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So, this was a free sample. I’ll admit that I started out prepared not to like this too much. Though I am a Leo, I have always been laughably mismatched with my Zodiac sign (I’ve been told this is because I was born “on a cusp”, but my eyes glaze over at that point). Regardless, most things Leo-themed are not for me.
But this was actually good! Nice gentle blend of oolong and rooibos. And while I usually don’t like tea with citrus (I know, the deck was stacked against this one for me), the way the orange hits at the end is fun and pleasant. It’s just a very bright tea that’s good for a snowy day. Not sure if I’d buy more of it, but I’m happy to have a small sample.
I always have an interesting time trying to brew these in my gaiwan, because the leaves are SO tightly rolled. The second steep always runs the best for me.
First of all, my favorite thing about this tea is the look of it. Ali Shan has the most beautiful leaf-lay when you’re done steeping. Talk about a picture perfect leaf. Gorgeous large, wrinkled green leaves that fill up the entire gaiwan after only being a tiny amount to start with. The liquor is a light amber/green and it’s beautifully translucent. A very pretty tea.
The initial aroma is vegetal but not in a lawn-clippings king of way, it’s very approachable. It’s more of a mossy, wet river rocks kind of smell. The smell is a lot less floral than the actual taste, however.
The taste is delightfully buttery, smooth, more like a green than an oolong at some points. The second steep always carries more of the floral aspects than the first. There’s aspects of honeysuckle that like to peek out in the different infusions. The taste changes so much because there’s a decent amount of stem material in the tea that infuse a little less or more depending on the state of unfurl the leaf is in.
It’s a relaxing tea, a mind clearer. I always seem to come back to it even though I have left Adagio for other companies. Maybe when I run out I might go back for a little more.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Green, Honeysuckle, Vegetal
I was first introduced to tea some years ago by my British roommate at the time. This tea always reminds me of the tea he used to make. I have tried a couple of other Ceylons, and this one is still currently my favorite. I drink mine with milk and sugar, and it never fails to make my taste buds feel at home. For me, this tea has a nice malty flavor with a hint of citrus. I will drink this tea in the morning, but in my opinion, it is perfect for afternoon tea.
Honestly, the Wuyi tastes like a riceless genmai cha, but with the toasty flavor. It has a couple unique undertones that I don’t even have adjectives for which make it pretty flavorfull, but it hits my “meh” button, sadly.
Flavors: Earth, Floral, Rice, Wood
Like drinking a lighter version of a chocolate covered cherry! A little sugar improves the flavor on this one. I like the cherry taste, but I could see how it might taste artificial to people. Nothing elegant and refined here, but yummy.
Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate
Served this Chicago based tea at my book club for a Chicago based tea (Devil in the White City). The peppery spice scent knocked me back in the best of ways when I opened it. The scent translated to the flavor pretty nicely as well.
Pepper, clove, and ginger dominate. The black tea base was just the slightest bit astringent but not at all distracting. In fact, I bet if I dropped the temp down about 5 degrees (F), it wouldn’t be a problem.
Flavors: Astringent, Clove, Ginger, Peppercorn
Served this Chicago based tea to go with a Chicago based book (Devil in the White City) at book club. Really sweet, slightly fruity and floral without being perfume-y. I didn’t think I was going to like this as much as I did. Well done.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Sweet
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #19
This one is lovely — I love a good vanilla rooibos. This didn’t have actual vanilla pieces, but I didn’t actually think there would be. But adagio’s vanilla flavoring is always delicious enough for me! Two great steeps of sweet rooibos with the same amount of flavor. No flavor fading! It’s nice to know I like this one in case I’m looking for a vanilla rooibos to stock up on. Vanilla REALLY works with rooibos…. to me, that might be what rooibos most tastes like naturally? New idea for me….
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #18
This was an okay green or white tea….both? Not the best but not the worst. The look of the leaves almost reminded me of snow frosted pine needles. The flavor just seemed like a standard white/green flavor with nothing special about it. Again, THIN baggies aren’t the best. This is just a note to say I tried this, really. Teaboxes always turn me into a tea monster. I think I just wrote six tasting notes. Three to be posted now, three tomorrow. Or I just try to keep up with three a day.