The Little Yellow Teapot is handing over the baton to the Little Glass Teapot for this review. Read on to see why.
Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3 minutes (Adagio recommends 5 minutes)
Tea type: Green
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Jasmine
Aroma, dry: Jasmine and Green Tea
Aroma in the cup, plain: Jasmine and Green Tea
Taste, plain: Jasmine and Green Tea
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A
Taste, enhanced: N/A
2nd Infusion: N/A
Since enjoying a flowering tea is very much a visual experience, in addition to the taste sensations, steeping in a glass teapot is the best favor you will do for yourself. Thus, the Little Yellow Teapot bowed to his buddy, the Little Glass Teapot, for this experience.
Have no fear — this tea will not disappoint.
Before steeping, hubby and I gave the teaball a big sniff. He found the Jasmine aroma to be mild and very pleasant. I thought it a bit strong (my sensitive sniffer) but not overly so (the aroma of the green tea was still detectable). After steeping, hubby and I both found the Jasmine much lighter and milder than when dry, with a soothing and smooth taste and no edge or bitterness. I found that the taste left a definite tang on my tongue and stayed in my mouth, especially at the back, for several minutes after.
How did this flowering tea compare with one I had recently during Afternoon Tea at Heron’s at The Umstead Hotel and Spa (from Rari-Teas)? Very well.
Adagio’s qualities vs. Rari-Teas:
- The Adagio teaball was smaller
- The tea and floral quality was comparable
- The tea “liquor” is a bit darker in color, but still delicate
- The flower opened as expected for a real tea time show
- The overall flavor was milder and somewhat more satisfying
Disclaimer: The teas reviewed here were provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are strictly objective.