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Method: Gongfucha with 7 grams of leaf to 120 ml of water with a quick rinse. (please note that I’m using my porcelain Oolong teapot for this, so subtract 10 seconds from the times and you’ll get the time when I started pouring the tea)
The tea is definitely a green oolong. It’s rolled into small little jade (fitting isn’t it) pellets. The scent is light, but sweet in a honey suckle-ish way. The wet leaf has the same smell with a thicker consistensy.
1st Steep (15 seconds): The Color is very light, a yellow with a slight green cast. The scent is also quite light, a little floral. The Taste is very nice, with that honey-floral that I got from the wet leaves. The Aftertaste is clean and lightly sweet that feels a little like it’s pressing on the back of the tongue.
2nd Steep (20 seconds): The Color seems a bit greener, and the Smell is much stronger, heady honey suckle scents. The Taste is fuller. I’m getting rich, sweet floral notes with a slight astringency in the finish. The Aftertaste is interesting, it leaves a taste like lightly sugared water on the inside of my cheeks.
3rd Steep (20 seconds): The Color has turned more yellow now with only a hinting of green in it. The Smell is thick, definitely honey, the floral notes are almost non-existant. The Taste has an very creamy mouthfeel and tastes like I’m drinking water and honey. The Aftertaste leaves an odd taste on the tip of my tongue that I can’t quite place. It’s not bad, it’s just really strange.
4th Steep (25 seconds): The Color keeps alternating between being greener and yellower, but it’s greener for now. The Scent has recaptured those floral notes with the honey being pushed a little further to the side. The Taste is clean and crisp, floral with a honey undertone. It’s the Aftertaste that tastes like honey-water now.
5th Steep (35 seconds): Color’s staying greener for once, nice! The Smell is about the same as the last infusion. The viscosity has increased dramatically, and I’m not sure exactly what caused it, but I like it. The Taste is still honey-floral, but there is noticeably more astringency, not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be unpleasant for wimps. ;) The Aftertaste is clean, with light floal notes on the sides on the tongue.
Summary: This is a pretty good green oolong, nowhere near the best, but it’s an affordable option for those who want a low elevation (just an assumption based on what little experience I have) Taiwanese oolong or are newer to green oolong. This will never be a daily drinker for me, but I’ll slowly plow through what I’ve got tucked away in my closet
This tea smelled AMAZING – just like marzipan. I did oversteep by a minute or two, and would not recommend steeping it more than three to four minutes. Adding simple creamer or milk (nothing flavored) brings out smooth nutty notes. Very slightly sweet, no bitterness that would be explained by anything other than steeping a bit too long.
Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Nutty
Last bit of a sampler I had from years ago. Not really sure I actually had a whole teaspoon, I just dumped what was left in the sampler bag into the brewer, and it’s brewed up very light and has almost no scent. Also didn’t let it sit as long since I wanted my breakfast.
Taste is extremely light, hardly any flavor, which could be the age or the lack of tea, I’m not sure. I remembered liking it when I had it before, though this particular cup is nothing special. Literally I can’t find anything of note to say about it, it hardly tastes like tea. I might get a new sampler to try again fresh later.
I was looking through my cupboard and discovered that I still have quite a few teas in there which I don’t have any more, and this was one. Unfortunately, I now have to try to write up notes of old teas I don’t remember all that well, but on the upside, I have at least 5 more sipdowns to add! Yipee.
This was part of my first Adagio order with my fandom samplers, bought to take me over the threshold for free shipping as I was curious of the tea. I am a fan of floral teas, and love anything rose or jasmine, and remember thoroughly enjoying this tea, although I did prefer it with milk and sweetener. Frank’s little brother (two at the time!) also loved this tea – after I gave him a sip of my cup, he insisted on his own little cup of it and drank it all down in just a few seconds, then asked for more! Over a couple of days, he drank down most of my sample of this (with lots of milk) so I only had a couple of cups in the end. If my cupboard weren’t so full, I would probably have a place for this – I don’t think I’ve found anything rose flavoured similarly enjoyable since.
Also in the stack of samplers I had at work and forgot about, though this only had one teaspoon left.
I sort of ruined it because I didn’t completely wash out my mug, so there’s slight lingering scent of mocha nut mate, too. That’s what I get for being lazy.
But anyway, I’ve always liked sencha, which I guess gyokuro is part of, or at least similar to. Part of the process of logging all these is to learn the differences myself, heh. I’ll need to get some other sencha to try, as well as more gyokuro.
As for this specific cup, it’s lightly grassy and “green”. There’s a hint of metallic taste to me, too. I’ve had a lot of Japanese greens, but since at the time I really didn’t know any more than “this is tea” I have a hard time comparing it other than— it certainly tastes like a Japanese green in a general sense. Which is nice, reminds me of being there.
Flavors: Grass, Metallic, Tea, Vegetal
To be honest I forgot I had this sampler. I’d taken in the mate sampler set along with the rooibos sampler set to work and then always end up drinking actual tea-leaf teas at work.
But today after my jasmine in the morning/early afternoon, I felt like something sweeter that would wake me a up a little, so I made a cup of this one. I actually haven’t tried the other mates at all yet, so I almost put in one of the others, but the mocha nut smelled really good, and I remember liking it.
The hazelnut is the strongest flavor to me, which isn’t unpleasant, but is unexpected. It reminds me a bit of weak coffee this time, and I’m not sure what to think about that. I don’t usually drink coffee.
I could see this growing on me, and right now I’m not disliking it, but I’m not wildly enthusiastic either. I am really curious to try the other mates, now, though.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Hazelnut
A simple, light green tea with a gentle citrus taste. Nothing exciting but a nice calming healthful tea.
I checked on Adagio’s site but they don’t list this as a loose leaf in a tin at all. I bought this at Meijers in a very nice tin. On sale it is only $8.00 for 4 oz. They also had the Ingenuitea brewing mug on sale for $15.
Thanks to carol who for sending me a sample of this! I enjoy Adagio’s apricot flavor; I’ve tried their apricot black tea also. Here, the flavor is bright and sweet, without being too overpowering. Plus it goes well with the peppery-sweet taste of the honeybush. I generally prefer honeybush over rooibos, and this is one of the better honeybush blends I’ve tried. (I haven’t tried many yet, but still!)
White Chai was unexpectedly lemony. I know lemongrass is the 2nd ingredient, but it’s a chai. Thus, I was really expecting to be hit with spice. Especially after the familiar chai aroma that greeted me when I opened the package. White Chai is light bodied and gives you lemon and ginger at the forefront with cinnamon and red peppercorns in the finish. It took some work bringing the flavor out however. Steeping for the suggested 3 minutes yielded a rather weak tea…some lemon flavor, but no spice that you’d expect from a chai. If you’re looking for spice, you’ll have to either steep longer than the suggested steep time or add more tea. I selected to extend the steep to 5 minutes. I normally wouldn’t steep a white tea for 5 minutes as they usually go bitter, to me, after 2-3 minutes. However, there was such little white tea in this blend that it could really be steeped as an herbal tea for 5-7 minutes. There was no presence of pineapple, coconut, or apple, so if you’re hesitant thinking that it’s overly fruity, it’s not. Overall, I enjoyed White Chai. I even went to go purchase it (currently tasting from a sample pack) to be used as an evening chai, but 3 oz packages are sold out…bummer. Sample packs and teabags are still available though.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemongrass, Peppercorn
I had been saving this tea for two reasons. One, because I know from experience that Fujians don’t really make good iced teas, so I was waiting for chilly weather. And two, because Fujian black teas are my absolute favorite, so I had the urge to hoard it.
The scent of the dry leaf makes me smile. It’s rich and chocolatey like cocoa nibs. I’m also smelling baked goods, like wheat bread or a croissant. As it steeps, the tea grows nice and dark, almost opaque. The wet leaves smell even more like bread.
The flavor is smooth and pleases me greatly. Exactly what I’ve come to love in a Fujian. Deeply satisfying and on the hearty side. A tad malty, but mostly wonderfully chocolate-like. It has lots of layers and notes mixed in harmoniously. I’m really not understanding why so many people here weren’t pleased with it! They must have been oversteeping or something.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Cocoa, Hay, Malt, Wheat
Catching up on some notes.
I admit that when I requested this sample with my last Adagio order I was NOT expecting an herbal blend. It seems to me that alot of companies do their variation on Blood Orange on a black base, so this caught me by surprise.
The result is characteristic of that blood orange flavor, and had I added sweetener I’m sure that resemblance would increase. Straight, this was fairly tart to the taste, but not overwhelmingly so.
This is my first white tea, so maybe my real problem is not knowing what to expect. Though not really impressed on my first try, I gave it another whirl today. After three minutes of steeping (my teakettle only seems to hit about 190 max), it was too mild, so I threw the tea back into the pot for another 3 minutes (intended two, but distractions….), which helped.
The peach flavour is, initially mild, in my opinion, and I’m one of those peach-crazy people, so this was disappointing. However, I added a little more honey and that seemed to really bring out the peachiness. Upon the second steep, which lasted closer to ten minutes, there actually seemed to be more peach, so that’s good.
It’s good, especially with the sweetener, but I’m not sure it’s flavourful enough for me even now. It seems I like a punch, something I’ll blame upon my Irish ancestors. Maybe I simply do not understand white teas and need to attend Tea School.
Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Floral, Peach
Pass the Stash TTB #15
Once again, it would have behooved me to actually look up the ingredients instead of blindly grabbing this tea because I loved the name. Because as soon as I took a sip, I immediately wanted to spit it back out.
So, let’s talk about my hatred of ginger. All ginger. It is a vile, horrible, no-good spice that makes me want to hurl. It is the very rare tea that contains ginger that I can tolerate. This is not it. (Also, chais are evil because I want to like them but then the taste of ginger permeates through to my taste buds.)
Oh, hey, there’s ginger in this tea. Back into the box it goes.
I haven’t reviewed this tea? I could have sworn I did. Oh well, maybe I’m thinking about Teavivre’s version.
Anyway, it was 33°F this morning. A harsh wakeup call, if you ask me. So, I wanted something strong and wintery. No iced Earl Grey for me today!
I’ve had lapsangs before, but this one smells like straight up bacon cooked over a wood stove. Or cooked outdoors, at least. It’s smoky, but not in a cigarette way. In a nice fall way. You know that smell that fills your car for a moment when you pass someone burning leaves in their yard? It’s sort of like that.
However, the flavor is much less intimidating than the aroma. It’s actually a very smooth black tea. Hardly astringent and not bitter at all. It also doesn’t taste charred. More cured than burned. In the forefront are smoky pine notes, followed by leather and meat. I know it’s odd to think of tea as meaty, but I definitely taste something that makes me think of bacon.
While I know most people don’t like lapsangs, I still recommend this tea. It’s an unusual experience that I think people should have at least once. You never know, you might love it!
Flavors: Campfire, Dark Wood, Leather, Meat, Pine, Wood
I ordered the same of this tea from Adagio. I have tried it several times but just don’t care for it. It has an odd taste to it, does not taste like pumpkin, all I can say is that it tasted off. I tried it with rock sugar, sugar in the raw, with almond milk, creamer, etc. and I just could not get it to taste very good. Luckily I am out of the sample. I was really disappointed in this one as most of the reviews on Adagio said it was really good.
This is my new favorite herbal tea! Perfect tea for a relaxing evening. I’m finding I really like mint teas and this is paired perfectly with the chamomile. I added a touch of honey just to sweeten it up a bit. The package states 5-10 minutes steeping. I like a stronger cup so I did it for the full 10 minutes. Not bitter, not overpowering. I truly enjoyed this cup!
The first time I tried this tea it was delicious. This time though, I think it’s too old. It was a canister that belonged to my roommate, and it just seems like the taste has faded away. I only taste a bit of mint in the aftertaste.
I made this per the blenders directions. It’s very faint mint. I’m enjoying the green tea portion but would prefer a stronger mint. How much can you really say about a green tea mint. I said that correctly- because it’s not mint green tea. Not a strong enough flavor to the the word mint first.
Flavors: Green, Mint
I’m a big fan of almond so liking this one wasn’t much of a surprise. The flavor reminds me of the almond milk tea I usually get. Maybe not a very authentic almond flavor, but I love it. I wouldn’t recommend steeping this one any longer than 3 minutes.
I got this as a sample and will probably order more.