Next in the Adagio flavored white sampler. Steeped according to package directions for the initial foray.

The tea base looks very similar to the one for White Tropics, like a mix of white peony with some silver needle perhaps as well. The smell in the tin is very different. No sweetness, making the White Tropics smell cloying by comparison. It smells a little like dirt, frankly. There’s a note of what must be the tangerine flavoring that gives it a hint of generic fruitiness.

In the cup, it’s a pretty yellow, leaning toward an apricot color. I can’t smell the tangerine in the cup, just the subtlety of white tea.

Now to the taste. The BF, who tasted White Tropics with me this morning, says this doesn’t have much taste compared to that. I agree, but I think we mean different things. By comparison to the White Tropics, this is a much more pleasant cup to my mind. Just as the leaves in the tin, the taste here makes me look back on White Tropics as cloying to the point of stomach unsettling by comparison.

On the other hand, I’m getting only the tiniest hint of citrusy high note here, and I wouldn’t say it would be identifiable as tangerine if I didn’t know that was what it was. It’s most apparent in the aftertaste. Much more enjoyable than White Tropics, but kind of a miss on the tangerine front.

ETA: After it cools some, the tangerine flavor comes to the fore. It’s still very subtle but discernibly tangerine-y. Also, though I didn’t notice anything distinctive about the mouth feel while the tea was hot, when it becomes cooler, a soft mouth feel becomes noticeable.

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.


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