141 Tasting Notes
So I’m not sure if my sense of taste is fading or something, but I found this tea to be kinda blah. Maybe I didn’t use enough leaf (1 1/2tsp/12oz), or I didn’t steep it long enough? Though I’d think if I did it would get bitter.
I get cloves/cinnamon from the chai, though no sense of chocolate at all. And I get something vaguely smoky, but it’s kinda just there on the back of the sip. I don’t really get the hazelnut like I was hoping, which is disappointing.
No huge astringency, it’s just sorta there hanging out.
Overall this is a nicely mild chai to have that doesn’t seem like it wants to knock your senses about, but I don’t get much of any of the other teas that are supposed to be in here. I imagine this would be nice with milk, though I’m not sure it would really add/subtract much of anything in the overall picture.
I’ll probly drink this, but it’ll still be going into the swap/sell bin since it’s not really anything I’ll likely ever crave/reorder. /sigh/ I hope it’s not my sense of taste going. >>
I got this from Shelley_Lorraine’s stash sale. Boy does this smell good in the package. Very fruity with a nice vanilla support.
I was kinda surprised at the recommended measure to use. 1 tbs seems like a lot, but I always try a new tea at the recommended ‘dosage’ so onward I went.
The fruity smell came through in the brew which was nice, though the taste unsweetened was kinda meh for me. After adding some truvia the flavor turned pretty amazing. I’ve never actually had anything rhubarb so I can’t be like ‘This is Rhubarb!’, but I can’t imagine it isn’t accurate since Butiki has never led me astray with flavoring. The vanilla is nice and subtle, though I can’t exactly tell the hops in this one like I can with the Peach HoppiTea, but it certainly doesn’t add anything unpleasant to the taste, wherever it may be.
And I managed to get a pretty decent resteep from the leaves. I just added 2 minutes to the original time. It turned out tasty (with truvia), albet slightly weaker which I was expecting. But the rhubarb vanilla flavor was still very present. I’m not sure if I could coax another steeping out of the leaves though.
All in all I was pretty impressed with this tea and I’d consider reordering it.
Got this for Christmas since apparently I’m always eyeing my Mom’s container of it. (Which I totally don’t remember actually doing, but hey, free tea. Lol!) Mine came in one of the company’s metal containers, though I’m unimpressed with it and may just switch the container with something else since the top is clear plastic and the lid comes off super easily not to mention I smell the tea clear through it. It certainly isn’t worth the extra $2.50 the company charges for it (their ‘refill bag’ is only $9). I would have much rather have gotten a DavidsTea Tin for that, but hey, Xmas gift and I’m not about to tell my Mom that. It was super thoughtful of her to get this for me. But I digress. XD
Very fruity smelling in the container. Primarily black tea with a smattering of green leaves mixed in. Lots of little chunks of papaya, rose hips (?) and larger chunks of apple.
Brewed this still smells fruity though the taste unsweetened is definitely not on the same par as the smell. Adding some Truvia and it definitely becomes much fruitier. Reminds me of Bouddha Blue from Mariage Frères….Or maybe it was ESP emporium’s Fruit Bowl…..No, Bouddha Blue. I’ll have to make those two for comparison.
But this one is definitely tasty. I might try it cold brewed when summer rolls around, but for me this one isn’t bad hot.
I finally decided to open the bag of Black Dragon Pearls I got from Tazo. They were 50% off and since I really liked the pearls from Adagio, I got 4oz instead of the 2oz i was planning.
It says 2 pearls for every 8 oz, so I used 3 for the 12oz I was making. Brews up dark reddish with a tang to the scent.
That tang follows into the taste also. It has an almost…citrus sort of taste? I’ve never really gotten that from a tea, so I’m not sure if I’m figuring it correctly. I want to say it’s almost peppery, but again I’ve never encountered that particular taste in a tea that I figured out immediately, so I’m only going from a guess.
And it’s kinda….sour? But that might be the citrus taste from before.
The second steep was pretty similar to the first except a bit weaker than I was expecting. The leaves are kinda still twisted together, so they could probly do a third steep, but the taste just isn’t there for me to do so. Not to mention it’s just about midnight and I really should hold off on more tea. Lol.
It’s definitely not the rich malty tea I was expecting, that’s for sure. I might try this again with double the pearls with the same water, but I can’t see me getting the taste I want from these pearls.
I finally dove into my Tazo order that I bought before they turned into Starbucks. Granted that was, uhh, almost 6 months ago ish, but I figured it was all sealed so I’d drink the stuff I had in my cupboard that wasn’t. These all have best by dates good until the end of this year, so I’m not worried about them going stale or something. Lol.
Anyway, this one smelled pretty good in the bag. Peachy, but also kinda strange. Might be the pu-erh in the blend. I’m not exactly sure.
Unfortunately this was a complete disaster to make. I made it twice and both times it’s essentially undrinkable to me because it turned out so bitter. The first time I didn’t exactly follow the package time for steeping. The package said 5 min, which for a black tea made me give it a dubious look, so I did 4 min @ 208*. I should’ve gone with my first instinct and did less because UGH! Horribly bitter, so much so that I didn’t take more than a small sip before pouring it out.
But I wasn’t about to give up so easily, especially not since I still had so much of it. Lol. So I heated some more water up, this time to 200* and only let it steep for 2 min. While it was still bitter, at least it was vaguely drinkable. I don’t really get much peach or apple taste out of it. Just mediocre black tea that’s bitter. It’s rather frustrating actually.
I’m not really sure what to do with this now. I’m tempted to try it one more time with much cooler water and maybe a minute steeping time, but then again, I’m not sure I should bother since it seems so finicky to me. I guess this tea just isn’t working for me.
I figure I should probly put a tasting note up for one of the teas I’m drinking. I don’t remember what I thought of this one, so I picked this over the Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black.
Brews up a very dark reddish. Clean bready, woody smell. I say clean because because it’s, well, strangely clean smelling.
Taste wise I definitely get a oaky/woodchip sort of note. Kinda peppery/sharp. Not much in the way of fruityness, but maybe a second steep?
Delayed Edit – The second steep on this turned out to be rather ‘Meh’. Woody and vaguely something like fruityness, but nothing really much of anything.
Sipdown of this tea, though I’ve never gotten around to putting a tasting note up before. I’m pretty horrible at remembering reviews, or even logging my tea lately.
Mildly spicy, but strongly nutty/hazelnut scented brew. Tastes just about the same. Turned out a bit weaker than I usually make it since I used my usual 12oz of water, but only had a tsp and a half ish of tea. I like using at least two tsp for 12oz but poured the water without thinking, so hence, weaker. But still good. Spicy-esque without a chai sort of spice taste. And there’s enough hazelnut that it’s nicely nutty. I don’t get the berries/fruity taste that I was hoping for because it’s rather overpowered by everything else. Even adding some Truvia doesn’t bring anything else up.
Also I need to remember to use a 2:30 min steep time since it became slightly bitter with the 3min, and I’m getting some astringency poking around as it cools. But nothing I can’t drink through. ^^
Possible reorder for this one day since it’d be nice to have occasionally. But nothing more than that for me.
So I got this as a sample from the creator and I’m now down to my last mug of it. I’m not sure why I haven’t put a tasting note down for it yet. Maybe because I hate being the first note, but with a custom blend like this, I’m not really surprised since Adagio in general doesn’t seem to be one of the more popular brands. So here goes.
This is one of those weird teas that I’m undecided on what I think about it. It’s not really a tea that I can say I like, but I also find myself craving it now and then.
Smell wise it’s vaguely cinnamon-y and green, but not green in the sense of being vegetal or grassy. It’s strange. Kinda smokey green? This is a horrible description but I’m at a loss for proper words. That’s my one disappointment when I’m reviewing. I can never seem to find the right words for what I’m tasting.
Taste wise it’s kinda smokey but not in a lapsang sort of campfire smoke. Just kinda midway between smokey and roasted but without the burnt edge of roasted and missing the beef jerky kind of edge of smokey.
Mild black tea taste but nothing overly notable. I don’t really get any sort of chocolate or caramel notes from the tiger eye aside from maybe a vague smooth/sweetness from it. And it’s vaguely nutty, which is a strange association to have since nothing in this tea should be nutty. It’s probly just in my head. XD
Overall this is kind of ‘Meh’ for me. It’s a nice tea to drink, but relatively unremarkable and unnoteworthy to me. Maybe if I was better able to write down how it tasted to me, this would be more helpful. I wish Adagio did smaller bags (like 1 oz or 1.5 oz) because I can’t see myself going through a full 3 oz of this, but I’d like to have it in my cupboard. /sigh/ If there were more teas in the Zelda sampler set I’d just get that, but that’s another issue entirely. And since I find myself rambling, I’ll go away now. LOL!
Another Butiki tea for the day. I wanted something out of the box so I grabbed this to try. It’s so dark and tightly curled, and after reading the other reviews here, I knew I’d probly be drinking this awhile. So I actually had started this a few hours ago and just got around now to putting the log in.
The dry leaves had a roasty and faintly fishy sort of smell, but I didn’t let that deter me.
1st Steeping – 4min/182* – The leaves are still tightly curled but I’m not really surprised by that. The brew itself has a heavy roasted/burnt coffee smell which nearly makes me not want to drink it. I dislike the smell of coffee intensely, but I’ve made it so I might as well try it. Definitely surprised by the taste which is woody and rich taste. There’s a very faint burnt coffee taste, but not as heavy/strong as it smells (also might be a taste association carryover from the smell). Slight grassy notes that I find if I think about it for a moment.
For as strong as the brew smells, it’s overall a very delicate, light sort of taste.
2nd Steeping – 5min/182* – Same sort of scent to the brew but lighter. Definitely has a greener sort of taste to it. Still roasty/burn-y tasting, but I’m also getting a vaguely fishy sort of taste to it now. Bleh. I didn’t even want to finish the cup.
The leaves are still pretty tightly curled and I bet I could get another couple steeps out of them. But honestly I just want a different tea. This one was good to try but it’s definitely not my thing. At least not past the first steeping. Unfortunate but it’s the swap bin for this one.
Extra note – I tossed the leaves into a jar with some water and stuck it in the fridge to cold brew for the night. So I’ll be interesting to see what comes of it.