20 Tasting Notes

100

A very enjoyable smoky aroma with a pleasant and smooth liquor. Do not be afraid, it does NOT taste as it smells, the two senses conflict for an interesting and not unpleasant experience.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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67

This is definitely a tea that you will like or hate. The pungent aroma is something of a surprise, and has a definite air of tobacco about it. The liquor is a deep rich brown, almost more of what you would expect from a black than an oolong. The brew retains the hint of tobacco in the aroma, but the taste is easy and quite smooth on the palate. A great little workhorse tea in my opinion.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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77

Nice light Earl Grey. The leaves smell absolutely wonderful, brews up to a nice deep amber. The taste is light, I usually prefer a “harsher” Earl Grey in the morning, but as an anytime tea this is quite good. Might benefit from a longer steep time, may try that next.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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68

So far this is still my day to day green tea. So easy to just sip on.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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23

Ick. Ack. Yuk. This tea smells like dirty socks… the taste isn’t actually that bad.. but I just can’t get over the aroma… not sure if perhaps I brewed it wrong or had too much puffed rice… but.. oy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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68

Not bad, had this earlier today. Nothing really jumps out at me. It seems like every time I make this it comes out different. Sometimes grassy, sometimes bland. I’ve never had a /bad/ brew.. but it always seems like I can never get it /quite/ right…

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

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51

One of Lipton’s better teas. It’s a non-spectacular black, but the price and convince can be compelling. The liquor is actually a very nice deep dark amber, the aroma is almost non-existent however, and it’s got a touch of.. “oily” to it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89

The very green, very thin almost grass-like looking leaves produce a very appealing golden liquor. The aroma can only be described as “nautical”. The flavor is sublime, a comforting green tea.

I was itching for a green today and found an old sample tin of this that I hadn’t tried yet, so I brewed up a big mug of this and it hit the spot. Note: DO NOT follow Adagios directions. This should be brewed about two minutes maximum, preferably around a minute.
Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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