215 Tasting Notes

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To me, a black masala chai has black pepper, so i added that. Out of milk, i added powdered creamer. Then came the Equal sweetener knockoff. This is what happens when i dont get out to the store. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this creamy, spicy hit of black tea!

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75

The first time I drank this, i over-steeped it and hated it. This time i did better, with cooler water and 2 min steep, and squeezed the tea bag GENTLY. Added some sweet. This time i like it. It cant compare with Stash’s mangosteen green with matcha, but i do love diversity.

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[see my later entries on this tea. Lack of experience affected this one] Hot water 3 min in glass gaiwan. Somewhat vegetal, with no bitterness or astringency (actually kinda flat) and the aroma is mostly coconut. Medium yellow-green liquor, slightly hazy, with medium body. I’d have liked a bit more pineapple or even citrus for some oomph. All-in-all a mellow cup, mostly as described, to which I added nothing. Dont know yet if i like it.

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75

leaves smile and they wink,
twisting in their agony —
such is strength of tea

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75

Maybe it’s just that the pu-erh in this tea bag is extra mellow, but perhaps the chrysanthemum petals have the effect of banishing the barnyard aspects of the pu-erh. However it happens, this is a light amber liquid with nice earthiness and a subtle floral aroma. Boiling water, scant 3 min steep. I like this. Nice change of pace. Got it in a sampler — might buy it sometime.

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75

Nice and smooth drinking. Boiling water, 5 min steep, milk and sweet’ning. I bought a bunch of assortments on clearance and shared them with a sort of tea sisterhood, including my sister, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. We fancy ourselves having daily tea parties across the miles. And I feel a bit of the same camaraderie with my fellow Steepster-ites. Well then, to tea!

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75

I follow in the teacups of teaequalsbliss in agreeing that this is a nummy, nummy tea! The bergamot blossoms out and rules this cup as the queen of citrus-y perfumes, which she is. I made her milky and sweet, as well. Quite uplifting to my spirits! Yes, nummy as the dickens …..

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75

This loose tea has chamomile, ginger, and rose petals, all of which the alike-named tea bag lacks, among other differences. With the look and aroma of a great potpourri, this is a fluffy tea, so i used 2 tsp. for my cup. Boiling water on it, steep 7 min. It makes a bright, clear yellow liquid, and I had mine hot with sugar. Satisfied my yen for dessert. Tangy, yet sweet and soothing.

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drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
215 tasting notes

Confession: after I’ve had my several steeps of these exquisite leaves, I will pick out and eat the buds and smaller leaves. Yes, it’s that good and tender, like the best buttered asparagus or artichoke with a vase of sweet flowers on the table. Enjoying Tea has a good price for Ali Shan, and it seems to me to be the same batch as Adagio has right now. Enjoy!

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My favorite green tea — probably because I sense no astringency or bitterness — just luscious ripe fruit flavor, mostly pear. 3 min steep in water of appropriate coolth = a medium amber color liquid with a tiny bit of cloudiness. The green tea gods may shed a tear, but I drink for my enjoyment and health, not to humor them!

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Note: I’m open to offers to swap tea samples. If you can’t message me, just comment on one of my tea notes, and I’ll respond.

I am fascinated and deeply impressed by the artistry and skill which coaxes such an array of qualities from one species of leaf. In 2009, I founded San Antonio Tea & Herb Enthusiasts. In 2014, a move to Southern California creates both upheaval and new horizons. The best part is that now I live quite close to my son and his family.

For intimate tastings with a small gathering, I’m practicing Asian-style tea service along the lines of Chinese gongfu cha. It is a joy to share good tea!

The most recent sign of my conversion to the deeply-steeped side: I’ve turned three large file boxes into “tea humidors” for aging pu-erh cakes and bricks at 65% humidity. Remote sensors within the “pumidors” relay the temperature and humidity readings to a base station on my desk. It satisfies my scientist aspect and keeps tea pretty well, too.

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