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Pass the Stash TTB1
Love the name. I’m sure the chai was supposed to be the main “stormy” flavor but it just doesn’t make it for me. There is too much cinnamon in the blend for my taste. I love the scent of the almonds but it there is just too much competing for “top dog” as far as the flavors.
Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream
I have learned a valuable lesson: lapsang and my thermos do not mix. Good Gosh, I love this tea, with its warming spice and smoke cutting through a background of smooth dark chocolate, but it’s going to have to soak in warm water and a squirt of washing up liquid for the entire bank holiday weekend, lest whatever I decide to have on Tuesday morning taste like campfire. How the heck does a stainless steel thermos retain so much flavour? I honestly thought I’d be safe with stainless steel!
It was totally worth it, though.
From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB
I usually try to drink new-to-me teas from any ttb I participate in, but every now and then I find a tea that I want to revisit. This is such a tea. It has a good, fruity blueberry flavor and a full bodied base tea that compliments the berry flavor from start to finish. Today I added some sugar and cream to my cup. The sugar brought the blueberry flavor out even more, but I think the cream distracted rather than added anything to the tea. I’ll have to remember that for future cups ’cause this tea is going on my wishlist and (eventually) in my cupboard.
I actually quite enjoyed this today. Perhaps it’s because I drank it at room temperature. I don’t think I sweetened it any more than usual. Or perhaps I did? Hard to say, it is quite sweet which overwhelmed the hibiscus sourness. However I haven’t eaten anything in hours and hours so I’m not primed for sweetness like usual. \
In other news, I just volunteered myself for weekend work with some of the most tedious boring stuff available to me as an engineer. On the other hand, money and it’s at my normal worksite so all my tea will be there too.
Flavors: Citrus, Orange
blech. this was a free sample from adagio, which i figured might be nice for a cold brew. Turns out, this is too floral for me. It was semi nice and then there was just too much of a floral note in it. I guess it’s from the hibiscus flowers but i’m surprised. oh well, since it’s something i might have considered, it’s still a win :)
I’m not dead!
This tea is the first tea I’ve had in many months. It is not really the best thing to start out with, since it’s fairly low-quality for a vanilla tea and requires some persnickety temp/time to get it not bitter for me. As it turns out somewhat bitter in this case.
I thought I’d reviewed it before but I can’t find my own tasting note. At any rate, I have maybe one pot of this left and I won’t be replacing it.
In other news, my health crisis is pretty over. I’ve changed job sites for 6 months to a year and Things. I’ll be catching up with stuff over the next week or so. Apologies to those I’ve let down. I should really know better than to make any promises to anyone by now.
Cold brewed this one again because the hot version did not impress me much. I’ve got to say, though, that the cold brewed version is maybe my favorite simple, sweet iced black tea so far. It’s light with notes of cocoa and maybe honey? There’s no bitterness or astringency at all. I think I used four pearls in my water bottle and left it in the fridge for 8-10 hours (as usual, I can’t remember exactly). Sadly, I only have enough pearls for one more cold brew.
Even though I’ve thoroughly been enjoying it, this will sadly not be a reorder for a couple of reasons. First, this is pretty much the only tea I’ve enjoyed from Adagio so far, and I’m not going to put in an order for just one tea. Second, like I said earlier, I used four pearls for one water bottle. I feel like that’s a lot and that I would go through the tea too quickly and it would get expensive. Maybe in the future if I ever find a couple other Adagio teas I enjoy, I will consider putting in another order, but I still have many other companies I want to try out first.
I was hoping some off the real bitter bite of mate would be covered somewhat by the added ingredients- but it still tastes almost exactly as any plain yerba mate- though I do detect a tones of coffee-type-roast taste which is nice.
For me I’ll probably mix it with the Rooibos Earl Grey or the Tulsa Chai to take off some of the edge, otherwise it’s pretty good.
If you are looking for a coffee substitute, then this would probably be the drink for you- but keep in mind the intense bitter bite and that I’ve never tasted coffee so…take it with a pinch of salt, lol.
- loose tea w/ infuser
- 4 sugar cubes- recommend mixing it with an herbal chai or herbal earl grey.
Flavors: Bitter, Coffee, Herbaceous, Roasted, Sour, Toasted
Going to use less water, less steeping time, and one more tsp than before.
Much better- had a taste before adding sugar after steeping, and there was a lot more tasteful. Still tart and kind of bitter, but in the fruity way. Like a strawberry lemonade! Much, much better! Raised my rating about 14 points =D
- loose tea w/ infuser, two sugar cubes
— two sugar cubes after
Flavors: Candy, Fruity, Lemon, Strawberry, Tart
First off, it smells terrific! Like candy and super fresh strawberries!!
First impression: very bitter, incredibly bland. Use more tsp or less water next time?
After adding sugar: tart, fruity, a bite of bitter. Good herbal tea, but kind of weak- not much of a bouquet, but still good.
— loose tea w/ infuser
— 3 sugar cubes
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Strawberry, Tart
This is tasty, but I found that one sample pack didn’t make a full pitcher cold steeped, like most of the other herbal blends I cold steep. However, it did have a juiciness that very much resembles fresh watermelon. I would consider repurchasing even if just to give it a go with the right amount of tea.
Thank goodness it’s Gurpgork. I’m watching Captain America and oh, bless Bisexual Stevey Rogers’ little magical super face. Also, grilled cheese and tomato soup and SO MUCH TEA. I love that it feels less like oppressive summer and I feel like I can eat real food again. I love less that I totally didn’t sweat out any of my winter blubber over the summer. Ho hum.
Tea, though. I always think this is going to be crazy sweet, but there’s this sort of depth under it that keeps it in check and it’s just, like, a bit quietly sassy. The fruit lends a bit of sharpness over the caramelly richness and I might have been a touch overzealous in the sugar application today, but I might have also forgotten whether I’d put in one spoon or two and put in like half of a third by mistake. It’s still good, and I do have something of a sweet tooth, don’t you know.