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Adagio Teas White Tangerine Tea Review

A Pleasant White Tea With a Sweet Flavor

Summary : This was a pleasant white tea, even if it wasn't exactly what I was expecting due to the name of it. Indeed, in many ways this tea had a flavor identical to that of a pure white tea...I simply couldn't find the flavor of tangerine at all in this tea, assuming it was supposed to be there to begin with.

Review : I've long loved white teas, mainly because the flavor of them tends to be nice and light and subtle. Moreover, white teas generally have a soft, somewhat sweet flavor to them as well...always a nice thing for people with strong sweet-tooths like myself.

White Tangerine Tea Leaves

And so tonight, in the mood for something sweet, I came across a white tea from Adagio Teas called White Tangerine. I've had several other white teas from Adagio, and have enjoyed them all to one extent or another. Yet, the "tangerine" in the name stuck out at me, and being the "orange-a-holic" that I am I immediately formed an impression in my mind that this tea would be a light, orange tasting white tea which would be just a bit sweeter than your normal white tea. Yummy.

My mood was soon dashed though when I popped the lid on the container. The leaves were huge, and contained stalks and all, always a good sign with a white tea. Yet, the problem was that this tea had a fragrance identical in all ways to your standard white tea which had nothing added to it. I could detect not a whiff of anything "orange," "tangerine", or anything else wild and exotic.

And adding water did nothing to lift my mood either, as the addition of water released the fragrance I'm used to from other standard white teas. Still, I'm a survivor...so I pressed on and began the 7 minute countdown as the tea brewed.

This is how Adagio Teas describes their White Tangerine Tea on their website : "Premium white tea from Fujian region of China with sweetly tangy flavor of tangerines. A wonderfully smooth and subtle treat, delectable both hot and cold. If you're new to white tea, this would be a good place to start."

Now, like other white teas I've had, this white tea was indeed somewhat sweet, perhaps even a "touch" sweeter than some other white teas I've had. But nowhere in this tea could I find any sort of "tangy" flavor. Indeed, if it hadn't been for the label on the container, for all intents and purposes I would have thought that this was simply a "straight white tea."

Similarily, the flavor of tangerine was completely and totally missing. And that to me was disappointing, as that was what I was in the mood for...the flavor of tangerine. And so, with that flavor mysteriously absent, my moods fell onto the rocks of December despair.

Recommendation : In a way. This tea had no flavor of tangerine, let alone did it have a "tangy" flavor to it. Yet, like other white teas, the flavor was light, subtle and semi-sweet. I guess what I'm saying is that if you are searching for a "orange white tea," keep searching as this one will disappoint. But if orange in a white tea isn't your thing, you'll probably like this tea as I could find no flavor at all of orange or tangerine in it.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : White Tangerine Tea
  • Manufacturer : Adagio Teas
  • Available from : Adagio Teas
  • Type of Tea : White Tea
  • Leaf Type : Loose
  • Date of Review : December 10th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Use 1.5 teaspoon of leaves due to the large size of the leaves. Pour water with a temperature of 180 degrees over leaves and let brew for 7 minutes.

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