33 Tasting Notes

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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
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I made some white monkey today and used my perfect tea maker from Teavana. It had a earthy smell during steeping, and was a fairly run-of-the-mill, mellow green tea with slightly earthy undertones until the finish which was intriguing. After every sip there was this unique flavor sensation that I’ve never come across before.

The best way I can describe it was the smell of water. It was a cool, bright brassy note after every sip that stayed on he tongue for just about a second, but it was consistent and definitely there. It was almost metalic in its brightness, but not heavy or cloying like metals. A really interesting flavor to say the least. I’ll be buying more of this one.

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

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This is a really nice fruity herbal tea without the harsh and overly strong flavors you get with herbals like Celestial Seasonings. It has a wonderful deep red color to it and smells wonderful. I’ll be trying it over ice soon.

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

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67
drank Hunan Gold by Adagio Teas
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This was fairly mellow and very smooth with a strong earthy overtone and some light fruity undertones to it. Not my favorite, but exactly why I can’t really say. The flavor was just not something I cared for, and it’s bugging me because I can’ really say why. It’s not a bad tea, just not for me.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank White Peach by Adagio Teas
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This had a really nice aroma as soon as I opened the bag: strong peach fragrance with caramel and smoke – almost like some cobblers I’ve had. The liquor is a bright yellow. The flavor when hot is nice and smooth, the white tea is there, although the peach overpowers it a little. There’s also a brighter note of astringency that works well with the nasal peach finish. Very mellow and doesn’t need sweetener.

The peach flavor and smell are more like peach gummy candy than anything natural, but still nice. As the tea has grown cooler, the artificial peach flavor,as well as the sweetness, has gotten more pronounced.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pina Colada by Adagio Teas
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This had a very strong and really bad smell when I first opened the bag. It took me a while to pin it down, but it’s the smell of a really solid blue cheese when it’s ripe. Now, I like blue cheese, but not in my tea. The smell toned down some with steeping (and after letting the bag air out a bit) but was still present. It was easily enough to put me off the whole cup.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Sencha Premier by Adagio Teas
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This one was really nice. It had a faint grassy smell to it with a lot of buttery caramel overtones. The grassy smell toned off considerably on drinking, but the caramel was still there faintly. I could drink this every day and be happy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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This was..interesting. I’m not really a fan of red teas. The dry aroma was very woodsy, almost dusty with strong hazelnut overtones. The hazelnut really popped while steeping and was present in the final liquor with a very mild flavor of the same. I was expecting a sweeter too, but had to add some agave. I can’t see myself drinking this every day – or even weekly.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
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A nice and delicate white. Nice flavor and bouquet. It was good…but it really didn’t stand out for me like I was expecting it to. I’d be happy to drink this every so often, but wouldn’t want to pay the premium usually associated with it.

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drank White Grapefruit by Adagio Teas
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This has a really delicate grapefruit scent dry, with it being boosted slightly when steeping. It wasn’t overpowering at all. The tea was nice and mild, like I would expect a white to be, with the very faintest of grapefruit undertones that were more pronounced on cooling.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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This has a strong briny scent very reminiscent of miso soup. The flavor is about the same as the smell. Just add tofu and sliced scallions…
Not my favorite, although it would be fine to drink with dinner.

As this gets cooler, the fishy smell and taste are becoming more pronounced – to the point where I can’t finish my cup.

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

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Science nerd by trade, I teach A&P at the college level and relax by having some tea and reading some good science fiction.

I really like green and white tea but don’t care for coffee or the black teas. Matcha is good (at least when I’m not making it) but I’m caffeine sensitive so I don’t have it a lot.

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