I wanted to thank Adagio for the opportunity to try all of these awesome teas! I have been using their Ingenuitea accessory for so many reviews, I thought it was only appropriate that I also review some of their teas as well!
Today we will be tasting the White Pearls. In the context of tea, anytime you here the word “pearls” it usually means that these are tea leaves that have been rolled and pressed to make near perfect spheres. These pearls are by far the biggest I have seen and they are about the size of a quarter. The good thing about this is that you only need 1 pearl to make a big cup of tea! This is perfect for me because I always hate measuring out. With tea, the measurements are never really perfect unless you have a scale and I think very few of us do.
I want to start with a little disclaimer. Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to try some of the best teas in the world, so my standards are quite high. While Adagio does have very good tea, I believe it is unfair to compare it with the directly sourced, small farm teas I have been trying recently. Adagio has a special place in my heart because it was one of the companies I would buy from when I was starting my adventure into the world of tea. They have very good teas at good prices, but some of the more experienced connoisseurs may prefer a tea from a smaller company that sources teas from small farms like Nio for Japanese tea and Yunwei for Chinese tea.
The smell of the dry leaves is actually quite powerful. I really enjoyed the floral notes and the hint of chocolate that comes with this tea. I don’t know what it is about me but for some reason I just started noticing the chocolate aroma of tea!
The first sip of this tea is creamy and savory. I notice a nice smooth body to the tea and a deep bold flavor that is rare in a white tea. As you can see by the color of the liquor, this tea is quite strong and brews exceptionally well. You also have the added bonus of watching the tea leaves unfurl completely. They go from a densely packed ball that almost looks more rock than tea, to unfurling into ta beautiful array of black leaves. I get a freshness to this tea that cleanses my pallet. There isn’t much of an aftertaste, but I think that’s almost a good thing in this case. I feel refreshed after drinking this, and I know it won’t interfere with the next tea that I drink. I also notice a little bit of a muscatel spiciness you might find in a mulling spice. It’s quite nice.
I decided to take this tea for a second steeping. I set the kettle to boil and soaked the wet tea leaves for close to 3 minutes. I’m noticing a lot of flavor in the second steeping of this tea. It is not as strong as the first steeping, but it still has that bold, full-bodied flavor I was looking for. I’m trying to figure out what flavors survived the first brewing. I think there is still definitely a thick mouthfeel to the tea, an nice bitterness and a tiny hint of that muscatel spiciness. The tea loses some of its sweetness and all of the higher floral notes. That being said, it is still a pretty strong tea.
Overall, I am very impressed with this tea. It seems to be pretty high quality and I can pick out a lot of flavors. I also love the shape that the tea comes in, which gives it extra points in my book. It has been so long since I have had a “pearl” tea, I am glad to kick this off on such a strong note.
Thank you all so much for reading the review. I hope you have found it helpful! I will be tasting many more teas from Adagio in the future, and I will also be tasting different “pearl” teas from them as well. Stay tuned!