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drank Golden Spring by Adagio Teas
158 tasting notes

’I’ll just start with my sampler tins, and then when I finish them, I’ll move on to the savant samplers,’ I had told myself. Hah. Guess not. I never have been the most patient of individuals, and none of the ‘regular’ tins smelled like anything I wanted.

I’m not sure this is the tea I would conjure out of the anonymous, inspecific aether for my first tea experience of the day either, but without having met my Ultimate Tea yet, it’s a pretty gosh-darned suitable alternative. The smell from the tin was delicious and sweet. The steeping tea was full-bodied and brewed more darkly than I expected, and I tried to savor it, really I did, but I couldn’t stop sipping. The aftertaste is like the ghostly impression of something sweet, with a faint hint of that raisin-sugar taste, but I can see why everyone is tossing around the word umami. This tea wouldn’t go amiss alongside some onigiri.

That said, I don’t really get the ‘meaty’ impression everyone else is getting…for me, it’s more of a savory sweetness. I suspect this is my freshman palate…it has a long way to go. Maybe that’s the full-bodied, brothy mouth-feel of the tea that I can sense but not quite taste yet?

I think my 100 tea, whenever I find it, is going to be something really indulgent. I can’t see any way that this tea could go wrong, though. I could drink this any time of day, any time of year, with any kind of food, and I think it would hold up its end of the bargain and be satisfying.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
teaplz

I’m sort of hoping that my 100 tea never comes… or there are multiple 100 teas for me. :( I sort of don’t want the journey to end, you know?

sophistre

I hear you! Rating is teas is hard without one, but I’m not even sure it exists…too much of anything, no matter how good, will take some of the shine off of it eventually.
It’s the looking that’s fun, so…yeah. Cheers to that!

sophistre

This isn’t worth a whole new tasting note, but…I have seriously gotten to the point where sticking my nose into the tin of this and taking a big whiff almost literally makes me salivate. If I didn’t know any better, I’d accuse Adagio of actually adding MSG to this tea, because damned if I don’t literally crave the savory flavor. Good grief.

Peripherally related: how do I italicize on steepster?

takgoti

I have no idea how I ended up on this tasting note [seriously…I have about 15 Steepster tabs open at the moment], but if you haven’t already gotten the answer you stick things between underscores, no space between.

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teaplz

I’m sort of hoping that my 100 tea never comes… or there are multiple 100 teas for me. :( I sort of don’t want the journey to end, you know?

sophistre

I hear you! Rating is teas is hard without one, but I’m not even sure it exists…too much of anything, no matter how good, will take some of the shine off of it eventually.
It’s the looking that’s fun, so…yeah. Cheers to that!

sophistre

This isn’t worth a whole new tasting note, but…I have seriously gotten to the point where sticking my nose into the tin of this and taking a big whiff almost literally makes me salivate. If I didn’t know any better, I’d accuse Adagio of actually adding MSG to this tea, because damned if I don’t literally crave the savory flavor. Good grief.

Peripherally related: how do I italicize on steepster?

takgoti

I have no idea how I ended up on this tasting note [seriously…I have about 15 Steepster tabs open at the moment], but if you haven’t already gotten the answer you stick things between underscores, no space between.

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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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