98 Tasting Notes

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drank Anhui Emerald Seed by Adagio Teas
98 tasting notes

I have ruined the smell of this tea. It used to smell so nice and fresh when I first got it but I put it in a tin that smelled like a tootsie roll from an old tea. On the plus side it still tastes amazing. Is similar to fresh vegetables from a garden with a smooth finish.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I gaiwaned this today and forgot to take notes while steeping. I have to say though that it evolved very nicely and is still giving me flavor even after 3 hours of steeping. In all, it tastes very similar to a nice gunpowder green.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Since I saw this was going so fast I placed an order for a sample size of this and a few of the others teas that Verdant was getting low on that I had heard a lot about. The leaves of this look beautiful and they smell like a nice summer garden. Wet they smell very similar to a strawberry poptart, which amazes me. I am brewing in my gaiwan today so I will just list my notes for each steep.

1st: No rise as suggested and steeped for 3 sec. I can really taste the Cashew notes that are mentioned on the site.
2nd: 3 sec steep. Once again their is Cashew notes but its a little subdued since there is something else coming through, I’m not sure what.
3rd: 3 secs. Alright so what I was getting is a creamyness that compliments the cashew flavor.
4th: 6 sec. Along with the creamyness there is a bit of a sugary sweetness to this one. The cashew flavor is more blended with all the other flavors now so its like cashew butter.
5th: 9 sec. See above and image its blended even more.
6th: 12 sec. nothing different.

There will be other steepings but I don’t feel the need to post them since they seem to be staying the same from here on out.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C
Insence&Tea

This has been getting such good reviews it’s a shame it was only available for such a short time

Matt

I know, if there had been any more I probably would have ordered a full order of it. Oh well, at least I got to try it.

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57
drank Forest Berries by Adagio Teas
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It smells a lot like strawberry mixed with raspberry, which is good because that is what is in it. Now the taste while warm is like a low quality jam. There is a strong astringency that is very distracting from the real flavor of it. Now once it has cooled these problems leave it and the berry flavor really comes out and it ends up being very smooth and enjoyable. So it seems iced would be the best thing for this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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It’s very tasty. Today I feel the Jasmine is very over powering but this usually isn’t a problem so I think today is just an off day.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
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When I am having a bad day I usually go for this tea. It tastes very similar to Teavana’s Golden Imperial Lotus but a little more chocolaty. It is not too astringent and I am able to get at least 4 16oz cups out of about 5 balls. I would be drinking this right now if it want for the fact that I have to be up early in the morning and it is already early in the am.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
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This is one of my favorit green teas. There is a very small hint of smokiness that is not very noticeable and a nice smooth taste. I would almost say that it tastes very similar to an Oolong tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’m a little weird when it comes to green teas, but I tend to like the cheaper Asian grocery off-brand gunpowders as well or better than the pricier ones.

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I enjoy this tea every now and again. You can really taste the chocolate in it and it all comes together to taste similar to a mocha capuchino.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Love the picture

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drank Man Cave Tea by Adagio Teas
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So I have had this tea for some time now and have just been way too lazy to add it to the site. I won it in my first contest at Adagio and had no idea they even had it until they handed it to me. Apparently it was one of 3 special mixes that they sold in-store for fathers day last year or something.

This is one of my all time favorit mixes from Adagio. There is a very nice mix of tastes with the Almond and Hazelnut that they have added to the tea. It is also very smooth and the scent is reminiscent of leather, like a nice new leather jacket or couch. You can really tell why they named it what they did and you end up feeling very manly after drinking it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Oolong by Adagio Teas
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So…. yeah…. not really a fan… It’s not really all that Vanilla-y to me and it smells a little harsh. The after taste is nice though. Probably wont be having this again though once my sample is done.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Well, to start, my name is Matt. I got into loose leaf tea my sophomore year in college. I was drinking some lipton tea in my room when I started thinking to myself that there has to be something more then just bagged tea. So I decided to do a web search and found out about loose leaf (you would think that this would have been an obvious thing but surprisingly it was not). I stumbled across a local tea cafe called Argo tea and decided to try it out. Long story short, I fell in love. From this one store I have started to branch out to all different types of tea from several different stores.

My favorit tea is very hard to choose since I like pretty much everything there is that I have tried. I have recently started getting into pu’erh teas, which is getting to be interesting. I am always looking for new a greater tastes when it comes to tea and am trying to better express my experiences with tea.

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