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53 Tasting Notes

67

Very interesting tea. Writing this drinking the second steeping, which is very similar to the first. The aroma of both is excellent, with a very smooth, wet, warm, organic character, and sets very high expectations for the tea. The flavor is something I’m not sure I’ve experienced before. It’s got an incredibly silky, almost oily mouthfeel, and with no bitterness it delivers a complex flavor profile that’s initially subtle, but develops through several layers that I’m not quite sure how to describe. It’s very slightly vegetal, but in such a tamed way that it’s almost like drinking steamed cauliflower. This is a totally new tea experience for me. Not sure if I’ll buy, but I’ll remember it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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50
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Not sure what all the fuss is about. One time I tried to melt unsweetened chocolate on the stove. This tastes like that did. It’s got a very strong taste and aroma of burnt chocolate, with some nutty/grainy hints. I didn’t really enjoy it. I’ll try again, though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Not updating the rating since the first cup was really good enough to keep that 90. The second and third steepings were a bit ghostly, and didn’t have the same impact as the first. Perhaps they needed more time. Regardless, I’ll be buying more, and experimenting with it.

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79
drank Jasmine Pearl by Wegmans
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Finally drank the last cup. I think I was too critical before, this is just a really really finicky tea. You’ve got to do it just right. Apparently 3 minutes at 175 with 1 tbsp and an extra pinch for a mug is the right recipe. Not only was the jasmine just right, but the tea itself was extremely pleasant, with a subtle but sweet taste and that wonderful, almost minty aftertaste I wish every cup had. Only rated so low because of how picky the tea is about how it’s treated.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Just what I’ve been searching for. I’m only on the first steeping, but I haven’t found any hint of the bitterness mentioned in the description. The flavor actually seems to improve as the cup cools, with each sip more quickly revealing the perfect mouthfeel and aftertaste. The aroma is very savory, with a slightly earthy and mineral undertone. It tastes a lot like it smells, but giving each sip time to develop on your tongue really cements this as an excellent tea. Only the second Yezi I’ve tried, but I think I’m fast becoming a fan. Will probably add another tasting note once I’ve resteeped.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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49
drank Jasmine Chun Hao by Adagio Teas
53 tasting notes

I’m disappointed with this tea. It’s impossible to pull out much flavor without it getting too bitter, and the jasmine fragrance is a bit too understated for what I feel a jasmine should be like. I’ll try Adagio’s Yin Hao, maybe I’ll get better results.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Decaf Earl Grey by Adagio Teas
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So disappointed. It’s definitely not bad tea, but I like Adagio and was hoping they’d be my decaf earl grey source. Unfortunately, this tea pales in comparison to other offerings I’ve tasted, barely registering any difference from Twining’s bagged dust decaf earl grey.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Green Needle by Adagio Teas
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79
drank Green Needle by Adagio Teas
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Slightly hotter water, slightly shorter steep. Just about the same results as the first time. Slightly bitter first brew, tame second brew is incredible aftertaste, and several subsequent brews clinging to corporeality. Definitely stocking this.

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

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