33 Tasting Notes

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drank Shui Xian by Teas Etc
33 tasting notes

I got this tea as a free sampler from teas etc. It has a very weak, unimpressive flavor profile. I even tossed the leaves back in for a minute more steep time, but the flavor did not improve. It was packaged in a small clear plastic bag, so this tea might have gone south due to prolonged sun exposure in their warehouse.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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61

Becuase I’m vegan, my mom struggles to figure out what to send me for holidays. She sends my brother candy and cookies, and for me, she settled on tea. I couldn’t be happier! I got this one for Easter, and I am pleasantly surprised that a tea from World Market is this good. Because of it’s low caffeine content, it makes a perfect cup of tea to enjoy with a good book as I am getting ready for bed.

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

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74

I’m not usually a fan of green tea, but today I made a nice matcha smoothie with vanilla soy milk and agave nectar. Now, I just need to figure out the best way to make hot matcha. I failed miserably once already.

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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75
drank Ancient Pu-erh Palace by Rishi Tea
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This is a decent basic pu-erh. I drink it in the morning when I am in the mood for something more pleasant than coffee.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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32
drank Darjeeling #22 by Adagio Teas
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Usually black teas are pretty straight forward when it comes to preparation, this one, however; I find easy to over-steep. When over-steeped, it gets very bitter and actually makes me sick to my stomach. When brewed correctly though, it is somewhat enjoyable and has a rather soothing aroma.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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96
drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
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When I was first getting into tea, this golden monkey was my favorite. It is naturally sweet with a beautiful golden color.

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

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87
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
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It was a dark, rainy day today in Salt Lake City so I decided to make a pot of this dark, caramely goodness after work. This is one of my favorite everyday strong black teas. It is best with a spoon full of agave nectar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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I brewed up a cup of rooibos last night before bed mixing in a small amount of adagio’s lemongrass to enhance the flavor profile. Quite Nice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Teavana
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I was very disappointed by this tea, and I’m a huge fan of other Golden Monkeys. As another reviewer aptly put it: “this one seems unusually plain.” It was also a bit too expensive, I think.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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87
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
33 tasting notes

This is a good strong morning tea. I drink it with a little honey to take the edge off.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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