182 Tasting Notes

100
drank Green Rooibos by Adagio Teas
182 tasting notes

added a crushed bay leaf to my green rooibos/chamomile/cardamom mixture for this afternoon’s hot (decaf) tea pleasure. why aren’t bay leaves in ALL tea? why?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Obukucha by Steepster
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oh this is a tasty sencha! followed steepster instructions for first steeping – i’m not sure i was tasting pine, but was definitely pungent and explosive (in the best of all possible ways!). lovely round mouth-feel, not quite creamy, but definitely round, hard, and smooth. second steeping at just off-boiling for 20s is less pungent, not explosive at all, but i’m quite enjoying it – the mouth is quite the same, this time seeming more creamy, since the pungency is less. sweeter, perhaps. (how do people use words to describe taste? it is so synaesthetic for me that i don’t know if i make any sense!)

I don’t know if i’ll make it to a third steeping, may step out for some lunch, but i’ll update if i do. as far as whether i preferred the first to second steepings – it really was a different tea each time, reminiscent of how a sencha iri matcha will be so…matcha! the first steep and then settle into a sencha by the second or third. at any rate, this is one i’d pick up for a staple in my tea cabinet. it is less astringent by far than other senchas i’ve had, less brassy-grassy, yet still quite flavorful somehow.

must be the “pine.”

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Obukucha by Steepster
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100
drank Green Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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75

first infusion done perfectly according to instructions and was pleasantly plump, but definitely not as rich as i’d hoped. never got any sweet, sugar, or caramel notes.

second infusion is falling flat, it is a perfectly serviceable tea, but i may as well add milk and sugar and slurp it down in 3 minutes. not worth savoring as i had hoped. alas.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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100

LOVELY! a chai without nutmeg or whatever spice it is that i cannot stand. this is a lovely tea, the underlying chai actually being quite rich, dark, deep, heavy and lovely. the spices are there, but not overwhelming – this is pretty good without milk and sugar, and absolute cozy fluffy warm heaven with milk and sugar! perfect winter’s morning cuppa.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Green Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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gracious, this totally shoudln’t count, b/c i mixed this with some LALALA german chamomile on the first try, but i REALLY needed a quick calmer, and this cuppa did the job. grassy and delish, yet creamy and full in the mouth – now, some of this might be the chamomile, i don’t know exactly. what i DO know is i am looking forward to many, many more green rooibos combos in my near future…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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97

this JUST came in the mail, right in time for my afternoon tea! i haven’t had an EG Creme before, however this is the smoothest EG i’ve ever had. must be the Creme! this really is an extraordinarily tasty cuppa, and the mouthfeel is just delish. it’s not as fruity/bergamot-y as, say, twinings, and it’s definitely lacking the citrus-y that Lady Greys tend to have. this is a GOOD THING, mind you.

this tea in general = A Good Thing. yum!

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

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84

ok giving this a shot as my all day (or at least all morning) oolong. i’d tried it before, don’t recall what i thought, but i wasn’t really ready for oolongs yet at that time.

it certainly smells delightful! the taste of this here first cuppa is light and fresh and green, and thankfully the perfume doesn’t overwhelm the flavor (or i’d be SO outta here!). perfect wake up tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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