Made this for my 9am class a few days ago, mostly since it was the first thing with caffeine that I saw. I managed to steep it properly this time. I was only partially paying attention to the taste, since most of my attention was focused on epithelial to mesenchymal transition. From what I recall, the chocolate was definitely more of a dark chocolate flavor, and rather subtle. It wasn’t the main flavor. While the orange and chocolate were both there, the tea flavor was still present. If I recall correctly, with DavidsTea’s chocolate orange tea, the flavoring hides most of the puerh flavor. Before I pass any final judgement, a side by side test would be interesting. For now, I’ll still hold of on a rating until I have a better chance to pay attention to the tea.
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I have a bag of this that I save for special occasions. Yesterday was a very stressful day. I had a job interview which, fortunately, went well. Unfortunately, that means I’ll be working two jobs now to keep up with school payments. Once I got back from the interview, I had a boatload of school work to get done. Needless to say, I was a little stressed. I needed caffeine to keep me up, AND something to make me feel better at the same time. I tend to hide this tea so I don’t get tempted to drink it all the time. While searching through my stash, I found it again and immediately knew it was one of the times that I needed a cup.
I really can’t add much that hasn’t already been said about this tea. It’s blueberries galore, and then the pastry and cream cheese at the back of the sip. Apparently, the last time I logged this, I steeped for four minutes, while only going two and a half this time and either way was good! It will be a sad day when I run out of this.
I won this very generous amount of tea in one of the Della Terra giveaways. Unfortunately, it arrived at my school mail box just after I had left for the holidays. I was very interested in trying this, as one of the first loose leaf teas I ever tried was David’s Teas Chocolate Orange Puerh. I was really interested in how this compares with that, so ended up drinking this before trying all the winter Della Terra teas I received from my mom for Christmas.
It smells really good in the bag. When I first opened it, I was hit with a wonderful smell very much like the chocolate oranges you see at Christmas time. Unfortunately, I let it steep while working on homework, and let it go for much too long. I’m not sure exactly how long, but it was definitely enough to become bitter. I’m really excited about this one, so I’m sure I’ll try it again soon and pay special attention to make sure I do it properly! Hopefully it tastes as lovely as it smells.
I’ve never really been that impressed with this tea. It sorta gets a bitter walnut taste when steeped, instead of the banana nut muffin taste I imagined. I shared a pot with my mom who enjoys it quite a lot, so I’m letting her keep what I have left.
I’ve been trying to be better about logging my teas, but I haven’t been doing a very good job! I have to work on it. Lately, I’ve noticed that I’ve been drawn more to oolongs and white teas, when I used to always want black teas and very sweet flavors. Perhaps my tastes are changing.
This tea was one I received for Christmas from my mom. I’m still not too experienced with white teas, so I won’t be able to give the best review of this. The steeped smell is a very nice creamy smell. The first taste of the sip is a creamy vanilla-ish flavor. I can really taste the white tea once it hits the back of my tongue. I’m not really picking up much pineapple with this. I think I got this a bit too hot, so that is probably affecting the flavors. I’ll definitely mess around with the steep times and temperatures.
I haven’t posted here in so long! School has been crazy. I got a lot of new tea for Christmas, so maybe I will be able to post more.
My mom and I shared this one last night. The jasmine flavor was very nice, not too overpowering. I didn’t taste a very large amount of coconut unfortunately. It seems to be a much more subtle flavor. Overall a good tea
I made this tea yesterday. I tried a sip with nothing added, and wasn’t very thrilled. I added milk and sugar, which seems to be the norm for me and 52teas. Unfortunately, right about this time one of my roommates started talking to me. We got carried away with our conversation. The tea MUST have been good because I sipped the whole thing down pretty quick, instead of getting distracted and letting it get cold. Unfortunately, all my attention was on the conversation, so I didn’t notice much about the tea. I remember it being sweet for sure, and I don’t remember any definite coconut taste, so I’m thinking the coconut is probably more subtle.
I would just make another cup to properly taste it, but I woke up this morning with a cold and I don’t trust myself now to taste anything very well at the moment.
Logging this from earlier today. I had this after lunch and before my Calculus class. I had to get a good amount of work done before class started, and I was wanting tea to help relax and focus. I was craving coconut tea. I pulled out a coconut chai, but I was wanting something lighter. Then I remembered this amazing sample from the Tea Merchant!
I steeped this for just one minute this time. I believe I went longer the other time I made this. Well, I liked this time much better. It ended up being just exactly the smooth, delicious, relaxing tea that I needed. The cup ended up empty before I knew it. I still need to compare this with Persimmon Tree’s coconut white tea and see which I like better. No matter which one is better though, this is still one amazing tea!
All my items received in swaps had to all be mixed together to move, so I don’t know what’s from who anymore. I received this from someone, so thank you to whoever that was.
I cold brewed this up to have at work. I wanted something quick and easy with caffeine, so I went to the tea bags. This steeped in the fridge for about six hours, and could have maybe gone for just a bit less time. The flavors are almost too strong at this point. At least I enjoy them, so it’s not much of a problem. The immediate flavors are BAMORANGEANDLEMON. Hiding behind that is some nice actual tea flavor. I added one pack of sugar and that made it SO good. It was still good without the sugar, just a bit tart. With the sugar added, it tastes just like some candy that I can’t quite think of right now. This is definitely one of the better bagged teas I’ve had.
Still the best Lapsang Souchong I’ve tasted. Wish I had more! I shared some with my roommate and she said she really liked it and it reminds her of bonfires with friends in high school.
I’ve had this one for quite a while and decided to cold brew it. Cold brewed, it tasted quite similar to a Davids Tea I have, I believe it was Love Tea #7? I got both the rose and chocolate flavors, though nothing that made me think of pu-erh. When I cold brewed another pu-erh, it actually made the pu-erh flavors come out MORE. Overall, I think I actually like this one better cold, but I’m not sure if I prefer this or the DT one.
Wow! The last time I had this was 5 months ago, when I still thought the flowers in this were making it bitter. A lost has changed since then. Someone recommended I try a lower temperature and longer steep time to help with the flavor. Unfortunately even with their recommendations, it’s still too strong. Once I add milk and sugar, it’s good. But I don’t like the fact that I HAVE to add things. Good teas should be able to hold up on their own and just be enhanced by additions.
With milk and sugar, this is creamy and comforting. The hazelnut and caramel are both there. It seems like the milk subdues the bergamot and lets the tea taste more like it should anyway. This tea is almost perfect for me, and the fact that it is so close just makes me sad.
I’ve had this forever and I haven’t even tried it yet. It seemed like a good tea to both wake up and relax with, which is definitely what I need! I got a new car, that just happens to be a stick shift. I’ve learned how to drive it, and have everything down except hills. In a few days, I go back to my university and it’s located in “hill country” AND everyone gets as close behind you as they possibly can! I had to stop and take a sip there, just thinking about it makes me anxious. I was planning on practicing today, but a storm looks to be coming up. Maybe I’ll just sit here and drink tea all day instead.
I’m not sure what separates teas into the Masters Collection, but this is definitely good. It smells like some kind of warm, sweet bread baking. I went with three minutes and I feel like you wouldn’t want to go longer than that with this tea, as I think I can taste it just starting to be bitter. It has a kind of sweet and savory flavor. While I like the taste of this tea, I don’t think it is quite worth the price on adagio.
Edit: As this cooled, the flavors, especially the sweet, came out a lot more. I would suggest letting this one cool a good bit before drinking it.
Another from my TTB.
Yesterday while shopping my mom and I found some unsweetened coconut vanilla almond milk. It just sounded so interesting that we had to get it and try it.
I thought it might be interesting to try it in a coconut flavored tea. I put it in this tea. Without sugar, it tastes like peanuts. With sugar, the milk flavor masks the taste of the tea, so I’m not even able to remark on the flavors of the tea! I can taste the almond flavor now, with some vanilla sweetness. This doesn’t add to the tea flavor like I was hoping, but instead seems to completely dominate the flavor. I’ll try the tea itself another time, perhaps with normal milk so I can actually give it a proper review!
ETA: One thing I found interesting was the steep time. The person who contributed this tea wrote a recommended time of 10 minutes, which just seems like waaaaay to much for this tea. I decided to give it a try anyway, but since I couldn’t taste the tea, it didn’t really matter.
Thanks to Kiaharii for letting me try out some of the fandom teas on Adagio. I want to love anything named TARDIS, but I was worried about this tea. I’ve never had a good experience with Adagio Earls. I decided to try this cold first, as I felt that might mellow out the bergamot a bit. I forgot about it and went out to the movies with my family. I ended up letting it go a little too long.
It’s still good though, woo! I was right about the bergamot getting mellowed out. I can taste each of the flavors: the Earl, the tart blueberry and the sweet creamy vanilla. I wish the blueberry taste was a little stronger, but that seems to be a problem I have with most blueberry teas, so that’s probably just me. I have enough to try this hot, so I’ll give it a chance
Thank you to the Tea Merchant for these generous samples!
This is one of the few packages that made me pause and admire it before tearing in to get to the tea. It was wrapped in tissue paper with a fancy wax seal holding it closed. The Tea Merchant logo was stamped in the wax. Of course, it doesn’t make the tea taste any better, but I still had to show everyone near me how neat the seal was.
This was one of the ones that I requested. It smells so delicious in the bag. It actually has a very similar taste to The Persimmon Tree’s Coconut Creme. I think that calls for a side by side taste test soon! I really like the white tea flavor here. It takes the lead with the coconut flavors adding to that. It’s very creamy and smooth. I would say this is for white tea lovers more than for coconut lovers, but it’s hard not to enjoy this no matter what you love more.
This was in the traveling tea box I received. The person who included it noted that it was their favorite tea, so I really wanted to try it. Without reading anything about the flavor, I was expecting a smokey chai, maybe a lapsang/chai mix(does anyone make that)?
Even though I was a little disappointed that this wasn’t what I was expecting, it is still good. The spices are really mild without being weak. I can definitely see myself sipping this next to a fire with a nice book and a kitty. I was worried the licorice would be strong, but I didn’t notice at all.
A nice floral oolong, but I let my cup get cold :(
I got a tin of this with their free offer. It was definitely packed as full as it could possibly go! This smells so good. It reminds me of Hawaiian Sun juice. It comes in cans like soda and has flavors like Passion-Guava and Strawberry Lilikoi. They’re everywhere in Hawaii, and sometimes in Asain stores here on the mainland. I haven’t had a Hawaiian Sun in forever so I was really excited about this.
I tried it both hot and cold. The flavors seemed to be about the same either way, and both ways were very good. Despite the strong smell, the guava flavor isn’t IN YOUR FACE. It’s a very light flavor. It doesn’t taste weak or thin. It’s light while still being very good.
I’ve been in a small town in Texas at my parents house for the summer. Unfortunately, the restaurant options here are VERY limited. I’ve been missing my favorite tiny Thai restaurant and their delicious Thai Iced Tea and was just thinking about it today. Well, I made a Traveling Tea Box on another website (www.reddit.com/r/teaexchange). I just received it back today after it going all across the US and even to the UK and Japan. I’ve been looking through it and there are SO MANY teas in there. But then I saw this little tea bag hidden behind everything else and knew I had to make it first. It makes such a crazy fun orange color while steeping. Normally I don’t like super sweet teas, but this is the kind of tea that just HAS to be super sweet. It’s very good and a close second to the version from my favorite Thai restaurant. I will definitely be looking to buy more.
This tea tastes like honey mixed with vinegar. I’m pretty sure I’ve had mate before and it didn’t taste like this. I’m not sure what this flavor is from but I don’t think I can bring myself to drinking this tea ever again. The honey flavor IS really good, and I wish that was the only flavor because then I would love this tea. Maybe something bad happened to this poor tea? I don’t see anyone else mentioning this flavor.
I have a bit left, so if anyone else is interested in it, please let me know. Even though I haven’t exactly made it sound delicious! :P
This is one of those teas that’s fun to look at it. There are all kinds of little spices and bits of fruit. It almost looks more like food than tea! Steeped, it creates this pretty amber color.
I’m mostly getting tart, apple like flavors. Every now and then cinnamon pops up. I was really expecting a lot more spices for something like this :( Maybe I’ve just burnt out my taste buds from really strong teas. I’ll try cold brewing
I got this in the fall Try Me pack. When I saw the fall one, I HAD to get it. I love anything fall and winter. And, while it may be fall in some places, it’ll still be a few months here in Texas before it gets below the triple digit weather.
My mom and I decided to try this tea first. It’s definitely chocolatey. It has the same good creamy chocolate flavor as their Chili Chocolate Truffle. I’m also picking up hints of smoky campfire flavors. I don’t think there was any flavor left in my cup from other things, so I’m assuming it is this tea. It doesn’t seem mentioned in the description, but I like the smokey hints!
Normally, I don’t like adding milk to my tea. But I always feel like I need to add milk to chocolatey teas. I tried it here, and I actually liked the tea better without the milk. It was still good with milk in, but it almost seemed to hide the flavors instead of enhancing them. Any chocolate tea that doesn’t need milk is great in my book!
I accidentally let this cold brew longer than I meant to, so that may have made it more tart than it would otherwise have been. However, the tart hibiscus doesn’t entirely drown out the other flavors now. I almost like the tart now, as it adds to the flavor instead of being ALL UP IN YOUR FACE. I still needed to add sugar, but that’s not a huge problem for me.