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drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
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Tea note #400. Happy 4th of July!

Another in the Green Savant sampler.

In the sample tin it has a very green, grassy fragrance, which swings between fresh and dusky. Interesting. It has twisty, twiggy, bird nesty leaves that are darker than the Dragon Well leaves (which I sampled earlier today).

It’s a fairly solid yellow liquor, more intense in color than the Dragon Well. And its aroma is solidly vegetal, too, though not overly strong.

In taste, it’s an ok, but not very remarkable vegetal green tea. Tastier than most bagged greens, but not the rich, multilayered, depth of character laden taste of some greens I’ve had. It does seem to have a deeper flavor than the Adagio Dragon Well, but unlike the Dragon Well, it has a hint of bitterness at the tail. It’s the sort of thing I’ll keep drinking to see if it grows on me but doesn’t hit it out of the park on the first tasting.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Happy 400!!!!

Rabs

(you know that all the fireworks were in honor of your 400th, right?) ;)

Stephanie

Wow, 400!! You are definitely in the realms of connoisseurship now! :)

__Morgana__

Aww, thanks! Stephanie, not sure about connoisseurship, but I have to say I think that my inveterate tea drinking is responsible for my last essentially perfect (scarily healthy, I hope I’m not jinxing myself by saying this) routine blood test. My doctor was like, “wow, nothing to say about this, but really excellent labs. Your sugar and cholesterol are terrific.” At my age, that is like being told you just got nominated for prom queen, particularly when I’ve had a few blips that worried me in the past. I think I actually went “squee”!

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JacquelineM

Happy 400!!!!

Rabs

(you know that all the fireworks were in honor of your 400th, right?) ;)

Stephanie

Wow, 400!! You are definitely in the realms of connoisseurship now! :)

__Morgana__

Aww, thanks! Stephanie, not sure about connoisseurship, but I have to say I think that my inveterate tea drinking is responsible for my last essentially perfect (scarily healthy, I hope I’m not jinxing myself by saying this) routine blood test. My doctor was like, “wow, nothing to say about this, but really excellent labs. Your sugar and cholesterol are terrific.” At my age, that is like being told you just got nominated for prom queen, particularly when I’ve had a few blips that worried me in the past. I think I actually went “squee”!

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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.

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