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drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
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Big, wiry leaves for this one, so I used 1 airy tsp for the 3.5oz pot; liqueur is a light amber color; smells a bit like Darjeeling, but softer and toastier, without the really sharp muscatel. First sip: much softer than anything I expected with the word “Darjeeling” in the name; also surprising hints of flowers. Nice, but a little weak – might not’ve used enough leaf. I’ll be glad when the tiny scale I ordered just for tea gets here!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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