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Flavors: Citrus, Nutty, Smooth
Wow, I totally forgot I owned this one. I pulled it out on a whim when nothing else appealed to me, and man, it’s FIT. I brewed it a little longer than I’d intended, as my husband is under the weather and I got caught up in giving him a feel-better cuddle for like 5 minutes and forgot my tea was brewing. And it’s fine! I haven’t had a Darjeeling in ages, and this is so nice. It’s so fruity it’s like I chucked a handful of raisins in the mug.
Contrast this with the bagged darjeeling that I had at the office that was bitter and tannic after like a minute and left me with a feeling in the back of my throat as though I’d been sick… no, there’s no comparison. This stuff is GOOD.
I’m sitting here sipping my second infusion of this tea. I ordered a number of samples from Adagio, and they added this as a bonus for sharing on social media. I had this tea a few years ago and forgot how good it is. With this log, I
won’t forget again! Sweet, mellow, full-bodied and complex – tastes of sweet potatoes, caramel, pepper…love it. I may well re-order.
I ordered this along with a number of other samples from Adagio. It’s the most expensive sample that I bought, so I had high hopes for it. Though the tea is good, it’s not worth the cost, at least for me. The brew is pretty fragrant and floral with a slight salty aftertaste. I taste no milky note at all, unlike some reviewers on Adagio’s website. It’s a bit like a toned-down jasmine. I wouldn’t recommend it at the price that they are currently charging.
Flavors: Floral, Spinach
Wet leaves have a slight floral smell but are not very aromatic. Brew is clear and yellow. Predominant tastes are floral and buttery. Smooth, bright, tea – very nice. Butter flavor lasted through two brews; the third third brew, only the flowery & vegetal hints remain.
Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Plants
New to darjeeling, they seem much lighter than the blacks I am used to. So far, enjoying very much! I can drink this tea straight but I do prefer a smidge of sugar (maybe 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon for a mug). Normally in my strong blacks (breakfast tea, golden monkey, black dragon pearl etc) I do scant teaspoon and splash of milk, but this is so light and delicate I would never add milk. Wonderful aftertaste. I did 1 steeping teaspoon per cup, steeped for a full 5 minutes and next time I am thinking of increasing the leaves to see if I can make it a little bolder while still having the light taste.
The first time I tried this it came out bitter. I gave it the benefit of the doubt by assuming that was probably because I had followed Adagio’s deficient brewing instructions, which say to use boiling water. The next time I tried it I used pre-boiling water (probably 180-190F; I’m really just guessing though) and it’s pretty heavenly and not bitter at all. It tastes a lot more like it smells, too, like sunshine on fields and fresh sweet grass hay and all the best hints of wonderfully oxidized tea leaves.
The smell of the tea reminded me of twisting open an oreo, but it tasted exactly as advertised: somewhat astringent black tea with a sweet cream flavor. Not going to be a favorite but I can see why people put it in blends.
Flavors: Astringent, Cream
Good, but a bit too bitter to be up in my favorites. I steeped for 3 minutes at around 190, so I may need to play with the parameters a few times to get it just right. The toasted rice flavor was very nice, but I would have enjoyed it even more if the bitterness of the green tea was toned down just a tad.
I can’t give this one a fair review because it’s my own damn fault I didn’t notice I’d added a sample of pumpkin spice rather than pu erh spice, which was adjacent to it on the alphabetical list.
I do not like pumpkin spice drinks. Believe me, I’ve tried. I love pumpkin in pie, in cheesecake, simply roasted with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of sea salt. I have a recipe for pumpkin muffins that I’ve been making for 25 years. And I love spice: I have so many variations of chai that I love, and I’m always finding new ways to incorporate new spice blends into my baking and cooking. My five-spice gingerbread biscuits were a highlight of the Christmas season.
And I love when black teas have pumpkiny notes in and of themselves, but this doesn’t taste anything like that. I’m not sure what it tastes like. It doesn’t taste like pumpkin spice lattes, which I also hate, but I kind of also hate it.
Which makes me sad because there aren’t a lot of adagio’s flavours that I’m not keen on.
So I know I’m not selling it well, but if anybody wants an almost full sample sachet of pumpkin spice tea…
I’ve been drinking this tea all week (on the strength of one sample from Adagio. Three cheers for multiple steepings!) and I can’t get enough of the great balance of flavors. The fruity note does come out a little too strongly on the first steep, but I add milk and that balances it. The hearty Pu Erh flavor is evident as well, though it comes into its own more on second and third steeps. I’ve only gotten it to about four steeps before it gets watery, but that’s probably because I’ve been using 2-3 times the amount of water recommended by Adagio.