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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
158 tasting notes

Oh boy oh boy oh boy!!!

(No, not for this tea…though it’s pretty good! This excitement is due to my Adagio order arriving today. It’s my first go-around with them (re: teanewbie), and so I decided to order a whole slew of samplers to start familiarizing myself with tea types I’ve never had before…and I’m going to work through them all. This is the first one. Whee!)

I like this. What I like most about it is that it lacks any bitterness whatsoever, which surprises me, because it seems as though it should have some. I can vouch for the mouth-dryness mentioned in some other tasting notes, though it’s not parching or intolerable.

The smell of the tea as it was brewing was wonderful, but maybe some of the wonderfulness is due in small part to memories out of my childhood. I spent a lot of time with horses (as a lot of little girls seem to) and the smell reminds me a little bit of the scent of hot bales of alfalfa hay in the sunshine…a sort of earthy hay sweetness and warmth that I have no analogue for. If I had to make another comparison, I might say raisins, but not sharply sweet raisins…more like the aftertaste of raisins.

I got a little bit distracted during the second steeping and I’m not sure how long the leaves were in the hot water, but I know the temp was down to 208 instead of 215 when I poured it in. The flavor is more black-tea this time, weaker but still tasty. I’m looking forward to steep #3, but I suspect I’ll be done with it after that.

I’m still fussing with my ratings…I’ve rated so few teas that it’s hard to know where to place this little marker. Stuff is subject to change for a while…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Have fun with your new shipment! Looking forward to seeing which ones you chose and what you think of them!

Cofftea

Ditto! Adagio was my 1st online tea order and my 2nd experience w/ a loose leaf tea company over all. Have fun wracking up cup points! Creating tea blends are another great way to do that.:)

teaplz

Whoooo you sound like me. :D Have fun with your new teas!

takgoti

Hah, my ratings are constantly getting adjusted. Funny how sometimes a single tea can make you realize, “Oh, man. I need to go change everything.”

Hope you enjoyed your Adagio new things! I’m sure I’ll be reading about them shortly!

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TeaEqualsBliss

Have fun with your new shipment! Looking forward to seeing which ones you chose and what you think of them!

Cofftea

Ditto! Adagio was my 1st online tea order and my 2nd experience w/ a loose leaf tea company over all. Have fun wracking up cup points! Creating tea blends are another great way to do that.:)

teaplz

Whoooo you sound like me. :D Have fun with your new teas!

takgoti

Hah, my ratings are constantly getting adjusted. Funny how sometimes a single tea can make you realize, “Oh, man. I need to go change everything.”

Hope you enjoyed your Adagio new things! I’m sure I’ll be reading about them shortly!

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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