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drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
1118 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
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 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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