337 Tasting Notes

95
drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
337 tasting notes

My daughter thought this tea smells like rain water, my husband said it smells a little bit like chocolate and I thought it smells like hay/grass/ grains/barley. The leaves look beautiful: dark and twisted. Taste: nutty/grainy/hearty. Turns out I like Wuyi teas…
Leaving for vacation tomorrow, will be completely unplugged for a week but I will take some tea with me, that’s for sure.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
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I’m seriously addicted to this tea. I like the smoothness, richness, natural sweetness, the fact that you can do 5 infusions and it still tastes great (and I like my tea strong).
I basically drink it non stop :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
JacquelineM

Mmmm. This sounds right up my alley!

inguna

In the end it’s not even that expensive because it lasts so much longer.

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100
drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
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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
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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
337 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
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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
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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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100
drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
337 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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