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Today is not a day for new teas. Today is a day for tried and tested, I know I love this tea teas.
I got a notice yesterday saying that my water would be turned off today at 11am to deal with a burst pipe. Naturally, I panicked, then decided to get up early, have a shower and then fill any and all receptacles I could find with water. That didn’t work out. I woke up this morning at 10:58am, flew out of bed and managed to fill two water bottles before the water was turned off. So I have exactly one litre of water to last me the entire day D:
On the plus side, the kettle already had enough water in for a morning mug of tea.
Because I am limited by the amount I can drink (and only have 3 infusers, which I have no way of washing out) I decided to stick to teas that I know I’ll enjoy today, so I went for this as a creamy favourite.
Toasty and sweet, this was the perfect choice to calm me down after my panic this morning. I only have a couple of cups of this left, but might have to sneak another sample into my next order (which I have already selected as adagio). I will be very sorry to see this go. I added milk and sugar this morning, and I wish I’d left the sugar out. It’s too sweet, as the coconut is a sweet enough flavour on its own. However, the added sweetness reminds me of coconut icecream – which I am now craving despite the rain – and I have a feeling this would make an awesome tea latte. I like it too much to sacrifice double the tea for one drink at the minute, but when I have more I will definitely have to test that theory out.
FYI: I freaking love coconut. Especially coconut teas. This may cloud my judgement. But this tea is awesome.
I’ve got a massive headache and I usually drink peppermint tea to soothe headaches buuut I left the last of it for my roommate! So I’ve got me some spearmint which I will have now because MINT.
This is actually the first time I’ve had this tea on its own and wow it tastes weird okay. Not like the spearmint that I know…
After annoying weather delays my adagio haul arrived today!! I got several new teas and a new tea pot! This is one of the first teas that I tried out of the batch. I really enjoyed the first taste to the very last. It’s a mellow tea and while the blueberry could be more prominent, it’s not completely unnoticeable. The tea is quite crisp like I have found most white teas tend to be. This will become a fast favorite I can already tell!
I haven’t had an oolong on the greener side of the spectrum in a long time and I’d forgotten how much I like them.
The leaves are jade green in the tin and they expand and unfurl to an almost olive green after steeping. I steeped this in the gaiwan at 30, 45 and 1 minute, 2 steeps each.
The liquor is a yellow with no gold in it, that leans toward a green tone without actually getting to green, and it’s clear. The aroma is creamy, buttery, and floral. I wish I could identify the flowers. I want to say lily of the valley? Maybe lilac? But I’m not sure. There are various degrees of cream, butter and sweetness in each steep, including some downright sugary finishes. There’s something else too but for the life of me I can’t put my finger on the smell or taste. It’s really nice, though.
I quite liked this one. Yes, it’s been a long time and yes, I have very little memory of the last green oolong I had and how it stacks up, but as it stands now, I’ll definitely enjoy drinking this again.
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This is a fairly tasty oolong base, but the almond flavour comes across as rather artificial…it’s not one I’m enjoying drinking, but since I’ve a seriously stuffy nose I’m not going to even try rating it.
I really just want to clear out my sinuses so that I can taste again…this is miserable.
There’s been a lot of talk about peach tea today, so I had to get in on the peach action.
This tea genuinely tastes like something you’d drink if you feel most comfortable in shorts. Seriously. This is one, I’ve found, where the fragrance of the leaves really doesn’t deviate from the scent of the brewed tea: something about the combination here reminds me most of a peach-flavoured muesli. Like, I remember that Fruit and Fibre had a peach variation? It was like that. The bright, sweet peach is grounded by a subtle nuttiness that doesn’t so much stand out as a flavour in itself, but rather serves to tie the peach and oolong together. Deadpan, but definitely a bit of fun, fruity without being overwhelmingly so, surprisingly wholesome. Subtle sweetness, equally good with and without milk. I might have this again for breakfast in the morning because it’s just so wholesome.
Another Adagio black-oolong blend which I find quite nice (I have oolong issues but in combination with black teas I seem to be okay…), Aquarius tastes good with or without cream. To fully appreciate the oolong facet, it’s probably better to skip the cream. To bring out the cocoa and the hazelnut and vanilla flavors, it’s good to use the cream and enjoy this tea as a comfort beverage.
I drank a cup of Aquarius with cream upon my return from running errands in the intolerably cold weather of this seemingly interminable winter. When will this end?
The glass half full is naturally filled with hot tea!
Flavors: Cocoa, Vanilla
I really love this tea. To me, it is a nice bridge between Japanese and Chinese teas. It has a medium body with slight grassy notes. It is very mild in overall flavor, so I would suggest this for a beginner. Also evident are some woody, floral, and smoky flavors. The first 2 steeps are great, but it tends to quickly decrease in strength on the third. Great afternoon tea on a cold, snowy day!
Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Grass, Wood
Wow, this smelled so good in the bag and brewed. Then I tasted it. Hmm good but a little off (kinda like a lot of people here said in their tasting notes). Yes, the chestnut flavour is done nicely. Was it the tea base? I don’t know. I tried sweetening it up a bit but it didn’t make any difference. Not leaving a rating at this time as I’m just not sure about this tea. Will have to try it again with a shorter steep time.
Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet for this sample! I like this one – a nice black base (always love Adagio… well mostly) and an apple flavor that is kind of like fresh bright green apples but a little bit like Jolly Ranchers. I’ve had worse apple teas. There is some sort of tiny leaf that looks like strawberry or raspberry leaves but they aren’t in the description. Doesn’t seem to affect the flavor anyway. Plenty of apple pieces in the blend as well. Tons of apple flavor, whether it’s from the apples themselves or some sort of flavoring (probably both). This would probably make another nice iced tea. I’ll enjoy the remaining couple of teaspoons I have.
One of the better sencha teas I’ve tasted. A bit expensive compared to others of equal and better taste straight from Japan. Of all the Adagio Japanese greens, this is my favorite. The first steep (77 C, 45 s) is grassy with floral notes and full body. The second steep (79 C, 30 s) is more cloudy, of course, with a bit more of the buttery notes. The third (79 C, 1.5 min) is the last pull for me, and it still remained above many other senchas.
Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Grass
Brave, warm, brilliant Barbara. This is one of the most comforting things I’ve ever had, at all, in the world. The dried leaves are heavy with a rich, inviting fragrance highly reminiscent of marzipan and dark chocolate. Brewing it brings the chocolate further forward, and just a whisper of cinnamon makes itself known, all without ever forgetting that there’s lovely Assam in there. A bold, well-balanced, level-headed brew with a warm heart. It really is glorious.
The flavour combination makes me so happy that this tea inspired the brownies I baked for this week’s XS Malarkey comedy club, and they were declared one of the best things I’ve ever baked. That comedy club is such a lovely little ego boost, I tell you.
The key to this tea, Libra from the Adagio Zodiac series, is to brew it double strength! I used 2 tsp in 10 ounces, and it tastes much richer and fuller than last time. I love the fruity-chocolate flavor, which melds perfectly with the black tea base when doused with light cream. A solid flavored-black wintertime comfort tea.
It’s probably time for me to accept the fact that I like all of my flavored black teas brewed double strength!
Flavors: Berries, Chocolate
I was so happy that Phil the groundhog saw his shadow because
1) I won a Chai Sampler from Adagio for guessing correctly
2) I get “6 more weeks” of hot tea drinking weather, with this being my first hot tea drinking season I don’t want it to end.
Before this obsession happened I only drank hot tea when I was sick and even then I would rather not. I mostly drank iced coffee and maybe hot 2 weeks out of the year. So I’m not sure where tea will fall in my life during the hot summer days in Texas.
I made this on the stove top for the husband and me this morning with brown sugar and milk. It was a nice cozy drink with a good amount of warming spice and it was free! The chai loving husband liked it so I may consider getting more but he seems to be just as happy with Stash’s Double Spice Chai teabag. I will have to try making it iced, my husbands favorite way to drink it.
This is a good chai. The spices are distinct. However, I am puzzled because of the word “chocolate” displayed prominently in the name, and which, in the first place, prompted me to try it. There isn’t detectible chocolate here, and I brewed it a couple of times. Apparently, chocolate is not an easy flavor to convey in tea. Don’t get me wrong; I like this black tea. But the company should remove “chocolate” from the name. It could be misleading because the focus is not on the chocolate.
EDIT: I had only had this tea hot. To be fair, I’d like to edit my tasting note. When fully cold, I could feel a subtle, almost woody chocolate flavor. Interestingly, when it’s completely cold, the spices were not as prominent as in the hot tea.
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Dry this tea has an intense caramel aroma that basically assaults you when you open up the bag. I was expecting it to be a little more subtle once brewed, but after a quick 3 minute steep the caramel is so thick and cloying that you can’t really get to the black tea flavours in behind it.
The positive aspects of the caramel come out best in the aftertaste – it’s smooth and lingers all over the inside of your mouth – but there is a bit of a slimy mouthfeel left over that I find rather unpleasant…and I think that would keep me from buying this again.
I must have needed a decent English breakfast tea because this has been in my cupboard for a very short time. I woke up early (again) this morning and decided it was just time to go ahead and have a pot of tea.
I had some shocking news recently that my exbf died so I’ve been going over a lot of memories, we drank a lot of tea together and he bought me some of my tea ware. It was difficult to hear the news especially as he was relatively young… sigh
Is it wrong to be seriously considering seasoning a Yixing pot for jasmine scented oolong?
I read pretty much every Yixing related thread on the discussion board and so I know that at least a couple of folks around here drink jasmine oolong out of Yixing clay implements. I like jasmine flavored tea quite a bit, so I don’t think it would be a waste in that sense as I’d surely use it. The main question I have is whether it would be a waste in the sense of not really providing much addition to the flavor since there’s not as much variation in jasmine flavored teas as there there seems to be in their unflavored equivalents.
Something to ponder.
In any case, today is apparently national pancake day or some such nonsense and they’re giving away free pancakes at IHOP. When the BF brought no. 1 home from baseball practice, I’d already shed my work clothes and got into my PJs, as had no. 2, but the BF decided everyone should go for pancakes. I declined citing the fact I’d have to get dressed, but no. 2 went in his PJs. It’s so great being 8. You can do stuff like that without getting arrested or thrown out of Walmart or whatever it was that was so scandalous about the woman in her bathrobe a while back.
With the house quiet and everyone gone, I can oolong-out. I came very close to trying the maestro version of the Adagio jasmine pearls, the Fujian Jasmine, which is sitting on my counter along with the rest of my Adagio samples, which are getting to be fewer and fewer. But I decided to do this one so as to bring another sample closer to sipdown range.
I really like steeping pearls in the gaiwan because they stay put, whereas other teas squirm out when I shift the lid and pour. I may have mentioned my gaiwan style leaves much to be desired. Tonight, these are fresh, floral, and calming and I’m too blissed out to be annoyed by the slightly bitter downturn in the aftersip.
Now can I please go on vacation?
I decided to try this first in the gaiwan so that I could get to know it before trying it in the Yixing, in the hopes of seeing whether and to what extent the Yixing changes the flavor.
I get a leathery, fish oil smell from the dry leaf, which is smoothed out some after rinsing and steeping but is still a bit fishier than the other Adagio shu I’ve had, the Dante. The steeped leaves smell like raw white mushrooms.
I was doing homework with no. 2 while sipping this and he sniffed it and said “smells like salmon.” A few seconds later he said, “I don’t like salmon.”
I do like salmon as it happens, but I am not sure what I think about this tea. Those with far more sophisticated palates when it comes to pu-erh than I, with respect to which I freely admit to being a novice compared to some other tea types, have pretty much unanimously liked this one judging by the notes. But to me it doesn’t have as much flavor as the Dante. It’s smoother, for sure, and earthier where the Dante is more leathery. (This doesn’t taste like salmon, regardless of aroma.)
Perhaps the problem is I expected it to taste more like the Dante than it does, or more like the Emperor’s Pu-erh from Numi, both of which have the more leathery flavor.
This is a deeper flavor, more like mossy tree bark than leather. I put it through about seven steeps starting at 15 seconds and working up to around 50.
I think I need to try it again in the gaiwan now that I’m prepared for it to be different than the others I’ve had and see how it tastes before I graduate to the Yixing with it.
Not rating for now.
I’m rather new to white teas, but will have to be the weirdo reviewing this one as it was rather underwhelming. Everything is extremely subtle despite the wonderful fragrance. I don’t suppose that means it is bad, because it isn’t—I just had a hard time picking up the blueberry notes. Perhaps my kettle just can’t get the water hot enough? It’s not horrible, it’s interesting, but just too subtle for my taste. I’d recommend it for white tea fans, but if you’re after a big blueberry flavour, you may be disappointed.
I don’t get it. Does the new Steepster put certain teas of yours into a cupboard “Cloud?” Because this is the second time I’ve gone to search for a tea in my cupboard and I didn’t find it, but when I typed the name into the search box and found it, the tea is labeled as “Added to cupboard!” Eh?
This is a sipdown. After a while of drinking a lot of the same teas over and over, I’m trying to comb through the rest of my cupboard, revisit some, finish off others.
I do quite enjoy this one – once you put in enough leaves. I think I did twice the recommended leafage this morning. Not that I measured it; I just saw that there was more than a teaspoon of leaves left in the bag, then just dumped it all in.
My sense of taste is still not 100% recovered from the head cold, but I think this is my favorite of the little Adagio order I placed several months back. It’s a little earthy and a little malty. Not really a unique flavor by any means, but certainly a pleasant one.