103 Tasting Notes

42

As best that I can remember, the clerk told me the base tea is Gunpowder Green Tea, and the mint is spearmint. Very minty, even if not overwhelmingly so. I liked it a lot without quite loving it.

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

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93

I liked this tea quite a bit. I’ve only been drinking fine loose-leaf teas for less than four months, after a friend gifted me with some varieties and hooked me. This was in a sample pack she gave me. I had tried a Jasmine Silver Needles from Adagio and I found it undrinkable—to me it tasted like perfume, so I was concerned when I noted this had roses. But really, the tea was quite lovely. I liked it so much, I ordered Sencha from TeaSource, which is the base for this, and was surprised to find I didn’t like it. Too vegetal in taste. But the pomegranate and roses seem to ameliorate that. If I don’t rate this higher, it’s because I don’t know that I can see this, unlike say Darjeeling, as a tea I could enjoy having just about every day. But this one is sweet and lovely.

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

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15

I’m new to loose-leaf teas, and I do understand tastes change as you experience the different teas, but at this point at least, I don’t like the smokey, earthy flinty taste of this tea at all. At least unflavored. I’ve tried Gunpowder Tea paired with Mint, and did like that tea more, but at this point I don’t see this as a tea I’ll ever reach for again. At the very least, I think it’s unlikely this makes a good introduction to loose-leaf green teas.

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

‘flinty’ is a good way to describe this

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39

In March a friend trying to turn me on to loose-leaf tea gifted me with a variety of teas. This was the very first one I ever tried. I did like it—its very mellow and enjoyable, and supposed to be ideal with milk. But I found it was soon overshadowed my the other teas my friend gifted me with—two kinds of Darjeeling and Assams, and a Hong Mao Feng. I tend to prefer my tea drunk plain, with just a bit of sweetener, so maybe that put my liking of it at a disadvantage since without milk compared to those other Black teas this comes across as rather bland, and not something I want to spend my own money on when the supplies gifted me run out. Not when there’s Darjeeling and Assam to be had.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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17

A friend passed on to me a one-serving sample of this tea, and I wasn’t wild about it. Something in the flavors I didn’t care for, possibly the mango or grapefruit—a bit too sour. Not something I’d ever order. (Contains white tea, apple pieces, hibiscus flowers, candied mango pieces, candied pineapple pieces, rosehip peels, beetroot pieces, citrus peels, citrus slices, red currants, rose petals, flavoring [orange, grapefruit, pineapple mango], orange juice pulp bits, orange blossom petals, sunflower petals, pomegranate blossoms, acai fruit powder.]

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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97

This tea was given to me in March of 2012 by a friend hoping to addict me to loose-leaf tea—and this tea was part of what hooked me. I didn’t know what to make of it on first sip. It grew on me as I drank more, seemed to have a complexity other teas lacked. I also found this is one tea that really tastes its best with milk—dairy or soy. Other teas might stand up to milk, this one I think is enhanced with it. And I usually prefer my teas without. Later my friend sent me another Assam (Gingia Estate) from TeaSource. And though I’ve found since I usually prefer TeaSource’s teas to those from Adagio, in this case I think Adagio’s Assam Melody has the edge.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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98

I’m a beginner to fine loose-leaf teas. This tea was gifted me in March with a variety of teas in an attempt to seduce me into loving tea—and it succeeded. At this point I’ve tried 22 different varieties of such teas—and this is topped only by another Darjeeling sold by TeaSource (Selim Hill.) So no, I’m by no means a connoisseur, but this is one tea that sold me on making tea a habit. Has a brisk sweet muscatel flavor. Good hot or iced, alone or with milk. I’m only leaving room at the end of this rating because who knows what teas I’ll try I’ll love more? But for now, very much a favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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76

I liked this tea—so far it’s my favorite among the Greens I’ve tried which tend to be either too smokey (Gunpowder) or too vegetal (Dragonwell or Sencha) for my tastes. This one had a nutty, warm taste to me. When I ran out I tried another Hojicha, this time from TeaSource. I found I prefer the one from Adagio. TeaSource’s has an earthier, maltier taste and I prefer Adagio’s mellower taste.

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

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19

A sampler packet of Yerba Mate from Adagio was included with a box of teas and accessories from a friend. Among all those lovely teas this was lost on me—not something I’d ever order again. I rather agree with the review that called it straw-like. I’d describe it as grassy—and I’m not a fan of grassy.

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

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22

This was part of a White Tea Sampler pack a friend gave me. It’s described by Adagio as “airy” and the “lightest tea” they offer. Too light for my neophyte tastes—I could barely distinguish this from hot water. My aunt called it a “dirty water” tea for it’s light color and undistinguished taste. I didn’t find Silver Needles an improvement. I found I much preferred the more affordable White Symphony and White Peony.

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

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