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drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
1908 tasting notes

The dry tea is an interesting-looking dark-green/grey colour shot through with silver. It has a scent sort of like hay with a bit of nuttiness. But wow does it ever change drastically when I add the water! The smell morphs into something that I can only liken to dried seaweed – some people have called it ‘fishy’ but it’s not really that – to me it smells like the nori used to wrap sushi.

The tea isn’t fishy either (thankfully) it does have a savory note to it that gives the tea more body – this isn’t a fresh, light, delicate-tasting green. It has a nutty quality to it and a sort of green sweetness aswell.

I’m not sure what I think of this tea – I don’t love it, but it’s isn’t gack-worthy either. I think I’d have to be in a particular mood to drink this tea – I don’t think it’ll become my go-to green or anything like that.

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

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I’ve been drinking tea since I was young but it’s only in the past couple years that I’ve become interested in the good-quality stuff.

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