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drank Gyokuro by Adagio Teas
937 tasting notes

The Saturday sipdown idea sounds really fun. If I’d had the presence of mind to realize people were doing that I’d have tried to get a few containers and samples in a position to be sipped down so I could join in the fun. As it is, I have one known sipdown coming later today but nothing else on the horizon unless I use some of my single serving samples, which I might just decide to do.

I’m not yet in sipdown position with this, though I feel the need to get myself there soon as this sample is now quite old for a green. Nevertheless, and somewhat surprisingly, it’s pretty much living up to the original note I wrote when it was quite fresh. I have to believe it’s a bit faded from when it was young, but honestly it’s all there-the sweet/bitter, the milky mouth feel, the green, chlorophyll-fresh flavor. A really nice early afternoon tea experience.

Every time I have greens of any sort, I tend to like them better than I like the idea of them. If I had a deep pocket and wasn’t a radioactivity-phobe, I could really become a gyokuro junky, I think.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, radioactivity-phobe ,I have that concern as well, just can’t help it…how sure can one really be?

TheTeaFairy

Hey, Morgana, I’ve been here 3 years, you seem to have been around longer, Do you happen to know who invented the word sipdown on Steepster? I thought it might be TeaEqualsBliss or Sil. Will have to ask Sil, she sure uses it a lot, the most active sipdowner here! If you read this Sil let us know :-)

__Morgana__

I can’t help it either, though sometimes when I think about it I feel silly. I mean, Taiwan and China are pretty close to Japan, so am I really safe if I drink only Chinese tea? And shouldn’t I be more worried about pesticides, lead, etc.? There’s something about radioactivity that just pushes my buttons in a way other hazards of contemporary life don’t for whatever reason.

Sil

it wasn’t me! It was around when i got here…i just embrace it! :)

__Morgana__

Hey TF, I don’t know who invented the term. I do remember much earlier the term “de-cupboarding” being used for sort of the same thing, though I only use it when I’m actually removing something from my Steepster cupboard. Sipdown seems more versatile because it can be used for something that never even made it into the cupboard. ;-) Hat’s off to whoever came up with it, though.

TheTeaFairy

Morgana, exactly!!!

Sil, thanks for the info, though I’m sure when time comes to add this to the dictionary (cause they will!) your face will be next to it. It will be referred to as a «silaism» , haha!

__Morgana__

Oh, and I think Angrboda may have invented “de-cupboarding” but I’m not 100% sure I’m remembering correctly.

TheTeaFairy

De-cupboarding is what I need alright! I’m going through «cup-hoarding» phase right now…

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TheTeaFairy

Lol, radioactivity-phobe ,I have that concern as well, just can’t help it…how sure can one really be?

TheTeaFairy

Hey, Morgana, I’ve been here 3 years, you seem to have been around longer, Do you happen to know who invented the word sipdown on Steepster? I thought it might be TeaEqualsBliss or Sil. Will have to ask Sil, she sure uses it a lot, the most active sipdowner here! If you read this Sil let us know :-)

__Morgana__

I can’t help it either, though sometimes when I think about it I feel silly. I mean, Taiwan and China are pretty close to Japan, so am I really safe if I drink only Chinese tea? And shouldn’t I be more worried about pesticides, lead, etc.? There’s something about radioactivity that just pushes my buttons in a way other hazards of contemporary life don’t for whatever reason.

Sil

it wasn’t me! It was around when i got here…i just embrace it! :)

__Morgana__

Hey TF, I don’t know who invented the term. I do remember much earlier the term “de-cupboarding” being used for sort of the same thing, though I only use it when I’m actually removing something from my Steepster cupboard. Sipdown seems more versatile because it can be used for something that never even made it into the cupboard. ;-) Hat’s off to whoever came up with it, though.

TheTeaFairy

Morgana, exactly!!!

Sil, thanks for the info, though I’m sure when time comes to add this to the dictionary (cause they will!) your face will be next to it. It will be referred to as a «silaism» , haha!

__Morgana__

Oh, and I think Angrboda may have invented “de-cupboarding” but I’m not 100% sure I’m remembering correctly.

TheTeaFairy

De-cupboarding is what I need alright! I’m going through «cup-hoarding» phase right now…

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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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