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46 Tasting Notes

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drank Dragonwell by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

This is a very good all-around green tea. Good amount of grassiness, pale liquor, just barely sweet and a touch of astringency. The caffeine content and the taste serve up a nice kick in the pants during that afternoon lull, but I’m sure this tea would do well any time of the day. Re-steeps well so you can get the most bang for your buck.

1tsp./8oz water, 165º-175º for 2-3 minutes. Add 1 minute per re-steep

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I received a bottle of this tea with my latest Adagio order. It was nice to drink iced tea from a bottle that didn’t also have around 25-30g of sugar per serving included. Very refreshing, slightly sweet. One way I would suggest improving this product is to say exactly which green tea is used to make the tea. I realize that by keeping it hidden, Adagio does prevent customers from re-creating the product for a much cheaper price but for those of us who are curious, it would be good information.

Regardless, if you’re looking for a refreshing iced tea and don’t want to make your own, this is a great product.

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
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Not much can be said that hasn’t already been mentioned about this tea. Smooth, easy-drinking tea with very little astringency and a nutty sweetness. If you consider yourself an oolong aficionado you will not go wrong buying this tea. It is great for multiple steeps and each re-steep brings out more nuanced flavors that will continue to surprise your taste buds. As a bonus, this tea is very pleasant to watch unfurl in the water as it is steeping.

Method: 1tsp./8oz water, 185º-190º, 3-5 minutes. Add one minute for each re-steep.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Dongshan Dolce by Adagio Teas
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Upon opening this tea a sweet aroma with hint of grassiness caught my attention. The very delicate leaves unfurl in the cup only slightly and the resulting liquor is pale green. The taste is almost exactly like the smell of the dry leaves. Very sweet, very little grassiness if any. This reminds me of a sweeter version of Adagio’s Green Pekoe tea although the leaves of this one are much thinner than the Pekoe. Bottom line: if you’re looking for a sweet green tea, this will be perfect for you.

Method: 1 tsp / 8oz water; 165º- 170º; 2-3 minutes.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a great tea featuring complex, woodsy flavors with that muscatel taste common to all darjeelings. Given that I’m not a fan of black teas (too astringent for me) this Darjeeling was interesting to me since it is a first flush and an oolong. There’s a mild astringency to this one, but it doesn’t leave your mouth high and dry. As with most oolongs this is great for multiple steeps and you’ll notice different flavors coming out of the tea with each steep.

Adagio recommends 212º for 5 minutes. This temperature brings out a lot of the muscatel notes as well as more astringency, so if you’re looking for more nuanced flavors brew this for the same time around 195-200º.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
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Ali Shan is one of my favorite oolongs, and this one from Adagio doesn’t disappoint. Vegetal, minty, light, buttery, complex, a bit grassy, and a little sweet, the flavors of this tea just keep you guessing. Each infusion brings something a little different out from the leaf. One of the most beautiful things about this tea is comparing the dry leaf to the infused leaf. Because of how tightly it is packed it really goes through quite the transformation as it unfurls. In my cup today there is even a stem with two leaves intact. It just goes to show how much care the growers are putting into this tea.

I have a couple different brewing methods I suggest you try.

For more vegetal, grassy taste: 205º-212º for 5 minutes
For sweet, buttery taste: 185º-190º for 3-5 minutes

As Adagio notes, this tea is good for many infusions. I’ve been able to steep this tea 8-10 times before noticing a decline in complex flavor.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Green Pekoe by Adagio Teas
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Adagio describes this one as an “everyday” green tea. I definitely agree with their sentiments and would describe this as a gentle, delicate green tea that will offer a great introduction to green tea. Though I prefer my green teas a bit grassier I really like how buttery-smooth this tea is.

Steeping method: 1tsp per 8oz water, 175-180º for 2-3 minutes. Good for multiple steeps, just add a minute to each resteep.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Genmai Cha by Adagio Teas
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What a wonderful, nutty green tea. I’m fairly new to green teas and this has been a wonderful introduction to such a complex world. I really enjoy the popcorn taste that is rounded out by the grassiness of the green tea leaf. This is definitely a tea I will buy again and again.

My preferred steep formula is 1 tsp per 8oz water, 170-175º for 2 minutes. This tea resteeps well a couple times, just add one minute to the steep time.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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A fine take on the Moroccan Mint tea, the Darjeeling & Mint combination is very soothing and it is a great afternoon tea, especially after a large meal. The mint is definitely the high note and the Darjeeling kicks in at the very end, rounding out the flavors nicely by offering its buttery smoothness. Will definitely buy this again.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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