Ok, it's time for my last review!Adagio MS AliShanDry Leaves
Tightly rolled, different shades of green.Aroma
The aroma reminds me of being in a greenhouse.
Lots of flowery smells, also some "fresh" scents (reminds me of melon) at the finish. The aroma cup smells of honey when it has cooled.Liquor
The soup is a clear light yellow. Deepens with each infusion.Taste
The floral notes hit me first. They are followed by a lingering sweetness, not unlike white sugar, that stays on the palate. Subsequent infusions result in a "deeper" flavor with less floral notes, more honey & freshness.Wet Leaves
Small-ish multi-leaf systems, some leaves are torn but mostly whole.Overall
This is only my 2nd AliShan (ever), but I really enjoyed it. The Adagio pricetag is somewhat steep, so I'm not sure I would ever buy a tin. However, it was a lovely introduction to greener Taiwanese Oolongs.Suggestions
I used enough dry leaves to liberally cover the bottom of the gaiwan. The first time I sampled this, I used 195F water, second time I used 180F (which I preferred). I increased the temp after every infusion though. Ended at 195F at the 5th steep.
I also found that much of the charm of this tea lies in it's aroma. This is why I heartily recommend using aroma cups when brewing it!