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drank Wuyi Ensemble by Adagio Teas
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Not bad, but not one of my favorite oolongs. I prefer the greener, more vegetal, lightly oxidized style better but this is still a solid example of the style. I don’t think this one is quite worth the price compared to many other good budget oolongs.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80
drank White Peony by Adagio Teas
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Pretty standard white peony (bai mu dan) if you ask me. But I don’t mean that in a bad way, and I wasn’t disappointed at all by this tea, in fact it was exactly what I expected. If you like this style you’ll like this tea. A great intro to white/green teas, and very versatile because it is great for a refreshing summer iced tea as well as a hot accompaniment to any meal.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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84

Nice balanced flavor. Lightly oxidized and very green in leaf and liquor. Nice intact leaf structure, good for many infusions without losing flavor. Probably my favorite oolong I’ve had from Adagio.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
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Delicate flavor. Straw/bamboo colored liquor. Refreshing taste with very subtle nutty and woody notes. Crisp finish if brewed for short times, but flavor develops a lot with longer infusions.

Makes a good light iced tea for hot days.

I like to use silver needles as an addition to other green or white teas in my collection to get a variety of unique flavors. This tea is subtle and mild enough that it pairs well with many other teas as well as most foods.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
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Nice. Lightly oxidized, rich green color. Preferred to most oolongs. good for many infusions.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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81

Slightly woody and nutty with notes of bamboo. Better or equal to many other versions I’ve had of this popular style. Leaves were in great condition, many large and in well-intact ‘2 leaves and bud’. Sometimes I add a little extra silver needles to create a custom blend with a lighter finish and a little extra fuzziness.

I drink this often and I never get tired of it. Good value with 4oz tins about $10.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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78

Lightly oxidized, brews a vibrant green on first 2-3 infusions if you brew for short times. Nice rich vegetal flavor. Fades to a beige color as flavor transitions to bamboo and nutty hints with subsequent infusions. Good for many infusions, I often got 6-8 by adding 15-20 seconds with each subsequent infusion before the flavor is depleted and thin.

Did I mention that the oxidization is light? It tastes more reminiscent of green tea than a typical oolong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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87

Excellent for mid-grade, low-price sencha. Great value for an everyday drinker (I think I paid ~$8 for 4 oz). Nice and rich vegetal flavor. Notes of spinach, sea weed, and freshly-cut grass. Good leaf size, but still a fair mount of dust which contributes to a match-like cloudy brew in the first couple of infusions.

I think it makes a fantastic cold-brewed iced tea as well. Really brings out the subtler, sweeter flavors and virtually no bitterness that way, only downside is that you don’t get as many infusions this way before it becomes it really watery. I’ve even blended with a few lighter greens for giving them more “edge” when making iced tea.

Everyone I’ve offered this too has commented about how much they loved it. Would buy again.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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72

Honey and licorice. Mild and unimpressive at first, but I found it makes a great iced tea and it pairs amazingly well with natural honey (I rarely use honey with any other teas). Sensitive to temp as well, make sure your water is not too hot or brewed for too long as it will become astringent and bitter. I’ve found it blends well with more robust and vegetal teas as well as mint for refreshing iced tea.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Jasmine Pearl by Rishi Tea
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Solid but unspectacular. Decent value compared to other jasmine teas. Makes excellent refreshing thirst-quenching iced tea with just enough floral aroma and flavor without overwhelming. Good with honey as a throat-soother.

Pearls are nice and dense and they go a long way. I find that all I need to do is grab a small handful of pearls and I can get many cups out of them so it goes a long way.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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