27 Tasting Notes
Super short steep time. Easy to oversteep and completely ruin. I can’t believe the tin says 3 minutes. That amount of time makes it taste like dirty rotten tree bark that’s been soaking in urine. However, with a 15-30 second steep max, this tea yields a smooth yet slightly bitter flavor. The hints of flowers in the Adagio description means that it taste like eating flowers, not a floral smell. So if you don’t like the edible variety of flowers, then you won’t like this tea. The hints of honey are an outright lie. Not a sweet tea by any means.
Very floral aromas and slightly nutty and fruity flavors. The 3rd steep at 30 seconds a steep was the most flavorful by far. Once the leaves open up, you can really taste the peachiness described by Adagio. Super smooth and easy to drink for about 8 steeps.
When making this I’m usually at work. So I use a coffee mug and this strainer: http://www.forlifedesign.com/infusers-strainers/433.html#.
I rinse the tea and and then let it sit for about 30 seconds to open up a little more from the initial hot water rinse. Then I fill up the cup and take out the strainer after about 10 seconds for first steep, then 20 for 2nd then 20-30 for 3rd and so on, but after 3rd it becomes easier to regulate and harder to oversteep. I use about a tablespoon of tea, but I just eyeball it to just fill the bottom of the strainer. Hope that helps and makes this tea more enjoyable because it is terrible when over steeped.
It’s about a 823 out of 1000 I suppose. I wish I had a little bit hotter water to brew it. Seems like whatever temp the insta-boil device on the alhambra thing is just slightly under what it needs to be (probly 190) for this tea. I’ll try it again for a full review another day.
I heard somewhere that you shouldn’t always use boiling water for oolongs, especially the ‘greener’ ones.
So far so good. The first steep is an interesting blend of an early picked oolong with all of the aromatic of a quality darjeeling black. A 30 second steep yielded a lot of flavor and a light golden color. Not my favorite oolong ever, but I will definitely drink it again. Well done for the first oolong from Darjeeling.
I felt like I was going to die today from eating way too much at lunch and I figured I’d have a cup of tea before I leave the earth. I happened to have a stash of this at work, so I brewed it for like 30 seconds (hard to count while dying…) I’ve only had a few sips and I’m already feeling better. Way to go Supreme Monkey Picked Oolong! You saved my life.