I received Masters Teas samples in exchange for my honest review.
I have been drinking tea for as long as I can remember, and we have been enjoying Adagio Teas for years as well. I was excited to learn that they have a new collection of teas, Masters Teas. These are exclusive high-grade artisan teas, with so many unique choices.
I had a tough time choosing which teas to try from Masters Teas. They offer many different kinds, including green, white, yellow, oolong, black, and pu-erh. I was unfamiliar with many of the kinds of teas offered at Masters Teas, so this was a treat for me.
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At Masters Teas, each tea has a very detailed description, so I was able to read through the different ones to see what I wanted to try.
I ordered several sample sizes, as I wanted to try a big variety. I love when I can try samples and order full sizes of my favorites later. Bai Hao Yin Zhen was an easy choice, after reading that it has notes of floral, cucumber, and honeydew.
Made up of the youngest, fuzzy, plump buds, our 2019 Bai Hao Yin Zhen, otherwise known as Silver Needle, hails from the Fuding area of China. Its dry aroma is quite floral, and the leaves are a lovely silvery green. Once brewed the light honey-colored liquor offers flavor notes of honeydew, fresh sweet cucumber and a slight hint of mineral.
Not only is there a great description about the taste of each tea, there is information about the background of each:
Grown at an elevation of around 450 meters above sea level, our 2019 Bai Hao Yin Zhen was hand-plucked in April from 5-10 year old trees. Consisting of only 6 cm long buds, it is a Fuding big tea leaf cultivar. After harvesting the buds go through a special withering process until about 90% of the moisture is gone. It is then roasted at around 60 degrees Celsius for two hours.
It is important that you prepare the tea as recommended. This came as no surprise to me, since I have been drinking green teas for years, and steeping teas for too long can mean a bitter cup.
This tea contains a high level of caffeine | Steep at 212° for 2-3 minutes.
Bai Hao Yin Zhen is a white tea, and you can see that it steeps a very pale color.
My teas arrived carefully packaged in resealable foil packages. It is nice that the teas can be stored fresh in the packages after they have been opened.
I enjoyed seeing the variety of teas, as the tea leaves have such different characteristics. I have also made it a resolution this year to use less tea bags, so I appreciate having loose teas.
I am personally fascinated by tea, from the history to how it is harvested.
You can read about the people behind the tea, like Zhang Xiao Han, who picks tea in the mornings, finishing up at the factory in the afternoons. The Master’s Teas site explains, “We work closely with our providers to connect our customers with the rich stories behind the farmers who grow our most popular teas.”
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I had a fun time picking out different Masters Teas, and have been enjoying the variety of teas I received. These teas are a great quality, with so many lovely characteristics. I think it is wonderful to select some teas to try, sample them alongside their descriptions, and read about the background of the tea as well. As a tea enthusiast, this was a fantastic way to experience tea!
Check out Masters Teas at https://www.mastersteas.com/