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Another sipdown, although I apparently didn’t have this in my (virtual) cupboard to begin with. I never quite found this tea’s happy place on my own, but the Breville’s standard green settings (175F, three minutes) are just about perfect. This is a mellow, sweet green with some steamed vegetable flavors—probably closest to snap peas. I’m surprised by how much I like it, especially since I’m not a huge fan of unflavored greens. It might even be one I’d buy again!
Flavors: Green, Green Beans, Hay, Peas, Sweet
Another sipdown. This one just doesn’t wow me, but it’s a perfectly fine oolong. I’ve found Adagio’s oolongs to be a great introduction to this kind of tea, because they’re decent quality without being expensive. Their Dancong Aria got me into oolongs and still remains a favorite of mine.
Personally, I don’t love Ti Kuan Yin, so I’m probably the wrong person to be reviewing this. It’s light and slightly grassy with some honey notes. I’ve had creamier Ti Kuan Yins, but this is a nice afternoon cup for today. I’m too embarrassed to say how old this particular tea is (hint: very old), but it’s held up well, too.
This tea makes an amazing chai latte. It’s delicious straight, but I do love my chai lattes. This is the most spice-balanced chai I’ve found. None of the spices jumps out as too heavy or too light. Easily my favorite “all-around” chai.
Made a cup of this the other night when we watched the Star Wars again. It is still a very good film. But I am very cross to discover that most of the films we’ve purchased on iTunes (and we pretty much only use iTunes these days because we ABSOLUTELY DO NOT HAVE THE SPACE FOR ANY MORE PHYSICAL MEDIA) don’t come with a commentary track! Discovered this when a friend mentioned something that Whedon said on the Ultron commentary, and we don’t have it! Commentary is half the reason I buy films! Why, iTunes, whyyyyyyyyyy
Onwards, to the tea:
This is a tea for when you want a tea that tastes like a very good cup of tea, a welcome break from instant bread and whatever portions you can trade in your day’s haul of scrap for. The fragrance is subtly earthy with a touch of dried autumn leaves, and when brewed, soft and rounded notes of cocoa and minerals are met with sweet hints of stone fruit, starch, and almond, finished with the faintest hum of warm spice. Or maybe it’s the force. Whatever it is, it’s a solid, no-nonsense brew that hints at something very special indeed.
Smells like raspberries. As I don’t really like raspberries, I was concerned that it would taste a lot like raspberries. Thankfully, it does but it’s quite mild, and is blended well with other flavours. Also, it didn’t need honey like most other teas.
I never knew what black tea truly tasted like until I tried this. I was drawn in by the mystique of a tea from Africa, and having started my journey the price was very agreeable to me. The tea almost knocked me out it was so strong, yet it was sweet, malty, it wasn’t bitter or brash to my tongue. Very strange, very strange indeed. This is a tea I’ve almost never brought myself to drink as if I were saving it, a day would go by and I’d make a pot of it. A week would go by and I’d stock up on fresh teas, it’s been more than a year and a half since I started my journey and I still have some left, just waiting for that last bitter sweet cup.
Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Sweet
I actually got this tea from Four Sister’s Soap and Tea Emporium in Richmond KY, but the ingredients seem similar on here. This tea is refreshing. It’s light. There’s not a strong cucumber taste as if I put cucumber in water. I normally don’t like white tea, but I like this one.
Gack! Fake coconut, harsh, very crushed-bitter-greens pouchong base. Oily mouthfeel. Smells a LOT like the sugared coconut flakes you use in Easter baking. The aftertaste is alright, but the rest of the tea is just not good. I think this sample came from LuckyMe, but I’m starting to lose track, haha! Thanks! I realize now that flavored coconut pouchong does not a Golden Lily substitute make….
Sweet cinnamon aroma during first steep. So this is a green chai. Definitely distinct from those with the typical black base. The taste is so-so, but I will say that these green leaves are super mild and allow the spices to do all the heavy lifting and hence the foreground is composed of the spices, a tingle left on the tongue.
Despite the spicy presence, nailing down exactly which ones the blend is composed of is a more difficult task. The taste that pulls through is less so the usual thoughtful layering of nutmeg, coriander, etc. but rather a few striking chords, notably those of ginger and cinnamon.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger
So i had purchase this tea and came here first to see the reviews. Ive never seen so many negatives review on a tea, so i mentally prepared myself and decided it to drink it cold. i just meh! i have to agree with a lot of the reviews out there saying its bitter even steeped cold. But i think it would be worst hot.
[First 100 tasting notes! I have other notes in standby, but i needed a worthy one to celebrate this milestone]
How i got it: A birthday gift from my parents and sister
Experience: Going from soft to mild, its aroma is delicate but very well defined, following a classic Assam style with slight hints of honey. Its flavor has a medium intensity, doesn’t have the usual Assam strength (at least the ones I’ve tried have been quite strong), but in exchange it gives a well defined, lasting and quite complex taste, that’s not so easy to define (I would call it “fruity”). The honey notes in the aroma have a match in the flavor, and the cup ends with a wooden, nice aftertaste, plus some astringency. I could never sense a hint of bitterness in this tea. I can easily count Adagio Melody among the best teas i’ve tried.
Would i buy it?: Surely