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I still consider myself to be new to the tea game. Now that Steepster has me reading all of your wonderfulness, I find myself googling things [or binging things – I’m an equal-opportunity search engine user] on a consistent basis. If a year ago, someone had asked me if I liked Ceylon, I would have said, “Is that like a robot?” And if someone had asked me if I wanted to try some Black Dragon Pearls, I would have said, “What is that? Dragon testicles?”

BECAUSE I’M CLASSY.

But really. These balls are huge. [Snicker, snicker.] Maybe I just haven’t had a lot of “pearl” tea, but these seem exceedingly large to me. Is that how Black Dragon Pearls are done traditionally? I am enclosing a picture for reference. [There’s a rotate button on the top right. I can’t get it to turn on my phone.] My wallet is not for reference, I just think it’s funny.

http://twitpic.com/jw8dc

The taste of the tea wasn’t nearly as impressive as the size of its balls [okay, okay, I’m done]. If I say that it had taste but was rather flavorless, would that make sense? Maybe I didn’t let it sit long enough, but I found the whole experience to be relatively bland. The cocoa was a lot more apparent on the nose than the tongue, but I did get a couple of glimpses of it towards the very end after it had cooled considerably.

Additionally, any tea that I can watch unfurl is always enjoyable for me because I’m easily entertained. I’m on the edge of giving this a thumbs up, but it’s not quite there. Maybe it’ll grow on me. Or maybe I just need more balls.

That’s what she said.

Carolyn

If you are easily amused by tea unfurling, you absolutely must try display tea. I find that i can stare at a goblet with a display tea unfolding into a flower for a half hour.

takgoti

I have a few that are lying in wait! I’m saving them for a rainy [or possibly snowy] day. I can only imagine the minutes upon minutes of enjoyment that shall ensue.

Auggy

Love the picture. And not just because the wallet made me laugh. Those are really huge balls! And there’s just no way to way that that won’t make me snicker.

takgoti

Thank you! I saw the wallet in a shop in San Francisco and I knew immediately that it would have to be mine.

And the balls ARE huge, aren’t they? I thought that maybe it was just due to my inexperience in pearl tea, but I opened the tin and was all, “Holy crap!” Also, it comforts to me that I have company in the area of subject matter that makes me giggle. STILL.

TeaCast

Haha nice wallet! I cannot believe how big those are though! Wow, the biggest I have had are about the size of a pea, rolled up tea leaves and jasmine flowers. Unfurling tea gets SO much more flavor than dried leaves, no question about it. Making me want some! haha

takgoti

Hee, I do love my wallet. It’s gotten me a lot of conversational mileage over the year or so I’ve had it.

So far as pearl tea goes, that’s about as big as the ones I’ve had have always been – pea-sized, and now that you mention it I do tend to get more flavor from them. Huh. Unfortunately, the flavor called in absent for this particular one. Gonna try to put more in next time.

Rena Sherwood

BECAUSE I’M CLASSY.

Need to put that on a tea mug or tea shirt.

Pamela Dean

I have some green jasmine pearls which are almost that large [not boasting; just sayin’]. Have seen the black ones on eBay. Using large Yunnan gold tip leaves makes a larger ball inevitable. [easy now]
To get the tea to “stick,” they steam it until soft, roll it in some kind of fabric (traditionally silk or paper) and let dry. With mechanized ways of faster drying, modern balling might no longer utilize fabric [unless fixated].

ilovetea1

u are really funny. i liked your ;Additionally, any tea that I can watch unfurl is always enjoyable for me because I’m easily entertained.

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85
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
8 tasting notes

This is one of my all-time favorite teas.

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74
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
506 tasting notes

Finally got around to making a pot. I haven’t had this tea in several years, and I feel like my tastes have matured since then. But naturally, I’m going to like an assam/ceylon blend.

It’s a good tea, don’t get me wrong. It’s strong and a little bitter, but it just doesn’t have a lot going on. I guess I’m starting to lean more toward Chinese black teas? Or maybe I’m just having an off night. I’ll give it another try before I consider my rating final.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
506 tasting notes

Another cup of this first thing in the afternoon after sleeping in. Since it’s gotten so cold out, I’ve really been craving hot tea, and this was perfect. Two teaspoons of sugar in an mug from the 70’s. Like a pot of slightly murky amber. :)

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
506 tasting notes

Another pot of this to wake me up a little on this damp, cool day. Steeped for 5 minutes at a rolling boil. A little sugar added, as usual. There’s something oddly comforting about this tea that I can’t put my finger on.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Adagio Teas
506 tasting notes

I don’t usually go for Irish Breakfast tea, simply because it’s usually boring flavor-wise and I like my tea exotic. But I was really pleasantly surprised by this tea. I like it a lot. The leaves have a very pleasant, sweet smell. I knew I’d like it as soon as I smelled it. I will probably be re-ordering this. It’s also probably good to mix with other teas as a black tea base.

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75
drank Green Pekoe by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

My second cup of this today, and TeaEqualsBliss is right: oversteeped is the way to go.

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drank Blackberry by Adagio Teas
23 tasting notes

I was not a fan of this tea. Its a little strong and bitter. Doesnt taste like sweet blackberrys like I was hoping.

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75
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

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75
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

This one is just fun, with birthday-cake taste and sprinkles mixed right in with the leaves. Makes me feel special.

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drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

I really enjoy this one. It takes like birthday cake with vanilla, caramel, and real sprinkles in the tea. A good one when you want a black for the caffeine but not for the taste.

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75
drank Birthday Tea by Adagio Teas
72 tasting notes

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75
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
22 tasting notes

This tea is what I was thinking of when I was a child and making imaginary magic potions that could heal your lifeforce or imbue you with magic. The tea itself is a feel good item and can lift spirits. It allows you to shrug off discomfort, like it was some kind of winter coat and just feel good.

It has a cool blonde liquor and a mild smell like tanned leather or some sort of soft herb like tarragon. The taste has notes of butter and hay, like some impossible grain beverage. There are no truly bitter flavors present.

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drank Kukicha by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

Very good, but I was surprised to see the leaves and twigs in such small pieces. It was more powdery than I expected.
Liked it lots, but I’ve had better.

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75
drank Gyokuro by Adagio Teas
84 tasting notes

Quite good!
I second Jennlea’s description of grassy and sweet.
Just the way I like it :)

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75
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
53 tasting notes

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75
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
53 tasting notes

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drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
181 tasting notes

It took me a while to get the right time and serving size for this, but I think I got it. I need this strong, especially on a cold, rainy morning like today’s. 3 balls for a single cup, 5 minutes in boiling water. Resteeping once or twice will keep me going until lunch.

takgoti

I’m going to have to give this one another shot soon. Tomorrow sounds like a good day. Done.

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75
drank Spiced Apple Chai by Adagio Teas
78 tasting notes

Autumy. Very pleasant. Nice balance of apple and spices.

The spices are more like mulling spices than some chai ‘whoa this is spicy’ chais. Which works for this blend.

Normally I drink chai with milk but for my first cuppa I drank it straight up and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I thought my british background would have ruined me for drinking black teas without milk but I’m reconditioning myself apparently.

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Mmm I’m one of the few who really like this one. I get a really full rich brew from this and get the the coco notes towards the ends of the cup when it’s cooling down. It’s very comforting on a windy fall day.

I love to watch the little balls unfurl themselves coming out of their cocoons. It’s the perfect use for my IngenuiTEA pot from adagio.

I used 4 balls at 5 minutes and 30 seconds. It’s best the first two steepings I’m still fiddling a bit with the brewing time on the third.

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This is my second cup of this tea. First time, I used 4 balls. This time, I went with 5. The flavor is definitely better, more intense with 5, but it doesn’t seem remarkably complex. Maybe my slightly-congested nose is masking some subtle notes, though.

Steeped 6 minutes at 212°F. Prepared in Adagio IngenuiTEA teapot.

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100
drank Ginseng Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Made 24oz of this to have w/ lunch (fresh salsa, chips, and watermelon). The ginseng will keep me energized and productive…. I hope lol.

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drank Ginseng Green by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Made a big 16oz cup for mom.

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

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