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drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
951 tasting notes

Hi! I’m alive, but I’ve not been doing a lot of tea drinking. Life has been too busy to savor a cup properly, and I really hate rushing the process. Of course, on vacation, things are less busy, and we were in Canada for about 10 days a couple of weeks ago. We stayed in Lake Louise and generally had a great time hiking, canoeing, rafting, horseback riding and many other fun things.

If you’ve been to Lake Louise, you probably know that there are a couple of hikes you can do that take you up fairly high elevation increases to tea houses waiting at the top of the trails. We did the one to Lake Agnes. The day was exceptionally hot, the elevation was not what I’m used to, and I’m generally out of shape, so it was tougher than I thought it would be and I was really happy to get to the lovely tea house where we had sandwiches and sat for a while before doing the (really easy) downhill. The first tea I tried there was a Formosa Oolong (nothing else in the description) which was nice. The second was a jasmine green that had an interesting name, but alas, I didn’t have the foresight to note what it was, which is unfortunate because it was heavenly.

All of this is a rather long way of saying that tonight when I found myself without any Diet Coke to quell my oral fixation and the choice was water or tea, I started going through tins at random and the third one I picked up was this. It sounded appealing because of my memories of Canada. The jasmine fragrance was strong in the tin, and the little pearls were a medium green-to-dark-green with a tad of yellow. My 8 year old said when he saw them, “I thought tea came from leaves, not beans.” Heh.

I steeped according to the directions on the tin in the Breville, and got a medium, buttery yellow tea which brought the jasmine scent from the tin with it in exactly the same solid strength.

The flavor is pleasant, and not surprisingly very floral. My only real complaint is on the finish and aftertaste which seems a bit flat and almost a little bitter to me. I’ve had oolongs that have knocked my socks off and ones that didn’t work at all, and this is neither. Since I have more tea than any sane person should and don’t get around to drinking it often enough to make a dent, this would not go on any refill list if I had one. Which I don’t because I still have more tea than any sane person should.

By the way, I also stepped into a David’s Tea while in Banff and it was a gorgeous little shop. I sampled a jasmine oolong there, too.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

What a lovely vacation. The Canadian Rockies have to be spectacular like my own end of the Rockies are. I love the lakes and high altitude. The light and clouds make me want to grab my camera and then I remember…I live here…it’s just a regular day!

Rabs

Do I ever understand about hectic life and not drinking tea! It’s so nice to hear from you again and to know that things are overall good for you. :) Sorry the tea was rather flat. :(

__Morgana__

Bonnie, I am so envious! I’m homesick for our little vacation cabin and I’ve never even lived in Canada!

Rabsy! So great to see you! How’s tricks?

Rabs

I’m hanging in there! Still recovering from an extremely nasty case of mono, work’s frustrating, family stuff’s hectic, but I met the love of my life (and he’s not opposed to tea — he just likes it really sweet). :) I had to put my vacation plans on hold this year because of my illness (and my now piddly immune system), so it was really nice to read your lovely note. I hope everything else is going well for you!!!

__Morgana__

Sorry about the mono but so happy for you on finding Mr. Sweet Tea. That’s so much better than even the best vacation. ;-)

Rabs

D’awwww! I actually made the “d’aww” sound aloud and had to tell Mr. Sweet Tea your nickname for him — he “d’awwed” too. Thanks for the new nickname!!! :D

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Bonnie

What a lovely vacation. The Canadian Rockies have to be spectacular like my own end of the Rockies are. I love the lakes and high altitude. The light and clouds make me want to grab my camera and then I remember…I live here…it’s just a regular day!

Rabs

Do I ever understand about hectic life and not drinking tea! It’s so nice to hear from you again and to know that things are overall good for you. :) Sorry the tea was rather flat. :(

__Morgana__

Bonnie, I am so envious! I’m homesick for our little vacation cabin and I’ve never even lived in Canada!

Rabsy! So great to see you! How’s tricks?

Rabs

I’m hanging in there! Still recovering from an extremely nasty case of mono, work’s frustrating, family stuff’s hectic, but I met the love of my life (and he’s not opposed to tea — he just likes it really sweet). :) I had to put my vacation plans on hold this year because of my illness (and my now piddly immune system), so it was really nice to read your lovely note. I hope everything else is going well for you!!!

__Morgana__

Sorry about the mono but so happy for you on finding Mr. Sweet Tea. That’s so much better than even the best vacation. ;-)

Rabs

D’awwww! I actually made the “d’aww” sound aloud and had to tell Mr. Sweet Tea your nickname for him — he “d’awwed” too. Thanks for the new nickname!!! :D

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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Bay Area, California

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http://www.jjroth.net

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