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drank Green Pekoe by Adagio Teas
933 tasting notes

I’m drowning in tea and must take immediate measures to STOP BUYING MORE.

My new plan has as a requirement that I drink up twice as much tea as I replace. This requirement applies to full sized tins only. In the case of Kusmi or Upton sample tins, I must drink 2 to equal 1 regular sized (so I have to drink at a 4 to 1 ratio). For Adagio sample tins, I have to drink 4 to equal 1 regular sized (an 8 to 1 ratio).

It’s the only way I can get my house in order. I have more tea than I have room for. I’m shortly going to finish up my H&S samples and start on the American Tea Room ones, of which I have rather a ton. H&S is grandfathered in because I started sampling them so long ago, but to place an ATR order, which I no doubt will want to do, I must meet the requirements above. If I’m lucky, this will make my tea collection manageable by the end of 2010.

Green teas seem a good place to start enforcing the rule, particularly Japanese ones (though this isn’t Japanese) since I recently learned that they lose their punch after exposure to air and should be drunk with all due haste after opening. So I’m now on a mission to finish my Adagio green sampler up. I don’t want to open my Maeda-en Sinchas until I’ve finished up my open green samples, or I might not be able to drink them up before they lose their freshness.

I’ve had several cups of this, before, during and after dinner, including one that was at 200F because I couldn’t wait for the Zo to cool down. Believe it or not, that was, I think, the most successful attempt. The hotter water seems to have brought out more flavor without bringing out more bitterness. It still “tastes kinda like a plant” but there’s a little suggestion of butter, and some grassy or hay like note as well.

It’s a little unfortunate that I discovered this on the last serving of leaves, but at least I got to end on a positive note. Bye Adagio tin no. 1!

Ricky

I found a quick and efficient way to waste use up tea. Iced tea! You use about four times the amount of leaves! Well at least I do. I have two large glass pitchers so I fill them up with loose leaves. The more the merrier!

__Morgana__

I should make more iced tea. It has been hot here, but not unbearably and I haven’t been craving cold drinks. Maybe I can figure out how to make it using the Breville.

Ricky

Well, I bought a pack of those tea filters from Adagio a while back. I scoop enough tea leaves so it’s about 1/3-1/2 full and then I drop it into a pitcher of cold water and I leave it in the fridge. Cold brewed is a better term. I don’t really ice it. Well I add a few ice cubes when I pour it out to drink.

ashmanra

Oh my. I also need to institute a “rule” of some kind about bringing more tea into the house, but haven’t done so yet. I started with a tea tin pyramid, then had to make a second one, and now I am starting on another shelf. I mean to quit buying more, but then one sounds intriguing or I sample one and want a whole tin and…..well, you know what happens next.

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Ricky

I found a quick and efficient way to waste use up tea. Iced tea! You use about four times the amount of leaves! Well at least I do. I have two large glass pitchers so I fill them up with loose leaves. The more the merrier!

__Morgana__

I should make more iced tea. It has been hot here, but not unbearably and I haven’t been craving cold drinks. Maybe I can figure out how to make it using the Breville.

Ricky

Well, I bought a pack of those tea filters from Adagio a while back. I scoop enough tea leaves so it’s about 1/3-1/2 full and then I drop it into a pitcher of cold water and I leave it in the fridge. Cold brewed is a better term. I don’t really ice it. Well I add a few ice cubes when I pour it out to drink.

ashmanra

Oh my. I also need to institute a “rule” of some kind about bringing more tea into the house, but haven’t done so yet. I started with a tea tin pyramid, then had to make a second one, and now I am starting on another shelf. I mean to quit buying more, but then one sounds intriguing or I sample one and want a whole tin and…..well, you know what happens next.

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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.

Location

Bay Area, California

Website

http://www.jjroth.net

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