15 Tasting Notes


Meh. This tea is okay, but there’s really nothing that grabs me about it. Kind of a flat taste with a bit of astringency that desperately craves milk. It’ll do for now, but I probably won’t pick it up again. Sad! :(

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Wow, no wonder this one does so well on steepster! I love serving this one to house guests and hearing them say “… Whoa. That’s really good! What tea is this?” Such wonderful depth and smokiness. No edge, no astringency, just dark velvety richness. I suggest buying as much of this as you can—it’s good at any time when you in pretty much any mood. Bravo, California Tea House!

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This is perfect for days that I’m running out the door. I’ve got a box of 160 bags sitting at school and at home, just in case. Maybe it’s the former coffee addict in me that makes such a thing a requirement?

Listen, this is clearly the tops when it comes to generic tea bags. A lot of people swear by PG Tips but I really don’t think there’s a contest. Is this a fine tea that you sip with a pinky up? Do you serve it ceremoniously out of your fancy zisha teapot? No, but if you’re in need of a jolt of energy and you’re running out of the door, this is the bag you want to throw in your thermos.

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I’m surprised that no one has reviewed this one yet! This darjeeling is pretty great, honestly. It has a lighter flavor than other darjeelings I’ve tried, and is quite a soothing cup after stressful days at work. This one is definitely worth a try!

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
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My introduction to Adagio teas started with this one. It’s so wonderful! Definitely a thicker infusion, with a very deep floral note and a faint amount of sweetness, like honeysuckles. The liquor is rich and the leaves hold up very well to multiple infusions. I actually preferred the 3rd infusion over the rest, as it had the best balance of sweetness. Don’t worry if your infusions leave a liquor that looks unfinished—this brews very very lightly!

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I’m an elementary school music teacher with a rabid tea obsession. I typically go for green oolongs and sweet blacks on a typical day, but I’ll try anything, really!



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