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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
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First off, I’m sorry for blowing up everyone’s dashboard page. Ya’ll drank a lot of tea this weekend!!! Just trying not to miss anything.

The latest order from Adagio is in…lots of new teas to try and post about. My Monday morning is starting off with a cup of Assam Melody. I’m very happy with the cup despite being unable to identify one of the smells/notes. The closest I can guess is an ever so slight pine taste? It hits my tongue right before the aftertaste kicks in. I like it. It’s probably not pine. Maybe it smells like clean tea. Like a fresh out of the shower tea? Anyone else have a guess?

I’m not blown away by this tea, but it is quite nice. A couple of seconds after swallowing (after the cup cooled down), my mouth is devoid of moisture. Is Assam known for giving a dry-mouth effect? I did not notice this when the cup was still very hot.

Saving the savory teas until I’ve tried all of my other tins…..

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takgoti

I’ve definitely gotten some pine-y tastes from black teas before. Sometimes I actually get it on Jackee Muntz, but to me that means that I didn’t brew it right. Blacks can be deceptively tough to peg down for me in terms of the brew temperature/steep time for unknown reasons. I can get a great degree of variance from cup to cup, which isn’t necessarily a good thing [because when I nail it, they can be SO DAMN GOOD].

takgoti

Oh, and also, I haven’t tried a ton of assam, but I don’t think I’ve had a lot of that dry-mouth from them in the past. The drying effect is something that I’ve had vary on the same kind of tea from different companies before, though, if that helps?

Jillian

I’ve always thought that the astringent, dry-mouth feel was more a feature of Darjeeling teas. shrugs

Auggy

I’m with both Jillian and takgoti – Darjeelings are pretty consistent for me with the dry-mouth thing and I’ve had mixed results on some Assams or Assam blends doing it. It’s probably just personal preference but I tend to think the Darjeelings that give me that dry-mouth feeling are better than the ones that don’t but on Assams I prefer the ones that don’t give it to me over ones that do. If that makes any sort of sense.

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takgoti

I’ve definitely gotten some pine-y tastes from black teas before. Sometimes I actually get it on Jackee Muntz, but to me that means that I didn’t brew it right. Blacks can be deceptively tough to peg down for me in terms of the brew temperature/steep time for unknown reasons. I can get a great degree of variance from cup to cup, which isn’t necessarily a good thing [because when I nail it, they can be SO DAMN GOOD].

takgoti

Oh, and also, I haven’t tried a ton of assam, but I don’t think I’ve had a lot of that dry-mouth from them in the past. The drying effect is something that I’ve had vary on the same kind of tea from different companies before, though, if that helps?

Jillian

I’ve always thought that the astringent, dry-mouth feel was more a feature of Darjeeling teas. shrugs

Auggy

I’m with both Jillian and takgoti – Darjeelings are pretty consistent for me with the dry-mouth thing and I’ve had mixed results on some Assams or Assam blends doing it. It’s probably just personal preference but I tend to think the Darjeelings that give me that dry-mouth feeling are better than the ones that don’t but on Assams I prefer the ones that don’t give it to me over ones that do. If that makes any sort of sense.

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