|Photo: Adagio Teas|
Leaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup
Liquor: pale yellow
This was a fairly mellow tie guan yin. It was sweet, floral and vaguely vegetal. The mouth-feel was very smooth and there was no astringency to speak of. I think that the flavors would have become more pronounced if I had the time to re-steep. Milk and sugar are definitely no-no's for this one. It is just too delicate to mask the taste with additives. I love that Adagio's website features an interview with the tea farmer as part of their Roots campaign. This tea was packaged in an individually wrapped pyramid teabag. While some might turn up their nose at the idea of an oolong tea bag, this is full leaf tea with more than enough room to expand. Almost all of their loose leaf teas are available in pyramid bag form and it's a great way to make tea on the go.
You can find out more about this tea here.