I was quite impressed by the fruity mango sweetness that came out of this tea when I made it up iced. This is the 3rd of 6 RoT teas my work stocks. I think I’ve enjoyed this the most so far. I do like the base of this tea, I just find that RoT’s teas taste “dusty” when hot, and I don’t get as much dust when sipping them iced.
555 Tasting Notes
Had a mug of this iced at work today. I’m taste testing all of our RoT teas iced at work to see what will be my daily tea, or maybe I’ll just mix it up. I didn’t like this upon first sip, it was too potently floral, rather than more of a juicy citrus bergamot, but it grew on me as I continued to sip at it. Quite a great iced tea, not sure I could make it through the floral notes in the tea hot, but iced, it holds out well.
Brewed up a large glass of this iced using 2 tea bags at work this afternoon. I found the ginger to be a tad strong for my liking, but it makes a refreshing iced cup. I thought the peach flavor was pretty noticeable, so it gets a few more points for good peachy ness.
Yummmm…what a great blend. This could quite possibly be a (temporary) replacement for Marco Polo! It has similar notes to my favorite strawberry tea. This held up so well to cream that I think I am in strawberry cream heaven. This is just like a rich strawberry ice cream. So good! Was perfect to drink as a dessert tea!
Thanks Rachel for mailing me this in my sample package:) I will have to add this to my “must order” list. Just need to make quite a bit of room in my overflowing cupboard.
Today I decided to take a walk on the wild side and roll the die of fortune, results were a 6 (no more tea at this level). Second roll, a 4. Honeybush Mango by Adagio teas was the winning selection today.
This tea didn’t brew quite as dark as I was expecting after an 8 minute steep. Quite a light amber/copper color. The flavor is a bit more floral than fruity, but I still get mango out of it. It is very naturally sweet. Their is something in the aftertaste that doesn’t quite work to me. Makes me curious to try other adagio Mango’s (maybe a green mango) to see if it is the honeybush leaving the off taste on my tongue.
I really feel sophisticated while drinking this tea. This would be a beautiful tea to serve at an elegant tea party. I love the floral, nutty flavor. I wasn’t sure how much nut I’d get out of this tea, but it is a sweet pastry nuttiness, with a hint of flowery good ness. Glad I took this back out of the cupboard. Thanks to Doulton for organizing the great tea purchase from Damman Frere’s months ago. Deliciouso
Bumping up a few points for it’s great taste when iced. I actually craved more of this tea today. I may have to pick up some more of this when I head to MN in two weeks. I love that my family lives so close to this tea store. Loving the cherry flavor. Maybe I can mix it with another coconut tea (pina colada honeybush?) to get more of the black forest cake flavor.
Thanks to Rabs and the geek pride give away, this tea was mine after rolling an 8 today. This deliciously rich amber brew held up well to a little cream and sugar and was just what I needed to lighten my spirits today. Thankfully there are a few cups worth to this sample. I can’t wait to make a pot tomorrow morning!
Thanks to Rachel for sending me some great samples. This was the first I tried. I drank it before looking up what flavors went into it and swear I could taste some cherry apricot wonderfulness in the fruity sweetness of this tea. I thunk this blend would be better iced, it had a tad too much going on for how I enjoy my green teas.
Made up a big pitcher of this iced today. Had several cups throughout the afternoon. Not sure what it is in this tea that makes the water so murky, but it was definitely a thick tea. Not getting a black forest cake flavor, mostly just a black tea with bing cherry flavor, but I do enjoy it iced.
Made a big pitcher of this iced last night using a concentrated hot brew and adding 1/2 water/ice cubes to make up the rest of the mix. I really am enjoying this iced. May have to purchase again next summer, as I have enough teas I enjoy iced to last a year. I was worried that this tea lost flavor, as I had a cup hot last night and it wasn’t very flavorful. It really is shining through with bright citrus flavor (orange/lemongrassy) in this iced blend. Added a bit of sweetner for the iced blend. It’s making a great post workout drink!
Blah. Must be picking the wrong teas tonight. Great scent of blackberry but not much taste. Not smelling or tasting any sage. I think I will treat myself to some hibiscus tea that I love since I’ve had two mediocre cups.
Unimpressed with this tea tonight. I was craving this as a strong dessert tea but it tasted watered down tonight. Maybe it needed some sugar, maybe it got too much air and light. I gave it to my hubby to drink. At least he enjoyed the cinnamon spice in it. Off to brew another cup.
More geek pride teas to come in the near future. Life has been hectic and I haven’t been logging my teas.
Yum! Great fruity berry ness as well as green tea taste. Enjoyed this warm tonight. Thinking I need a full tin of this (just got the travelers).
Yay! High roller last night. Must have needed the boost after my two 11 hour shifts. This tea was quite a curiousity. I’ve never had dates or date tea. Also it looked quite different from other instant teas i’ve tried. It isn’t a powdered instant tea it’s a crystalized instant tea. After brewing it smelled of honey and fruit and a little bit of black tea. I took just a few sips of this brewed as it is sooo sugary I just couldn’t drink it. I passed along to my husband who ha it gone in a few sips. If he weren’t diabetic I’d find where we could get more. He liked it so much it would be great to get it for him as he hardly enjoys my teas. I’m not sure how to rate this one yet.
Thanks Rabs for the chance to roll the dice and play the game.
Mmmm…pie. This tea won me over from it’s name alone. It is the first tea I am sampling from a Adagio Signature Blend traveling tea box over on teachat. The bag just had a few teaspoons left so this will be my only cup. Their wasn’t much scent tithe leaves, but that may be due tithe fact that the box has been traveling for 15 months o_O. I’m getting apple flavor on several sips, mixed with a bakery sweetness (maybe from the almond)? I am really enjoying this tea and may have to pick up a bag when I finally place an adagio order.
Rolled another “1” this morning and this was the tea to drink. This was my first pu. I don’t think it will be my last. But it will definitely take my tastebuds a LONG time to start tasting more than dirt and earthworms. I’m sharing my geek pride tea with my husband and I believe this has been the second most awful (just slightly higher than the other “1” tea). I couldn’t handle more than three sips of this tea. It is just not my thing.
Ahh, now this is bliss after my last few teas. I rolled a “2” this morning, but had no more “2” teas. (Yes, I used the entire sample bag of the rose in my tea last night, I wanted SUPER fragrant rose scent and flavor). When I returned from work my luck improved and I rolled an “8”. The single package labeled 8 was Maple Sugar by Tea Guys. Super excited to try this I was. (My try at yoda speak).
The leaves smelled amazing, and probably would have paired well with scrambled eggs and bacon, or some chocolate bacon chip cookies (I’ve only heard of these, never consumed/made them myself). This was a tasty sweet afternoon tea to enjoy as a pick me up. It tastes like I drizzled a bunch of syrup in with my afternoon basic black tea. I bet this would handle cream well. I have a bit left over so I will try it that way next time I roll an 8.
Thanks again to Rabs, for allowing me to try such tasty teas:) Now to decide which teas to bring to the in-law’s house for the evening. Showing them how to work their new phones!
Needed something sweeter and not as caffeinated as a black tea to cleanse my palate after the pleasantly surprising Rose White tea. This tea fits the bill, although it does still have caffeine, so I hope I will sleep alright, but I have no decaf/rooibos teas I felt like drinking at the moment.
Love the fruity berriness of this tea, wish it was a little less buttery. Elderberry is still my favorite 52 teas green tea. This is a close second, tied with Champagne Mojito Green. Short note tonight, just want to enjoy the tea.
My luck hasn’t improved by much, I rolled a two today. Feeling a little glum about that :( But at least there is only a single package left rated 1 (yes, there were two 1 packages in the box), so I can either roll that tomorrow, or something higher. Three cheers to a high roller tomorrow.
Oh, and here’s a link to a picture I took of the fancy decorated little tea packages I received for Geek Pride day!
Tonights tea is a white tea, full of beautiful miniature rosebuds that are highly fragranced. This artificial rose scent reminds me of how my grandma’s house always smelled. Especially her bathroom, as she had rose scented soap, bubble bath and the works in her bathroom. Ah, the happy childhood memories.
Surprisingly the wet leaves tone down the rosaroma and create a softer bouquet that is easier on the palate. The tea is quite calm, and floral, as one would imagine, but surprisingly, the rose tastes quite awesome! It’s not soapy, it’s not like anything earthy, it’s not sweet. I don’t have words to describe this other than I can smell and “taste” the roses within this tea. I am quite enjoying this. It would be a fine tea to serve to lunching ladies, or an afternoon tea for a queen. Phew, I thought this “2” tea might be quite awful, but I’m quite enjoying it’s relaxing and calming qualities. I wonder if my breath will smell like roses? Thanks Rabs for this purely relaxing tea.
The wonderful Rabs sent me a package due to being one of the three finalists in her geek pride day give away. I must say, she has an excellent knack for packaging things. Everything was beautifully wrapped and neatly labeled. Thank you Rabs for putting on this contest, I am so excited to play the game!
After reading the instructions and noting that I must drink whatever I roll by the end of the day, I decided to try my luck.
First roll is: “1”
1 is the worst number in this game. I guess it shall be good to get it over with! (Trying to look at my bad look with a positive note). The tea to be tasted is Rishi’s Tangerine Ginger. A tisane…shoot, I could really use some caffeine as my husband and I have been running around all day and I am beat! Ah, well, thus it must be.
I’m a little scared of ginger, and these leaves smell like their is quite a bit of ginger present. But I do enjoy tangerine, and hope that this flavor comes through the strongest. Sniffing the leaves a little more, I am reminded a bit of sweet and sour chicken that was served two nights ago at the graduation party I attended. Not sure how this will play out in the wet leaves, or in the tea.
This tisane brewed up a deep crimson/blood orange color. I steeped it for 4 minutes at 205F. It smells mostly citrusy, but I’m still getting something that reminds me of chinese take out….
The taste is strong in the ginger department, almost a bit like biting into raw ginger and than following that ginger garnish with a blast of tangerine flavored hot water in the aftertaste. (Sorry if I seem to be tripping over my descriptions tonight, it’s been a long day). I don’t hate this tea, but it isn’t one I’d pick to drink again. It reminds me a bit of Teavana’s Wild Orange Blossom as far as the citrus taste goes, just add ginger to that and it would be about the same. I may try this tea iced next time, as there is enough for another large cup hot or an iced mug full. Maybe I’ll pair it with some fried rice :)
Thanks again Rabs for this fun tasting experience. I’m enjoying playing the game, and am hoping to do at least a tea a day :)
My super-extra-humongeous order from the Memorial day sale arrived Saturday! I got this tea, 5 other tins and one pouch. Reviews to come shortly. I’m impressed at how fast these came. I was expecting to wait longer because of the turnout for the sale, so thank you Frank and 52teas staff!!! I’m so excited to have my new teas! I was nearly out of Chai with chocolate it was so consistently needed by my tummy:)
The leaves of this tea look beautiful! Dried banana circles and large pieces of peach with long dark green leaves. This tea has a great banana taste, I had to hunt a little for the peach flavor, but it was present. Even the green tea came through. This has a bit of a juice flavor to it, it is quite delicious. Just a note that I did try it iced first:) I think it would be great hot as well!
I followed the instructions on the box and used 1 sachet in 16oz boiling water for 5 minutes topped with 16oz ice cold water to cool it down. I had a glass with two ice cubes (maybe I’ll make tea cubes, but I drank it fast). The tea is a bright crimson with strong hibiscus flavor. Their is a herbal coolness underneath it, and a bright lemongrass tongue. I wonder what the cooling herbs used are, they definitely made me feel refreshed. The flavor isn’t one I’d request often, but I can see myself getting through 5 quarts of this due to convenience this summer. It’s nice to have an herbal iced tea option in the house.
This tea arrived from Jillian with perfect timing! Made a cup of this to pair with a Lemon Ginger Scone that I picked up from Whole foods this morning. At four minutes steep time this brewed up a dark red amber liquor. The tea was a bit astringent and didn’t have much Raspberry or Bergamot flavor, but it did help was down the biscuity dry scone. I will have to try this with a shorter steep and more tea next time I brew it. I won’t rate it until I try it again. Thanks for sending this to me via the “take it away thread” Jillian.