This is the second of the oolongs in my sampler from Adagio, and after my excellent experience with the Dancong Aria my hopes were pretty high. I did however neglect this tea a little—I was making parsley pesto and totally forgot about it, so it was a bit cool once I drank it. I like my teas a bit cooler anyway, so no harm done! I also steeped this at less than the recommended temperature, the leaves just look far too delicate for boiling. They’re so pretty though, reminded me of a bird nest when I opened the bag!

This tea is just… okay for me. I was expecting more based on reviews, and I kind of feel like I’m missing something. There’s a definite malty/woody flavor that I am liking as well as a faint hint of muscatel, but for the most part this isn’t really an impressive oolong. There are no real floral notes which I was looking for, but there is a pleasantly surprising buttery taste as it cools. But overall it lacks the punch of a black yet doesn’t have the depth and complexity I want from an oolong.

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!


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