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4th infusion: 10 min.
WOW… I’ve never done a 4th infusion before. AND I LIKE IT! It has an amazingly strong aroma for a 4th infusion and that ever so slight “fecal” taste is gone. It’s still very strong and complex though. And slightly flowery. I’m leaving to go out to dinner now, but next time I steep a cup, I definitely am gonna try a 5th infusion. It was so worth waiting 10 min:)
Sample #2 from my white tea sampler…
The raw leaf has a stronger scent than I was expecting, kind of like gunpowder- no floral scent as the name implies.
2.25g of tea per 6oz of purified water heated to 180 degrees F and steeped for 7 min.
The liquor and aroma are both stronger than I expected. The liquor is a medium orange tone and the aroma is solid, no floral notes. Smells kind of like some of the bagged green tea I get when I go out to eat.
The strength of the flavor matches the liquor, but is still stronger than I had expected from a white tea. It’s not heavy like a black tea, smokey like gun powder, or fecal like pu erh, but it’s not light and floral as the name might suggest either. Quite possibly my favorite unflavored white tea so far. I’ve been on a string of “the 3rd infusion was my favorite” teas so we shall see if that continues.
Steeping time: 8 min
The liquor and aroma are both lighter than the 1st… The liquor lost some of the bright orange hue the 1st infusion had and is now duller, almost like tarnished brass. The aroma is still more solid and earthy than I expected from a white tea, especially with the word “peony” in it, but the floral scent is starting to appear.
I love when the aroma matches the scent. It shows consistancy. It is more grounded than I would have expected a white with a floral name, but as the scent eluded to, the floral notes are starting to peak out.
Steeping time: 9 min
I’m still surprised at the darkness of the liquor… The third infusion resembles the flesh of an acorn squash, especially after it’s been roasted. The aroma is slightly lighter than one may expect based on the liquor. It’s light and smooth with a touch of floral.
The taste is something that I’d expect from a 2nd infusion… quite strong considering the leaves have now been steeped for a total of 24 min. There is no floral taste when I take a sip, but there is a very light floral aftertaste. One that would not scare off anyone that hates floral teas.
Very interesting tea. Stronger in all 3 aspects through out the infusions than I had expected, but not over powering. I probably could get a 4th infusion out of this but I have 2 more teas in my sampler to try so I’ll have to come back to this one.
Wanted a stronger taste than last time so I steeped 3 T for 4 to 5 minutes. That certainly did the trick. Still ended up tasting a little like vegetables…almost like peas in a pod with a hint of jasmine or something. I still “like” it but might not reorder for a while – just to make room for other Adagio Green’s I haven’t tried yet.
Because of the way the loose leaf dried it was a little hard to get a few pinches out of the sample tin. But if that is the least of my problems I won’t complain. The dried leaves smell like a masculine candle, cologne, or air freshener – but it’s not overly scented. It’s very light in color – not too different from other green teas. There isn’t much of a aroma after steeping but there is a hint of earthiness. The taste is a cross between a florally-light-jasmine and a vegetable taste. The taste isn’t very intense so when the company’s descriptions says its name stands for safety and prosperity I suppose that may go a little further and I would say this is a safe tea…especially if you are new to Green Teas or don’t like the intense green tea taste. This may be something to try. It is a pretty pleasant cup, regardless.
Having a pot of this that is 2/3 Ceylon Sonata and 1/3 English Breakfast, both by Adagio. I’m not a very big fan of either, but they blend together well. I’ll definitely do this again. It’s malty and sweet, with a summery taste that’s hard to describe.
I probably should have brewed this for less time, as it is pretty potent and a little bitter. (But I like some bitterness to my black teas.) I think I’ll go with four minutes next round.
So THIS is what they’re using for all the flavored black teas at Adagio. I knew it was Ceylon, but I didn’t know which blend. Anyway, this is a good, standard black tea. The leaves smell sweet and smoky, but the smokiness doesn’t really appear in the tea itself. But that’s alright, I’m not really a fan of smokiness anyway. It brews up a really pleasant shade of amber, and was a great way to start my day.
I think I finally found “MY” perfect amount and length to steep! Unfortunately I am almost out. I prob have one more attempt after today. Still woodsy, but sweeter than other attempts – which is fine by me. I can finally taste the semi-peachiness that was talked about by others but I must say this is the first time I have been able to taste this. I know it’s because I steeped for less time this time. I have a tendency to oversteep stuff often. :) Regardless – this is a nice cup
As I opened this sample tin…It’s almost like a mix of black tea and oolong teas put together – but just for the first sniff. After steeping the aroma changed to a mild oolong type smell. I think it’s of the lighter colored oolongs I have seen. For an Oolong the taste is very smooth and not very woodsy tasting like some have been that I have tasted. Right at the end you get just a tad of the sweetness but it’s barely there. I am very surprised by this one…very different that I expected. Glad I bought it…will certainly be trying different steeps and amounts/lengths of steep just for fun.