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So I’ve been stocking up nutty and spicy teas for the fall and winter like some sort of caffeine-hungry squirrel. I haven’t ordered from Adagio in a dog’s age, having grown to prefer other companies more, but I do like their hazelnut tea. Figured I’d pick up a couple samples too, and this was one of them.
…it’s not as bad as I thought, from the reviews. It’s nowhere near as good as other gingerbread teas I’ve have, but it’s alright. The thing I learned early on about Adagio’s teas is that you shouldn’t ever steep them over four minutes, or they’re disgustingly bitter. A four minute steep and a teaspoon of sugar got me a mild, cookielike cup of tea. It tastes a little bit like a graham cracker; maybe I’ll add honey next time.
It’s an okay tea, but if I really want a gingerbread tea there’s better options. S&V’s comes to mind most immediately.
It’s a pretty tasting tea that holds up well to complements such as a bit of cinnamon, vanilla, or cocoa if you have it. It’s not all that potent on its own. My favorite way to have it is with a cinnamon skim milk froth and a bit of brown sugar. Great tea, though definitely be careful about adding to sugar if you decide to, and it seems to be susceptible to tasting burnt if left to brew close to the 5 minute mark.
Flavors: Chestnut, Roasted
Maybe it was just me, but I could not for the life of me get this tea to brew well. Maybe I was brewing too hot, but I went as low as 160 and a steep of only a minute. I couldn’t taste the peach at all. Even with a cold brew this tea tasted bitter to me, and oddly toasted. Not a fan, although I may give it a try when I am more experienced with brewing loose leaf tea. Admitting it could easily be human error.
Normally I really dislike Earl Grey teas, but I got this one as a free sample. And I have to say… I am surprised to find it growing on me. I’m not sure I’d order a whole bag of it but I’d definitely drink it as part of a blend. The flavor is very smooth to me.
Not terrible, but probably not a tea I will purchase again. I got this as part of the Adagio White Orchard sampler, and was eager to try the tea. I didn’t seem to find any hints of pear in this tea. This tea does not have any fruity flavors that I could taste, although the bits of pear fruit are readily visible in the mix. Disappointed in this tea. Drinkable, but not a favorite, or a sample that will become a cupboard staple.
I found this tea to have much more of a coconut taste than any pineapple taste. It doesn’t taste sweet to me, but much more of a hint of unsweetened coconut pieces. Adding a tad of sweetener on a resteep brought out more of the coconut hints. I liked this tea overall, the flavoring in my opinion were not overwhelming and were not overly sweet. I enjoyed this tea, and would probably order again.
From the EU TTB.
This one I actually really enjoyed! I was in the mood for a good old cuppa with milk and sugar, so this seemed like a good choice. I’m used to adagio’s blacks being pretty strong and turning astringent quickly, so the additions would probably help the tea rather than hurt it. My aunty came round with my cousins to drop off a book unexpectedly, so I ended up oversteeping it for a good 10 minutes. As it turns out, though, it wasn’t too bad. Only slightly astringent plain, and perfectly fine after I added the milk and sugar. It was a really nice cup of strong, malty black tea with just a slight hint of a citrus note. Very pleasant as an afternoon drink, but I probably won’t keep it as I already have some similar teas in my collection.
Drinking this one room temperature with a little honey. It is the perfect drink to have while helping students. It is relaxing, but still interesting. I find the black tea is nearly non-existent for me. I drink this as if it is caffeine-free and find I have no ill effects (sleeplessness, etc). This was one of my favorites, but after drinking two tins worth over a year, I’m kind of getting a little tired of it. I think I need a break. Perhaps I’ll switch to plain chamomile or chamomile with lavender and vanilla instead.
Flavors: Grapefruit, Lemon, Rooibos
My head is killing me, but MY GOSH this is good.
A whirlwind day today, in the office in the morn, then dashed off to London to interview the cast and writers of the film Bill, from the people who brought you quality things like Horrible Histories and Yonderland. Such lovely people and I hope they do very very well indeed. I want to be their friends. :3
Then stopped off at the Japan Centre to stock up on Crunky biscuits and dorayaki. NOMS. Good day, but the shifting air pressure out there is killing me!
As for the tea, yes. Yes yes yes, yes. I love a good dragon pearl, and this one’s got lovely soft cocoa notes and it’s smooth as heck. There’s a bit of honey and malt in there too. It’s the kind of tea I like to drink when I drink plain black tea, really. Perfect.
Also, my husband bought me a Soup Dragon figurine to go with the Small Clanger I’m knitting. :’) I love Soup Dragon so much.
SIPDOWN: Rich complex nose is slightly spicy. The taste also has a strong spice component. It is very complex. Fairly powerful. Some cha qi. This is a fairly unusual tea, with a flavor hinting of clove, cocoa, and cinamon, but not really like any of them. I really enjoyed it.
I’ve been on the lookout for more decaf tea options recently and decided to give this chai a try. I was happy to find that there was no woody/medicinal flavor from the rooibos! However, the spices were very muted and I could barely taste the vanilla at all. I guess a milder chai is nice for bedtime, but I tend to prefer a bit more flavor. Probably not something I’ll be re-purchasing!
Flavors: Spices, Vanilla
Not too bad. Definitely a nice rich chocolate flavor. However, the sweetness is balanced quite nicely with the chai spices. I sweetened it with a few teaspoons of rock sugar, which brought out the chocolate sweetness more.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cloves, Ginger, Sweet, Whiskey