My oolong samples are here! Help!


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Postby Victoria » Aug 5th, '08, 20:48

There is no flavoring in the TKY.
Are you sure it wasn't one of the Jasmines?
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Postby kymidwife » Aug 5th, '08, 21:02

Riene wrote:Ti kuan yin--vile, absolutely undrinkable. It has such a strong aroma of flowers--like decaying roses--that it nearly gave me a headache. I managed 2-3 sips before deciding that this would never be opened again. Is this a jasmine flavoring, or is it just the way the leaves naturally are?

Pouchong--still way too floral for my tastes. Drinkable, milder than the ti kuan yin, but will never be a favorite.
Anyone want my sample tin of TKY?


How interesting.. how different things appeal to different people. I love to just deeply inhale the dry leaf of all the oolongs... particularly the TKY, the pouchong, and the tung ting jade. I think the aroma is absolutely sublime. Then, after I brew it, I sit and smell the tea in my cup for a minute or two as I let it cool enough to drink it. For these particular teas, the aroma is almost as pleasing to me as the taste.

If no one else has claimed it... I would be glad to take your TKY off your hands and send you something in exchange. PM me.

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Postby Salsero » Aug 5th, '08, 21:11

Riene wrote:
Ti kuan yin--vile, absolutely undrinkable.

Anyone want my sample tin of TKY?

How are you brewing the Ti Kuan Yin? That you're having such a time with it suggests that you may be overdoing time or leaf or something. Even if you don't care for it, it shouldn't be this hideous for you!

You may also have a brewing issue with the Pouchong, or you may just not care for it.
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Postby Proinsias » Aug 5th, '08, 21:18

Sounds like floral = yuck might be the issue.
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Postby Salsero » Aug 5th, '08, 21:24

Proinsias wrote: Sounds like floral = yuck might be the issue.
This from a man who waxes eloquent on Dan Chong! I don't thing Adagio's TKY is very floral. Maaaaaybe the Pouchong, but not the TKY.
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Postby Riene » Aug 5th, '08, 21:24

It smells very floral, very jasmine to me, but the tin is the Adagio sampler tin labeled TKY from my recent order. The wet leaves are large, dark green, aromatic. I'm brewing it in my new little Yixing pot-- ~one cup water, boiling water (recommended on the side of the tin), about a level tbs of leaf, about 3 minutes steeping time.

The dry leaf smells good, actually. It's just brewed that I don't like it.
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Postby Proinsias » Aug 5th, '08, 21:30

Salsero wrote:
Proinsias wrote: Sounds like floral = yuck might be the issue.
This from a man who waxes eloquent on Dan Chong! I don't thing Adagio's TKY is very floral. Maaaaaybe the Pouchong, but not the TKY.


Just attempting a diagnosis, not saying I'm averse to a bit of flowerly goodness.

I've not tried the Adagio TKY but I generally equate greenish oolong with floral tastes.

Riene: reducing the water temp a bit could help, TKY with boiling water might be a little severe.
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Postby Victoria » Aug 5th, '08, 21:30

Sounds like a mix up to me - that sounds like jasmine.
Did you detect a soapyness?
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Postby Salsero » Aug 5th, '08, 21:39

Victoria wrote: Sounds like a mix up to me - that sounds like jasmine.
Did you detect a soapyness?
If it's Jasmine, quick destroy it before it spreads!
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Postby Chip » Aug 5th, '08, 22:04

Jasmine brewed like oolong can create nastiness...
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Postby PolyhymnianMuse » Aug 7th, '08, 17:27

Chip wrote:Jasmine brewed like oolong can create nastiness...


Jasmine brewed at all can create nastiness :shock:

I have to agree with Sal, best to destroy it as quickly as possible :twisted:
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Postby cheaton » Aug 25th, '08, 10:35

Riene wrote:It smells very floral, very jasmine to me, but the tin is the Adagio sampler tin labeled TKY from my recent order. The wet leaves are large, dark green, aromatic. I'm brewing it in my new little Yixing pot-- ~one cup water, boiling water (recommended on the side of the tin), about a level tbs of leaf, about 3 minutes steeping time.

The dry leaf smells good, actually. It's just brewed that I don't like it.


Love the Adagio TKY... still trying to offload that sample tin? ;)
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