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drank Jade Oolong #18 by Adagio Teas
41 tasting notes

Steeped greener than I expected, to a greenish gold, thus the name Jade Oolong? Smells of green, if green actually were a smell (no not Purple-ish grins at Angrboda). It definitely smells of greenery freshly washed by a spring rain (okay now I’m being silly, or maybe not so, it does smell fresh, clean and green!). It also has a slight spiciness in it tickling the deep recesses of my nose. As it cools the smell I’ve been calling a hint of licorice is being revealed, reminding me of Ti Kuan Yin.

Taste starts wet and ends dry…. (okay I admit the fey silliness will continue). The starting taste is slightly a pleasant wet hay, slightly greenery, and ends with a slight dryness that I typically like in many of the oolongs I’ve tried. It isn’t as complex as Ti Kuan Yin, but does not seem to suffer much with what flavors remain.

The leaves seemed to be rolled into little balls like the Ali Shan that I have typed about earlier, and seem to take about two steepings to fully unfurl. Not quite as good as the Ali Shan or the Ti Kuan Yin from Adagio but a pleasant green oolong this definitely is.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Muiriddin

Second steeping is less green in scent and taste, and more spicy licorice-like taste. Slightly bitter that was not in this before, maybe I oversteeped things this time? It actually is greener gold than the first steeping in color. Steeped 4 minutes for the second steeping.

Angrboda

That was a green rhubarb, the purple-y one. :p I don’t think I’ve ever had colour associations with pure green type oolongs. But if it helps, sencha is a dark, warmish pine green while chinese greens tend to feel more yellow-y green.

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Muiriddin

Second steeping is less green in scent and taste, and more spicy licorice-like taste. Slightly bitter that was not in this before, maybe I oversteeped things this time? It actually is greener gold than the first steeping in color. Steeped 4 minutes for the second steeping.

Angrboda

That was a green rhubarb, the purple-y one. :p I don’t think I’ve ever had colour associations with pure green type oolongs. But if it helps, sencha is a dark, warmish pine green while chinese greens tend to feel more yellow-y green.

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