321 Tasting Notes

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Uggggh. Today was a ten hour day at work, which is longer than normal for me. And I have a set of program notes I need to get finished up. I’ve written the first draft, but they took FOREVER and I haven’t proofread or formatted them yet. Ugh. And I just wanna work on NaNooooooooooo.

Tonight I decided I could use a break from the deep, dark, sweet teas I’d been doing for something a little lighter and creamier. This did the trick. I can’t believe I haven’t sipped this down yet.

CapitalTeas

Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed our Royal Wedding Tea!

Holly Faye

You’re welcome!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
320 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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drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
320 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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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
320 tasting notes

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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
320 tasting notes

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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The name’s Holly, and I’ve been a tea drinker since spring of 2013. Tea is my happy place – it picks me up, it calms me down, it helps me focus, it helps me loosen my grip, it’s a little bit of positivity in each day. I do not drink alcohol, so tea is my recreational beverage. I love learning everything there is to know about it and sharing my experiences.

When I’m not drinking or writing about tea, I’m working at a music store and pursuing a Master’s degree in professional writing. You may also find me reading, writing, trying to learn French, cycling on the weekends, being a klutz, or making horrible puns and Star Trek references. Likely all at the same time.

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