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19 Tasting Notes

87
drank Darjeeling #22 by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

First steep

Medium caramel smell. Surprisingly neutral bitter taste. A hint of a malty aftertaste.

I was really surprised at how good this tea was. Definitely worth a second steep.

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82
drank Oriental Beauty by Teas Etc
19 tasting notes

First steep

Subtle oolong smell. Surprisingly bitter for an oolong, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary. Virtually no aftertaste.

Unobtrusive. Tasty. Definitely worth a second steep.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Second steep + 1/4 Golden Bi Luo by Chicago Tea Garden for 1 min

Pretty strong sweet caramel smell. Has a strong malty and bitter flavor. Hardly any aftertaste.

Has a dark, almost “blunt” taste – tastes good when complimented with cookies, but only mediocre when by itself. Might be good with honey to lighten the flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

First Steep

A pretty strong malty smell. Flavor is still malty, but not nearly as strong, and has more of a bitter taste. Aftertaste is surprisingly sweet, and lingers only for a few seconds.

Actually a bit better than I expected, though I would still like to try it with honey or something for the second steep. Enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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75
drank Jasmine Pearl by thepuriTea
19 tasting notes

Second Steep

Smells and tastes a tiny bit stronger, probably because I accidentally steeped it for too long.

Not sure what combination I could use this in, though it is just fine by itself.

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

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75
drank Jasmine Pearl by thepuriTea
19 tasting notes

First Steep

Has a somewhat strong jasmine “leafy” smell. Very unoffensive taste. Little to no aftertaste.

A fairly bland and generic jasmine tea, gets the job done without being too fancy or obtrusive (which is certainly not a bad thing); soothing and relaxing. Maybe try with honey for a bit more flavor?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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67
drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
19 tasting notes

First Steep

A sweet, full (malty?) smell. Has an almost “candied” taste, though more of a caramel flavor than just sweet; similar to sweet potatoes? A bit of a malty aftertaste.

Malty flavor is quick to overwhelm when drinking too fast. Needs something to go with it; would be good with cookies or muffins, or mixed down with a more bitter black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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88
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

Second Steep

Exactly the same as the first steep.

Will try mixing it with some other tea next time for variety.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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88
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
19 tasting notes

First Steep

Very little smell. Extremely unobtrusive, subtle bitter taste. A bitter aftertaste that lasts about a second (at most).

Relaxing. Unobtrusive. Good for when I want to focus on doing something else, and not about the taste of my tea. Almost too easy to drink.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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