10 Tasting Notes

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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
10 tasting notes

Backlogging from last night.

I received two bags of this and upon cracking this baby open I initially thought that I didn’t like it, so I decided to take the unopened bag and give it as a housewarming present to my friend’s new apartment.

She didn’t have any pots or kettles unpacked, so I haphazardly microwaved a glass of water and plopped in a handful of leaves, waiting a few minutes and drank it straight-up, leaves and everything. I don’t know what I did wrong before this, but this was just delicious, even when it’s been steeping for several minutes.

Sweet, refreshing, and a tad buttery. One of the best Adagio greens I’ve tried in my limited experience with them, much better than the awful, spinachy taste I got beforehand.

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45
drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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My aunt was staying at a pretty fancy hotel in Chicago, and while I was passing through, she graciously invited me to spend a few hours with her eating all the free food that we could find.

So I sipped on a few bags of this for a few hours with some apples and biscuits. Smells very heavily of bergamot (but I could be wrong, like I would know what a Bergamot is), but very weak tasting. Don’t get me wrong, I was content with it. It’s completely tolerable and provides you with a nice tea/caffeine fix while going well with a nice meal. But I wouldn’t pay for it.

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I received a new batch after the awful qualities of the first, and it was simply amazing.

Contrasting the stale, flat tea I got before, I was pleasantly surprised. The liquor was this quite amazing, vibrant amber with a fruity, floral aroma. I almost enjoyed looking at it more then I did drinking it.

The tea itself was pretty mellow-bodied and smooth. It tasted vegative, but it was played down by pleasant fruity aftertaste. Overall, it went down great with almost no bitterness.

I’ll definitely be buying this again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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42
drank Green Tea by Bigelow
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My backup bags. I drink it when I have no money, have no shame, and/or have no time.

It’s drinkable, actually kind of pleasant. It’s a really boring tea, but it’s readily available wherever I go, and all you need to do is microwave a cup of water and plop it in.

The tea is quite a brown color, and it doesn’t taste very green so to say, it tastes a bit on the black side. If I had to compare it to something, maybe like a hojicha. It’s nice after a big meal, if you’re too lazy to make anything fancy.

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71
drank Sencha by Harney & Sons
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Really good for bagged tea.

I went to a coffee shop and ordered this, I expected a loose tea but they just threw the bag in the mug. I was disappointed at first, but I was quite satisfied.

The tea came out a very lovely green color. Which is really nice, most of the green tea I drink comes out a light amber. It tasted vegetal and smooth like a good Sencha should, but also went along really well with the muffin I ordered, with almost a buttery aftertaste.

It’s certainly not the most interesting tea you could get, but probably the best bagged Sencha I’ve had.

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It looks pretty, and smells absolutely delightful. Seriously. I couldn’t keep my nose out of the dry tea, it just smells amazing.

The tea itself was sadly, VERY weak. Very little tea taste came out at all, just mild hints of peach and floral notes. It’s still very pleasant, kind of like walking through a garden. It smells good and looks pretty, but that’s really all it has going for it.

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Just a mention about white teas; white teas are mild to very mild and usually the notes that are hinted the most are floral as I have found.

On another note I am intrigued about green teas which I find to be subtle to strong with a mix of flavors such as Black Berry Mojito green tea by Teavana.

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68
drank Formosa Oolong #8 by Adagio Teas
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Very woody, almost spicy, but I’m still getting some sweet notes.

It’s kind of like drinking a buttery campfire, baking the ash into a cinnamon scone, and then shoving them in your mouth at the exact same second. And I mean that in the best way possible, it’s actually quite satisfying.

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95

Remarkably unspectacular.

Perhaps my tea wasn’t very fresh, but it was just flat and uninteresting. It smelled like black tea, and when steeped, tasted like nothing with the smell of black tea. Very disappointing, but then again, perhaps I just didn’t get a very good batch.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

I can’t recall if this is the exact brand of Chunmee I drink, the lady who works at the tea store forgot to write down the brand name, but I’m willing to put money on this one. If not, Chunmee is Chunmee.

Basically, it’s such a green tea it almost makes me want to laugh. I don’t mean that in the fact it’s ‘more’ green, grassy or anything. It’s just a green tea. I could not expect more or less out of such a tea, so there’s not much worth noting. It’s my everyday green tea, and it’s extraordinarily cheap, at least the brand I’m drinking.

The only thing noticeable is that it’s slightly acidic, which gives it a bit of a more astringent bite as it hits your tongue. I like it.

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

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82
drank China Breakfast by Rishi Tea
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Pretty good tea. I take it black, steeped to the point where it’s a bit bitter. The tea itself isn’t very spectacular, tastes like a staple black tea. It finishes off quite smoothly with a noticeable aftertaste of chocolate, but that could just be my mug; still tainted with the stench of death from an ill-advised battle of gas station cappuccinos and myself.

This is what kicked me off the coffee habit, and I’d strongly recommend it to anyone. Despite the pretty average taste, it still comes down smooth, it’s certainly malty, one might even say comforting.

Basically, it’s a decent, fairly priced cheap breakfast tea. Great with pastries, if you swing that way, and I’d imagine it tasting good with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m a baker and an accordionist who just likes a nice cup of tea.

My tea choices aren’t very exotic so to say, usually my tea of choice is straight up green, but I’m looking to broaden my horizons. Currently, my favorite teas are Chunmee, Sencha, Assam, Gunpowder, and Dian Hong.

I’m always willing to trade, my cupboard probably won’t be very interesting but let me know if something tickles your fancy!

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