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Everybody like Earl Grey, it’s a classic.

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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

After several recommendations I only steeped this for 3min. Wow… still ncredibly dark. The liquor is a medium dark orange brown. Not delicate at all… and that makes me sad.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Robert Godden

Pai Mu Tan (white Peony) is my current favourite. It is quite dark for a white. Lovely though

Cofftea

2nd infusion, 4 min. Liquor is a tad lighter and more dull. Flavor is a bit more sweet.

Robert Godden

I give it about 4-5 first infusion, 6 on the second, 8 on the 3rd and 4th

Cofftea

It’s quite dark even at 3 min so I don’t think I’d go more than that on the 1st or increase each one by more than a min. Thanks for the suggestion though.

Cofftea

3rd infusion, 5 min. Lighter liquor. More sweet. I could easily confuse this for an oolong.

Oolonga

“medium dark orange brown”? Wow… Mine always comes out more like light or medium yellow color and tastes very delicate. 3min @ 180F. Maybe I use less leaf though, I don’t weigh it, can’t tell for sure.

Cofftea

@Oolonga, Yeah really can’t tell ya then. I wanna try this around 160 once.

CHAroma

You’re probably using really hard water. Try making it with filtered or bottled water and see if there’s a difference. I noticed a HUGE difference in color when I started making tea with softer water.

James Kennedy

Why do you guys brew tea for so long? White tea should be brewed for about 10 seconds, no more. I am astonished you brew such a delicate tea for several minutes then say “I’m surprised it’s heavy”!

CHAroma

Actually, I’ve seen very conflicting information about how long to brew white teas for. Some people say less than a minute, others say 15 minutes or more on the first infusion. There’s nothing concrete that I’ve read to persuade me one way or another. I’ve just had to experiment and decide what I like for myself.

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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

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:)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

3rd infusion, 9min:

Still a slight fecal taste, but mostly a light and floral taste that’s a lot stronger than I expected for a 3rd infusion.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more
Cynthia Carter

fecal??? Ewww!

Cofftea

It’s VERY light, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like a pu erh which is why I can stomach it. It basically just adds to the depth. It’s good.

Frolic

Cynthia read my mind. Now I’m scared of pu erh’s if they taste like poo.

Cofftea

Frolic, IMO pu erhs are NASTY. This one just as a VERY slight hint of that flavor, but the white tea and floral aspect are much stronger so it just makes the flavor deeper and more complex. And I didn’t get that the 1st time I tried it (this is only my 2nd set of infusion). I love this white.

Angrboda

I’m very fond of pu-ehrs but the smell of them is definitely an acquired taste. On my first encounter I decided that it was called pu-ehr because that was the sound you made when you smelled it. “Poo! Ehrgh!” :)
I have since, as mentioned, grown very fond of it, so I don’t think it’s that bad anymore.

I wonder if pu-ehrs are sort of like rooibos, in that you either love it or hate it. Very few people can find a middle road.

Cofftea

I can’t STAND rooibos! Smells like annis or fennel- PUKE!

TeaCast

How do you pronounce that? Pee-on-eee? Or Pee-ohhnee?

Cofftea

Pea-knee. Like the flower.

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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2nd infusion: Weird… this serving of leaves (the 2nd infusion at least) has a light fecal taste in addition to the grounded, yet lightly floral taste. Still very good though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more

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drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

Sample #2 from my white tea sampler…

1st Infusion:
The raw leaf has a stronger scent than I was expecting, kind of like gunpowder- no floral scent as the name implies.

Steeping method:
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.

2nd Infusion:
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.

3rd Infusion:
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.

Conclusions:
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.

Oolonga

I’m genuinely amazed at your steeping times. No wonder you can’t find any peony resemblance in this tea and it smells “like some of the bagged green tea”, I bet it tastes like that too. Try 3 mins at 180F.

Cofftea

Oolonga, I steep it as the company directs.

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75
drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Totally forgot to log from yesterday afternoon….Oops!

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Mellow and sweet, nice and relaxing. Thirst Quenching.

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
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2nd steep – there is the buttery taste others were talking about! Still good tho

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Oversteeped on purpose. Hard to totally mess this tea up which is good. It’s certainly a white tea taste and this time I get more of a vegetable type undertone. Probably because of the longer steep. I am going to resteep just for kicks.

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drank Snowbud by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

This has a very clean smell before the steep and not much a of scent after the steep. It’s light and tasty and clean. Very relaxing. Will def have again.

Cofftea

You didn’t get a buttery taste?

TeaEqualsBliss

Not as of yet. I will most likely have some more today and will ‘play’ around with the amount and length of loose leaf and steep…will let you know.

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75
drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

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.

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drank Green Anji by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

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.

Auggy

It’s interesting that you say that it’s a safe tea for those that aren’t big green tea folks. I know I like this one but normally I’m not fond of Chinese greens. So, at least for me, you are totally right.

TeaEqualsBliss

Well, that’s COOL! Thanks for chiming in! :)

TeaCast

I’m surprised I haven’t had any Green Anji, as I’ve had most of Adagio’s standard teas (I have a lot of free time apparently), but it’s good to hear that it is “safe,” as green tea can be TOO green sometimes IMO :)

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drank Mambo by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

This isn’t really my thing. It has a strong sort of vegetable taste that reminds me of my grandmother’s green beans. Very earthy, very dark flavor. I usually prefer fruity, herbal, and floral tastes, but if you like a strong black tea taste, you might like this. It has a very complex taste.

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drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

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.

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Just a warm-up…still sweet and earthy! nice!

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Another one bites the dust! And another one’s gone…this is the last in my stash of this kind, too, WOW! I sure am finishing up several of my teas in my stash lately…must be time to do some ordering…

gmathis

I feel your pain…running out of my favorites, too…and too temporarily poor to do anything about it :o) I guess when I’m down to the generic Wal-Mart brand I use for eye compresses, I’ll know it’s time to bite the bullet and go shopping.

TeaEqualsBliss

I totally hear ya!!! I can’t re-order until after Christmas…sigh…

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

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

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

My Mistake! Not the tea’s…Steeping water NOT hot enough and not enough loose leaf. I really ruined that cuppa. Bad Tea=Bliss, BAD! How dare you ruin an Adagio Tea.

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drank Dancong Aria by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

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.

takgoti

Hmm. That sounds interesting. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your results from other steepings.

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79
drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

I just finished up my last of this – it was very nice. I could really taste the strawberry perfectly.

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drank Strawberry by Adagio Teas
6770 tasting notes

Just finishing up a cup of this now…it’s been a while since I have tried it and it’s still quite nice. I only have enough for one more cup tho…sigh…

Erin

ah, yes, it’s one of the very few flavored blacks from adagio that i enjoy.

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