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I have been sooooooo good for about the last year and have actually drunk allllllll of my tea! I haven’t been posting since I was drinking the same teas over and over and over. (Which I have enjoyed a lot.) I haven’t bought any new teas in like a million years. I really had a lot of my favorites as well as a lot of sample sizes. I wanted to use them before they went stale. I have set aside time tomorrow to go tea shopping. Whoopie!
The pu erh hazelberry which I fixed as a cold brew is the last thing I have. I used some vanilla stevia drops as a sweetener. I re-steeped this tea and it kept the flavor. It was a lovely drink with lots of " hazelberry" (what is hazelberry? I figure just a combo of hazel and berry).
Flavors: Cocoa, Hazelnut, Strawberry
Old sample from Tea Sipper. Thank You!
Earthy +Grassy+Slightly Bitter+Caffeine = Not my favorite herb. I’m willing to try anything once, even an herb I generally don’t like by a different company or in a different blend (unless it makes me feel ill like stevia or lavender), just on the off chance that it surprises me, but this one did not.
This is actually surprisingly good. Usually I’m a devotee of traditional black earl greys, but this one has the same bergamot flavor I love with a much lighter base. The green tea isn’t overly flavorful, but it’s also very hard to burn. I know I mention this in a lot my reviews, but resilient teas always get extra points from me. Do I have an automatic tea maker to baby my teas with? Yes. Am I frequently forgetful and clumsy when I make tea on my own? Also yes. I’m also generally not a fan of teas with orange peel (they always taste bitter to me), but this one is not overwhelming. The tea is not overly acidic, either. This is definitely not the best flavored green I’ve had, but it’s a great way to try out an EG with a different base.
Very earthy aroma, with a hint of seaweed. While steeping it is very aromatic, smells strongly of honey and flowers with a slight whiff of dried grass/hay. At the end of steeping, the remaining leaves smell even more like dried grass/hay and honey (in a very pleasant way).
First steep was 3:00 at 180F. Very mellow and sweet taste in first steep. Flavor lingers on the tongue slightly longer than other teas. It is very floral. I’m having a hard time describing the taste, however it is very good.
Second steep was for 3:30. The flavor was the same, just slightly less intense. Still very good for the second steep. I really enjoy this tea and look forward to trying more Silver Needle.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Earth, Flowers, Hay, Honey
My very first Adagio tea – ever courtesy of Adagio. Of course it had to be Earl Grey green. I always think Earl Grey black when EG is mentioned, but in truth I probably prefer green just a wee bit more. It is clean and crisp and seems a tiny bit more exotic or something to me.
Back in my early tea bag days I drank Bigelow EG black in quantities that made my stomach burn in pain. I then discovered Twinings EG green but it was discontinued. Then came my Ahmad obsession. During this time I discovered loose leaf. I also discovered loose versions of EG green are few and far between.
All that background clutter was free. On to this tea. It smells pretty fantastical of bergamot. The leaf has blue cornflower just because it is pretty. The tea leaf is long, straight, and flat. I under leafed unintentionally. Used 180 F water and a 3 minute steep.
Despite not using enough leaf this is still pretty good. The bergamot is stronger than many of you like it but not over the top by my standard. It is sweet and almost creamy.
The second cup at 4 minutes and 190 F, is the same bright yellow cup. The taste is more a mingling of the green tea and bergamot. Sweet and ends with a strong citrus. If it wasn’t so hot outside this would be awesome for porch sitting if sweetened and iced.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with my first Adagio tea. Immediately steeping a second cup pretty well tells the story.
Backlog. I was surprised at how much I liked this dragonwell. Out of all the long jings I’ve tried, this one is the most robust.
This tea has the aroma of cooked vegetables, and is slightly smokey. Dry leaf is fragrant though I noticed quite a bit of broken leaf. The first sip was delicious. Sweet vegetal and smooth. The body is thicker than the Teavivre dragon wells I’ve tried. As the tea continued to steep however, it developed a deep stewed vegetal flavor that reminded me of gunpowder green tea. Eventually it went bitter and left behind a smokey, broccoli like aftertaste.
I steeped this one grandpa style and though I only tried a small sample, I suspect it works better with short steeps. Longer steeps bring out more of the undesirable characteristics of the tea such as bitterness.
Flavors: Bitter, Broccoli, Chestnut, Smoke, Vegetal
I’m saving the remaining two Liquid Proust samples I have for when my dad comes over, as he’s the only person I know that’s willing to sit and have 4 regular-sized cups of tea from the same leaves in one sitting. This means that I get to try out the other half of my reddit teaswap.
I was a little skeptical at a tea named Hazelberry Pu Erh, and the little drops of oil on the top after it was finished brewing did nothing to allay those fears.
But when I started drinking…oooh this would make a good winter tea. It’s hazelnutty, chocolatey, cinnamony, and warm-tasting. So good. The puerh base doesn’t seem to shine through all that much, though, which is a shame. I’ve never had Adagio puerh, so I am unfamiliar with what their base tastes like.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Hazelnut, Maple Syrup, Sweet
It’s time to take a break from all of the green teas that I have been drinking lately and get back to reviewing some Darjeeling. This is one of the teas from Adagio that I I had never had before, and it was my first spring Darjeeling to boot, so I didn’t really know what to expect from this one. I finished the last of my half ounce sample packet of this yesterday evening, and now that I have had a little time to gather my thoughts, I can say that it isn’t a bad tea, but it’s also not really my thing either.
The infused liquor showed a pale gold in the glass. The nose provided fresh, delicate aromas of honey, flowers, malt, toast, wood, citrus, and grapes. In the mouth, I picked up delicately layered notes of honey, toast, malt, wood, orange zest, grapes, flowers, mild spices (perhaps a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg), and herbs. The finish was distinctly floral and mildly spicy, with nice grape, orange zest, and malt flavors. The tea held up to resteeping fairly well, but I did not take it further than three infusions (I know that resteeping Darjeeling is starting to become popular in some circles, but I typically do not resteep black teas of this type unless specifically recommended by the merchant). Later infusions provided a smoother and more distinct honey note with pleasant floral, spice, orange zest, and grape flavors.
All in all, I’m not quite sure how I feel about my experience with this tea and I do not think I would go out of my way to purchase it again. As at least one other reviewer noted, it can be very finicky, and one really has to watch the steep time and temperature closely in order to get the best results from this tea. This was the first tea I have had in a long time that I found to be a little bit of a chore to prepare and drink. The aromas and flavors are pleasant, but they are very light, and to me, such mild, mellow flavor is not much of a payoff if I have to watch this tea like a hawk when I’m brewing it. I can understand why people like this tea, and I wouldn’t recommend that curious drinkers avoid it by any means, but being the type of person who prefers more robust black teas, I am most likely not going to revisit a tea that I found to be a bit troublesome to prepare while not offering me something resembling the depth of aromas and flavors I typically enjoy.
Flavors: Flowers, Grapes, Herbs, Honey, Malt, Orange Zest, Spices, Toast, Wood
This tea has me stuck in a rut. It has a slight flavor reminiscent more of thai cooking then it does of thai tea. Which I was kinda hoping for thai tea but I feel like I should be eating this with a thai dish. It needs a bit more of a kick for it to be considered a chai in my thoughts. Otherwise its good.
(Opens the bag and takes a big inhale.)
Ahhhh yes there it is, that fig molasses scent I love so much in Yunnan teas. Gets kind of a minerally hot springs smell when steeped. Taste is all basically the same, kind of mild but good. Maybe I need to increase the temp. next time? Seems to have a similar price to their Yunnan Noir, which are both decently bang for buck Yunnan teas.
Sipdown! Finished this one off at work on Saturday, in a timolino since I was hosting an event. I’m finding that the flavours of some teas aren’t as intense in a timolino as they are in a cup, but it’s something I’ve only really noticed as they’ve got older? Maybe it’s time for some new ones. Anyway, there was enough cherry/chocolate present to make this a satisfactory goodbye – and it certainly cheered up a Saturday at work!
Today’s cold brew. I used 4 bags in two litres of water, and left it in the fridge for around 10 hours overnight. I wasn’t 100% sure that it would work, but the flavours are strong and it’s a honeybush base, so I’m actually pretty pleased with the result.
I can taste the cherry fairly prominently, which is what I was hoping for, and the chocolate is a mild background note. The honeybush adds a touch of sweetness, but is otherwise smooth and unobtrusive. There’s a creaminess to the overall flavour that I really like, slightly reminiscent of vanilla. I feel like this one has more depth cold brewed than it does hot, which is interesting as well as unexpected. A definite success!
I really must have been more than half-asleep when I first tried this, because I definitely got cherry chocolate second time around. No raspberry, and definitely no blueberry. I should probably also note that the base is honeybush and not rooibos, which I generally always find sweeter and less woody anyway.
So yeah. Not sure what I was thinking last time. This is good, though. Cherry, milk chocolate, and a light, smooth base with very mild honey notes. This one’s going to be my go-to pre-bedtime blend for a while.
Finally making a start on these. I’ve three sets of these tins, and they’ve been sitting on top of my wardrobe for…bloody ages, frankly. I vaguely remembered hearing good things about this one, so I pulled it out to try first. It helped that I was looking for a caffeine free tea at the time, and these were closest to hand, otherwise I think they might still be sitting there. I really should make an effort to drink up my oldest teas, though, but it’s silly to say there’ll be no more new tea until I do because I simply KNOW that won’t be the case.
Anyway, the tea. I gave it 4 minutes in boiling water, no additions. Once brewed, it tastes really nicely of cherry with just a hint of chocolate. There’s also a slightly muddled fruity flavour in the background – I was thinking blueberry at one point, and then raspberry. I’d have to try another cup to be more certain about that, since I was half asleep and my memory of the flavour is a little hazy now. The rooibos was sweet and pretty unobtrusive – it’s not really possible to taste it much underneath the flavouring, which is only ever a good thing in my book. No woodiness, though.
I enjoyed this one. It’s a good pre-bedtime cup, and tasty to boot. I should have no trouble working my way through this tin, at least!
You know, if you actually sit down and edit your tea cupboard, you too can get your collection down 100+ teas! I went from 171 teas to 63!!!
Some teas I tossed (bc they’re either too old, or just so nasty that no one should ever drink them), but the majority of them I’ve packed into small samples and I’m giving them to my coworkers on my last day at Disneyland :)
But today’s tea of the day is this lovely one from Adagio! Super easy bc I got it from the oolong samples and it’s in a cute little sachet :) Great lazy day oolong. Nothing too special or too complex about this tea? Just a nice cuppa to get the day (and packing) going!