357 Tasting Notes

68
drank Decaf Apricot by Adagio Teas
357 tasting notes

This tea just makes me feel warm-fuzzy-happy (I actually said “nom nom nom” the first time I tried it). Someone else noted a weird tongue-feeling, and I did experience it one of the times I made it, but it’s not enough to make me stop drinking it. I’ll probably try to keep a sample size on hand since it is a nice evening option. NE

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

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19
drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
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I really tried to like this tea, but after a half cup I gave up on it for now. Somewhere I’d read that full-on chamomile was pretty intense and not what you’d probably expect. Even knowing that, I was floored at how much I disliked this. Chamomile lovers please don’t read this next part: I’d describe it as the smell of a musty old church and the taste is like if you licked the carpet at aforementioned church. I won’t utterly give up on this, but it’ll be awhile before I brave it again. GA

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
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My first experience of a smokey tea and I’m loving it! I thought that I was prepared for the smell, but holy jeebus on a pogostick – it truly smells like a campfire. Then I had my first cup and was blown away. My palate isn’t very sophisticated so I can’t go into depth more than to say that taste vs. smell is so unique in a good way for me. Plus I get to pretend I’m a fire-breathing monster fueling up for the day when I drink this. TG

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Honeybush Mango by Adagio Teas
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I’d never had honeybush before and I’m really curious to try it as a standalone. This tea’s nice and sweet and mangoey. At first I steeped it about 5 minutes. It was kinda bizarre: it tasted like what I’d imagine a mango-scented lotion would taste like. Well, one evening I was so busy that I didn’t hear the timer go off so it steeped probably close to 10 minutes and it really mellowed the flavor in a pleasant way. This one’s growing on me. NE but with potential for more…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more

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74
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
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This was the first loose leaf black tea that I tried. It really showed me how different and “deeper” loose tea is vs. bagged. I wish I would have gotten the sample size. Yes, it’s enjoyable, but having read some other notes I discovered that I’m not fond of the malty aspect. And I’m a freak and don’t care for chocolate. So overall I think it’s a wonderful tea, it’s just not teagasmic for me personally. NE

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Gyokuro by Adagio Teas
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I got this as part of one of Adagio’s Green Samplers. I was probably destined to like this tea since it’s fun to say especially when combined with “vs. Gojira.” Anywho, the smell really concerned me since it seemed like I could’ve gone out to the lawnmower, scraped up some grass, and made some tea from that (and it would’ve been the same thing as the tea). I’m sooo glad that I didn’t let the smell discourage me. It’s really a lovely tea. Yes, there’s a grassy taste, but it’s like a pleasant springtime grass. NE

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Jasmine Yin Hao (#9) by Adagio Teas
357 tasting notes

This is the first loose leaf tea I tried and I loved it. I associate the smell of jasmine with the time I lived in New Orleans so I have a strong scent memory reaction to it which makes any jasmine tea special to me. Ultimately I’d rely more on other people’s reviews than my own since I don’t consider myself hardcore…yet. TG

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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