514 Tasting Notes
Another Zodiac tin it is! The coloring on this one is particularly beautiful. The main smell coming from the tin reminds me mostly of the Not A Rabbit blend, which was one that I really enjoyed. I’m guessing they used a large amount of the white peach tea in the blend. I’m always a bit baffled at these multi-tea blends that have things like white and oolong mixed together. The steeping instructions suggest 212 at 3-5 min. so I did it at 3 min. I’ve had the white peach tea before and used boiling water to no ill effect so I’m not too worried.
My husband commented that the tea in the tin had a very calming color palate and smell to it. I tend to agree, the overall ascetics of this line are pretty off the chart compared to their competition. I have to admit that I also prefer the long, box type container compared to other shapes. Although Harney and Son’s kind of multi-sided boxes (forgetting how many atm) are beautiful, they are just not made for really dense cupboards like mine. Teavana tins are just HUGE. These are easier to store in my cupboard so I guess that is a plus.
Oh gosh. I was worried I wouldn’t like this one as much based on the description, but this will not disappoint. Yes, it is mainly peach flavored, almost reminiscent of peach rings. There are some really great oolong tea notes and it is a darker tea. I love that they paired the peach with something more substantial instead of going really light. There is also a tiny hint of sweetness. It is nowhere near the power of Teavana’s blends and it is really nice to have a fruit blend that doesn’t have to also be potently sweet/tart.
I have to say, these Zodiac teas are really where it’s at with Adagio. I think that they should really advertise them more. I know they’re getting tons of business through the fandom blends right now, but this line has some advantages. Mainly being that they a) have a tin without extra costs b) the tin is lovely and well presented c) the tins are better blended and imo have a more consistent ratio than some of the fandom blends I’ve tried d)many have more tea for the cost when compared to the fandom teas. Not to mention all three that I have tried are excellent.
These should be must tries for people new to Adagio and tea in general.
This is right on par with the raspberry patch tea. This smells and tastes very much like blueberry bagels. It is sweet and has a little bit of a punch. I think that this one may be a bit lighter than the raspberry patch one. I love both and I’m pretty sure that I’d love to have these as a staple in my cupboard just because I seem to crave herbal/fruity teas often. It is a truly easy tea to make and likely tastes great iced.
edit I know just what it tastes like! There is this Kashi cereal, I think it’s berry fields or something like that, but that is exactly what this reminds me of.
The smell of this one is more than just a little intimidating. It doesn’t really scream apple to me; but it does taste good once steeped. The smell is perfume/chemical. The flavor is fruity though and pretty good. I just had my husband try it and he loved it. He says that we’ll have to buy more in the future. So I’m a bit half and half and he loves it. :p
Woot! My teas came today and this was part of the Orchard Sampler. This tastes like juice! I think there may be hibiscus in it because it is a bit tart. There are lots of fruit flavors in this with some sweetness. I really loved this and it would be a great staple in my cupboard because I just adore straight up fruity blends. It was also one of the least artificial smelling of the bunch. Two of the others got me a bit worried, but I’m still excited to try them out!
So I’m still craving that lemon flavor and found this sad little sipdown in a box. I didn’t know I still had any left. I accidentally steeped this too long so it may be really bitter. Not too bad actually!
This tea is predominantly black tea with hints of crystallized, sugary lemon bits. It is pretty good and always gives a kick of caffeine. I’m always surprised that I like this one so much, but it really is one of Adagio’s better flavored teas.
And speaking of Adagio, I wasn’t supposed to get my next box until tomorrow, but I just saw that it is out for delivery today! I’m actually really excited that I’ll have something to look forward to tonight. My husband is going to be out and so I’ll need this little push to get me through my essay.
edit blah. As this cooled the bitterness seemed to come to play. The last sip of this was pretty bad. I have to say, the black base on some of their teas are very finicky and sometimes not worth the risk. I love the flavors when they are steeped correctly, but can be a terrible mishap as well.
I picked this one up last night because I’ve been craving lemon tea. It was $2.50 a box. I was supremely disappointed to find that most store brands aren’t just straight up lemon (which is what I wanted). There were many more honey or spice variations though. I think I’ve had this one before, but I was unsure. The smell of this one is very strong! It smells a bit like cleaner if I try to sniff to much…but also like these lemon+honey cough drops that I had recently. To be honest this freaks me out a bit. A small note: this also seems to have an added 20% vit. C. O.o interesting move there.
This is…interesting. I think what is wrong here is that yes, it is pretty artificial tasting. The ginseng is the most distracting part of the whole cuppa because it imparts this kind of granular taste/feel that I only like with particular teas. The first half of the sip really isn’t that bad and the lemon takes the forefront. It is when you realize that the other players (honey and lemon) want in on the gig that it is a bit unpleasant. The white tea in there really isn’t helping either. If I was sick I bet this would be great because it is kind of soothing on the throat and I wouldn’t be able to taste it so well…
Today: extra leaf, accidental long steep of ~7 min. This creates a very deep, mahogany colored brew. The flavors are smooth, herbal, woodsy, and lightly citrus. This long steep actually reduced the amount of citrus flavor in the tea. The flavor becomes much deeper and brings out the chamomile. A very good tea.
Huh. I just had a cup of this and it has been quite a long time since I last had a sip. It was actually pretty good! I still would argue that Adagio’s oolongs are oily and it is nothing compared to other renditions of coconut pouchong, but it is pretty thrifty and not all that bad. I think as a newcomer to tea someone could enjoy this one. The leaves are large, wiry, and dark. The flavor is consistent and you do not need too much leaf to get a good cup. I guess I feel a bit half and half on this one. On one hand I have a pretty satisfying cup of coconut, but on the other it doesn’t wow.