Adagio Tea’s has long been a favorite distributor of fine quality teas.On April 10th, they are releasing their Maestro Collection, which features 8 high quality teas that have been chosen for their complex flavors and aesthetic appearances. I was lucky enough to get my hands on these teas in advance and I have to say I am very impressed! The tea I will be reviewing is their Fujian Ti Kuan Yin.Oolong teas are some of the best teas that come out of tea farms in China, Taiwan, and sometimes even regions in India. “Regional competitions are dedicated to selecting and recognizing the best farmers every season. Oolong teas are full bodied in flavor and aroma ranging from green and floral to dark and roasted with many notes between. Many oolongs undergo a unique roasting process which can last from 12 to 36 continuous hours under the careful eye of a tea master.” (Information from Adagio.com)
This tea was fantastic and even more than I had hoped it to be. Oolongs are some of my favorite teas, and this one was a bit of a surprise. The liquor is a very pale color, which could be a tip off for a light tea, but the flavors are exquisite. On my first sip, I just enjoyed the complexity of the flavors unfurl on my palette. Upon my next few sips, I started to taste some subtle floral qualities that were especially pleasing. Paired along with these floral notes is a sweet honey taste as well as some tropical fruits, I can’t define the tropical fruit, but it really works for this tea and all the flavors pair well together. I steeped this tea 4 times and even on the 4th steep,I was still impressed by the amount of flavor left in the leaves. Next time, I am going to try and steep it 5 or 6 times to see when the flavors dissipate.
Needless to say, this is one tea that I will definitely be picking up when Adagio debut’s their new Maestro Collection and I am excited to try the rest of the collection’s samples! Thanks Ilya at Adagio for hooking me up!
For More Information on Adagio’s Maestro Collection Click : HERE
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