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drank White Monkey by Adagio Teas
158 tasting notes

I wasn’t looking to add a tasting note when I decided to make this. The downside of my Zojirushi is that once my temp is set to 175, I really have a hard time justifying bumping it up to 205 for one cup of black tea, because it takes what seems like ages for the temperature to go down again…so I wind up looking for other teas I can drink at a lower heat setting. I hadn’t had this one before, and it sounded like a good, mellow choice for a cup of tea to watch the sun come up with (on the tail end of a long stretch of consciousness, having been up all night).

It’s good. I like it. The other notes have said virtually everything that I could say about it — sweet, vegetal, light — with the exception of the fact that I got a slightly smoky scent at one point that made me wonder if I was losing my mind. Of course I think it’s not smoky in the least — it’s just the vegetal note — and for one odd moment my tongue misreferenced. Strange. It seems to combine good, basic green tea flavor with some qualities of white tea that I like, so while I doubt I’ll ever be ranting or raving about it, it surprised me with how much I liked it. Enough to write this very unambitious tasting note, at least! Perpetually drinkable.

The cup brews to a rather pretty light yellow. First steep was sweeter, second steep is still good. I’m not sure how many more I would take it to, though.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Clearly the problem with your kettle (I assume it’s a type of kettle) is that you need one more. :)

Ricky

So that’s how zojirushi works! Haha, I’m tempted to get one. I thought you could click a button and it would immediately pour out water at whatever temperature you specified.

Auggy

A friend of mine demands a lot of quick temp changes from her zojirushi and so to make it drop down quickly after a reboil, she adds some fresh water to it – a cup or so at the time – to make it drop from 208 to 175 quickly. I’ve done it a couple of times and it is SO much better than the waiting (because yeah, it can take forever!)

sophistre

Angr: If they weren’t so freakin’ expensive and they didn’t have a non-trivial footprint on my counter, I would possibly consider a second one…but…that is just lazy on my part, and patience is a virtue, or somesuch. ^^

Ricky: It was totally worth it, to me! I adore it. Unfortunately not…it boils the water, then decreases to 205 (or your selected temp…there are 4).

Auggy: I’ve done that! I usually add more when it gets to be down around half full…but mine always seems to want to reboil. Maybe I add too much too fast and it goes below the lowest temp…hrm. I’ll have to try adding less.

Auggy

Ah yes, the (occasionally annoying) automatic reboil. I feel you pain on that one. If you’ve never tried it, when you’ve got it set on a lower temp and it is trying to reboil then cool you can unplug it when it is close to the selected temp, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in and it will stop the reboil and switch settle on warm. Sometimes annoying quirks aside, I adore my Zojirushi. Such a wonderful thing.

sophistre

Huh! I’ll have to try that, too. Really it’s not the biggest deal to wait it out, I just get impatient. ^^ I adore it. I missed it so much when I was on vacation!

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Angrboda

Clearly the problem with your kettle (I assume it’s a type of kettle) is that you need one more. :)

Ricky

So that’s how zojirushi works! Haha, I’m tempted to get one. I thought you could click a button and it would immediately pour out water at whatever temperature you specified.

Auggy

A friend of mine demands a lot of quick temp changes from her zojirushi and so to make it drop down quickly after a reboil, she adds some fresh water to it – a cup or so at the time – to make it drop from 208 to 175 quickly. I’ve done it a couple of times and it is SO much better than the waiting (because yeah, it can take forever!)

sophistre

Angr: If they weren’t so freakin’ expensive and they didn’t have a non-trivial footprint on my counter, I would possibly consider a second one…but…that is just lazy on my part, and patience is a virtue, or somesuch. ^^

Ricky: It was totally worth it, to me! I adore it. Unfortunately not…it boils the water, then decreases to 205 (or your selected temp…there are 4).

Auggy: I’ve done that! I usually add more when it gets to be down around half full…but mine always seems to want to reboil. Maybe I add too much too fast and it goes below the lowest temp…hrm. I’ll have to try adding less.

Auggy

Ah yes, the (occasionally annoying) automatic reboil. I feel you pain on that one. If you’ve never tried it, when you’ve got it set on a lower temp and it is trying to reboil then cool you can unplug it when it is close to the selected temp, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in and it will stop the reboil and switch settle on warm. Sometimes annoying quirks aside, I adore my Zojirushi. Such a wonderful thing.

sophistre

Huh! I’ll have to try that, too. Really it’s not the biggest deal to wait it out, I just get impatient. ^^ I adore it. I missed it so much when I was on vacation!

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