156 Tasting Notes

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I wasn’t going to review any teas tonight, but I’m tipping this cup for one of the homiez dat ain’t with us no more (I.E. Huell Howser).

Smells great as most earl greys do. Kind of a light, refreshing earl grey, would probably make good iced tea. I’m going to try the premium version this company currently offers as well, and make one of the two a regular late night thing.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

I’ve been looking forward to trying this one.
Smells like: campfire, bbq smokehouse.
Taste reminds me of: pine, smoked bbq, and a little bit of a grassy taste. I was expecting strong flavors after smelling it, but it was actually kind of on the mild side.
I’m tempted to try this in some kind of marinade.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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84

I get an earthy mineral taste that reminds me of the hot springs my family would hang out at up in the mountains when I was younger. Then I get a faint light-roast coffee aftertaste, which was a little stronger on smell. I dont detect much of the boiled spinach-water taste I seem to pick up in many greens and oolongs, which is always a plus. Good stuff.

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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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80

(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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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
156 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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drank Fujian Baroque by Adagio Teas
156 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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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
156 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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drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
156 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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I’ve been drinking tea since I was a whipper-snapper, 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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