521 Tasting Notes
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.
I’ve noticed that this tea is leaving my cupboard at an alarming rate! I’ve had this one for about a week if I’m remembering correctly and it is already about halfway gone. I can’t quite pin what I like about it so much, but it really helps that it seems to be lower caffeine and I’ve been having lots of nighttime cuppas. The sweet, fruity notes are really fun and I’m a chamomile lover so the ingredients are just about perfect. One of the best blends on Adagio!
I’m a bit sad because the flavor of the pineapple seems to be much lighter on this ball when compared to my last one. :( I really liked the first one, but this one is a bit lack luster. I steeped for longer than suggested (I think?) at 3min. this time and it really brought out the flower in the liquor. There are many more sweet/floral notes when compared to pineapple ones. What a shame! Maybe this is just one of those teas that is a bit inconsistent.
Good gosh this tea just surprised me. I forgot my water, so it got too hot, then I forgot it again and it got quite cold. I steeped this for 2min. at 160F. You know what? It was amazing. The brew has only the slightest hint of yellow/light green. There are plenty of nutty, sweet notes and it is surprisingly wonderful at this temp. I really enjoy this one and I think that it is a must try for green tea lovers. thank you Teavivre for this sample!