Review: Adagio Anhui Emerald Seed Green

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Thumbs up!"A strong hit of lemon acidity backed by mild vegetal, grassy, and cream notes."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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Also known as Lu An Gua Pian, this tea is one of the famous leaves of China. I tried some back when I wasn't as sure about tea in general, and it helped me realise how fantastic Chinese greens can be, so I remember it fondly and sample it every chance I get.

The leaves are green and long with curled edges. I steep a heaping teaspoon per cup at 180° for two minutes. The cup smells relatively mild, with a slight vegetal note and some lemon acidity.

I am surprised by the level of acidity in the cup overall. Normally this leaf is richer and more vegetal, but this take is brighter, with a strong hit of lemon acidity backed by mild vegetal, grassy, and cream notes. It isn't bitter or unpleasant, and the acidity has enough flavour to back it up, but I would like more vegetal notes to round out the flavour profile.

Overall, it's a fine tea. I don't think I've fallen in love, but it's a solid staple, something Adagio does well. It's the sort of tea I have around all the time and drink when I want a cup that's relatively simple and easy, but not one I'm going to get particularly excited about.

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