80
drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
158 tasting notes

Man, my rating system is a real mess now.

I really, really love the way this tea smells after it brews. It’s such a rich smell. I couldn’t stop sniffing my cup after the first brewing.

On the first brew, I didn’t really feel like the taste was particularly floral. Buttery plantlife, mellow, rich greenery…that was the taste to me. Deliciously so, and smooth to drink, but still very much a ‘green and growing things’ taste. The second steeping has surprised me…I found the smell far more floral. It hit me unexpectedly, out of the blue, and I thought…oh! That’s what they were talking about! Strangely enough, the taste of this second cup manages to combine that slightly floral taste with an even more pronounced ‘this was a plant’ taste — grassy and brighter, this time — though I wonder if that’s a result of not steeping it quite long enough to give it a fuller body, as I was wary of oversteeping.

These pretty, richly-hued bundles of leaves really make me glad that I decided to buy an infuser cup with a ton of room for them to expand…and it’s glass, so I get a free show, too. Fun.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
LENA

we might have the same cup w/ infuser. I love the clear glass!

Sean Duncan Purcell

Just something I thought you might be interested in, there is sort cup that looks like a tea cup but the sides don’t flair out at all and it is use for tea smelling. You just pour the tea in, after a few seconds pour it into your cup, then just have to kind waft the steam off the top and hold the cup up to your nose. I was hooked after the first time I tried it and I use mine every time I go for this any of my oolongs.

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LENA

we might have the same cup w/ infuser. I love the clear glass!

Sean Duncan Purcell

Just something I thought you might be interested in, there is sort cup that looks like a tea cup but the sides don’t flair out at all and it is use for tea smelling. You just pour the tea in, after a few seconds pour it into your cup, then just have to kind waft the steam off the top and hold the cup up to your nose. I was hooked after the first time I tried it and I use mine every time I go for this any of my oolongs.

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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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