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Before I dive into tea examination proper, it needs to be said that my crush on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is escalating to a level that may be construed as unseemly.
As for the tea, oh blessums, this is nice. Just like Katarina (whom you may remember from the like 4 episodes of Doctor Who where she was a companion, three of which are missing) this blend is innocent and sweet, and full of kindness and love. The fragrance is redolent of falling leaves, sweet grass, and an abundance of perfectly ripe stone fruit. The peach and apricot lead the flavour, as lovely straight up as it is sweetened with sugar or honey. It tastes like sunshine on a gentle, warm springtime day, which seems somehow oddly fitting for a night when we’ve been told to expect snow. Living further north here in the UK than I was in my home and native land, I kind of understand the collective winter seasonal affective disorder that falls over a country where the sun comes up at like 9 and goes down by 4.
(And then in summer, the humidity renders my asthma and hayfever and eczema so bad that I’m just a sluggish misery guts all the time – there’s about 2 weeks of the year in Oxford where I’m actually at my best!)
This tea is pretty nice. I’m just getting the idea of both dessert teas and chocolate teas. I like this tea, and it reminds me of the chocolate rooibos in the November select box. I think I prefer the flavor of the rooibos and that it is caffeine free.
I wouldn’t say the chocolate flavor is mind blowing, and I haven’t tried this tea yet without splenda, but it does re-steep pretty well, and I haven’t been paying attention to how long I’ve been steeping it. It’s too bad this comes in such a small size. I would probably consider buying it. The sprinkles make it cute.
Thanks again for the lovely package, Beorhthraefn! The leaves here kind of look like the yellow tea I had the other day, a dusty tan color, though the leaves here have hints of pink? Never seen that before. The leaf shape looks in between sencha or silver needle. I was reading tasting notes that said this one didn’t have much flavor, so I used two teaspoons. The flavor is pretty mild – tastes like the lightest white tea and there isn’t really any comparisons to make to actual flavor notes. Trying to get more out of the leaves the second time, the temp was too hot and the time was too long, because I just ended up with a cup of bitter. Oh well. I always love the black teas from Adagio anyway!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 1 1/2 min steep
Steep #2 // 20 min a.b. // 2-3 min
Tea rex! Woo! Thanks Sil. :)
This tastes weird. As in, it’s fruity but it’s kind of muddled. And there’s a weird note in it that I can’t identify but isn’t honeybush or rooibos.
So reading the ingredients, it’s apple-raspberry-cherry? Weird! I totally would not have picked that out, but now that I’m thinking about it I guess that’s cherry flavour. And there’s chocolate in it? Wow. Tastebud fail. I do not get chocolate at all.
I guess the result of this one is… thank you for the tea, but I don’t really get it so I’m going to call it a no. I mean, it’s drinkable but I don’t understand why it doesn’t taste like the stuff that’s apparently in it! (And also, it’s going honeybush-sour as it cools, so that’s another point against it.)
(2 bags in 12 oz)
I received this tea awhile ago from Adagio’s tea of the month. When I opened the package, I was hit by the strong smell of chocolate and something that smelled like freeze-dried strawberries. I assumed it would be delicious.
Chocolate teas are my thing. Sweet tasting teas are my thing. This was not my thing.
I brewed this for about 5 minutes with splenda. As I bring it to my lips, it smells how it does dry. I have such anticipation, surely this will taste good!
First sip: Slight bitter hit first, followed by the overwhelming taste of… maple syrup? It tastes like chocolate only a vaguely, but then it also tastes floral, and combining those = maple syrup taste. The flavors are blending—in a bad way.
Second, third, fourth, and fifth sips: Nope. Not any better. My gums around my molars taste like maple syrup. Need a new tea to mask it asap.
DO NOT WANT. I don’t know if I can finish it!
Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Maple Syrup
Meh. Completely meh.
Kind of an ordinary black tea taste with some muddied spices. They were so vague I really couldn’t discern individual notes, just kind of a vague spice flavor. No note of orange peel whatsoever, even though I made sure I had some in my infuser. It’s very flat and one dimensional in flavor. I’ll finish it off, if for no other reason that it’s hard to find decaf black teas, but I’m glad I only bought a sample size.
The very last Adagio sample in my cupboard! Hopefully next time I’ll remember that I don’t actually like their teas and I’ll refrain from purchasing! :P This has their generic black tea base, though the leaves aren’t too terribly broken. I don’t see any nut pieces (as shown in the picture) in my sample. Dry scent is nutty, creamy, and very sweet.
Uhhh… The steeped tea smells like waffles drenched in butter and syrup. o.o! This would make a rather nice air freshener. Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually taste like waffles. The black base is mellow and smooth, and it does have an interesting buttery element. Combine this with the sweetness of what I think is intended to be a candied chestnut tea, and I can see where the waffle smell comes from. Overall, not bad, especially for Adagio.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Nuts, Smooth, Sweet
This was a very simple but very nice tea for me. It had a pretty typical nice oolong flavor, and the grapefruit was very subtle. It kind of changed the tea’s astringency more than the flavor to me – rather than there being a bitterness from tannin, it was a more fruity bitterness. I really enjoyed it a lot. The only reason I don’t rate it higher is that I feel that for something sold as grapefruit, it needed more actual grapefruit flavor.
Although I love the tins I can’t really get excited about the tea. Very weak, mostly clove tea.I generally like chai but this just doesn’t come up to my expectations. There aren’t any nice big cardamom buds/seeds (?) like I am used to seeing in chai. The aroma as I take a sip is good, very chai-like. But there is just no umph in the taste. I brewed it carefully in the Breville so I am pretty sure it was made correctly. Maybe I’ll try to make it on the stove top with milk.
Not feeling the best today. Construction going on in the building and since I’m allergic to just about everything, well. . I sound like Rudolph today from all the dust and debris that is making its way into our building. So I went simple. My boyfriend got me the Juicy Slices pack for my stocking so I grabbed this one. Its not too bad. You can definitely tell that this is a citrus tea. Its almost overwhelming the tea. The green tea is very light. Its one of those Meh teas where its just ok, it doesn’t wow you but you are also not running to the kitchen to dump it out.
Flavors: Citrus, Green
A sample from MissB from a while back. Thank you!
I actually meant for this to be a sipdown, but I went to edit my spreadsheet and discovered that I have a couple of bags of this somewhere. This makes me incredibly happy because I love this tea. It is, however, the end of my loose leaf ):
It probably would have been harder to get rid of, but I’ve hoarded for too long and sadly, the flavours are fading. Luckily I caught it in time and though the tea base was weak, and a little astringent from the long steep I gave it, the chestnut flavour is just as delicious as I remember it. Warm, comforting and roasty, with a creamy nuttiness and an almost maple syrup-like aftertaste without the sweetness. Reminds me so much of baking! Just like some kind of muffin. Yummy.
This is quite tasty. It is my first experience with Adagio Teas. The peach flavor is quite good, very prominent. While I suspect the tea base is a second tier oolong it is very good. That is not to say second tier teas aren’t good, they are excellent. I notice with most flavored teas they use a tea that is a step below the best with the possible exception of Whispering Pines and such.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
I have both the loose tea and the bags specifically made for iced tea. I’ve only made the iced tea one, but I LOVE THIS! It isn’t a complex flavor, but it’s what I want out of a tea like this. I can taste the tea, the lemon, and the lime. I added just a hint of sugar (I think it was 2 teaspoons for a bit over a quart), and that was delicious. I haven’t tried it hot yet, but I’m guessing this is one that is pretty much ideal for iced rather than hot. It’s smooth and not at all sour, which is perfect for iced tea for me.
Flavors: Drying, Lemon, Lime, Smooth
I’m glad cupboard sorting on the site finally works now!
This sample is from beelicious. It’s a very cute, cheerful looking blend, with large chamomile flowers, apple pieces, blue petals, and lemongrass bits. The tea brews up to have a pleasant, fresh chamomile scent. The flavor is definitely sweeter than the typical chamomile tea, and is predominantly apple. I was surprised to find such a long list of ingredients (all natural though!), since I didn’t get the flavor for most of them. However, it doesn’t suffer as some herbal blends do of being too busy, and feels just right as a fruity chamomile blend. A nice bedtime or dessert tea!