27 Tasting Notes

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drank Huang Jin Bolero by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

Super short steep time. Easy to oversteep and completely ruin. I can’t believe the tin says 3 minutes. That amount of time makes it taste like dirty rotten tree bark that’s been soaking in urine. However, with a 15-30 second steep max, this tea yields a smooth yet slightly bitter flavor. The hints of flowers in the Adagio description means that it taste like eating flowers, not a floral smell. So if you don’t like the edible variety of flowers, then you won’t like this tea. The hints of honey are an outright lie. Not a sweet tea by any means.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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84

Very floral aromas and slightly nutty and fruity flavors. The 3rd steep at 30 seconds a steep was the most flavorful by far. Once the leaves open up, you can really taste the peachiness described by Adagio. Super smooth and easy to drink for about 8 steeps.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
wambli

How much tea/water do you use?

chemakil

When making this I’m usually at work. So I use a coffee mug and this strainer: http://www.forlifedesign.com/infusers-strainers/433.html#.
I rinse the tea and and then let it sit for about 30 seconds to open up a little more from the initial hot water rinse. Then I fill up the cup and take out the strainer after about 10 seconds for first steep, then 20 for 2nd then 20-30 for 3rd and so on, but after 3rd it becomes easier to regulate and harder to oversteep. I use about a tablespoon of tea, but I just eyeball it to just fill the bottom of the strainer. Hope that helps and makes this tea more enjoyable because it is terrible when over steeped.

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83
drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
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It’s about a 823 out of 1000 I suppose. I wish I had a little bit hotter water to brew it. Seems like whatever temp the insta-boil device on the alhambra thing is just slightly under what it needs to be (probly 190) for this tea. I’ll try it again for a full review another day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Jillian

I heard somewhere that you shouldn’t always use boiling water for oolongs, especially the ‘greener’ ones.

chemakil

That is usually true and I tend to use around 190-200 for oolongs, but this tea is telling me to use a little bit hotter. I did try it with just under boiling water today and my theory was correct. It only needs about a 25 second steep for a smoother flavor with less tannins.

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77
drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
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So far so good. The first steep is an interesting blend of an early picked oolong with all of the aromatic of a quality darjeeling black. A 30 second steep yielded a lot of flavor and a light golden color. Not my favorite oolong ever, but I will definitely drink it again. Well done for the first oolong from Darjeeling.

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87

smokey, woody and other earthy-ness to it. brewing it in a metal infuser, not optimal, but for at work it is just fine.

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85

I felt like I was going to die today from eating way too much at lunch and I figured I’d have a cup of tea before I leave the earth. I happened to have a stash of this at work, so I brewed it for like 30 seconds (hard to count while dying…) I’ve only had a few sips and I’m already feeling better. Way to go Supreme Monkey Picked Oolong! You saved my life.

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60

It’s chai tea in a box. What more to say. It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick and will totally get you your chai tea fix if you can’t find anything better.

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96

almost out of this stuff. It’s been good while it lasted, but I can’t wait until I can get some new kinds of oolong.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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85

Very balanced and smooth. 3rd and 4th steeps are the most flavorful. A large step above the regular grade monkey picked from Aroma Tea Shop.

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