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41 Tasting Notes

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I must agree with several other notes that I’ve read regarding this tea, as I was expecting a little bit more of a punch. Don’t get me wrong, I like this tea. It is, however, a milder Assam than I was expecting. I think the only basis for my assumption, however, is that the only other Assams I’ve ever had have been a little stronger. That said, the tea was pleasantly mellow but stout and solid. I may try a bit more leaf next time, but regardless this tea is pretty good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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90

I found this tea to be quite tasty. It seemed somewhat bolder and stronger than many whites that I’ve tasted, which I liked. Smooth and slightly floral, it produced a nice golden color. On the second steeping, I went with a cooler 185° for eight minutes. I think it turned out better at 195°, so I’ll probably stick with that. I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the tin.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Yunnan Gold by Adagio Teas
41 tasting notes

This is a decent black tea, though not spectacular to my tasting buds. I didn’t really pick up much of the boldness or peppery taste…it’s like the tea was weak, but not weak like I didn’t steep it long enough. I’ll probably try to steep it a little longer to see if I can eke some more flavor out of it, but I’m worried that too much longer is going to take me straight to “bitter town.” In any event, it’s certainly not bad, and I’ll bump my rating if I can bump the taste.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
mpierce87

Perhaps adding a bit more leaf would help? I’ve noticed for myself personally that Yunnans seem to benefit from heftier servings.

bkyleb

I don’t have an abundance of experience with Yunnans, so thanks for the tip. I’ll be sure to keep that in mind!

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92

I tried this tea for the first time this morning and it made me wish for a bigger travel mug! Fortunately, I have already ordered a bigger travel mug and will therefore soon have a bigger travel mug. As for the tea, I do love me some oolong and I quite enjoyed the magnolia blossom scentedness of this one. I’m a big jasmine fan, but this was rather nice in a floral-scented-but-not-jasmine sort of way. The tea wasn’t terribly dark after steeping for five minutes, so I’ll be sure to experiment with a longer steep in the future. I’m looking forward to resteeping when I get back home.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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92

This tea really hit the spot for me today, snowed in as I am. I’m generally not one for abstract analysis of the imagery-type variety, but today this tea seems like a perfect reflection of the snow-and-ice-covered world outside: bold and interesting, yet smooth and quiet at the same time. It’s tough to nail down a perfect description though…it’s not smoky like A&D’s Carävan, but there’s maybe a suggestion of it in there somewhere along with a hint of sweetness. I might describe it differently tomorrow, but I do say that it’s quite good and I quite like it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Green by Adagio Teas
41 tasting notes

This tea truly is about what you would expect in terms of “vanilla” + “green tea” = “vanilla green tea.” The scent and taste are largely dominated by the vanilla, in my estimation. It produces a very nice amber color. I don’t terribly care for the vanilla however. It’s ok, but not really my, uh, cup of tea, so to say. My wife loves this tea, however, and it’s one of her favorites, so we keep it around and I do drink it from time to time.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I agree with your wife. I think this is kind of a “jack of all trades” tea. Good if you want a dessert or non dessert tea and good unsweetened even if you like your teas sweet, but not over bearing for those that don’t. I mix it w/ their cocomint.

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84

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
41 tasting notes

I like this tea. It has a nice jasmine taste and a particularly nice jasmine scent. I recommend finding the steeping time that works best for you, however, as I don’t think the recommended five minutes is necessarily your best bet…it can get a little strong and can easily start to border on bitterness. Tack on an extra minute for each resteeping and enjoy!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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84

This is a good Earl Grey. There’s no skimping on the bergamot, as a single smell or sip will tell you. It’s the best Earl Grey currently in my stash, if not the best I’ve ever had…quite good, though.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

I’m a big fan of jasmines and this one isn’t letting me down. A&D definitely didn’t skimp in the jasmine department, as this one packs a potent punch. I can see this one being one that I vary the strength of day to day depending on my mood. I think next time I’m going to see what 2:30 tastes like. It seems like it’ll hold up well for another couple steepings (if I can find the time today…) so I’m looking forward to experimenting with strength there as well. I’m on the fence between 175° and 180°; I’ve tried both but have yet to come to any conclusions.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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