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drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
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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 got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. 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 write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with 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. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

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

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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