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I brought this tin to work a while ago, but only opened it today. It’s not one that really screamed at me to be tried, it would seem. I’m trying to be good, though, and to drink my older teas up first, so its day finally came.
According to the tin, the ingredients are chamomile, peppermint, hibiscus, lavender and rose petals, on a blackberry leaf base. The dry leaf itself is light and fluffy, so I used 1.5 tsp when making my cup. I gave it about 4 minutes in boiling water.
The resulting liquor is medium yellow, and smells strongly of lavender. Heavily floral teas aren’t usually my thing, so it’s with trepidation that I approach this one. While brewing, the scent was more generically “herbal” by which I mean, I think, that it smelt of chamomile, mint, and vaguely “green”, like fresh hedgerow. I was actually expecting a much darker, reddish-pink, liquor given that there’s hibiscus in here. On second glance, there’s so little of it that it probably isn’t able to make much of an impression. For once, I’m a little disappointed. A touch of hibiscus might have brought this one over from being too overwhelmingly floral. But still, it is what it is.
To taste, the main flavour is lavender. It’s almost equally matched by the chamomile, though, so my overall impression is reasonably positive. I get along quite well with chamomile, and I do find it helps to calm me in moments of stress. It’s probably a good thing this one’s at work with me! I can’t taste peppermint, hibiscus or rose at all, and if it weren’t for the tin I don’t think I’d know they were even there.
This isn’t ever going to be a favourite tea. It is strongly floral, and after a few sips it becomes a little too much for me. Perhaps less leaf next time, or a shorter brew time. I’ll probably finish the tin, but it’s not one I’d look to replace. There are herbals I like a lot more than this one!
Different suppliers corner the market on different signature teas/blends. This is one of Adagio’s gems. Sagittarius is, in three words, raspberry earl grey. It is a very distinctive and very appealing flavor combination that works out better than many generic fruit blacks, and has become a favorite in my family. It’s almost a shame that, as part of a larger blend set, it’s likely to need to live or die by the rest of the Zodiac series, but for now, at least, the Zodiac blends seem to still be in favor and Sagittarius is readily available.
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream, Raspberry
This is one of my favorite chai blends! Which is surprising, because it has two tart flavors in it: grapefruit and hibiscus. Normally, I recoil from hibiscus like a vampire from sunlight, and I’m picky about tartness in general (I like citrus, for example, but not certain berries). But in this tea, it’s delicious! Not sour or hard to drink at all, just bright and a little lip-puckering, the way a tart blend should be. It might be because the hibiscus is a black tea, so the strength of the tea helps to balance out the tartness. But I also think the Rooibos Vanilla Chai was a good choice here. The vanilla adds a creamy note that sweetens the whole blend, and helps to bring out the spices.
I do have to remember to shake the bag before I use it, or I miss all the rooibos bits that have settled at the bottom. Also, like most chai blends, I need to use a lot of tea per cup to taste all the flavors (at least 2 teaspoons per 8 oz, in my experience). I actually forgot to use enough tea this time, so my cup is weaker than I’d like. Still yummy, though!
I’m a little shy about rating teas, but I’m going to go ahead and do it here, because this blend deserves a good score. Definitely my favorite MLP-inspired tea by Natasha N, and one of my favorite custom blends at Adagio Teas in general. (And I’m almost out of it, sadly, so I’m planning to restock soon!) By the way, the three teas used in this custom blend are Hibiscus, Grapefruit Oolong, and Rooibos Vanilla Chai.
Oh, this is beautiful. It’s got a wonderful smoothness, with a dry aroma of sweet and nutty grass, that gives way slightly to a brewed fragrance reminiscent of steamed vegetables and freshly-mown lawn. This probably doesn’t sound as delicious as it is. It’s got a lovely gentle sweetness and has a smooth, very soft mouthfeel. A quintessentially green tea in the best possible way, really.
I have like a million things to be stressed about at the moment (like the way that my banking app seems to be really rubbish with actually showing me how much money I have in real time, so I keep getting unpleasantly surprised by how poor I am, GREAT) so it’s really nice to have something mellow and nice to make me feel all warm and happy in the evening.
One of my everyday blends. This is a basic black tea with notes of hazelnut and vanilla. The flavors come through in the aroma more than they do in the taste. Still, it’s a strong tea with a coffee-like profile. The vanilla softens some of the astringency, but it remains fairly bitter on its own. (I wouldn’t recommend it to people like my sister, who avoids black teas in favor of naturally sweeter ones.) I imagine this tea would go well with milk or sweetener, though I haven’t tried that yet. It works well as a dessert tea (especially when paired with chocolate or pastries). Today’s steeping was a bit weak, but it worked fine for the caffeine boost I wanted.
I really like this! It smells wonderful and tastes nice and rich! This one is definitely going to get mixed with other stuff quite often. I love that it is caffeine free so that I can mix it with other flavors for a dessert tea at night just as easily as adding it for flavor in the morning.
Another one from the Great Canadian Traveling Teabox. I just wanted something with no caffeine to try before I went to bed (6 am work, yay) and and just from looking at the tea I didn’t think there was any hibiscus in it. The red flush of colour after adding the water proved me wrong. However it isn’t as bad as I feared though, as the flavour is distinctly strawberry, though a rather sour strawberry. I bet this would be so much better iced, so I’m not going to rate this tea until I can give that a try.
I was confused why there were two listings for Scorpio on Steepster, one labeled 2012. It seems the description for this one includes the black tea, where the other was just rooibos. I have the newer version with the black tea.
It looks like I’ve been drinking just Adagio all day long, but I haven’t! I had some Lupicia with me on my walk! But when I got home and was looking through my cupboard I guess this one drew me in. And why not? The tin is beautiful! The Scorpio page on the Adagio website confuses me though, it definitely used to come with options for bag or tin, and not there’s just one option… and the option for the Sampler. So I don’t know anymore! If they sent you the bag, wouldn’t you be mad? Because the picture shows a tin! If they only send in tins now… well, I paid more than that!
I remember not likign this the first few times I had it, its been in my cupboard for awhile. Mainly because of the rooibos, which I dislike. BUt I know better now how to brew rooibos, and can tolerate it better (but still avoid it like the plague).
Alas this one just tastes like a good black tea to me, on the chocolate side, of the spectrum, but I’ve had some straight blacks that have accomplished that as well. Maybe because my tin is over six months old? I have to have it HOT though, or the rooibos flavor will become more present. I don’t get the mango in this, but I suppose the vanilla addition is why it’s so smooth. I like that this tea isn’t too heavy for a black, but I don’t know whether to attribute that to the black, the rooibos, or maybe to the vanilla.
Upon hearing me talk about how much I like pu erhs, my boss recently gave me a handful of her flavored pu erh teas from Adagio. Among such selections as Pu Erh Chorange (which I really like) and Pu Erh Spice was this little gem, Pu Erh Tahiti. Which is apparently a pu erh with tropical fruit flavors.
Uh huh, this tea is every bit as weird as it sounds. When I smelled the bag, I thought, “Well, maybe it’ll taste better in liquid form.” Aaaaaand it doesn’t. I don’t know how to describe it. Let’s just say that earthy/fishy and mango/pineapple/citrus/tropical do not go well together – the final result is somewhere between burnt rubber and something going bad. It’s even worse when it cools. (…Which I accidentally let it do. Whoops.) I’ll try to finish the cup, but I make no guarantees.
Actually, this is part of what I love about talking tea. I love telling stories about the weird-ass, disgusting teas almost as much as I love spouting poetry about the really good ones. Another weird-ass tea tasting for the win!
(Side note: speaking of coworkers and weird teas, I offered to let one of our part-timers – who is not a tea drinker at all – try one of my favorite shus recently, just for the experience of having a tea that I kept describing as tasting like dirt. He was like, “This does taste like dirt. … It’s really good. Like, I would drink a whole pot of this!” I have created a new convert! SCORE!)
Dry leaf aroma: Cocoa and malt, with subtle dark fruit notes.
Dry leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/skt-BhlcEs/
Wet leaf aroma: Slightly smoky.
Wet leaf appearance: http://instagram.com/p/skyyn2FcLx/
Preparation: Brewed western style in a ceramic infuser mug.
First steeping: 5 minutes at 210 degrees. Such a delightful mixtures of aromas – cocoa, malt, dark fruit, and a subtle smoky undertone. At first the smokiness scared me after my previous smoky Keemun experience, but this is a sweeter, more subtle smokiness, not a raw in-your-face smoky. The taste is just as complex as the aroma with notes of cocoa, malt, smokiness, prunes, and something I can only identify as a biting spiciness (pepper?). The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a lingering tartness. After the cup has cooled I notice a breadiness to the flavor and the smokiness is weaker.
It is somewhat odd to me that this tea hasn’t been reviewed in 3 years. C’est la vie! I did a second stepping but was so stuffed up after my husband mowed the lawn that I don’t trust my nose or taste buds to accurately post notes about it. It was good though! I keep calling this tea sultry, it seems to fit.
I am still amazed at how much the same general style of tea can vary. I think this is part of my attraction and I certainly enjoy the discovery of each variation!
Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Pepper, Smoke
This was a free sample for posting to Facebook on my first order…I’m glad I didn’t pay for it. Pumpkin?….Where? Now, it’s not a bad tea. It just isn’t what it’s supposed to be, in my opinion. Will I drink the rest of the sample? Most certainly….but….like….with my eyes closed when I reach for the bag ;)
Like several other people here I’m a Sagittarius, so I had to snag this for myself. The tea tastes like Earl Grey Moonlight with raspberry instead of orange peels. I think I prefer this to EGM, actually.
Also the tin’s purple. Not that it had anything to do with the rating; purple’s just my favorite color, along with black and red. Also it’s a black tea with red flowers. Happy day!
I’d suggest not going any longer than four minutes on the steep; I usually go for five with black teas, but when I did it had taken on a nasty bitter taste. Four was just right.
That’s it! No more honeybush til I get a better infuser! It’s insane just how much of this I ended up chewing….it’s a good thing it tasted good. I think I would rather blend this with something than to drink it straight, but I was very pleasantly surprised with its flavor. It would pair wonderfully with chocolate flavors. I’m going to try making a cup of this mixed with a bit of the Cream sample that I also got from Adagio. This also makes me want to try their black tea version of hazelnut. It’s certainly nice to have a cup of this sitting nearby just to smell it!