drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
226 tasting notes

Hmmm… I seem to have had this tea before. Very chocolatey, hints of cream way down in the flavor, full-bodied… but I couldn’t put my finger on it until my fiancé smelled it. He took one or two whiffs and then said, “Be right back.” He came back with his tin of Teavana’s Copper Knot Hongcha… and we both agreed that they must be either the exact same tea or extremely similar.

So, folks, if you, like my fiancé and I, LOVE Teavana’s Copper Knot Hongcha, you will love this tea. :) It is good for up to about five steeps, and the leaves just keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I love how relaxing it is, and I love how there’s not a drop of astringency, even in the first steep. An AWESOME morning tea!

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite, but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3


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