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!
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.
With all the fancy white teas I have been trying lately, I have been searching for a more casual white tea that I could drink every day. I think the white peony was a good choice.
The aroma of the dry leaves was not too strong, but I could tell just from the smell of the leaves that it would be a good tea. There was a pretty diverse assortment of leaves in this tea, as you can see. Some leaves, some buds and some stems. I was looking forward to this because it will allow me to get a taste of the whole plant as opposed to some white teas that are just the buds. I brewed the tea at about 195 and let it steep for 3 minutes. I wanted to enjoy this tea outside because it’s such a beautiful fall morning and I don’t get so many of these in Virginia.
The first sip was light but it still had a full body to it. I love white teas because they taste like a softer version of black teas. They give you the strong bold flavor you want, but it is very light and delicate. It dances on the tongue rather than overwhelming it. Sometimes you are in the mood for a more gentle tea like this.
There aren’t a whole lot of high notes to this tea, but that is okay. Sometimes I want to enjoy tea in its simplest form, just dried leaves and an amazing taste.
The second steeping actually has a lot more high complex notes. There is a tiny bit of a floral taste to the tea, but mostly it is just soft and refreshing. I still enjoy the first steeping more, but I could see really enjoying the second steeping at the end of a long day. The more I drink this tea, the more I begin to notice the nice creamy texture. It has a lot of flavor but it still remains very gentle and easy on the tongue. The second steeping is really awesome and I do enjoy it.
This tea is making me feel really relaxed. I started drinking it pretty early in the morning and I’m starting to get the feeling that today is going to be one of those days where you get everything done but don’t get too stressed. Those are the best kind!