46 Tasting Notes
So I’ve been stocking up nutty and spicy teas for the fall and winter like some sort of caffeine-hungry squirrel. I haven’t ordered from Adagio in a dog’s age, having grown to prefer other companies more, but I do like their hazelnut tea. Figured I’d pick up a couple samples too, and this was one of them.
…it’s not as bad as I thought, from the reviews. It’s nowhere near as good as other gingerbread teas I’ve have, but it’s alright. The thing I learned early on about Adagio’s teas is that you shouldn’t ever steep them over four minutes, or they’re disgustingly bitter. A four minute steep and a teaspoon of sugar got me a mild, cookielike cup of tea. It tastes a little bit like a graham cracker; maybe I’ll add honey next time.
It’s an okay tea, but if I really want a gingerbread tea there’s better options. S&V’s comes to mind most immediately.
Tazo might want to rename this one. “Licorice Spice Chai” seems far more appropriate, since that’s the main flavor here. I can smell pumpkin, but that’s about it; everything else is licorice. Even the other spices take a backseat to it. Cloves, ginger, cinnamon, all drowned out by licorice.
Don’t get me wrong; I love licorice. The black jellybeans always go first. However, it’s not really what I’m looking for in a pumpkin spice tea. Probably not going to get this one again.
…in the meantime I have two boxes to work through since it was on sale. /sigh
For a tea called ‘Vanilla Wave’ it sure is cinnamony. That’s really the predominant flavor and scent here. I had my apprehensions since I don’t really like straight-up cinnamon teas, really preferring it in blends like chai. To be honest, I’m not always a big fan of vanilla teas either. Like caramel teas, there’s really only a few that I like.
This actually isn’t that bad. The creaminess of the vanilla keeps the cinnamon from being too overpowering. With some sugar, it’s almost cakey. There’s supposedly apricot in there as well, but it’s nonexistent, probably lost under the stronger flavors.
I’ve had better chocolate teas. Much, much better. There isn’t a chocolate flavor so much as there just is an odd one, and it seems a little fake, like a Tootsie Roll. Moreover, it doesn’t quite go with the tea itself, so this is nowhere as nice as it should be. It’s not terrible, but it doesn’t live up to expectations at all.
I’ll drink it, but I don’t think I’ll ever order it again. Sticking to S&V for my chocolate teas, since I like the taste of the flavoring they use.
Giving this the same rating I gave S&V’s violet tea because, well…it tastes the same. The violet overpowers the rose completely, and if there weren’t big pink rose petals in the dry mix, I’d think I was just drinking violet tea. I like violet, but I was hoping for something a little different, you know?
That said, it is visually a very pretty tea with all those rose petals. They just can’t compete with the strong violet flavor.
The more I drink this, the more I like it. It really is one of the nicer pear teas I’ve tried. While the pear flavor’s still strong on the second steep, the ginger actually manages to peek through a bit more. As in, I can actually taste it now, rather than just smelling it.
Bumping up my rating a bit, because it’s better than I initially thought it was.
The first thing I notice is the berry/floral sweetness. Not really so much the pepper, but maybe that’s because the peppercorns are whole and not much of their flavor is coming through. I guess that’s what that little something is in the background though. Kind of smoky/musty/I don’t know.
It’s an interesting tea. I can’t tell right away what kind of berry it’s supposed to taste like other than that this is berry-flavored, but it’s definitely good.
I don’t know if the pouch I got was old, but this didn’t really have any of the flavor I associate with Yunnan. None of that cocoa-ey or raisin-y flavor at all; it was very light and honestly a bit weak. Even when I opened the pouch, the leaves were scentless. Since tea normally smells like SOMETHING, I associate that with it going stale.
The second steep was even worse; lighter and weaker than the first. I have bagged, supermarked-purchased Yunnan that tastes more like it should than this does. Again, I don’t know if this batch was old, or S&V’s unflavored teas are just really weak.
Might give one of their other Yunnans a try, but certainly not this one again.
It’s strange. I see the ginger pieces and I can smell them in the dry mix, but what do I get when I brew the tea? Pear. Only pear. I guess S&V’s pear flavoring is strong enough that it masks the ginger entirely.
Not that it’s a bad tea. Hell, I’ve had three cups today, so it’s safe to say that I enjoy it. It’s one of the more pleasant-tasting pear teas I’ve had, and I bet it’ll be good iced. Just…there’s no ginger. I might as well have purchased the plain pear tea instead. In fact, I’d suggest that you just do that if you’re trying to decide between the pear teas; just get the plain one. You won’t taste the difference.
I’ve had a bad history with caramel-flavored teas in that I haven’t yet found one I liked. Sadly, this tea continues the trend.
When I opened the sample, I didn’t like the smell at all. It was a very strong, very artificial smell. At that alone my hopes for this tea dropped, because if I can’t abide the smell I’m probably not going to like the taste much either. And, well, I didn’t. The result was a mix of a strange sour flavor and that fake caramel taste. No amount of milk and sugar could ever make this okay. It went down the drain, and the rest of the sample went in the trash.
From now on I’m sticking to candy when I want caramel flavor. Normally I like Upton’s teas, but I’m more than a little disappointed in this one.