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And this is the last cup of this sample.

I’m working on clearing my samples as fast as I can… it’s a major project!!

Uniquity

I’m starting to think I wouldn’t have any tea left if I drank all my samples! : )

laurenpressley

haha, I know that feeling!

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50

Inspired by the “where is everyone” discussion post, I made a glass of this iced. It’s really good that way! I sweetened it, southern style, so it reminded me a bit of strawberry candy. I also had never really thought of making iced tea by the glass (we do it by the pitcher in my house), so I’m glad the post made me consider that. Now I’ll try a bunch of iced teas in the near future!!

Cofftea

I make it by the glass cuz I can’t stick w/ one flavor for too long lol.

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50

I made a cup of this early in the afternoon, got pulled out of the office, and when I got back it might as well have been a mug of iced strawberry tea. Not what I was hoping for, but surprisingly good! I might actually begin brewing this for a cool beverage once we get warmer weather again.

Cofftea

Black teas don’t normally agree w/ me, but this one isn’t too bad. It’s pretty good cold as well. And coming from me, that’s pretty high compliments lol.

laurenpressley

:) Glad to hear others like it cold, too!

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50

A decent cup for the afternoon! Had thought it’d be a really productive one, but so far I’ve not made as much progress as I’d hoped.

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50

Okay, that last steep wasn’t weird, I’m just not all that much of a fan of this tea. It’s a bit more bitter than I would have expected. Though, I really do like the strawberry.

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50

This is a good tea, but steeped a bit weirdly. After 3 minutes, when I looked in the cup, all the tea was settled in the bottom and water sat on top, filling 2/3 of the cup. With a stir and a few extra seconds of steeping, it looked like a normal cup of tea.

I’m enjoying it, but after reading the other tasting notes, I want to take it home and try it with soy milk and sugar!

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89
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
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87
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
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87
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Jasmine #5 by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Jasmine #5 by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Honeybush Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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This is quite the interesting experience. There’s an awesomely powerful nose on the loose leaf itself, dominating any other possible notes, and on the brewed tea as well. Both reek (in a good way) of the sweet and nutty hazelnut flavor.

The loose leaf is pretty small, lots of little pieces with great brownish and red colors. It yields a light golden liquor that is quite nice. I’ve never actually had honeybush before, just it’s cousin rooibos, but this had none of the bitterness or crushing earthiness of the rooibos. I’m not sure if it’s because of the honeybush or if the hazelnut is masking those tastes.

When it comes down to it, the flavor of the tea is so-so. I’d place it generously on the bland, flavorless side. However, that doesn’t fully dampen my feelings as I still enjoy the punch offered by the aroma. Since I’m not a fan of coffee but have always enjoyed the idea, the smell kinda reminds me of the fancy coffee treats they serve at Starbucks. So I feel all mature like I’m drinking a coffee drink. Is that a legit reason to enjoy a tea?

Auggy

This is the only honeybush tea I’ve enjoyed and that coffee smell/feel is exactly why I like it!

Jason

I’m glad I’m not alone with the whole coffee smell thing. For some reason it makes me feel like less of an adult because I don’t like coffee, so it’s nice to fake it every once in a while :)

takgoti

As someone who lived on coffee for a solid five or so years, and thus shakes and eye twitches and horrible headaches from the caffeine withdrawal when you go without it, you’re not missing out on much. It’s definitely an acquired taste, but even when I was drinking it black I never liked it to the extent that I like tea. [And just as a side note, Starbucks specializes in crazy crap in their coffee because they often burn the beans. Not that I’m saying it doesn’t make it taste good, because I’ll still drink an espresso truffle or a pumpkin spice latte from time to time, but their coffee is piss.] Coffee does have an air of maturity about it, but tea makes me feel fancy and zen.

End diatribe.

So uh…tea drinkers rule and coffee drinkers drool! [Don’t tell my friends I said that.] But a coffee-scented tea might be something I need to take a look at.

Jason

Zen I can do, I’d like to think of myself as rather zen-like. But maybe I’ll take “sophisticated” instead “fancy”.

Auggy

I’m one of those former twitchy coffee-withdrawal people. I was so addicted, when I finally got off of it, I avoided it for 6 years – not just coffee but all caffeine. I’d maybe have a can of coke a year and that’s it. But then I discovered tea… enough caffeine to get me buzzed, but not enough to make me hurt if I miss a day. Perfect! Haha!

Jillian

My only sources of caffeine have always been tea and chocolate, there’s nothing better in my opinion. :D

Jason

I’ve always wondered just how much the caffeine actually affects people. I don’t drink coffee, but I’ve never noticed a difference in my energy caused by caffeine from soda or tea or anything else really. I always find it interesting that so many people who have caffeine/coffee related problems have switched to tea (that’s why Jack, one of the other Steepster guys, switched to tea too).

takgoti

The thing about caffeine for me, is that there are only two things that make my energy levels spike: coffee and energy drinks. [When I was working retail and it was a matter of survival, we’d down energy drinks like it was part of our job. It makes me shake a little involuntarily just thinking about it.] Otherwise, the difference it has in my energy levels isn’t really NOTICEABLE.

With either one of those, I’d get hyper as well. With tea, it’s just like that feeling of wanting to go to sleep, but you can’t because you’re awake. I don’t feel ENERGIZED and I don’t feel like I want to go do something RIGHT NOW, I just feel…awake.

So, tea caffeine = not ready to go to bed. Coffee caffeine = LET’S DRIVE TO PARIS AND GET BERETS AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING AND HEY! WHAT’S THAT? HEY! WHY IS MY ARM MOVING? I mean, it’s not like that all the time, but it’s easier to get there than it should be. Especially if you’re not used to it. [“Regular” coffee, by the way, has a MUCH higher caffeine content than the more complicated drinks most places offer now.] And you can probably imagine what the crash is like. [Pretty devastating.]

Anyhow, it’s not healthy. And to reiterate, the caffeine headaches are malicious little buggers. They don’t take too long to show up and they’re not very forgiving. I mean, technically, you’re going through withdrawal. The headaches are number one reason why I decided it was time to kick coffee to the curb.

Auggy

I’m pretty much with takgoti. If I have a cup of coffee (even just 8oz), my hands start to shake now. I usually have to have 12 – 16oz of a stout tea to get a hint of that reaction. Though I have done it to myself once or twice on sencha when I’m not really pausing between steeps and used a heavy hand with the leaf.

Coffee makes me chatty, bouncy and shaky. Tea usually makes me awake and aware. Soda, when I have it, tends to get me somewhere in between. Hyper, but not shaky.

I have never had an energy drink. They scare me.

@takgoti: I’m so with you. Caffeine withdrawal headaches: Worse. Headaches. Ever.

Jason

Based on the length of your tasting notes and comments, should I assume you’re always jacked-up on some form of a caffeine packed beverage? You guys are crazy…and I love it!

takgoti

Oh, Jason, Jason, Jason. You have not seen me hyper, so I guess I can’t blame you for not knowing what my tea log would look like if I wrote in it whilst on a true caffeine high [incomprehensible]. The stuff I write on here is simply a result of my lack of a self-edit button [or, ironically, the time to actually sit and edit].

But I am glad that you are enjoying our insanity. It’s quite cathartic on my end.

Auggy

Any insanity is takgoti’s fault. She’s a bad influence on me.

:D

Jillian

Yes, it’s aaaallll Takgoti’s fault! ;p

takgoti

Yeah, it’s true. I’m pretty awesome.

Rena Sherwood

This discussion is heavily caffinated. I think I’m actually waking up now.

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70
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
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I really do enjoy this tea. The nutty flavor gives it a good deep green taste with a bit of sweetness (just a hint). Very dark and rich for a green. Not a fresh, summery green but a heavier winter green. Which is good because it’s, you know, winter.

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

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70
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
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A little after dinner tea to finish off the evening (well, finish it off before the dessert course starts. Both of my parents said this smelled like roasted seaweed to them. But to me it smells sweet and almost honeyed. Taste-wise, there is a little nut-like tartness at the end, but the front taste matches the smell of sweetness, with perhaps a little nectar or fruit or light honey, transitioning to a little vegetal as it cools.. Not an overly thin tea, it gives both a light/high taste and a darker, more substantial taste at the same time. This actually gives a nice finish to my meal.

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

You make it sound so yummy :)

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70
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
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Drinking some steeps (don’t know which ones but maybe 3 – 5?) from last night iced. Pretty mild until it warms up a bit. Tastes sort of like walnuts dipped in honey with a strong, sour nut taste at the end. Sour sounds so negative though. It’s more like a dark, very strong nut flavor that I remember getting from some of the nuts that I’d eat when my parents would always have a bowl of them out. Honestly, I didn’t like the nuts so much as I liked cracking the shells, but the rule quickly developed that if I cracked the shell, I had to eat the nut.

More interesting hot.

LENA

the good ole holiday nut bowl. memories…

:)

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70
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
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Sweet and nutty and a little salty. I’m really enjoying this tea. It’s got a lot of depth to the flavor. Lots of things going on in a sip, but not so much that I feel bludgeoned with contrasting tastes. It goes from an initial sweet grass/seaweed taste into a sweet/tart nutty then into a slight salty for the finish.

Last time DH only smelled the tea. This time, I made him his own cup. He gives it 4 out of 5 stars, which is pretty good for him… he usually gives everything a 3.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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70
drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

3g/6oz – This one really hits the spot tonight for some reason.

The husband said the smell reminded him of scotch… after discussion we determined maybe that was the chestnut notes Adagio describes? Honestly, I have no clue what a chestnut tastes like. Pecan, yes. Peanut, yes. Walnut, sorta. Anything other nut? Not so much.

Anyway, slightly sweet with a fairly heavy/dark flavor (for a green) and with a slight undertone of seaweed (a bit like the dehydrated wakame I use when making miso soup), a tiny bit of the briny taste I seem to always taste in Chinese greens (but not much) and a hint of dryness after a sip.

I’m going to have to try a chestnut to see if that’s the dark flavor that dominates this tea or if it is something else.

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

Roasted chestnuts have a sort of sweet and burned taste to me. And the texture of a potato. So you’re right that might have been the notes you were picking up.

Auggy

Hmm, I can see that. Because it was sweet and the darkness of the taste (can’t think of a better way to put that) could be the burned taste to you. If that’s true, then this tea is very chestnut-y!

kat

I think u described this green to the T! I like it!

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