Adagio has a new season of Masters teas and, from our sample of five, they are smooth, delicious and - bonus! - have their own back story. You just need to add hot water and love.
This month, we received a pack of Masters teas from Adagio which included the following teas:
- Bai Hao Yin Zhen silver needles
- Rhoni first flush Darjeeling
- Shi Feng Long Jjing
- Sincha sencha
- Sincha genmaicha
As we taste-tasted last year's collection, exactly one year ago today (see Adagio Masters Tea: Exciting, limited edition, premium loose tea with a story!) we immersed ourselves this weekend in sampling the aforementioned 2020 Masters teas. Across the board, they were smooth and satisfying.
As noted in our previous blog, Adagio's mission with the Masters tea is to provide not only fresh specialty teas, but share the story of the artisans who help create those teas.
Today, we share our Masters tea tasting experience.
1.) Bai Hao Yin Zhen silver needles (China): Being a white tea - which comes from the newer leaves of the tea plant with minimal processing - it has a mild taste. But, mild doesn't mean it lacks flavor! We found this tea to have a hint of grassy with a clean, mineral finish. The artisan for this tea is Zhang Xiao Han and her tip for preparing the tea, per Adagio's website, is to brew it in a glass cup so you can see the leaves "dancing".
2.) Rohini first flush Darjeeling (India): A Darjeeling, with a resemblance to a green tea, is actually a black tea. This first flush we found to have soft nutty tones mixed with sweet hay and just a hint of mineral. Artisan, Jhapan Than says what she enjoys most about harvesting the tea is that she is with family and friends and can chat with them as she works. We taste the happy!
5.) Shincha genmaicha (Japan): A unique green tea with the addition of puffed rice. This has a warming vegetal taste with the complimentary flavor of toasted rice. Artisan for both Sincha teas is Katahira. His tip is to "brew a cup of tea with love. That is the best extra flavor".
We couldn't agree more with Katahira. Adagio's Masters teas are finely cultivated and curated teas that are heavy on the smooth and flavor and absent on the strong and bitter - all you need to add is love.
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