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46 Tasting Notes

88

This is a good solid oolong with wonderful earthy flavors along with the hint of peach. It’s smooth, long lasting flavor is memorable without being too sticky. It has a good amount of astringency but not as much as a strong black tea. As with many other oolongs this one resteeps extremely well. I’m on my second steep now and the flavors are just getting more nuanced. From what I hear the 3rd and 4th steeps are the best so I look forward to that.

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

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95

The only other rolled Jasmine pearl that I’ve tried is Adagio’s Jasmine #12 so I’m basing my review in comparison to that one. This Jasmine is exceptional. The floral notes may overpower some but I say “bring it on!!” This tea steeps so well multiple times and the flavor just continues to get better. Like the Jasmine #12 the tea is expensive but it is such a great experience for all of your senses. From the feel of the “fuzzy” handrolled pearls to the sight of the leaves unfurling and to the amazing fruity and floral taste of the resulting tea. This one is well worth the experience, and the fact that you can steep it over and over means you can drink somewhere around 5-6 cups of tea without changing the leaves. That brings more and more value to this tea.

First steep was 185º, 3g leaves/8oz water, 3 minutes. Second was 1 minute longer and third was another minute longer. Extremely enjoyable tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I’ve tried this, Jasmine #12, and Superior Jasmine Pearls. All are AHHmazing!

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95

Earlier this winter I stopped by a local tea shop and told them I wanted a recommendation for a good oolong. The barista asked me a series of questions (whether I added cream or sugar to my tea, what kinds of flavors I liked, etc.) and then came to an oolong I will never forget. I was so cold that day with the temperatures hovering around -2º F that I didn’t pay attention too much as she told me the name of the tea. I remember sitting at the table, reading a book, and taking the first few sips of this oolong and absolutely falling in love.

Today, when I took the first sip of this Ti Kuan Yin from Adagio I was transported back to that tea shop, to that wonderful cup of liquid gold. I’m so glad I have found this oolong again. The flavors are complex: floral, sweet like honey and crisp like an apple. The mouth feel is silky smooth and the aftertaste is wonderfully astringent. The second and third steeps bring out the sweetness even more and move into more of a honeydew flavor. This tea is such an enjoyable experience. To witness the unfurling of the leaves as they transform through the steeping process is a wonderful visual experience. I highly recommend this tea to oolong lovers and to those who would normally add sugar to their tea. This may be the leaf you need to stop sweetening the tea and to truly start enjoying the flavors of the leaves.

I took Adagio’s recommendation for the first steep. 3g leaves/8oz water, 185º for 4 minutes (the label said 3-5 so I shot for the middle). The second steep I added 1 minute to give the flavors a chance to continue to develop.

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

Again, I wonder how this differs from their regular Ti Kuan Yin… I’m starting to wonder if some of these teas are really different.

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88

Got this as part of Adagio’s Maestro Collection Sampler 1 and have been eager to try it. My patience has been rewarded with this tea. The flavor makes me reminisce some vegetal green teas while being a very complex and multi-layered oolong at heart. The first steep resulted in a light liquor and a sweet aroma and the 2nd and 3rd steeps became much more floral while losing the “green tea” flavors. Very much enjoyed this tea and look forward to experimenting with it more in the coming days.

I followed Adagio’s recommendations of 205º for 2 minutes, using 3g leaves/8oz water.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I wonder how this differs from their other pouchong…

Kyle Stern

Good question, can’t answer that one though. This is the first Pouchong from Adagio that I’ve had.

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70

Drinking this tea this afternoon to keep the energy levels consistent. The first few times that I made this tea I really didn’t like it to be quite honest. It was bearably bitter and extremely vegetal. There was a very quiet note of sweetness and ever since noticing that sweetness I’ve been trying to bring that flavor out even more. I’ve tried various amounts of tea, steep times, and steep temperatures in the attempt to get it right. Today I believe I have found a formula that works for my palate.

I brew in a 12 oz mug and use 1.5 tsps of tea leaf. I steep this tea for 2 minutes (really exact timing is essential) at 170º. The sweetness of the tea is still a bit hidden but it comes out more on the second steep. However, the bitterness and vegetal flavors have subsided a bit using this formula. I notice more of a balance in flavors rather than very distinct notes all vying for my attention. This formula has enabled me to raise my rating but not as high as other teas still because I just don’t know if this is the right sencha for me.

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

Haha, it was the same for me. It took me a while before I finally enjoyed Sencha.

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100
drank Jasmine #12 by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

I absolutely love this Jasmine. Given how expensive it is, I don’t drink it unless I know I’m going to get 2-4 steeps out of it. Tonight it is fueling a study/ homework session and making my tastebuds dance.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Masala Chai by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

Someone pinch me because I think I’ve died and gone to heaven drinking this tea. I love drinking Chai at Indian Restaurants and they always include sugar and milk. I rarely put milk, creamer or sugar in my tea but after tasting this Masala Chai straight up I knew that it needed something. After adding some generic non-dairy creamer and some PureVia stevia sweetener I began fading into tea bliss. It makes me wonder how much better it would be with actual milk instead of this non-dairy creamer.

I’m rating this one pretty high for its great flavors after being “doctored up” with cream and sugar. If I would have to rate this tea without the sweeteners, it wouldn’t be as high as it is now.

Method: 1.5tsps for 12oz cup, 5 minutes @ 212º. Added stevia sweetener and non-dairy creamer.

Time for another cup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Ginseng Green by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

I think that I’ve found a good combination of tea quantity, temperature, and steep time for this one. After much experimenting I’ve concluded that my preferred way to drink this is: 2tsps, 2 minutes @ 170º.

At this moment I’m on a second steep of this tea and I did not change anything. The flavor is a bit weaker at this point so my next steep will be at least 3 minutes. I’m increasing my rating on this one by a few points now that I’ve found a preferred way to drink it.

Flavor profile: grassy, hint of asparagus, a subtle hint of citrus, and a tiny bit of smokiness (and a completely different smokiness than something like a Lapsang Souchong for example). Very light body, leaves your mouth feeling clean.

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

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90
drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

A great chai to really wake up the taste buds. Sweet coconut, refreshing lemongrass, chai spices, and ceylon black tea leaf combine to help you feel as though you’ve just sat down at a table at your favorite thai restaurant. I highly recommend this tea to anyone who enjoys chai because it is a completely different experience than your normal masala chai. Someday I’ll make this with sugar and milk but for now I’m enjoying it without any added fuss.

Brewed in my french press pot (24oz) this morning. 3 tsps, 5 min. @ 212º. Could have steeped a bit longer but still enjoying the flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Foxtrot by Adagio Teas
46 tasting notes

This combination of teas turns out amazing every time. I’ve described the taste as creamy and minty at the same time. I love having this tea any time of day but my favorite time is right after lunch/ early afternoon. The chamomile is really calming and the peppermint comes in and really gives that nice punch of flavor while the rooibos rounds out the flavor really well. This is another tea that re-steeps really well so you really get your money’s worth with this tea. There is no reason to put fresh leaves in for every cup. Just adjust your brew time by adding a minute to each steep.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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