Teaware: Adagio Teas’s Double-Wall Poppy

Double-Wall Poppy by Adagio Teas
Porcelain and Stainless Steel
$14.00USD each

Adagio Teas has provided me with Double-Wall Poppy for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Double-Wall Poppy is a double-wall porcelain cup with stainless steel infuser. The cup itself has a lovely poppy design on it, with a small hole at the bottom to allow for the air to escape when hot liquids are poured inside. It comes in a sturdy cardboard box. Double-Wall Poppy is a 3 piece cup – lid, stainless steel infuser, and the cup itself.

This cup is dishwasher and microwave safe (if you remove the stainless steel infuser), and holds 12oz (355ml) of tea.

First Use

Like I do with all of my teaware, I did hand wash the Double-Wall Poppy first with warm soapy water. One thing to keep in mind with a double-walled porcelain cup like this is the little hole on the bottom. If you submerge in water or wash it in the dishwasher, water can get inside and you may find it dripping out at inopportune moments.

I had a nice milk tea in the mug for the first use. I love the double-wall feature because it means that when you pour piping hot water into the cup to steep your tea directly in the cup, you won’t burn your hands on the outside. The little handle on the stainless steel infuser is handy and didn’t get too hot to handle. The infuser is also nice because it’s fairly large for the cup and gives the tea leaves a lot of space to expand – a great feature if you’re likely to steep oolong or pu’erh.

My Overall Impression

I loved Adagio Teas’s Double-Wall Poppy. From the lovely design, nice function, and the large stainless steel infuser, the Double-Wall Poppy functions well and is at a nice price! There are a lot of other double-walled cups out there that are much more expensive, and I like the fact that this one is at an affordable price that makes it a great option to include with a gift or as a treat when you’re looking for a treat yo’self moment.

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Sunny M’s Formosa High Mountain

Formosa High Mountain by Sunny M
Oolong Tea / Straight
$48.00 for 100g

Sunny M has provided me with Formosa High Mountain for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

Formosa High Mountain comes in a sealed, resealable pouch. There’s a thin almost fishing-wire like seal that is easy to pull in order to open the pouch. There’s a funny little disc on the back to allow you to push air out of the bag – what a fun feature to help maintain the freshness of your tea! This is one of the teas that I was able to taste at the 2020 Vancouver Tea Festival and I was super stoked when Sunny M offered some of this lovely oolong tea to me to review.

Formosa High Mountain is an Taiwanese oolong tea that is exclusive to Sunny M, which I found interesting. It’s roasted, whole leaf, and natural (no additional flavouring). The leaves are gorgeous – a lovely mix of light and dark green shades and you can see the details in the leaves, so beautiful. The dry leaf has a nice aroma – it smells roasted, floral, and grassy.

Preparation

Sunny M recommends steeping Formosa High Mountain in 85-90°C (185-194°F) for 20-40 seconds. I opted to do an initial steep with 85°C water for 30 seconds.

First Taste

Formosa High Mountain steeps to a pale yellow colour. There’s a light roasted aroma. The flavour is a mix of nutty, floral, and sweet. The packaging suggests a chrysanthemum-like flavour and I can taste it – although how much is the power of suggestion? I like the lightness in the flavour, it’s pleasant and easy to drink.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Formosa High Mountain five times (six steeps total), adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the colour got more golden yellow, with a nice flavour to it. The flavour got more sweet, with hints of vanilla as I steeped it – it made for such a pleasant steeping session.

My Overall Impression

I loved Sunny M’s Formosa High Mountain. This oolong tea was a treat from dry leaf to steep to just admiring those pretty leaves after being done with them. While the tea itself is on the more expensive side, it’s nice to know that it holds up really well to being resteeped and has some great flavour. It’s definitely one that you’ll want to resteep over and over again until you get all of the flavour from the leaves, and just enjoy the floral and sweet notes that mingle with the nutty flavours. It’s a well-balanced oolong and it’s just nice to know how nature just creates a nice flavour from tea leaves.

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Wild Orchard Green Tea’s Late Spring

Late Spring by Wild Orchard Green Tea
Green Tea / Straight
$12.00 for 35g

First Impressions

Late Spring is a green tea from Wild Orchard Green Tea that I picked up during the 2020 Vancouver Tea Festival. This green tea wasn’t available for sampling in steeped for, but I did have the opportunity to smell it and it was just intriguing. The tea comes inside of a tin (with a little clear circle sticker over the opening. Inside is a sealed silver pouch.

The leaves themselves are gorgeous. Wiry, varying shades of green, with a lovely vegetal aroma to it. It has notes that remind me of asparagus and hints of floral notes. Late Spring is harvested between May and June, basically right before summer begins. This organic green tea is from South Korea – just check out those shades of green!

Preparation

Wild Orchard Green Tea recommends steeping Late Spring in 176°F (80°C) water for 1 minute. I opted to do an initial steep at 175°F (79°C) for 1 minute, because that’s the lowest temperature setting available on my variable temperature kettle (Breville IQ Kettle review).

First Taste

Late Spring steeps to a golden yellow after just the short one minute steep. There’s a nice aroma to it – it reminds me a lot of the dry leaf aroma (asparagus, grassy, vegetal notes). There’s a slight hint of floral in the background. The flavour of Late Spring is interesting. I found it to be sweet, floral, strong vegetal notes (that still remind me of asparagus!), and there’s a mild astringency at the tail end of each sip that is coupled with some nice umami notes with a slight saline quality to it. Just fascinatingly contrasting flavours that somehow all work together because it’s not a bad cup of tea.

A Second Cup?

Wild Orchard Green Tea suggests that Late Spring can be steeped 2-3 times, which means up to 2 resteeps. This obviously means that I had to push it and attempt four total steeps (three resteeps). I added an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent resteep, and found that the flavour remained fairly similar to the initial steep. The umami notes lessened while the astringency stayed the same. I found that the flavour got more vegetal and continued to remind me of asparagus, while the floral notes just faded away. It did well with being resteeped and I found even the third resteep was still quite tasty.

My Overall Impression

I loved Wild Orchard Green Tea’s Late Spring. I found the flavour of this green tea to just be fascinating because it has so many nuances to it, that it’s difficulty to simply describe yet somehow it all just works together. While I didn’t particularly like the astringency, it balanced well against the umami quality and the interesting vegetal and floral flavours. I just found it to be a nice experience, because a lot of the time when you do get a spring harvest, you don’t know when in the harvest season that the leaves were harvested/plucked. I find that early spring (or first flush) harvested teas are quite sweet because of how tender the leaves are, so it’s nice to experience the leaves that have been allowed to mature a bit before being harvested and processed.

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