457 Tasting Notes
I really should have set aside some tea when I was packing for these few days. I’m missing my teas more than I thought I would. Anyway, I wanted something to drink and a place to study, so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and go to Starbucks. I got this black tea lemonade, and it’s not the best, but it’ll do under my current circumstances. Also, this Starbucks was basically built for students, so there are nice big tables with lots of outlets! That alone makes the drink worth it, I think. Counting down the days til I’m reunited with my teas!
I have sadly packed up all my teas for the move, and totally forgot to save some for the next couple of days. Oops! The one upside is that I had a water bottle cold steeping in the fridge with this tea, so I was able to have tea today. It was wonderfully malty but sweet at the same time. I wonder if the sweetness would come across as much in a hot version of this tea or if it really is the cold brew bringing it out. Anyway, I will have to save that experiment for after the move! Until then, I will have to try hitting up cafes and such for my tea fix.
Sipdown (99)! Hooray, I got to my sipdown goal for the summer/end of August of under 100 teas. And it is also just in time for my move across the country. Because I’ll be back in California, I probably won’t repurchase this one. I used this tea as a surrogate for my boba addiction because there is a dearth of good milk tea in Boston/Cambridge. If I ever find myself in a boba desert again, I will definitely repurchase this. However, it is gone for now.
Sipdown (100)! Of course, I’m not sipping down on random steepings, but rather on Teavivre’s Golden Monkey. I’m posting it under this catch-all tea, though, because I didn’t have quite enough of the Golden Monkey to make anything but a very tiny hot cuppa. So instead, I mixed it with a bunch of other black teas that I had random amounts of and cold brewed the whole concoction overnight. The Golden Monkey gives it sweetness, the English Breakfast I added makes it bolder, and a CTC (can’t remember which) added some boldness and a hint of smokiness. I probably wouldn’t do this again unless I had random amounts of leftover tea, but it was a nice refreshing source of caffeine for today!
Sipdown (101)! I used up the last of my free ounce of this tea in a delicious cold brew. For some reason, I seem to like cold brewed oolongs better when I’m drinking them while I’m eating food. On their own, they can tend to have a sharp taste that’s not necessarily bitter, but I’m not sure how else to describe it. Anyway, the food mellows that out and brings out the sweetness that I love from greener oolongs. Only two more teas to go until my August sipdown goal! Woohoo :)
Sipdown (102)! I used up the last of these pearls in a delicious cold brew. I can’t remember exactly how long I left it in the fridge because I lost track of time, but it’s probably a little under one day. Despite letting it sit for so long, there was no bitterness to be found! It was a pleasantly smooth black tea with strong cocoa notes. I’ve really enjoyed this one, but as I said in my previous tasting note, there aren’t enough other Adagio teas I enjoy to put in another order with them. And just like that, I’m one tea closer to my sipdown goal for the month!
A surprise sipdown (103)! I say surprise because I didn’t realize that I only had one serving left of this tea until just now. I’m pulling an all nighter for this project with a looming deadline, so I had my mind set on steeping a roasty comfort tea. It’s a bit stronger than usual because I just used up all the remaining leaf, which was a little more leaf than normal, but it actually works perfectly for tonight (this morning?). Anyhow, I’ve really enjoyed this roasty oolong, but I’ve tried quite a few oolongs in the past year that outrank this particular one. I don’t think I would repurchase with actual money, but I may use a future Starbucks reward to get an ounce if it’s available. Goodbye for now, Qi’Lan!
Darn, I’m back up to 104 in my cupboard. But the good news is that I used my Starbucks reward to get one ounce of this tea for free. The girl helping me was actually very friendly and suggested this one because it was one of the more expensive ones, haha. In any case, I had my eye on it anyway, so it all worked out well in the end.
The weather is still hot, so I cold brewed one tablespoon in my water bottle overnight. It’s definitely got a nice malt flavor, but at the same time is naturally sweet. There are some subtle cocoa notes and even more subtle smoky notes in there as well. Overall, a pretty refreshing cold brew with no bitterness or astringency to be found! I’m very pleased with my choice, but it is a bit expensive to buy with actual money when I run out.
I had a tough day today, so I had to console myself with tea. First step, I went to Teavana to spend a Starbucks reward I have to get Golden Monkey black tea. I know I’m on a tea buying hiatus, but this was free and only one ounce, so it’s okay, right? Right? Unfortunately, I’m back up to 104, so I’m working in the opposite direction my under 100 sipdown goal for the end of the month. Eeps.
Next up, I happened to be close to one of the only decent bubble tea places in Boston. So of course I had to go in and get myself some oolong milk tea with boba. I actually did make the most of that short trip, though, because I had my laptop on me, so I pulled it out and did some stuff on it. I have to say, these two little tea trips did make me feel better, so it was totally all worth it :)
Cold brewed this one again because the hot version did not impress me much. I’ve got to say, though, that the cold brewed version is maybe my favorite simple, sweet iced black tea so far. It’s light with notes of cocoa and maybe honey? There’s no bitterness or astringency at all. I think I used four pearls in my water bottle and left it in the fridge for 8-10 hours (as usual, I can’t remember exactly). Sadly, I only have enough pearls for one more cold brew.
Even though I’ve thoroughly been enjoying it, this will sadly not be a reorder for a couple of reasons. First, this is pretty much the only tea I’ve enjoyed from Adagio so far, and I’m not going to put in an order for just one tea. Second, like I said earlier, I used four pearls for one water bottle. I feel like that’s a lot and that I would go through the tea too quickly and it would get expensive. Maybe in the future if I ever find a couple other Adagio teas I enjoy, I will consider putting in another order, but I still have many other companies I want to try out first.