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I’m in an excellent mood this morning and I’m not sure why. Today is my best work buddy’s last day at the office, which should be making me sad. But I got a new MyTouch phone last night and I am LOVING it. Hey Steepster, can we get an Android app?


Yay for Android love! I have a G1. I wish there was a Steepster app!

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I opened up my 2oz bag of this for the first time yesterday and was blown away by how much matcha was mixed in to this genmaicha! My sample from jennlea had a lot, but this had a TON. This is definitely the best genmaicha I’ve ever had.

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Adagio Teas
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As promised, I ordered another sample tin of this to have around. Very tasty stuff – interesting to see how it compares to Orchid Oolong, which I’ve been drinking a lot more of since I last drank this. You can definitely notice the difference that the orchid makes in OO.


Haha, more adagio!

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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I adore Adagio’s Yunnan Noir, and now that I’m out for the time being, I’m making due with their other two Yunnans that are in my cupboard, Jig and Gold. Yunnan Gold is actually the first Yunnan of theirs that I tried and loved. Yunnan Jig is one that I’ve neglected, mainly because it’s the cheapest/lowest quality of the three. But it’s still good, and still has all of those great Yunnan qualities – the slight earthiness, the cocoa taste, and the peppery spikiness on the tongue.


i haven’t tried this yet, but i might think about ordering a sample next time. I adore their yunnan noir, though.


Bethany, what is the biggest difference you taste between the different grades? Bitterness? Amount of cocoaness? Earthiness? I’ve never had yunnan before, so I’m curious as to which one I should try :)


@Shanti Hmm. They are all similar but very different, as well. Yunnan Jig is definitely the least cocoa-ful of the three and has more of an earthiness to it than the others. Yunnan Gold is the most peppery with a slight cocoa aftertaste and some earthiness. And Yunnan Noir is almost exclusively cocoa-tasting, with very little earthiness or aftertaste.

None of the three are bitter at all. They’re all very smooth – the pepper taste is the only thing that could be conceived as “bitter.”


Oh okay. I think I’m going to go for the Yunnan Noir, then! I also want to try the Black Dragon Pearls, and compare it to the Yunnan Noir. I’ve read that it’s also supposed to be earthy and cocoa-y. :)

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This is pulling very vanilla-creamy today, which I have no problem with.

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drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
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There’s always time for Orchid Oolong.

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drank English Breakfast by Adagio Teas
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Smoky and slightly bakey, from the Keemun.

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drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
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Last of my sample. I think today will be the first day I can actually drink tea again!

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drank Lady Grey by Tea Embassy
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I didn’t drink tea all weekend. My stomach just couldn’t handle it. Turns out I might be trying a bit too early – I literally took one sip of this and the caffeine went straight to my head. Proceeding with caution…

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drank Blue Sky by Julius Meinl
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I was really liking this tea in my pre-Steepster days.. it’s Chinese Sencha blended with rose petals and mallow flowers. The mallow definitely shines through with a bright sweetness, and you can taste a bit of the rose, as well.


I’m not sure what mallow flowers are, but all I can imagine is a field of little green stems with clusters of marshmallows floating above them and it’s really making me want to taste this tea! (even though I’m sure mallow flowers don’t taste like marshmallows. so silly.) :P


@Laura – No worries, I had similar images when I first bought this tea. :) All I could think of was marshmallow tea. It actually does have some similarity with marshmallows, since they’re kind of mild but very sweet.

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