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I am a big fan of white tea, but I’ve been wanting to branch out to green tea for a while now. After reading the descriptions of a few, this was one I settled on.
It’s light. Really light. If you’d just handed me the freshly brewed tea, I would have said that it’s a slightly grassy white tea. The liquor is very pale, and the flavor isn’t robust. I can definitely see how someone coming off of a more traditional green tea would call this bland or flavorless.
It’s not doing a lot for me. I won’t have a problem finishing the sampler pouch, but I doubt I’ll buy it again.
I had this while at a bonfire, and it was fantastically unique. My friend wanted either green or white tea, so I picked this. I feel this is a very nice median point between the two. The tea consists of small brown buds and shards. They brew up a light rusted brown liquor and smell of hay and sugar. The taste is wonderful. The initial sip is of roast and white grapes with a sugary undertone. This was perfect for late night campside beverage :)
Flavors: Roasted, Sugar, White Grapes
I oversteeped this, so it was a bit bitter, but it reminds me of orange juice. I haven’t drunk any orange juice in a while, however. I think I would rather drink this than orange juice, though the flavor is a bit off, and not at all what I expect from something Blood Orange flavored. I will have to try this again later.
I love a mint green tea. So refreshing and crisp. So when I was in Chicago a couple months ago and was able to go to an Adagio store, I instantly grabbed a bag of this. Been wanting to try it for a while. Probably one of the mintiest teas I have ever had. Not sure how often I’ll reach for it, but its good to have to play around with and maybe add a few herbals into.
Here is the rest of the review:
Flavors: Green, Mint
I got chai’d out maybe a year ago. I think I got a bunch of Tazo chai that was pretty strongly flavored, and after that I started avoiding chai.
But later I was visiting Adagio Tea in Skokie, IL, and I was trying various coconut teas. Even though I wasn’t into chai at the time, I tried their Thai chai, and I have to say it’s tasty enough to get me back into chais. I usually drink it hot, but I also find it’s almost tastier cooled so if you’re looking for an iced tea this could be pretty good for that, too. Versatile!
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Coconut, Ginger
This is pretty good. I have this weird relationship with Earl Greys and bergamot in general, where it tastes like licking a bar of soap plain, but somehow becomes oddly appealing with milk. Same goes, here. The extra citrus isn’t overwhelming but gives it just a bit of a zing that most Earl Greys wouldn’t have.
Each individual cluster is so well packaged that one can throw an envelope into one’s bag and carry magic around with them everywhere, just in case they want to delight an audience with good, fragrant tea and a really beautiful bloom.
The green tea itself can be overpowered by the jasmine in the first steep, but it’s hard to mind. Later there’s a good, crisp vegetable flavor with just a bit of bitterness that I really do enjoy.
This is not an everyday tea, but it does provide a way to make any day a special one.
I like this tea, at least when I give it a good week or so between tastings. I’m not sure why I get sick of it, but I do. I think it’s the leaf-pile scent that remains after my nose gets used to the sweet and fruity aromas.
With that confession off my chest, let me stress that this is a quality tea with a lots of complex flavor that somehow doesn’t get lost even though there’s this up-front sort of astringency. Instead of a dry-mouthed tannin taste, what lingers is very pleasant. If it reads like I can’t write about this tea without mixing up the pleasant and unpleasant, that’s about right. What matters is that the tea never fails to engage, and I keep coming back to relive the experience.
Oh, I also tend to start out drinking this without any sweetener. By the time I finish the cup I usually add a bit. It’s more enjoyable with it, but it’s so interesting without.
For some this tea is probably perfect. They can likely enjoy the muted spectrum of flavor and scent that is mostly lost on me. As much as I’d like to be in their camp, I need the volume on my white tea to by dialed just a bit higher. That said, what I do taste and smell is not bad. This is an enjoyable, if muted, tea with a slight floral scent (and like another reviewer explained it, some bread dough) and little to no bitterness (no matter how long I let this sit).
I’ve also noticed that the leaves have this marathon quality, so I can get the same weaker cup of tea out of this for several long steeps.
Brewed some of this up to drink while I eat lunch and watch a tense episode of Psych. (Hands down one of my favorite tv shows.) I brewed it a little too long and probably with too hot water. (I wasn’t paying much attention) Anyway, despite being a bit bitter, it was great watered down. I had some mango and my tea really complimented the fruit. It’s amazing how much the leaves unfurl. My grandmother (who drinks only tea bags and loose tea is still a new area for her) is amazed by all the big leaves. She really likes this tea, which is rare for her to like a loose tea. She enjoys black tea and pu’erh but says that everything else has no flavor. Well, I’m off to finish this episode and I really ought to edit my English paper. I’m going to need more tea
I tried out this tea this morning while eating breakfast with friends. I brought my tea tumbler (totally just spelled that tumblr at first) with me that I had already put tea leaves into. I’ll be really honest, so far I’ve loved all of my yunnan tea samples from Adagio. Sooo much so that I want to drink them all the time and all day long. They’re more expensive than what I normally drink so I was hoping that I’d hate this tea. I didn’t. I love it so much!!! It’s dark and fruit y and sweet and mellow. I love that I can brew yunnans for a super long amount of time and they still taste delicious. This tea re-brews extremely well. The appearance of the dry leaves is so pretty but I love watching the unfurled leaves as they float around in my tea. Flavor wise- spectacular. Sorry for the randomness and the jumping back and forth on topic, but I get pretty excited when I find a tea that I fall head over heels for. Its a modern day love story. (lol)
On a side note, does anyone have a good recommendation for yunnan black teas? I like to keep it affordable though I really want to try Whispering Pines golden snail.
Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Malt, Sweet, Wet Earth
’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #29
This was an odd one to find. Hibiscus flavored?!? Adagio must have every flavor! I think it is mostly “flavored” as I only see here and there pieces of hibiscus. I can’t believe Adagio’s base is a Ceylon because I actually like this base. It must be a rare Ceylon I actually like. As for the hibiscus flavor, it wasn’t that noticeable to me.
This was such a wonderful tea: Lovely apple and caramel aromas, nice rounded flavors, a very small hint of sweetness. Equal parts apple and caramel flavors as well. Added some vanilla creamer for an even creamier flavor.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel
I am not opposed to almond, but it’s not one of my primary flavor preferences. I got this as a sample from the lovely people at Adagio because I like their Vanilla Oolong.
The almond flavor is nice, but it’s a little bright – as pointed out, it feels a little almond-extracty. Adagio’s oolong is always nice, but it’s just not as strong with such a sharp almond flavor. I’ll finish the sample packet, but I doubt I’ll buy any more when there are other flavors that I enjoy more.
Flavors: Almond, Nutty, Sweet, Tea
So this morning I took some with me in my tea tumbler (after brewing it up in the one touch). Brewing it in the one touch wasn’t the bad idea. The bad idea was carrying it in the tea tumbler. When I got to work and poured my first cup it tasted burnt. This was not the way I wanted to start my Thursday.
I naturally did not want to review those two cups of tea. So instead I heated the water to 180 and opted to break in Mr. TEA infuser to steep the leaves and toasted rice. I will say this Adagio does use a lot of toasted rice in their version of genmai cha. I’m not against this (I for one love the taste) but I’d like to see some green tea in there too!
A word on Mr. TEA. He’s a pretty cool guy who hangs on your tea cup while he steeps your tea in his “pants”. Yeah, I thought of this one after I started sipping…but let it go in favor of enjoying my tea. He does a great job at steeping tea, the trouble comes when you need to clear out the tea leaves. It’s a little bit of a pain in the pants…pun intended! Thankfully I found that you CAN flip said pants inside out (do this carefully) and everything cleans up pretty well.
Right, back to the tea! Once again I get that really great taste of the toasted rice mixed with the vegetal taste of the green tea. But unlike the Shirakawa from earlier this week, I don’t get a specific veggie jumping out at me. Which makes me a little sad because spinach is my jam. There is the hint of a grassy flavor on the finish, but only a hint. I’m not saying it isn’t a good cup of tea. Just that the flavors were more pronounced in the genmaicha from Steepster.
Flavors: Grass, Green, Toasted Rice
Sample from Nichole. Thank you!
I’ve been curious about this for a while. I always like trying new herbal teas and this sold out before I could put in an order. I wasn’t a fan of this though. When I first opened the package, the smell reminded me of something, but it took me a while to place it. This smells like eyeshadow. I don’t think eyeshadow smells bad, but it’s not something I’ve ever thought of tasting. This just strikes me as really odd.
Not my cup of tea TTB
Hmm. This one is quite nice. I’m not sure what pouchong is, but I think it is probably a type of oolong from the taste. The base is smooth and cooling. I’m not sure exactly what I mean by cooling, because I drank it hot, but it’s just that type of feeling I get from this tea. I expect this one would be great in the summer!
The coconut flavoring is more roasted than the coconut that is featured in Zen Tea’s Coconut oolong and Coconut green, which is a nice change of pace. I feel like too many coconut flavors now are creamy, or mixed with chocolate or other tropical flavors. This features the coconut and the base tea beautifully together.
I think I might end up keeping this sample, unless someone else wants it.
I’m trying to rush through this box, because I’m traveling next week, but I’m not having lots of time for tea tastings this week, but I shall try!
I have decided that I dislike this tea. Not because of anything to do with the tea itself, but I realize that I don’t like apple teas that have a black base. They are okay, but I definitely prefer when they have a different base to them. Not sure if I’m going to finish this one or just toss what’s left… maybe I"ll try mixing it with something instead.
How i got it: Tried it last night while having supper with my cousin’s family
Experience: Cool! We now have an Adagio shop in Santiago, so this opens a new world of possibilites about tea. Well, i have a well supplied cupboard, so i only joined the trip there to guide, hehe. Anyway, i got invited to try this one. Coconut, ginger and an unknown herbal/spiced scent are the main players in the aroma side, while this resonates in the taste, too. The coconut and ginger mix is enjoyable (spiciness included), and their flavors were very natural, but they were a bit overpowering, so the tea got the background and was almost imperceptible. Reminded me of Stash’s Cononut Mango, but this time serious ginger-y. Medium intensity, good duration, relaxing blend. Very good start in my experiences with Adagio, I’d say.
Would i buy it?: It could be a nice addition to mix things up a bit