539 Tasting Notes

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I’m surprised how much the osmanthus adds to the flavor of this tea. It mostly tastes of darker, black tea with almond and light flowers. It is pretty good, but for whatever reason, I don’t drink it very often.

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I’m so excited to try this one! My husband remarked that the dry leaf smelled like licorice to him. The leaves are large, deep brown, and a bit shiny.
1st steep 10sec.: Very light. The flavor isn’t too overt. It is fruity, sweet, and clear.
2nd steep ~20sec: The first steep seemed really light, so I stepped up the timing a bit. This is (oddly) very floral. It reminds me of magnolias. It is also a bit fruity as well.
3rd steep 25sec: Very flavorful. There are fruit, floral, and some rock notes in this cup.

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Sipdown! Thank you Angel for this sample! I’ve really loved this one. I actually thought that it was gone, but there was one cup left! This has many sweet, roasted notes that last at least 2-3 steepings for me. This tea is pretty unique when it comes to oolongs that I’ve tried. I love it and I’m so glad I got to try it!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’ve been so happy with this sample! The sample offers many teaspoons and each one of these can be used for many, many steeps. This tea has many spice, roasted, and chocolate notes that are sure to please. I wish that I knew of more black teas that are similar to this one.

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drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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I don’t understand this tea at all. It is actually pretty interesting because I can’t really nail down just what it tastes like. It is not really gingerbread to me. The dry, crunchiness is somehow there though. This one is always a toss up. Some days I like it, others it is just weird. I think one of Steepster’s resident awesome tasters should get this and inform me to whatever it is I’m really tasting.

Terri HarpLady

Maybe I’ll get a sample with my next adagio order!

Tamm

That’s how I tried it! :3 I think I got it as a free add-on. I’m wishing the candy apple was good because if the flavor was more up front I’m sure they would go really well together.

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Sipdown! I totally forgot that I had this one, but I found it hiding in my sample box. I used a bit of extra leaf in this cup so that I could use all the remaining tea. It smells of flowers and greens. I have to admit that I love the description and name of this one. sigh this smells amazing. This is a really great oolong and I wish I had more of it!

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This first steep today is amazingly sweet and has an almost creamy mouthfeel. I’ve totally fallen in love with it. The main flavors are also made up of snap peas, deep greens, and clear sweet notes. This is a must try green tea for my list.

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drank Finnick Odair by Custom-Adagio Teas
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This one seems a bit better than I remember. I let it cool significantly. It is very oily still, which I don’t like at all. There are notes of white tea, coconut, and floral perfume. The floral is probably what I dislike about the tea, as it reminds me of a cheap, hobby type art store. I’m having some issues finishing my stash of this.

Terri HarpLady

hmmm…the name would imply some sort of Irish breakfast type blend…of course, I’ve never heard of Finnish Odair, probably a character from some fandom?

Tamm

It’s actually Hunger Games, but I wouldn’t know anything about how it fits the character because I haven’t read the books…

Terri HarpLady

oh yeah…I read all the books, LOL

Tamm

lol! I’m not really into the genre to be honest. I get a lot of flack for not having read them.

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drank Zingiber Ginger Coconut by Teavana
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Life update: I got a 4.0 this semester! This brings my GPA up to 3.81. I’m getting there! I talked to my professor yesterday and wow, do I have a long road ahead of me. I’m still planning on studying bioarchaeology and he suggested 4 schools for me to go to; all of which are far flung from where I live now. It makes me excited and nervous all at the same time.
I bought 2oz of this recently and holy cow, I am going through it so quickly! I really love this one. It has lots of spice and coconut notes. I would suggest this for nighttime sipping.

Fjellrev

Yay, congratulations!

Tamm

Did your final end up being okay?

Fjellrev

Oh yes, thank you! I was stressing all for nothing. Got A+’s and A’s so phew. But I’m sure you know how it is. Constant stress with school.

Tamm

Wohoo!!! That’s great! It’s always like that, get super stressed over nothing. My husband gives me a lot of flack about it. It’s not even school atm and I’m stressed about school! lol

Fjellrev

It’s such a hard habit to kick, eh? No matter how many times you tell yourself to chill out, you’re still wigging out haha.

Tamm

I know! I get really emotionally and I hate eating when I’m like that. It causes everyone around me more stress than I have myself! I think that at this point there isn’t much I can do about breaking that habit.

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This is a very beautiful tea. The dark, curly leaves are amazing to watch as they unfold. The tea was steeped for 1 min this time. The liquor is much more yellow/green than I expected. It tasted instantly creamy, like deep greens, and with a punch of spice/pepper at the back of the sip. It is a very assertive tea and I enjoyed it greatly.
mmmm I let this one cool a lot and it tasted even better. I love cool greens.

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