I’ll drink the rest of the sample can I got, but I won’t be reordering.
“Trying to get around to reviewing things that I’ve neglected lately, so I finally opened this sampler package. Delicate looking fluffy greens, aroma of sweet clover. I just took the last...” Read full tasting note
“I wasn’t looking to add a tasting note when I decided to make this. The downside of my Zojirushi is that once my temp is set to 175, I really have a hard time justifying bumping it up to 205...” Read full tasting note
“So I just returned from the gym and a hard core workout that was fueled by some dark Yorkshire Harrogate which I am so in love with. But I needed a green soft tea for my palette and I chose this...” Read full tasting note
“The leaves smell perfect – that buttery toast scent. And I love how cute and curled and twisted the leaves are. I smelled the liquor as it was brewing – it went through a couple...” Read full tasting note
Green tea (do not be confused by its name) that grows along the slopes of the Taimu mountains in the Fujian province of China. The young leaves and unopened buds are carefully gathered and processed exclusively by hand. The result is a tea that appears intricately woven with large and beautiful white tips. It produces a very light cup that is noticeably sweet, and infused with a fresh, delicate scent.
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I got this in a swap awhile back and I’ve been waiting to try it for awhile. It’s vegetal but not heavily, I do taste more hay, grass, and overall earthy tones but it’s mellow. This is the first green tea I’ve had (other than some flavored ones from Teavana) that I’ve had and actually enjoyed – thanks Uchinaguchi for the swap & introducing me to new teas I never would have tried on my own!
Flavors: Grass, Hay, Honey, Vegetal
Of the three Adagio samples I received, this one was my favorite. There is still an astringent flavor the loomed over all three samples, but with this one it didn’t feel out of place. There was a smoothness to the astringency that made it pleasant to drink. A balance that didn’t make anything seem out of place.
Mild in flavor, no sign of astringency. Delicious!
Flavors: Astringent, Grass
I am a big fan of white tea, but I’ve been wanting to branch out to green tea for a while now. After reading the descriptions of a few, this was one I settled on.
It’s light. Really light. If you’d just handed me the freshly brewed tea, I would have said that it’s a slightly grassy white tea. The liquor is very pale, and the flavor isn’t robust. I can definitely see how someone coming off of a more traditional green tea would call this bland or flavorless.
It’s not doing a lot for me. I won’t have a problem finishing the sampler pouch, but I doubt I’ll buy it again.
This one has a slightly smoky spinach flavor to me. I tend to prefer a less vegetal flavor, but this is nice and cleansing feeling. There’s something about it that seems to calm my stomach, too – maybe the bitterness? It probably isn’t one I’ll tend to choose very often, but I rather like it. I think I’ll have to reevaluate in time.
Flavors: Bitter, Smoke, Spinach, Vegetal
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Blegh, I’m feeling slightly nauseous after that Choconut Oolong… And I don’t think it’s because it’s a particularly bad tea. I really think I’m getting less tolerant of flavored teas, and I certainly don’t drink them often anymore. I’ve pretty much settled in to drinking a bunch of straight blacks with a few flavored varieties, so now that I have this box with a lot of flavored things, my stomach is getting unhappy with me. I may have to keep this a day longer than I had planned, just because I don’t really want to drink four or five more flavored teas today, and I don’t think my stomach can handle it. I was planning on sending it out tomorrow, but it may have to be Thursday now.
ANYWAY! I confess, I thought this was a white tea (I mean come on, with a name like White Monkey…). It’s apparently considered a green tea. The shape of the leaves remind me of the “wild” style black leaves – medium size and very twisty and tangly. They smell mostly of hay and alfalfa with a grassy edge. The package recommended 180 degrees, but I did 175 (partially because that’s my standard for greens and partially because my kettle has 175 and 185 buttons and I was lazy).
The aroma is sweetly vegetal and very light, with hay and grass notes. Tasting this, I find it similar to the Drum Mountain I tried earlier today. I could see it being the result of a cross between green and white teas – it has the vegetal taste of a green (albeit a lighter version) along with the distinctive hay note from a white tea. Very lovely! There’s also a touch of grassiness (green) and just a tiny hint of floral (white). And I can taste a little bit of a light grain note, especially if I slurp obnoxiously. ;)
Quite lovely, one of the best (or the best) I’ve tasted from Adagio.
Flavors: Floral, Grain, Grass, Hay, Spinach, Vegetal