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I’ve spent some time in Key West and have some wonderful memories of the place so I was very intrigued by this tea, and pleasantly surprised. It’s not so much that it smells like Key West or that it taste like something you’d drink in Key West, but it certainly brings the place to mind. It has a gentle flavor that builds through each sip, tropical notes you can’t precisely pin down but in a pleasant way. It has become my go to relaxation tea, easy going and a bit playful yet never dull. I would caution not to add too much sugar as it can overwhelm some of the more delicate notes. Very much a must for my tea cabinet!
I’m making Indian Food for dinner tonight which is going to consist of basmati rice and this urad dal recipe I found. I’ve never made it before but it looks yummy.
I thought I’d have a chai to get in the mood for some cooking. I used the herbal chai masala I got from Simpson and Vail and added some of this decaf ceylon. This is seriously the WORST decaf tea I’ve ever tried and it totally ruined the chai. Into the garbage it goes. I didn’t like it plain and evidently I can’t use it for mixing into anything either so it’s just a waste of money. I lowered the rating to a “1” which is probably the lowest rating I’ve given any tea on Steepster. Blech!
It appears that Adagio may have changed its recipe for the Zodiac series Gemini blend, as my tin (purchased a few months ago) does not list green tea among the ingredients. At this point in history (2014), Gemini is a fruit-essence-infused white tea blend. The fruits in question are apricot, peach, and apples, but I taste mainly apricot. The tea also brews up an apricot-color which is lovely to behold.
Following my post-ultramarathon move plan, during which I am attempting to recuperate from an extraordinarily grueling two months, I prepared a large tetsubin of this tea using a very generous-sized infusion basket. One nice thing about using a tetsubin is that on a cold day like today (my new landlord appears already to have turned off the heat in anticipation of summer, though the temperature dipped down to 32F last night!), even just-boiled water is immediately cooled by ten or more degrees. Of course, the temperature is not as crucial for white as for green tea anyway, but it simplifies matters on the preparation front.
I like Gemini as a hot fruity tea with more fruity than tea taste and aroma. I generally find that white tea becomes the tofu of teas when combined with other elements, since its flavor is far more delicate than just about anything else. The fruit does taste natural and not overwhelmingly strong, as is often the case with artificially flavored blends.
So I’ve tried this one hot, cold brewed and now as an iced tea. Of the three methods this tea taste best iced. Most of the bite at the end of the sip is gone, and the bit of bitterness that remains is not entirely unpleasant. I did add an ample amount of simple syrup to my glass which heightens the lemon flavor, but that flavor is definitely artificial. It’s alright, but I won’t order it again. I’ll be happier making iced tea from a high quality Ceylon and adding lemon slices.
I did bump my rating up a few points because this is much, much better iced than hot.
Some herbals pack a punch and some just gently land kisses on your forehead. This one is a forehead kisser. IT’s nice and light but still has enough flavor to make you feel like your not drinking flavored water. I was hoping for more raspberry flavor. Perhaps I shall go stick the remaining raspberries we have in our fridge into the tea. In fact I think I shall.
I loved the flavor, the aftertaste sits with you for minutes after you take a sip. Great while it cools, great hot. Just an all around amazing tea and if you are having some nasal problems, take a big wiff in the bag and it’ll clear it right up.
It’s official: I survived the historic move of 2014. God (or reasonable facsimile), what a nightmare! I lived in a three-bedroom apartment for ten years and just moved into a loft split into two smaller rooms, with shared living space, kitchen, and bathroom, all on the second floor (below my private) space. This necessitated a major purge of massive amounts of furniture and accumulated nonsense. So now my remaining possessions are in total disarray—some here, some in storage, a lot sold or donated.
The first pot in this new chapter of my life is … drum roll … Adagio Leo. I made a large pot, using my “family-sized” tetsubin, because I have no energy, so I figured that I’d use the pot with the deepest and widest infusion basket, and then I’d have tea for the afternoon and be ready for a dinner-time caffeine-free infusion later.
I really like this tea, and looking at the fully unfurled leaves mingling together with the plumped-up chamomile buds definitely enhanced the experience. The oolong leaves expand so impressively! The best part about this blend for me, a person with severe oolong sensitivity, is that it represents a rare exception to the rule: an oolong which I truly enjoy!
The many elements of this blend together to produce a rich orange-gold liquor while still being identifiable as individual flavors. My tin was faulty (the lid came apart into two pieces), so I transferred the remaining dried tea into a small glass clamp jar, and now I’m thinking that I should do the same with the other Adagio Zodiac blends in my cupboard, as they are all visually appealing—more so than the decorated tins! I realize that exposure to light can degrade the tea, but I’ll keep them in the dark except when I’m about to brew a pot.
This large tetsubin is perfect for oolong. The wet leaves are so big that they fill the entire basket, but unlike smaller infusion baskets (which I do not use because they seem so oppressive and cramped), this one allows the leaves to achieve their full potential while also making clean-up a lot easier.
I cannot find my thermometer—perhaps I packed it with the postal scale? who knows… Is it in storage or amidst all of this chaos? Who knows…
On today’s episode of “Tea Problems…”
“White Tea…You are Drunk”
This is my first experience with white tea…first steep…ring the alarm. Houston we have a problem. First of all, it’s not WHITE y’all. AT. ALL. It straight-up looks like COFFEE. I SWEAR ON THE LEAF I ONLY STEEPED IT FOR 3 MINUTES!!!
In other news…tastes good. Nice hint of coconut. I added rock sugar so it’s pretty sweet…I dig it. Actually, that could be where the color is coming from…maaaaaaybe?
I’ll do a proper review after I figure out what/if I did something wrong…maybe I’ll try it with no sugar on the re-steep. Are you supposed to re-steep white? (Heads to Google)
This tea is lovely. I am pretty picky about my herbal teas, I like the fruit to actually taste like the fruit I am drinking…silly me. Adagio’s herbals are generally pretty solid since they are basically dried fruit.
This cherry blend didn’t let me down. The cherry tastes natural and a bit on the tart side. I also tried it with a healthy dose of sugar the second time and it tasted a bit like cherry pie. Yum.
I’ve put all my untried samples into two drawers in a small cabinet in my living room, and it’s so fun to reach into them and grab a sample at random. Thank you, starfevre, for so thoughtfully including this as a bonus in the package you sent me!
Actually, it’s good timing, because I’ve been toying with the possibility of creating my own blend on adagio’s website, but figured I was in way over my head a) because I know nothing about blending; and b) because I hadn’t tried a single adagio tea!
This tea is pretty much exactly what it purports to taste like. I would say, however, that even with milk and sugar added, the chocolate used here is certainly of the darker, almost but not quite bitter variety, and the strawberry makes a fleeting appearance at the end of the sip, but isn’t distinctly strawberry—it merely adds a slight tang. Because I’m not typically a fan of chocolate-covered strawberry-flavoured things, I can’t say that I’m a huge fan, but I found this tea to be an excellent Adagio introduction, and it was entirely pleasant and drinkable. It actually has me a little excited to try more of their teas at some point.
Thanks again, starfevre!
(speaking of starfevre, any news? I haven’t seen posts in a hwile)
The snozzeberries actually taste like snozzeberries!
Who ever heard of a snozzeberry?
We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. Come along, come along.
ahem where am I?
This tea is HEAVENLY. The blueberry flavor in this tea tastes JUST like ripened blueberries. Leaning more to the sweet side as opposed to tart. It doesn’t taste artificial at all which is nice. It’s hard to find blueberry-flavored things that don’t taste artificial and cheap.
This is a hard and fast three-minute brew though. Otherwise it gets overly brassy. Second and third resteeps were also enjoyable. I added sugar to those so they tasted more like blueberry muffins…but still yummy.
Wowzers. Okay, so I sort of spent most of today curled up in bed feeling like shaking scum whose organs are trying to murder here slowly from the inside out, instead of, like, getting work done. It’s a miracle I managed to will myself into the kitchen to put the kettle on, really. And when I did, I knew today’s priority would have to be gentle, sweet things that would cuddle my insides and keep me cozy and maybe make me not want to throw up. Peppermint things fit the bill, and this one’s fluffy and playfully peppermint as it gets.
The brightness of the peppermint is tempered a little by the lemon and cream, and milk and sugar elevates the blend to something altogether comfortingly magical. indeed, it somehow manages to strike a perfect balance that’s at once cozy and refreshing. Dodo, you’re marvellous! I feel slightly more human at last! I might even be able to get dressed and leave the house before the day’s through, though that may be a minor stretch. It’s a damn cozy peppermint creamy tea, though.
i sprung for the decaf sampler from Adagio – and this is my first go at them. HOLY cow this is some tasty tea! i’ve been focusing lately so much on the non-flavored (yet still quite flavorful!) teas that i’d forgotten how delightful a nice fruity black tea can be! this cuppa is NOM with a spoonful of sugar and a splash of 2%. yum yum yum.
Cinnamon. This tea made me smile because it tastes heavily of cinnamon. And “cinnamon” reminds me of one of my all-time favorite Johnlock fics.
That’s about where the happy feelings with this tea begin and end unfortunately. I wasn’t actually hoping for cinnamon…I was hoping for more caramel and baked apples. Sadly the black tea overpowers the sweeter flavors and you get smokey cinnamon.
If smokey black tea with cinnamon undertones is your thing then by all means ask me for a sample…I will happily send it along.
Do anyone have any recommendations for a caramel/toffee apple tea?