183 Tasting Notes
So, I mentioned before that I am currently holding my favorite teas hostage until I work through the massive pile of samples I’ve acquired recently. This is one of the Adagio samples I need to finish to win my goodies back. (You’d be amazed how often I use this sort of technique in my life.)
I like this tea. I don’t love it, and I’m not sure whether my personality keeps changing, or its does… but we have a very complicated relationship. Sometimes it’s super sugary sweet, sometimes it just tastes sort of… musty. I think most would call it “earthy”, but I’ve been noticing “good earthy” and “bad earthy” in my black teas. The bad earthy seems musty to me.
My last cup was very sugary, caramely, and malty. This one is bordering on “earthy” but is still a good balance of the two.
Funny story; I swapped a few teas with Meghann M for some of Adagio’s new mate samples. The next day, I received an order from Adagio (a tasting set) and suddenly remembered that I’d been promised the mate sampler with my next order, after making a comment on Facebook about missing out on that deal. (Tea companies are truly awesome sometimes, don’t you think?)
Well, maybe not so much funny as boring. Anyway. I now have far more mate than anyone should.
This is definitely a new experience for me. I’ve been curious about mate for some time, but I hadn’t any idea what it would taste like. I’m having trouble putting it into words at the moment. Just… toasty. And earthy. And good, but not mind-blowing.
Got it in my head that I was going to make chai this morning, but soon discovered I didn’t actually own any cardamom. (I have no idea what’s in my cupboard, to be honest. The life of the attention span-challenged baker.)
So, with that project failing, I decided to experiment… and concocted a delicious drink with this tea, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla sugar, and soy milk. I don’t know what it is, but it’s fantastic.
Dry leaf smells bright and… zingy. The brewed tea is a bit lighter. The green tea base is only occasionally noticeable, but is a nice, light, grassy taste when it is.
The ginger sort of rolls in afterwards, leaving just a bit of a tingle in the back of my throat, but isn’t overpowering. (Though, my love for ginger is pretty strong, and I wouldn’t be offended if this tea packed a wallop.)
I haven’t yet located the citrus flavor, though there are plenty of bit of dried fruit in my cup.
Definitely good, but I would love to see it a bit stronger.