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Adagio Masters question

Postby Sententia » Jul 25th, '10, 10:34

Hi. I was looking through the Adagio's Masters selection on their site and I was curious about something. What is the difference between the Oolong selection Ti Kuan Yin and the Masters when they both look identical and from the same place? I guess this question applys specifically more towards the Fujian Jasmin Pearl also when it's the same thing but cheaper under the Oolong section. Just curious on the differences, thanks.

http://www.adagio.com/oolong/dragon_pearl.html?SID=b1f5b385fe20213dc7d3d5e034fcd1c7

http://www.adagio.com/masters/fujian_jasmine_pearl.html?SID=b1f5b385fe20213dc7d3d5e034fcd1c7
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Re: Adagio Masters question

Postby bsteele » Jul 25th, '10, 12:23

I've had both the #12 and the Fujian Pearl, and I think the FP does have a better overall taste... when tasting them side by side. I can't really pinpoint the advantages-- perhaps it's just a smoother, more balanced/cohesive experience. But I don't know if the extra $14 for the FP is really worth it for me.

Honestly, I think I prefer the #9 over the #12 because, from my experience and if I remember correctly, the Jasmine flavor was more intense in the #9. But others may perceive it as being too perfumey and prefer the more subtle and balanced flavors of the #12.

To each his own, right?

Check out this not so professional, mediocre comparison post on my blog of the #FP (at the time the sample was given to me, Adagio was calling it superior jasmine pearls), #12, and #9: http://uncouthpalate.blogspot.com/2010/ ... e-off.html
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Re: Adagio Masters question

Postby Chip » Jul 25th, '10, 13:56

I cannot answer specifically, exactly.

But often the grade and price of a jasmine pearl is increased based on the number of nights/times the leaf is layered with jasmine flowers. Thus a higher grade would likely have more and deeper aroma, offering an increased # of floral steeps.

If a higher quality leaf is used, that too could affect grading and pricing.

Or so I have read ...
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Re: Adagio Masters question

Postby Sententia » Jul 25th, '10, 16:32

Oooh okay, thanks. I was just curious since they both are titled jasmin pearl.. and look identical .. both from Fujian China, so I was curious about the different pricing is all. Perhaps they are different with different quality's to them or maybe ones older than the other.. hm.
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