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drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
303 tasting notes

This is the fourth and final tea from Adagio’s Silk Road Sampler, and another one that I’ve gone back and forth on. With this one, I think knowing what to expect helped a LOT.

The leaves, which are dark and rolled up, smell quite sweet. However, the tea tastes very different than it smells. This was my first Chinese black tea, and the malty, slightly earthy/mushroom-ish flavor caught me way off guard the first time I tried it. Now that I’ve grown to like malty, I can see it becoming one of my standard breakfast teas. It’s slightly earthier than Adagio’s Yunnan jig, which makes it a bit less of a favorite. Good stuff, nonetheless.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Some days I find myself suddenly craving the taste of jasmine tea…

Go easy on this one. I didn’t measure the exact water temperature, but it was right as I started to hear it boil on the stove. I let it steep for about two minutes with some help (aka me swishing the pot to stir up the leaves.) Nice, mid-level jasmine flavor, very smooth. A little less strong than some jasmine pearl teas. One of my evening teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Needle by Adagio Teas
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(sings) IT’S THE FINAL SIPDOOOOOOOOOOOWN

(rides in on a Segway, releases doves into the air, and dances like Gob Bluth)

Well, almost the final sipdown. I’m saving one pearl and some stray leaves for freshening up my second infusion (which is something I always do. Because I’m weird.) I ordered the Teavivre version of this last night and I am SO EXCITED!

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I think this may be the first time I have successfully done a second infusion of this tea. I put two new little pearls in, only let the water heat until right as I started to hear it bubbling, then let it steep for about 50 seconds. Mmmm.

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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OK, I know I said I was getting weary of bergamot earlier. But I had to be up extra early this morning for an increasing number of errands, so I figured, “Oh, what the hell.” This being my first Earl Grey, I had nothing to compare it to. I’ve heard other reviewers say it’s not the greatest one in existence, but for me, it’s decent. Smells a bit sweet, but the bergamot/citrus flavor is fairly pronounced so it’s quite astringent. Its the kind of thing one can get tired of, but a nice jolt to the early morning senses.

And of course I left all my travel mugs at work so I couldn’t take any with me. Damn! Oh well.

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drank Pu Erh Poe by Adagio Teas
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I wound up making a big pot of this in the morning. This is the third time I’ve had this tea; I still can’t decide if I like it or not.

I think the smell is what keeps me from making it on a regular basis. The dried leaves smell exactly like fish. The nice thing about this tea is that it won’t oversteep. I was okay with the flavor at first, but it’s growing off me a little; it’s very mossy without being smooth like the other black teas in Adagio’s Silk Road Sampler. Think I’ll finish off what I’ve got left and call it done.

EDIT: Yep, I’ve decided. I don’t like this tea. This is only my first pu erh, so I am by no means an expert. I’d have to try more to see whether it was the flavor of this particular tea I disliked or if I’m just not a pu erh fan in general, but this just didn’t win my favor.

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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Ice cream for breakfast + gloriously terrible Les Miserables anime (yes, it exists) + yunnan jig = good start to the day before I have to open at work (yuck.)

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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.

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