1893 Tasting Notes

75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

This makes a nice wake-me-up tea; strong, straightforward, and not too complex.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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65

I forgot how long I steeped this – oh well. I got to enjoy it with my friends who are both tea-holics. Good times. :)

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70

Backlogging from earlier today. This is sooo tasty with skim milk and it gave me enough of a kick to last through the evening (I had friends over for supper – fun, but lots of work).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

Urgh, it’s too early and the boyfriend is being pesky. Hopefully this tea will make me feel a bit more lively.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

I was so full after supper that something pepperminty was in order. This is my last bag of this tea (“But why is the tea always gone?”) and luckily I ran out just in time for me to get a new round of Christmas teas from the grocery stores.

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

Oooh, that sounds like a fun little shopping spree. This is about the time that Ghirardelli comes out with their Peppermint Bark.

CRACK COCAINE. FORM OF CHOCOLATE.

http://shop.ghirardelli.com/product-exec/product_id/758/nm/Limited_Edition_Peppermint_Bark_Squares_Chocolates_Stand_Up_Bag

Jillian

I see your Ghirardelli chocolates and raise you Purdy’s Chocolates’ Peppermint Ice: http://www.purdys.com/New-Peppermint-Bark-P198C51.aspx
Or their Pecan Rolls: http://www.purdys.com/Christmas-Pecan-Rolls-P193C51.aspx
Or-! Or-! Or-!
… I’m so going to gain a million pounds this Christmas, aren’t I?

takgoti

Ooooooooh.

Have I ever seen Purdy’s around before? Must investigate this.

Jillian

Purdy’s is most a western Canada company so in the States you probably wouldn’t have seen it.

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80
drank Genmaicha by Ujinotsuyu
1893 tasting notes

Back at the same sushi place, Arigato Sushi, for supper with the boyfriend. On a cold day like this where I can feel winter closing in, it’s nice to have a hot drink with my meal. Once again I think this tea goes remarkably well with sushi (although it was tuna donburi this time), however the boyfriend took one sip, wrinkled his nose and asked if he could add sugar. Oy vey! rolls eyes

takgoti

Sugar? In a genmaicha?

I’m almost tempted to try it just to see what would happen. It almost seems…sacrilegious.

Jillian

Urgh, I think it would wreck the unique savory flavour – I guess some teas just aren’t meant to be drunk anything but plain. :)

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62
drank White Cucumber by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

Pulling off the lid of the sample tin (this one was on tight) I caught a wiff of the dry tea. The only thing I can describe it as is a cross between cinnamon and light dill pickles. Yeah, I don’t get it either. It’s not that I don’t like it – I LOVE dill pickles – it’s just such a non sequitur for me and my nose.

I’m glad to see the large number of buds in this tea instead of the crumbled up bits you sometimes get. Taste-wise this tea is actually very close to the taste of raw cucumber, though I’m also still picking up a very minute trace of cinnamon or some other spice.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I laugh every time someone mentions the cinnamon. I’ve had this countless times and never smelled or tasted cinnamon.

Auggy

@Jillian, I got the same cinnamon/spice taste (though it made me think Red Hots since there was a sweetness to it). I’m glad I’m not the only one that got that!

Cofftea

@Auggy, I’m starting to think I’m the only one that DOESN’T. lol:)

Auggy

@Cofftea, Me too! ;)

Cofftea

Sure glad I don’t taste cinnamon when I make my mojito spin off w/ this!

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

I’m drinking a re-steep of last night’s tea and MAN are these balls long-lasting! ;D

The tea still has an impressive kick to it, although the "Yunnan Jig’ flavour is a bit more pronounced this time.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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45
drank Chamomile by Stash Tea Company
1893 tasting notes

Meh, this smells nice enough but it makes a pretty whimpy-tasting chamomile tea. Ah well, this is mostly just to help me relax and get to sleep (because god knows I need to stop staying up until 3am) so if it helps I might up the rating a bit tomorrow.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Rena Sherwood

Stash’s organic chamomile actually has a taste — according to my finicky palate, anyway. Sometimes you can find Stash organic variety boxes, so you don’t have to commit to a whole box. Hope this helps.

Jillian

Honestly? This is one herb that I think I’d prefer to grow myself rather than spend the money on the tea.

Next spring. :)

Rena Sherwood

Well, I don’t know how your taste buds compare to mine, but this is what my taste buds are telling me. Whether or not my taste buds are honest is anyone’s guess.

Jillian

A polygraph test for your taste buds? ;)

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80
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
1893 tasting notes

After hearing all the hype about these, how could I resist? Since people around here seem to think the more balls the better (hehe) I decided to start with four of them in my mug. The dry odor is incredibly cocoa-y but there’s also more than a trace of that tanin/smoke scent underneath that I get from my Yunnan Jig tea. I suppose it makes sense since both teas are from that region.

When I add the water the ‘Yunnan Jig’ smell becomes stronger, although if you sniff carefully you can still detect the cocoa. It was so fascinating watching the balls slowly unfurl in the water like a dark sea anemone.

The brew is very dark and rich-looking. Upon first sip it seems to taste quite like a milder version of Yunnan Jig aswell, but then the cocoa hits you in the back of the mouth. It’s not like drinking say Adagio’s Chocolate Chip tea; the flavour is much more subtle and it’s more like raw cocoa powder to me than actual chocolate.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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