Full disclosure: I wrote this blog post like two weeks ago… and then promptly forgot about it. ^^;; My bad.
Today I brewed tea without power. Rather, i was in the middle of my regular Sunday afternoon tea blogging, when the power died, and there was water cooling in my CuisinArt PerfecTemp kettle. I didn’t know how hot the water was, but I remembered a cheat that Eli had once taught me.
It’s possible to brew White tea in 140 degree F water as long as you steep it for 6-8 minutes. I gave it shot with an Adagio White Blueberry (which comes in an easily brewed sachet) and turns out he was right on the money. Though from the aroma, I’m not sure it brewed 100% through and through (the temperature called for is 180 degrees…). It definitely does smell like Chinese White (probably a Pai Mutan? Their site mentions its from Fujian) mixed with blueberry, which is a very nice scent to be sure. The infusion (if it can be called that) is a little dull in taste and texture. Flavor-wise it reminds me of a highly-delicate White, a bit chocolatey with a smidgin of caffeine, and an overall twiggy or barky texture.
*shrugs* It’s not what I would call a failure. I’m going to rebrew it once the power comes back, but at least I can make the claim that Adagio Blueberry brews well under low temperatures. Oh yeah, and there’s only one photo because i couldn’t get enough light with the power out to shoot the liquor, etc.
- Aroma – 89
- Taste – 88
- Texture – 90
- Spunk – 89
- Price – 87
- Availability – 85
- Appearance – 89
Mean score – 88%