538 Tasting Notes

70

This one is just okay for me. It has some chai notes, the green tea really gets buried and it is a bit potpourri like. I’m sad the pomegranate taste is not there because it would bring a really interesting element to this one. I’d suggest this to people who would like to try a green chai.

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100

sipdown This has been a wonderful tea. Honey, stones, sweetness. A very long lasting, multi-steep tea that has a very clear flavor and would go great in any oolong lover’s cupboard.

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75

Today: extra leaf, accidental long steep of ~7 min. This creates a very deep, mahogany colored brew. The flavors are smooth, herbal, woodsy, and lightly citrus. This long steep actually reduced the amount of citrus flavor in the tea. The flavor becomes much deeper and brings out the chamomile. A very good tea.

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75
drank Coconut Pouchong by Adagio Teas
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Huh. I just had a cup of this and it has been quite a long time since I last had a sip. It was actually pretty good! I still would argue that Adagio’s oolongs are oily and it is nothing compared to other renditions of coconut pouchong, but it is pretty thrifty and not all that bad. I think as a newcomer to tea someone could enjoy this one. The leaves are large, wiry, and dark. The flavor is consistent and you do not need too much leaf to get a good cup. I guess I feel a bit half and half on this one. On one hand I have a pretty satisfying cup of coconut, but on the other it doesn’t wow.

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60
drank Queen of Babylon by Teavana
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gah. I need to finish this one! It is very heavily apple, carrot, and almost a peppery flavor. I can’t tell quite what that is coming from, but it is interesting. I would suggest using a bit less than they suggest or it is a little overpowering.

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80
drank Caramel by Adagio Teas
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I just realized that this is my 403rd tasting note!!! balloon drop
So today I have been trying to get to work on my paleopathology paper. I only have 1/10 pages down so far, but that is a great start! :)
This tea tastes mainly of burnt sugar, black tea, and a hint of bitterness. Now, I know most of the time bitter=bad when it comes to tea, but I’m starting to get that it may just be a part of the experience type thing. It actually is not too prominent that it is terrible or anything, but it gives it a bite that I may just be starting to appreciate a little (think coffee). I’m going to be getting my next $10 Adagio card tonight so I should probably go search what is in stock!

Alphakitty

I missed my 400th as well! So happy belated milestone~

Fjellrev

Yay, congratulations! Good luck on the paper. :)

Tamm

Thanks you guys! :D Grats Alpha!

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93
drank Sakura Tea by Obubu Tea
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I can’t believe I never logged this tea! I’ve had it for quite some time and although it says that the expiration date is 6 months after shipment, these smell beautiful much after that. This is a truly beautiful tea. In the back the tiny flowers have a smell of light umeboshi, salt, plum/cherry, and floral hints. It is simply amazing to watch them steep. I wish I had a decent camera because you can see the veins in the translucent skins of the flower petals. As much as I enjoy watching blooming teas, this feels much more organic. Since I couldn’t find any official steep times quickly I treated this very similar to an herbal. I used only 6oz of tea for one slightly larger and one medium blossom.
Once steeped this actually has a much strong smell than expected. It has a very light liquor that reminds me of white wines. It has a very unexpected ume plum smell. It is very distinct and reminds me of my favorite Japanese ume gum. Any sense of floral smell is very subdued. The flavor is very much the same, very light, subtle, and most of the flavor is on the back end of the sip. It is a very fun and amazing tea that I would advise people try at least once.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70

This tea smells much more enticing than it tastes. The flavor is much more subtle. One of the upsides to this tea is that it can be steeped upwards of four times and still tastes very much of white tea. The flavors here are mainly white tea, some sharp pineapple, and maybe a slight hint of floral.
Small edit I noticed that since my first cup of this the first time I made it I’ve been getting less and less of the sharp pineapple aspects that I liked about this tea. I may try making this at a slightly higher temp. to try and bring this characteristic out.

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93

Really wonderful tea. I had a cuppa this along with breakfast. It is actually very strong in the caffeine department. I strongly advise people who love black teas, cream, and nut notes to try this one out. It is a great deal and tastes wonderful.

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80
drank Dragonfruit Devotion by Teavana
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I take back my semi-lower rating of this tea. After subsequent cups I’ve been having the lemongrass has really toned down a lot. It tastes like lychee! I don’t know if that is what they were aiming for since dragonfruit is so difficult to nail, but it is good. I’m raising the score to reflect how much more I’ve come to enjoy this one. I’m just glad it is lychee without soapy flavors (cough davids tea cough).

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