored pu erh before, and honestly, I had a hard time imagining any other flavoring combining well with pu erh flavoring.

This is quite a nice tea! I don’t have a whole lot to say about it, since I was at work and didn’t take notes. It’s fruity and nutty at the same time, but in a way that’s warm and comforting. This isn’t one I’d buy for myself, thanks to my general not-craziness about fruit tea, but it’s certainly one I’d recommend. I’d drink it again.

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Having this for the first time as my morning tea.

I’m on the first infusion, and it’s different than what I was expecting. Going by the product description and all the reviews, I was expecting a super sweet, creamy-ish, sweet potato-type thing, kinda like Butiki’s Mi Xian Black. I’m getting a portion of that in the Yu Lu Yan Cha, but I’m also getting some mushroom/earthiness, the kind I always associate with Chinese black teas. Not that I’m complaining by any means.

I’ll have to see how the second steep turns out. In the meantime, this is still pretty dang tasty and hits the right niche for my black tea craving.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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After this morning’s smashing success that was the LB Chocolate Genmaicha, I had to get some more Laoshan Black. The classic is in my cupboard again, and this time in more than a sample-size bag. (Which has a ziplatch! Yay!)

Still sumptuous in the way that I grew to love. Yet, somehow the Chocolate Genmaicha version edges it out just a bit, with that extra roasty/nuttiness in the texture. And I don’t normally like roastiness! Huh???

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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Another part of my Verdant birthday order. Y’know, I’d forgotten what genmaicha was when I placed this order, but I was so lured in by the promise of comforting flavors that I didn’t even give it a second thought. Had my first sip in a thermos on the way to an early doctor’s appointment, and then made some more for the morning mug at home.

Mmmm.

Mmmmmmmm.

I’m glad I’ve had the chance to try and get used to the regular Laoshan black before this, because that flavor had a bit of an adjustment period to me. Now that I crave LB, this is tasty. Normally I don’t do roasty, but I don’t mind it in this context. It’s quite a forgiving tea, too; I accidentally left a bit in the bottom of the teapot for a couple of hours and it was still great.

Really, I just wanna sip on this all day. And you know what, it’s my day off and I’mma do what I want.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Tea is my happy place. I drink tea when I’m at home, when I’m at work, when I’m waking up in the morning or winding down for the night or when I need a little boost in the afternoon. Tea is my official side hobby, and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve discovered such a vast world of flavors, aromas, varieties, and traditions – encapsulated by a beverage that I used to shrug at.

My taste in tea always seems to be changing!

Black teas are far and away my favorite. Great Chinese black teas are one of my weaknesses. I also like a lot of the Earl Grey relatives and I have an affinity for floral teas, especially rose-flavored ones.

I don’t drink green teas as often, but there are a few I quite enjoy.

Same with white teas.

I have some experience with oolongs, but not much. Most of the ones I’ve had taste the same to me, and I’m not huge on the roasty-green flavor. I kinda like the juicy-green ones, though.

I’m exploring pu erhs. I haven’t had many, but the ones I’ve tried have been really intriguing when done right, and it seems like the pu erh universe is a rich and complex one once you get past “IT TASTES LIKE FISH!”

I like rooibos, but I have to be in the mood for it. And it HAS to be in a sachet or a bag. Loose rooibos is more of a pain than it’s worth.

I go through different phases when I’m trying teas. Sometimes, I really want flavored stuff; sometimes I just want to try pu-erhs; sometimes I’m on a rose tea kick, etc. I enjoy building up my base of tea knowledge and even more the experience of finding a new and unexpected thing I love.

I have a tendency to ramble in my tasting notes. Sometimes it’s on topic. Much of the time it’s not. You have been warned.

As for me, I’m 25 years old and I work at a music store and play various instruments. Besides tea, I love bicycling, writing, teaching myself French, watching things from everyone else’s childhood, ASMR, Star Trek, cats, and awful puns. I’m an INFJ and a Libra too, for all it’s worth.

Steepster is absolutely the most positive, kind, and intelligent online community I’ve ever found, and I love meeting fellow tea enthusiasts through here. I look forward to meeting you!

P.S. Any rare soul who recognizes the profile pic gets bonus points forever.

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