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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
1004 tasting notes

Sent out another swap package today, and while I was going through my stash last night I took the opportunity to make a list of teas I need to finish before I’m allowed to open any new bags. I’ve also started making lists of new teas I’d like to buy again, even though I’ve got more than enough in my cupboard to be going on with. Will I ever learn? I’ve been good today, though, and finished up three of the samples I identified. This is another of the teas I’ve had open a while, though, so I’m doing my bit for this one this afternoon. I’ve said it before, but it’s a tea that’s so delicate and easy to drink that it’s always a welcome addition to my “portable handheld beverage interface” as Alan Sugar apparently has it…

I’ve got a couple of flavoured whites that I’m desperate to move on to, but I’ve got to finish up the plain stuff first. Not that that’ll be any hardship!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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