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I snagged some of this tea while I was at Whole Foods. My most recent paycheck was attached with a rather large sum so I figured I’d treat myself and buy a new tea to try. I’m glad I did.

I selected Jade Oolong from Rishi Tea. It has been years since I had my last cup of oolong tea and with Jade Oolong I’m glad to have an oolong selection back in my cupboard. I also needed a change from the Gunpowder green tea I had been drinking every morning for the past three to four years.

This tea contains a very floral taste and it is very delicious. I liked it from the first sip and already want to purchase more. This tea is certainly a winner.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Osmanthus by Adagio Teas
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I discovered this herbal tea while browsing the herbal selection on the Adagio Teas website. I get my caffeine in the morning when I drink cup after cup of Gunpowder green tea but after a long day of school/work I try to avoid caffeine. Rooibos comes in handy here however I wanted to try something different.

I decided to give Osmanthus a shot. I had never heard of it before. Nothing from Adagio’s herbal selections really stood out to me besides Osmanthus. I purchased a ten cup sampler of loose tea.

I’ve brewed roughly four cups of Osmanthus. I must say that it is difficult to figure out a steep time for this tisane. Adagio recommends steeping Osmanthus anywhere in the ballpark of five to ten minutes. I tried a five minute steep time with my first cup and thought the flavor was a little too weak. I’ve been increasing the amount of time I steep Osmanthus for with each cup.

As for the taste, the longer you steep Osmanthus the stronger the taste. Initially I thought the taste was not strong enough so as I stated before I have been increasing the steep time. I like steeping Osmanthus for 5+ minutes. Anything at 5 minutes or less the herbal tea tastes too watered down. Even at 6 min 30 sec I still feel like the Osmanthus I brewed tastes a little too watered down. I know other people will enjoy the non-overbearing taste of Osmanthus but I seek a bigger punch in my cup if you will.

Overall, I am not disappointed with this selection in the long run. I am more upset that I cannot seem to figure out how to correctly brew a cup of Osmanthus for my tastes. The taste has a sort of syrupy tone to it. It’s not overbearing but it exists. I love to see the deep golden/honey color liquid in my glass mug. I would recommend Osmanthus to anyone who is seeking an herbal selection. It’s worth trying out.

I have not finished my sampler but I feel that once it is gone I will most likely purchase more Osmanthus.

Thanks for reading.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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This is a fantastic tisane. Rooibos hits the spot and I recommend it to my friends who are not tea drinkers. Rooibos is great for that particular audience because it may not taste bitter and is like-able from the first sip. I select rooibos for the tea novices or for my friends because most of them drink it without adding any milk or sugar. I cannot say the same about my friends who I have brewed a cup of Gunpowder green tea for. Rooibos is an excellent selection and beneficial health-wise for the drinker. I enjoy drinking a cup of Rooibos before bed time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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This is by far my favorite tea. I would not feel comfortable purchasing Gunpowder green tea any where else but Adagio. They’ve never failed me when it comes to my selection in Gunpowder. I drink at least two cups almost every morning.

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

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I am a 22 year old student anticipating college graduation in May 2013.

Not many people I know are into tea. In fact it is hard for me to find others who share similar interests as I do; this is partly the reason why I’m here.

I first got into tea during high school. I evolved from tea bags to loose tea. My favorite tea ever is Gunpowder green tea. I enjoy green, white, and herbal tisanes. I usually drink green tea in the morning and will brew a cup of Rooibos before bed time.

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Pennsylvania

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