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LENA

“peaceful”…i like that. everyone needs it.

TeaEqualsBliss

Especially today…my day started out not so good but it is getting better by the hour! Om.

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86

I like this one more and more each time I steep it…a nice oolong. It’s smooth, too!

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86

Steep #3 – steeped for 10 minutes. Still a nice cup. Smells more like bark than the others and tastes lighter and sweeter than the others. The coloring is about the same as the others but you can tell a slight difference. I think I will stop at 3 steeps…just to leave the fond memories in my mind.

Preparation
8 min or more

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86

2nd steep. It actually seemed stronger in taste probably because I steeped for a minute longer. Regardless it’s still a good cup. It’s a little sweet, a little woodsy, and a little perfumy. I like it!

Cofftea

+1 min is standard for additional infusions. I’ve had this happen before, what probably happened is the amount of leaf you added probably didn’t require the full extra min.

TeaEqualsBliss

It was still good tho…I liked it regardless! :)

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86

I am going to do multiple steeps with this today so check back. For the first attempt it was woodsy to sniff after steeping it was more mellow and a tad sweet scent. The taste was smooth – probably of the smoothest I have tried for oolongs. Great Cup! Steeped 4 minutes.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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86

I agree with the Rebootable’s comments this being earthy and musky right off the bat. This is probably one of the darker colored Oolongs I have ever had. Once you take a sip it’s surprisingly lighter and smoother than I thought it would be. It’s still a bit woodsy but not nearly as much as I thought it would be. I think this is a very good Oolong.

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75
drank Cha Cha by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

First, I must say I usually don’t go for Chamomile. Altho I think it’s BRILLIANT in the Adagio’s Foxtrot Blend. For the heck of it I thought I would add this Cha Cha to my last order…you know…broaden my horizons – or something like that. Anyhow…The dry leaf mixture’s smell doesn’t do anything for me. It smells just like my cat’s Catnip pouches. Ek! But…I will try NOT to prejudge. It’s near the end of the 7 minute steep right now.

It tastes different than I thought it would. Eventho I can taste quite a bit of the Chamomile…I think the Lemongrass and Peppermint blend well with it. Personally, I would try and a little more of each ‘just because’…and I have both in bulk at home from the whole food store so I just might try it next time…

I think the peppermint that is in this blend helps more with the after taste than the actual ‘during the sip’ taste. That’s kind of neat.

After almost the whole cup – I have decided I like this. A Creative Blend. Very Nice.

takgoti

This sounds very similar to Tavalon’s Serenity, which I enjoyed.

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75
drank Anji Duet by Adagio Teas
92 tasting notes

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75
drank Anji Duet by Adagio Teas
92 tasting notes

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75
drank Anji Duet by Adagio Teas
92 tasting notes

Very nice! Puts a big smile on my face

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75

Everybody like Earl Grey, it’s a classic.

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61
drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

After several recommendations I only steeped this for 3min. Wow… still ncredibly dark. The liquor is a medium dark orange brown. Not delicate at all… and that makes me sad.

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

Pai Mu Tan (white Peony) is my current favourite. It is quite dark for a white. Lovely though

Cofftea

2nd infusion, 4 min. Liquor is a tad lighter and more dull. Flavor is a bit more sweet.

Robert Godden

I give it about 4-5 first infusion, 6 on the second, 8 on the 3rd and 4th

Cofftea

It’s quite dark even at 3 min so I don’t think I’d go more than that on the 1st or increase each one by more than a min. Thanks for the suggestion though.

Cofftea

3rd infusion, 5 min. Lighter liquor. More sweet. I could easily confuse this for an oolong.

Oolonga

“medium dark orange brown”? Wow… Mine always comes out more like light or medium yellow color and tastes very delicate. 3min @ 180F. Maybe I use less leaf though, I don’t weigh it, can’t tell for sure.

Cofftea

@Oolonga, Yeah really can’t tell ya then. I wanna try this around 160 once.

CHAroma

You’re probably using really hard water. Try making it with filtered or bottled water and see if there’s a difference. I noticed a HUGE difference in color when I started making tea with softer water.

James Kennedy

Why do you guys brew tea for so long? White tea should be brewed for about 10 seconds, no more. I am astonished you brew such a delicate tea for several minutes then say “I’m surprised it’s heavy”!

CHAroma

Actually, I’ve seen very conflicting information about how long to brew white teas for. Some people say less than a minute, others say 15 minutes or more on the first infusion. There’s nothing concrete that I’ve read to persuade me one way or another. I’ve just had to experiment and decide what I like for myself.

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61
drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

4th infusion: 10 min.

WOW… I’ve never done a 4th infusion before. AND I LIKE IT! It has an amazingly strong aroma for a 4th infusion and that ever so slight “fecal” taste is gone. It’s still very strong and complex though. And slightly flowery. I’m leaving to go out to dinner now, but next time I steep a cup, I definitely am gonna try a 5th infusion. It was so worth waiting 10 min:)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

3rd infusion, 9min:

Still a slight fecal taste, but mostly a light and floral taste that’s a lot stronger than I expected for a 3rd infusion.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
Cynthia Carter

fecal??? Ewww!

Cofftea

It’s VERY light, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like a pu erh which is why I can stomach it. It basically just adds to the depth. It’s good.

Frolic

Cynthia read my mind. Now I’m scared of pu erh’s if they taste like poo.

Cofftea

Frolic, IMO pu erhs are NASTY. This one just as a VERY slight hint of that flavor, but the white tea and floral aspect are much stronger so it just makes the flavor deeper and more complex. And I didn’t get that the 1st time I tried it (this is only my 2nd set of infusion). I love this white.

Angrboda

I’m very fond of pu-ehrs but the smell of them is definitely an acquired taste. On my first encounter I decided that it was called pu-ehr because that was the sound you made when you smelled it. “Poo! Ehrgh!” :)
I have since, as mentioned, grown very fond of it, so I don’t think it’s that bad anymore.

I wonder if pu-ehrs are sort of like rooibos, in that you either love it or hate it. Very few people can find a middle road.

Cofftea

I can’t STAND rooibos! Smells like annis or fennel- PUKE!

TeaCast

How do you pronounce that? Pee-on-eee? Or Pee-ohhnee?

Cofftea

Pea-knee. Like the flower.

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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2nd infusion: Weird… this serving of leaves (the 2nd infusion at least) has a light fecal taste in addition to the grounded, yet lightly floral taste. Still very good though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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61
drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Sample #2 from my white tea sampler…

1st Infusion:
The raw leaf has a stronger scent than I was expecting, kind of like gunpowder- no floral scent as the name implies.

Steeping method:
2.25g of tea per 6oz of purified water heated to 180 degrees F and steeped for 7 min.

The liquor and aroma are both stronger than I expected. The liquor is a medium orange tone and the aroma is solid, no floral notes. Smells kind of like some of the bagged green tea I get when I go out to eat.

The strength of the flavor matches the liquor, but is still stronger than I had expected from a white tea. It’s not heavy like a black tea, smokey like gun powder, or fecal like pu erh, but it’s not light and floral as the name might suggest either. Quite possibly my favorite unflavored white tea so far. I’ve been on a string of “the 3rd infusion was my favorite” teas so we shall see if that continues.

2nd Infusion:
Steeping time: 8 min

The liquor and aroma are both lighter than the 1st… The liquor lost some of the bright orange hue the 1st infusion had and is now duller, almost like tarnished brass. The aroma is still more solid and earthy than I expected from a white tea, especially with the word “peony” in it, but the floral scent is starting to appear.

I love when the aroma matches the scent. It shows consistancy. It is more grounded than I would have expected a white with a floral name, but as the scent eluded to, the floral notes are starting to peak out.

3rd Infusion:
Steeping time: 9 min

I’m still surprised at the darkness of the liquor… The third infusion resembles the flesh of an acorn squash, especially after it’s been roasted. The aroma is slightly lighter than one may expect based on the liquor. It’s light and smooth with a touch of floral.

The taste is something that I’d expect from a 2nd infusion… quite strong considering the leaves have now been steeped for a total of 24 min. There is no floral taste when I take a sip, but there is a very light floral aftertaste. One that would not scare off anyone that hates floral teas.

Conclusions:
Very interesting tea. Stronger in all 3 aspects through out the infusions than I had expected, but not over powering. I probably could get a 4th infusion out of this but I have 2 more teas in my sampler to try so I’ll have to come back to this one.

Oolonga

I’m genuinely amazed at your steeping times. No wonder you can’t find any peony resemblance in this tea and it smells “like some of the bagged green tea”, I bet it tastes like that too. Try 3 mins at 180F.

Cofftea

Oolonga, I steep it as the company directs.

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75
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Totally forgot to log from yesterday afternoon….Oops!

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75
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Mellow and sweet, nice and relaxing. Thirst Quenching.

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75
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

2nd steep – there is the buttery taste others were talking about! Still good tho

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75
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Oversteeped on purpose. Hard to totally mess this tea up which is good. It’s certainly a white tea taste and this time I get more of a vegetable type undertone. Probably because of the longer steep. I am going to resteep just for kicks.

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

This has a very clean smell before the steep and not much a of scent after the steep. It’s light and tasty and clean. Very relaxing. Will def have again.

Cofftea

You didn’t get a buttery taste?

TeaEqualsBliss

Not as of yet. I will most likely have some more today and will ‘play’ around with the amount and length of loose leaf and steep…will let you know.

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75
drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Wanted a stronger taste than last time so I steeped 3 T for 4 to 5 minutes. That certainly did the trick. Still ended up tasting a little like vegetables…almost like peas in a pod with a hint of jasmine or something. I still “like” it but might not reorder for a while – just to make room for other Adagio Green’s I haven’t tried yet.

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75
drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Because of the way the loose leaf dried it was a little hard to get a few pinches out of the sample tin. But if that is the least of my problems I won’t complain. The dried leaves smell like a masculine candle, cologne, or air freshener – but it’s not overly scented. It’s very light in color – not too different from other green teas. There isn’t much of a aroma after steeping but there is a hint of earthiness. The taste is a cross between a florally-light-jasmine and a vegetable taste. The taste isn’t very intense so when the company’s descriptions says its name stands for safety and prosperity I suppose that may go a little further and I would say this is a safe tea…especially if you are new to Green Teas or don’t like the intense green tea taste. This may be something to try. It is a pretty pleasant cup, regardless.

Auggy

It’s interesting that you say that it’s a safe tea for those that aren’t big green tea folks. I know I like this one but normally I’m not fond of Chinese greens. So, at least for me, you are totally right.

TeaEqualsBliss

Well, that’s COOL! Thanks for chiming in! :)

TeaCast

I’m surprised I haven’t had any Green Anji, as I’ve had most of Adagio’s standard teas (I have a lot of free time apparently), but it’s good to hear that it is “safe,” as green tea can be TOO green sometimes IMO :)

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15
drank Mambo by Adagio Teas
502 tasting notes

This isn’t really my thing. It has a strong sort of vegetable taste that reminds me of my grandmother’s green beans. Very earthy, very dark flavor. I usually prefer fruity, herbal, and floral tastes, but if you like a strong black tea taste, you might like this. It has a very complex taste.

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