Thursday, November 14, 2013

Adagio Teas Wuyi Ensemble

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: long, dark
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper
Liquor: amber

+Adagio Teas has a reputation for crafting flavored teas but I've been sampling quite a few of their traditional Chinese teas and so far I have been very impressed. I usually brew this type of tea in a gaiwan but I decided to give it a go with the western style brewing directions that were provided. The taste turned out to be so complex that I wished I had brewed it in the traditional way. There were rotating notes of honey and florals along with an earthy, mineral undertone. I even picked up hints of chocolate. It also had a pleasant toastiness that made this a very comforting cup on a chilly fall day. I did three infusions in a two cup steeper and they were all fantastic. No milk or sugar should be added to this one. Doing so would all but loose those delicate flavors. The price is very affordable compared to a lot of the comparable oolongs that out there so it would make a great daily drinker. I'll definitely be gongfu-ing this one in the future.

Wuyi Ensemble sample provided by Adagio Teas.