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drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
951 tasting notes

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’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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