180 Tasting Notes

73

i kept forgetting i had this to try – but remember this afternoon whilst watching the most delightful ASMR tea video. unfortunately discovered we’re out of milk AFTER brewing up a small pot, but even just sugar, this was a really nice everyday cuppa. brewed nice and strong without being bitter, has a lovely full taste. not quite as much depth as i like for a strong black tea, but i think will be easier on my tummy if i drink the whole pot than some.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
180 tasting notes

i think i’ve settled into a groove. that groove would be Dancong Aria, basically my own personal favorite afternoon sipper. i’ve had this 8 oz package of the stuff for about 2 years, but only just in the last few months have i gotten serious about it…i must say it has aged (gotten stale?!) well! every afternoon if i don’t have my 3-4 gong fu style cups, i end up craving it and wishing i’d just brought some with me already! love this tea – the wet leaf smells like wet pot, the tea is just so deep and woodsy AND floral AND earthy AND perfection. long, long dry aftertaste that is just a delight. and i just reordered another 8oz – i cannot wait to try this fresh and new!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

this is definitely out of the ordinary. will review better after another few steeps. out of time but wanted to make it known that i have imbibed the dark tea!

Flavors: Anise, Bark, Loam, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks, Wet Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 10 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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78
drank Jasmine Green Tea by Rishi Tea
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well, i ran out of my favorite jasmine pearls, so in the meantime i picked up a tin of this at World Market – not quite as good as i was hoping, but definitely serviceable. as someone else noticed, this will give you your Jasmine Fix, if that’s what you need. Quite pleasant, and because it is so unobtrusive, will probably make a fabulous all-day-long tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 0 OZ / 10 ML
juliebeth

i find myself having this again this morning, after a severe craving. the jasmine is different than on the pearls i’m out of…and it was specifically what i was craving. shoot, may have to bump the rating on this one a bit higher. also a nice chewy green flavor i hadn’t noticed before. hmmmm….

TeaExplorer

Sounds like this tea is working it’s way into your brain :)

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88

OH MY i had an entire unopened package of this in my Unopened Teas Box! THANK YOU UTB!

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78

yesterday i proudly made tea lattes with this one for myself and for my son…and he promptly rejected it as tasting of “water with a little coconut added”. on the upside, i got to drink two coconut truffle tea lattes!

Terri HarpLady

I’d call that a win :)

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89

this one is a tasty cuppa…like most imperial gold type teas, i do love it brewed THICK with added milk and sugar, call me a philistine, but if you’re looking for a cup of cozy, that is it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Casey

I also love to, how do you say, over-steep this one. :P I’ll have to try it with milk next time! :)

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88

quite nice – don’t forget to rinse quickly before steeping for real, maybe even twice. this one has much pungency to excise. once that’s done, though, a lingering floral that somehow manages not to be too flowery, if that makes any sense. a large mug of the first three steepings contains a deep rich aroma and a thick round taste, simply a lovely robust oolong.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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97

my goodness, i have had this for quite a while! found myself craving it, delighted myself by still owning it, but skeptical on yumminess due to age of tea…STILL TASTY!

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78

ok i am officially upping my rating, my description, and my method for brewing. i mostly kinda followed the latte instructions on the tin, and here’s what i did that came out SO NOM NOM:

2 tsp ish of dry tea
12 oz boiling water

steep for 2 min-ish

meanwhile, microwave 1/3 cup of milk and 1 tsp sugar for 30 seconds in a very large mug

decant steeped tea into hot milk, stir, and enjoy!

OMG SO GOOD

and IIRC, this company is out of business, so when i run out, that’s it. argh. savoring every last bit of this for as long as i can!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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