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drank Passionfruit by Adagio Teas
1938 tasting notes

Sipdown no. 166.

I had a bit of this sample left. I tend to save the samples I like and sip down the ones I don’t like as much. This has turned out to be exactly the opposite of what I should be doing, since it means I end up with a lot of tea I like sitting around and getting old when I fall out of serial obsession land, while tea I like less gets consumed while it is fresher. I have decided this time around to be guided more by what I feel like drinking at any given time rather than the “saving the best for last” mentality.

And I do still like this one. I now have more of an understanding of passion fruit as a fruit, given that we had it quite a bit for breakfast when I was in Costa Rica. Where they call it “Love Fruit.” For some reason I find that adorable. Leave it to English speakers to separate passion from love.

The flavor is definitely that of passion fruit over an unobtrusive but tasty black tea base, and even though it’s quite old, it’s very flavorful.

That’s the thing about California. We’re in a perpetual drought and the air is desert dry almost all of the time. Between that and pretty good storage habits, my tea has tended to keep pretty well and way longer than recommended times — at least it never mildews or anything ugly, and it seems to retain its flavor. But then I view expiration dates on everything from milk to pharmaceuticals as rather more of a guideline than a rule.

Flavors: Passion Fruits

TheKesser

I also do that with my teas. I don’t like something so I inhale it and all the good teas just sit there. It makes me so sad when I realize all the good teas are going stale. All the unliked ones should face that fate, not the other way around. I’m going to try and work on that too.

Indigobloom

Haha I do the same thing, unless I really dislike it and then just give it away. But lately I’ve started a rule… one tea I like, one I feel meh about, and then I am allowed to try a new one if I have any :)

Indigobloom

(and then it starts all over again!)

__Morgana__

Good rule!

TheKesser

That’s a really good idea. Yeah I’ve given some away that I just can’t do too. I usually can find someone that likes them.

Indigobloom

I adapted mine from someone else’s idea. Find what works for you and stick with it :)

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TheKesser

I also do that with my teas. I don’t like something so I inhale it and all the good teas just sit there. It makes me so sad when I realize all the good teas are going stale. All the unliked ones should face that fate, not the other way around. I’m going to try and work on that too.

Indigobloom

Haha I do the same thing, unless I really dislike it and then just give it away. But lately I’ve started a rule… one tea I like, one I feel meh about, and then I am allowed to try a new one if I have any :)

Indigobloom

(and then it starts all over again!)

__Morgana__

Good rule!

TheKesser

That’s a really good idea. Yeah I’ve given some away that I just can’t do too. I usually can find someone that likes them.

Indigobloom

I adapted mine from someone else’s idea. Find what works for you and stick with it :)

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes

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