I wrote down my notes of this tea and then went back through to see what others said in their reviews. I’m wondering if I’m even drinking the same tea here. This is one of those teas I got as a sample and the package certainly says Kai Hua Cresendo from Adagio. The leaves are a brownish green, and like long needles. To me it smells very light, predominantly of straw with a hint of pepper. The wet leaves smell like malty straw, like it’s from the Darjeeling area, but when I go to the Adagio site it says it’s from China. So, I think maybe it’s just the smell. After all tea doesn’t always taste like it smells. So, I take a sip and my first thought is I didn’t add enough leaves, it tastes very watered down. Then I taste the malty straw and have a slight pepper aftertaste. This definitely tastes like it was grown in the Darjeeling area, it has to be, but the website says no that it’s grown in Zhejiang, China. It certainly doesn’t taste like it to me.

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I’m an avid tea drinker, it’s what I drink all day and why I’m here. I don’t sweeten my teas except for the occasional iced tea or cold-brewed tea. I typically brew my teas with a brew basket in a 12 oz cup. If I brew another way I will always note it.

Dislikes: black teas, milk flavored oolongs, hibiscus, red rooibos, licorice, dessert teas, mate, guayusa.

Loves: straight teas, especially Chinese green teas, sencha, jasmine, dan congs, mint, coconut.

My ratings are based mostly on the smiley faces. If a tea is of good quality but not to my taste preference I try not to rate it because I think that is unfair.

I drink a lot of the same teas and will not record every time I drink them. I log them the first time I try them and then again if I did something different and/or got different results.

I also try to keep my cupboard updated to what I actually have for those that wish to swap, although some of them are merely samples.

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