57 Tasting Notes


This tea is a great tea to always have in your cup. It is a sweet tea that gives you that nice green tea buzz. It has a nice, full body, but isn’t overly complex. Although there is a slight bitterness, it is pretty controlled and in balance with the rest of the tea.

2 steeping was even better—less bitter. 3rd steeping was still good, just getting a little weaker.

And did I mention that it is CHEAP! Like $3.50/oz. Definitely one of the better values I’ve found out there.

170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I got this tea for Christmas from a friend in the UK.

The aroma (even just in the bag) is a very strong smokiness. It is probably about as close as a vegan will get to tasting beef jerky. But in all seriousness, I dried my gloves over a campfire on New Years Eve and the next day my gloves still didn’t smell as smoky as this tea. Even though I love sitting around the campfire as much as the next guy, I was a little worried that the tea would be overwhelming and one note.

But, I was wrong! Amazingly, steeping yields a well-balanced cup of tea. There is certainly a smokiness to the tea, but there is a certain sweetness to the tea as well. The background to these flavors is a very clean tasting black tea.

Pretty great stuff.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank White Peony by Rishi Tea
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Wow! This white tea has some life to it. Usually I think of white teas as bland and unexciting-you know that kind of tea that is used as a base in fruit blends; not bad, but not interesting. This tea has a nice nutty quality to it. It tastes almost like a lighter version of an oxidized oolong. Good stuff.

205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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Brewed a couple cups of this tea this afternoon. Wasn’t expecting much, but was delighted to find a delicious oxidized oolong. A little earthy, a little nutty, a little sweet, and perfect for a winter day up here in Montana.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Another tea from Adagio’s Masters collection. Smooth, buttery, slightly sweet, slightly floral, well-balanced. It’s all true. But, it isn’t an overly bold tea, so other flavors from what you’re eating, etc, can easily over power it. But, a really nice oolong to enjoy this morning.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Well, I hardly ever have rooibos (like the last time was probably 5 years ago when I was rummaging through my mom’s tea cabinet and found some random redbush tea), but this tea came as a surprise sample the last time I ordered from Adagio. Although it is different, I think I like it. It is pretty nutty and while the vanilla smell is overpowering while steeping, it mellows out nicely in the cup. I might look into these a little more to find some nice late night drinks.

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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I’ve had this tea about 3 or 4 times now and can honestly say this is an excellent tea. It is certainly one of the best Ti Kuan Yin (aka Iron Goddess of Mercy) teas I’ve had. And hands down the best tea I’ve gotten from Adagio.

It is very smooth and I can’t detect any bitterness. It has a nice blend of sweetness and vegetal flavors. I’m having a hard time put my finger on the sweetness—maybe a slight lychee taste, but the flavor is faint so I’m not too sure. Not that ID’ing the flavor matters. What matters is that the balance is spot on.
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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The two words that fit it best are: clean and balanced. Both adjectives are high on my list of descriptors I want for tea. It is ever so slightly oxidized taking away the vegetal, green tea taste that sometimes overpowers oolongs. The sweetness counterbalances the remaining bitterness. Floral notes add a little complexity and are (thankfully) very natural and slight.

This tea is part of Adagio’s “Masters” series. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by these teas. Although, I haven’t found one that has astounded me, they easily compete with teas from more boutiquey tea houses.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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A good, but pretty standard oolong. It does brew quite a dark cup of tea. It tastes more nutty than fruity and had a musty overtone. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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In the tin it has a distinctly grassy smell about it. That isn’t too surprising and I ventured on to steep this tea.

First, I steeped according to Adagio’s guidelines for 3min @ 180. Not bad, but a bit one note. I definitely get the vegetal/grass taste and it wasn’t bitter. That’s about it.

Second, I steeped for a much shorter time— 1min @ 180. Pretty much the same, but weaker.

The tea is by no means bad, but it just doesn’t do much for me.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Currently a Web Developer at Golden Helix in Bozeman, MT

Being a former Seattleite, I am a converted coffee addict. I am partial to Oolongs. I also drink quite a bit of Pu-erh tea as it has become my go to morning beverage.


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