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71
drank Sencha Overture by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

After resteeping this from yesterday, I am getting way more pleasing grassy tones to this, with the right touch of vegetal. I’m liking it much more this time round, and my lazy/cheapness had paid off for once!
Still a bit bitter, and more watery than I’m use to, but nice nontheless.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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71
drank Sencha Overture by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

So, I tried it again, this time only for 30 seconds, tried a sip and thought it was weak so I let it seep for another 30 seconds.
Much less vegetal, and I’m starting to get the grassy notes that Luthien pointed out. Still mostly vegetal tasting, but now kind of bitter and astringent. I really enjoy how it smells, kind of like if the tried to make an artificial-earth flavor. Still fun, but off.
Very odd, this tea and I are not working well together…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Sencha Overture by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

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71
drank Sencha Overture by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

Putting off work and back logging tea.
I had this last night and was only half way paying attention. From my recollection, it is very very vegetal. In fact, I felt like I got my daily serving. But, as a veggie person I wasn’t terribly bother by it.
As for being a sencha, my plate isn’t well rounded enough to say it was good or bad, but from my one prior experience with sencha (at Texlux now that I think of it) this is what I think of when I imagine sencha.
Again, I might have over steeped it and will aim for about only a minute next time round.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Luthien

The Japanese greens tend to be a lot more grassy than the Chinese, but “very, very vegetal” sounds like you’ve over-steeped it – Japanese greens are pretty sensitive to that sort of thing.

teafiend

I do over steep my teas more often then I like to admit, I will retry with much less steep time!

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

So I did something awesome today. It was brewing this with eggnog. Massive success! Any and all eggnog fans much try.
Per usual the chocolate was a bit more subdued than I wanted, but it had a definite presence. While I over did it on the eggnog, I still got more of a tea taste than I normally do with this tea, odd. The spices in the chai works perfectly with the eggnog, although overall it came out a bit too sweet as store bought nog so often is.

Cofftea

Try steeping it in chocolate milk;)

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drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

Back logging from this morning, I made this after a strong cup of coffee, as I am a caffeine junkie, and drank it on my way to class. Instead of paying attention in Orgo, a bad move per usual, I contemplated my tea.

Overall, it was better than most teas I’ve been able to get my grungy little paws on, but not that life altering tea experience I’ve been looking for. While nicely rounded and full bodied as it were, I did forget while actually paying attention to class that it was suppose to be chocolate, not just faint notes when well examined. I added a little skim, and carefully monitored my steeping time, via an awesome tea-timer widget for my mac. Next time I’ll try it with a heavier milk and maybe steep it a bit longer? I ALWAY over steep tea, so now having good tea, I’ve been keeping a better eye on it.

Also, I’m trying the whole re-steeping business and it is not working out to hot. I know you re-steep green primarily, but I’m trying to all I can out of my precious few ounces. Needless to say, my vaguely chai spice water is very unsatisfying but I am to lazy to get more water for kettle and will deal for now. But I do have the whole chai and green sampler for Adagio to test out, but for now filling in the blanks for chem comes first.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Used more leaf this time just because I didn’t have enough 2 separate sessions, just one large-ish session. Cut down the steep time a bit to compensate.

The first thing I though upon taking a sip was “Pineapple!?” That sweeter flavor that I found before but couldn’t ID is apparently coming across as a pineapple flavor today. More fresh than canned… the taste of one that is a lighter yellow and not so juicy. So mild pineapple, but yeah. Plus some honey. So more like not-juicy-pineapple brushed with honey.

Not at all what I was expecting with this but it’s good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

A while back, I had a larger sample of a honey orchid dan cong. I didn’t have a lot of sessions with the tea and could never get it quite right but part of the thing I enjoyed about it was the mental image it brought up for me.

Last year I went to the Big Island of Hawaii. We stayed at this hotel right on the ocean and had breakfast in their open-air restaurant every morning. Each morning we were up early enough that it was still a little cool, typically a bit overcast and there was just enough breeze to give you a constant fresh-ocean smell plus hints of flowers growing in the hotel’s garden. And drinking that tea would put me right back in that restaurant, getting ready to start my day while seeing if I could spot sea turtles. http://tinyurl.com/ybhxrln But there was something lacking in the tea (or in my brewing of it) so when I ran out, I didn’t feel the need to get more.

This tea reminds me of that one, but it has that something extra. So I get a little taste of overcast ocean plus a little something else – honey? fruit? a stronger floral? Don’t know. But it’s good. And I like it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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72

Very light and tasty

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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 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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drank Banana by Adagio Teas
433 tasting notes

I’m not overly impressed with this blend. It’s nice, with very subtle banana flavour, but lacks that something special I was looking for.

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100
drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
22 tasting notes

Whew, back. Had computer issues that involve a brand new Dual Core Gateway. Hurray, no?

I should start by noting that Sinister owns a lovely Yixing clay pot seasoned for this tea alone. (refers to self in third person) Did you see what I did there?

Iron Goddess is a good epithet for any Oolong tea, but it’s perfect for this. It has sharp blood-coppery notes that are very lifting. It’s by no means too dark to taste fresh and light. That may sound a little like a contradiction…but sense is so hard to type in words.

If you’ve tried this, then you know. If you haven’t, buy some. This type of tea is too important for that “I don’t have an opinion so let me use yours” mentality. Besides, if you really think about it…what sort of tea aficionado would you be if you couldn’t say you loved or hated this tea?

It’s hard for me to correct myself. But I apparently lied/wrong when I said that Gunpowder was my favorite forever. “There’s always a bigger fish.” “The light at the end of the tunnel is brighter the closer you get.” “When you meet the Buddha on the road, you should kill the Buddha.” (think I’ve taken this as far as it’ll go.)

Either way, few people can say bad things about this tea. But to the few that do: I won’t argue with you, but I wish I could give you something as delicious as this tea. Alas, I cannot. A lot of Zen references floating around this post… =/ Suppose I’d best end on that note.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Never underestimate a good Yixing pot, I say. I have four, two of which are in use. The big one was sadly rendered useless when the lid slipped out of my hands and shattered and the littlest one was just exactly big enough for one small cup. I used that one for a very smoky-like (worse than Lapsang Souchong, srsly!) yellow tea, though, so I don’t dare try to put anything else in it now. So they’re just standing around the flat now, looking pretty. My boyfriend has hinted at the fact that I have way too many teapots anyway. He might have a (small teensy tiny) point.

Sinister

Nonsense, the more the merrier. We tea fans know that the enhancements a good seasoned pot will bring to the cup can’t be carried by any tea alone, no matter how great. Besides, what makes a more wonderful decoration than a nice artful teapot?

That’s horrible about your pot, though. I live in mortal dread of breaking mine and it’s the only one I have and took so long to season right.

Angrboda

And there’s just something fun about getting a new teapot and breaking it in, no matter what sort of pot it is. Although I will say that the cheap as dirt clear plastic godawful one that I bought for the benefit only of a flowering tea has been used only for that and does not get included in the regular rota. Not unless all the ten others break first.

Yeah, at first I was all WAAAAAAAHHH! about it, but if it had to happen, I’m glad it was the lid that broke. The lid sans pot wouldn’t have looked quite as nice on the shelf. :p

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90
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

It was already 80 degrees by 9am… is gonna be 90 w/ 80% humidity… and our air conditioner broke. I think I’m gonna be drinking solely white tea today hoping it’ll keep my body temp down. Making this 3 cups at a time:

6.75g leaf/4oz water
3oz bottled lime juice
11oz cold water

This is the ONLY thing getting me thru this day.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Janefan

that sounds quite refreshing! I hope it does the trick (or at least helps!)

Cofftea

Me too!

Lisbet

Oh no, our AC broke just last week and we’re in hot hot Houston. This sounds like the perfect tea (and an interesting one!) for the situation though.

-Jessica-

Yummm cucumber white tea is always refreshing!

Cofftea

2nd infusion, 12oz plain and 6oz mixed w/ 2 scoops strawberry matcha.

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90
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Doing something I’ve never done before prelogging this. I just made 36oz of this to take w/ me tonite when I go out to dinner and to a fund raiser. 13.5g tea/12oz water, steeped, decanted, then added 24oz cold water.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Combined 3g of this w/ my 2nd infusion of orange mint. Hadda bump up the amount of white cucumber and water from my normal 2.25g/6oz ratio because of the amount of orange mint I used. Steeped for only 3min instead of a normal 2nd infusion time of 4 min because I’ve read that’s a good 1st infusion time for whites and Adagio kills theirs. Mint is still VERY strong, but the cucumber is pushing thru the more I sip it. Would be GREAT cold!

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

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drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

I combined 4 parts (2.25 grams) white cucumber w/ one part (.56 grams) home grown dried peppermint and steeped it in 6oz of purified water heated to 180 degrees for 7 min and drank it w/ a salad.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Cucumber tea? O.o

…Now I’ve seen everything.

Cofftea

it’s my FAVORITE. the crist flavor makes it perfect for iced tea, especially since white tea helps lower body temp.

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drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

I don’t hate this. I was expecting to hate this, but I don’t.

Not a fan of rooibos or chamomile. I’m okay-ish with peppermint but much prefer spearmint. But for some reason, this mix kind of works for me. I mean, I’m not going to suddenly convert and drink this every night. But every so often, I might find the desire to have a little.

Oddly enough, I get a chocolate taste from it. No clue why. Not heavy chocolate, sort of the aftertaste from some Girl Scout Thin Mints.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Luthien

I’m not a fan of rooibos either, but I liked this one, too. I agree, it’s something about this mix of flavours that makes them work for me here when they don’t tend to work for me otherwise – but I’m not entirely sure quite what!

Auggy

Maybe they spike it with crack?

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90
drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
87 tasting notes

I just noticed that most of the blueberries in my tin fell through the leaves and landed on the bottom. It makes sense to stir leaves to spread berries more evenly each time before brewing.

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

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drank White Blueberry by Adagio Teas
87 tasting notes

I’d call this tea Blueberry Vanilla or Blueberry Jam because it doesn’t have that pure blueberry flavor one could expect looking at the name. I can definitely taste and smell something sweet which doesn’t make it a bad tea, just not 100% blueberry.

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

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

So, I played an epic game of “enni-meani-minnei-mo” today with my tea and landed on this. Joy. I tried it again without milk, could only taste tannin and mild spices. Now that I’ve added milk, I’m actually getting a bit more pumpkin! But it still has an odd effect on at the tip of my tongue.
The liquor (I for some reason feel uncomfortable with that word) was gorgeous and a rich red-brown and when I added milk it is a touch orange. Very pretty, happy I used my glass mug.
Still unnecessarily bitter and bland.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
61 tasting notes

I think it might be because I had some terrible tea the night before, but I enjoyed this a bit more than I expected I would. While it was bitter and far less pumpkin and more fall-vanilla, it was decent cup. Honestly, if it wasn’t advertised as a pumpkin based drink, I would have liked it more, but it made want something it was not.
Ok, but I’m can definitely look forward to much better as my night of tea (and work) goes on.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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