Kai Hua Crescendo

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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  • “My first second-steep! (If that makes any sense). Woke up late. Eyed the sodden leaf still clinging to the teapot from last night's kai hua escapade. Didn't really want to wash the pot out or...” Read full tasting note
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    lfiske29 28 tasting notes
  • “This has some good body to it. Not overwhelmingly so, but not so light that you don't notice the flavors. The color is really light for a green and given it's delicacy, I agree with everyone else...” Read full tasting note
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    jason 113 tasting notes
  • “Meet the stronger, bolder and more sophisticated cousin of Adagio's Green Needle. Both teas seem pretty similar with pleasant bitterness and refreshing taste, Green Needle being cheaper though....” Read full tasting note
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    Oolonga 86 tasting notes
  • “I wrote down my notes of this tea and then went back through to see what others said in their reviews. I'm wondering if I'm even drinking the same tea here. This is one of those teas I got as a...” Read full tasting note
    feralanima 174 tasting notes

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Kai Hua Long Ding is one of the top ten most famous teas in China, its name meaning “Dragon Peak.” A crescendo is a musical peak not unlike each sip building toward its pinnacle with lovely orchid notes and a light bodied, semi-sweet character. We hope you will experience this wonderful tea and all it has to offer – it might just be the highest point of your day.

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Adagio Teas has become one of the most popular destinations for tea online. Its products are available online at www.adagio.com and in many gourmet and health food stores.

21 Tasting Notes

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28 tasting notes

My first second-steep! (If that makes any sense). Woke up late. Eyed the sodden leaf still clinging to the teapot from last night’s kai hua escapade. Didn’t really want to wash the pot out or rummage to find a new leaf. Decided I could live with being a little disappointed in myself by steeping the soggy mess a second time, 10 or so hours later. It would be it’s own tiny adventure. My first second-steep. I held my head high as I poured my tea into a tumbler.

No I didn’t. It’s a Monday for ****sakes. But it was still buttery and green and hinting of sweet, if not a little subdued all around. I don’t blame the tea though, it is Monday afterall.

Edit: Sipping this cold now. Ack. A little bitter. A little more grassy. Might pour this over ice and see if I can find a dab of honey…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

That makes perfect sense:) I have resteeped leaves from the nite before on several occasions. I see no need to waste infusions just because I’m going to bed. Although I am surprised your leaves were still wet.

Laura

Yeah, typically the situation would have seemed less shady, but the pot was sitting amidst dirty dishes and just looked wet and icky…but all ended well. :) Oh, and I think the leaves were wet because i put the top back on my pot while the pot was still warm = condensation or less air circulation….or something… :P

Cofftea

oooh careful, that’s just screaming “Grow mold on me!”

Laura

Haha. Gross, but good point. Though I think the incubation period is a bit longer – still not a practice I intend to keep up.

takgoti

I found this log amusing. That is all.

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113 tasting notes

This has some good body to it. Not overwhelmingly so, but not so light that you don’t notice the flavors. The color is really light for a green and given it’s delicacy, I agree with everyone else that this is a green bordering on a white. Very vegetal, grassy, a little earthy/heavy flavor. Some buttery sweetness on the nose and just when it hits your tongue. I’m getting just a tad of bitterness toward the end, but I think that’s because I got the bottom of the pot. For not being such a fan of greens, this is a good one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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86 tasting notes

Meet the stronger, bolder and more sophisticated cousin of Adagio’s Green Needle.

Both teas seem pretty similar with pleasant bitterness and refreshing taste, Green Needle being cheaper though. Kai Hua Crescendo tastes more refined, has more pronounced flowery notes mixed with stronger bitterness. I don’t have any Green Needle left to compare them side-by-side but I do remember it being woodier and spicier than this one.

Overall I like Kai Hua Crescendo a little better but would definitely repurchase both of them in the future.

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I wrote down my notes of this tea and then went back through to see what others said in their reviews. I’m wondering if I’m even drinking the same tea here. This is one of those teas I got as a sample and the package certainly says Kai Hua Cresendo from Adagio. The leaves are a brownish green, and like long needles. To me it smells very light, predominantly of straw with a hint of pepper. The wet leaves smell like malty straw, like it’s from the Darjeeling area, but when I go to the Adagio site it says it’s from China. So, I think maybe it’s just the smell. After all tea doesn’t always taste like it smells. So, I take a sip and my first thought is I didn’t add enough leaves, it tastes very watered down. Then I taste the malty straw and have a slight pepper aftertaste. This definitely tastes like it was grown in the Darjeeling area, it has to be, but the website says no that it’s grown in Zhejiang, China. It certainly doesn’t taste like it to me.

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

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79
32 tasting notes

To me, this tea tastes somewhere between a green tea and a white tea. Flavor is less mellow than a white, but not as vegetal as a green. It brews up a yellowish color, like watered-down apple juice. Tastes sweet, and slightly floral. I probably steeped it a little too long, but what else is new…?

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Wow, yeah that’s quite a bit more than the 3 min they recommend. But if you like it, go for it:)

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21 tasting notes

Helped me get through my work day (with some gunpowder tea). Not a tremendously full-bodied tea, but that isn’t all that unusual for a green tea.

One thing I like about this one: Its hard to mess up, unlike some other greens I’ve tried.

I have some teas I keep at home, and some (mostly green) I use at work. Mostly the work ones are ones that are hard to oversteep, in case I get distracted and forget to stop steeping them or that are getting towards the end of the supply and that I won’t use at home much any more. This one fits both bills, as this cup was the last of my supply.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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80
41 tasting notes

Okay, the last bit of the sampler tin Adagio sent me, and I prepared it correctly this time, so it tastes like it’s supposed to taste when I’m not screwing it up. Bumping the rating up accordingly.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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71
59 tasting notes

Argh. Oversteeped it. Non-committal rating until I prepare it right.

Prepared in Adagio IngenuiTEA teapot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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77
784 tasting notes

A green (veggie) green. Not sweet, but not astringent either.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
18 tasting notes

A real light, delicate flavored tea.

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