Fujian Rain

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Oolong Tea
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
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195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 4 g 11 oz / 313 ml

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From Adagio Teas

Fujian Rain or Shui Xian, which translates to “Water Sprite,” is an oolong produced in a similar style to Wuyi Oolongs. Therefore they share some similar traits, such as peachy-honey notes and a mineral “rock taste.” Grown at an elevation of 800 meters, this high-fired, medium grade version results in a rich-tasting amber colored cup with the nuances of minerals, apricots and spice. Great for an everyday oolong option.

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So this tea was at the top of my Adagio wishlist and happened to be the first tea on sample when I walked into their store in Chicago. This store was everything I wish Teavana could be, in fact the layout is much what I pictured when I first applied to work at Teavana.

The teas line the outside walls, the are pre-packaged with two different sizes for loose leaf as well as bagged and each tea has its own smelling jar that you can sniff at your leisure. What’s more is you can taste any of the teas you want. As such they didn’t really have sample sizes like online, except for in the masters collection, because you can already try before you buy. So I had to limit myself to two teas to take home rather than six, I will probably order more online though as I’m signed up for their rewards program.

The guy who was helping me, who also used to work at a Teavana, brewed four for me in competition tasting cups with spoons. I sampled a Darjeeling Oolong, Oriental Beauty and the two Wuyi’s to compare, though I kinda wish I had tried the Twilight Ti Kuan Yin too. All were lovely, though the Formosa didn’t have all the notes I was looking for.

I chose the higher grade Wuyi and this to take home because they both showed promise for gongfu brewing, but in very different ways. With this one the sample was brewed for three minutes and was quite strong and complex and I just wanted to deconstruct it. I was rewarded for this decision today.

The first infusion was sparkling and stone sweet, well the second was a bit salty, and the third started picking up honey and roasted notes and the last two have just started to give hints of fruit.

I did 5 infusions before lunch and plan on resuming in a bit. I will update with any further observations today. For now I doubt it will become a staple in my cupboard, I’d rather have a Big Red Robe, but I am enjoying it for what it is.

Edit: I didn’t realize this was a Shui Xian (because I’m silly and didn’t read) no wonder I kept thinking of this yesterday when trying to pinpoint flavors I had experienced before in Verdant’s Shui Xian Wuyi Oolong. While this is an enjoyable tea, Verdant’s blows my mind and surprise! is actually slightly less money ($1.25 less for the 2oz). That being said I think Adagio is a great company, I had a wonderful experience in their store and their custom blends pull on my geeky heartstrings though I am more of a straight tea fan.

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

I wish I could visit an Adagio store! Everything I hear about them is so nice.

Autumn Hearth

I have no idea what their growth plan is but the store I visited had only opened 7 months ago.


Since seeing their video about the grand opening of first store, they have been on my “visit some day” list. The company philosophies of Teavana and Adagio seem to be polar opposites. At least that’s my impression.


This is one of the very few Adagio teas I like and it is VERY good!

Autumn Hearth

Then you will LOVE the Shui Xian from Verdant that’s coming your way!

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807 tasting notes

I still love this tea its so light and refreshing especially compared to some other heavier oolongs. It is more roasted than the green oolongs obviously but the flavor palate is so light and fruity! Its a juicy tea and while it has the earthy rock mineral flavor which I love it also makes you feel as if you just bit into a juicy ripe peach or something.

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62 tasting notes

THANK YOU AUTUMN HEARTH FOR MAKING MY DAY! After opening the package I recieved today I wasted no time getting this one into my press. I will skip all of the formalities and jump to what I tasted. Wow is this tea complex and sweet and lovely. It was just busy with pleasantries. I’m actually backlogging so will do this justice in a tasting note later.
In no paticular order, because I’m going off of a memory that is always suspect, I found roasted, honey, the slight mineral tang so applauded, fruity, faint nuttiness, clean and light-yet pronounced and vibrant.
I’ve seemed to be in a slump as of late; less time to write notes than I desire, coupled with knowing that a few of the ones that I did write weren’t particularly my favs, left me feeling detached from the joy of exploration. Boy is that resolved!
I say it again, I love this tea. Sorry I have so little to expound upon, I just wanted to get this out for now. I look forward to giving a formal note the next time I treat myself to this drink. I foresee a bag in the cupboard.
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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323 tasting notes

I love later steeps of this. It’s so clean, it’s like drinking a sort of oolong-scented mineral water. Delicious.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

I have a Shui Xian from Arbor teas, I agree it’s a lovely tea. :)

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726 tasting notes

Last time I had this tea, it was really good.
Now it just tastes… bad? And it’s not even a really old tea as well! Dude. No.
Down the drain it goes.

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98 tasting notes

Dry Smell: Raisins and hay.

Wet Smell: Like Brussel sprouts.

Well, this tastes vary similar to Brussel sprouts. I like brussel sprouts so this works for me. There is a bit of mineral taste to it though that just peaks through.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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564 tasting notes

Time for the Puppy Bowl! Which means no more tea after this for a while because I won’t be able to pull myself away from the TV, haha.

This is the darkest Adagio oolong I’ve tried so far. It smells nice and roasty, but not roasty enough to put me off. There are definitely some woody notes to this, along with some nuttiness and a sweet fruit/honey aftertaste. Very nice!

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17 tasting notes

I’m new to oolongs and got this from a sampler. From reading other reviews, I do notice the rock mineral taste. There are also some peach notes after it cools. Very nice.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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892 tasting notes

Well I tried to drink this yesterday.. but I was forced out the door too quickly when my boyfriend wanted to go swimming. So I threw it in my bottle and.. that was it.. BUT today I had nothing to take my morning away.. so I made the last little bit I had and it was delicious. I love oolongs so this was perfect. A very mineraly flavor. But it’s still smooth. You get a sweet aftertaste. This is now one of my favorite oolongs :]

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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9 tasting notes

Second infusion—better than the first. I usually add 15 seconds or so to each infusion, this was a nice steeping. Leaves a beautiful charcoal color and somewhat fragrant, the cup was nice, mellow, slightly sweet with no unpleasant aftertaste.

Basically, if you’re looking for an everyday oxidized oolong, this is a good one to pick.

3 min, 15 sec

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