Learned this morning that I don’t quite care for this with a bit of cream. It’s much more chocolate-y all by itself. I might try a second steep today (if I ever make it through this first cuppa) of additive free dawn. I do enjoy this tea in the mornings, surprisingly enough.
555 Tasting Notes
Ruined this tonight with too hot water. That or my cold is making this taste really bitter and not as sweet as it normally is. Off to make a new cup.
I haven’t found a hibiscus tea I like more than this one. It is so naturally sweet, so wonderfully pineapple-y and just all around great. I’m hoarding this until I can get more. Not enough funds for a whole order online (nor room in the cupboard). Wish this was available loose so I could make up a pitcher of it (although I like it so much I would drink a pitcher a day, so probably better to savor it).
Another iced tea for this evening. Forgot how much I enjoy this tea. Lovely tart and lime-y.
Needed something refreshing today. This certainly does the trick. I think having my next steeping over ice will make it even more so. Especially paired with my deliciously fruity poppyseed salad tonight. I’m loving this sunny weather! This tea can cure my blues on a cool and cloudy day, but I’d rather be sipping it on a warm and sunny day!
Thank you Kristin for sending this tea my way.
I love the size and shape of the large black tea leaves. They remind me that I really need (want) to get a tea scale/food scale so I can weigh my teas out. These were hard leaves to measure by the teaspoon. I just used a few pinches of tea. Dawn’s dry leaves smell like a decadent dark chocolate. Like those Lindt 80% cacao bars right after peeling away the tinfoil. Wow!
The wet leaves turn a little sweeter, a honey sweetness to the dark chocolate. This tea wasn’t as pungent looking or smelling as I was afraid of. It is a nice, sweet, slightly earthy tea. I do smell something earthy (not quite the manure Kristin mentioned) but their is something there that I can’t quite place. But oddly enough I like it in this tea.
Mucho Gracias Kristin.
This tea brews up a deep lilac/blueberry color. The taste is amazingly blueberry without being quite tart. Their are notes of honey and soft flavorings of white tea. Mmmm…great afternoon/evening tea. Quite calming tonight.
I love this tea! It’s my new go to flavored black tea. Just the right amount of sweetness and almond flavor, and it holds up to cream and sugar quite well. I’ve even had some successful 2nd steeps with this tea. Glad I bought 4 ounces to get me going! Yum:)
I believe this is the same tea a the sample I was sent titled “bengal green spice”. The picture looks the same as what is in the tin, and the steeping instructions are the same, so I believe they are the same. If not, I will create a new listing. I couldn’t find Bengal Green Chai on Adagio’s website, but a search for it resulted in me finding this tea.
I was a bit put off by the cinnamon flavoring in this tea. It tastes more like cinnamon red hots than like fresh or ground cinnamon. I personally don’t like cinnamon red hots in my tea, but can see others liking this. This is a milder version of Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Green Tea. I will finish my sample of it, but it won’t be a re-order for me. I really wanted to like this tea, as I love Adagio’s Oriental Spice, and was hoping for similar notes in this with a green base.
I made up a gallon of this iced and have been drinking it all day. A gallon didn’t actually use all that many leaves (just 4 tbsp) as the tea can handle a second steeping very well, so I just brewed it up hot 32oz at a time, added 32oz of cold water and voila: greatly refreshing citrus green tea. I love this tea iced as it is slightly sweet all on its own. Hot it is almost a bit bitter, but iced the lemongrass, lime and orange really come alive. I’m glad I bought a tin of this and that it was on sale for $8. I can see this being a staple in my fridge. Upping the rating because of it’s iced lovely ness.
Had a Teavana barista brew up a glass of this as I was walking around the mall today. I felt like trying another of their flavored greens.
The tea brewed up a very pale melon green. I had them lightly sweeten it and it really tasted like candied apples, not caramel apples, but candied red apples, like a Yankee McIntosh candle, but in a drink form. It was a decent flavor, but I didn’t taste much of the green tea or white tea base at all. I think I’d enjoy having more of this tea.
Finished up the sample sent by AmazonV. I enjoyed this while it lasted, but do not see myself missing it down the line. So many rooibos blends, so little time :) I am happy I got to try this one (a few times). Glad I got to clear out a few samples today. May have to re-evaluate what I have in my cupboard.
I’m really enjoying this tea. I think I may have found a chocolate tea I actually like! The spice really works well with the chocolate flavor. This was a great desserty afternoon tea. I think I may have to place an order with Kusmi after trying a few of their teas (courtesy of Lori). The next sample I’ll try with cream and maybe a pinch of sugar.
This blend intrigued me, and thanks to TeaEqualsBliss, I have some to sample. I thought this might be to the liking of Golden Moon’s Vanilla Mint in that it was a mint/green/black tea blend. I like the added bergamot in this blend. The mint is the first flavor I notice, then the gunpowder, much lighter is the black tea, and then more of an aftertaste of minty bergamot. I like this tea. I hope the flavor continues to impress as it cools. I think this would be a delish iced tea. Need something to replace Tazo Zen.
I brewed this tea on the lower end of the recommendations, 2 minutes, and it was quite strong black tea flavor with a nice sweet aftertaste. I think I’ll go back to my previous brewing method for this tea, around 1 minute. At a minute it is simply deliciously decadent. I used to drink this while living in france as my Afternoon tea with delicious tea cookies to dip in it. I think I drank the tea more for the cookies than the tea, but at least it brings back fond memories!
Used the last of this today as a strong brewed iced tea. Love the tart berry flavor and the energy it gives me. I will miss you RL Mate, I don’t think I’ll be rushing to buy more just yet.
Wow…can you say Sour Apple Punch (remember the pink straws coated with sour sugar sold in a pink and white wrapped box like licorice)? This tisane totally reminds me of that flavor. It is so sour it makes my mouth pucker. But I LIKE it. Weird, but it’s sweet in it’s own way, and it reminds me of candy my younger brother and I would always get (he’d get the blue I’d get the pink). Yum! I doubt this would be a tea I crave often, but I do love the tartness it has.
This is quite a complex tea! The leaves alone smell so decadent. I know this was a great choice for a dessert tea, I just wish I had a dessert to pair with it. I taste milk chocolate, a bit of cedar/woodsyness, warmth from the vanilla beans. The aftertaste has something a bit like the coppery taste after biting my tongue, maybe it’s just earthy flavors I haven’t quite explored yet. I’d enjoy tasting this tea again, it has many interesting characteristics.
The liquor of this tea is a bright amber, almost copper color. Quite nice to see on this stormy day.
The aroma reminds me of bergamot with a slight caramel hint to it.
In taste Troika is much more lemon than bergamot to my tongue. When I slurp it it I taste a bit of honey mixed with the lemon flavor and a nice, mildly sweet black tea. I’m enjoying this blend, I like how mellow and not so in your face the flavors are. Which is strange, as I usually like in your face, but the mild citrus is enough for me to really enjoy this tea.
Many thanks to Lori for sending a sample of this my way :)
I can’t remember if it was Soccermom or AmazonV who sent me a generous sample of this tea. Thank you so much for passing along some of this highly rated tea to me! I’m glad I finally had an evening which called for a rooibos.
The smell of this tea alone reminds me of warm summer evenings sipping pina coladas, rum and diets or any other sinful drink. So much coconut!
The taste is divine. I love how much coconut flavor shines through in this. It reminds me of my aunts coconut dream bars that she brought to my bridal shower last summer. Of coconut pudding. It is sweet. I think this is an excellent pairing for red rooibos. Must get more! (but must wait until May or later as I need space in the cupboard and room in the wallet).
Brewed up 12oz with 2 full leaf sachets, 2 tsp sugar and 1 tsp milk. Great pairing with my cinnamon swirl coffeecake this morning. Wish I had more coffeecake! I like this Chai blend more and more. It is my staple and I haven’t found a better replacement yet. Yum!
Thank you Doulton for sending a sample of this my way. I like the lightly spicy notes to it. I think I may have over steeped a bit, as it is a tad bit bitter, but the spices are nice. I think I prefer Oriental Spice from Adagio as my go to spice tea, but this tea is pleasant on the tongue.
Brewed up a large glass of this iced today (quick brew method over ice). I’m impressed at how naturally sweet this tea is, no need to add anything to it. The currant flavor came out strong to play in this iced tea. I’m loving it! I think I’ll need another pouch to get through summer. I hope they will reblend this one if their is enough demand, must keep in stock!
Tea Earl Grey, Hot.
This Earl Grey has a clearly bergamot flavor. The black tea base is tasty. The two together are pretty good. I do think I like my Earl Grey Creme’s better than plain old Earl. This was pretty good alone, held up to milk well also. Lupica’s is still my go to Earl Grey with Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme coming up a close second.