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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
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I’ve never been much of a fan of oolong teas – they’re just not my kind of thing. I got this sample free with my last Adagio order, though, so I thought I’d give it a try. The leaves are kind of impressive. They’re the second biggest tea leaves I’ve seen so far, twisted, and black-brown with a faint green tinge. I don’t like the smell of the dry leaves much , or the scent of the tea as it brews. I’m not sure what it is, but I find it bitter and a little coppery, and not very inspiring.

Brewed, the liquor is a fairly pale golden yellow. I find the taste more tolerable than the smell, although similar in some respects. There’s still a slight coppery taste that I dislike intensely. I can’t really get very excited about this tea, probably because it’s not the kind of thing I like to drink. I know there’s a lot I’m failing to appreciate, but I guess I’m just going to have to mark this one up to experience. If I ever find an oolong I can more or less stand to drink, I’ll be as surprised as anyone. And I’ll be sure to let you know.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

I am with you on the oolongs – you likely need to try dark oolongs instead of the vegetal green ones (someone suggested this to me and it’s worked so far given that i’m more of a black tea drinker than anything). If you are ok with maple as a flavour – butiki teas has a maple pecan oolong that is super tasty. It’s one of the few oolongs i’ve found that i enjoy…though it’s not a straight oolong :)

Scheherazade

That sounds really nice. I like maple rather a lot, so I’ll have to have a look at that.

Sil

(also…and maybe i’m biased but i pretty much dislike every adagio tea that i’ve tried….)

Scheherazade

I haven’t liked all that many either. I notice it more with black and oolong teas, but I thought it was probably just me. I’m thinking of trying Jing’s oolong explorer sampler, just to try and work out whether I actually don’t like oolong, or whether I’m just trying the wrong ones for me. I like the sound of flavoured ones, too. That might be an easier way in.

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Sil

I am with you on the oolongs – you likely need to try dark oolongs instead of the vegetal green ones (someone suggested this to me and it’s worked so far given that i’m more of a black tea drinker than anything). If you are ok with maple as a flavour – butiki teas has a maple pecan oolong that is super tasty. It’s one of the few oolongs i’ve found that i enjoy…though it’s not a straight oolong :)

Scheherazade

That sounds really nice. I like maple rather a lot, so I’ll have to have a look at that.

Sil

(also…and maybe i’m biased but i pretty much dislike every adagio tea that i’ve tried….)

Scheherazade

I haven’t liked all that many either. I notice it more with black and oolong teas, but I thought it was probably just me. I’m thinking of trying Jing’s oolong explorer sampler, just to try and work out whether I actually don’t like oolong, or whether I’m just trying the wrong ones for me. I like the sound of flavoured ones, too. That might be an easier way in.

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 25, and I live in Norwich in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’ve also never really tried pu’erh, and that’s something I’m just starting to explore.

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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