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(2022 harvest) Unreal. So so juicy, tropical red fruit. Beautiful ruby color. Beguiling aroma. Notes of muscat grape and ume plum. Dimension of the fruit is headspinning, almost caricatured, juicy fruit-esque.

Desert island tea for sure.

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87

(2023 harvest) Mealy and savory. Medium charcoal roast. Savory notes prominent.

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93
drank Jin kong que by Masters Teas
143 tasting notes

(2023 harvest) Really balanced. Hay, cocoa, minerals. Toasted oats. Nice briskness and juiciness, just the right hit of acid.

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93

(2022 harvest) Unbelievably high pitched fragrance. Next level, really. Then the soup has incredible texture- silky, oily, and strong mineral quality. Almost electric buzz, with a zingy spice. Also a pleasant cedar sauna note. Very green and fresh; usually I prefer the more roasted style of Taiwanese oolong, but this is exceptional.

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89

(2022 harvest) Malt, honey, cocoa, earth, minerals and clay. Subacid.

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80

Big leaves. Really light color brew. Very middle of the road, light roast oolong notes. Subtle nuttiness. A bit honeyed, but not very floral, more woody.

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91

(2020 harvest) Really unique perfume- sultry, summer night florals. Deeper, more ripe than the Adagio Ali Shan. Body is liqueur like. Creamy and brisk. Special indeed.

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95

(2023 Harvest) Hauntingly floral. Really stellar. Maybe more floral than the 2022.

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95

(2022 Harvest) Light Bronze liquor. Really pretty peach aroma, very clean, floral and honeyed oolong. Top quality. This is a “bug bitten” oolong.

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78

Adagio CommuniTEA – April 15th, 2023

What a relief to see a nice plain tea…

It’s actually been a little while since I’ve had a plain silver needle. I steeped it Western but kept the steep short, and the result is lovely. Soft and soothing hay and grain notes, accompanied by juicy honeydew melon and refreshing cucumber. There are some light and sweetly nectarous floral notes as well, such as honeysuckle. A bit of an autumn leaf profile on the back of the sip.

Lovely respite from some of the other communiTEA teas that haven’t been my favorites… :P

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cucumber, Dry Leaves, Grain, Hay, Honeydew, Honeysuckle, Melon, Mineral, Musty, Nectar, Smooth, Spring Water, Sweet, Thick, Viscous

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Ma Liu Mi by Masters Teas
4032 tasting notes

Adagio CommuniTEA – April 4th, 2023

I was wondering if they were going to include any Masters teas in the communiTEA, and lo and behold, here we are! I wasn’t sure if I’d had this type of oolong before, but I think I have as it seems to be the Cantonese name for “monkey picked”.

This is a very mellow oolong. The description mentions florals, but I’m happy that I don’t get a lot of floral notes here. It’s overall very smooth and thick, with a nice creamy texture to it. It has a sparkling mineral note that reminds me of drinking from a stream, and some gentle grassiness. There’s a touch of a toasty note, just enough to make it a bit cozy without overwhelming the flavor. A dried apricot fruitiness comes out in the finish, and lingers pleasantly on the tongue.

Definitely not a very complex tea to my tastebuds, but still very enjoyable. Though I think lovers of greener oolongs might be missing the floral notes here. Personally, I’m happy to be missing them. ;)

Flavors: Apricot, Clear, Creamy, Dry Grass, Fruity, Mineral, Roasted, Silky, Smooth, Spring Water, Stonefruit, Tart, Thick, Toasty

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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45
drank Meng Ding Huang Ya by Masters Teas
157 tasting notes

TTB Review #6: I’ve never had a yellow tea before so this was a very new experience for me. To be honest, I don’t really like it, though I did finish my cup. I dunno, something about it was like…pungent vegetable water. I normally don’t mind a vegetal presence in tea but this one just didn’t hit the right notes for me.

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89
drank Bai Hao Yin Zhen by Masters Teas
1239 tasting notes

They’re so cute and fluffy! Squeeeee. I love the tiny hairs that stick to the package. A sign of good tea. I’m sure I have a few up my nose now too. sneeze Always look before sticking your nose in the bag. A very typical white tea aroma; barnyard, summer tall grass, hay. By the way, it’s November right now when I am writing this note, in MN, and I have our screen door open. Whoa. Just took my first sip. It is incredibly fruity. Juicy fruit gum but without the intense fake sugar. Melons and honeysuckle. Also bits of hay, a mix of wet and dry hay. As you let it infuse longer the astringency picks up a bit along with a weird metallic note. Some of the fruity notes remain. Like licking fruity jam off a metal board. The wet aroma is pleasant. Warming.

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84

Yellow tea is one of the rare types of tea. If you find this tea cheap. Be wary. This tea is the only one to use sweltering during processing. And this is what makes yellow tea what it is (just like all the other types). This amazing tea is not to be taken lightly. With each note you will find, I am definitely finding, high vegetal and nutty notes. The dry leaves will be a mix of green olive and jade colors. Maybe not the most beautiful as compared with well-done Japanese green teas but they have their own. Rolled into a needle shape. The mouthfeel is smooth with very little astringency, even when you over-steep it a bit. There are some passion fruit notes similar to longjing #43 (this is a slightly different cultivar from longjing/dragonwell). With the second steep I am finding that the liquor blankets my mouth with an even silkier feeling. The first steep reveals the highest and more abundant notes whereas the second steeping is tapered and the vegetal notes are stronger. Asparagus and grass.

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87

An exquisite tea that covers a gambit of flavors. With my first sip, I found gentle florals and with my next (on a longer steep) I found vegetal notes. Each infusion reveals slightly different notes. They begin much like above but a bit more vegetal and grassy.

On a side note, Davids must really hate dealing with emails because I emailed their customer service line and it was basically an instant don’t bother us ^^;

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You actually FOUND an e-mail for Davids customer service? It seemed they only had their “chat” help…

Skysamurai

The plot thickens: I sent an email and promptly received a this box does not accept emails response. Ugh

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85

Sipdown 64

While this cup wasn’t as good as the first, it was still tasty. I’d definitely consider repurchasing this in the future.

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85

TTB

Mmmmmm…this is tasty. Really sweet, with notes of honey, baked bread, and a touch of cocoa.

Flavors: Bread, Cocoa, Honey

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79

Do you ever have one of those moments where you are so engrossed in reading that you completely forget you are steeping tea? I have no idea of how long it was sitting in my gong fu but despite that this brew has turned out well. Soft mouth feel. A bit of minerality in the finish. Tropical florals in the aroma. Orchid, plumeria, a bit of jasmine. It very much reminds me if the air in Kauai. The flavor is subtle. Softwoods. Melon bits. Cantaloupe. The floral notes dance around like a slow tango.

Steeping the last bit that Vallhallow gave me. The first sip is very herbaceous. Thyme, oregano, Greek Mountain tea. About 3-4 minutes in the herbecous starts to dissipate and you find soft floral notes. Summer flowers in the dry field.

AJRimmer

Ha my family knows well what it means when I look up suddenly from what I’m doing and say oh no. My poor tea!

gmathis

Oh, that never happens to me. ;)

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75

Prep: Cold brew
Tasting Note: Still has a white grape note, I think its less buttery cold brewed. Light and bright with an alpine flower sweetness but not as floral as scented teas or blended teas. Realizing that this is how I like my green teas also.

Flavors: Floral, Muscatel, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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75

Sipdown theme: Grape/Muscatel tea

This month, I am going to try to sipdown more of my straight teas. Total sidenote, Steepster has been a really positive influence on keeping my spending habits in check this past month. I think being able to discuss tea, sipdowns and how much is being spent on tea has really helped me enjoy the tea I have in my cupboard more and be more mindful of what i want to spend on and putting a hold on my wishlist. Also, I am really grateful for all the tea swaps, and community discussions, its really nice to be able share a common interest. Thanks everyone! :)

Preparation: Western
Tasting Note: After tasting so many blended teas lately, it is a slight adjustment getting back into straight teas. It will take a while to get a more nuanced palate again. I think with this tea, i get that slight fresh sweet aftertaste that reminds you of a muscatel grape. This tea is light and spring watery. It has a floralness to it too. I think it is closer to a green tea than white but it is characterized as yellow. Anyways, I like it. I had got a sample of it last year and really soon after reordered for a larger portion.

Flavors: Muscatel, Spring Water, Sweet

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Steeped this one up earlier this week. I actually thought I’d pulled a different sample out of my box of Adagio teas and I didn’t realize until I was straining the tea leaf that I’d actually grabbed this tea and not the black tea I’d intended. As a result, I steeped this as I would have a black tea. However, it came out really lovely! Nice and sweet notes of warm golden grains and breads with floral undertones. Just calming, smooth and really well rounded mouthfeel on top of that great malty floral body.

Daylon R Thomas

A lot of the Darjeeling Oolongs I have border more black than oolong for me, so I have to use black ratios for them too.

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Thank you to Adagio for sending this year’s production to me as part of a package of other Masters Tea samples – I steeped myself up a nice Western style cup this morning and I was really enamored by how melon-y it tasted. I know that honeydew is one of the tasting notes described by the company, but they truly got it spot on – the smell emenating from the cup was the same green melon sweetness of cutting into a fresh honeydew and the taste more in line with the slightly sharper rind of the same melon. This was complimented by notes of honeysuckle and fresh hay – just lovely and soft, and really appreciated on this Friday afternoon.

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Grandpa Style!

Yesterday I steeped up these absolutely gorgeous Huang Shan Mao Feng leaves grandpa style in my pretty new Pieces of Porcelain cup!! It’s the perfect size for me to bowl brew or steep grandpa style in & I foresee it getting some great use during work from home days!! Thank you again to Masters Tea for gifting the tea; I found it very light and fresh, which made for a perfect vegetal cuppa to sip on this hotter summer day!!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CP6B72pA16R/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nxV3vuxM2k&ab_channel=BIRP%21BIRP%21

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Sipdown (1390)!

Adagio/Masters Tea reached out to me on IG last week to see if I would have an interest in trying a selection of their 2021 production straight teas, and of course I said yes! I am not really a big fan of green tea in general, but out of all the various spring tea in the assortment, it was this Long Jing that I felt immediately drawn to! I love nutty flavours in teas, and the aroma of buttery chestnuts coming from the dry leaf was off the charts!

Historically, I’ve found most Dragonwell on the spectrum of “unpleasant to unexciting” but I thought this one was pretty good. I mean, as I sipped on it Grandpa style throughout the afternoon, the taste of the liquor does not match the incredible chestnut aroma of the dry leaves. However, it was very smooth with a really pleasant mouthfeel and the taste had some more bean-y and creamy corn silk elements alongside a hint of that chestnut that caught my attention to much.

I shared the rest of this sample with coworkers who I knew would appreciate it more than me, but I’m glad I tried it!

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CO3E_fogZ-S/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykmSJbiri4E&ab_channel=BigWildBigWildOfficialArtistChannel

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