514 Tasting Notes
I have to admit that I purchased a pretty large amount of this during the Teavana sale. It is now my husband’s very favorite tea. If I say I’m going to brew some he’ll sneak into the kitchen and add extra water so I’ll know he wants a cuppa too. I think that non-tea drinkers would really dislike this; mostly because of its thin viscosity (is that the right word?). It may taste really chocolaty, but the mouth feel just isn’t there. It is chocolate water and needs something more grounding. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone mixed this with a heavier black base to give it more umph. Overall really tasty and worth the price if you snagged it on sale.
So I realized today that I’ve been eating about 2/3rds of my meals meatless. O.O I’m pretty shocked because it has never exactly been a goal of mine, but I do feel better when I’m eating less of it. I have to say, I tried the new Morningstar Mediterranean burgers and they are super, awesomely tasty.
Since my lunch was a bit spicy I felt that this would go pretty well with it. Despite the fact that this has a fair amount of rooibos in it there is still a kick that comes with drinking this one. I found that when I store this is a tin, rather than the bag, it is easier for me to mix it. The rooibos tends to settle at the bottom while the black comes to the top. This makes for some overly spicy cups. The tea is far better when blended with the rooibos as it adds some sense of vanilla.
ahhhhh. I decided to be super amazing and shovel the whole drive. Well, I got about 75% of it (the part where we walk and park anyways). It took about an hour and I have to say, I’m aching. I have a bit of a migraine from trying to do homework and staring at my screen all day. This tea is the perfect pick-me-up because it is my go to favorite oolong right now.
I’m currently on my 3rd infusion and this tea is still going very strong. For tasting notes please refer to older notes. Today I have to say that my two favorite unflavored teas are this and Hashiri Sencha. They are both perfect, complex, and just what the doctor ordered.
I think I found the perfect spot on this one today. First, I used about 1 and 1/2 tsp for ~10oz of water. Secondly, I used water that was just barely starting to get bubbles rising to the top of the water; so under a full boil. Lastly, only steep for 3 min. Anything over that and it gets super bitter. This creates a really deeply mahogany colored brew than tastes really amazing! It takes a lot of hit and miss to get this tea just right, but it is great for the price if you’re willing to work with it every now and again.
I haven’t had a cup of this in quite some time now. It really is pretty pleasant and I do enjoy it; I’ve just been on a super fruit kick lately though. This tea is a bit more woodsy than I’d like. The other main flavors to me is fruit and chamomile. I am thinking of picking up another one of these tins on my next Adagio order, mostly because they are such a good value. Also, the two that I’ve tried are very nice blends.
hmmm. I’m starting to wonder why I originally rated this so low.
Today I’m enjoying a cuppa this and doing archaeology readings for class. There are lots of berry and mint flavors. The rooibos gets completely lost in this. I’m totally lost on what the cassis is supposed to taste like though. shrug oh well, it is tasty either way! I think that I got more orange slices this time. I actually love those. When I open my tin of this the whole room smells nice; so Teavana= potpourri.
This seemed a bit darker today than other brews I’ve made. I have to admit that I love the bits in this blend. There are giant banana chips and coconut flakes. I think that this version of additions is so much better than Adagio and Teavana. Adagio additions, for the most part, do not seem to add or change enough of the flavor to be included (i.e. flower petals in small amounts). Whereas Teavana is probably 80% additions 20% tea in some blends. The blending used in this 52 teas blend is much closer to what I find to be ideal. It adds to the flavor, looks great, but also doesn’t feel overwhelmed or overpriced. So good job Frank! I really recommend this company to anyone who hasn’t tried them yet. I’ve never been let down.
As beautiful and romantic as this tea is, I have to admit that it needs some more white tea. I think that there is just something great about lavender and white tea together. The tea is just a bit overpowered in this one, but it is still there in the flavor, despite the mixture of ingredients used in this blend. I’d really suggest this for a relaxing blend.
My husband wanted to make me feel extra special after classes yesterday and surprised me with a Teavana pot! Too bad he got one I already had…facedesk I’m such a tea nut! So we have to go back over there and I’m wondering if the sale is still on? I hope so!
This tea is really awesome and I love oolongs (this type especially). I steeped this for the suggested time (3min) today. The liquor is a kind of whisky brown and tastes like almond skins, roasted notes, and slight sweetness and mineral notes. A really great, and almost filling tea.