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drank Dongshan Dolce by Adagio Teas
148 tasting notes

Note: the bottom of this review contains a personal story I felt like sharing, but I’ve inserted a line for folks that just want to read about tea.
Perhaps this is just me, but most of what I’ve had from Adagio has seemed “stale”. I put FOUR heaping teaspoons in my steeper, steeped it for 2 minutes, and I got slightly green tea flavored water. I’d talk about what this tasted like, except that’s where it stops. I can tell there was some tea in the water – that’s pretty much it!

Ironically I just ordered something from Adagio, but it was a tasting cup. I really wanted a small cup to taste some teas with; the steeper I typically use makes 16oz, which just doesn’t work with lots of steeps.


And right after I ordered it, I had a funny mental intersection of tea, memory, and emotion.

When I was 19, I liked to get up in the morning and drink at least two or three cups of coffee. I lived with my friend Marc, who was brilliant on a ceramics wheel (and in lots of other ways too), and he surprised me one day with a HUGE mug that he’d made for me. The thing had to be at least 24oz. I loved it, and used it to drink BIG cups of coffee and tea.
About a year later, he drowned while in Africa for work. It was strange and shocking; he had traveled to lots of different countries, and was in great shape since he was an avid swimmer and rock climber. It took me a long time to accept that he had passed away, and then to grieve. A couple years later my then significant other dropped the mug one day, and it shattered into a million pieces. I felt shattered too.

Right after I ordered that tiny little cup, I thought it was so odd that nearly a decade ago I had loved that big, big mug. And now here I was wanting this tiny little cup to drink my tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
JasonCT

Thanks for sharing your person memories! Isnt tea a wonderful vehicle for making us slow down and think?

Claire

It really is, JasonCT. I’m often surprised by the things I remember/think of while sipping on tea.

Ninavampi

Lovely… Thanks for sharing!

Invader Zim

Thank you for sharing, it’s heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time.

Terri HarpLady

Claire, it is these personal stories that MAKE Steepster, giving us all a chance to feel that we know one another a little bit, no matter how far away we live. Thank you for sharing!
I also liked what Zim said!

Claire

Thank you all. After I wrote this I had Lupicia’s King of Fruits because Marc was always fond of durian. Tea is pretty amazing sometimes (and so is steepster).

Nik

I’m sorry for your loss, Claire. A friend of mine passed away in a similar way (we were also in our early 20s, he was also out “in nature”) and it was also a huge shock because he was young and fit. I’m also sorry about your mug! =( Thanks for sharing your story with us.

For a long time, now, I’ve been using my 16oz mug to drink tea. Like you, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that that’s fine sometimes (like when I’m out ‘n’ about), but mostly I want to stick to a regular teacup, like 6oz or so. So I’ve been looking for a spill-proof tumbler or something, but haven’t found anything yet.

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JasonCT

Thanks for sharing your person memories! Isnt tea a wonderful vehicle for making us slow down and think?

Claire

It really is, JasonCT. I’m often surprised by the things I remember/think of while sipping on tea.

Ninavampi

Lovely… Thanks for sharing!

Invader Zim

Thank you for sharing, it’s heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time.

Terri HarpLady

Claire, it is these personal stories that MAKE Steepster, giving us all a chance to feel that we know one another a little bit, no matter how far away we live. Thank you for sharing!
I also liked what Zim said!

Claire

Thank you all. After I wrote this I had Lupicia’s King of Fruits because Marc was always fond of durian. Tea is pretty amazing sometimes (and so is steepster).

Nik

I’m sorry for your loss, Claire. A friend of mine passed away in a similar way (we were also in our early 20s, he was also out “in nature”) and it was also a huge shock because he was young and fit. I’m also sorry about your mug! =( Thanks for sharing your story with us.

For a long time, now, I’ve been using my 16oz mug to drink tea. Like you, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that that’s fine sometimes (like when I’m out ‘n’ about), but mostly I want to stick to a regular teacup, like 6oz or so. So I’ve been looking for a spill-proof tumbler or something, but haven’t found anything yet.

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I mostly drink straight tea, and some of my favorites are green teas and oolongs. I almost always have some sencha and tieguanyin in my tea cupboard (and if I run out, awesome, an excuse to buy tea). I do like some flavored teas, but can’t stand really sugary stuff so if it’s very sweet I probably won’t like it. I can’t drink milk so all my reviews are of tea without milk and sugar!
I’ve been getting into puerh the last few months.

Outside of Steepster I’m an English Lit major, and will FINALLY be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. After that I plan on applying for graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Library Science. Currently I work as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department of my school’s library.
I also like reading (of course) and playing video games when I have time for them.

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