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drank Gunpowder by Adagio Teas
186 tasting notes

Yay! My first second steeping of a tea! If I decide to resteep other teas, I’ll probably tack the findings on to the end of the first steep results. But since my last review of Gunpowder was so massive, I think that’d be a bit unwieldy. Unless I decide to split it up all the time. We’ll see.

So, no crazy leaf explosions this time. The leaves did seem to get a bit bigger, though, and look more… leaf-like. Like plants. Which is what they are. I’m still amazed at how much leaf came out of the little rolled pellets. The leaves smelled like spinach this time.

Anyway, the liquid (I know I’m supposed to use “liquor” but that sounds pompous) was around the same color as before, but the taste was completely different. Ridiculously different. It wasn’t like I was drinking the same tea. This steep tasted strongly of Essence of Spinach. If that was even a flavor. It’s like spinach and water infused as one and became a beverage. I don’t really know what to say about that, since spinach is definitely not one of my favorite vegetables. It was interesting, and definitely sippable, but not as enjoyable and complex as the first steep.

I couldn’t detect any of the smoky flavor anymore at all. If anything, it was a faint wisp in the back of my throat. There was a little bit more bittnerness, but nothing out of the ordinary. But what was pretty amazing was the delicious sweetness that became a prominent note and aftertaste. I can still actually taste it now. It tastes like what I always want sugar in my tea to taste like, but it never does. It’s natural and delicious and wonderful. If anything, I kept drinking this second steep for that juicy sugary goodness.

I’m going to try a third steep of this stuff a bit later on. Now it’s more curiosity than wanting to drink it, just because the second steep was radically different than the first.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

So now you’re calling me pompous? hehe;) lol j/k.

teaplz

Nah, it’s just not a word I think I’d ever use! Haha, I’m 22, look around 17, am bouncy and peppy in real life. I couldn’t imagine using “liquor” unless I was wearing a monocle and smoking a pipe. :P

takgoti

@teaplz Yes, yes. Quite right, quite right. Do remember to drop by and pick up your tweed jacket – I’ve sewn your leather elbow patches on it for you.

Cofftea

@teaplz shush now- I’m just 2 yrs older than you lol. I like using proper vocab. I think the lack of proper verbage makes people look uneducated. (Not you personally, just as a society in general).

teafiend

@ teaplz Jolly good show! Perhaps I can interest you in a top hat and and a fine cane?
I really don’t see where age plays a role in verbosity, other than the narrow minded guide lines that education system uses.

teaplz

Harrharr. I didn’t mean it as an “age” thing really – that sort of came out wrong. I just meant that it’s such a stuffy word for me. I just could never imagine using “liquor” to describe my tea to my friends. And since I type these logs out in a conversational, intimate tone, I’d never use it on here either. It’s like choosing to call film “cinema.” It’s absolutely correct. But it makes you look unnecessarily pretentious.

And Cofftea, I think you mean verbiage. ;)

Auggy

@teaplz: Off topic but I think you will be happy to know I caved to your peer pressure. I got the sampler. :)

teaplz

notarevolution, I don’t think it’ll ever come naturally to me. I use a ton of “big kid” words in everyday conversation. I’m an English major and an avid reader (I read at least 100 books a year), so I love finding appropriate and quirky words to fit into conversations. But every time I try to type “liquor,” I just end up giggling.

Auggy! YES! YES! YES! You’ve just made me joygasm over here. Awesome! We should have an online tea party and all drink the same tea at the same time. :D

Ricky

I caved in as well. $20 for 31 teas was too good of a deal to pass up. I’m just going to skip out on a few cups of Starbuck’s lattes. Where do they ship from? Apparently my order has been shipped but I couldn’t find a tracking number.

teaplz

Ricky, I believe they ship out from Virginia. In the e-mail that they’ve shipped, there should be a tracking number listed with a UPS link. And YAY!

Cofftea

I’ve eyed the GM sampler forever- I WILL cave. Probably about March. I have a coupon for 130 bags (13 each of 10 types) from stash for $19.99 that expires 3/31. I SHOULD have room for them by now.

takgoti

Wait, what?

They’re in HERNDON? What?! That’s it. I’m organizing a raid.

teafiend

@ takgoti, Raid! Count me in!
I have not succumbed to peer pressure, but I wish I did. Maybe I’ll get the parentals to.

takgoti

@teafiend Word! Herndon’s not too far away from where I am. STORM THE HEADQUARTERS! TEA AND CAKE OR DEATH! TEA AND CAKE OR DEATH!

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Cofftea

So now you’re calling me pompous? hehe;) lol j/k.

teaplz

Nah, it’s just not a word I think I’d ever use! Haha, I’m 22, look around 17, am bouncy and peppy in real life. I couldn’t imagine using “liquor” unless I was wearing a monocle and smoking a pipe. :P

takgoti

@teaplz Yes, yes. Quite right, quite right. Do remember to drop by and pick up your tweed jacket – I’ve sewn your leather elbow patches on it for you.

Cofftea

@teaplz shush now- I’m just 2 yrs older than you lol. I like using proper vocab. I think the lack of proper verbage makes people look uneducated. (Not you personally, just as a society in general).

teafiend

@ teaplz Jolly good show! Perhaps I can interest you in a top hat and and a fine cane?
I really don’t see where age plays a role in verbosity, other than the narrow minded guide lines that education system uses.

teaplz

Harrharr. I didn’t mean it as an “age” thing really – that sort of came out wrong. I just meant that it’s such a stuffy word for me. I just could never imagine using “liquor” to describe my tea to my friends. And since I type these logs out in a conversational, intimate tone, I’d never use it on here either. It’s like choosing to call film “cinema.” It’s absolutely correct. But it makes you look unnecessarily pretentious.

And Cofftea, I think you mean verbiage. ;)

Auggy

@teaplz: Off topic but I think you will be happy to know I caved to your peer pressure. I got the sampler. :)

teaplz

notarevolution, I don’t think it’ll ever come naturally to me. I use a ton of “big kid” words in everyday conversation. I’m an English major and an avid reader (I read at least 100 books a year), so I love finding appropriate and quirky words to fit into conversations. But every time I try to type “liquor,” I just end up giggling.

Auggy! YES! YES! YES! You’ve just made me joygasm over here. Awesome! We should have an online tea party and all drink the same tea at the same time. :D

Ricky

I caved in as well. $20 for 31 teas was too good of a deal to pass up. I’m just going to skip out on a few cups of Starbuck’s lattes. Where do they ship from? Apparently my order has been shipped but I couldn’t find a tracking number.

teaplz

Ricky, I believe they ship out from Virginia. In the e-mail that they’ve shipped, there should be a tracking number listed with a UPS link. And YAY!

Cofftea

I’ve eyed the GM sampler forever- I WILL cave. Probably about March. I have a coupon for 130 bags (13 each of 10 types) from stash for $19.99 that expires 3/31. I SHOULD have room for them by now.

takgoti

Wait, what?

They’re in HERNDON? What?! That’s it. I’m organizing a raid.

teafiend

@ takgoti, Raid! Count me in!
I have not succumbed to peer pressure, but I wish I did. Maybe I’ll get the parentals to.

takgoti

@teafiend Word! Herndon’s not too far away from where I am. STORM THE HEADQUARTERS! TEA AND CAKE OR DEATH! TEA AND CAKE OR DEATH!

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

I also am the happy girlfriend of the boy that created the tea randomizer, which can be found here: http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php

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