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77
drank Silver Needle by Rishi Tea
41 tasting notes

So my tea shipment seems to be delayed, and therefore I ran out and got some more Silver Needle from a different source (does this mean I’m addicted?)

Based on what I could determine this appears to be a different tea than the Silver Needle Premium from Rishi, so I’ve added it to the list for Steepster.

Two mounded tablespoon’s and about 12 ounces of water steeped for 2 minutes. This one is slightly more colorful when steeped than Adagio’s Silver Needle, smell here is more hay than Adagio’s I believe.

Wow work got me interrupted there, where was I…

Ahh I am now on the second steeping of the Rishi Silver Needle. The second steeping smells more floral than the first but I did steep it 2:30 instead of just 2:00 of my first. The taste of this has a hint more flower to it than Adagio’s and seems slightly less complex. On first impressions I’m going to have to say I prefer the Adagio to the Rishi. However I really should try steeping them both so I can try them almost simultaneously.

With how well this came out on the second steeping I may have to try three and that is where Adagio’s Silver Needle seemed to “give out” in my mind. When I get my tea shipment I will brew two cups one of each and try them both to truly contrast them.

However since my first impression is that I prefer the adagio, I currently have given them the higher rating here. Another tea that goes in the “Needs further experimentation section” of my cabinet.

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

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I haven’t written a tasting note for this because my first impression was not good and yet darjeeling is one of my father’s favorites…

So I tried it again today and my impression is better than my first try so here we go. The nose is typical black tea with some additional forest moss smell, kind of musty but in a clean fresh way. In addition it has a faint nutty maybe smokey smell that lets me know this is going to be different than my typical morning black (Ceylon Sonata).

Its taste ends with some bitter and astringency, nothing overwhelming but it is there. If you wait even longer though it has an ever so slight ash-like taste in your first inhale/exhale after you swallow which I do not like. The taste begins with something like my morning Ceylon, but adds a hint of single-malt scotch. Almost a taste of something peat-like however while normally that could be a compliment, this isn’t… I can understand where this might appeal to some, but not me… All in all it has potential and I wouldn’t turn down a cup if someone brewed it for me. I do think there might be more darjeeling’s out there that might appeal more to me.
Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Pamela Dean

Darjeelings, especially first flush harvests, seem to do better with less-than-boiling water (and especially on first steep). Try 190F for first steep and 195F or 200F on second steep. Happy cups!

Muiriddin

Thanks, I will have to try this that way, I think I have a bit left in order to try this.

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82
drank Rooibos Orange by Adagio Teas
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Orange and rooibos, sounds like a great mix, however this isn’t as orange as you might think based on how it smells as you are putting it into whatever teaware you use to steep it. The smell is almost 100% orange, however once it has steeped and you get it in your cup, the rooibos comes out to play.

This was my after superbowl drink actually, basically something to calm me down after the big game. Having had it before I knew what to expect, a big orange nose until it falls into my cup, then it is almost all rooibos with a hint of orange overtone. Basically what you have is a woody rooibos symphony and just a hint of orange harmony, exactly backwards what you would think from smelling it before you brew it.

Which just so happens to be how I like it. So if you like rooibos drink this tea, if you are looking for a tea dominated by the orange go somewhere else this one is not for you.

Nose is rooibos wood with just a hint of orange after steeping. Taste is almost all rooibos with just a layered hint of fruit. Which fruit you ask? You aren’t asking you know which one! I prepared this with two teaspoon fulls of “leaf” and 2 cups of water, steeped it and put it in one of my favorite big mugs.

Hope you all have a good evening. Maybe my next tea shipment will come tomorrow… until then!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Pu Erh Dante by Adagio Teas
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Wow this smells different than my typical black morning tea (Ceylon Sonata). This was the last sealed bag in my black sampler from Adagio. Maybe the name Dante scared me off since I didn’t want to end up in the inferno?

It steeped cloudy which startled me, has a very different nose from any other black tea I’ve tried. The smell reminds me of rain on clay if that makes sense with a hint of dust, smoke and dark spice added in, something my wife adds to the Indian curry for flavor, maybe black cardamom? The taste is fairly mild in comparison to the smell, tough to compare to anything since I’m not sure I’ve tasted something like this before.

The aftertaste is long and layered in that it starts with a black tea flavor and ends with a bit of astringency and bitterness almost 5 seconds after swallowing. All in all this one goes in the “needs further research” pile since my first impression isn’t bad, but it might need a different approach to steeping/preparation.

I used two heaping teaspoon fulls with just under 2 cups of water.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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Red Rooibos is something that my wife hates, but for some reason I can’t get enough of. After having tried several different rooibos flavored teas I decided that I needed to simply try it by itself. When you start steeping this it gets red quick and only darkens the longer you steep it. Smells of fresh cut hardwood and wet tree bark are prevalent with the barest hint of cinnamon smoke? Some kind of spice that I have trouble putting my finger on. Maybe it is just my memory of the Rooibos Chai that I enjoy so much. Taste finishes with a pleasant woody wetness that for some reason always makes me think of my grandfathers wood working shop in his basement, additionally it has slight a bitterness that barely hits your tongue at the end. The taste starts with a bit of nut flavor and almost a hint of brown ale hoppiness? Tough to describe to be honest, but a great evening no caffeine beverage that I do need to order more of. This “leaf” is very forgiving if you go longer than 5 minutes when steeping. Although I can’t say I’ve tried more than 8 minutes myself.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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I find it hardest to write about teas that I don’t like. How do I describe what tastes bad? This one is all about what I do not want in an oolong, Take the worst of black and green tea, mix it in a large kettle and toss it down the garbage disposal. What is funny is the straight Formosa from Adagio was quite good, whatever they did which caused them to add “bai hao” to it isn’t.

Tea, like life is a journey. The reason this site exists is if you don’t document your way, how can anyone learn from the experience? I’ve obviously gone off the deep end tonight. This note is for a tea I drank hours ago and want to make sure I don’t accidentally purchase again. So bear with me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Muiriddin

I must have done something wrong with this… I have bumped the rating up after trying this again. I will have to try it a third time once I kick whatever illness has knocked me down the past few days. Since I don’t trust my taste buds and nose right now!

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89
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
41 tasting notes

A very subtle tea, smells ever so slightly of a freshly cut farmers field. Taste is strangely creamy/buttery with a clean finish once swallowed. If you are looking for bold go somewhere else. If you want to experiment with something very subtle this tea can reward quite nicely. I find that I can vary the amount of tea on this one quite a bit and still like the results even with 4 heaping teaspoons added to my ingenuitea. Contrary to what others have said I have not been able to steep this more than twice. The third attempt at steeping seems to not work, maybe I shouldn’t be increasing the amount of time I steep past a certain amount? Only further testing will reveal!

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

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80
drank Ruby Chai by Numi Organic Tea
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This is a wonderful spicy aromatic drink. It takes everything I love about Chai, takes away the caffeine and adds the woodiness of Rooibos and blends it together very well. I have to try this with milk like a real chai tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos Vanilla by Adagio Teas
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Wow, I like Rooibos and Vanilla, who knew the combination could do this! I simply did not like this at all, too much vanilla and it brought the bad tastes that I didn’t even know existed out of the Rooibos.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
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This is my daily before noon black tea. I got a 4 pack of black samplers from Adagio and this one is what I bought a larger bag of. It is simple no nonsense black tea that has a good flavor and mixes well with almost anything you throw at it. At 3 minutes it isn’t bitter and delights with a good black tea flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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