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drank Peach Oolong by Adagio Teas
300 tasting notes

Okay, so I finally get around to this – this is from my swap with Kat_Maria, who spoiled me insanely. I mean, I can’t even. No. She sent me EVERY TEA IN THE WORLD. And so much stuff for Project Green and Project Jasmine and Project Peach, I don’t even know how to thank her, except offer to be her European tea dealer for life.

This is a bag – the dry tea smells lovely, and it reminds me of Lupicia’s discontinued Apricot Houji, but with a much rounder, sweeter finish. I was a little surprised to see the suggested steeping time was 5 minutes, with boiling water – I’m used to fairly green oolongs that steep 2 minutes or less. I assume that gives that this is a blacker oolong than what I’m used to, and both in scent and taste this does come off very black to me.

I’m so grateful to Kat_Maria for including this – I have very little experience with Adagio and have been considering placing an order. This sounded like a given Anna tea, but after being presented with the opportunity to sample this beforehand, I won’t include it in my order. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a very good blackish oolong, and the balance of the peach and the tea is very well executed. The peach (a fairly soft, apricoty peach) is present throughout the sip and lingers nicely. And yet, it’s just too black to be oolongy enough for me.

If it were only greener.

[From my swap with Kat_Maria, Rome, March 2014.]

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Fellow peach lover: My apricot & peach trees have been blooming, & we shall see if I actually get to eat very many fruits. There was, of course, a late frost, which tends to scar them (at best), so time will tell…

Anna

I look forward to updates! I have a hard time imagining anything more satisfying than having a huge stash of peach/apricot preserves of various kinds from one’s own trees.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah…it rarely works out that way! If I were into eating squirrel, maybe I’d get to eat more peaches. There is, unfortunately, no way to keep them away from the trees. But I do usually get to eat some of them, so fresh & juicy.
I have the same issues with the neighborhood birds regarding my berry bushes, but at least they are well fed. This year I’m planting kiwi vine, more red grapes, 3 colors of currants, & 4 elderberry bushes! I used to have a huge strawberry patch. Everybody was thrilled for the first few days of strawberry season, but then I had them out there, twice a day at times, picking strawberries, which I froze. I let the patch go, it was just too big. I need to start a smaller patch, maybe this year, & keep it manageable!

TeaExplorer

We also keep the local wildlife well-fed with our various fruit trees. We usually manage to get a couple of armloads from each one during a season. Except from the fig tree. The raccoons eat the figs like they were crack. I think we’ve had two figs in all the years that tree has been there. And our cats are way too busy power-napping to be bothered defending their territory. Oh well … such is the balance of life. No sense stressing when there are genuine things to worry about.

Greg_2tea

Peach adagio is a pretty high quality, I had it from some gourmet grocer in Lexington, when I was in Pharmacy college, much adored, but alas, it was not peach season, and my appreciation for peach dwindled. I think we all would have liked to try your strawberry

Terri HarpLady

TeaX, I really want a fig tree, there is nothing like fresh figs! My gramma had a fig tree, along with a bunch of other fruit trees. She made tons of preserves, with my favorites being figs in a thick syrup (so awesome on lavishly buttered toast!), & the spices apricots. Of course, I can’t actually have sweets much (or toast, dammit), so if I ever reallyl have an amazingly productive year, I’m not sure what I’ll do with all this stuff, but I sure love growing it!

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Terri HarpLady

Fellow peach lover: My apricot & peach trees have been blooming, & we shall see if I actually get to eat very many fruits. There was, of course, a late frost, which tends to scar them (at best), so time will tell…

Anna

I look forward to updates! I have a hard time imagining anything more satisfying than having a huge stash of peach/apricot preserves of various kinds from one’s own trees.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah…it rarely works out that way! If I were into eating squirrel, maybe I’d get to eat more peaches. There is, unfortunately, no way to keep them away from the trees. But I do usually get to eat some of them, so fresh & juicy.
I have the same issues with the neighborhood birds regarding my berry bushes, but at least they are well fed. This year I’m planting kiwi vine, more red grapes, 3 colors of currants, & 4 elderberry bushes! I used to have a huge strawberry patch. Everybody was thrilled for the first few days of strawberry season, but then I had them out there, twice a day at times, picking strawberries, which I froze. I let the patch go, it was just too big. I need to start a smaller patch, maybe this year, & keep it manageable!

TeaExplorer

We also keep the local wildlife well-fed with our various fruit trees. We usually manage to get a couple of armloads from each one during a season. Except from the fig tree. The raccoons eat the figs like they were crack. I think we’ve had two figs in all the years that tree has been there. And our cats are way too busy power-napping to be bothered defending their territory. Oh well … such is the balance of life. No sense stressing when there are genuine things to worry about.

Greg_2tea

Peach adagio is a pretty high quality, I had it from some gourmet grocer in Lexington, when I was in Pharmacy college, much adored, but alas, it was not peach season, and my appreciation for peach dwindled. I think we all would have liked to try your strawberry

Terri HarpLady

TeaX, I really want a fig tree, there is nothing like fresh figs! My gramma had a fig tree, along with a bunch of other fruit trees. She made tons of preserves, with my favorites being figs in a thick syrup (so awesome on lavishly buttered toast!), & the spices apricots. Of course, I can’t actually have sweets much (or toast, dammit), so if I ever reallyl have an amazingly productive year, I’m not sure what I’ll do with all this stuff, but I sure love growing it!

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Then I will choose a lucky few perfect specimens, and we will live happily together in my tea cupboard.

Forever.

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2014

This year, all bets are off. I am going to drink both peppermint and chamomile and possibly suffer a little. But it’s okay – it’s for science.

I’m doing Project Jasmine, Project Peach and Project Unflavoured Green.

In terms of flavoured teas, Lupicia and Mariage Frères have become my massive favourites, and I have learned that Dammann Frères/Fauchon/Hédiard and Butiki aren’t really for me.

The O Dor, Adagio and Comptoir des thés et des épices are all on this year’s I’d like to get to know you better list.

2013

Getting back into tea drinking last fall, I was all about rooibos. This past spring has been all green tea, all the time, with some white additions over the summer. Currently attempting a slow, autumnal graduation to black teas. Oolongs are always appropriate.

The constant for me, flavour wise, is the strong presence of fruity and floral notes. Vanilla is lush, as long as it’s not artificial. Peach, berries, mango. Cornflower, rose, lavender.

No peppermint.

No chamomile.

No cinnamon.

Ever.

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