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Review- Adagio Teas Maestro Collection-Yunnan Golden Curls

When I opened this sample of tea I had never seen raw leaves that look so beautiful. They look soft, are golden and are curly.The appearance is very aesthetically pleasing and made me want to try the tea immediately. I have never tried a Yunnan Golden Curls tea before,and I am sad that this was my first because it was a great tea. Onto the tea, despite the light color of the raw leaves, the liquor was significantly darker than expected. Sipping on it, I was delighted by a savory flavor of something that reminds me of sweet potatoes or yams. I also get some creaminess in the tea, which made for a very smooth cup. Yunnan teas are known for their unique peppery flavor profiles and this tea was not lacking that at all. On the back end of the taste was peppery, as if you had added some pepper into the tea, which is a very interesting flavor and probably my favorite aspect of it! All in all, what a great tea, i’m so happy to have tried it!

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Tea Review- Adagio Teas Maestro Collection Fujian Jasmine Pearls

The Jasmine Pearls come from the Fujian Provence in China. With it’s mixture of a subtropical climate and mountains, the Fujian Province has the ideal climate for growing tea.Tea has been produced in this area of China for more than 1600 years, and many of the production techniques that are now implemented by tea farmers originated and started in the Fujian province.

First off, I love the way the hand rolled pearls look- they are dainty,delicate and just beautiful. The pearls are much smaller than I have seen before, but interesting nonetheless. The strong smell of Jasmine is a bit overpowering at first. Although Jasmine is a naturally strong scent that some people don’t enjoy, I do.  The  sweet and floral mixture of Jasmie goes straight to your nose upon opening the container, which automatically either invites you in for more. The liquor of this tea was a very light yellow, with The taste of this tea is not as strong as the smell by any means, the liquor is very delicate and wonderful all around. It’s light, it’s floral, it’s just great. I really think this tea would be wonderful to drink on a summer or spring day when it is not warm or cold, but just in between. All around, I think this tea is great and I respect Adagio for offering higher quality teas in their new Maestro Collection.

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Adagio Tea Maestro Collection- Fujian Ti Kuan Yin

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!

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Adagio Teas’ Genmaicha

Genmaicha is  a Japanese green tea that is notoriously known for pairing green tea leaves with popped rice and corn to create a curious flavor profile. Originally in Japan, these tea was served for the poor who could not afford the expense of tea, but still drank it. Adding the rice and popped corn to the tea took away from the price of the tea, making it cheaper to afford for lower classes. This tea can sometimes be paired with matcha, for added ‘umph’ and energy.

This was a very interesting tea. I really enjoyed it. I grew up eating puffed rice cereal for breakfast, so this tea,steeped, really reminded of a mixture of puffed rice,maybe some seaweed-y ocean smell (that could be because I was at the beach all weekend?) and some caramel on the nose. The tea itself is a rather light infusion, but has a robust flavor of the popped corn and rice that could have overrode the delicate green tea flavor, but didn’t. I like the two paired together, and as suggested by what TeaCast.net did by adding some matcha to it. When matcha is added to the tea, the flavor of the tea is enhanced, as well as the color of the steep turning to a very green color. .All in all, I really like this, and would reconsider buying it in a bigger container, as i only purchased a sample of the tea.

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Review: Adagio Teas’ Xue Ya Ballad

Xue Ya Ballad is a green tea that Adagio Teas offers. This tea is harvested in the early spring in the Keemun Region. The liquor of the tea was a pale,light yellow. The dry leaves smelled sweet and floral. I also smelled a hint of menthol in the dry leaves, that reminded me of Vick’s Vapor Rub. The taste of the tea was not as floral as it smelled on the nose. It was just a hint floral tasting, which reminded me a bit of a jasmine tea. The tea tasted fruity on the front part of my palette, when the tea first hits my tongue. There are some pretty sharp vegetal notes as well.which creates a very drying sensation in my mouth, that makes me want to go get some water. I don’t mind teas that dry my mouth out a little, but this one was too intense for me. In my opinion, this tea seemed a bit heavy for a Green Tea. Green Teas usually remind me of spring and summertime, but this one reminded me of a dark winter, in the middle of a snowstorm,perhaps.I don’t mean the liquor was darker, but the taste of the tea was different than the types of green teas I have had in the past. The scent of the wet leaves smelled of a mixture of seaweed and rubber, relatively unpleasant. All in all, this was an okay tea, I will drink it again, but I doubt I will re purchase once I run out. If I were rating this tea, I might rate it a 6 out of 10- not amazing, but not horrible either, right in the middle.