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This tea has me wondering if I simply don’t like matcha, or if I’m just terrible at making it.
I bought the whisk from Adagio and everything. Though I might be using it too gently. I need a mentor, apparently. Anyway, I’ve been using water that hovers around 170-175F and about a teaspoon’s worth of powder for a small cup, around 8 oz. I followed the directions about letting a few drops fall in, making a paste with the whisk, then adding the rest.
On my first attempt, I tried to drink it straight. It had come out a very deep and heavy shade of green, and there was almost zero froth. It was very, very bitter. Like someone had blended Apple Jacks and seaweed. I hardly made it through the cup.
On my second attempt, I made it latte-style but with 1% milk because that’s all I had. I can see how this would be good as an actual latte. Sure, it still has nutty and seaweedy notes that are a tad odd with cinnamon-apple, it’s a huge improvement from the first time. And with the milk, it’s a very beautiful shade of green. Still, it’s just not really something I’d crave.
Flavors: Apple Candy, Cinnamon, Seaweed, Umami
This is now known as “Werewolf Tea” in my house considering when it’s available. That said, I love both Earl Grey and coconut-flavored teas, so the idea of a coconut Earl reeled me in along with the clever marketing. Woooo, the limited-time tea tempts you, Orphie.
To be honest it’s not quite what I hoped it would be. It tastes a lot like Earl Grey Moonlight, without as much coconut flavor as I’d have liked. The only way I can tease out a bit more of the coconut is to stick closer to a 3-minute steep time rather than the 4-minute time I usually go for; any more than 3 minutes and the bergamot will overpower the other flavors. It’s still a tasty blend, but I doubt I’ll restock more frequently than every few full moons.
This tea can only be purchased from Adagio on a full moon! How interesting. I just happened to be placing an order during the last full moon, and thought “Wait, I’ve never seen this EG, it must be new!” A lucky coincidence!
Now, Adagio already offers something very similar to this, Earl Grey Moonlight. EG Moonlight is just a standard EG with a powerful vanilla flavor added. This seems like an expansion on the same idea. It’s a standard EG with vanilla, but also coconut and cream. I was expecting the bergamot to overpower the coconut, but oddly, it doesn’t. The coconut and cream flavors are in the foreground, followed by the lemony bergamot. I’m not sure what Adagio uses to make its tea “creamy”, but it certainly pulls it off.
This would make a fantastic dessert tea with milk, I think. But it’s also going to be nice to start the day with that kick of caffeine and the mild bite of black tea.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cake, Coconut, Creamy, Lemon, Vanilla
I am bumping this one down – I can’t seem to find the flavor in the tea that I did early in the week. I steeped for the recommended 3 minutes last night, and then today (new leaves) I steeped for longer, but neither seemed to be very flavorful. I resteeped the leaves each time with varying times but to no success. Really stumped as to what happened, and at this point wouldn’t recommend the tea. Could very well be human error!
This tea really grew on me – I really did not care for it in my first cup. I was able to get several steeps out of the tea, and enjoyed how the tea evolved. I did not like how this tasted with milk, and preferred the tea very slightly sweetened without milk. I did not taste much pumpkin, but more of a pumpkin pie spice flavor to this chai. Very different from what I imagined a chai to taste like. It did not scream autumn to me like many of the reviews I saw on Adagio. I think that this has a unique flavor, and while it is not going to become a staple in my cupboard, is something I could see myself purchasing and drinking occasionally.
Happy Fourth of July! Today I went to a local art festival. Most fun, until the rain happened. When I got home, I decided to have some tea. But that was put off until the evening. The brew smells strongly like spices, I get mostly clove and ginger. There is a nice spice flavour, will have to try it with vanilla. Not the right season, but still good.
Instead of having a certain alien invasion movie or a historical drama, I decided to watch my favourite TV shows. The US Air Force is in it, so that counts.
Flavors: Cloves, Ginger, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor
I had recently tried Adagio’s Caramel Apple tea and had been very pleased with it – I had never tried any type of apple-flavored black tea before, so I decided to try this blend as well. It has a lovely apple aroma, which is very slightly stronger than the cinnamon and caramel aroma (both before being brewed, as well as after, although before being brewed the apple aroma is a bit stronger). It was terrific, and very good with sweet cream or vanilla-flavored creamer; very creamy. I could see this being a really good autumn tea.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cinnamon
Full bodied and flavorful, even holds well after it has gone cold. The accents of rose petals and cream flavoring give the tea a smooth after taste, and the high level of caffeine is a welcome substitute to the morning coffee boost.
Flavors: Cream, Earl Grey, Rose
The more times I drink this tea the more I think I detect some sort of citrus type note behind it. It is rather faint but it’s there. I’m also learning to reduce my steep time with this one as it can get overly strong pretty fast. This one also doesn’t steep as well a second time. All in all it is still a good black tea that pairs well with meals.
Flavors: Citrus, Earth
This tea is remarkably good steeped multiple times. It’s also a very good tea to replace a morning coffee. Can feel the caffeine and it can be brewed strong enough to even rival coffee. Can also be steeped less time for a lighter lift in the morning. Delicious in general.
This was my first ‘big girl’ teapot. The first real one I’ve every had and I adore it more than anything. Plum and aubergine are my favorite colors and after struggling to find a purple pot at the right size that was sleek and modern I finally same across this little gal and feel in love. I also have the matching cups. One of which I broke while birth drinking a tea a hate and reading an HP Lovercraft anthology. I’m still not sure which one if these things to blame for that…..
I really adore this teapot!! It’s easy to use and comes in handy. Now as others have said the color advertised is not the color it actually is. It’s more of a grape color than a plum color. Nevertheless I couldn’t be more happier with my purchase! I would consider buying another in the future.I also like how the scent of the tea doesn’t cling to the pot. With less than a few rinsings the smell fades away and best of all doesn’t cling to the infuser.
This afternoon I brewed a pot of the loose leaf Zhejiang Lung Ching from Adagio. I love the texture of the dried Lung Ching (Long Jing) leaves. I even love the noise they make, as odd as that may sound.
The tea was good: golden with a slight hint of green. The dried leaves were very uniform in size and shape, but with a few smaller broken pieces. Overall this strikes me as a quite decent Long Jing. I tried the sachet version before but prefer brewing this tea loose in a tetsubin.
I tried the Adagio Long Jing a while back in the sachet format, but never brewed loose, so this is a new experience for me (and not a disqualification from the Brave New Rating challenge!).
The leaves are smaller with quite a few broken pieces. They are both shorter and narrower in width. The aroma of the dried tea is relatively strong and darker than for some of the other Long Jings I’ve tested of late.
The liquor is very pale, and because the flavor is also a bit flat, I am wondering whether I may have underleafed? I used 4 grams in 17 ounces of water at 76C for about two minutes. Perhaps I should have used 5 or 6 grams instead, but 4 grams is what I have been using with this size tetsubin with good results for other Long Jings. It will be interesting to see how the second infusion turns out. Perhaps I’ll use less water for that one.
(Blazing New Rating #50)
The Adagio Zhejiang Lung Chung sachet beats today’s competitor, Mighty Leaf Organic Dragonwell, but mainly it’s on a technicality: this seems more like Long Jing than that one does. I like them both, but I’m going to have compare the Mighty Leaf with the Wissotzky Timeless Green, memories of both the scent and the taste of which were evoked during this steep-off.
Both glasses brewed up pale greenish yellow, and the generously stoked sachets appear to contain about the same amount of tea. I’ll be reinfusing them later today for some decaffeinated green.
Today’s glass of Adagio Long Jing (which I guess is the same as Long Jing, which I now believe means Dragonwell!), prepared from a sachet, brewed up light peachy veering brown but also green (as odd as that may sound) and tasted very smooth and Long Jingy! This is a good tea.
I still have the small tin of loose leaf from my Master’s Collection, and I am now looking forward to brewing a few full pots.
second infusion: also good