14 Tasting Notes
I was expecting earl grey with a lavender flourish. What I got was a terrible cup of over-syrup’d coffee. I do not know why, but the ingredients here were more than lavender, black tea, and bergamot oil.
What was even worse was I bought this for my (at the time) girlfriend, who had previously mentioned she enjoyed a lavender earl grey from World Tea Company. I also accidentally overnight-ed it, doubling the cost of the tea.
Adagio has always been hit or miss. Some of their teas are excellent, and some are absolutely no good.
Any suggestions on a decent earl grey lavender?
Sweetest Green tea I’ve ever tasted, and the longest tea leaves I’ve seen from any retailer. The leaves are gently rippled from the press, resembling zebra stripes and lying beautifully flat. A truly two-leaf, one bud tea. Using three pairings per every eight ounces, I brewed this for two minutes at 170 degrees Fahrenheit two consecutive times. A fruity note, with a mild vegetal undertone accompanied a mostly sweet flavour. The tea leaves are supple and green after brewing twice, and the colour of the brew is a faint yellowish green. Two ounces of the tea gets you a large amount of tea, as this is extremely light and voluminous. I’m estimating, that with the given suggestion of three leaf pairings per 8 oz, that each box has well over one hundred servings.
Smooth, is the first word that came to my mind. The leaves were a silverish grey, with a little bit of a lustre. This tea was unusual in that I can give it a mouthfeel; a creamy texture, likely a derivative of the smooth taste. If I didn’t brew the tea myself, i’d have sworn that someone had put some milk into the tea. This is a tea I will return to again and again.
The leaf appearance is jet black, with a high gloss, a sign of a very high grade Hao ya Keemun. I see very little twig debris here. The leaves were whole, and even in size, and the leaves appeared to a light brownish red after brewing. A wonderfully toasty nose, fruity notes and a subtle, playful pine smell. The tea itself is a reddish brown, very bright and luster-y. This tea was very full bodied, with a complex taste incorporating a bit of a fruity, smokey, sweet flavour. I store mine in a wooden container, which gives the tea a woody aftertaste.