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