• Reviews

    Adagio Teas Snowbud

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, downy buds with some larger leaves Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: glass gaiwan Liquor: very pale, greenish When I had the opportunity to review some samples from Adagio Teas, I really dug through their website to find some cool stuff. It had been a few years since I wrote about anything of theirs and the direction of the blog has changed quite a bit. I was curious to see if I could find teas that fit into my unflavored specialty tea focus. That led to discovering some hidden gems like their Hunan Gold. The description of this one being their…

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    Adagio Teas Hunan Gold

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, curled with scattered golden tips Ingredients: yellow tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: glass gaiwan Liquor: deep gold +Adagio Teas recently sent me a gift certificate. After sifting through their site for a bit I was really excited to stumble upon a yellow tea. This one hails from the Hunan Province of China. Although it is categorized on their site as green tea, the processing differentiates it from being a true green tea. After the “kill green” step the leaves are wrapped in material, usually paper or cloth. This is repeated several times with the leaves being dried in between. The dry…

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    Adagio Teas Anhui Emerald Seed

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, curled Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: glass teapot Liquor: pale gold Emerald Seed, also known as Gua Pian, is usually found on most lists of the famous teas of China. The processing is a bit different than what you might expect. It is one of the only green teas where secondary leaves are used rather buds. Gua Pian gets a more aggressive firing step and the leaves are rolled in a strip style. The dry leaves of this offering from +Adagio Teas had a wonderfully toasty aroma. Their description likens it to pumpkin seed. In the cup it was…

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    Adagio Teas Kai Hua Crescendo

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, needle-like Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 2 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: deep gold +Adagio Teas  is well known for their fandom blends but every once in a while, they offer a straight tea that really makes me sit up and take notice. I ordered a sample pack this tea because it was a rare case of something that I haven’t tried before. Most tea lovers are familiar with Long Jing (aka Dragonwell) but not many are familiar with Long Ding (aka Dragon Peak). The aroma while brewing was intoxicating. I kept sticking my nose into the tea maker,…

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    Adagio Teas Cucumber White

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: varied greens with silver buds Ingredients: white tea, natural cucumber flavor Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: pale gold I enjoyed the White Blueberry from +Adagio Teas so much that I had to pick up this one with a store credit that I received recently. The combination of cucumber and white tea sounded just crazy enough to work. Luckily for them, it really did! The taste was wonderfully light and refreshing. I was still able to taste the vegetal and floral character of the base tea. Taking a sip reminded me of the fancy spas you see in movies where everyone is…