142 Tasting Notes

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drank Decaf Mango by Adagio Teas
142 tasting notes

This was much better than i expected it to be, going by the aroma of the dry leaf. Must say, with a bit of sugar was quite the nice evening cuppa!

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75

Yum! The peachy-ness is on the subtle side, but that is such a good thing, in today’s world of overflavored teas. Had my cup black and hot, and was quite lovely. I love the steeping room.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Jasmine Pearls by Steepster
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well, this one was an accidental leftover from a past steepster box, and i don’t even remember drinking it before…WOW, this is delicious! usually the chinese non-oolong greens underwhelm me, but this? this is made of rainbows and light and sparkles and unicorns! yet, somehow it ISN"T overwhelming, it is a light light flavor, even if strong. like drinking sunshine filtered through spring green forest canopy onto a dappled forest floor covered in spring wildflowers.

yep, that’s exactly it. darned good stuff. now i need to figure out who made it and where i can get more, coz also? it’s like crack.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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88
drank Decaf Peach by Adagio Teas
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i sprung for the decaf sampler from Adagio – and this is my first go at them. HOLY cow this is some tasty tea! i’ve been focusing lately so much on the non-flavored (yet still quite flavorful!) teas that i’d forgotten how delightful a nice fruity black tea can be! this cuppa is NOM with a spoonful of sugar and a splash of 2%. yum yum yum.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Steepster
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as it turns out, i don’t like Lapsang Souchongs. i thought this one might be better, considering the source, but i think it’s just me. do not like. but then, i don’t really like smokey flavored anything, really. except beef. and pork ribs. but smoke where it doesn’t belong? ew.

ON EDIT: 2nd steeping was a tiny bit milder on the flavor i’m not enjoying, but only a tiny bit. i must say, this is an incredibly smooth tea, considering, and lush and deep and full, but that smoked quality just. ugh. can’t get over it. no third steeping for me!

brewed as per directions on Steepster Select packet, April 2014 mailing.

Jilly Beane

I’m with you. I tried to have an open mind, but my mouth didn’t cooperate.

LiberTEAS

I highly recommend doing a ‘quick rinse’ of the leaves of a strongly smoked tea like Lapsang Souchong. I pour the hot water over the leaves for 15 seconds (well, with this tea I did 20 seconds, but that’s because I seemed to forget what I was doing in that 15 seconds. My brain isn’t functioning yet.) Anyway … a quick rinse of the leaves, 15 seconds in the hot water, and then pour it off and then steep it for the 3 minutes or however long you might steep it. It will still be smoky, but it won’t be as overpowering.

Jilly Beane

I’ll give it a go. Thanks for the tip!

LiberTEAS

After re-reading the suggestion, I didn’t want to mislead … the “hot water” that I use to rinse is boiling. I bring the water to a boil, perform a rinse, and then strain off the liquid, then brew as I normally would.

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92

Yum yum i love this tea! Green AND toasty! My Friday started off pretty weak, ended up fairly awesome! This is just the ice cream. :)

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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100

Yum yum perfect first steeping…this should give me a great afternoon, which will be way better than my crappy tea-free morning.

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87
drank Sencha Shin-ryoku by Den's Tea
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77

well, now, this is NOT what i was expecting! while i’d usually consider most oolongs i’ve tried to be light, ethereal, floral, this one is none of those things. not that this is a bad thing, mind you. i went ahead and rinsed once, since i was suspicious of the dry leaf smell (which is not light, ethereal, or floral, but instead earthy, sandy, soil-y. but not in the pu-erh soil-y way), so my second and now third steepings of this are quite deep, reddish-brown colored, a beautiful tea really. the flavor is definitely not based in the scent, the way other oolongs are or can be. this one i just what it is. down to earth, honest-to-goodness, tea. no bitterness, this is quite smooth, which just a bit of astringency making it quite nice. not as heavy as a black tea, not as earthy-mushroom-y as a pu-erh, just basic. i quite like it, although i like others quite a bit more, so i’m not sure i’ll replace this once it runs out.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
JustJames

american tea room does a very unexpected on as well: almost a spiced red wine plum chutney. not my favourite- but a creative approach.

juliebeth

ok that sounds really good to me, so i may have to try it!

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91
drank Organic Sencha by Den's Tea
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free sample! delicious grassy sencha, quite mild, yet well-rounded. not as depth-y as aracha, or some of den’s other senchas, but this is one i’d consider for an everyday cup (or three).

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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not from texas, love tea, can’t believe i hadn’t found steepster before now!
just now discovering oolongs, i hadn’t really appreciated the depth they bring. holy schmoly! also appreciating the differences between all the japanese greens.
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