I have the day off, it’s chill and raining… and Rita (my postal person) just dropped a package from Adagio on my doorstep. Three excellent reasons to have tea today.
Um.. except I just looked outside and it isn’t raining… it’s snowing! (Which, btw, bummer- I’ll be putting off my shopping until Saturday- pick up the kid, visit Mom and come home. Banking, too, can wait.)
However- on to the tea!
First up is Brigadoon Breakfast from Adagio teas. (Okay- they’re all going to be from Adagio- I just got a shiny new package from them… what did you expect?)
Like the fictional Scottish town of Brigadoon, this special Leap Year tea only appears once every few years. Luckily, it’s every four years instead of a hundred!
Celebrate Leap Day with this Scottish Breakfast Blend of Assam and Keemun teas. We’ve added a touch of Silver Needle and blue cornflowers to evoke the blue and white of the Scottish flag that Brigadoon would fly.
Leap Day is needed to correct the fact that the Gregorian calendar year is about 6 hours shorter than a solar calendar year. The extra day is an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary, something that doesn’t come along too often.
1st cup- 3 min @ 212°
not bad… not bad at all… but it definitely tastes pretty much exactly like Taylor’s Scottish breakfast so no reason to be sad if you missed this year’s window.
2nd (and 3rd) cups 4 min @ 212°
at 4 min this smooths out, the astringency goes away and this is bold and full bodied without any bitterness at all. Plus it seems as if the caffine content is higher than on 3 minutes.
4th cup 5 min @ 212°
This does not seem to be any better (or indeed any different) than 4 minutes so I don’t see why anyone would wait the extra minute- delayed gratification? It’s tea (abet delicious tea), save the self control for the chocolate and biscuits… and resisiting that pretty, pretty thing that you oughtn’t to have.
I like this quite well and am glad I bought a bag and will buy another (or two) in 2020 but it’s loosing one star for difficulty of purchase. I would probably keep this available all the time… but stocking up would be pointless as it wouldn’t be as nice if it wasn’t fresh.
By popular demand, we created this Earl Grey ‘cream’ blend. Comforting flavors of vanilla and cream combine to soften the citrus notes of traditional Earl Grey. Your taste buds will swoon at first sip of our Earl Grey Moonlight.
And just what is he moonlighting as? James Bond? (Bruce Willis even?) Opening the bag, the scent is simply intoxicating… this is both familiar and exotic. Maybe he’s moonlighting as a perfume- it’s certainly scenting the whole kitchen!
3 min @ 212°
Here’s the problem… it also tastes a bit like perfume to me. Arrgh! I’m going to try it with a bit of cream and sugar.
Better- It’s a nice creamy dessert Grey… but since I take my tea (usually) without cream or sugar, I don’t feel good about having to add something to it just to make it drinkable. The bergmot flavour is still there but in the background and the vanilla is the star player here. It’s creamy, not at all astiringent, complex and multilayered. The flavors, other than vanilla, are pretty well balanced and make a nice shifting background for the spotlight vanilla.
In my opinion, I won’t be getting any more of this. It’s a nice tea and has a lovely tapestry of flavors but I don’t like it plain and I’m not crazy about vanilla flavouring of any sort. I don’t even want to try it at 4 and 5 minutes.
The Betty teapot is definitely getting a workout today!
Jade oolong tea from Nantou county, Taiwan. A highly prized tea, similar in style to Tung Ting, Jade oolongs are a beautiful deep green in appearance, with large, tightly rolled leaves. Once infused, these lightly oxidized leaves gradually unfurl to release their essential oils. Jade oolongs are known for their fresh green-floral aroma, sweet flavor and clean, delicate mouthfeel.
1st cup 3 min @ 212°
This is interesting. The liquor looks like a green tea (which I don’t really like) but tastes like a fabulous oolong (which I love!) I can see myself drinking many many cups of this and I definitely will get more! Thanks to Rory at Tea and That for suggesting it.
I do believe I like this one almost as much as I like Phoenix Mountian oolong.
2nd cup 4 min @ 212°
Humm… not quite as good. Still a nice tea but it’s getting a bit more astringency than I quite like- I think I should keep this one at three minutes.
I have one more tea to review but that will have to be another day.