183 Tasting Notes

90

Starting to whittle down my collection of Assams. This one has come to an end. It was a good, basic Assam… but I don’t think it will be a re-order.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

This is ever-so-slightly smoky, and it’s probably the highest amount of smoky that I can tolerate. I don’t know why I don’t like smoky teas. I guess it just always reminds me of meat or something. I never liked much smoky meat, and having not eaten any meat in over 8 years, it just… isn’t a taste I like. I do like the occasional bit of smoky cheese, though… Go figure.

I like this tea. The reviews imply that it’s not quite what a Yunnan should/could be, so I would be interested in trying another. It’s a nice contrast to my usual sorts of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Tropical White by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

I had to break my rule about not buying tea until my cupboard was under control. These Adagio teabags were on the clearance rack at work (grocery store) and I had to seize the opportunity because a) I had no idea Adagio was even in grocery stores, b) I’ve been super-curious about their teabags, and c) I would mostly be interested in using their teabags at work… and had an hour to kill in the breakroom.

I think these were probably discontinued due to a packaging issue. The box is labeled Tropical White – White Tea with a steeping suggestion of 180 for 7min, whereas the inner pouches say Tropical White – Green Tea (huh?) and suggest “simmering water” for 3min. Also, all the clearance-priced teas were in boxes, while the ones in the tea aisle were in larger pouches.

Anyway… I probably wouldn’t have chosen white tea if I had another option, but this was all that was left by the end of the day. I steeped it in water from the hot spigot in the cafeteria… so I didn’t have much control over the temperature.

I was… not awesome. I’m also not fond of the only other Adagio white I’ve ever had… for exactly the same reasons. I didn’t taste the tropical flavors over the odd, musty-bread sort of taste. I tried a second cup with sugar, and it didn’t change much. I also tried it at 3min, then let it go for another 4… because I honestly don’t know which is correct off the top of my head. I don’t usually drink white teas. Neither was any better or worse.

So… yeah. The teabags might be alright, but this wasn’t.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

Just finished off another sample. Apparently most of the teas taking up space in my cupboard had just one steeping left. This project might be easier than I thought.

I’ve had a very love/hate relationship with this tea. It seems to have two distinctly different personalities (depending on how much attention I put into steeping it, of course.) I brewed it a little strong today, because there would have been no point in keeping the leftover… and it tastes quite nice that way.

Changing the rating to an ‘official’ 75. I likely won’t buy any more, so this is my final say. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
183 tasting notes

Another sample comes to an end. I’m digging this more than usual this morning, I usually prefer Ceylons cold, and like to drink maltier blacks hot.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

The last of my sample. :(

I love this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

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Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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90

Love this tea. I use a bit more sugar than I would otherwise deem acceptable in tea, but it works well with the vanilla.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Liking this much better brewed up on the stovetop with soymilk and vanilla sugar. Still not as strong as a good chai, but it definitely works better as a creamy chai-like drink.

I haven’t had chai in ages, but it’s my current obsession. I’m going to have to head to the spice shop downtown and pick up some good whole spices and experiment. Might be a good way to knock out the black tea samples in my cupboard, too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Still working my way through my B-list teas, in an effort to clean out my cupboard. I like this a lot more than I did the first time, as my tastes have changed quite a bit. It’s kind of disappointing that the Masala Chai scent is so strong, when the Irish Breakfast tones down the flavor so much. I might have to try brewing this up a bit more like chai, as I’m drinking it straight right now.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Jaime

This is a chai I’d be interested in trying. I don’t like them too strong, so I’m thinking this would be right up my alley!

inguna

Masala Chai is just 20%

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I’m a habitually high-rater. Maybe I’m easily-impressed.

90-100 – A – I love these teas, and want to keep them in rotation.

80-89 – B – These teas are good, and I would never turn them down.

70-79 – C – These teas are sort of middle of the road. Drinkable, but would never be my first choice.

60-69 – D – I don’t like these teas, but they are palatable under certain conditions.

0-59 – E – Do. Not. Want.

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