539 Tasting Notes
So this tea somehow sneaked into the back corner of my cupboard. Like the other posters on here have said, this is one manly tea! I always take mine with milk just to round out the flavors a bit. The main flavors are smoky, earthy, hay, and nuttiness. I’m not 100% sure I could pick out on my own that it was hazelnut, but it is in there! A great tea for someone looking to try a blend that is something completely different. Many blends I’ve had over the past few years of tea exploration want to be beautiful, fruity, and sweet; but this one just wants to be a good cuppa. I appreciate that a lot. No frills or embellishments, just really good tea.
So I’ve had this Silk Roads tea for quite some time now. I don’t really care for whites on their own and this one is quite hay like. I’m a bit confused as to why the water looks a bit green, but it smells great. I combined these two because I felt that the Teavana blend was seriously lacking in the actual tea department.
Oh this is good! There is lots of sweetness, herbs, and more white notes this way. Together these go really well and in the future I’ll be mixing these together.
I totally forgot that I had a sample bag of this. The dry smell of the green version is much more tart/bitter lemon than the rooibos. I remember really enjoying this one, but preferring the rooibos version of the same tea. It smells really grassy today. Overall it is really tasty! There are lots of lemon/lime notes. It doesn’t taste as “fruity pebbles-ish” as the rooibos and the base is much more in the forefront. A really good Adagio tea option.
This is just a staple tea in my cupboard now. My husband knows I love this one so much that he purchased some for me on Valentines day. This tea is amazingly soothing on the throat. It has notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also a type of herbal, bark-like quality that I actually really enjoy. A+ everyday store tea. A small note though, Target is usually the best for acquiring this for me; the price is always lower than other stores and they usually have coupons. At Sprout’s this week this was $5 a box while the Target price was only ~ $3.40.
I haven’t had this tea in a looooong time. I actually have to admit that I am letting a lot of my Adagio stock just sit in my cupboard…There are quite a few that I’m not really sold on (Finnick and Stiles mainly).
This tea really smells nice and conjures up images of berry baked goods. It is best with milk. The base can tend to get bitter if the water is too hot; so watch out!
What a wonderful tea! I had forgotten that I had this one. This has many roasted, bread like notes mixed with an almost herbaceous sweetness. There are also some underlying green notes that I really love. As an introduction to both dong ding oolongs and Naivetea in general, this is really wonderful.
Ahhh. Today has been perfect. I am finally feeling a bit better and I don’t have much coursework to go through. Tomorrow is “experimental archaeology day” so it should be fun! But today I’m relaxing with this and A Feast for Crows.
This tea tastes much more floral than usual today. It isn’t really a bad thing. If it was any bit more pronounced and/or soapy it would ruin the whole thing. But it is a tea that has grown on me and I’ll probably keep as a staple.
So this bloom seems much stronger than the last one I had. There are far more tart, fruity, and floral notes to enjoy and overall it is more, hmm, juicy. I think that this could be a really great tea if they had balanced it a bit more. Yes, it is beautiful. Yes, the white tea is there. But I guess it is that fine line between flavored teas being overly flavored and masking the awesomeness of their bases and the underwhelming flavor of weak blends that really makes a tea great. In this case, the white base is just okay. It tends to be a bit touchy with the temp. and it can be strong when compared to what it should be complimenting. Overall, decent blooming tea. I’m taking off some points because, while the first bloom was really wonderful, the others I’ve had were just not as good.