124 Tasting Notes

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This smells deliciously sweet. I love the mango scents.
The flavor is light and green – no particular flavor is jumping out at me, but it’s refreshing and relaxing at the same time, which is a huge plus for me, since it’s 12:23, I have work to do but I have a splitting headache. This is pretty much the perfect tea for right now :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I tried cold brewing for the first time last night – I set up a pitcher with silver needle and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
This is so refreshing! I love that there is no heat involved – it seems like magic or alchemy. The flavor is pretty good and it is so novel for me to have tea cold.

On a side note: My dachshund, Mycroft, is mad about this tea. He was trying to drink it through the thermos. I let him have two tiny tea leaves from the second steeping and he loved them. I wouldn’t let him have any more than that little taste because of the caffeine, but he loved what he got. Weird, huh?

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Tawny Kira

You have a dachsund named Mycroft… that is AWESOME.

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This smells so interesting – sweet and… something else. Savory? Worcestershire sauce? Soy Sauce? Something really bizarre… maybe it just reminds me of a meat spice rub. I’m not against savory teas, I really like New Delhi Delight from Davidsteas.
Flavor-wise, I can taste the rooibos which I like. Otherwise… I’m not sure. It’s kind of a weird savory tea. There is a hint of something minty which I think must be the holy basil.
Again… not bad, just VERY different!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Weeeeird. I would get all weirded out if my tea tasted like Worcestershire saurce.

BlueKittyMeow

You know, it actually turned out being not bad – it was more the scent of worcestershier sauce. As it cooled the flavor mellowed. It was a really weird first scent though!

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drank Pouchong by Adagio Teas
124 tasting notes

The leaves smell really vegetal – I’m not sure what exactly… almost like squash leaves.
They are long and curled and twisted up – really neat looking.
Brewed this smells JUST like buttered brussels sprouts. I love it. Super awesome.
This has a nice toasty flavor and a touch of mild astringency that lingers as mouthfeel. After all that, a buttery flavor and feeling lingers on the tongue. I love this tea :)
I steeped it for 2 minutes for the first steeping.

For the second steeping I did another 2 minutes. The second brewing is much lighter, and to be honest, I didn’t think much about it. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, I was just distracted while I drank it.
I’m putting together the press materials for my film right now, and that’s occupying much more of my brain than tea analysis right now :P

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been avoiding this tea for a while – the idea of Jasmine kind of scares me, it doesn’t seem like something I’d like.
The leaves smell great though – along the buttery lines I like. I’ve become wary of adagio teas that smell nice to me though – they usually end up tasting flat. And I’ve found the opposite to be true as well – teas that smell mediocre taste fantastic to me.
Okay, so I was scared of this tea.
The taste is actually pleasantly floral. It has the scent of gardenia to me. The initial taste is buttery, then the floral notes come out, there’s a touch of bitterness, and then it resolves into a toasty flavor with a little bit of an astringent sensation. The more I drink this the more I like it.

This is the kind of tea I would make a pot of in the afternoon if I had one long single task ahead of me, like a writing session.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaChic1

How long did you steep the tea the second and third times. The first time I just steeped for 2-3 minutes and it is delicious. But the second time, it doesn’t taste very good at all. Maybe I am steeping too long? Not sure.

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The scent of the loose tea is super cinnamony with with serious chocolate overtones and vanilla notes. I have no idea where the chocolate is coming from but I really like it.
I tried it neat first, but I usually drink chai with milk.
Brewed up it still smells mostly like cinnamon. I am slowly coming around to cinnamon but it’s not my favorite. I’ll try to to be biased :)
Neat, this has way too much cinnamon for me. I didn’t taste any of the rooibos here. With milk and sugar, it’s not a bad drink. I won’t re-order it, but it wasn’t awful (yup, rousing praise. I just really don’t like teas with too much cinnamon. If you like cinnamon, this would probably be the tea for you).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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The leaves smell awesome!
I am having the worst most fibro-tacular day moving someone into a new house. Serious energy is in order, so I’m really putting this to the test.
Brewed up this smells really grassy – it’s actually really similar to wheatgrass shots, which I love.
It tastes like… wheatgrass! No, really, it has those deep chlorophyll notes to it. It has no bitter aftertaste, and actually doesn’t have much of a flavor at all, aside from the “green” tastes. I like that about this though – If I’m drinking something for energy, I just want a quick “zing!” rather than something super flavorful or cloying.
It’s actually pretty refreshing.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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I love the visual mix of ingredients – the little peppercorns are awesome!
Brewed up this smells incredibly of cinnamon. Full disclosure: I am not a cinnamon person.
Flavor-wise this was fairly thin and somewhat cinnamon heavy. I ended up adding milk and sugar which tempered the cinnamon and actually made it taste more interesting.
Not the best chai I’ve ever had (I’m looking at you, Thai Chai!), but still drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Second try for the Jade Oolong. I went with 185 degree water and a super short steeping (30 seconds). I also warmed my cup first with the water and also did a 20 second rinse of the leaves.
I really shouldn’t have messed this up. Now for the moment of truth…
I’m not picking up on much in the way of scent. There’s something that kind of reminds me of wet trees or a wet bag (not bad). There is a slight hint of buttery sweetness.
Flavor – slightly spicy, slightly floral.
There is a nice mouth feel. It’s not bad, definitely not like the first cup of this I made.

Second brewing – wow, this smells buttery! And caramelly and sweet!
And the flavor is still super bitter.

Okay, enough! I’ve tried this tea for a total of 4 cups, brewed to two steepings each time and each prepared differently.
Conclusion – I really don’t like this tea. Sorry, Jade Oolong, but we are just not compatable :(

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I’m a writer and as such, am obviously an emotional rollercoaster. I used to drink tea a lot more, but kind of stopped and switched to coffee. Now, after too much stress, I’m completely unable to drink coffee anymore, so I figured tea would fulfill some of my “awake” needs as well as calm my emotions. I’m working my way through a huge selection of samples of pretty much everything, leaving notes so I remember what I like.
I love being adventurous and trying new things, even (especially?) things that sound strange or off-putting. Aside from tea I also enjoy tasting wines. The last really interesting one I tried was a dandelion wine! (And yes, it actually was delicious. Extremely bizarre and herby, but delicious).

I don’t have a set of numerical ratings set down yet, mainly because I’m very intuitive (read: disorganized and opinionated) about how I rate things. Basically, If something is in the 70-85 range, it’s pretty good, totally drinkable. Below that, in the 50-69 range, it was probably incredibly boring. I really hate boring tea. Below 50, I wouldn’t drink it again and might not have finished it (I actually really hate leaving ratings below 50, it makes me feel bad. I’m probably too nice). If it’s above 85 then I really liked it. Super high ratings are reserved for teas that totally blew me away.

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