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Guess what I am doing? If you guessed playing Minecraft on my new Xbox One then you are totally correct! My beloved Ramble is now monstrously huge, with many Ocean monuments, Ice Spike biomes, jungles, and fancy roofed forests. I am very pleased with how the terrain generated on the rest of the expanded world, lots of potential for epic build, and of course lots of mountains, because Ramble wouldn’t be the same without a ton of extreme hills. I only have one complaint, there is a glitch that I assume will be fixed in the next bug fix that makes map walls totally unusable, this saddens me because the first thing I did was fill all the maps and make a map wall at spawn.
Today I am looking at a tea from Adagio Teas, a store I have a great nostalgic fondness for since they were the first tea company to show up on the blog, and the first online shop I ordered from. It was scary at first, being so used to going to Wegman’s (which is a distributor for Ito-En) and selecting based on sight and sniff, moving away meant I needed to bite the bullet if I wanted a steady flow of tea. So in a way, Adagio Teas is to thanks for my raging out of control tea stash! The particular tea I am looking at is Fujian Rain, their name for Shui Xian (or Shui Hsien, Water Sprite, Water Narcissus…so many names!) one of my favorite of the Wuyi Rock Oolongs. The aroma of the dark curly leaves is pleasantly smoky, like a campfire that has gone to smolder and not a raging smoke belching fire. There is more than fire to this tea, there is also sweetness with notes of molasses, figs, dates, and a gentle spicy nutmeg and cocoa. At the finish there is a gentle, almost too faint to notice, hint of orchids.
Into my Yancha pot the leaves go, the aroma of the soggy leaves is sharp and mineral, blending wet slate, woody stems, tobacco, and smoke with a tiny hint of cocoa at the finish. The liquid is a sweet blend of cocoa and woody tobacco with a slight hint of nutmeg and char at the finish.
The first steeping is pretty light in both taste and mouthfeel. It starts with a gentle blend of honey and tobacco and moves to char and cocoa with a hint of nutmeg. The finish is a delicate and lingering mineral and light distant flower note that wavers between lily and orchid.
Second steeping time! The aroma is a bit more floral this time, along with woody tobacco and gentle char, also a nice mineral burst at the finish, like dropping water on hot coals. The taste did not change much from the first steep, the main difference is the stronger notes of tobacco and mineral and less sweetness. If I did not know this was a Shui Xian before, I certainly do now!
Third steep, the aroma is woody tobacco and char, with a strong mineral finish and a touch of cocoa. The taste is milder this time around, primarily woody tobacco and char, with cocoa and a strong mineral finish. Wet slate and hot coals linger as the aftertaste. This is a decent Shui Xian, I wish it were a bit more potent or unique, since this is very similar to the much cheaper Sea Dyke brand that I get at my local Asian Market, but if you lack access to a super cheap everday drinker, this is a good option.
This one was a little weird to me. The flavors of mint and chocolate came through well, and I was impressed by that, but I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. This may improve upon further tasting
Flavors: Chocolate, Green, Mint
Oooooooooo….. This one is lovely! It smells strongly of maple and walnuts and it tastes like maple Mini-Wheat cereal. Yummmmmm. I get notes of sweet caramel too.
The liquor is the typical deep red characteristic of rooibos. Very very nice. Easily the yummiest Adagio blend that I have tried to date.
Flavors: Caramel, Maple, Sweet, Wheat
Trying out this tea for the first time. I opened the bag and the smell of the dry leaves was overwhelmingly coconut-y. Very tropical I guess. The taste is good. Chai, black tea, astringent, and lemony. I don’t really taste the coconut, but the smell stays. It’s okay. Probably wouldn’t get more after the sample is done though. Not to much my taste.
Flavors: Astringent, Coconut, Lemon
Trying out another sample from my Adagio tea shipment. I brewed this tea too long. So it was kinda bitter and astringent but it’s strong in taste. To make this drinkable I added 2 tablespoons of milk and a teaspoon of sugar. I really like it this way. The flavor is strong so it still comes out through the milk. Now that I think about it really reminds me of the malta goya drink. And I like that drink. So now when i crave that I can drink this and it’ll be healthier. I may try steeping this shorter to see if I can like it without milk but I like how it tastes as of now.
Flavors: Astringent, Malt
This is the second tea I’m trying from the samples I bought from Adagio teas. I was excited for it because the smell of the dry leaves were vanilla-y but not overbearing. There wasn’t much of a scent while it was brewing. The taste was underwhelming, there is a little bit of vanilla taste and I didn’t taste to much oolong. Though it was smooth.
I’m gonna try this again with boiling water and longer steeping time at a later date.
I bought a sample of this in a big order I made from Adagio teas. I made this after breakfast and I liked looking at the liquor, dark and golden.
The smell of the dry leaves in the bag is very strong and quite overpowering. Kinda made my stomach queasy. But the portion I steeped wasn’t overpowering in smell which I appreciated.
The first brew was very creamy in taste. And hmm it’s manageable but I liked the second steeping better. (2nd Steep: 5:20min, Boiling) More of the earl grey taste came through but it’s still smooth.
I think I may not like creamy teas unless I add milk. So I might try that the next time I have this.
But for now I have other samples to try throughout the day.
Flavors: Cream, Earl Grey, Smooth
Trying this tea out for the second time. And I think the way I brewed it the first time was better. I get a small citrus taste with the initial sip but the rest leaves a lot to be desired. It’s still smooth, maybe somewhat of a spice or tiny kick, but I liked it the way it was the first time.
Though quite honestly for a citrus oolong it’s not the best I’ve had so I’m probably not going to get more after this sample is done. But I’ll try to make it work while it lasts.
I’m trying this out for the first time today. The grapefruit scent on the dry leaves is very strong. It mellows out after steeping though. The tea is smooth and the liquor is dark looking like a black tea. The citrus taste isn’t very strong. It’s more woody. It reminds me of english breakfast without the astringency. I’ll have to play around with how I steep it. I’m gonna resteep the leaves cause the leaves haven’t completely unfurled yet.
Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Smooth, Wood
I had a totally klutzy moment and knocked over the first infusion of this. Ugh.
It’s rolled up and fragrant in the tin and 5g of leaves in the gaiwan didn’t seem like much volume. But the leaves did quite an unfurl, and ended up filling the gaiwan by the end of the session.
It has a sweet dairy/floral fragrance in the cup. Very light yellow liquor. Almost colorless on the first infusion. A little more color on subsequent infusions.
I think it might be worth my while to try a Taiwan green oolong in proximity to a China green oolong to see if I can make a generalization about the differences. So far it seems to me the Taiwan ones are somewhat less buttery and more perky, but that’s based on a rather small sample and a rather unscientific comparison.
The second infusion was sweetly floral with a tad of bitterness at the end of the sip. Not an unpleasant bitterness, just a bit of vegetable bitterness like some greens have.
The third steep is similar. There’s a freshness to the taste that is quite nice.
I took it through my usual five steeps and enjoyed it. But it does seem to be a bit of a johnny one note. Not a lot of complexity to this one, not a lot of evolution from steep to steep. Which is ok, sometimes. It might make a good western style steep given that not a lot seems to be gained by multiple short steeps.
Flavors: Floral, Milk
Revisiting this tea on a rainy morning that sees my son home from preschool with a bit of the sniffles and feeling under the weather. To help combat that, I made us a smoothie this morning consisting of plain greek yogurt, almond milk, a banana, Amish jarred peaches, frozen blueberries, turmeric, and ginger with a squirt of honey. It was really good.
And to combat the rainy day, I have made a cup of one of my favorite styles of tea, Jasmine Pearls. There is something about good jasmine tea that just… gets me.
Gongfu style, first brew of 20 seconds. Yup. I remember why I love this so much. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Delicious jasmine tea and flavor that is not overpowering or too weak. No bitterness. Wow, I nailed this first steep, if I do say so myself.
Second steep, 15 seconds. Pulled it back by about 5 seconds due to the leaves opening up. Scent is still nicely balanced. No bitterness in the liquid. I do think, however, that I could have let this go to 20 seconds and have gotten a flavor similar to the first steep. The flavor is still nice here, just not quite as thick or sweet. Still above average in flavor in scent, though.
3rd steep, 30 seconds. Scent is as strong as ever. The strength has come back a bit for this steep. A few seconds longer and I could see this turning a little bitter. But as it is, still very smooth and drinkable.
4th steep, 40 seconds. The scent still has such a creamy, sweet, jasmine scent. I love it. The flavor is still very nice and similar to the scent. I was actually expecting this steep to start the decline for this tea but not so. I would still drink this steep every time.
5th steep, 1 min. This tea has great longevity and consistency for its style.
6th steep, 90 seconds. Went to take a shower. Came back to this tea and now I am seeing the flavor start to fade which is fine. I feel I got more than I bargained for anyway.
I’m glad I revisited this tea (and that I have plenty left). It is a great option for a Jasmine Pearl and probably one of Adiagio’s best offerings that I have had.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Jasmine, Sweet
These are exactly what I was hoping for. They have a strong Jasmine scent both in the dry leaf/ball and also in the steeped liquid. It is not overly strong. Sometimes something floral can go over into a perfume type flavor and scent. Not the case with these. I am a huge Jasmine tea fan and these hit the spot. I imagine they could be a bit bitter with over steeping or over leafing but when done right, these are pretty good.
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Sweet
This is growing on me, still have yet to do a side by side comparison with Tea Guys (maybe I will tomorrow) but the lack of black tea with the heavy bergamot is actually quite nice. It’s got a “dry” consistency but it doesn’t leave my mouth feeling dry. I can’t taste the rooibos at all – for better or for worse.