315 Tasting Notes
I have been downing this one pretty much every day before work. I still say that it is too harsh for me without milk, but with milk it is perfect for the mornings. It provides enough of a flavor and caffeine kick to wake me up, and the milky tea just goes perfectly with pretty much anything that I’m having for breakfast
I’ve been pretty harsh on Adagio brand Earl Greys before, and this one was no different. However, I tried it again today after avoiding it for a while, and I enjoyed it much more. I’m not sure if it has mellowed out with age, or if my tastes have changed. I still wouldn’t drink this without milk, but with milk its a nice strong tea that I can see myself enjoying in the morning for waking up. I’m always happy when I get to raise my previous score for a tea!
This tea is something I received from my boyfriend’s mom when we visited Alaska. I had a thermos of tea on the trip, but for various reasons I was unable to drink it. Right before we left Alaska, she bought me a 3oz bag of Samovar tea.
I understand why this tea is popular in Alaska. It is EVERYWHERE, right alongside the coffee. This tea feels strong, hearty, and warm, just what you want when, say, you’re visiting Alaska with your boyfriend in spring and a sudden -30 degree cold wave hits. Even though the ingredients might make you think this is fruity, I wouldn’t call it that. The two flavors that come to mind with this are sweet and spicy. It has a very delicate sweetness that is not at all overpowering, and is kept in check by the spicy, zesty flavors of the orange peel and cinnamon. Drinking this tea just makes me want to cuddle up in a blanket next to a fire place with snow falling outside.
This is my first time in quite a while using a gaiwan so we’ll see how this goes!
First steep, 15 seconds: Everyone else seems to get sweet caramel flavors, but I’m getting light vegetal flavors with a bit of a sour note at the end. The steeped leaves smell like rice to me
Second steep, 20 seconds: This one was about the same as the 15 second steep, I didn’t notice a huge difference.
Third steep, 30 seconds: This one is less vegetal and more creamy
Fourth steep, 45 seconds: I didn’t get much flavor out of this one so I’m going to really up the time on the next one, and it will probably be my last of this for today. The steeped leaves smell almost like paper towels, weird.
Fifth steep, 90 seconds: Still not much going on here. Oh well
I really don’t like licorice that much, so I was hesitant with this tea. Brewed up, it had a very strong licorice scent coming from it. However, when I sipped it, I got sweet, almost bread-like notes instead and didn’t get much of the licorice at all. I’m pleasantly surprised with this one!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Licorice, Sweet