59 Tasting Notes

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I actually love this tea.

You know how caramel apples seem so brilliant and appetizing, in theory? It’s the holiday season and it’s dark out but the incandescent lights of a mall are so yellow and warm, and now that you’re inside you’re actually starting to get a a little toasty in your heavy jacket. You peer into the glass display case of That Commercial Confectioner (name withheld) and see rows and rows of sleek, shiny, beautiful candied fruits. You can just imagine the complementary marriage of apple and caramel: sweet-on-tart, creamy-on-crunchy, gooey-on-firm.

Then you buy the apple and the caramel is really thick and actually hyper-sweetened with no darkness or richness and you can barely even penetrate it because it clogs your jaw. And when you finally do, you’re left with a sad, naked, hardened Granny Smith, bare of caramel and bereft of flavor. And you are so sad. So you just eat the caramel and then feel bad because you wasted the apple, and curse Corporate America and The Holidays and spend the remainder of the day grinching out, surreptitiously trying to pry caramel out of your molars whilst being accosted by holiday salespeople.

You know what I mean…right? But this tea doesn’t do that. This tea doesn’t disappoint. Being a liquid, it doesn’t suffer from the logistical plights of actual caramel apples. This tea is the caramel apple on the rack, perfect and glistening and full of holiday hope, sweet and warming and delicious. It is wonderful. Try it.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Honey

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank Christmas by Adagio Teas
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I really liked this tea when I first tried it; it was spicy, pungent, and interesting. It didn’t really remind me of the holidays per se, but at least it was nice and warming with the strong flavors of cinnamon, clove, and orange peel.

The last few times I’ve made it, though—despite steeping for quite a while—it came out a bit bland, actually…like diluted cinnamon/orange black tea. Hm…maybe I’ve inadvertently cut down on the amount of tea I’m using, or maybe I somehow managed to concentrate all of the delicious herbal/spice bits into earlier cups…?

Anyway, the tea WAS good when I made it properly, but I’m hesitant to recommend this one since if you’re ordering from Adagio and want an interesting “holiday” flavor, I’d personally go with the gingerbread for the same price per cup.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange Zest

Preparation
4 tsp 28 OZ / 828 ML

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90
drank Gingerbread by Adagio Teas
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Looks like some very sophisticated and respected reviewers on this site do not really care for this tea, which makes me question the validity of my tastes. I like it so much that merely sniffing it makes me smile! xD

It smells like vanilla and tastes, if not quite like gingerbread, then at least like some type of gently spiced Christmas biscuit, full of cinnamon, spice, vanilla, caramel, and honey; even the aftertaste is sweet to my palate, because the flavors mask the black tea, so I don’t detect much bitterness (and yes, I’m drinking it straight). It actually reminds me of a tea I had a long time ago at Boston’s “Tealuxe” called “Birthday Cake” or something.

If this sounds like something you’d like, I’d say you can’t go wrong getting a sample. If you don’t like it, you can always send it my way…! =D

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Honey, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
6 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Awake English Breakfast by Tazo
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Drank this, as usual, without cream and sugar. It’s much thinner and zippier than some other English breakfast teas I’ve tried recently (e.g., Twinings and Bigelow), with a bright, bitter herbal finish. To me it tastes light and insubstantial; maybe I was hoping for something mellower. Still the flavor is at least interesting, so I’d recommend with reservations (try a sample if you can!)

Flavors: Bitter, Herbs, Malt

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec

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66
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
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Wow. The mint here definitely packs a wallop—a very strong, crisp, cooling mint flavor. No hint of the taste of black tea—it’s completely masked—not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. This will wake you up!

Flavors: Spearmint

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
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drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
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Steeped a cup of this in attempts to invigorate myself on a grey Michigan afternoon. It is very hearty and full-bodied; every sip seems to fill your mouth with a dark, lingering malty taste. It somehow reminds me a little of green tea (?), only much heavier.

Contrary to Twinings’ recommendation, I’ve only had it plain, so I can’t speak to its taste with milk and sugar!

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Vegetal

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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Delightful! It’s like drinking a bowlful of flowers, without the annoyance of having to pull stamens from your teeth.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Honey, Perfume

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
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drank French Vanilla by Bigelow
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Oh my! This tea smells sugary-sweet as a cupcake…very enticing.

I’m drinking it plain (as I do with all teas), and I’m pleasantly surprised at how good this is. The smell is wonderful and the taste is just as you’d hope: a strong indulgent vanilla flavor, kind of like a liquid version of birthday cake frosting, cut gently by the bitterness of the tea. I like it better than most French Vanilla coffees—and I have had a lot of those.

On account of enjoying this “artificially flavored” tea so much, I suppose I have to give up any pretense of being a connoisseur (not that I really had one, to be fair…heh). Maybe I just really like vanilla teas! Anyone have recommendations? _

Flavors: Frosting, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec

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