Totally missed that this was an old thread. Seeing as I've already written a long post, though...up it goes!
A bit tricky because oolongs encompass a wide range of oxidation levels (10-80%) which drastically changes the taste. Pouchongs (10-20% oxidation) are *really* light and delicate. Ti Kuan Yin is a pretty good oolong to get acquainted with. It seems like every vendor carries a variation, and it's peachy taste is appealing. My favorite adagio oolong, though is Oolong #18
. First time I tried it, I put my cup down and said, "Daaaaamn." The flavor gets even better with subsequent infusions with number 3 being what I consider the best.
Silver Needle is supposed to be the superior white, but I've got to say that I enjoy adagio's White Peony
more. I think its sweeter and a little more full-bodied. It also seems that subsequent infusions never stop. I've steeped it up to 7 times before my bladder cried uncle.
I'm not big on the green teas as a whole and the only one I've tried from adagio is the Citron Green. I wasn't too impressed with it. I did have a gyokuro
through a different vendor, though, that I thought was amazing. It also is actually green when brewed, which I liked. A lot of people like a tea called genmaicha (adagio's is genmai cha), which has toasted rice and/or popcorn in it. Supposedly it tastes both sweet and nutty. Both the genmai cha and gyokuro will be on my next order from adagio.
If you haven't tried it before, you really should give unflavored rooibos a shot. It's interesting...more earthy and vegetal than black tea, but still strongly reminiscent of the best of black. Some people are reminded of (good) tobacco, but I didn't get that taste. I have a ton of plain rooibos, and would be happy to send you some. It's a little too vegetal for me plain, so I've taken to ignoring that stock. I prefer it with a sweet note, so I guzzle vanilla rooibos
. It also makes a perfect pair with fruity tastes--I have one blend flavored with papaya and mango that I adore. Because rooibos doesn't have caffeine, a lot of people drink it in the evening, and adagio's foxtrot is great for a sleepy drink. The addition of chamomile and peppermint to the rooibos helps start a drowsy feeling.