I really enjoy this tea. I like black Darjeeling, but I find it can be a bit temperamental. I also don’t drink much black tea. I like my tea a bit lighter and subtle. That being said, I’ve really found Darjeeling to have this great fruity character. I enjoy that naturally sweet taste in my tea, especially when there isn’t actually fruit involved. So, I was really interested to try Adagio’s Darjeeling Oolong.
It really is a mix between Black Darjeeling and an Oriental Beauty. It has the strong, rewarding taste of a Black Darjeeling but more balanced like oolongs. Similar to Oriental Beauty, I think it’s best brew in quick, small steeps with lots of tea. I put about 2 tbsp of tea in a small glass Yixing style pot that holds no more than 4 oz. I steep for a very short time, maybe 20-30 seconds. Otherwise the taste can become bitter.
I would definitely recommend trying this. It’s got a great mix of Indian and Chinese style.