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One more log and then I think I’ll be ready for sleep. Ah, sleep.

So, here’s another tea that Lena sent to me and I can say with great authority that this is easily the best tea I’ve ever had from Adagio. The smell reminded me very much of the other jasmine teas I frequent – Samovar’s Jasmine Pearl and Harney & Son’s Dragon Pearl Jasmine – which makes sense because…they’re all jasmine teas. Anyhow, I took it to be a good sign and was kind of excited to see how this stood up because of the silver needle aspect.

Here is where things began to fall apart. The jasmine felt heavy, not light and singing. It was almost cloying and tasted slightly artificial. It definitely tasted very much of jasmine, but so much so that I was barely able to pick out the silver needle, and that may only be in my head because I was looking for it so hard. As such, it didn’t have any depth to the flavor. It was Just Jasmine! [Sorry, as I type that, I can’t help but think of Jack from Will & Grace’s one-man show. I wish I could emote jazz-hands.]

I’m very excited to try the keemun she sent to me, because Auggy seems to think very highly of it and Jasmine Silver Needle, though the review does sound rather critical, does slip me a bit of optimism. It’s difficult to get super excited about something when you’ve had something much better. It isn’t that the worser thing is bad, it just isn’t nearly as good, you know? Compared to the rest of what I’ve tried of Adagio’s it’s so much better, though, and so this is why I can see something shimmering in the distance. It could be hope.

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Carolyn

I felt much the same about Adagio’s Jasmine Silver Needle. It made me wonder if they’d tried to give it a little oomph by adding Jasmine artificial flavoring.

Auggy

I think part of the reason I like this one so is that it doesn’t have a green tea base. I’m really picky about what Chinese greens I like – they all seem so salty to me – but I didn’t have to worry about that with this. Of course, afterward I got my grubby little paws on your Samovar Jasmine Pearl and had to downgrade the rating on this one because the Samovar was really good! Part of my love for this is also, when I had it, not having had better (but having had those that were lots worse). The other part is a faint, non-invasive tea base…. Fortunately the Keemun isn’t flavored so it might make you happier. Or not! Either way, I will be around to always to make sure it has a good home. :)

teaplz

Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as you expected! That’s always a plus, right? :)

takgoti

@Carolyn Yeah, it kind of reminded me of the artificial jasmine tea you can get in Chinese restaurants sometimes, but a step up from that.

@Auggy I can see that. I’ve definitely had jasmine that’s much, much worse, and this is light years better. I think I’m gonna give the keemun a go today, so I’ll be sure to report in!

@teaplz Hah, I was actually expecting much better things from it, to be honest, because the reviews spoke so well of it. But all in all it’s a pretty solid tea and it’s definitely better than anything else Adagio’s given me, so I’d call it an overall win.

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Carolyn

I felt much the same about Adagio’s Jasmine Silver Needle. It made me wonder if they’d tried to give it a little oomph by adding Jasmine artificial flavoring.

Auggy

I think part of the reason I like this one so is that it doesn’t have a green tea base. I’m really picky about what Chinese greens I like – they all seem so salty to me – but I didn’t have to worry about that with this. Of course, afterward I got my grubby little paws on your Samovar Jasmine Pearl and had to downgrade the rating on this one because the Samovar was really good! Part of my love for this is also, when I had it, not having had better (but having had those that were lots worse). The other part is a faint, non-invasive tea base…. Fortunately the Keemun isn’t flavored so it might make you happier. Or not! Either way, I will be around to always to make sure it has a good home. :)

teaplz

Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as you expected! That’s always a plus, right? :)

takgoti

@Carolyn Yeah, it kind of reminded me of the artificial jasmine tea you can get in Chinese restaurants sometimes, but a step up from that.

@Auggy I can see that. I’ve definitely had jasmine that’s much, much worse, and this is light years better. I think I’m gonna give the keemun a go today, so I’ll be sure to report in!

@teaplz Hah, I was actually expecting much better things from it, to be honest, because the reviews spoke so well of it. But all in all it’s a pretty solid tea and it’s definitely better than anything else Adagio’s given me, so I’d call it an overall win.

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