937 Tasting Notes
With a name like this, I wasn’t sure I would like it; it sounds medicinal and ’it’s good for you so shaddup and drink it.’
It tastes like a refreshing mix of licorice and spices, with a bit of a kick that’s probably the cardamom. If it didn’t have the mate in it, it would make for an agreeable evening tea!
Oh, I’m describing things as ‘agreeable’ – must be because I’m reading Jane Austen again. I haven’t read Northanger Abbey before, but I’m enjoying the satire immensely. It’s also a nice change from Anna Karenina, which I finally managed to finish for the Steepster book club, as this is much lighter.
I guess today wasn’t the day to try this as I ended up having company over, and a crazy baby to deal with so I didn’t get to take many notes while I was drinking.
Here’s what I’ve got:
1st Steep (30s): Very light and grassy with spinachy/grassy notes. I love the shape over these long pretty leaves, and they look great in my mini-gongfu pot.
2nd Steep (30s): More buttery/spinach notes this time around. Very good
I steeped it two more times after that but don’t remember the details except that I enjoyed it. I’ll have to order this sometime!
Ooh. Very nice. It really really tastes like grapefruit. All fresh!
I bet this would be great in the summer. Also if it were iced. I’ll have to get this again sometime.
Because seriously, it really tastes like grapefruit!
Last sipdown for tonight.
This is different. It seems as though it’s bolder than other black teas, and I can see why people say it reminds them of coffee. Yowza! I think I’ll pass the other half of this sample on to ozli as she enjoys coffee more than I, and this may be more her thing!
It’s a nice enjoyable cup. I don’t think it would be a staple, but I might grab 10-20g sometime.
Thanks CrowKettle. I was curious about this tea, and it’s round little balls.
Oh, and… Sipdown!
I liked the idea of creating my own blend. I thought pear and mint might make for an interesting oolong, so here we are.
It seems a little weak, but it’s not too shabby. The pear is the strongest flavour, with hints of oolong at the end of the sip. I’m not really tasting much wintergreen.
I like it,but it needs some tweaking before I would buy any.
Okay so this is pretty good too. I noticed these Adagio teas have a certain… je ne sais quoi… smoothness or mellowness. I like it. I still like the TARDIS blend better. (I still dream of that blackberry mouthfeel.)
This is nice and creamy and enjoyable. My only complaint is that I would expect more attitude/zing from River.
This is a great blend. I made it extra strong because I was feeling it. This is smooth, smoky and the rose is a nice touch.
Regarding Anna Karenina, the smoke and rose suggest passion and femininity, but they also push the boundaries a little. Is it too much? What will others say? I suppose it could be a cup of sorrow or regret, but if you live in the moment nothing going can stop you from surrendering to each sip…
Thanks again to Josie Jade for the sample. The Steepster book club will discuss AK on the 25th and I’m looking forward to it. I hope we continue with this!
Potato tea whut?
I was curious about this so I requested this as a free sample with my last order. I’m so happy I did. It really smells of applesauce, and each sip is fantastic. I’m getting potato (but not starchy terrible potato), and apple and butter and it feels full-bodied. I was going to drink this with lunch but it almost feels like I just had lunch.
This wouldn’t be an everyday tea, but I’d love to keep an ounce of it around when I’m craving something savory and sweet. Idek what a potato pancake is, but I’d like to try that too!
It’s here! And I’ve already set some aside for ozli as I’m sure she’ll want some too.
It does taste root beer-ish, and there are some odd flavours lurking underneath. I guess that’s the licorice etc. But it works! And there’s something sweet – vanilla, maybe?
Yep, while I wouldn’t want this all the time, I’d sneak out of Hogwarts for this. :)