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drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
335 tasting notes

I had just a tiny bit left. Not really enough to make a decent cup. So I decided to improvise a bit and added some Huang Jin Bolero. That was not a good idea at all. Oh, well I have nobody else to blame for this fiasco … Anyway, just ordered Golden Curls again.

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My mouth is slightly tingling from the spicy peppers I just had. I drizzled them with a tiny bit of rosemary sencha tea oil http://market.bonteavant.com/rosemary-sencha-tea-oil-AretteRosemarySenchaOil.htm which I got thanks to the promotion here. “Rosemary sencha tea oil” sounds so fancy and evokes so many images in my mind. It tastes really good and you need just a tiny bit. Finishing it all of with some jasmine tea which seems just a perfect match.

Cofftea

YUM!!! (the food, not the tea… although the tea sounds amazing too lol)

inguna

I tried the garlic oil too, very nice. I’m happy with the purchase. If not for the Steepster I doubt I would have even known that there is such a thing as tea oil.

Cofftea

Republic of Tea has a Tea Oil made w/ Organic EVOO.

inguna

Sounds cool. Will try it :)

Cofftea

Yeah I prefer EVOO vs grape seed so I passed on this one. Theory sounds amazing though!

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87
drank Huang Jin Bolero by Adagio Teas
335 tasting notes

I quite liked this tea: it’s smooth and sweet and not overpowering. It’s also a great value in my opinion. The only downside is that I could re-steep this tea only twice. But then again I like my tea on the strong side.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Just had a nice, fresh pasta from the farmers market + maitake mushrooms finished with a cup of Jasmine #9.
I’m quite addicted to jasmine teas. I think it’s just the perfect after dinner tea and I like the smell too. Very uplifting.

Update on the tea related design. These will be available for free to download and print on a t-shirt, tote bag, hoodie or whatever. This is a preview:

On a dark background:
http://www.antemeridiemdesign.com/fun/T_2.jpg

On a light background (where you could print it on any light color surface. Ex. light green, tan or whatever you like)
http://www.antemeridiemdesign.com/fun/T_1.jpg

And black and white:
http://www.antemeridiemdesign.com/fun/T_3.jpg

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Keemun Rhapsody by Adagio Teas
335 tasting notes

I have run out of almost everything … Then I found a little bit of Keemun Rhapsody in the back of my tea shelf. I have always enjoyed Keemun – it’s moderately smokey, rich and dark and smooth. Perfect for the afternoon.
Made some tea related design work. I’m not done with it yet. I hope to finalize it next week. It will be available for people to download to be printed on a t-shirt, tote bag or a hoodie.
Here’s the preview:
http://www.antemeridiemdesign.com/fun/teaS.jpg

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

LOVE the graphic!

inguna

Thanks. I will make also a version on a white background and fine tune some smaller things and then it will be available (free).

Cofftea

I like free even more:)

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88
drank Morning Matcha by Matcha Source
335 tasting notes

Had this today in SoHo: http://matchasource.wordpress.com/
with the raspberry matcha tart. The tea was prepared right in front of me by a cute looking guy. I feel SO caffeinated! The tart was …. well, suffice to say that I could eat it every day.
Too bad tomorrow is the last day this will be available.

Cofftea

Both sound wonderful!

inguna

I took a half day off so yes, this indeed was great! I don’t know why but when somebody else prepares food/tea for you it tastes better!

Cofftea

Eh… tea not so much- I’m UBBER anal about my steeping parameters lol. Matcha prepared by someone else is good though.

inguna

Ha, ha: control issues. I can relate but once in a while it’s good just to enjoy the moment :)

Cofftea

lol yeah specifically quality control. I like my tea to be the best it can be- and I tried really hard to not make it rhyme, but I’m sick and I couldn’t think of another way to phrase it lol.

inguna

Man, that should be a song lol. They also had a lemon tart with a thick layer of matcha glaze on the top decorated with a tiny speck of edible gold. And maybe it’s a good thing I can’t get that in my neighborhood.

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100
drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
335 tasting notes

Slowly sipping and trying to picture the Phoenix Mountain, China where it grows. Then I just googled it http://Scenery.cultural-china.com/en/109Scenery2859.html and yes that’s exactly how I imagined it :)

It’s malty, and fairly dark (which I like) and indeed I can taste some hints of honey.

Interview with the farmer: http://www.adagio.com/roots_campaign/pan_hui_huang.html?SID=4479b90a72dfa50bd67c2576cf0fcbce

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Scott Cranfill

Awesome. I actually have some of this arriving today. Looks like I made a good decision!

inguna

I hope you’ll like it. I have to admit that the interview with the farmer was so cute that I immediately decided that I must try this one!

Scott Cranfill

I liked it very much! I’ll post a proper tasting note next time I brew it.

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drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
335 tasting notes

The leaves have a distinctly unique look. Smell: it’s downright wonderful, I could sniff it non stop like some kind of toxcio-maniac. The taste is smooth and buttery, sweet, chocolaty with some hints of tobacco.
Comparing to Yunnan Gold: Yunnan Gold is one of the very few teas I did not like. So much so that I could not even finish the cup. Golden Curls, on the other hand, is one of my all time favorites.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Wuyi Da Hong Pao by Adagio Teas
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Just had 2 large cups of Wuyi plus some pastries while watching my compatriot Ernests Gulbis play Roger Federer = good entertainment. I’m trying to figure out the smell of this tea – I think it smells like brandy, earth, dried apples.

JonTea

That’s a pretty facinating aroma.

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drank Wuyi Da Hong Pao by Adagio Teas
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I have these strange cycles: I drink green tea only for some time and then switch and drink blacks/dark oolongs only. Why this happens I have no idea. After drinking Japanese greens only for 3-4 months I have changed my habits yet again. The reason: Adagio’s new Master collection. After trying the samplers I was sure I would buy a larger amount but which one to choose as they all were so good?
I was torn between Golden Curls and Wuyi Da Hong Pao. Finally went with Wuyi. “Roasted vegetables” or “peach” doesn’t in my opinion describe this tea properly. It’s so complex, rich and absolutely wonderful. It certainly brightens my day. Worth every penny!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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