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drank Gyokuro by Adagio Teas
1165 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 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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