10 Tasting Notes


The Nose and Color: The leaves of this tea feel amazing in your hand. They feel little silky smooth curls. The leaves are really unique and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The color is a vibrant golden red like many high quality black teas. The nose immediately hit me with a strong pepper component. The smell reminded me of Rishi Tea’s China Breakfast which also was a tea with a very strong aroma.
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Tasting: The taste isn’t as strong as I expected. Like most teas in this collection the different components of the tea are very subtle. I can taste the pepper notes as well as some leather undertones. This tea doesn’t have any astringency and it has a very fully body. Adagio says that as the liquor cools you can taste sweet potatoes which I would have never thought of unless they mentioned it but they’re right. I do taste a slight sweet potato component which is very unique flavor that I’ve never found in any other tea.

Steep Instructions: 3g/8oz at 212 F for 3-5 minutes

Price: $29.00 for sampler set.

Summary: Read my rating here: http://www.indieteas.com/home/2010/4/29/tea-review-21-adagios-yunnan-golden-curls.html

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Adagio just released a brand new Maestro Collection on April 10th. The Maestro collection consists of 8 teas that I will be reviewing in the coming days. Read my first six reviews here: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6). This tea is an oolong tea from the Fujian province of China and comes from the Wuyi mountains surrounded by rocks.

The Nose and Color: The leaves are loosely twisted and look fully oxidized like a black tea. After steeping, the leaves really open up and reveal that the leaves aren’t too oxidized and still maintain some green and brown colors. The nose is pretty strong off the leaves but not so much off the tea itself. The most notable thing about the nose is the roasted, almost burnt, aroma.

Tasting: This tea has a strong roasted flavor to it but I detect some slight sweet notes as well which isn’t something I expected. This tea has a really unique taste that’s hard to describe. Adagio says it’s like wet stone but I liken it more to burnt stone. The taste of the tea is fairly complex and I liked it to help develop my palate.

Steep Instructions: 3 grams at 205 F for 3-4 minutes

Price: $29.00 for sampler set.

Summary: Read my rating here: http://www.indieteas.com/home/2010/4/27/tea-review-20-adagios-wuyi-da-hong-pao.html

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Nose and Color: Very pale color
- calming smell
- light green oolong

Tasting: Very smooth from start to finish
-more complex than adagio’s other ti kuan yin
-a slight sweetness in the mid palate

Read my full review here: http://www.indieteas.com/home/2010/4/20/tea-review-18-adagios-fujian-ti-kuan-yin.html

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Nose and Color: Very strong fermented smell. Vibrant reddish black color. dirt, earthy smell.

Tasting: nice wood notes
-dirt component
-surprisingly smooth finish


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Oolong tea from Taiwan. The tea leaves are dark green color. Beautiful looking tea leaves. This oolong is very similar to a green tea.

Nose and Color: Very light color
-Just a slight pale green hue
-Looks like plain water almost
-I was very surprised
-Slight floral hints similar to the jasmine pearl in the same collection


-Second steeping is highly recommended. Adagio says it will fully unfurl the leaves and the floral notes will really come out.
-After trying multiple steeping I agree that the floral notes really do come out a lot more but the green tea flavor is lost a little bit.
-Tastes like a very light version of formosa ali shan. This flavor profile makes sense as they are both from the mountains of Taiwan.

Full Review here: http://www.indieteas.com/home/2010/4/12/tea-review-16-adagios-formosa-pouchong.html

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Part of Adagio’s Maestro Collection. from the fujian province in china.

Nose and Color: Beautiful jasmine smell. Hand rolled pearls look exceptional. Leaves unroll as they are steeping wonderfully. not overpowerful

Taste: very floral. good after mutiple steeps. light flavor. tastes like most jasmines. this may be a little too overpriced for me considering you can get some good jasmines for better prices

Full review here: http://www.indieteas.com/home/2010/4/9/tea-review-15-adagios-fujian-jasmine-pearl.html

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The Nose and Color: Smells like Adagio’s Ti Kuan Yin except more happy if that makes sense. Not exactly floral but still a very soothing smell. The color is a beautiful light green with a slight golden hue.

Tasting: Very subtle flavor
-sweet honey
-a little lemongrass
-gorgeous finish on my palate
- very calming tea. could see this being a perfect tea to help wake you up in the morning
-surprising complexity

Full Review Here: http://www.indieteas.com/home/2010/4/7/tea-review-13-adagios-formosa-ali-shan.html

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