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It’s overcast and misty here, so not too hot for tea, and after jumping on the jasmine oolong bandwagon I have a little momentum going. Thought I’d give this a try, from the Adagio oolong sampler.

I quite like oolong and I quite like darjeeling so this sounded really interesting to me. I steeped according to the directions on the sample tin.

I get a strong, sharp fragrance from the dry leaves — a little like champagne. Hard to say whether the oolong or the darjeeling smell predominates. The leaves are a pretty mix ranging in color from almost black to pearly. The tea liquor is crystal clear and a peachy orange-brown.

Maybe I’m out of practice, maybe I didn’t use enough leaf, or maybe my sample’s a bit too old, but I don’t get the spices and complexity others have described. Instead I get an interesting sensation of having a see-saw on my tongue, with flavor swinging to something like a Formosa oolong with an aftertaste of tangy butter to a more musty, winey darjeeling flavor. I give it extra points for interesting, and for potential user error.

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ashmanra

I am loving jasmine more and more. I can hardly wait for Silver Jasmine Green to go on sale tomorrow at Teavivre. I even programmed it in my calendar so I can’t forget.

__Morgana__

This one isn’t a jasmine. Sorry if my statement was confusing. I meant that after drinking the jasmine oolong last night, it was that much easier to keep tea tasting after having been away from it for a while. That old addiction slippery slope, you know. Once you get started, it’s easier to keep going than to stop. ;-)

ashmanra

Oh, yes, I know, but I saw the word jasmine and I have drooling for that Silver Jasmine ever since I drank it last week, so naturally my mind jumped straight to, “I GET TO ORDER MORE JASMINE TOMORROW!” LOL!

__Morgana__

Jasmine on the brain! I so totally get it. Hmmm…. is it too late for something jasmine? Yeah, probably, I don’t think I have any jasmine decaf (is there such a thing)?

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ashmanra

I am loving jasmine more and more. I can hardly wait for Silver Jasmine Green to go on sale tomorrow at Teavivre. I even programmed it in my calendar so I can’t forget.

__Morgana__

This one isn’t a jasmine. Sorry if my statement was confusing. I meant that after drinking the jasmine oolong last night, it was that much easier to keep tea tasting after having been away from it for a while. That old addiction slippery slope, you know. Once you get started, it’s easier to keep going than to stop. ;-)

ashmanra

Oh, yes, I know, but I saw the word jasmine and I have drooling for that Silver Jasmine ever since I drank it last week, so naturally my mind jumped straight to, “I GET TO ORDER MORE JASMINE TOMORROW!” LOL!

__Morgana__

Jasmine on the brain! I so totally get it. Hmmm…. is it too late for something jasmine? Yeah, probably, I don’t think I have any jasmine decaf (is there such a thing)?

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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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