I love tea, quite simply. There's nothing better than coming in from a long day sticking the kettle on and curling up with a good cuppa. Clearly, the lovely team at Adagio Teas and Master Teas were aware of my unwavering love of this particular beverage as they got in contact and offered to send me some samples to review.
First, a little shout out to perhaps my best buy of the year to date, this amazing loose leaf teapot. I've always wanted a clear teapot and finding one for my loose leaf tea was just amazing. Oh, and did I mention it was only £4?! Ikea, love the place. Then my glass is from Primark a few years ago.
I felt well and truly spoilt by Master Teas and Adagio when this gorgeous package arrived. I was given a gift card to spend on their new range of Master Teas. Loose-leaf with a difference. This range is geared towards providing serious tea enthusiasts and connoisseurs with exclusive high-grade artisan teas.
Their mission statement: The intention of Masters Teas is to share the finest, freshest speciality teas direct from the farms where they grow. We invite you to get to know the artisans who tender them and learn their stories. It is not necessary to be a tea connoisseur to enjoy these exceptional productions, as we intend to offer as much information as possible to help you on a journey of tea discovery. Each offering is a limited edition, small-lot production.
Can you tell why I said yes?
There's a real emphasis on connecting the consumer to the grower which I've never seen a brand do before. That, and the teas are just gorgeous.
The Formosa Fancy Bai Hao is gorgeous. It's an Oolong tea with notes of peach blossoms and honey that stays with you even after you've finished the cup. It smells unbelievable too, sweeter than I ever though a loose leaf tea could be. I do think more is more with these teas. My pot makes two and a bit cups and if you don't put enough leaves in you don't get the full effect of the tea.
This was so cool. The Zhang Pin Shui Xian was a brick of tea, as in the leaves had been compacted together so you had a block. I don't know why I was so amused by this...small things as they say. I found this one to be super floral and delicate, a really nice morning tea. And it has a high concentration of caffeine, energy without the strong coffee taste in the morning.
I think this one might've been my favourite. The Tie Kuan Yin black tea, as is the name suggests a black tea and had the strongest flavour of all the ones I tried. It has notes of chocolate and liquorice and oh my god I need more of this. It's wonderful. A perfect post-work treat.
Wow, what a strong tea. The Formosa Ruby 18, also known as Red Jade certainly packs a punch. The black leaves turn the water super dark and give off a spicy smell as soon as you open the bag. It has notes of spice, a hint of caramel, and a whisper of toasted vanilla bean. if you leave it long enough you also get a liquorice hint.
The only one I wasn't a fan of, Yun Wu. Although I don't think it's classed as a green tea, it reminded me of one in the taste and the water went a strong green colour too. It's very fresh and clean, hence why I thought green tea. Nevertheless, for someone with a palette that enjoys that kind of flavour, I think it'd be perfect.