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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Yay for finishing off another tin! I didn’t have quite enough of this for my morning tea so I put a little blackberry in it. Why blackberry? Well, I thought of Irish Breakfast but realized that I probably wasn’t going to greatly enjoy this cup and why waste my yummy Irish Breakfast on it? And the blackberry was right next to the Irish Breakfast, so I just grabbed it knowing that blackberry isn’t my favorite either.

Mixed results on this one today. The instant this touched my tongue and as it was in my mouth I got a smooth, almost chocolaty taste from it with a hint of kumquat. It was nice and pleasant and made me smile just a bit.

But then I swallowed. And as the tea moved out of my mouth, I tasted this… taste that made me think of the time I had a kumquat that was overripe to the point of almost-but-not-quite rotten. And then after I swallowed, I’d get this… astringent but perfumed taste that physically poked at my tongue and cheeks. So as I drank each swallow, I had to wince a bit. I ended up drinking it pretty quickly, though, mostly because I didn’t want to taste (or feel) that aftertaste for long so I’d quickly take another sip to get me back to the happy taste. And once I was finally done, I needed a gum chaser, STAT.

Okay, so maybe not so mixed. Because really, how much does that initial flash of happy taste really count for? There was a time (before this tin) that I liked this tea. So making my way through my second tin of this tea, I kept hoping that I’d get back to that previously happy experience I had with it. I kept giving it the benefit of the doubt, even when the first few cups from it tasted like bubblegum.

But no. So I’m finally finally adjusting my rating. Down. A lot. But not as far as I would if this was my first or only experience with this tea. Because I can’t discount the fact that used to really like this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
teaplz

So I’m not crazy! I’m totally not a fan of EGB. It tastes like liquid perfume. I thought I was pretty much the only one that didn’t like it, seeing that a lot of the reviews are favorable and it’s one of Adagio’s most popular blends!

Auggy

I really liked my first tin of it. But my second tin? First, it smelled (AND TASTED!) like bubblegum. Old school pink bubblegum. Then after some aging the bubblegum taste went away. But yeah, it never got back to the yumminess of the first tin. Maybe they changed how they flavored it or something? No clue. But I won’t be getting a third tin. :(

Bethany

I hate this tea. Hate it hate it hate it.

teaplz

How long ago did you have that first tin, Auggy? Maybe your tastes have changed, or they changed, or SOMETHING changed.. I doubt I’m going to be able to finish my sample of this, and I’m not quite sure what to do with it.

Auggy

It’s been a long while when I first had it. But the first tin so did not smell like bubblegum so that was my first hint that this one was… not right. Whether it is them or me, it just wasn’t right. But changing taste could totally be it because I know that’s happened with a lot of Adagio’s flavored teas in general. But I don’t discount the bubblegum.

takgoti

Blerg. Changes in tea so often make me happier, it bums me out when it goes in the other way.

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teaplz

So I’m not crazy! I’m totally not a fan of EGB. It tastes like liquid perfume. I thought I was pretty much the only one that didn’t like it, seeing that a lot of the reviews are favorable and it’s one of Adagio’s most popular blends!

Auggy

I really liked my first tin of it. But my second tin? First, it smelled (AND TASTED!) like bubblegum. Old school pink bubblegum. Then after some aging the bubblegum taste went away. But yeah, it never got back to the yumminess of the first tin. Maybe they changed how they flavored it or something? No clue. But I won’t be getting a third tin. :(

Bethany

I hate this tea. Hate it hate it hate it.

teaplz

How long ago did you have that first tin, Auggy? Maybe your tastes have changed, or they changed, or SOMETHING changed.. I doubt I’m going to be able to finish my sample of this, and I’m not quite sure what to do with it.

Auggy

It’s been a long while when I first had it. But the first tin so did not smell like bubblegum so that was my first hint that this one was… not right. Whether it is them or me, it just wasn’t right. But changing taste could totally be it because I know that’s happened with a lot of Adagio’s flavored teas in general. But I don’t discount the bubblegum.

takgoti

Blerg. Changes in tea so often make me happier, it bums me out when it goes in the other way.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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