539 Tasting Notes
This second steep is getting its own review because it was so different!
This was a little under boiling for 1min.
The second steep reminds me of stones in summer for some strange reason. The texture is really evident in this tea. There is a great deal of mineral in this cup and it is followed by light fruitiness. It almost reminds me of the insides of grapes. This cup is also more green tasting than my past one.
Still a really unique tea and one that I’m looking forward to drinking again!
I love this oolong. There is something distinctly mineral in the flavoring that I find interesting. But the main attraction is this almost lychee-like flavor. It tastes more like lychee than artificially lychee teas I’ve had! This tea also seems to have more body than other oolongs that I’ve tried. There is a sweet, honey,and fruity juiciness to this tea that makes it one of my favorite oolongs.
I’ve had this sample for quite some time now and I feel bad that I’ve waited so long now that I got a good whiff of it. The dry leaf smells very sweet and I used extra leaf because I wasn’t sure I should be using for such a small amount of tea. My ceramic pot is ~5oz. This tea is very sweet and pea-like. It tastes crisp. In the back of the sip there is something deeper and more umami. This is a really great green and is reminding me how much I love Japanese greens.
I have to admit that this tea tastes a lot better when you’re able to mix the ingredients around a bit more. Until moving it into a larger container (instead of the bag) I hadn’t realized how much rooibos was in this tea. It really separates and the flavors are far more balanced this way. It has a really sharp edge to it. This isn’t really a bad thing, but I really have to be in the mood for it.
This was the last of my samples and I have to say I enjoyed this one the most. It is far more toned down than other berry blacks that I have and it is such a good thing. The Adagio mixed berry tea came to mind because for some reason it tastes a bit chalky to me. We used to have these awful candies when I was a kid that was just fruit flavored powder in these plastic fruit. They were awful, but super common. That is what other berry teas remind me of. This one is more heavily a black tea with notes of berry. I can’t quite pick out what berries it should be, but raspberry came to mind.
To be honest, this is the only Twinings tea I’ve had that I’ve actually enjoyed and I’d buy it if I ever saw it in a store.
When I opened this today I was instantly taken back to my childhood. I used to spend most of my time at my grandmother’s home. She had lots of fruit trees and a really wonderful garden. My favorite part were the raspberry bushes. The dry leaf smells just like those bushes somehow.
When steeped this has a darker amber color and smells mostly like white tea rather than flavoring. If someone preferred their flavoring light I’d suggest Adagio’s white tea blends because they are a lot more toned down. This mostly tastes like plain white tea with a slight sweet edge to it. Mostly honey like to me. This might as well be a plain white tea, but not a bad one by any lengths.
Here is another sample that I got!So recently I got a journal and I’m loving it. I mostly draw, write random quotes, and tape things in it, but it has actually made a huge improvement in my mood.
When they say lemon they really mean it! I just opened the satchel and it smells really strongly of lemon and mint; much more than chamomile. This tastes mostly of chamomile and some almost popcorn overtones that remind me of the dreaded melange tea from Teavana. This has very little lemon and I wish there was some more. If I was going to have this regularly I’d be tempted to add some. Not a super impressive tea, but not a bad one either.
This tea is simply awesome. I could smell it before I even opened my package! I was worried that it would taste boring because it’s a pretty simple premise: hazelnut and cream. But it is so good. I think that I’ve already used 1oz of the tin simply because I’m favoring it over the rest of my stock. I can’t believe that Adagio is selling these blends for only $9/4oz AND they come in a tin. The tin itself is also beautiful. It also has steeping instructions, description, and is going to be a nice tin to have around after I finish the tea.
As for the tea itself the cream is much more obvious than I thought it would be. It really balances this flavor out. It reminds me a bit of yellow cake. This tea is much less temperamental than the other black by Adagio that I’ve been drinking.
So overall I’d really suggest this out of the two new versions of the Zodiac blends that I’ve tried. I’m so impressed by the amount and quality of the tea that they give you for this that I’m planning on trying at least two others in the series. This tea is on my “must haves” for Adagio.
Free sample time!!! I ordered 3 samples awhile ago and they just arrived the other day. I’m surprised there isn’t a review of this one yet. It smells extremely similar to the Government and the Inspector blend from Adagio. Just a little more anise/clove seems to be the biggest difference. Steeped this smells a bit like hazelnut, but with those dried cinnamon sticks in it.
Dang. This is more cinnamon than anything! It says ginger on there, but I’m not seeing any of that. I am pretty sad that this is so overwhelmingly cinnamon stick. I’m really not liking this one.
Normally I really love this one, but I just realized that I was mindlessly drinking my cuppa and it was really astringent. I do have to warn people by saying that this one is finicky. I’d suggest always steeping on a very minimal to no boil and for only 3 min. or else the results are pretty terrible.