drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
8 tasting notes

I have tried several times to get “into” green tea, but I’ve always sort of thought it wasn’t my thing. There’s nothing wrong with that, but things have changed now that I’ve being trying out more premium quality tea.

I think my first green tea experience was Celestial Seasonings’ Authentic Green Tea. I’m almost done with the box after having owned it for probably around, give or take, four or five years. That should explain quite a bit. The other green tea that I have is Dancing Leaves loose leaf green tea and while it’s better, I think I could’ve saved my money.

Fast forward to now and I brave another green tea, Adagio Gunpowder, albeit a sample ‘cause I’m too chicken to buy a significant amount. Honestly speaking, this is pretty good. Yes, it’s outside my normal comfort zone of black teas, but I think I’m starting to understand why people drink green tea outside of possible health benefits.

This cup of tea is smokey and grassy, but still enjoyable. It has that slight astringency that I love of tea.

Things are looking better for green tea in general, but it remains to be seen if I will buy more of Adagio’s Gunpowder.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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For me, each cup of tea is a unique memory. I was not a big tea drinker as a kid, but on occasional winter mornings, my mom would prepare two cups for us as we waited for the school bus. Those were precious moments, and while we mostly drank fruity herbal tea, it did instill an impression on me of hot beverages.

Moving forward in my life, my tealationship didn’t escalate until I did a semester abroad in France. I’m not one to get sick, but I managed to get sick TWICE within a five month period. Despite feeling terrible, it’s still expected that you go to class and no one was in a position to take care of me. However, the beautiful thing about France is that vending machines for coffee and tea are everywhere. Nothing made me feel better than the Twinings Thé Menthe Vert (mint green tea) offered in those little plastic gobelets. After having recovered, my interest naturally continued to other teas. Earl Grey now practically runs through my veins.

Tea is a beverage with which you can sit around and discuss just anything and just about anyone. For introverts, it’s also a friend when the rest of the world seems to be too much.

God, I love tea.


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