19 Tasting Notes

75
drank Keemun Concerto by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

First Steep

A hint pf a malty smell. Very full-bodied flavor too it, a bit too much so. A bit of a lingering aftertaste, but nothing too bad.

This is an incredibly dense tea – hard to handle on its own, really needs something mixed with it to bring it down.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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79

Second Steep

Even more subtle smell. Same not particularly strong or bitter taste. Formerly astringent bergamot aftertaste is much smoother.

Second steep is much better than the first – bumped the rating.

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79

First Steep

Relatively subtle smell. Not particularly strong or bitter taste. Moderately astringent bergamot aftertaste.

Nothing special as far as Earl Grey teas go – I’ve have better, but I’ve also had worse.

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79
drank Jasmine Tea by TenFu's Tea
19 tasting notes

First steep

Not much of a smell. Fairly strong jasmine taste. Aftertaste quickly fades away to nothing.

Jasmine teas tend to all be pretty much the same, and this is no different. That doesn’t mean that it’s bad though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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78

Second steep

Jasmine smell is less pronounced. Taste is a bit more bitter than the first steep. A much less strong jasmine and malt aftertaste as well.

Jasmine flavors are much more subdued with the second steep, need to reevaluate since this is quite a bit better.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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78

First steep

Medium jasmine smell. Medium bitter taste. Somewhat lingering malty, flowery aftertaste.

Unusual tea. Tastes like a literal mix of jasmine and malty black tea. Not half bad, but could use a little less jasmine and maybe a less malty black tea.

Doesn’t effect the taste, but was a bit unusual looking as well; was dark like a typical black tea, but with a distinct yellow-green “halo” around the edge.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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85

Second steep

Smells and tastes are the same as the first steep but significantly less pronounced.

Is a bit too weak for a second steep, needs to be mixed with another tea to survive multiple cups.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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85

First steep

Tiny hint of a sweet scent. Subtle bitter taste. A hint of an almost tangy aftertaste that’s gone before you realize it.

Very relaxing, very drinkable. Definitely worth a second steep.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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87
drank Darjeeling #22 by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Second steep

Smells and tastes are the same as the first steep but less pronounced.

Still very tasty, but I’m not sure that the tea would last for a third steep. I’m going to try mixing it with the Ceylon Sonata sometime in the future, which should be good.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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22

First steep

Strong herbal, sweet, “weird” smell. Surprising bland taste. Very pungent flowery and fruity aftertaste that lasts forever.

The taste is pretty benign, but there’s something about the smell and lingering aftertaste that makes my stomach turn. I think that rooibos just isn’t for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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