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53 Tasting Notes

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drank Honeybush by Adagio Teas
53 tasting notes

First time trying a honeybush. The aroma is almost nauseating. Smells… mulchy? Not sure what that is, but it’s unpleasant. The taste, however, is sweet, woody, and has a slight hint of… banana peel? This is a very unusual experience. There’s a bit of a cooling effect shortly after swallowing. This might make a good base for a fruity blend, but that’s not really my thing. I’ve got some more left in the sample, I’ll have another go. The aftertaste almost makes the smell worth bearing.

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76
drank Jin Xuan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
53 tasting notes

Subsequent infusions did fade a bit, but still have the creamy flavor profile of the earlier infusions really holding on. Reeeally wish I had more of this. I feel like there’s more to explore with this tea. I think I’ll buy some.

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

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76
drank Jin Xuan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
53 tasting notes

I wish my sample contained enough more than one session. Only two steeps in, but so far a very warm flavor, very smooth taste, definitely savory and buttery. Definitely needs a pause after each sip to truly appreciate it. The second steep is far superior to the first, once you learn how to drink it. I think this tea would benefit from gaiwan brewing, I feel like I’m cheating it brewing western style. I wasn’t initially impressed, but the more time I spend with this tea, the more I find myself enjoying it. I feel like these leaves have a lot left to offer, so I’ll update again with a rating once they’re spent.

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

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79
drank Green Needle by Adagio Teas
53 tasting notes

This tea just lasts forever! And while the taste isn’t mindblowing, the value is. I think I’ll stock up on this; it will make a fine fallback tea if I can’t decide what to drink. And the aftertaste really is very pleasant. A great tea to drink slowly… I could easily make 2tbsp of leaf last all day. But I worry if buying this means I’ll neglect my other teas. :)

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76

Among the tastier TGYs I’ve had. Resteeps really well, and those leaves expanded tenfold! Must remember to write more notes later. I want to use more leaf next time, but these mightymorphin leaves might push the lid off.

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

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79
drank Green Needle by Adagio Teas
53 tasting notes

Never really took green tea seriously or cared much for it. I figure young, unopened buds would give a gentle flavor I would hope would open my eyes to the world of green teas. Resteeped well, and despite bitterness in the first brew, I find myself enjoying it. The flavor is a bit lackluster but the aftertaste is spot on.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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49
drank Jasmine Chun Hao by Adagio Teas
53 tasting notes

Much lighter jasmine fragrance and taste than adagio’s silver needle. Taste is a bit green, I much prefer the white.

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

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74

Fragrance is spot on, but wasn’t a particularly wowing tea. Will try again, maybe with some more leaves. The buds barely opened, so I imagine there was a lot of flavor left, though I left the leaves sitting too long, and discarded them. The fragrance had mostly washed away anyway.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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88

Didn’t use enough leaf. Amazingly though, this is the most impressing third steeping I’ve ever had out of a tea. I love the aroma. The taste is a bit mineral, but savory.

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

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79
drank Jasmine Pearl by Wegmans
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Lowered temp and steep time to try to curb the bitterness. It worked, but I was left with a watery cup. Fragrant, but barely a hint of flavor.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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