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Adagio Teas White Darjeeling Tea Review

A Very Pleasant and Moderately Sweet White Tea

Summary : A excellent white tea from Adagio Teas that has a light and moderate sweet tasting flavor to it.

Review : Yes...I have no life. Here it is, Saturday night or I should say Sunday morning, 3am...and I'm drinking tea. Oh well...there is worse lives to lead I guess.

But because it was so late I was sort of in the mood for something on the "weak" side this morning...nothing too strong, and certainly not a tea with a whopping and lingering flavor like peppermint.

And so I sorted through my tea samplers and found a recent acquisition from Adagio Teas called White Darjeeling...which is a white tea from India.

As white teas almost always have a light and delicate taste to them...at least if they are good, well...this tea seemed like it should fit my requirements perfectly.

Here is how Adagio Teas describes this tea on their website : "White tea from the Darjeeling region of India. A rare treat from the Avongrove estate, nestled along the picturesque slopes of the Himalayas. Similar in appearance to the justly-revered Silver Needle tea of China, the Darjeeling version is equally sublime. Comprised solely of the tender unopened buds gathered in the second flush of early summer, this is an outstanding tea that fuses the gentle sweetness of white with a boisterous touch of muscatel. We promise, your taste buds will be singing."

The aroma of this tea was pretty much as expected...basically having the fragrance that other quality, loose-leaf white teas have. So the aroma of the tea was neither disappointing nor uplifting in other words.

Happily, the flavor of the tea was outstanding. Generally, white teas can have a very delicate and very, very subtle flavor to them...one reason why new tea drinkers tend to dislike them. See...for many people...white tea is an acquired taste.

Yet this tea surprised me...it really had quite the flavor to it. While hardly overpowering in the flavor department...it most certainly had significantly more flavor than your average white tea has. In particular, the sweetness of the tea really stood out.

Now, yes I said "sweet." However, that doesn't mean this tea is a white tea version of a peppermint tea or the infamously sweet Tazo Wild Orange Herbal Tea. Instead...by sweet I mean incomparison to other white teas I've had. So...to put it bluntly, this tea is sweet when compared to other white teas, but is no replacement for the many sweet herbal teas that you can get.

Overall, if you enjoy white teas...especially those with a bit of "flavor kick" to them, this tea is perfect for you. Due to the moderate sweetness of the tea I also think this tea makes for a fine introduction to white tea for someone who has never tried white tea before.

Recommendation : Anyone who wants to try a white tea should consider starting with this one, as the taste is rather sweet - yet light.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : White Darjeeling Tea
  • Manufacturer : Adagio Teas
  • Available from :Adagio Teas
  • Type of Tea : White Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose
  • Date of Review : May 13th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Use 1 teaspoon of leaves. Pour water heated to 180 degrees over leaves. Let brew for 7 minutes.

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