Flavorless, tea. I had my hopes up due to the great reviews. It was a let down for me.
“Backlogging Experience buying from Adagio http://steepster.com/places/2897-adagio-teas-online-naperville-illinois Date of Purchase/Amount of Leaf/Age of Leaf/Date of Steeping: in December, 2011, I...” Read full tasting note
“I didn’t know what to expect with this tea as I’d never tried anything like this before. It was very smooth and light. It wasn’t vegital until it cooled a bit. Must drink this one quickly before it...” Read full tasting note
“After enjoying some more exotic green teas from the Adagio green tea sampler I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by the taste of this Pi Lo Chun. With a wonderfully smooth and mild body this...” Read full tasting note
“Dry tea is a fine, light tumble of thin curls with white tips – a promising sight. Use more than a teaspoon per cup. A pleasant green sweetness rises from the liquor as an aroma, and the taste...” Read full tasting note
Green tea from the Fujian province of China. Pi Lo Chun (sometimes written biluochun) translates as ‘green snail spring’ a reference to this tea’s distinctive spiral-shaped leaves. It is produced in the short span of time between the Spring Equinox (end of March) and Clear Brightness (early April). Our ‘Choral Pi Lo Chun’ tea is made from the finest tender buds, gathered and processed exclusively by hand.
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I’ve tried brewing this in a gaiwan about thrice before, with lots of leaf and short infusions, and my results were always off. Either my water must be too hot or my brew times too long. Anyway, just for fun, I tried two pinches of this tea in my 120ml yixing (that’s right. I was probably high on my flu meds o_o) and… steeped for about 2 mins, got the best tasting brew I had so far. However, the second brew came out a little clay-ey, where I could taste the metallic (iron?) factor of the pot.
Would probably not do this in a yixing again. :P However, will def do western style from now on, in my small gaiwan. Also, will try the ‘top-throw’ method, of adding the water to the leaves, instead of pouring water over the leaves. Yay tea-experimenting!
This tea a finicky to say the least, but worth the hassle. I first tried this type of tea in a tea shop downtown. I loved the subtle fruity note. So I had to buy some of my own, but at a more reasonable price. It took a lot of time playing around with the temperature and time to find what worked for me. But once I did, I was sold. It is also good for multiple infusions, and grandpa style if you prefer. If it tastes rubbery, try again. It takes patience to find that sweet spot.
Distinctly non distinct. I definitely can tell it is a higher grade green than in the grocery store, but it wasn’t something that called out to me.
Nice and mild, I felt it had kind of a peppery component to it, and the characteristic green tea taste.
Next time I will remember to avoid cleaning with the potent smelling chemicals I have right before I try to examine a tea. And to not use my bright orange tea cup so I can see what color it is.
So it appears that I’m one of the few who actually quite enjoyed this! It has a nice toasty scent, but the flavour is sweet and subtly smoky, with a fresh mouthfeel. I was strict with the brewing this, since people on Adagio’s site tend to say that this can oversteep easily and usually I’m lenient with my steeping time, and I used what my best guess thought was a heaping teaspoon, but I was breaking in a new teapot so I probably used quite a bit more than a cup and a half of water (what I usually use when brewing tea for one). So I think my result may have been lighter even than most people say this is, but I quite enjoyed it and it was just what I needed for the afternoon.
I received the green tea sampler from Adagio. I really like this one. At first it wasn’t my favorite. Then I tried it with a little lower water temp, and a little longer steep time and it was the tea I kept coming back to. It has a nice light taste that reminds me of the smell of fresh cut hay. The sample I received had nice full leaves and stood up to multiple steeps.