152 Tasting Notes

82

I’ve had about a zillion earl greys, and this is one of the better ones I’ve had…kind of surprised at some of the other reviews. I do like bergamot to be pretty strong in the mix though, and I wasn’t looking for complexity when I ordered this. Anyhow, great taste and smell, very relaxing (even with caffeine in it no doubt), and no harshness detected.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

(Opens the bag and takes a long whiff) awwwwwww yeahhhhhhh. Smells awesome. Everyone that walked past me also commented on how good it smells. Tastewise I get a lot of vanilla, with zesty bergamot off in the background. Relatively smooth mouthfeel. This kind of reminds me of some of the higher quality, micro-brewed creme sodas I’ve had. I’m going to have to try it iced.
Update: I tried it iced and sugared. This is easily my new favorite iced tea. So good. My other teas have been neglected all week because I’ve been drinking this iced every day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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79
drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
152 tasting notes

A nice, straightforward tea. For me, it’s not really light, yet not really strong either – right in the middle. Decent iced as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
152 tasting notes

Slight cocoa on the nose pre-steep. For me this started off smooth, then has a bit of a lingering aftertaste with a little bit of a bite to it. Not bad.

Revisiting this 5 months later, it has a nice nut like smell in the bag. It seems to be smoother this time with less astringency. The taste is kind of hard to describe, I guess I’d say it is somewhere in between the typical Yunnan and Keemun flavor profiles. Toasty/roasty, plus the nutty notes mentioned above. At its current decent price, this would be a good every day drinker. Great with sweetener and ice as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
152 tasting notes

I knew when I opened the bag and smelled it things were about to get interesting. The taste reminded me of artichoke, baked potato, and maybe even sauteed mushroom after it had cooled down a little. Pretty complex.

Revisiting this months later it has the taste I assoiciate with Yunnan teas, but is also bit unique. I’m getting notes like dried fruit, with some light sweetness. I guess the best way I could describe it is a more creamy mouthfeel than the typical Yunnan tea. The mushroom taste is still there but more subtle. I think I prefer this one on it’s own, with no sugar. I wish it was a little less pricey.

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

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88
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
152 tasting notes

Oh man this is good stuff. I had a goofy smirk on my face after the first couple of sips, the sign of satisfaction. Smells like malt/cocoa and tastes the same, perfect with just a little bit of sugar added in. It steeped for a long time and still ended up without any harshness. The best I’ve had from this company so far.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
Smells nutty and a little like cocoa in the bag. I thought this was a pretty straight forward, good tasting black tea. The person I drank it with, who is near impossible to impress, really liked it and put this at the top of her favorites. Pretty good for iced tea with sugar too. I have been using 5 or 6 “pearls” per cup lately, this seems to bring out a toasty taste I wasn’t getting when I was using less of them.
Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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92
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
152 tasting notes

The flavor of this one is complex, and it was a little tough for me pick out everything I was experiencing the first time I drank it. Now that I’ve gone through a bag of it, the taste and smell both kind of remind me of biting into freshly baked, still warm bread. I get a mild corn cereal taste out of it, which sugar seemed to bring out even more. Other notes (some from later tastings) remind me of unsalted popcorn, toasted bread, caramel, brown rice, maybe even faint cinnamon? It reminds me more of an oolong than a black. Very smooth with no harshness to speak of. This is something I could see being a staple in my cupboard. As far as sugar is concerned, this is just as good with or without. I think I might like lighter, shorter steeps more, but I am still experimenting…

Rachel J

I’m with you on the lighter, shorter steeps idea. I appreciate the complexity of this tea, but brewed too strongly, I’m just overwhelmed by it and don’t really find it enjoyable.

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84

Different from the other Earl Greys I’ve had in the past, has a little more complexity going on in the nose before adding water. I get smells similar to butterscotch and/or caramel, with citrus of course, plus the tea base.
Taste: I get the creamy thing plus a bit of a cotton candy flavor? Some vanilla too maybe. I don’t detect a huge a amount of bergamot. After making this several times, the butterscotchy smell comes through on taste quite a bit for me. I like some sugar with this tea, and bet it would make a good latte. I’ve had many earl greys, and this one is pretty good.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Lynxiebrat

Hmm….that sounds like an interesting range of flavors. I got that one on the list of teas I’d like to try from Adagio.

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86

My first oolong in a very long time, I figured I might as well go all out and get one that was rated very highly. Infused several times, I liked it more and more with each sip. I get the previously mentioned toasted rice (reminds me of genmaicha) and waffle cone flavor, also a bit of a cooked greens taste.

Having this again 6 months later, smells quite roastey/toastey in the bag. Steeped smell is roastey as well, but also smells a lot like hot chocolate. Taste is basically the same as smell. I’m not getting any of that genmaicha-like flavor I got last time, not much of the cooked greens taste either this time. I’m upping my score a little bit. As it cools I’m getting more and more mineral/hot rocks-like notes. Second steep had some slight caramelesque notes.

I don’t usually do oolongs iced, but I tried this that way out of curiosity and it is quite good, gonna have to have iced oolong teas more often.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a youngin’, as a way of relaxing before bed. I ventured out from bagged, mass produced tea when I tried some loose leaf Earl Grey at the old man’s house years back. I’m still not too proud for the occasional bagged stuff, saving my snobbery for hard to find craft beer.

I gravitate towards Chinese black-tea varieties, Japanese greens, unflavored oolongs from wherever, and the occasional “I cant sleep” type of herbal teas. I signed up so I can keep track of the teas I’ve tried, and what I want to keep in my cupboard on the regular.

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