974 Tasting Notes
This is my cuppa the mornin’ today. As I am a big fan of Golden Monkey (well, any smooth black tea makes me weak in the knees) I bought this one based on reviews. I do think it has a deeper, more complex taste than Golden Monkey, while still remaining smooth. Love the cocoa notes (and am so happy I can finally distinguish some of the tastes…go me!) I liked the sample so much, I purchased more.
After watching TeaV videos with Zack, I decided to blend my own version of this right down to the sprinkles. On the video, ratios were 60% Vanilla, 30% Cream, 10% Caramel. I went by weight rather than volume measure. Just added some sprinkles for color, and it works. I keep some amount of this on hand as long as I have the components to make it. The last batch I mixed had an excess of red sprinkles which can make the brewed tea color a little weird. If you blend your own, I recommend the pastel jimmies.
This does smell like a vanilla cupcake, and it makes a great dessert type tea with milk and sweetener. Great if you want to have your cake and avoid the calories.
After trying this one hot, I definitely need to try it iced. I can taste the strawberry and slight peach with the light background of the green rooibos. Since I will not likely drink this hot again, I will save my rating for later.
I do prefer this one to the Green Rooibos Key West. The flavors in the Key West are lighter, so if you liked a lighter fruit flavor, Key West might be for you. The Citron is high in citrus flavor, and will be another great iced summer tea.
This is more of a tasting note out of the archives of my tea journal. I do remember trying this as a stand alone, and it was pleasant with a slight chocolate flavor. It does taste like chocolate and tea at the same time. By adding milk and sweetener, you get a blend of tea with a hint of hot chocolate.
What I really like about this tea is what it will do in blends. I like to blend this one with fruit flavor teas like Orange, Raspberry, or Strawberry. The general ratio I use is about 1 part Chocolate Tea to about 3 parts fruit flavored tea. As a stand alone, around 70, in blends as mentioned previously, high 80s. I know Adagio offers the option to make your own blends, but I go the more cost effective route and blend my own, as I am sure to drink all of the tea eventually! The Raspberry Chocolate is outstanding.
Had this for my afternoon cup. This one has the perfect ratio of mint to black tea, and the chocolate and coconut notes really play well together. I love this one with milk and sweetener.
I am planning to try to come close with a blend of peppermint and chocolate black, as the price is a little in the high range for a staple flavored black. Per pound, this one is up there…..and I like to buy my favorites by the pound.
I made a large teapot of this today. It is a good basic tea. If it gets oversteeped, it can get a little bitter. The grenadine and vanilla are light, but they balance well with the black. I take mine with a little sweetener.
I have noticed this comes from several online vendors; perhaps it is a Metropolitan variety?….I am on my third source. The first came from The Tea Table, the second from Culinary Teas, the third from The Whistling Kettle. I have not noticed a real difference in any of them.